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Pennsylvania Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Pennsylvania Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Pennsylvania 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
BaruchJohn S.Allentown, PAMonsignor. Assigned to St. John Cantius in Bridesburg 1930-46. Pastor of St. Casimir’s in Mahanoy City 1946-60. Pastor of St. Stanislaus in Minderville 1964-84. Retired 1984. Died 3/12/95. Name included on diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Allegation reported to diocese after his death.
BenderThomas J.Allentown, PAFound by police in 1972 in a car with a teen boy, both without pants. No consequences. Complaint to diocese 1984 of repeated rape of a boy for years. Two more people later accused Bender of sex abuse in the 1960s. Convicted 1988 of abuse of boy. Given seven years’ probation. Laicized 5/05. New accusations 2006; arrested on charges of online solicitation of detective posing as 14-year-old boy. Pled guilty 7/06 but asked in 8/06 to withdraw his guilty plea based on a recent appellate decision. Pled guilty to federal charges 2/07. Sentenced to 10 years prison and lifetime probation 5/08. Released from prison 2014. Included in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report and list released by diocese 8/19/18.
BenestadThomas J.Allentown, PAMonsignor. Leaves of absence 1978-80, 2006-07. Sabbatical 2001-02. Retired in 2009. First named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Allegation to diocese in 2011 that Benestad abused a boy, including forced oral copulation, beginning at age 9, in the early 1980s. Accuser said the priest squirted holy water into his mouth afterwards “to purify him.” Benestad denied the allegations, which were deemed credible by law enforcement. Diocese claims to have tried to have Benestad laicized, but the Vatican said not enough evidence. Living in 2018 in Boca Raton, FL, in the Diocese of Palm Beach.
Bonilla MargaritoLuis A.Allentown, PAIn lawsuit filed 8/10, parents of a 19-year- old girl allege that Bonilla (high school chaplain) started a relationship with her when she was a 17- or 18- year-old senior in 2008-2009. Relationship continued after parents complained. He was removed from parish 11/09; sent to treatment. Relationship continued while he was in treatment. Girl gave birth to his daughter girl 7/10. He left therapy at some point and was living with the girl and baby. Diocese asked that he be laicized. Judge ruled case could proceed 1/11.
CofenasRobert G.Allentown, PAFirst named as accused publicly in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Educator, guidance counselor, campus minister. Held prominent diocesan positions. Diocese knew as early as 1979 of concerns re Cofenas’ behavior with boys. Admitted in 2000 to abuse of a 17-year-old boy in 1986, when was assigned to a Sinking Spring parish and moderated the Youth Group. Treated 1989-90 at Paracletes in NM and in 2000 at St. John Vianney in Downington PA. Removed 2000. Laicized 2005. Died 12/14/13. Included on diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Added to Baltimore list 9/18.
ConnellDavidAllentown, PANamed publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Report to diocese 5/76 Connell made a sexual advance on a male high school student. In 10/07 a man told the Carmelites that when he was a Nativity High student, Connell abused him at least twice. He said he and his brother, whom he said was also abused, were living at the Order’s priory after their house burned down, and that Connell drugged him and he woke up with a bleeding rectum. He said he told Bro.Timothy Johnson who then beat him, warning that he would beat him worse if he told police.The man said he had also been sexually abused in sixth grade in the 1970s by a basketball coach, Jim Gross, at St. Patrick’s in Pottsville. Johnson left the order. Became a diocesan priest in San Antonio TX in 1976. Worked at Antonian College Prep until 1988 as teacher, vice-principal, principal. Pastored St. Thomas More parish. Died 1995. Two San Antonio accusers came forward after publicity in 2018. On San Antonio’s list 1/31/19.
FinkFelix C.Allentown, PADied 1966. Allegation reported to diocese after his death. First named publicly as accused on diocese’s 8/19/18 list.
FlanaganBernard A.Allentown, PADiocese announced 9/26/10 that Flanagan had been removed from his assignments as pastor of Annunciation, St. George, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Shenandoah and St. Mary Magdalen in Lost Creek; sent for treatment. Review Board found credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor dating back about 25 years, when he was assigned to Reading Central Catholic High School. May be other accusers. Chaperoned an unsanctioned international trip which included Bishop McDeviit High School students, diocese of Harrisburg. Name on Harrisburg’s 8/1/18 list. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report and on Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Diocese claims it tried to have Flanagan laicized, but Vatican denied.
FordRichard J.Allentown, PAIn 2000 the U.S. Navy reported twice to the diocese that Ford sexually abused one of its enlistees when he was a 12-year-old student at Holy Guardian Angels Regional School in Muhlenberg Township in 1989. The alleged victim was undergoing mental health treatment. Per Navy officials, the diocese did not respond to the reports. Ford died in 2005. The man filed suit against the diocese in 8/18. On Allentown diocese 8/19/18 list.
ForishStephen TAllentown, PAIn early 1990s six parents complained about Forist “luring” their children. Accused in 1996 of soliciting sex from 22-year-old man. Acquitted 1998. Sued 2004. Still priest as of 2006 but not active. Arrested in 9/06 for soliciting sex from 26-year-old man on a street corner in Greensburg PA. Forish had been working as a non-church affiliated psychologist at the time of his arrest. Plea deal (terms undisclosed) reached 11/06. Died in car auto accident 12/06. Name on Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list.
FromholzerFrancis (Frank) J.Allentown, PAIn 2002 a woman alleged sex abuse by Fromholzer, including on trip to the Poconos, in 9/65 when she was a 13- to 14-year-old student and he was a young priest. Suit filed 1/04. Second woman sued 7/04 alleging abuse on same 1965 trip. No criminal prosecution due to statute of limitations. Left active ministry 9/02. Last known to be living in FL. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Per the report, one girl told her school principal about abuse by Fromholzer in the 1960s and was then expelled. Another alleged victim said she told several priests in the 1980s who didn’t want to hear it and did nothing. She learned through the GJ report that after she came forward in 2002 to law enforcement the diocese investigated her. She filed suit against the diocese in 9/18 alleging it caused the intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation.
GaffneyJames F.Allentown, PASuit filed 2004 by a woman alleging she was sexually abused by Gaffney for two years beginning in 1990 ,when she was age 16 and he was Reading Catholic vice-principal. Suit states officials were notified and Gaffney was moved to St. Frances de Chantal in Easton, where he continued to have sex with the plaintiff when she was in college. Removed from active ministry in 2002. Laicized 2015. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report and Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Abuse alleged of a 14-year-old girl at 1985-87, reported to diocese in 1999. Also allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with adult women, one with a learning disability he was counseling. Suit filed 1/19 claimed harassment and threats of a former female Albright College student, where he taught after leaving the priesthood in 2002. She dismissed the suit in 6/19.
GalkoJoseph D.Allentown, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Diocese aware of issues as early as 1984. Galko admitted to sex with an 18-year-old male parishioner and to incidents with other males over the years, pre -and post-seminary and ordination. Concerns in 1987 about his spending too much time with altar servers and interaction with adolescent boys. Sent to Downingtown for treatment. Placed on leave 1988. Report to diocese in 2002 of abuse of male, age 17-18, in 1980 or ’81. Another report 2007 of abuse of 13-year-old 8th grade boy from St. Anne’s in Bethlehem. Galko acknowledged the abuse. Both victims said Galko plied them with alcohol. Laicized 2010.
GansterEdward G.Allentown, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 1977 a woman told the diocese that her 13-year-old son had been sexually abused by Ganster. Reassigned. A 37-year-old man told the diocese in 2002 that Ganster abused him for a year and a half beginning when the man was a 14-year-old altar boy at St. Joseph’s in Frackville. He again contacted the diocese in 2004. His reports were not sent to D.A..until 2007. Another report in 2015 that Ganster abused a 12-year-old boy in the summer of 1977. Put on sick leave 1987, sent to St. John Vianney in Downington for treatment in 1988. Request for laicization 1990, granted. Wanted to marry a woman he met at St. John Vianney and to work at Disney World. Diocese provided a reference for the job; Ganster worked at Disney Worked for 18 years. He died 7/3/14.
GillespieFrancis T.Allentown, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Per the report, In 1988 a boy told the diocese in a letter that Gillespie had sexually abused him at St. Joseph’s in Girardville, where he was an altar boy, about age 14. He reportedly did not get a response. The same person contacted the diocese again in 2003. His younger brother told the diocese in 2002 that when he was about age 10 at St. Joseph’s Gillespie began sexually abusing him. The priest’s modus operandi included having altar boys weighed and measured unclothed. One accuser said Gillespie dressed him in costumes, take his picture, then undress him. He said Gillespie had him drink alcohol and cough medicine, and that the abuse included oral sex. Removed 2002. Died 2017.
Giuliani/GuilianiRichard JAllentown, PAIn lawsuit filed 1/04, woman claimed that Giuliani forced her to perform sexual acts 1971-1975 when he was working at Notre Dame High School, beginning when she was age 12. She said she told Church authorities twice, and was ordered to confession both times in response. Also said he visited her in college in 1975 and asked her to marry him. After her refusal, he never contacted her again. Second woman filed suit 5/04. She alleged that she was molested by Giuliani 12/76 when she was student at Cardinal Brennan High School, where he was principal. Reportedly ‘left the priesthood’ in 1977. In 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report – name spelled ‘Guiiani.’ On diocese’s 8/19/18 list.
GraffEdward R.Allentown, PA“Retired” from Allentown to TX in 1992. Sent to Paracletes in NM for treatment, allowed to minister in Santa Fe diocese. Worked in Amarillo diocese until 2002. Arrested in TX 10/02; charged with abuse of 15-year-old boy. Died in jail 11/25/02 after “an accident” while awaiting trial. At least 40 men in PA and TX alleged abuse by him. One suit settled in TX in 2003 for $275K by Allentown diocese. One Allentown suit filed 7/04. In 2009 Mark Rozzi reported rape by Graff as a 13-year-old Catholic school student in 1984; he came forward after a friend said to have also been a Graff victim died by suicide. By 2016 two more friends he said Graff raped had taken their own lives. Rozzi was elected PA state rep in 2013 and went on to lead the effort to change the statute of limitations for sex crimes against children. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown 8/19/18 list. On Amarillo list 1/31/19.
HouseknechtLeo J.Allentown, PAIn 1/04 civil lawsuit, a woman alleged sexual abuse by Houseknecht when she was a student at Notre Dame High School in Bethlehem Township in the 1970s and Houseknecht was a teacher. She said Houseknecht spoke to her using crude/sexual language and that he inappropriately hugged her, his penis erect, at her family home. Per the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report, the womans said Houseknecht and another priest knew she was being abused by Rev. Richard J. Guiliani. Houseknecht was an active pastor when he died in 1990 at age 53. On 8/19/18 Allentown list.
HulkoJoseph D.Allentown, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Sent for treatment six times between 1982 and 2003. Admitted to the diocese in 9/03 that he sexually abused a girl when he was chaplain at St. Francis Orphanage in Orwigsburg 6/71-10/71. His victim was a 14-year-old resident of the orphanage. Per diocese notes the abuse occurred over approximately one year, as much as twice per week. Retired 9/1/03. Moved to Robertsville, MO.
JonesWilliam E.Allentown, PAMonsignor. Placed on leave in 2002 after an allegation that he had sexually abused a minor more than 20 years previously. Civil suit was filed in 1/04. alleging that Jones molested at least one youth on numerous occasions 1978-80. It also said that Jones and another priest performed oral sex on the plaintiff and several other boys during a trip. Suit was dismissed 1/05 due to the statute of limitations. Jones died in 5/04 at age 70. Also accused in a suit of using crude/sexual language toward a teenage girl.
KeanJoseph H.Allentown, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese 8/19/18 list. Report to diocese in 12/92 that Kean abused a boy over several years, starting when he was age 12 and Kean was pastor of SS Peter and Paul in Tower City. Kean was at the parish 1/77-1/83. Kean acknowledged the abuse and to abusing the boy’s friend. May have been sent to Paracletes in NM for treatment. More victims identified by Grand Jury, found in secret archives. Second victim contacted the diocese in 1999 re abuse as a teen altar boy in the 1970s in Tower City. A third man came forward in 4/02, saying that Msgr. William Jones sexually abused him then introduced him to and “shared” him with Kean. He said Kean performed oral sex on him and other boys in his Tower City bedroom. Reports in 2005 of abuse of two more: a Tower City altar boy ages 10-15 and an Ashland boy 1987-88, who went on to be heroin-addicted and suicidal. Kean retired 2002. Laicized 6/26/07.
KerestusThomas J.Allentown, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Regional director for three CYO groups, chaplain for Appalachian Trail Scouting Council. In 1985-86 parishioners wrote to Bishop Welsh with concerns about his close and inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old boy. In 10/92 an 18-year-old male told the diocese that Kerestus sexually abused him for five years. Assessed by St. John Vianney Center in 2005 to be in the “moderate-high range” for “sexual re-offense.” A third man reported in 4/16 that Kerestus abused him 1975-80 when the man was a 15-year-old Holy Name High School student in West Reading. Removed 2002, given retirement status. Died 2014.
KopecBronislaus J.Allentown, PAFirst named publioly as accused on Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Allegation reported after his death. Died 6/30/68.
KuzmannRobert J.Allentown, PANamed publicly as accused on diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Removed in 2006, laicized in 2015. Assignments included St. Jerome’s in Tamaqua and Marian Catholic High School.
