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Oregon Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Oregon Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Oregon 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
ErnsdorffHarold HBaker, ORAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the province agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators ofsexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Ernsdorff’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Worked in San Francisco, Seattle, and Baker dioceses. Died 8/21/58.
Estrada ArangoJose JoaquinBaker, OREstrada, a priest from Colombia, was arrested for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in Morrow County OR. He pleaded guilty in 2003 and was deported to Colombia. Estrada had served in Yakima diocese prior to his transfer to Baker Diocese in 2/03.
HayesJoseph B.Baker, ORMan filed civil suit 11/02 claiming he was abused by Hayes for 3 years, beginning in 1980 when he was 10. Hayes died in 1995.
HazenDavidBaker, OROne suit settled in 1997 for small sum. 18 individuals participated in suit filed 12/01 which alleged abuse in late 1950s and late 1970s. Baker Bishop allowed Hazen to serve in multiple parishes, including some in Portland Archdiocese, even after Hazen admitted to abuse in 1959. This permitted him to abuse at least 16 of the plaintiffs. All 18 settled with Baker Diocese 4/04 for $3.6M. Hazen died in 1983.
WarrenRonald James AnthonyBaker, ORThree accusers filed a civil suit in 2004 naming “Friar Anthony James Warren” as an abuser in the Portland Archdiocese. Warren was forced to retire when the allegations surfaced. Settlement had been reached with one claimant when Archdiocesan bankruptcy froze the $350K settlement check.
Altstock / AlstockEdward D.Portland, ORWoman filed civil suit 9/11 alleging that Altstock groomed, seduced and then sexually abused her on at least a dozen occasions while he was at St. John the Apostle parish in Reedsport beginning in 1985 when she was between the ages of 14-18. He was 56 at the time. Retired in 7/01. Archdiocese said this was 2nd allegation against him. Settlement finalized 7/12. As part of settlement, Vicar General will issue public apology on behalf of Archbishop at the same parish on 8/26/12.
ArataHenriPortland, ORIn Dec. 2003 one man filed suit alleging that Arata sexually molested him from 1967 through 1970 at Immaculate Conception Parish. Arata was assigned to Immaculate Conception from 1969 until 1975 and also worked at a local grade school and high school as a counselor from 1964 until 1975. Arata retired “for health reasons” in 1982 and died the same year.
BaccellieriJoseph A.Portland, ORRemoved from active duty in 2002. 2 men filed suits in 2004 alleging abuse in 1970s at Central Catholic High School. One plaintiff had a secretly recorded tape wherein Baccelliere seemed to admit molesting the Plaintiffs and indicating that there were other victims. Placed on leave in 1992 after allegation of abuse in 1970s involving teenage males. Went to rehab & then reassigned to several parishes beginning in 1994. Supposedly reassigned on limited basis under close supervision. Retired in 2002.
BischoffWilliam NorbertPortland, ORAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the province agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Bischoff’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Worked in San Francisco, Spokane, Seattle, Great Falls, and Portland OR dioceses. Died 10/7/91.
BrazauskasPiusPortland, ORLithuanian. Arrived in U.S. 1940s. In 1949 assisted at a St. Louis parish, transferred in late 1950s to Eugene OR where he was hospital chaplain until early 1970s. Per news, a 1950s news story said Brazauskas had a special rapport with children, always had candy and bubblegum for them and was nicknamed “Dr. Bubblegum.” Moved to North Bend OR 1972, worked at Holy Redeemer parish and St. Cathierine’s Residence Nursing Home. Artist with religious paintings displayed around the world, per obit. Retired 1980. Died 1990. In 1/18, three men filed suit vs the archdiocese alleging Brazauskas sexually abused them as children in the 1980s, when the priest was assigned to Holy Redeemer parish in North Bend. The boys were between 5 and 12 years old when Brazauskas allegedly french kissed them, groped their genitals and pressed his erect penis against them. Five more men joined the suit, some alleging abuse, some up to age 16, in the 1970s; settlement of nearly $4M in 7/19.
BrennanCathalPortland, ORFrom Ireland, ordained for Portland archdiocese. Accused in a 2018 lawsuit, along with Deacon James Creel, of sexually abusing an altar boy at Holy Cross parish 1993-96. Died 1/19/13 in Ireland.
BucherMelvinPortland, ORAccused in a 1994 lawsuit of abuse in the early 1970’s. Diocese said he was on leave of absence when abuse occurred, so they were not responsible for him. Lower court dismissed as not within scope of employment; OR Supreme Court reversed lower court in 1999. This ruling became noted for changing OR law. Case settled 1/01 for $512,500. Another man claimed abuse as a minor in 1965. Bucher admitted abuse in the 1960s and 1970s. Worked in CA and OR. On the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ list 5/31/19. On the Oakland diocese’s list 6/1/19. Died in 2019.
