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North Dakota Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

North Dakota Priest Sex Abuse List: A list of Roman Catholic Priests & Clergy members of the North Dakota Diocese accused of sex abuse and/or sexual assault of minors.

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Merson Law has compiled a list of Roman Catholic Priests and Clergy members (the North Dakota priest sex abuse list) accused of sexual abuse and/or sexual assault of minors. The Sexual Assault team at Merson Law specializes in Catholic Clergy and Priest Sex Abuse and Sexual Assault cases.

This information found in this list is compiled from the Database of Publicly Accused Priests and does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty.

Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements.

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North Dakota Priest Sex Abuse List

Merson Law’s North Dakota Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the North Dakota Catholic Church network. The names in this list are only those that have been found to be credible, however it is likely that there are names missing, due to the sheer number of accounts and the historical aversion to transparency by the Catholic Church.

This list is not endorsed by the Archdiocese, which has yet to release the names of priests found guilty through its own internal investigations.

Last NameFirst NameDioceseNotes
DukartNorman J.Bismarck, NDTransferred to Crosby ND in 1999; told Parish then of his past history of sexual abuse. Parish council met with Bishop Zipfel. Bishop would not remove him from the assigment. Seemed to be saying Dukart had been in therapy and had been cured. Many parishioners left the parish permanently, returning only after Dukart was removed 3/02. No criminal charges were to be filed.
FrankFatherBismarck, NDMan filed suit 12/09 in Federal court alledging that “Father Frank”, a priest assigned to St. Joseph Church & School in Mandan, ND, abused and raped him on multiple occasions between 1955-1957 when he was an altar boy.
McNeelyMaurice G.Bismarck, NDOrdained by Bismarck; served as military chaplain at Ft. Shafter in HI 1974-1977. Man filed suit fall 2011 in HI against McNeely and Bismarck Diocese alleging abuse in 1976 while McNeely was chaplain and he was altar boy. Suit said he forced the boy to perform oral sex on him. Served at Holy Family Catholic Acad. from 1987-2001 and then in Las Vegas. Retired and living in MI in 2012. Woman claims he abused her late husband in ND in 1960s. Man filed new suit in HI 10/12. 2011 suit settled 4/13.
OwensJohnBismarck, NDOrdained for Diocese of Bismarck. Worked there 1960-1999. Worked in Arch. of St Paul near Forest Lake from 1999-2000 even after facilities removed by Bismarck in 2002. Matter referred to Cong. for Doctrine in Rome and he was ordered to lead a life of prayer and penance. Owens’ name was one of 4 new names released for the first time by Archdiocese of St Paul on 10/23/14 list of 17 names accused of sexual abuse. Abuse is believed to have occurred in Bismarck Diocese. Archdiocese removed his privileges there in 2005. Currently Lives in Forest Lake, MN. Archdiocese says it is not aware of any substantiated claim in the Archdiocese but this contradicts Anderson statement.
PommierJames W.Bismarck, NDPersonnel file showed numerous allegations in 1960s and 1970s. He left the Bismarck Diocese in 1977 without permission of bishop. Began working in Seattle until 1985 when his faculties were removed by Archbishop. Bismarck Bishop also removed his faculties in 1990. May have later worked in MT. Diocese announced in 3/08 that Vatican had laicized Pommier for “ecclesiastical crimes against youth.” Lived in WA until his death 1/28/12. At least 4 settlements. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
ZastoupilStephen R.Bismarck, NDRemoved 3/02 from parish assigment because of misconduct 31 years previously involving two children. He received years of counseling and had reconciled with the families and victims. Counseling discontinued when Bishop determined it was no longer necessary (1997?). He was removed under the diocese’s revised policy, even before the Bishops’ conference in Dallas. No criminal charges filed. Died 7/2/18.
AnthonyAbrahamFargo, NDAnthony, also known as Anthony Abraham, was charged 4/00 with gross sexual imposition, sexual assault, and disorderly conduct for allegedly having sexual contact with two boys and harassing a third. He left the country before he could be questioned. He worked as parish priest in Austrial for a time and then returned to India for more parish work. By 1/04, the DA had decided not to pursue the charges.