LawrenceMichael S.Allentown, PAConcerns about Lawrence’s behavior as early as 1970 while in seminary. In 2002 a man alleged that Lawrence molested him at age 12 during a tutoring session in 1982 at St. Catharine of Siena in Mount Penn. He said told his parents immediately when he returned home, sobbing, and that his father called the church. The next day his father met with the diocese’s top administrator. Lawrence admitted to molesting the boy and was gone the next day, sent to St. John Vianney in Downingtown for treatment. He was back in a parish assignment within a year. The boy’s father complained again to Bishop Welsh in1986 and 1994; Welsh removed him from parish work but assigned him to the Diocesan Tribunal. Welsh retired in 1998. Lawrence wasn’t removed until 2002. A civil suit was filed in 2004. In 11/09 a reported to the diocese that Lawrence sexually abused him at age 13. Lawrence died in 4/15. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
LonerganKevinAllentown, PACharged with felony corruption of minors and misdemeanor indecent assualt in 8/21 after accused in 6/18 of groping a 17-year-old girl and sending her nude photos of himself. Lonergan reportedly met the girl at St. Francis of Assisi in Allentown and asked other parishioners for her cell phone number.
MaslarWilliam J.Allentown, PAFirst named publicly as accused on Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Removed in 2002. Died in 2005.
MathisJoseph L.Allentown, PAMonsignor. Founded Our Lady Help of Christians parish in 1927, where he remained until his death. Also Allentown State Hospital chaplain until 1975. Died 6/29/81. First named publicly as accused on Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Allegation reported to the diocese after Mathis’ death.
McHaleJames J.Allentown, PAA woman filed suit 5/09 in Delaware alleging that McHale, who was an Allentown priest, began to abuse her in 1964 when she was age 12; she said in continued until 1984. He reportedly took her on frequent trips to six states and once to Rome. McHale’s accuser says she told a priest in 1991 several times, who took no action. In 2016 she said that she discovered after a news investigation in 8/16 that the priest she had told, Rev. William Geiger, also had allegations of child sexual abuse against him, McHale died in 1997 at age 65. A Delaware judge dismissed her lawsuit in 4/10, citing no jurisdiction. On Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list.
McNelisFrancis JosephAllentown, PAIn 12/92 a man told the diocese that McNelis sexually abused him 1966-68, when he was a 10 -to 13-year-old altar boy. McNelis was sent in 1993 to Paracletes in NM for treatment. Reassigned in 1/94 to St. Ignatius parish in Sinking Spring PA, where he remained until his removal in 3/02. In 2004 a man reported to the diocese that when he was age 16 in 1968, McNelis forcibly orally copulated him on two occasions. Two lawsuits in 2004. McNelis died 3/24/05. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese 8/19/18 list.
MihalakJames J.Allentown, PACharged in 1997 with fondling a 17-year-old male hitchhiker; placed on probation in 1998. Record was to be expunged if successful probation. Diocese suspended him from duties. Had been pastor, high school teacher and high school principal. The 2002 Official Catholic Directory shows him at Holy Family Villa (a home for priests) in Bethlehem, PA. In 2004 the diocese said his whereabouts were unknown. Name included on diocese’s 8/19/18 list.
MrazJohn StephenAllentown, PAMonsignor. Diocesan director of ecumenical and inter-religious affairs. Former educator in diocesan schools. Pastor St. Ann’s in Emmaus beginning 2008. In 7/16 a parishioner found searches such as “small boy nudes” while working on Mraz’s two laptop computers; parishioner told diocese. Diocese alerted D.A. Images were then found on the laptops. Mraz admitted to searching for child porn. Charged in 9/16 with child porn possession, criminal use of a communication facility, and selling obscene materials. Mraz had been absent for a month for what parishioners said they were told were “medical issues.” Pled guilty 6/17. Sentenced 9/14 to 6 to 23 months in jail and was to be registered as a sex offender for 15 years. Included on diocese’s 8/19/18 list.
NaveFrancisAllentown, PAMonsignor. Pastor of Sacred Heart in Bath when suspended from ministry 6/27/18 due to accusations that he encouraged a 16-year-old VA boy to masturbate during online video ‘counseling’ sessions in 2012. The boy contacted law enforcement. Lawsuit filed. Settled 9/18. Nave allegedly also stripped naked and masturbated online. The boy reportedly took screenshots of Nave, who was talking to him while naked and touching himself. Name included on Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list.
PatilGabriel M.Allentown, PAThree men filed two separate suits in Allentown in 2004 alleging abuse by Patil when they were ages 7 to 9, 1978-1980, at Bethlehem Catholic High School. The boys lived in the neighborhood. Cases dismissed in 2005. Patil was promoted to Provincial Superior of his Order in 1990. Was reportedly working as pastor of a church in Ontario Canada as of 2004. Went on to work in Buffalo NY, Youngstown OH, then India. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
PuzaPaul G.Allentown, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Assigned to parishes, high schools and Catholic Scouting. In 1991 a former seminarian told Bishop Welsh that Puza molested him three times when he was an eighth-grader. Puza admitted to molesting the boy, but said it was just once, and when the boy was a senior in high school. Told therapist of “quite a bit of male and female involvement.” In 1995 a high school student, age 18, reported ‘sexual contact’ with Puza. On 2/4/02 Puza admitted to ‘sexual misconduct’ with a minor; he resigned as pastor of St. Richard’s in Barnesville 2/7/02. Laicized in 2010.
RigneyDennis A.Allentown, PADirector of Catholic Charities for over 36 years and other prominent chancery positions. Diocese received a report in 4/87 that Rigney fondled a 12- or -13-year-old girl. Complaint in 1989 that Rigney fired a Holy Family Manor nurse’s aid because she resisted his sexual advances. In 4/02 a woman told diocese that Rigney molested her over one year, 1966-67, when she was age 9 or 10 and he was assigned to St. Peter’s in Reading. She said Rigney also molested her sister. Rigney requested early retirement in 4/02 for ‘medical reasons.’ Sued 1/04 for alleged abuse of 9-year-old girl. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
RockJoseph A.Allentown, PAAssigned to parishes, Catholic Scouting and CYOs for many years. Two reports to diocese in 1986 of ‘sexual contact’ with three boys, one age 9, in the early 1980s. On ‘sick leave’ 2/86, sent to Paracletes in NM for treatment. Assigned 10/87 to nursing home/retirement facility for priests. Resigned 11/01 after accused of sex abuse of two elderly residents. Another allegation 1/92; Rock admitted to feeling boys’ genitals. Lawsuit filed by 20-year-old man in 1994 claiming Diocese failed to prevent him from abuse at ages 9-12 by Rock in Mount Carbon. Rock denied the allegation. No criminal charges. Report 3/00 of past abuse of boy beginning 5th or 6th grade. Named in suits filed by five alleged victims in 2004 claiming the diocese knew about abuse by Rock and other priests but systematically covered it up. Another allegation in 2007 of abuse of 6th to 8th-grade boy 1979-81. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On diocese’s 8/19/18 list.
RoyerGerald J.Allentown, PATransferred 8 times during first 8 years of priesthood. Leave of absences 11/55-2/56 and 4/60-7/61. Chaplain at St. Joseph Manor until 1964, then left active ministry the same year. Laicized in 2/65. Died 12/20/03. In 2009 a man in his 60s reported sexual abuse as a boy by Royer. In 5/16 an 81-yr-old man stated publicly that Royer sexually abused him in 1947, when the man was an 11-yr-old altar boy at Ss. Simon and Jude in West Bethlehem. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Included on Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list.
RuffenachCharles J.Allentown, PAFirst named as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Retired 1979. Died 1980. A man told the diocese in 8/01 that Ruffenach sexually and physically abused him beginning in about 1945, when the man was a St. John the Baptist school first-grader and continuing through eighth grade.
SabasJohn P./John PascalAllentown, PASabas was accused of having sexually abused at least one 14-year-old boy during the summer of 1964. Sabas’s alleged victim reported the abuse to the diocese in 1974, during Bishop Joseph McShea’s tenure. When Sabas’s accuser discovered in 1989 that the priest was still assigned to parish work, he sued Sabas and the Allentown diocese; the case was settled out of court for $40,000 in 1991. The diocese reportedly had assured the man several times that he was only victim. Sabas died in 1996. Shown as still active in the 1993 Catholic Directory. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list.
ShieldsWilliam J.Allentown, PAA ciivil suit was filed in 3/04 against the diocese alleging that Shields abused a 12-year-old altar boy in 1972. Shields allegedly invited the boy back to the rectory of St. Ann’s in Lansford after bingo night and began to molest him. The boy reportedly fled and never let himself be alone with the priest again. He said he told his mother and a deacon at the parish. Shields was moved 3 months later. Another man reported in 3/04 that Shields sexually abused him at St. Ann’s 25-30 years previously. Shields retired in 1995 and died 8/00. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list.
ShigoStephen F.Allentown, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Parish priest, Catholic Scouting chaplain, CYO and Youth Ministry director, Family Life Bureau director. Died 1991, age 38. Diocese received a report on 11/17/11 that Shigo sexually abused an 8th-9th grade altar boy at St. Ambrose, where Shigo was assigned in 1981.
SoderlundDavid A.Allentown, PAAccused 1980 of abuse of three boys, ages 12-13. Photos found of Soderlund in sex acts with boys. Admitted to ‘sexual activity’ with them. Removed, sent to St. John Vianney for treatment. Assigned as a parish pastor in 1981, restricted to no contact with minors, sent to another parish the next year. Abused another boy. In 1986 made Director of Pastoral Care at Good Samaritan Med Center in Pottsdale. Removed 1989 for violating restrictions by having an 8-year-old altar boy and made phone calls to him. Soderlund appealed to the Vatican which agreed his rights were violated. Bishop Welsh then offered him housing and income, but no job. A 2004 lawsuit against diocese claimed it covered up abuse by Soderlund and other priests. Laicized 2005. Arrested 2009 in WY, convicted of child porn possession/child exploitation. Sentenced 2-5 years’ prison. Registered sex offender in WY. In 8/14/18 PA GJ Report.
StrassnerHenry E.Allentown, PAVery Rev. First named as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Parish priest, pastor, educator, held prominent chancery positions. Admitted when confronted in 1988 to kissing a 19-year-old male on the lips four times during a counseling session. Sent to counselor who said there was “a lot more going on here than Father Strassner has admitted.” Two more complaints in 1991 of past child sex abuse, one a boy ages 6-8. Sick leave 8/1/93-2/18/94, sent to Paracletes in NM for treatment. Accused in 2001 of sex advances of a 31-year-old man during counseling session. In 2004 a man told the diocese Strassner sexually assaulted him during counseling or confession in 1977 when the man was age 26 or 27. This accuser wrote down the names of 25 or 30 others he alleged Strassner sexual assaulted. In 11/11 a 63-year-old man reported sex abuse, including oral copulation, by Strassner when he was in 7th or 8th grade. Retired 2003. Died 11/20/09.
TucciBruno M.Allentown, PAA man told the diocese in 1991 that Tucci sexually abused him when he was a 14-year-old altar boy. Tucci admitted to the allegations. Sent to Paracletes in NM for treatment. Returned to ministry as pastor of two Nesquehoning parishes. Resigned in 2/02. In 5/02 another man reported sexual abuse as a minor by Tucci 1977-78. Tucci requested laicization in 2005; granted in 4/07. Arrested in 12/12 on charges that in 1981 he took a PA boy to Ocean City MD and molested him. The boy attended a Shenandoah parish and school where Tucci was assigned. Tucci admitted to being aroused when he wrestled with and tickled the boy on a motel room bed. Last known to be living in Salisbury MD. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Accused in a lawsuit 11/18 of abuse 1999-2001 of a Nesquehoning altar boy, ages 10-12.
UhrigA. GregoryAllentown, PAAllentown priest for 20 years. Educator, held diocesan positions, worked in parishes. Moved to Metuchen NJ diocese 1993, incarnated there 1995. Allentown notified Metuchen in 2010 of allegations dating back about 30 years. A 44-year-old woman alleged sexual abuse by Uhrig over 4 years, starting when she was age 13 and in 7th grade at St. Anthony’s in Easton, where Uhrig was assigned. Allegations deemed “not frivolous,” Uhrig denied abuse.Placed on leave. Parish notified 10/10/10. Living at a priests’ retirement residence in Somerset NJ beginning sometime in 2011. A 5/17 church bulletin showed him to be assisting at weekend masses at a Whitehouse Station, NJ parish. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list.
UlincyAndrew AloysiusAllentown, PATeacher, parish priest, pastor, held prominent diocesan positions. Diocese announced 9/26/10 Ulincy’s removal from ministry due to credible allegations that he had molested a minor in 1981 while assigned to Ss. Simon and Jude’s in Bethlehem. In 11/81 a 17-year-old male told police that Ulincy had sexually propositioned him. Ulincy admitted his behavior. Sick leave 12/1/81-2/15/82; sent to treatment then reassigned. In 2010 the victim said he had gone to the church for help after running away from home, and that Ulincy offered him alcohol, fondled his penis then anally penetrated him. In the early 1990s a 25-year-old man, who was a contractor working at St. Joseph’s in Frackville’s rectory told police that Ulincly exposed himself to him. The man was given $2,500 and Ulincy was moved out of St. Joseph’s. Ulincy retired 3/1/11 and died 10/28/16. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On 8/19/18 Allentown list.