CallanFrancis WPortland, ORWorked in Seattle archdiocese from 1960-1962. Also worked in San Francisco, Spokane, Great Falls, Boise City, Baker, Seattle, Gallup, Tucson, and Portland OR dioceses. Gallup and Tucson assignments in 1962-1968 were in the California province, not his home Oregon province. As part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the province agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claim filed in the bankruptcy, and who have not denied the allegation. Callan’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Died 4/19/91.
CharvetLouisPortland, ORAccused in a 2002 suit of abusing a girl when she was 7. Total of 4 women sued Charvet alleging that he assaulted them. In another suit, he is accused of masturbating in front of a 13 yr old boy and using sexually explicit language. In the same suit, the male plaintiff also accuses Fr. Clement Frank of abuse. Charvet was recalled to Abbey when first allegation surfaced in 2002. Total of 15 known accusers, 13 of which had settled. Died 10/07. One case will go to trial 2010.
ClarkEmanuel W.Portland, ORAccused in 11/02 civil suit of abuse of a male student at Mount Angel Abbey Seminary High School in 1975 after the youth sought counseling from Clark. Died 1992. Second suit filed 12/10 against Mount Angel Abbey by an active priest who alleged that Clark molested him in 1970s at Mt. Angel Preparatory, when he was between the ages of 14 and 17.
ConnollyThomas E.Portland, ORMost of career spent among Native Americans, for a time in WA state and for many years at Sacred Heart Coeur d’Alene mission in Desmet ID. Retired in 2010 to Regis Jesuit Community at Gonzaga University in Spokane. As part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the province agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Connolly’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him.
CreelJamesPortland, ORDeacon. Pled guilty in 1995 to fondling a girl’s breasts repeatedly. Sentenced to 5 years’ probation. In a 2018 lawsuit accused, along with Rev. Cathal Brennan, of the sexual abuse of a boy 1993-96 at Holy Cross parish. Creel denied the allegations.
DavisUnknownPortland, ORIn 2001, the Archdiocese paid $550,000 to settle a single claim per news article in 2006. No further information known.
DezurickGeraldPortland, ORSued in 2005. Plaintiff alleges that Dezurick molested him in about 1960 at Tillamook Catholic High School when he was 16. Suit also alleges that Dezurick then lied to his parents and persuaded them to commit the boy to a mental institution to cure homosexuality. Another man came forward to allege abuse in 1957. Total of 4 accusers. He settled with Abbey in 2003. Dezurick died in 1986. He also served in the Spokane Diocese for several years in late 1970s.
DohertyMartinPortland, ORDoherty is accused by one boy in civil suit of sexually abusing a number of boys in 1956 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gervais, sometimes in conjection with Fr. Edmund Raleigh. The accusor says that the two priests forced him to have oral sex with them and watch as they engaged in group sex with other boys. Doherty is deceased.
DonnellyMartin M.Portland, ORAccused of molesting two young sisters in Portland in early 1950s. Donnelly’s current status is unknown as of 11/06. Both plaintiffs have filed a civil suit in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Aka Mark M. and Martin William Donnelly.
DuffyFrancis (Frank)Portland, ORDied 12/1/92. Accused in a 2002 OR suit of abuse of sisters in 1967 and 1968 at St. Luke’s in Woodburn; settled 2003. Settlement same year with another female. Named in suit against Jesuits in 2007, by a woman claiming abuse as a child by Duffy and Fr. James Poole in mid-1960s. Included in 11/07 settlement w/ Order. Woman filed suit in Yakima, WA 6/08. Settled 8/08. Another woman settled suit 7/12 w/ Yakima for $500K. Suit against Yakima in 3/13 settled 2/14. On Great Falls-Billings diocese’s list 8/21/18. On Jesuits West List 12/7/18. It notes abuse 1949-50, 1967-69 and 1977-78 reported 2002, 2008, 2009. On Yakima’s list 7/9/19.
DurandDonald A.Portland, ORMan filed civil suit in 2004 alleging that Durand molested him and three friends in early 1970s. Says Durand fondled him, and forced all the boys to disrobe, take a sauna with him and wrestle with him. Incidents occurred at St. Francis Assisi school in Portland. More than a dozen men have alleged abuse from 1960s-1990s. Durand retired in 2001 at age 70. Privileges later removed. 8 claims were settled 3/14/07 after 2 “mini-trials. New suit filed 9/11 by one man.