ConlonTimothy C.Fargo, NDRemoved from two AZ parishes by Gallup Diocese 1/27/14 after two credible allegations received from Fargo ND diocese regarding abuse prior to ordination. He was a brother with the Crosier order at that time. Had been working in Gallup Diocese since 11/11 and was in the process of becoming incardinated. Also worked in NY, NE and Phoenix, AZ. Name included on 3/8/14 Crosier list.
FeltmanThomasFargo, NDSuspended 5/17 after complaints of ‘inappropriate activities’ with youth in Wyndmere. Pastor at time of parishes in Wyndmere and Milnor. Reportedly would hug girls, his hand touching their breasts or buttocks. Law enforcement investigated, no charges brought. Suspension pending diocese’s investigation. Feltman denied wrongdoing. State’s attorney investigated, saying in 8/17 Feltman’s behavior was inappropriate but not a sex offense, so he would not be charged.
Fischer, Jr.CharlesFargo, NDAdmitted in 2/02 to sexual misconduct with children. At the time he was being treated in hospital for “serious illness” of unknown nature & had attempted suicide twice within 4 days. He even named names of families. Bishop suspended his faculties & police investigated. By 5/02 he recanted his confession. No victims came forward, Prosecutor said no charges filed. May have admitted to and recanted a similar story 10 years before. Priest in residence at cathedral per diocese website 3/12.
HerronJohn B. (Jack)Fargo, NDAccused publicly in 6/19 by a woman of sexually abusing her over a three-month period when she was a teenager in the 1970s, at St. Anthony of Padua parish. She said she told the diocese in the spring of 2018. Per the diocese, Herron was retired and working as a hospital chaplain outside the diocese when the allegation was received. He was suspended pending civil and canonical investigations.
KatangaWenceslausFargo, NDFrom Tanzania. Attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH. Assigned to three Fargo diocese parishes when placed leave in 4/19 during an investigation of an “interaction” with a minor while assigned to Sts. Anne and Joachim in Fargo. Investigators said an incident occurred when Katanga lived in Towner, in McHenry County, and involved a 6-year-old girl; as of 8/19 McHenry County prosecution possible. Two incidents involving the girl allegedly occurred in Fargo, but the Cass County Attorney’s Office determined in 8/19 that there would be no criminal charges there due to lack of evidence and no witnesses. The diocese was to investigate after the completion of the McHenry County investigation.
PatejkoGregory (Zbigniew)Fargo, NDOrdained in Poland, Patejko also worked in the Netherlands before moving to the US in 1968. After working in Trenton, NJ diocese, he was moved to the Fargo ND diocese in 1972. One man told a priest in 1984 that he had been sexually molested by Patejko in 1976 in ND. In 1981 Patejko was moved to Austin TX diocese. In 1994 Fargo quietly settled with the ND man. Patejko returned to Poland in 1993 and is believed to be dead. The 1984 accuser says he knows of at least two other victims.
SayasayaFernandoFargo, NDEducated overseas. Ordained for the Fargo Diocese. Removed 8/98 after complaint of sex abuse. Reportedly admitted to abusing 3 boys. Fled to Philippines in 12/98. Charged 12/02 in U.S. for alleged abuse of one 1995-1997 and another 1995-1998. Efforts to extradite him to the States for prosecution were initially unsuccessful. Laicization announced 12/05. Philippine Court of Appeals ordered him extradited to U.S. 4/2012. Arrested in Calamba City, Laguna province 11/19/17; extradited to U.S. 12/17. Pled not guilty 2/16/18. Pled guilty to 2 counts 5/17/18. Sentenced 10/1/18 to 20 years in prison, required to register as a sex offender. Given credit for 360 days already spent.
StoreyAlanFargo, ND9/03 article reported that Storey, a deacon in Walhalla, had recently been barred from ministry for allegations of child sexual abuse. No further information found.
WildDavid D.Fargo, NDRemoved 1992. Man filed civil suit same year which alleged that Wild fondled him in the church rectory at St. Bernard’s Church in Oriska in 1966. Two more men had filed suits by 11/94. All three suits settled 12/94. Both 1993 and 2002 Catholic Directories refer to Wild as “retired.” Died 10/26/08.

Please note that this North Dakota priest sex abuse list is not an exhaustive and complete list because new information of sexual abuses and sexual assaults by priests and clergy of the Roman Catholic Church becomes available daily.

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