YarroshRonald J.Allentown, PAArrested in 2004 on charges of possession of an “enormous amount” of child pornography. Removed from assignment. Sent to St. John Vianney Hospital for eval and treatment. Diocese knew Yarrosh had “personality problems.” Also accused of embezzlement. Agreed to plead guilty in 2005 in return for sentence of 3 to 23 months in prison, 20 months’ parole, 10 years’ probation, and pay $24,000 in restitution. Violated probation – had gone to NYC with a 7-year-old child and found with porn. Sentenced in 11/06 to 4-10 years in prison. Sentenced upheld 1/08. PA registered sex offender. Dismissed from priesthood in 6/07, Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
ZmijewskiJoseph A.Allentown, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Member of diocesan Tribunal. Psychologist. Died 1968. In 10/04 a woman told the diocese that Zmijewski sexually abused her in 1950 when she was a St. Peter’s in Reading 9th grader. She said she was referred to Zmijewski for counseling, and he proposed hypnotizing her at his residence. She said she feigned being hypnotized and he then had her strip naked. He allegedly left the room for a few minutes then returned and told her to get dressed.
ZolondekJohn G.Allentown, PAParish assignments in Bridgeport, Emmaus, Willow Grove and Philadelphia. Involved in a Germantown summer camp. Music Director at Allentown Central Catholic High School, later at Reading Central Catholic High. Residing at St. Mary’s parish in Kutztown.when he died 9/18/62. First named publicly as accused on Allentown’s 8/19/18 list. Allegation received after his death.
AckersonFrancisAltoona-Johnstown, PAMonsignor. Named in the 3/1/16 PA Grand Jury Report on the Diocese of Altoona Johnstown among priests “alleged to have engaged in sexually abusive acts with children.” Abuse alleged 1955-56 of 15-yr-old boy at St. Mary’s Orphanage in Cresson PA, and included oral and attempted anal rape. Died 8/11/02.
ArsenaultDavidAltoona-Johnstown, PAOn 2/6/16 Bishop Bartchak announced that Arsenault and Rev. James Coveney had been put on leave while the diocese reexamined allegations of abuse. The PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, describes sexual assaults in the early 1980s by Arsenault of a boy age 17-18, while assigned to St. Joseph’s in Renovo PA. The priest became chaplain of a local high school’s athletics program, hanging out with the boys in the locker room. One boy’s parents encouraged their son to spend time with Arsenault, who insisted he counsel the boy at the parish twice a week. During sessions Arsenault would “wrestle” with the boy, then massage him, touching his legs and thighs. At least once he tried to grab the boy’s penis. On a trip to D.C. the boy awoke to Arsenault grinding his penis into him and kissing him. The victim went on to attempt suicide twice. Arsenault remained in ministry, even after admitting to diocesan officials in 2005 to “horseplay” with the boy.
BenderJoseph J.Altoona-Johnstown, PAAccused in an anonymous letter to Bishop Adamec in 8/91 of abuse of a boy “approximately 100 times,” in the 1970s. Sent for evaluation. Removed 7/92; reason given publicly was “ongoing health issues.” Died 8/7/00. Named in 3 civil suits filed in 2003. At least one plaintiff was a member of St. Joe’s Little Singers, a children’s choir founded by Bender. In 5/04 the diocese paid $3.71M to settle claims by 21 people alleging abuse by 11 priests, including Bender. PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report calls Bender a serial child predator who abused boys, ages 8-13, throughout most of his ministry. He targeted those whose parents hoped for a vocation for their sons and encouraged them to spend time with the priest. Other children called them “Benderites.” Bender would take the boys on overnight trips, insisted they sleep without underwear, then assault them. He would show anger when a child resisted. His acts against boys included kissing, fondling, masturbation and oral sex.
BillerHarold N.Altoona-Johnstown, PABiller was reportedly described in complaints filed in 2003-2004 by attorney Richard Serbin as one of 14 diocesan priests “having a sexual interest in children.” The others were: Gaborek, Kovach, Luddy, Skupien, Thomas Carroll, Inman, Robert Kelly, Grattan, McCaa, Bunn, John Boyle, McCamley, and Bender. When Biller retired in 2009, he was a monsignor and had been ecumenical minister and pastor of St Patrick’s in Johnstown, a parish with an elementary school. As of 3/3/16 he resided in a home for the elderly and disabled run by the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cresson PA.
BodenschatzPeterAltoona-Johnstown, PANamed in the 3/1/16 PA Grand Jury Report on the Diocese of Altoona Johnstown among priests “alleged to have engaged in sexually abusive acts with children.” A man reported to Bishop Adamec in 2002 that Bodenschatz sexually abused him on many occasions when the man was an 8th grader and altar boy, in 1940. Bodenschatz was “associated with” St. Mary’s in Nanty-Glo, PA during the time of the alleged abuse. Died 6/10/61.
BodziakCharles F.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPut on leave 1/16 pending diocesan investigation into allegations of child sex abuse 30 years prior. Per the PA’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, in 2003 a woman reported to the diocese that in 1971, when she was age 16 and in foster care, Bodziak had sexual intercourse with her repeatedly. She said he would pick her up in his car and take her to a place where teens would “make out.” She was blamed for having a “love affair” with a priest and removed from foster care. Bodziak was assigned to St. Agnes parish in Lock Haven at the time. New lawsuit 6/16 by two sisters, ages 47 and 49, alleging sexual abuse by Bodziak when one was in 2nd through 6 grades, the other ages 8-14. Bodziak assigned to St. Leo’s in Altoona at the time. He denied allegations. Suit dropped 12/17 due to 2-year statute of limitations. Suit revived in 6/19.
BoyleJohn J.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPer PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, Boyle sexually abused 5 boys 1958-1982. Diocese knew in 1969, when a father reported to it and PA State Police that Boyle abused his 12-yr-old son. Per Bishop Hogan’s notes there was sufficient evidence for charges, but Boyle “could move.” Put Boyle on “sick leave” then reassigned him. Boyle abused another boy, age 15, in 1971. In 1973 plied a 14- yr-old boy with alcohol to the point of unconsciousness, then raped him for the first of numerous times over a 2-yrs. In 1982 began a year of sexual assaults on a 16-yr-old boy, giving him alcohol and lavish gifts. In 1992 diocese received report that Boyle abused a 10- or 11-yr-old boy 1958-60. Abuse included fondling, masturbation and oral intercourse. Not until 1995 did Bishop Adamec send Boyle to treatment and allow him to retire. Boyle subject of 3 2003 lawsuits. In 5/04 diocese paid $3.71M to settle claims by 21 people alleging abuse by 11 priests, including Boyle. Died 12/14/11.
BradyMartin D. or A.Altoona-Johnstown, PANamed in 2/05 suit. Accused of abuse of 16-year-old boy in late the 1970s, when Brady was his teacher at Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg. Brady also worked in MN, VA and WV. Died 3/03 in Wheeling WV diocese. (The plaintiff in the 2/05 suit had become a priest; the diocese placed him on leave after he filed suit, so he resigned from active priesthood 4/06.) A second man came forward 2012 to report confidential settlement with Order and Barry Robinson High in 2003 and 2004. Diocese refused to settle. On Richmond diocese’s list 2/15/19.
BunnJames F.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury found that Bunn “engaged in sexual intercourse” repeatedly with a boy, ages 10-13, in the 1960s. Bunn had befriended the boy’s family, parishioners of St. Andrew’s in Johnstown, and visited often after his move to Sacred Heart in Altoona. Victim and his parents reported Bunn to Bishop Hogan in 1982. Bunn was kept in ministry. When Bunn became principal of McCort High School in 1984 and, along with accused priest Martin McCamley, continued corresponding with the victim, the family again approached Hogan. Hogan moved Bunn to another parish. When Adamec became Bishop they contacted him. Adamec met with Bunn, who admitted to “one incident.” He sent Bunn for an evaluation; based on Bunn’s self-report of no “pedophilic” interests, he was kept in ministry. There was another complaint in 2001. Bunn was removed from public ministry in 2002.
BurkhardtHarold J.Altoona-Johnstown, PAMonsignor. A man told the diocese in 2005 that Burkhardt sexually abused him when the man was age 9, and Burkhardt was pastor of St. Mary Immaculate Conception in Altoona. Abuse included fondling, digital penetration of the boy’s anus, and the priest forcing the boy to orally copulate him. Bishop Adamec’s response was to have the Review Board hire private detectives to investigate the victim; he also relied on the input of “child predator” Rev. William Rosensteel, who told him the family didn’t attend church often and he couldn’t imagine Burkhardt doing “anything like [that].” The diocese did not report the allegations to law enforcement. Died 3/19/00.
CampbellAndrew S.Altoona-Johnstown, PACampbell, then head of English department at St. Vincent University, placed on leave 2002. Woman filed suit 5/03 alleging Campbell and 2 other priests abused her 16-yr-old son at St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe 1980-82. Claims against Campbell dismissed 5/04 but son had filed individual suit 2/04. Both suits settled.
CarrollThomas M.Altoona-Johnstown, PANamed in PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report among priests of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese “alleged to have engaged in sexually abusive acts with children.” In 1/88 Bishop Adamec confronted Carroll re rumored behavior. Carroll admitted to “homosexual” behavior with a 17-yr-old boy. Adamec suggested counseling. Carroll died 10/1/88. Two lawsuits filed 2/03 included allegations against Carroll and 8 other “predator priests.” In 2004 a man told the diocese that Carroll fondled and anally raped him after plying him with alcohol in 1971, when the man was 12-13 yr-old altar boy at St. John Gaulbert’s in Johnstown. The once devout boy and good student spiraled downward and struggled with alcoholism. In 7/15 a fellow priest testified it was “common knowledge” that Carroll molested children and that he was always ” in the company of young boys.”
CherryAthanasius C.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPlaced on leave in 2002. Woman filed suit 5/03 against Cherry and two other priests, the Benedictine Archabbey and the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese alleging that her son had been abused by all three priests at St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe. Claims against Cherry and 1 other priest dismissed 5/04 but son had filed individual suit 2/04. Mom’s remaining claims settled 2/05 but son’s did not.
CingleMartin AAltoona-Johnstown, PAPer the PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, in 1979 Cingle fondled a sleeping 15-yr-old altar boy who awoke and struck him, as told to Bishop Adamec by the victim in a 6/02 meeting. Adamec met with Cingle in 7/02, who said he couldn’t remember why, but acknowledged the boy struck him. Adamec sent Cingle for a psych evaluation; it yielded “no evidence of psychopathology.” He did not report the matter to law enforcement. Cingle was returned to ministry. Adamec asked the victim to put in writing what occurred in 1979; the victim did not comply and case was closed 6/03. In 9/15 Cingle admitted to the Grand Jury that he was lying next to the boy on a cot in his underwear and a t-shirt on the night in question, and indicated he could have accidentally touched the boys genitals. Per the AG’s request, Bishop Bartchak removed Cingle from active ministry in 10/15.
ColemanDennis E.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPer PA A.G. 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, in 1979 parents of a 10-yr-old boy told Bishop Hogan of concerns about son’s behavior and comment re Fr. Coleman. Hogan met with boy, who said Coleman invited boys to sleep over in the rectory, would ‘hypnotize’ them, and sniff and then rub his penis against their feet. Also, Coleman asked boy if he could photograph him in his underwear. Hogan told Coleman to talk with parents, including boy if needed. If it went badly, might need transfer. Transferred; similarly abused boy age 12-13 there, then again at least 3 more boys at next parish. Details of cases noted by Hogan in “Secret Archives.” Coleman refused treatment. Suspended by Bishop Adamec 1987, who got him job at County Courthouse. Coleman boasted publicly about it and judge involved in helping Adamec rescinded offer, saying “it would be a disaster for the Church.” Adamec suspended Coleman 7/88 for refusing treatment. Coleman requested and received voluntary laicization 2004. Died 3/12/14.
CoveneyJames B.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPer the PA AG’s 3/1/6 Grand Jury Report, Coveney fondled the genitals of a 10-yr-old boy while assigned to St. Joseph’s in Portage PA in the 1980s, as reported to Bishop Adamec in 1996. Adamec sent Coveney to treatment; Coveney returned to ministry. Also accused in 1988 of fondling the genitals of five 7th-grade boys and sent to treatment by Adamec. No reports to police either time. Coveney retired in 2011. Placed on leave 2/16 during re-examination by diocese of previous allegations against clergy.
DowneyAlvin T.Altoona-Johnstown, PAWoman filed suit 2003 alleging that Downey and other priests sexually abused her son 1980-81 when he was 16. Woman alleged that knowledge put her in counseling and her son in hospital. Court ordered that woman’s suit against the two other priests be dismissed. The portion against Downey and the Diocese is believed to still stand. Youth filed separate suit 2/04 against same defendants. St. Vincent Archabbey argued that suit was filed past SOL. Both settled 2/05.
DuszaDonald W.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPastor of Prince of Peace in North Cambria when placed on leave in 6/19 due to an allegation that he engaged in sexual misconduct in the 1980s with a “young person.”
FabbriMarioAltoona-Johnstown, PAPer the PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury report, in 1950 Fabbri anally raped a 9th-grade boy in his rectory bed at St. John Gaulbert parish in Johnstown PA. It said Fabbri raped the boy further in NY, and in Montreal and Quebec. In 1999 the victim contacted the diocese. He said Fabbri told him, “you are not as cooperative as the others.” Last known to be in Italy. Presumed dead.
FigurelleElwood F.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPer PA AG’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury report, Figurelle was arrested in 1973 for indecent exposure. He was moved to another parish In 10/03 Figurelle resigned from his parish position and was federally charged with downloading child pornography from the Internet. Had been on leave since 3/03 when FBI searched the rectory and seized a computer containing child porn. Investigators would not permit Diocese to release information while investigation was ongoing. Figurelle pled guilty 10/03. Sentenced 2004 to 15-21 months. Given retirement status after release. Died in farming accident 7/08.