EucharisticaMaryPortland, ORWoman filed suit 2/07 against order alleging abuse by Mother Mary Eucharistica and Mother Mary Freddrick between 1958-1962 at Holy Child Academy and St. Rose’s Catholic School. Plaintiff has already settled with the Portland Archdiocese. Mary Eucharistica died in 2002 at the age of 100.
FordFrancis (John)Portland, OROrdained a Franciscan. Left the order and incardinated into Diocese of Santa Rosa 1/71. Accused in 2002 suit against the Portland archdiocese and order of abuse of a boy for two years, beginning when the boy was age 12 in 1961. Ford apparently moved back and forth between Portland archdiocese and positions in CA. He died 10/21/84. Suit settled in 2003 or 2004. He signed documents John E. Ford when chaplain at Napa State Hospital 1/73 – 3/77. On Santa Rosa diocese’s list 1/12/19. It notes abuse in the diocese in 1974 and that he went on leave 1/1/79. On Oakland diocese’s list in 2019. On Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ list 5/31/19.
FrankClementPortland, ORMan filed suit in April, 2002 alleging that Frank, later principal at Mount Angel Seminary, raped him at age 7 in church basement in the 1950s. Claims were based on repressed memories. Frank died in 1996 at age 89. In 3/08, Oregon Court of Appeals upheld dismissal of suit against Archdiocese. Litigation still pending 11/08.
FreddrickMaryPortland, ORWoman filed suit 2/07 against order alleging abuse by Mother Mary Freddrick and Mother Mary Eucharistica between 1958-1962 at Holy Child Academy and St. Rose’s Catholic School. Abuse by Mother Mary Freddrick alleged to have taken place in 1962. Plaintiff has already settled with the Portland Archdiocese.
FrolickJeanne ClarePortland, ORFemale accuser filed a civil suit alleging abuse at an unspecified time by Frolick, director of the Archdiocesan Choir since early 1970s. Frolick also served at Sacred Heart Academy in Salem. She was placed on administrative leave when the allegation was made.
GhilardiMassimoPortland, ORIn 2/03, man wrote from prison to priest at Bandon OR church to say that he had been molested by Ghilardi from 1976-1977 when he was approximately 12. The priest he contacted notified the Archdiocese and reported back that there were no other complaints in Ghilardi’s file. Ghilardi requested a transfer from Bandon in 1977 “for health reasons” and died of cancer in 1983.
Gonzalez RiosJuan JosePortland, ORSeminary student at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon until he was dismissed in 2003. Warrant was issued in 2005 for his arrest on felony charges of encouraging child sex abuse (child pornography). When he was arrested in 3/08, he was working at St. PeterRetreat Center in Yakima Alaska Diocese. Yakima bishop knew of earlier allegation; thought it was an isolated incident and duties did not involve children. Gonzalea claims he was abused by a priest before entering seminary. Criminal charges dropped 5/09
GoodrichJohn MaloyPortland, ORIn 1989 civil suit, man alleges that Goodrich fondled, kissed and bit him on church premises between 1974 and 1988. Settled 1990 for $446K. Goodrich retired in 1988 and later suffered a stroke that left him mentally incapacitated. He died in 1995. Atleast one additional suit filed 10/04. There are as many as 14 accusers against Goodrich.
GrammondMaurice R.Portland, ORAccused in suit filed 12/14/99 sexual abuse of a boy in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Amended suit added 24 other plaintiffs; settlement with 23 announced 10/9/00. Alcohol and porn used in grooming; abuse allegedly included oral and anal sex. Archdiocese was warned 5 times 1959-74. Removed 1985; sick leave 1986; retired 1988; died 2002. Another suit filed 2008 but dismissed on SOL. Appealed to Ct of Appeals. Through 2013, more than 46 claims had been settled for almost $40M. New suits filed 6/13 and 10/13 and 4/14. Note that in 2005 one accuser sentenced to 3 yrs in prison for making false allegation in a civil suit filed against Grammond. Another new suit filed 6/24/14 alleges abuse 1969-1972 when plaintiff was ages 6-9. Another suit filed by 2 brothers in 2/17 claiming abuse by Grammond and Rev. James M. Harris when they were ages 9-13 and 11-12, while their step-father suffered from leukemia.
Guzman-ChavezErastoPortland, ORGuzman-Chavez, a visiting priest from Mexico, began working in Portland in 1993. He was accused in May 1997 of molesting several teenage girls. Even after the allegations were known, the Archdiocese wrote to the Immigration service asking that he be granted permanent residence status. He was restricted from contact with women but was allowed to continue his Spanish-language ministry. Current status unknown.
