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Oklahoma Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

Oklahoma Priest Sex Abuse List: A list of Roman Catholic Priests & Clergy members of the Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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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Oklahoma Priest Sex Abuse List

Merson Law’s Oklahoma Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Oklahoma 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
CudeStephen D.Oklahoma City, OKServed as priest from 1969-1998. Was a hospital chaplain for approx. 16 yrs. during that time period at Okla Health Center in Okla City.. Also served as part-time high school chaplain. Currently a student at Univ. of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. Accused of abuse of one male minor at Saint Joseph Old Cathedral in Oklahoma City in civil suit filed 11/10.
FosterRobert L.Oklahoma City, OKFoster, a deacon for 18 years and retired Judge, was charged in 1997 with sexually abusing a 12 yr old girl when she and her younger sister stayed overnight at his home. He also tried to get her to let him take pictures of her. Girl was altar server at church where Foster served. He pleaded no contest in 1998–5 yr deferred adjudication. In 2000, he was charged with stalking girl and sentence was revised to 5 yrs probation. Died in 2003.
ImmingDavidOklahoma City, OKAccused in a 2003 lawsuit of abuse of a boy 20 years prior. Petition alleged that the archdiocese had forced Imming to resign and removed his privileges because of a complaint of abuse of a different underage male during the same time as the plaintiff’s abuse. At least six other victims came forward. Imming “retired” in 2001. Summary Judgment appealed to OK Supreme Court 7/1/08 and overruled. Suit dismissed by lower Court with prejudice 1/10. On the Kansas City KS archdiocese’s list 1/25/19. It notes more than one allegation of abuse, occurring in 1980 in OK. Never assigned to Kansas City. Laicized in 2011.
KeohaneDaniel C.Oklahoma City, OKWoman alleged in suit that her father abused her and she acquired multiple personality disorder. She also alleged she was molested by Keohane from 1967-1970 when she sought counseling from him. She claimed repressed memory until 1987. Suit dismissed on SOL by US Dist Court in Tulsa; she appealed. 10th Cir. Court of Appeals ruled 2/92 that MPD did not stop the SOL because woman knew she had psyc. problems but still graduated from college w/ honors and ran own business for years. Keohane died 1/99.
MickusJames J.Oklahoma City, OKPastor of Our Lady of Sorrows in Chandler and Saint Louis in Stroud when suspended in 11/18 during an investigation of allegations of child sex abuse. The archdiocese had announced in 8/18 that it was reviewing allegations from 1960-2018. Mickus had been suspended in 2002 after an allegation by someone who said they had been sexually abused by the priest 20 years prior. Mickus filed a defamation suit against his accuser. The suit was dismissed in 2003, and Mickus was returned to ministry. The archdiocesan review board determined at the time that they could not substantiate the allegation.
TownsendJoe C.Oklahoma City, OKPlaced on leave in 7/19 by the diocese, due to a “non-frivolous allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor.” Townsend denied the allegation. The abuse allegedly occurred sometime during his assignement at St. Pius X in Tulsa 6/88-6/91.
ZoellerBenjaminOklahoma City, OKRemoved from ministry in 2002 due to allegations deemed credible. Defrocked in 2011. Assigned during priesthood to parishes in Tusla, Norman, Watonga and OK City. Pastor in Moore 1974-84, moved to Weatherford parish 1984-85, OK City 1985-96, Yukon 1996-01, per archdiocese. Report to archdiocese in 2006 of abuse in 1985 by Zoeller of a 16-year-old boy who attended St. Patrick’s parish. In 8/18 the alleged victim contacted the archdiocese, which then found credible allegations in Zoeller’s file and initiated an investigation. Zoeller was discovered volunteering at a parish in 8/18.
EichhoffPaulTulsa, OKAccused of abuse of 10 yr old boy in approx. 1980. Cleared by Review Board & returned to ministry 2002. In 10/04 jury in civil suit found that he did not abuse the Plaintiff but also found that he was not slandered by either Plaintiff or Plaintiff’s father. They then sued Bishop alleging a conspiracy to invade Plaintiff’s privacy and prevent him from pursuing earlier suit. Dismissed by Ct. & upheld by OK Court of Appeals 1/14. 2nd accuser in 8/10 was unsubstantiated. Still active priest 2014.
JangamJohnTulsa, OKIn 2002 girl said that Jangam, a visiting priest from India, had kissed and fondled her in 1999. She was 13 at the time. Girl told her parents who reported it to church. Diocese sent him back to India but did not report abuse to police since they considered it a matter of “inappropriate behavior.” . Diocese said he was excommunicated. Jangam later wrote to Tulsa parishioners asking for money for an orphanage he was running in India and stating that he was still a priest. Diocese denies this.
LewisKennethTulsa, OKAccused in 2002 of abusing several boys in mid-1990s. Had been sent for treatment in 1994, then reassigned by Bishop Slattery. Up to 6 alleged victims had come forward; not removed until 2002. No charges due to SOL. In 2004, parents of a boy filed police report in Tulsa alleging Lewis had molested their son at age 13 in 2001 during trip to Chicago. Tulsa police referred case to Evanston IL police. Parents filed suit in 2007; settled 2011. Laicization announced 7/07. Named in 2nd suit 11/09. Lewis had a Colorado address, but in Ecuador beginning 7/17. Detained by Homeland Security in Atlanta 5/9/18. Taken to Chicago 5/18/18; charged in Evanston with felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, related to the alleged abuse there of the Tulsa boy in 2001.
VanderfordMorris DaleTulsa, OKVanderford, a deacon, was convicted in 1993 of abusing two boys in 1989. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison. He died in prison. Two civil suits were also filed. One settled in 1993 for $750K and another settled in 1995 for $44K.

Please note that this Oklahoma 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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