GaborekJosephAltoona-Johnstown, PAPer PA AG’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, Gaborek molested and brutally sexually assaulted a 16-yr-old boy in 1982. Boy ran for help. State Police investigated. Bishop Hogan struck an agreement with police – Gaborek was quietly sent to MI for “treatment” then assigned to another parish. In 1984 Hogan sent Gaborek “on retreat” to Orchard Lake, which was a boys’ school. Placed on permanent leave 7/88. In 9/89 arrested for sexual assault of a dog in a parking lot. In 5/99, charged with molesting a 14-year- old runaway after giving him beer and showing him porno movies. Named as “predator priest” in 2/03 civil suit. Laicization announced 2004.
GrattanBernard V.Altoona-Johnstown, PAComplaint to Bishop Adamec in 1994 that Grattan sexually abused a boy, ages 12-14, in the 1980s. Sent to treatment. Reassigned as a hospital chaplain and allowed to live in a rectory. Sexually abused an “incapacitated patient.” Suspended 2002. Civil suit filed 3/03. Laicization announced 6/04. Suit against Grattan settled as part of a $3.7M settlement 5/04 involving 21 plaintiffs and 11 priests. In 2008 another man reported previous abuse by Grattan. Per PA AG’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, Sr. Marilyn Welch of the Allegation Review Board “acted more as an investigator against the victim than an advocate for the claim or the abused.” Further, it concluded Bishops Hogan and Adamec endangered the public. Grattan admitted to the Grand Jury his abuse of boys.
InmanLeonardAltoona-Johnstown, PAInman was named as one of 9 “predator” priests known to the diocese per lawsuits filed by 5 individuals against 2 other priests in 2/03. Bishop Adamec said Inman had been out of public ministry since 1989 and that assignments while he was active were deliberate and done for monitoring. Per the PA AG’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, “Bishop Hogan was very much aware that Inman was raping children…” while assigned to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament 1971-86. One boy reported to police in 1986 that Inman started raping him when he was 11-yrs-old, 4 yrs earlier. Inman was known to “troll” the area for sex with youths, after which he would pay them. Hogan denied police investigators access to the Cathedral. They wanted to wire a witness, but Inman suddenly stopped “trolling the ally [sic] for sex.” The investigation stopped after Hogan met with the Altoona Police Chief, and Inman was sent for treatment. He died 6/1/01.
KellyRobert JosephAltoona-Johnstown, PAPer the PA AG’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury report, Kelly sexually abused a boy, age 12-13, in 1975-77 while assigned to a State College parish. He reportedly groomed the boy with drive-in movies, drives to the mountains and offers of beer. Victim notified diocese in 1993; Bishop Adamec sent Kelly to treatment then reassigned him, despite being assessed as “pedophilic” and the recommendation he avoid young people. Victim sued in 2003. Report said Kelly also made advances on a 14-year-old boy in 1978. Kelly was identified as one of 9 “predator” priests known to the diocese per lawsuits filed by 5 people against 2 other priests in 2/03. In 5/04 the diocese settled claims for 21 plaintiffs for $3.7M, including claim against Kelly. Remained in ministry until 2/27/15, when removed during internal investigation after review of previous allegations. On Charleston diocese’s list 3/29/19. Was visiting priest there.
KoharchikGeorge D.Altoona-Johnstown, PARemoved from St Catherine of Siena in Mount Union 8/12 and placed on leave after allegations of sexual misconduct with minors in Cambria County in late 1970s. By 8/25/12, several other accusers had approached the diocese. DA’s office turned the investigation over to the AG’s office 11/12. Per the AG’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, Koharchik “is certainly a child predator.” He admitted to the GJ in 3/15 to molesting “close to” 12 children. He would grope young boys while driving and playing Bill Cosby tapes which featured the word “penis.” He had young boys sleep, shower and wrestle with him, and sit on his lap. He would pat their buttocks. Koharchik served on the Presbytery Council during the trial of admitted child molester, Rev. Francis Luddy. Defrocked 1/22/16.
KovachWilliamAltoona-Johnstown, PAAccused in 1982 of molesting a boy, showing him porno movies, fondling and performing oral sex on him. Admitted the abuse to Bishop Hogan; kept in ministry, not to have contact with children. Kovach nonetheless was assigned to a parish with no enforced restrictions, even teaching children. He was evaluated in1988 but ministry was not limited until 2001. He was identified in 2/03 as one of 9 “predator” priests known to the diocese per lawsuits filed by 5 individuals against 2 other priests. The PA Attorney General’s 3/1//16 Grand Jury report concluded that “Kovach was a child predator who had been enabled by the Diocese,” citing Bishops Hogan and Adamec as keeping Kovach’s secrets. Police were never notified.
LemmonThomas M.Altoona-Johnstown, PALemmon, an ordained deacon and religion teacher at Bishop McCort High School, had just been suspended by Diocese when he fled to Canada in 3/03 with a 15-yr-old female student. As police neared his mother’s apartment, Lemmon fell/jumped to his death from a 4th floor balcony.
LittleAnthony M.Altoona-Johnstown, PAMonsignor. Removed as pastor of St. Patrick in Newry in 3/13 pending investigation of an allegation that he sexually abused a boy in the 1990s. Had been pastor in Newry since 2002. DA’s office received notice from bishop on 3/21/13. Little admitted to the PA Grand Jury that he provided the boy many “amenities” for years, including a home, electronics and money. The GJ called Little a “master manipulator” who attempted to keep the victim from his family and friends, and in whose life he was a “near constant presence.”
LuddyFrancis E.Altoona-Johnstown, PATwo brothers filed separate civil suits in 1980s alleging abuse by Luddy, their godfather, as early as 1978. Other brother awarded $1.5M in 1994 trial. Multiple appeals but final ruling for plaintiff in 3/06, who died in 4/12. One suit dropped in 1992; in response, Bishop Adamec put out a press release calling the dropped claims “baseless,” despite knowing Luddy had admitted abusing at least 10 youths. More suits filed. In 5/04 diocese paid $3.71M to settle claims against several priests, including Luddy. Per AG’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, “Luddy molested, groped, masturbated, sodomized and performed oral sex on at least 10 children” ages 10-17. The report harshly criticizes the diocese’s mishandling of the Luddy case, and calls the lack of response to it by law enforcement “concerning.” Admitted he had been abusing children since ordination.
MabonThomas K.Altoona-Johnstown, PAMonsignor. Retired in 2001. Suspended in 2002 after an allegation he abused an altar boy 1988-90 at St. Mary’s in Hollidaysburg. Mabon denied the charges. Sued 2003. Criminal charges dismissed due to SOL. Sent by Bishop Adamec to treatment, then allowed to resume ministry in 11/03. Civil suit continued. In 5/04 the diocese paid $3.71M to settle claims by 21 people alleging abuse by 11 priests, including Mabon. In 2005 a woman reported sexual abuse by Mahon at St. Mary’s when she was a girl. Per the AG’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report Mabon told the girl, “if you tell, everyone would believe you instigated it and that’s your fault.” The Grand Jury called Mabon a “predator” and found that Bishops Hogan and Adamec failed the children.
MaurizioJoseph DAltoona-Johnstown, PAHomeland Security raided rectory 9/12/14. Charged with illicit sexual conduct in foreign place & possession of child porn. Suspended. Federal agent’s 9/25/14 affidavit accused Maurizio of sexual abuse in 3/09 of two boys living at center for street children in Honduras. Center’s board members reported Maurizio 11/09 to diocese, FBI, and PA AG. Maurizio remained pastor. Resumed trips to Central American countries by 2011. Prosecutor cited 2 new allegations by boys in PA 9/29/14, ages 5 and 7 & rectory computer photos showing genitals of polio-stricken boy, now deceased. Per prosecutors in 9/15, 4th boy alleged abuse by Maurizio. One boy recanted at trial 9/15. Convicted 9/22/15 of illicit sexual conduct in foreign places, possession of child porn and international money laundering. Named in PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report. Sentenced 3/2/16 to 16 yrs., 8 mos jail & life probation. Appealed. Denied 7/24/17.
MazurRobert C.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPlaced on leave in 3/19 during investigation of alleged “misconduct” with a minor, years prior. Taught at Bishop Guilfoyle High School after ordination, principal there 1984-89, then director of diocese’s Office of Worship. Other assignments included parishes in Roaring Spring, Claysburg and Juniata. Rector of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral since 1995, Our Lady of Fatima in Altoona administrator since 2015.
McCaaFrancisAltoona-Johnstown, PAPA AG’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report calls. McCaa “a monster” in his sex abuse of boys, ages 8-15, at Holy Name parish and school in Edensburg, 1961-85. At least 15 victims, maybe hundreds; at least two died by suicide. McCaa would ensure altar boys did not wear pants under their cassocks so he could reach under to touch and squeeze their genitals or push his finger into their anuses. He grabbed one victim’s penis and said, in front of other boys, “If you ever use this, I’m going to rip it off.” Abuse usually in the sacristy, sometimes rectory, and in confession. Bishop Hogan knew by 1985. Parent contacted DA’s office, per instruction of a child care official. Hogan met with Assistant DAs re danger public would find out. DAs agreed to meet with parents group to diffuse anger. Sent to “treatment,” then given hospital chaplaincy in WV with Hogan’s “glowing recommendation.” “Retired” 1993, died 2007. Subject of multiple lawsuits. On Wheeling-Charleston diocese’s list late 2018.
McCamleyMartin D.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPer PA AG’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, in 1981 Bishop Hogan dismissed a report that McCamley fondled a 16-yr-old boy, then allowed the priest to be Vice-Principal of Bishop McCort High. Another report made in 2001 of fondling of 13-yr-old boy prior to 1977, on overnights in the boy’s home. The boy had been molested by McCamley’s sex partner, Fr. James Bunn. Bunn apparently passed the boy off to McCamley. McCamley was sent for evaluations in 2001 and 2003. Suspended 2003 after accusations by 4 men of abuse while at McCourt High and St. Patrick’s in Johnstown. Retired to Orlando FL 2004. Another accusation in 2008 of abuse of boy decades earlier, while assigned to St. Patrick’s.
MisurdaMatthew E.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPastor of St. Clare of Assisi parish when placed on leave in 9/19 due to allegations of “sexual misconduct involving minors” in the late 1970s-early 1980s.
MyersRegisAltoona-Johnstown, PAPer the PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury report, a man told the diocese in 1997 of misconduct by Myers when the man was a 15-yr-old postulate of the Third Order Regular of the Franciscan Friars in Hollidaysburg PA. He said he met Myers there, who got him to live with him as a housekeeper at Myers’ parish, St. Catherine Siena in Duncansville. Myers was said to have told the boy to sleep in his bedroom and, while naked, invited the boy to shower with him. The diocese did not contact law enforcement; instead, they tried to put the man in contact with Myers. Died 1/13/11.
NeetzChristianAltoona-Johnstown, PAPer 3/15/16 PA Grand Jury Presentment, Neetz raped a child in the 1950s while assigned to Highland Hall in Hollidaysburg, as reported by the victim in 2009. The report said further that the victim was abused by other members of the T.O.R. Franciscans years later. Neetz worked also in VA, MD, DC, OH, and FL. He died 10/12/02.
O’FrielDaniel F.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPer PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, O’Friel is known to have sexually abused two male students at Bishop Carroll High School while he was principal in the 1970s. With each boy, O’Friel asked details re their intimacy with their girlfriends, then would touch the victims’ genitals and expose himself. O’Friel died 12/15/81. The first victim reported the abuse to the diocese in 2004.The GJ said the second victim “struggled greatly” with the abuse and later sought counseling as a student at State College; his counselor was accused priest Rev. Robert Kelly, who pushed the boy’s head into his lap. The victim was subsequently hospitalized.The GJ called O’Friel a “child predator.”
PalkoJohn J.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPer the PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, Palko sexually assaulted a 16-yr-old girl in the 1980s. She was a Bishop Guilfoyle High School student while he was assigned to St. Mary’s in Gallitzin. Palko’s victim informed the diocese in 2002. Bishop Adamec kept Palko in ministry and began an investigation of the victim, using intimidation tactics against her. The Grand Jury found that ‘in the Allegation Review Board the Diocese holds all the rights, and the victim holds only the right to be harassed and questioned.” Palko died 5/31/05.
PetraccaAnthony J.Altoona-Johnstown, PAWorked short-term as an assistant in a number of parishes, and as a hospital chaplain and campus minister. There are several gaps in Petracca’s assignment history: 1988-1989 (not indexed in the Catholic Directory), 2000-2010 (Absent on Leave), 2010-2012, 2014-2015 (not indexed in the Catholic Directory). He is listed as in residence at a Salt Lake City, UT parish while on leave 2004-2005. Placed on leave 7/5/17 due to accusation of an incident of misconduct with a minor in the mid-1980s. Law enforcement notified, per the diocese.
ReamGerard J.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPer the PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, in 1966 Ream “took special interest” in a female student at Bishop Carroll High School, where he taught religion. He counseled her and helped her get into college, including providing money. He visited her there and insisted she see him on visits home, during which time he engaged in sex with her. When she fell in love with a boy at school, he harassed her and she grew frightened. She reported Ream to the diocese in 2008. He died 4/18/08.
RiforgiatoLeonardAltoona-Johnstown, PASeminarian. Named publicly as accused on the Jesuits Northeast Province list 1/15/19. It notes a report in 1969 of abuse of minors 1964-66, and that he admitted to the abuse. Riforgiato left the Jesuits in 1972. Taught for 27 years at Penn State’s Shenango Valley campus and reportedly “focused on youth activities.” DIed in 1999. Two lawsuits filed in 8/19 alleged sexual assault of a child and rape of another. One was filed on behalf of a victim who died by suicide at age 32.