HalseyLawrence M.Portland, ORKnown as Brother Cronin, Halsey is accused in 2002 civil suit of abuse of teenage girl from 1968-1972 at Marist high school in Eugene. Another woman also alleged molestation when she was in high school but later withdrew her claim. Halsey left the order, married, and lives in Oregon as of 2002.
HamiltonWilliamPortland, ORIn 2003 the Archdiocese settled a sex abuse claim against Hamilton for $675,000. Further facts and Hamilton’s current status are unknown.
HansenUnknownPortland, ORIn 1999 Archdiocese paid a $22,500 settlement to one claimant. No information provided on when abuse occurred, who the victim was, or the current status of Hansen.
HarringtonJohnPortland, ORAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the province agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators ofsexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Harrington’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Died 3/05/04.
HarringtonRaynorPortland, ORNamed publicly as accused by the Franciscans’ Santa Barbara Province on its list 5/31/19. Allegation reported in 1966 of recent sexual abuse of minors the same year. Assigned in 1966 to St. Anthony’s in Tigard, OR. Died in 1996. On the Oakland diocese’s list in 2019.
HarrisJames M.Portland, ORAccused in 2006 civil suit of abusing 3 of 8 siblings, ages of 5-14, beginning in 1968. He had befriended the family after their house burned down. Brother of Bernard M. Harris who is alleged to also have abused the children. Died 1999. New lawsuit to be filed 8/07 alleging abuse of 1 youth in early 1950s. Another suit filed by 2 brothers in 2/17 claiming abuse by Harris and Rev. Maurice Grammond when they were ages 9-13 and 11-12, while their step-father suffered from leukemia.
HurleyJames P.Portland, ORAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the province agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators ofsexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Hurley’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Died 11/14/98.
JacobsonGaryPortland, ORSeveral complaints of abuse by Jacobson were made to Archbishop or the Archdiocese in 1980s and 1990s. See Documents released 11/08. He has been accused of molesting three victims: in 1965, the late 1970s, and 1987. Woman filed suit in 2002 in Arizona alleging abuse in Oregon. He was still working in 2002 and had recently been cautioned about behavior with children.
JacquesKennethPortland, ORAlso known as Robert Lawrence Jacques. Civil suit filed 4/02 alleges abuse of 16 yr old boy by Jacques in 1968. Immediately placed on leave. Another suit filed 5/02 alleges that Jacques abused a 2nd boy the same year. Jacques was principal at a Mount Angel Abbey prep school at the time of the molestatiions. Three other men filed suit 11/02 alleging abuse in late 1970s.
JaimeJosePortland, ORJaime is named as abuser of one individual in a suit filed in Federal Court. Abuse allegedly occurred when Jaime was a seminarian at Mount Angel Abbey. He is referred to as a former Benedictine priest so he apparently left priesthood. Other than that,his current status is unknown.
KarathWilliam “Bill”Portland, OROriginally ordained in Columbus, OH. Moved to Portland in 1975; incardinated there in 1979. Died Jan., 2003. Private settlement for $225K between one man and archdiocese was announced and finalized 5/11. Man alleged sexually inappropriate behavior by Karath while assigned to Holy Trinity in Bandon between 1989 to 2002. Accuser was a boy at the time.
KeysGordon L.Portland, ORAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the province agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators ofsexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Keys’ name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Died 1/6/05.
KiernanPatrickPortland, OROrdained in Ireland, Kiernan spent 45 years as a priest in Oregon. A suit currently filed in federal court accuses him of sexually abusing a girl on at least 70 occasions during a 2-3 year period, beginning when she was 17. Died in 1997 in Ireland.
KohlmanLeonard A.Portland, ORAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the province agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators ofsexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Kohlman’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Died 9.24.72
LarkinJohnPortland, ORMan filed civil suit in 2004 alleging abuse by Larkin on one occasion at St. Luke’s in Woodburn when plaintiff was 12. Diocese says that Larkin died in 1995.
LaughlinThomas B.Portland, ORAccused of sexually abusing between 20-40 boys from 1967-1996. Numerous civil suits filed; several settled. Convicted at least once and sentenced to 1 yr in jail in 1983 when he finally became inactive as priest. Even abused on way to therapy in New Mexico. Laicized in 1988. 10 men sued Laughlin, individually, in 2004. Add’l suit filed 8/07 by one man alleging abuse beginning in 1960. Died 3/1/13 in Omaha. Another claim filed in 2007 re abuse in 1979 but this person was later convicted of filing at least 4 false claims in Portland, Spokane, Covington and Tucson and was sentenced 6/11/14 to 33 months in prison.
LukeMaryPortland, ORLuke and an unnamed priest are accused of molesting a 10 yr old boy in 1958 at St. Mary’s Home for Boys, an orphanage and care facility which was owned by the Archdiocese at the time. Luke denies the allegations, saying that at the time of the alleged abuse she did not work in the building where abuse was said to have occurred. Plaintiff has filed or will file suit in federal court. Luke is retired but not on restrictions because her Order does not beleive the accusations.
MacNaughtonJohnPortland, OROne civil suit filed in 2004 alleging abuse by MacNaughton. Man said abuse occurred in 1967 at what is now St. Mary’s Home for Boys in Beverton. Plaintiff committed suicide in 2005 just prior to mediation in case. MacNaughton is deceased.
MallmanEgonPortland, ORAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (7/18/11) the province agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators of sexualabuse in proofs of claims filed in the bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Mallman is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Worked in Heart Butte MT for 40 yrs. Died 8/20/80. ncluded on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement.
MarieGenevievePortland, ORA man and a woman, both 60, allege in 8/07 civil suit that Sister Genevieve Marie, a nun and teacher at St. James School in McMinnville, engaged in acts of physical and mental cruelty toward them in the mid- to late 1950s.
Mary AnnePatriciaPortland, ORIn civil suit to be filed 8/3/07, one man who was born in 1955 alleges that Sister Patricia Mary Anne, a nun and teacher at the Madeline School in Portland, sexually abused him as many as 100 times over a two-year period beginning in 1964.
McCarthyJamesPortland, ORAccused by a woman of fondling her at least once in 1950 or 1951 when she was a very small child. His current status is unknown.
McCrayGeraldPortland, ORAt least one complaint of abuse was made to archdiocese between 1986-1995. He is shown as “absent on sick leave” per 1989 Official Catholic Directory. Archdiocese paid $137,500 to settle case in 2003. He was “terminated” from ministry in 1990.
McDowellArchibald M.Portland, ORTaught at University of Portland 1949-59. Accused of molesting an 11-year-old boy in 1956. In 1958 the Provincial of the order wrote to McDowell noting two canonical warnings already on his record, one of which was for fondling two high school boys. Sued prior to 7/02 by a boy he allegedly molested in 1956. Archdiocese paid $10K in 2003 to settle one claim. Also taught in Austin, TX. On the order’s list 6/12/19. It notes multiple allegations received1949-50s of abuse occurring in OR, IN, and LA. Permanently removed from ministry in 1962. Died 1994. On New Orleans’ list in 6/19.
McKeanLouisPortland, ORA woman has accused McKean of abusing her in 1972-1973 when she was a minor. The Archdiocese settled the claim in 2003 for $750,000. It is unknown if a suit was actually filed. McKean was 86 when he died in 2005.
McLeodJ. WilliamPortland, ORCivil suit filed 2001; settled in 2002. Plaintiff said McLeod molested him 50 times between 1938 and 1941. Another man claimed abuse but did not sue; He did provide a deposition in the existing legal case. 2nd civil suit June 2002 alleged that Plaintiff was abused at St. Mary’s School in Medford more than a dozen times between 1954 and 1957. Suit says that senior pastor walked in during one episode of abuse but failed to take action. At least 14 accusers in all. McLeod died 1969.
McSorleyJames P.Portland, ORPhilippines missionary for 15 years, then moved often. Worked in Dioceses of Oakland CA, Monterey CA, Boise City ID, Great Falls-Billings MT, and Archdioceses of Los Angeles CA, Portland OR, Seattle WA, Miami FL, and as an Army chaplain in Germany. Last name sometimes spelled “McSorely” in the Catholic Directories. Accused in 2002 suit of molesting a boy in 1964 at St. Alice’s in Springfield, OR. Also accused of abuse in 1960s when in Germany. Archdiocese paid $100,000 to settle a claim in 2003. In 2018 a man told reporters McSorley abused him and other boys in Boise when he was age 12, 1971-72. He said he told the diocese in 1993 and again in 2000. McSorley died 5/27/05 . Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. On Oakland diocese’s list in 2019.