RosensteelWilliam A.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPer PA AG’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, Rosensteel was accused in 2006 of 1970s “almost constant” sex abuse of boy, ages 9-15, at St. Patrick’s in Johnstown. Fr. Dennis Coleman and Rosensteel played sex comedy albums for victim and other boys. Victim refused to join him and other men in sauna at Seminary, so Rosensteel told boy’s parents he was bad and needed drugs. An older boy in special Rosensteel group raped victim who said, “this is for Fr.” In 2007 a man told diocese he and 8 other boys were abused by Rosensteel at St. Patrick’s. Boys slept in rectory and went with Fr on trips; all would sleep in underwear, one boy chosen to sleep with Fr. Boys showered with him. Abuse included deep tongue kisses and fondling. Victim’s mother told Msgr. Finn in mid-90s of abuse. Finn kept no record of it. After a 4th victim emerged in 2007, Rosenteel committed suicide. Bishop Adamec said after the death, he might have retired “with some type of ministry.”
SkupienJames F.Altoona-Johnstown, PASkupien was principal of Bishop Guilfoyle High in 1981 when police found him naked in his car with a youth. Per the PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury report, the police officer was told by the DA to “let it go.” Bothered, the officer informed Msgr. Saylor, who told him they “knew about him” and “they even have a retreat that they sent these priests to.” Skupien was kept in ministry. Bishop Hogan’s “Secret Archives” note “Chief M. was thanked for his discretion.” In 2008 victim told the diocese Skupien would pay him for oral sex, including at the St. Joseph’s rectory in Williamsburg PA. Also in 2008 a man reported that when he was a boy 1968-71, Skupien forced him into oral sex. Skupien was removed from ministry in 1984 due to “alcoholism.” Retired 1995. Died 2/11/96.
StrittmatterJoseph J.Altoona-Johnstown, PAPer PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, the diocese learned in 1991 that Strittmatter molested a girl, age 6 to her teens, 1961-69. He would force her head into his lap. He admitted the abuse. Bishop Adamec kept him in ministry until 1992 when he was accused of masturbating to a female parishioner during confession between 1987-92. In 2002 Strittmatter admitted to past abuse of an 8-yr-old girl, saying “I was trying to learn about sex.” Diocese did not call police. Died 8/21/14. Grand Jury wrote, “the exact number of Father Stttmatter’s victims may never be known.”
WaldruffRaymondAltoona-Johnstown, PANamed in Altoona-Johnstown 3/16 GJ report. Per report, abused boy 1964-67 in Altoona diocese and Monastery in Hollidaysburg. Allegations 5/16 that Waldruff raped a teen boy in Altoona, bribing him with alcohol, money and cars, and making him dress as a woman. Sent to KY 1967. Suit filed 4/02 alleging abuse by Waldruff of boy, age 11, around 1968, in Owensboro. Accuser and his parents told bishop; sent for treatment, reassigned. Transferred to WV in 1972. Sent to MA for treatment 1976. May have abused in Worcester MA, where he was sent 1979. Living in NY 1980. Dismissed by Order 1983. Died 3/25/85. On Wheeling-Charleston diocese’s list in late 2018.
WolfeBenedictAltoona-Johnstown, PAPer the PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, Wolfe molested a 17-yr-old girl in McConnellsburg PA in 1979, where he was assigned to St. Stephen’s. The girl was visiting the area with her family; Wolfe invited the family to stay in the rectory. He gave the girl a private room, then sexually assauted her there during daily visits. Wolfe’s victim reported him to the diocese years later. He died 4/20/97.
AmyMichael J.Erie, PAName included on Erie diocese’s list released 4/6/18. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Admitted to diocese in 1993 that while a seminarian 1974-75 he molested several boys. Said he admitted this to police at the time, but was not arrested. His superiors knew and had intervened on his behalf. Also admitted to involvement with male prostitutes, many of them minors, while a priest, in Erie, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. One contacted diocese in 1991 to report involvement with Amy at age 14. Amy sent to St. Luke’s Institute for treatment. Assigned to parishes and high schools. Catholic Scouting Committee chaplain. Sick leave 12/91. A former Erie Cathedral Prep student told the diocese in 12/02 that Amy sexually abused him in the early 1980s. Laicized at some point, living in Florida. Added to Baltimore list 9/18.
AndersonStephen A.Erie, PANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 4/5/19. Noted to be under investigation. Died 3/29/13.
BarlettaMichael G.Erie, PAIn 2002 three men told Bishop Trautman they were molested by Barletta when he was a theology teacher at Cathedral Prep in the late 1970s-early 1980s. One man said he complained to Bishop Trautman in 1994 and that Barletta left Prep within a year. Barletta was moved at the time to St. Patrick/St. Hedwig’s parish and given assignments at the diocesan Catholic Charities office and as chaplain of Holy Family Carmelite Monastery. He was not removed from active ministry until 2003. The diocese paid for counseling for one of the men. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report, which showed eight victims identified and that Barletta admitted to abusing 25 children and young men 1975-1994. Sent to Southdown in Canada for treatment in 1994. Diocese knew of his behavior as early as 1968.
BoltonDonaldErie, PAParents from St Gregory Thaumaturgus parish in the town of North East PA complained to DA that Bolton had molested their daughter for two years. The Redemptorists had promised that he would not work with children but the parents learned he was teaching at school in NY. Bolton was charged in 11/86 with one count each of indecent assault and corruption of minors. He pled guilty and received three years probation in 2/87. Bolton had been transferred from St Gregory’s to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Brooklyn NY, which maintained a grammar school and a high school, and then in 1987 to do promotional work at Holy Family Retreat House in Hampton VA. Bolton agreed to enter treatment program. Police knew of other victims but stated that statute of limitations had run. Also worked in Brazil and in other US dioceses including New York, Buffalo, Rochester, Brooklyn and Albany NY, Orlando FL, and Richmond VA. Bolton died 10/27/06.
BowerRobert F.Erie, PAArrested 1999 on charges of downloading internet child pornography. Charges were later dropped on a legal technicality. Resigned from priesthood 4/02 after a newspaper reported on his 1999 arrest. Three women said they had spoken with Bishop Michael Murphy in 1982 to complain that Bower had been receiving porn at church, and did nothing. One of them was fired from her job as Bower’s secretary. These women filed suit 4/03 against the diocese, Bishop Trautman and retired Bishop Murphy, alleging slander after Trautman disparaged the women in a 2002 public letter and instructed priests to sermonize against them. The complaint was dismissed by a court; the dismissal was upheld 7/04. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
ChludzinskiDennis C.Erie, PAName included on Erie diocese’s list 4/6/18. . Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Diocese knew of concerns as early as 1984. On leave 1/78-6/79. Unassigned 1979-80. Assigned 1980-84 to three high schools. Admitted in 1991 to sexual contact in 1984, along with a friend, with an 18-year-old male student at Mercyhurst High, where he was chaplain. Also admitted to sex with a 14-year-old boy over nine months 1984. Admitted 2004 to abuse 1983-85 of an Our Lady of Mercy altar boy, and abuse of another altar boy at same parish. Laicized.
CiufoliBonaventure M.Erie, PAName included on Erie diocese’s list released 4/6/18 of priests, lay employees and volunteers accused of sexually abusing minors. First indexed in the 1951 Official Catholic Directory. He was a professor of art and music at Gannon College. Noted by the diocese to have returned to Italy. Died July 1987.
CooperDonald J.Erie, PAName included on Erie diocese’s list 4/6/18. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Report to diocese 2005 of inappropriate sexual contact 1981-1982 of a 16-year-old boy while assigned to St. Charles in New Bethlehem. Allegations included fondling the boy and masturbating in front of him, occurring on overnight trips and at the rectory. Accuser said another priest in the rectory knew but did nothing. Alllegations deemed credible. Cooper agreed to retire. Died 12/16/11.
CrayKevin E.Erie, PACray’s name was added 5/18/18 to the diocese’s list of credibly accused priests, lay employees and volunteer. Died in 1999 in Milwaukee. Allegations were reported after his death.
DalyG. MatthewErie, PAMonsignor. Died 10/09/82. Name included on the diocese’s list updated 7/18/18. Abuse reported after his death. On faculty and Assistant Headmaster at Cathedral Prep in the 1960s.
DobrowolskiDavid V.Erie, PAName included on Erie diocese’s list released 4/6/18 of priests, lay employees and volunteers accused of sexually abusing minors. Died 12/28/85. Per the diocese, allegations were made after Dobrowolski’s death.
FurjanicGregory P.Erie, PAChicago-based Croatian Franciscan Friar. Worked at Kennedy Catholic HS in Hermitage, PA in 1985, and St. Anthony parish in Sharon. Accusation 2005 of sex abuse early 1970s and mid-1980s. Another report to diocese in 1990s. Sent to Erie Ecclesia Center for treatment, then St. Luke’s in MD. One alleged victim known to have died by suicide. In 7/96 the Congregation for Institutions of Consecrated Life and of Societies of Apostolic Life removed Furjanic’s “priestly authority.” In St. Petersburg, FL, in 2005 working or attempting to work at Lutheran Social Services. Had tried to obtain priestly credentials in FL and in Mobile, AL. On archdiocese of Mobile’s list 12/6/18. On Erie diocese’s list 4/5/19. Laicized.
GawronskiChester J.Erie, PAIn 2002, a man said Gawronski molested him in the late 1970s when he was an 11-year-old altar boy. He told his parents in 1984, who went to the diocese. Michael Murphy was bishop. Sent to treatment. Diocese promised his ministry would be restricted and asked the parents not to pursue matter further. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Diocese knew in 1986 of alleged abuse of a 13-year-old boy 1976-77. Confessed in 1987 to abusing up to 20 boys. Sent to Chicago for psych evaluation. Gowronski would show the boys how to perform “cancer checks.” Admitted to molesting as many as 41 boys Active priest when removed 3/02. Laicized in 2006. Living in 2018 in Arizona.
GloeklerHerbert G.Erie, PAin 4/02 a woman told a news outlet that Gloekler sexually abused her in the 1950s when she was a student at Sacred Heart School. Another woman came forward in 5/02, also claiming abuse by the priest in the 1950s. She said she and the woman who spoke up previous month, along with her sister and another girl, would help Gloekler in the rectory, and that he would fondle them and look down their dresses. One of the women alleged the priest raped her. Several other women emerged to say they had witnessed his abuse as children. A former housekeeper for Gloekler at Mt. Calvary parish, where he was assigned in the 19702-80s, said in 8/03 that she knew of sexual misconduct by Gloekler and Fr. Cooper. Name included on Erie diocese’s 4/6/18 list. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Gloekler died 1/3/85.
HannonRobert E.Erie, PAName included on Erie diocese’s list 4/6/18 and in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Transferred to Hawaii 6/79. Honolulu diocese knew in at least 1986 that Hannon admitted in treatment at Paracletes in NM to abuse of at least twenty youths, ages 12-19. One accuser was female; she said Hannon fondled her at ages 6-8, in the 1970s, in HI. Erie diocese revealed in 2003 it knew of eight Hannon victims. Died in Hawaii 1/16/06, age 79.
HealyPatrick J.Erie, PAFirst named publicly as credibly accused by diocese in 10/18. Died 6/99. Abuse reported after his death.
HopkinsJames P. or F.Erie, PAOrdained in Buffalo NY. First assignment was in Sharon, PA, then Corry. Pastor 1906 in East Brady. Subbed in summers in Titusville. Permanent Rector at St. Titus in Titusville 1928 until his death. Elevated to Monsignor in 1949. Died 7/14/57. Per his bio, “Boy and Girls Scout Troops have received his especial [sic] care.” Name included on Erie diocese’s updated list 7/18/18 and in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. A woman alleged to Bishop Trautman in 1993 that Hopkins abused her in the St. Titus rectory when she was age 13 in 1945. She said he would “plant a sloppy kiss” on girls’ mouths and grab and fondle them.
HudockBarry M.Erie, PAHudock’s name was added 5/18/18 to the diocese’s list. Laicized at some point. Married. Per an online bio, he worked for nonprofits in WV, then settled in Albany, MN with his wife and seven children. Published author, blogger. Working in July 2018 for Liturgical Press at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. It shows report in 2008 to diocese that in 1996-97 Hudock sexually abused a 17-year-old girl who was a student at Mercyhurst Prep. He was let go in 2008 from his job at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse NY after they were notified of the allegations. He had been living in Syracuse with his wife and children.
JergeJoseph W.Erie, PAName included on Erie diocese’s list 4/6/18. Report to diocese early 1989 of allegations of sex abuse of young boys. Sent to St. Luke’s in MD 4/89 for treatment. Returned to restricted ministry 11/89. Concerns to diocese in 4/01 by a Fr. Fischer about Jerge’s contact with young boys. Moved to another parish 6/91. Removed 9/92 after another complaint, about his grooming behavior with a boy. Sent to priests’ retirement facility. Died 4/17/06.
JeselnickStephen E.Erie, PAName included on the Erie diocese’s list 4/6/18. Included in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Jeselnick was accused in 2017, along with a former seminarian, Jack Tome, of sexually abusing of 3 boys, who were brothers, in the late 1970s in Meadeville PA. Jeselnick strongly denied the allegations and said he had never heard of Tome. Transferred to Denver archdiocese beginning 12/82. Became Air Force chaplain 1985. In 1991 a man told the diocese that Jeselnick sexually abused him when he was a vulnerable 20-year-old whose father was dying. The man sued and received a settlement in 2005. Jeselnick was reported in 2018 to be living in Colorado Springs and forbidden to function as a priest. Added 9/18 to Baltimore list.