MicheleRobertPortland, ORWorked in Austin TX, Portland OR, and in missions throughout the US. Accused of sexually assaulting a girl in OR beginning in 1964. The ‘relationship’ continued beyond her 18th birthday in 1965, until 1969. She filed suit in federal court. Michele retired in 2004. The Paulists announced in 11/18 that it had received a “credible and substantiated allegation” of abuse of a minor female, occurring when he was assigned to St. Philip Neri parish in Portland 1964-68, and 1972-73. The Order said, too, that there was a previous allegation, in 2002, of sexual misconduct with another minor female, found at the time to be inconclusive. Michele, age 90 in 11/18, was living in a skilled nursing facility and prohibited from ministering as a priest. On Mobile archdiocese’s list 12/6/18. On Baltimore list 12/14/18. On Paulists’ list 3/08/19.
MinhVincentPortland, ORMinh came from Viet Nam to Portland in 1972 to pursue a master’s degree. He soon began helping the Archdiocese with the Asian community and became very well known. In March, 2001 allegations were made that he had raped a woman in 1983 and molested two young girls in 1980s. Order sent him for treatment and later to a center in Illinois. His priestly functions have been permanently removed.
NashWilliam T.Portland, ORAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the Order agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the Province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the Bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Nash’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Died in mid 1950s.
O’DohertyAloysius APortland, ORPer 2002 civil suit, he is accused of abuse of an 11 yr old girl in 1950. May have served at one time with convicted abuser Thomas Laughlin.
O’FlynnPatrickPortland, ORO’Flynn has been accused of molesting a girl over 100 times, beginning when she was 10 in 1962 and continuing until 1970. His current status is unknown as of 11/06.
O’ReillyPatrick JosephPortland, ORAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the Order agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the Province identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the Bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. O’Reilly’s name is included on this list. Died 5/26/58. Name on Great Falls-Billings diocese’s list 8/21/18. On Jesuits West list 12/7/18. It notes abuse 1945,1947, 1949, reported in 2009.
Orso-ManzonettaAldo CarloPortland, ORIn 2000 civil suit(s), Orso-Manzonetta was accused of abusing 4 altar boys between 1958 and 1974. Suit(s) settled in 2001 for undisclosed sums. Orso-Manzonetta died in 1996. At least six other victims have come forward but did not join the suit. Archdiocese has paid more than $1.6M since 1997 to settle 7 claims. 1994 psychological evaluation released 11/25/08.
PatrickMichael T.Portland, OROriginally from Sri Lanka. Worked in the Portland OR diocese beginning 1998. Was on marriage Tribunal and served in several parishes. Named pastor of St Wenceslaus in Scappoose OR in 2012. Charged in 3/15 with luring for attempting to get a 14-yr-old girl into his car as she walked home from school in Vancouver OR. Girl fled and was able to describe the man and provide police his car license number. He denied the allegations. Arrested at Los Angeles airport 4/8/14 upon return from a visit to Australia. Archdiocese removed him from duties when he was arrested. Pled guilty 5/6/16 to attempted luring. Sentenced to 1 yr in jail; given credit for 23 days served and 244 days were suspended. Was to serve remaining time in a work-release program.
PausonRichardPortland, ORAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the Order agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the Province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the Bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Pauson’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Died 8/25/71.
PennaSylvesterPortland, ORAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the Order agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the Province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the Bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Penna’s name is included on this list. Died 1/08/74. On Diocese of Great Falls-Billings list 8/21/18. On Jesuits West list 12/7/18, with “Sexual abuse of a minor: 1951-57?”, reported in 2009.
PerezAngel ArmandoPortland, ORFrom Mexico. Went to seminary in Oregon; ordained there. Arrested 8/13/12 after a 12-yr-old boy told police Perez touched him inappropriately and took pictures the night before. Charged with first degree sex abuse, using child in display of sexually explicit conduct & furnishing alcohol to a minor. Diocese removed without privileges from St. Luke’s in Woodburn after arrest. (Best friend in seminary was Uriel Ojeda, convicted 7/13 of molesting a girl.) Perez pled guilty 4/1/13 and sentenced to 75 mo. prison. Civil suit filed 4/14. Archdiocese settled 12/15.
PeroneRocco FrancisPortland, ORAccused of molesting more than a dozen boys 1951-56 in OR. Accused in 1956 of molesting a boy in Casper, WY. Sued in 2001 and again in 2002. Also accused of abuse in Austin, TX where he worked 1957-88. Sent to treatment. Worked in other dioceses across the country. Portland archdiocese paid more than $2.8M in 2003-04 to settle most claims. Died 5/5/92. On the Beaumont diocese’s list updated 4/24/19. On the Cheyenne diocese’s list 6/12/19. On the Paulists’ list 3/8/19. It notes multiple cases 1950-56 in OR, reported in 2002, a report in 2018 of alleged abuse in OK 1958-62 and a report in 2019 of alleged abuse in TX 1968-70.
PierreEugene E.Portland, ORAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the Order agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the Province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the Bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Pierre’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Died 8/17/79. Worked in Africa for many years.
PlocinskiLeonard E.Portland, ORMan filed federal suit 5/10 alleging that Plocinski groomed him and then raped him in 1970s when he was 8 or 9. Plocinski was assigned to St. Phillip’s Catholic Church in Dallas, OR at the time. Plocinski died in 1995. Church said this was the only allegation against Plocinski.
PriceDoloresPortland, ORAccused in a 5/04 suit of “serious and severe sexual conduct” with a 6-year-old boy between 15 and 25 times in 1972-73. At the time, aka Sister Theresa Joseph. Died 9/19/08.
RaleighEdmundPortland, ORPer 2002 articles, Raleigh (also known as “Friar Raleigh”) is accused of abusing one youth in 1956 at St. John the Apostle in Oregon City. In May 2002 suit, the plaintiff says that Raleigh and Martin Doherty abused him and also forced him to watch as they engaged in group sex with other minors. Died 1979.
RaleighMichael J.Portland, ORBelieve this is same individual as “Friar” Raleigh or “Edmund Raleigh” accused in 2002, based on assignments and date of death. Four men have accused Raleigh of forcing them to engage in various sexual acts when they were children or young teens in the 1950s. Raleigh served at St. Augustine in Lincoln City and St. John the Apostle in Oregon City. He died in 1979.
RiffelClaudePortland, ORA suit filed 2/09 alleged abuse of a youth at St. Francis Minor Seminary in Troutdale, OR in the early 1960s. Riffel was dean of discipline for the school and would allegedly call the teenager out of class to abuse him. Also believed to have abused in Santa Barbara, CA 1941-42 and from 1975-76. Died in 1977. On the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ list 5/31/19. On the Las Cruces diocese’s list 6/24/19, where he was assigned in 1968.
RodakowskiLouis G.Portland, ORWoman made claim in 2005 and he admitted inappropriately touching her when she was a minor. Placed on leave. Per 11/06 news article, 2 individuals had made accusations that Rodakowski abused them, one in 1948 and the other in 1961-63. Rodakowski retired in 1977 but continued to guest-preach in two parishes as late as 1997 and 2002. Was honored for 61 years as a priest and 90th birthday in 2003. Personnel documents released 11/08.
RudinRemyPortland, ORAccused by at least eight people in lawsuits filed in 2004 of abuse when they were minors at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in OR. On the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/19. It notes alleged sexual abuse of minors 1965-75, reported in 2004 and 2017. Rudin died in 1991.
RyanEdmund K.Portland, ORRyan was accused of abuse in Eugene Oregon. The Order acknowledged a single credible allegation that he had touched a high school boy over his clothing. He was removed from public ministry. He also worked in the Oakland Diocese. Last known location wasSt. Albert’s Priory in Oakland.
SchwartzJohnPortland, ORSued 2005. Accused of abuse of student in 1986-1987 in Oregon. Article says he is no longer a Jesuit but works as priest for Archdiocese of San Francisco and has taken a voluntary leave . Suit settled for $95,000 in Nov. 2005. Per 11/06 article, Schwartz is being returned to active duty because Archdiocese says accusations were not credible. Per Official Catholic Directory, he was chaplain at St. Anne’s Home in San Francisco (a Home for the Aged of the Little Sisters of the Poor) from 2007 – 2011. He is not indexed past 2011..
ScottVincentPortland, ORAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the Order agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the Province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the Bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Scott’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him.
SenkoMartin RichardPortland, ORSenko resigned as pastor of St. Peter’s in Portland 3/93 and was sent for treatment after he was accused of improperly touching a 15-yr-old girl in the parish between 1965-1969. He denied touching the girl “consciously or unconsciously.” Did admit relationships with adult women. From 1994-1998 he was administrator of St. Andrew in Cornelius. Retired in 1998; removed from public ministry 5/02 and died 12/04. Documents from file released 11/08.
SmithAnthonyPortland, ORMan filed civil suit in 2003 alleging abuse by Smith in mid-1980s at Holy Redeemer Church in Portland. Church says Smith was there from 1984-1986. At the time suit was filed, Smith was working at Newman House at Univ. of Pacific in Stockton. He was immediately placed on leave. He had been in Stockton for 2 yrs.