JungquistEdward W.Erie, PAWorked in Erie, Grove City, Oil City and Titusville parishes, then in Pensacola FL in 1989. On Leave of Absence 1991-92, then no longer indexed in the Official Catholic Directory. Appears to have moved to Tucson, AZ. Name included on Erie diocese’s list released 4/6/18, under “deceased.” Updated list 4/5/19 notes “whereabouts unknown,” and “forbidden to function as priest.”
KazaCharles A.Erie, PAMonsignor. Removed from active ministry as pastor of St. Tobias in Brockway while investigated for allegations that he sexually abused a minor in the 1980s, while assigned to St John the Baptist in Erie.
KelleyThomas C.Erie, PAName included on Erie diocese’s list 4/6/18 and 814/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Parish priest, “Special Ministry” at St. Mark’s Seminary, and 9/85-6/89 Dean of North American College in Rome, Italy. On Diocesan Review Board 3/92-6/94. Accusations of “inappropriate sexual contact” with at least five males; victims were high school or seminary students, ages 18-25. Sent to Southdown in Canada for treatment 9/95, and 4/96-9/96. Returned to ministry as parish pastor in Stockton, TX, Diocese of San Angelo. Died 2/21/05.
KerinsSean P.Erie, PASuspended from public ministry and contact with minors after accused of inappropriately texting a student at Kennedy Catholic High School, where he was chaplain. Law enforcement was investigating. Name included on Erie diocese’s list released 4/6/18.
KetchamGary L.Erie, PAFirst named publicly as accused on on Erie diocese’s list 4/6/18. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Accused sometime before 3/89 of sex abuse of two boys in Mobile AL, where he was visiting friends. Sent to treatment at Guest House in MN, St. Luke’s in MD, then on “Health Leave” at St. Patrick’s/St. Hedwig Cluster in Erie 6/90-7/90. Charged in 2/90. Pled guilty. Fined $15,000. Suspended 11/98-2004. Laicized 2004. Added to Buffalo diocese’s list 11/18. Faculty member at St. Bonaventure University 1977-84.
KondzielskiThaddeus T.Erie, PAName included on Erie diocese’s list 4/6/18. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Taught at Cathedral Prep for 19 years. Report in 1/13 from man saying when he was a Prep sophomore 30 years prior, Kondzielski had him lift weights with him, both of them naked. Kondzielski didn’t admit nor deny the behavior. He admitted he had students sleep overnight with him in his bed. Retired 4/29/13. Not allowed to function as a priest.
KrausConrad L.Erie, PAMonsignor. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 4/5/19. Noted to be under investigation. Died 5/13/09.
KrebsGerard/GeraldErie, PAName included on Erie diocese’s list released 4/6/18. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. At least three known alleged victims. Went on “Health Leave 3/90-5/90 to Guest House in MN. In 3/02 a former student of Venango Christian High, where Krebs worked 1964-1970, told diocese Krebs molested him when he was a senior in 1968. Another report 4/01 of abuse of a boy in the late 1960s. In 10/06 a man alleged Krebs sexually abused him in the 1960s where he was a student 1964-68. He said he knew of a 1969 graduate who also alleged abuse by Krebs, and that he also abused other classmates. Krebs was sent in 2002 to St. Luke’s in MD. Retired 1/04. Died 5/05.
Kucan/KuconJerome/JohnErie, PACroatian Franciscan.Died 12/31/10. Name included on Erie diocese’s list 4/6/18. Included on Harrisburg diocese’s 8/1/18 list. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Report to diocese from a 39-year-old man in 3/05 that Kucan sexually abused him from the age of 8 at St. Anthony’s Croatian Church in Sharon. Allegedly Kucan performed oral sex on the boy, and another religious brother was sometimes present and would do the same thing. Diocese informed Order. Removed from ministry. Another report to diocese from a woman in 2007 of abuse of her husband when he was an altar boy in the mid-1950s at St. Anthony’s. The woman said Kucan also abused her husband’s cousins, who died by suicide in 1993. She said she heard other men abused by Kucan also died by suicide. Kucan died 12/10.
LazarFidelis G.Erie, PALazar’s name was added 5/18/18 to the diocese’s list of credibly accused priests, lay employees and volunteers. Noted to be no longer in ministry. Died 3/18/18 in CT. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. It revealed that Pittsburgh diocese received report in 1986 from a male teen that Lazar sexually abused him in 6/86. Sent to Diocesan treatment facility; admitted to sexual activity with children. Went on leave of absence. Withdrew from active ministry 9/89. Another allegation 9/94 of repeated abuse in early 1980s of a male teen. In 3/02 a man alleged abuse int eh 1960s by Lazar at St. Vincent’s Prep School in Latrobe.
LechnerThomas M.Erie, PAFirst named publicly as accused by the Erie diocese in an update to their list on 10/30/18. The brief note also stated that Lechner had been laicized.
LoreiLouis H.Erie, PAMonsignor. Died 1986. Pastor of Our Lady of Peace in Erie 1981-85. Name added to the diocese’s updated list 7/18/18. Noted that ministry may have been restricted and that the records are unclear as to his final status. Updated list 4/5/19 states he died 4/86. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Report to diocese in 12/09 that Lorei sexually abused an 11- to 13-year-old altar boy and student at Our Lady of Peace in the early 1980s. Another allegation in 3/07 of past abuse of a boy.
LuzziSalvatore P.Erie, PAName included on Erie diocese’s list released 4/6/18. Faculty member, Venango Christian High 1962-68. Pastor 1979-1995 of St. Joseph’s in Warren, PA. Sick Leave 7/94-2/95; sent to St. Luke’s in MD. Faculties removed 9/15/95. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Eight known male victims, from early teens to early twenties. One, a former student, died by suicide.
LynchRichard D.Erie, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Bradford Central Christian High faculty 1963-72, headmaster 1972-83. Pastor Holy Rosary in Erie 2/83-8/99. Died 2000. Allegation to diocese from man alleging sexual and physical abuse by Lynch in 1978-79 when he was a Bradford Central student.
MartinDaniel JErie, PAAccused 3/22/18 by a former priest of the Erie diocese of molesting him beginning when he was age 16 in 1985-89. The former priest said he was a devout boy whose home life was troubled. In 1984 Martin had been named by Pope John Paul II a Prelate of Honor with the title Monsignor. Abuse is alleged at St George’s in Erie, where Martin was pastor, and after Martin’s 1986 retirement, at Mount Calvary church and Mercyhurst College in Erie, where Martin was in residence. The diocese confirmed that the survivor brought the allegation to Bishop Persico in 2014. The complainant testified before the grand jury investigating how Erie and other PA dioceses handled allegations. Martin died 5/23/06.
McGee, Jr.H. DesmondErie, PAHeadmaster of Bradford Central Christian High School in 1997 when suspended after a 24-year-old man filed suit alleging that McGee sexually abused him on at least three occasions 9/88-10/89 when he was a 14- to 17–year-old Bradford Central student. McGee denied the allegations, and the diocese claimed the charges were too old to pursue. The suit was dismissed by in 6/17 due to the statute of limitations. McGee returned to active status. He was elevated to Monsignor before the suit’s dismissal was announced. Name not included on the diocese’s 4/6/18 list. PA authorities opened investigation in 8/18, after release of PA Grand Jury Report, which did not include McGee. Name added to Erie list 10/18.
MeisingerJoseph F.Erie, PAMonsignor. Name included on Erie diocese’s list released 4/6/18 of priests, lay employees and volunteers accused of sexually abusing minors. Died 3/6/79.
MuroskiLeon T.Erie, PAName included on Erie diocese’s list released 4/6/18. Not allowed to function as a priest. Accused of sexual misconduct in the early 1990s while a Spiritual Director at St. Mark’s Seminary. Sent to St. Luke’s in MD for treatment 5/94. Admitted to inappropriate contact with seminarians ages 18-23. Per the GJ report, “While some of these seminarians were not legally juveniles at the time of their abuse, at least three of them were under Muroski’ s tutelage.”
MurphyEdmundusErie, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. Allegation to diocese in 12/07 from Murphy’s order that in 1964 Murphy sexually abused a male student at Sacred Heart High School in Girard. Murphy was the school’s wrestling coach. His accuser said Murphy had him wrestle naked like the ancient Greeks and Romans, then sodomized him. Murphy died in 10/14.
MurrayJohn L.Erie, PAFirst reports in 1967 to diocese of sexabuse of a young boy in 1966. Pled no contest in 1985 to charges of fondling a 12-year-old altar boy the same year, at St. Matthew-in-Woods. Sentenced to one year probation. Faculties removed. Sent to two treatment facilities. Retired 1987, moved to family home in Philadelphia. Another allegation 2016, of a 12-year-old boy in 1973 at Our Lady of the Americas in Conneaut Lake. Murray died in 3/18. Included in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
NealenGiles L.Erie, PAMonk of St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe. Included on Erie diocese’s list 4/6/18. Retired 1992. Died 12/29/96. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report, which noted Nealen’s “long history of sexually abusing numerous young boys.” Order and Diocese of Greensburg in 1972 knew Nealen was “involved in an inappropriate incident” when pastor of St. Bruno in South Greensburg PA. Moved in 1972 to St. James in Waynesburg OH, Diocese of Youngstown. In Brazil 1964-67, Letter to diocese 1/93 from man alleging abuse at age 13 by Nealen 23 years prior at Queen of the World parish in St. Mary’s PA. The man said Nealen also abused his two friends. In 2/02 a woman told the diocese she knew of at least three men molested as boys by Giles, one of whom had just been arrested for molesting young boys. Another woman alleged in 2004 that her 11-year-old son was molested 30 years prior by Nealen at Queen of the World. On Youngstown diocese’s list 10/29/18.
OlowinJan C.Erie, PANamed as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Phone call to diocese in 5/93 from a man alleging sexual abuse by Olowin when he was young; possibly one or two other victims. Details vague. Retired to Sun City AZ in 10/16. Ministry restricted in 11/16 due to past allegation.
PawlaczykAndrew W.Erie, PAPawlaczyk’s name was added to the diocese’s list 5/18/18. Died 3/8/82. Abuse noted to have been reported after his death. Included in 814/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Taught at Erie Prep 1962-71, then Army and hospital chaplain. In 4/11 a man told the diocese that Pawlaczyk sexually abused him when he was a student at Erie Prep and Pawlaczyk was a teacher, and during a visit to Pawlaczyk in DC, when he was a Walter Reed Hospital chaplain.
PiatkowskiJohn A.Erie, PAName included on Erie diocese’s list released 4/6/18. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Assigned to St. Stanislaus Koska in Erie/Tyler PA 1935-48, and Assumption in Sykesville 1948-70. Died 11/16/70. Multiple allegations. Letter to diocese in 3/55 that Piatkowski repeatedly sexually abused a 12-year-old altar boy. Another letter in 10/59 from a parishioner requesting a new priest to replace Piatkowski because Piatkowski was molesting little boys, who were afraid to talk. In 12/09 Bishop Trautman met with a man who said Piatkowski repeatedly molested him in the 1940s, when the man was age 7 or 8 at a parish in Tyler.
PoulsonDavidErie, PAPastor of St. Anthony of Padua in Cambridge Springs. Bradford Central Christian High teacher. Removed from ministry 2/18 after allegations he sexually abused minors. Arrested 5/8/18, charged with the abuse of two boys, one ages 8-18. Abuse allegedly 2002-10 in rectories and a remote cabin. One said Paulson made him confess to to him after the abuse. Per grand jury report 5/8/18, in 2010 Poulson admitted to Bishop Trautman he was sexually aroused by a boy, had sent texts re sex to boys and spent time alone with them. Trautman “admonished” Poulson, told him to “cease and desist”, and kept him in ministry. Trautman denied cover-up in 5/14/18 statement. Another man said Poulson, his HS English teacher, abused him 1979-82. Pled guilty 10/17/18. Sentenced 1/11/19 to 2-14 years in prison. Laicized 3/19. Settlement for $2M in 3/19 with man alleging abuse as child 2002-10.
PresleyWilliam F.Erie, PADiocese knew of allegations as early as 1982. Reports to diocese In 11/87 of sex abuse in 1986 of a teen girl and abuse of a teen boy dating to before 1971. Diocesan officials agreed Presley was “extremely violent.” Sent for psych eval. Retired 2000. Three people came forward in 4/02 alleging sex abuse by Presley, 1963-74, one at age 13, another a U. of Notre Dame college student. Presley admitted the abuse to Bishop Trautman. It included “choking, slapping, punching, rape, sodomy, fellatio, anal intercourse.” Placed on leave 7/02. Privileges removed after investigation. Diocese said there were numerous other victims or potential victims. Laicized in 2006. Died in 4/12. Included on diocese’s 4/6/18 list. On Harrisburg diocese’s 8/1/18 list. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Added to Baltimore list 8/18. On Raleigh diocese’s list in 10/18, notin abuse in 1971 reported 2018.
ReszkowskiJoseph V.Erie, PAMonsignor. First named publicly as credibly accused by diocese in 10/18. Died 9/4/03. Abuse reported after his death.
RiceWilliam A.Erie, PAName added 7/18/18 to the diocese’s list. Accused of sexual harassment of children and adults. Retired and living in Fryburg, PA. Placed on leave pending investigation; told to refrain from public ministry and to have no contact with children.
SchanzJohn P.Erie, PAOn diocese’s list 4/6/18. Bulk of career until retirement at Gannon University and assistant at Holy Cross in Fairview. On Tribunal and Examiner of Junior Clergy. Retired 1996. At least 7 alleged victims. In 4/02 a man told diocese of sex assault by Shcanz when he was a 7th or 8th grade altar boy at St. Andrew and The Villa. Removed from active ministry 4/17/02. Allegation 5/02 of early 1970s abuse of a 12- or 13-year-old boy. Report to diocese in 1/07 of abuse of a boy at Camp Notre Dame in 1974. Report was from former camp life guard who said he witnessed an incident and told administrators, who said they would take care of it and to keep it quiet. In 4/02 report of 1974 abuse of a Holy Cross altar boy. Another allegation of abuse 1978 or 1979 of boy age 16 or 17, and another of abuse of a 15-year-old boy 1980-83. In 2/05, allegation of abuse of a 6th grade St. Andrew’s altar boy. Shanz died 4/16/10.
SchmittCharles R.Erie, PARetired 2006 as pastor in Port Allegany, then temporary administrator briefly in Emporium, Tidioute and Emlenton. Removed from public ministry during investigation in 9/18 due of an allegation that he abused a minor in the 1960s.On diocese’s list 4/5/19. Forbidden to function as priest.
SheetsCharles A., Jr.Erie, PAName included on Erie diocese’s list released 4/6/18 of priests, lay employees and volunteers accused of sexually abusing minors. Died in Sumterville FL 10/25/09.
SkeabeckMary CarmelErie, PASister of St. Joseph since 1942. Died in 2015. A.K.A. Charlotte Skeabeck. First named publicly as accused by diocese in 10/18. Order said it received a report in 5/18 that Skeabeck sexually abused a student numerous times in the late 1950s when she was a teacher at Villa Maria Academy. The Order knew of reports of the abuse during the time it was happening.
SlocumSamuel B.Erie, PATaught at diocesan high schools, parish priest. Arrested 4/11 for ‘inappropriate relationship’ with a 15-year-old boy. Would give the boy gifts and take pictures of him and other boys. The boy’s parents forbade him to contact their son, but he did not stop, lying to the mother and encouraging the boy to be secretive. Admitted to police to inappropriate relationships with boys. Found guilty in 1/12 of concealment of the whereabouts of a child and corruption of minors; got 2 years’ probation. Laicization announced 11/16. In 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Slocum testified that the diocese knew in 1980 of ‘inappropriate relationship’ with a 14-year-old girl. Also involved with a 17-year-old girl. Said relationship with 16-year-old boy same year. Treatment 1991 at diocese’s Ecclesiastic Center. Diocese knew in 1995 of involvement with a high school senior boy. Sent to St. Michael’s in MO for treatment. Returned to ministry.
SmithThomas E.Erie, PAIncluded in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Bishop Murphy knew of allegation of abuse in 1984 of 17-year-old boy. Health Leave 2/84-10/84. Residential treatment 3/85 – 8/85. Treated 12/86-4/87 at Ecclesia Center in Girard, then St. Luke’s in MD until 11/30/87. Facility said he had “driven, compulsive, and long standing obsession with sexually assaulting children” and the sexual assaults continued after his first treatment in 1984. Admitted in treatment to abuse, including rape, of at least 15 boys, as young as age 7. Returned to parish ministry. Active in a ministry program for Catholic children. Report to diocese in 9/93 of abuse of a 9-year-old boy. Suspended 2002 after report of abuse 1968-70 of a boy, ages 10-12. Settlement (less than $100,000) reached in early 2002. Criminal charges filed 3/08; dropped due to statute of limitations. Laicized 2006.
SnyderwineThomasErie, PAMonsignor. First named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. DuBois Central Catholic and Erie Prep faculty member. Parish priest, pastor. On Presbyteral Council. In 1996 a fifth-grade girl at St. Boniface school told the principal, Sr. Steff, that five years prior her godfather, Msgr. Snyderwine, took a shower with her and touched her in ways that made her feel uncomfortable. Sr. Steff spoke with the girls’ parents who said they knew of the incident and told their daughter to stay away from him. Sr. Steff said she confronted Snyderwine. In 2002 Sr. Steff told Bishop Trautman of the incident. Per Trautman, the parents did not want to pursue the matter. Snyderwine retired in 8/12. Remained active in 2018.
TaylorDaniel J.Erie, PAOrdained for Erie diocese. Assigned to Tucson Diocese in 1981 and again in 1984. Became a priest of the Diocese of Tucson in 1992. Placed on leave by Tucson in 1999 after it learned of allegations against him during time in Erie. Taylor said that he had taken some people with him on a vacation and they claimed that he touched them during the night. One adult and two teenagers were on the trip. On Diocese of Erie list 4/6/18. Forbidden to function as priest.
TomeJohnErie, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Accused of repeatedly sexually abusing 6 siblings, 4 girls and 2 boys, ages 8-13, in the 1970s. He was in seminary and called himself a Deacon. The family were dependent on their mother’s work for Msgr. Karg at St. Brigid’s. The parents allegedly often had Tome, Karg and another pirest over for drinks.The alleged victims told the Grand Jury they were sure Karg knew of the abuse. Tome is noted in the GJ report to have failed out of seminary.
VallimontPatrick B.Erie, PAVallimont’s name was added to the diocese’s list 5/18/18. Hospitalized for severe depression in 9/76. Wrote to the Vatican 7/77, requesting laicization and disclosing a brief sexual relationship he had had with a 13-year-old girl, who was a parishioner. Laicized, last known to be living in Union City, PA.
BonafedJoseph E.Greensburg, PAPastor of Holy Family in West Newton and St Edward’s in Herminie in 8/18 when removed due to a credible allegation that he sexually abused a minor 28 years previously. Per news in 2010 Bonafed was struck in the head with a blunt object by a burglar in the rectory.
ClarkJames W.Greensburg, PASuspended 6/29/18 after the diocese received an allegation of abuse against Clark. The abuse was said to have occurred 50 years previously at St. James School in Apollo, where Clark was working as a janitor prior to entering seminary. The diocese provided no further details about the allegation in its statement about Clark’s removal, but it did refer to awareness “of the signs of child sexual abuse and how to report it.” Diocese deemed allegation “credible and substantiated” in 10/18 and announced that Clark would not return to active ministry.
DellamalvaDennisGreensburg, PAAllegations 1983 of abuse of two teen brothers 1981-82, in their home and on trips with the family. Admitted the abuse. Also accused of abusing their friend. Sent to Spencer Abbey in MA for treatment. Suit filed in 1983 by the two families; settled for $375k in 1986 and sealed at request of diocese. Families refused to pursue criminal charges in 1983. The suit also alleged that Bishop Connare failed to discharge Dellamalva after being confronted by the plaintiffs and others. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. It notes “numerous allegations.” Accused of abuse of a 9th to 12th grade Mother of Sorrows in Murrysville altar boy during annual mountain retreats. Sued; settled 2004 for $25k. A fifth man alleged abuse at ages 13-15 in the Mother of Sorrows rectory. Sued; settled for $25k. Per GJ report, Dellamava last functioned as a priest in the diocese in 1984 and resigned from priesthood in 1986. Died 1994.
FlohrGregoryGreensburg, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Accused in 11/04 of the 1967-69 sex abuse of an Immaculate Conception in Irwin altar boy and parish school student, beginning when the boy was age 10 or 11. The abuse allegedly included tying the boy up in a confessional, then the priest sticking his penis in the boy’s mouth to silence his screams. He also allegedly sodomized the boy with a crucifix. Flohr died in 2004.
Greensburg Priest#1Greensburg, PAIncluded in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 11/62 Bishop Connare wrote a memo about allegations against this priest and a seminarian, referred to as a “boy.” Connare wrote that he would not confront the accused priest and that he wanted the situation contained. The seminarian was dismissed. Greensburg priest #1 wasn’t told of the accusation until 2002. He said he knew nothing about it, or who the seminarian was.
GruberMark F. X.Greensburg, PAProfessor at St. Vincent College, Latrobe; removed 8/09 after pornography was found on his work computer. Disagreement as to whether it was child porn or homosexual male porn. A student confessed that he did the downloading. Gruber sued college 9/10 for defamation; dropped suit 11/10. In 8/12 Vatican permanently banned him from ministry and ordered him to live in monastery. Abuse of confession/ defamation of superior at issue. Laicization announced 7/13 when he failed to move to monastery. Was to appeal to Vatican.
GuthCharles B.Greensburg, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 08/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Retired 1973. Died 1986. Report to diocese 7/05 from a man saying Guth sexually abused him at around age 7 in West Newton. Guth was assigned to Holy Family in West Newton 8/44-11/62. The man said that his Sunday School teacher told him that if a person missed mass, they would die. He said he was so worried about his mom, who didn’t attend mass, that he sought out Fr. Guth. He said that he “cried and pleaded for his mother’s soul,” and that the priest pulled his [the boy’s] pants down, fondled him and stuck his finger up his anus. He said that afterward Guth told him that if he told, both he and his mother and his whole family would burn in hell.
KaweckiAndrew M.Greensburg, PAFrom Poland. Ordained for the Greenburg diocese. Placed on leave in 5/19 pending investigation by law enforcement of an allegation that he sexually abused a minor fifteen years prior. Pastor of St. Joseph in Everson and St. John the Baptist in Scottdale at the time of his suspension.
LesniakFrancis M.Greensburg, PARetired 1987. Died 1991. Per 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report, report to diocese in 3/04 of sex abuse by Lesniak of a boy, age 13, in about 1977. The alleged victim said Lesniak invited him to a sleepover for altar boys, found he was the only boy there, and Lesniak fondled him. Sued. Settled in 1/06 for $5k and 90 counseling sessions. Allegation 9/04 of sex assault of a boy in 1962 during an overnight at the rectory. Settled for $5k and 90 counseling sessions. Allegation 5/05 of fondling of a boy on an overnight rectory stay; in 1/06, same settlement as the previous two. Report in 2007 of abuse of a boy over 4 years, beginning 1983 when the boy was age 7 or 8. Accuser said Lesiak took him for a walk to his car during a picnic , then forced him to perform oral sex. He said he became an altar boy, and the abuse continued including anal rape. He said Lesniak gave him wine and that by the age of 12, he was an alcoholic. The diocese offered him $5k and 90 counseling sessions.
LukacRaymondGreensburg, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Accused of abuse of multiple teenage girls while assigned to Greensburg diocese in the 1950s. Impregnated a 17-year-old girl in 1956. Married her in 1/57. In 7/57 sent to Servants of the Paraclete in NM for treatment. Divorced in 12/57. In NM until 1961. Accepted into Gary IN diocese on “trial basis.” Taught at a high school in Hammond IN 1961-63, where there were more concerns re his behavior with girls. Removed. In a Chicago rectory 1963-64. In 2006 accused of abuse of 11-year-old girl while in Chicago. Accepted into Wheeling WV diocese 1/64, transferred to VA 8/64. Died 6/4/2000 Gary bishop in 8/18 stated the diocese received an allegation in 2012 against Lukac, and that the diocesan review board said there wasn’t enough evidence to deem it credible. Not on Gary list released 8/27/18. On Wheeling-Charleston list late 2018.
MarcinekHenry J.Greensburg, PAFirst named publicly accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1987.Allegation to diocese in 11/07 from a man who said Marcinek abused him from about 1972, when he was a 10-year-old Holy Rosary student in Republic, until the early 1980s. He said the abuse, including oral copulation, occurred at the rectory, Marsinek’s cabin and on trips, including to to Sea World and Geauga Lake in OH and Niagara Falls. Marsinek may have also abused the alleged victim’s brother. He said his family was poor and Marsinek gave him money and gifts, including a car. Settled for $10k and 90 counseling sessions.
MatusakMichael W.Greensburg, PAMonsignor. Suspended in 8/18 due to a credible allegation that he sexually abused a minor about 20 years prior. A second allegation surfaced in 3/19 of sexual abuse of a girl 1973-76, beginning when Matusak was a deacon and continuing after ordination. His accuser said Matusak stalked and harassed her for almost 20 years. Retirement announced 6/12/19.
MoslenerRobertGreensburg, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Parish priest, teacher. Admitted in 1979 and 1980 to “inappropriate behavior” with a 15-year-old boy. Sent for eval. Returned to ministry. In 1986 several grade school to middle school children told the diocese that, during religion class, Moslener asked them if they masturbated and said other inappropriate things. Sent for eval. Police told diocese in 4/86 Moslener was investigated for sex with juveniles. Sent to St. Luke’s in MD 10/87. Said in 3/87 to be involved with a 16-year-old boy in North Huntingdon and another at St. Joseph’s in New Kensington Kept in ministry. Pastor 1992-06 of several parishes. In 1999 a fourth accuser surfaced. Removed 3/02. A fifth in 2003. In 2013 a man said he and his siblings were abused by Moslener as children.
NyesteJohn J.Greensburg, PAIn 11/18 a man alleged sexual abuse by Nyeste when he was an 11-year-old altar boy at St. Emory’s in Connellsville, PA. The man said the abuse occurred at Nyeste’s farmhouse in the mountains, that he passed out after the priest gave him wine and awakened to find Nyeste on top of him. Nyeste worked in PA, NY and OH. He died 5/19/87 in Cleveland, OH. Nyeste’s accuser was offered a settlement by the diocese, but said was not sure he would accept it.
OrisFabian G.Greensburg, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 2007. A woman told the diocese in 4/02 that Oris sexually abused her when he was assigned to St. Hedwig in Smock, PA she was ages 4 or 5 to age 12 when he was at St. Florian in United. She said Oris also abused her older sister when she was in third or fourth grade until fifth grade. Oris was a close friend of the girls’ parents. He would have each girl stay over in the rectory, sharing his bed. After the allegation in 2002, Oris was removed from public ministry. He said he had been “….asking god that they forgive me, asking all these girls to forgive me… .” In 2014 another woman came forward, alleging that when she was age 10 or 11 in 1977 or 1978, Oris kissed her on the mouth on about five occasions. She said she was a student at St. Mary’s in Uniontown and that the abuse would occur when she was sent to the rectory by the school principal for discipline.