SprauerMichaelPortland, ORAccused of abusing as many as 20 teenage boys at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility from 1972-1975. Sued 2002 and 2003. Sprauer has denied the charges. Archdiocese has settled with 15 plaintiffs for total of $600,000 but suit(s) going to trial in May, 2007 against Sprauer and the State of Oregon. Found guilty of abuse of 2 of 3 plaintiffs 5/17/07 and jury awarded $1.4 mil in damages. In 7/07 state agreed to pay $1,050,000 to 14 plaintiffs. Ethics complaint filed against Plaintiff’s attorney in 2012 re he handled cases and his license was suspended for 90 days in 8/2014.
St. ArnaudPacome “”Jocelyn””Portland, ORIn 2002, 3 men accused St. Arnaud of sexually abusing them in 1970s. In civil suit filed 5/02, plaintiff says he told other priests in 1971 that he had been abused. St. Arnaud was then transferred to another parish where he abused the other 2 plaintiffs. These men filed suits in Nov. 2002. Also history of abuse in Canada before coming to Portland. Another suit filed 2005 is still awaiting trial. St. Arnaud died in 1992.
St. HilaireTheodore J.Portland, ORAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the Order agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the Province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the Bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. St. Hilaire’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him.
SteigerwaldPhilipPortland, ORMan sued Archdiocese in 2002 alleging that he had been abused by Steigerwald in 1978 on a long trip. Suit alleges that archdiocese knew prior to the abuse that Steigerwald was a danger to teenage boys and failed to notify parishioners. Plaintiff’s attorney says that Steigerwald left the church “under less than honorable circumstances” in 1981. Diocese spokesman says he just took a leave of absence. He died in 1992 after being struck by a car. Archdiocese paid $450,000 in 2003 to settle suit.
SullivanGregoryPortland, ORCivil suit filed in 2004 by one man alleging that he was abused by Sullivan in 1981 at St. Peter’s church in Portland. Diocese says that Sullivan was a priest in Archdiocese from 1979 to 1984. No information as to current status.
SusbauerMichaelPortland, ORSusbauer, who left the ministry in 1971, has been accused of sexually molesting one person in 1968 or 1969. No further information known.
ThatcherJohn R.Portland, ORThatcher joined the Jesuit order in 1934 and worked in various cities including Spokane. After ordination, he continued to work in Spokane and then worked in Portland from 1957-1973 and 1981-1994. Thatcher is accused of showing a 6 yr old boy pornography and sexually abusing him in 1963. He died in 2003.
ThielenMartin H.Portland, ORThielen is accused in 2002 civil suit of molesting a boy in late 50s and early 60s. Plaintiff says he told another priest, Thomas Laughlin (later convicted of molesting boys), and Laughlin told him to keep quiet. Thielen retired in 1995. He had been superintendent of Catholic schools in Archdiocese, principal of Central Catholic and a judge at the ecclesiastical court, Archdiocese paid more than $1.8M in 2003 to settle 3 cases.
UnnamedJohn Doe (in Oregon)Portland, ORPer 2002 list, this is an unidentified priest who was accused of molesting a 10 yr old boy at a week-long spiritual retreat at Camp Howard between 1968-1970. A civil suit was pending against this unidentified priest as of 7/02.
UnnamedRevs. M,T,RPortland, ORThese three priests from All Saints and at least one other Portland Parish are accused of abusing 1 girl from 1950s to 1960s when she was aged 3-18. Civil suit was pending as of 7/7/02. No further information known.
VogtEmmerichPortland, ORDominican of Western Province. Former provincial. Prior of St. Albert’s Priory, Chapel and Seminary in Oakland CA; Director Shrine of St. Jude in San Francisco.Taught high school in OR and in Los Angeles CA. Former pastor and prior of Holy Rosary parish in Portland OR. Accused in a 2/16 lawsuit of sexual abuse of a 10-yr-old boy altar boy in 1987. Plaintiff said he told other priests who told him he must obey Vogt. Vogt denied the abuse. The plaintiff dropped the suit in 5/17 after his brothers testified that they were altar boys with him, and that there was no abuse.
WachterCarlPortland, ORIn 2001 two sisters filed suit alleging that they were abused at ages 7 & 8 by Wachter. Girls were staying at Christie School in Maryhurst. Women say a nun saw the abuse and did nothing. Wachter died in 1992. Archdiocese paid $440,000 in 2003 to settle the claims.
WhiteCosmasPortland, ORPrior to 7/02, 1 man filed suit alleging that White abused him during the 1964-1965 school year at Mount Angel Seminary Prep School. White “retired” without privileges after suit filed. Suit settled “for a nominal amount of money” 2 months after it was filed. Per 9/04 articles, the Order cleared White of the molestation charges and he will be allowed to resume public Mass and prayer. Review board found no evidence to support the allegation

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