PierceGeorge R.Greensburg, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 2009. In 1997 a woman told the diocese that Pierce sexually abused her beginning in 1968 at St. Gertrude’s in Aultman when she was age 12, continuing until she was about 20. In 1972 Holy Family parishioners complained to diocese about young women staying overnight at the rectory. Parishioners from almost every assignment told diocese about Pierce’s relationship with a “particular female.” Pierce acknowledged but minimized the “relationship.” She sued in 1997 and received a $30k settlement. Pierce was treated 11/97-5/98 at the Anodos Center. Retired 8/98, not allowed to function as priest. Moved to Erie diocese where he may have helped out. Allegation to Greensburg diocese 2002 from man who said Pierce sexually abused him for three years, beginning when he was age 10 in 1969.
PremoshisGregory F.Greensburg, PAReport to diocese 3/02 that Premoshis sexually abused a 16 to 17-year-old male Geibel High student 1980-82. Accuser said Premoshis was his ‘surrogate father’ who gave him gifts, took him on trips, and plied him with alcohol. Premoshis removed from job as president of the high school. Retired. Permanently barred from public ministry 7/02. Civil suit filed in 8/02; dismissed in 2003 due to the statute of limitations. No criminal charges filed, also due to SOL. Settlement for $5k and 90 counseling sessions. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
SanesiLeonardGreensburg, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1992. Report to diocese in 2002 that in the early 1960s Sanesi repeatedly sexually abused a boy who was a student at St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary. Another former St. Joseph’s minor seminarian alleged in 2013 that Sanesi sexually abused him 1962-63.
SinclairRoger A.Greensburg, PAIn 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury report. Diocese was told 5/81 of abuse 9/80 of two 14-year-old boys. Had been reported to St. Mary’s in Kittanning pastor, who did nothing. Mother of one of the boys deterred by Rev. Klinzing from going to police. Indications 2/83 from St. Mary’s mothers that other boys victimized.They told Chief of Police, who said he’d heard rumors and had spoken with their pastor. No action. Possible previous incident with a Latrobe boy on a trip to FL. Sick leave 6/83-6/84, treated at House of Affirmation in MO. Became military chaplain in CA, FL, KS VA and MA. Fired 11/91 from Topeka State Hospital after he “managed to gain access to a locked unit deceitfully” to try to take male teen patients to movies. Report 2/02 of abuse of an altar boy, age 9 through early teens beginning at first assignment. Faculties revoked 2002, sent to Anodos Center for treatment. Accused 4/02 of 1979 abuse of 13-year-old atrobe altar boy . Removed for life 2002. Resigned from priesthood 1/05.
SredzinskiJoseph L.Greensburg, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 2015. Found in 5/91 by police with a young boy in a car parked at night in a cemetery. Mayor of Everson met with Fr. Roger Statnick about the incident, and concerns from the community about Sredzinski spending too much time with boys. Allegation 6/91 of misconduct while swimming with a boy, and of inappropriate touch with the boy on a drive to Cleveland. Father of boy forbade Sredzinski’s contact with his son .Call in 4/02 to docese from woman who said Sredzinski abused her relative in 1985 in Brownsville, PA.
SweeneyJohn ThomasGreensburg, PAWorked in Latrobe, Greensburg, Smock, Freeport, Lower Burrell, Apollo and West Newton parishes. Retired in 12/16. Arrested in 7/17 on charges of “involuntary deviate sexual intercourse” with 10-year-old boy during 1991-92, when Sweeney was assigned to St. Margaret Mary in Lower Burrell and the boy was a 4th grader at the parish school. His accuser reported the allegations to police in 2016 after seeing the movie “Spotlight.” He said he was called into Sweeney’s office after misbehaving on the school bus, and that Sweeney forced him to perform oral sex on him, warning him that he would get in trouble if he told anyone. He said the Sweeney’s secretary brought him milk and cookies after the abuse. Sweeney pled guilty 7/31/18. In 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Sentenced 12/18 to 11 months to 5 years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
TamilowskiJoseph A.Greensburg, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1994. In 4/02 a man told the diocese that Tamilowski touched him inappropriately in the 1960s, when he was an altar boy at Assumption parish in Leechburg and the Mission of St. Mary. The man said that on several occasions Tamilowski pushed him into a corner of the sacristy, grabbed his crotch, and told him his parents wouldn’t believe him if he told. The accuser also said that many years prior to 2002 he told the office manager for the diocese,of the abuse, whose response was to tell him to “not rock the boat.” Suit filed by a man 10/18, claiming abuse by Tamilowski for three years, starting in 1978 when he was an altar boy at St. Hyacinth in Monessen. A 2nd suit filed in 12/18 by a man alleging abuse ages 14-18 in the late 1970s at St. Hyacinth.
TrottRoger J.Greensburg, PACriminally charged in 1987 for abusing as many as 12 young boys. while pastor of St. John’s in Delmont, PA. Pled guilty to abuse of one; got 5 years probation, with treatment as a condition of probation, and $10,000 fine. Sent To St. Luke’s in MD for treatment. Complaint 4/02 of abuse of a 10-year-old altar boy in 1973, including repeated rape. Civil suit filed 2005 claiming abuse 1973-76. Settled for $130k. Laicized around 11/04. Died in 2017 in FL.Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report 10/22/18.
WeberCharlesGreensburg, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 2000. Allegation to diocese 5/11/15 that Weber sexually abused an 11- to 13-year-old boy in the early 1980s, at St. Gertrude’s in Vandergrift. The alleged victim said that Weber had given a lecture to children about “impure thoughts and actions,” and that afterward, when the two were alone, the priest fondled the boy’s genitals.
Agudelo CanoAlexander DarioHarrisburg, PAAguledo Cano’s name was included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18 of clergy accused of sexually abusing children since 1940. Noted to have been a seminarian, accused of the sexual abuse of a child, and to still be alive.
AllenFrancis (Scotty) IIHarrisburg, PASeminarian. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury report 8/14/19. Report to the diocese in 1989 from a woman that Allen sexually abused her son in the 1970s. She reported the alleged abuse again in 2002. In 1994 another woman told the diocese her son was molested by Allen in 1974-75, when the boy was a 5th-grader. Allen died 10/16/11.
AllenJohn G.Harrisburg, PAPer diocesan records, concerns about Allen as early as 1970. Reportedly abused multiple young boys 1970s-1990s. Sent for eval 1991. Arrested 1992 for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer. Other allegations in 1985 of sexual relationships with several young men from the local college. Resigned in 2002 after confronted with credible allegations that he abused a 14- to 18-year-old boy starting about 1979. Laicization announced in 6/06. Included on diocese’s 8/1/18 list. Lawsuit 8/18 by a 29-year-old former Penbrook altar boy claiming abuse for 3 years, beginning in 1999. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Arrested 3/19, on charges related to claims he abused two Harrisburg altar boys 1997-2002.
BachFrancisHarrisburg, PARemoved from his ministry with young adults in 1967. On leave for 6 months in 1976, then reassigned. Boy Scout chaplain and campus minister. Retired at age 54 in 1994. Sent to St. John Vianney Center in Downington PA for treatment. Admitted to raping and sexually abusing 14 children, ages 14-16 More people came forward 1994-2016 alleging abuse as children by Bach. Died 3/31/10 at an assisted living facility in Seaside Point DE. In 2016 a man reported that Bach abused him when the man was was an altar boy in 1960 and Bach was a seminarian. Name included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Added to Baltimore list 9/18.
Barajas AriasLuis JesusHarrisburg, PAFrom Colombia. Assigned to the Harrisburg diocese to assist with the Spanish-speaking population in York and Lebanon. Named as accused by the diocese on its list 8/1/18. Included in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Personnel file shows that in 1989 there were concerns about past allegations against him of child sexual abuse. The diocese gave Barajas money to return to Colombia in 11/89.
BeemanJames W.Harrisburg, PAPastor in Shippensburg and Harrisburg parishes, chaplain in Lewisburg prison and the state mental hospital. Multiple allegations of sexual abuse of girls against him, including rape, some girls as young as age 6. Some were abused while hospitalized. Died 10/1/16 at age 90. Name included on diocese’s 8/1/18 list. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18.
BolenJohn P.Harrisburg, PAMonsignor. Died 7/7/66. Longtime pastor of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Conewago Township. Name included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused after his death of having sexually abused a child.
Bostwick, IIIJohn RaymondHarrisburg, PAOrdained for Baltimore archdiocese, transferred to Richmond diocese. On loan to Mt. St. Mary’s College in MD in 1996 when accused of sex abuse of a boy 1980-82 in Harrisburg, PA. Assigned to the Lafayette, LA diocese 1992 -96 at request of his friend, a Lafayette Bishop. Suspended from duties in LA when charges surfaced and was to be sent to treatment. Another allegation of attempted molestation of a 14- to 15-year-old boy in VA in the summer of 1987. On Harrisburg diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury report. Added 9/18 to Baltimore list. On Richmond diocese’s list 2/13/19.
BradelFrederick R.Harrisburg, PAPrincipal of Holy Family School in Harrisburg beginning 1958, and administrator of the parish. Died 1997. Name in included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused after his death of inappropriate behavior toward a child over several years.
BradleyJosephHarrisburg, PAMonsignor. Worked in Lancaster, Gettysburg York, and Mount Carmel. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel 1963-1996. Diocese announced 8/6/18 that Bradley’s name was added to its list first released 8/1/18 due to an accusation against him of child sex abuse. Deceased. Allegation reported after his death.
ChiassonRonaldHarrisburg, PAIn later 2018 a man told the PA A.G. that Chaisson sexually abused him beginning when he was a 12-year-old altar boy at St. Margaret Mary in Harrisburg in the 1970s. He said the priest groomed him with gifts and special attention and that the abuse occurred over a three-year period, in the rectory and on a road trip to Novia Scotia. He said Chiasson rubbed his body with oil, plied him with alcohol, possibly drugged him, and took photos of him nude. Chaisson died in 4/22/99. Per his obituary, Chaisson was “heavily involved in youth ministry” at St. William’s in Tewksbury, MA 1980-85, was a Navy chaplain 1987-90 and, for eight years until his death, was chaplain at Donovan State Prison in San Diego, CA. He was also assigned to Most Precious Blood parish in Chula Vista.
CramerDonald W.Harrisburg, PAName included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/19. Investigated by Homeland Security for possible child porn and federal law violations. Investigation dropped when child porn not found on Cramer’s computer. Cramer did reportedly tell someone online in CT who was charged with child porn possession that he wanted to go to Mexico to “rent” boys. Dispensed from the priesthood in 11/14.
D’AllesandroPatrickHarrisburg, PAName included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused after his death of the sexual abuse of a child.
DeChicoPhilipHarrisburg, PAAssignments included principal at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School in Shamokin 1979-86, principal at Lebanon Catholic High 1986-96, Gettysburg College campus minister. Worked at parishes in York, Mt. Carmel, Harrisburg, Gettysburg (Bonneauville). Died 2/25/06, age 57. Name included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused after his death of having sexually abused a child.
DoughertyRaymond E.Harrisburg, PADeceased. Name included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused after his death of having sexually abused a child.
Driscoll, C.SS.R.Joseph H.Harrisburg, PANavy chaplain, assistant in SC , Washington DC, PA and MA. Pastored in SC, FL, GA and NY. Died 4/13/76 in New Smyrna Beach, FL, Name included on Harrisburg diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused after his death of having sexually abused a child.
FisherPaul R.Harrisburg, PAAdmitted to visiting some websites possibly with images of unclothed minors. FBI found no criminal images. Reinvestigated, some images turned over to the D.A., who concluded Fisher’s computer did not contain criminal images. Name included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/19.
HackmanDonald (Tim)Harrisburg, PAOrdained a permanent deacon. Convicted in federal court of sending child pornography. Assigned to St. James in Lititz 1983-2000. Name included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury report 8/14/18.
HagerJosephHarrisburg, PAMonsignor. Pastor of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Lebanon PA. for 36 years. Retired 1976. Died 4/6/92. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused after his death of having sexually abused a child.
HaneyThomas RonaldHarrisburg, PAAccused of inappropriate touching and comments toward a child. Died 6/16/12. Accused after his death of having sexually abused a child. Per obit, was a “prolific writer, homilist, educator.” Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School in Coal Township beginning in 1967. Edited the diocesan paper 1975-2006. Parish assignments in Lancaster, Columbia, Steelton Shamokin and Ranshaw. Pastor 1976-1981 in Palmyra,and 1981-1985 in Steelton. Was also at Harrisburg and New Cumberland parishes. Retired 2006. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
Harrisburg Priest #1unnamedHarrisburg, PAIncluded in the PA Grand Jury report as “Harrisburg Priest #1.” Redacted due to ongoing litigation.
Harrisburg Priest #2unnamedHarrisburg, PAIncluded in the PA Grand Jury report 8/14/18. Information redacted due to ongoing litigation.
HavilandWilliam T.Harrisburg, PAAssisted in York, McSheerystown, Leanon, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Shamokin parishes. Chaplain at South Mountain Geriatric Rehab, Geisinger Med Center in Danville and Mt. Alto College, Pastor in Gettysburg, Lancaster, Steelton, Sunbury, Northumberland and administrator in Enhaut and Lewisburg. Retired 2010, lived at Elysburg parish, then a Bishop Datillo Retirement Center for priests. Died 2/22/17. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18, noted to have been accused of the sexual abuse of a child.
Herber, C.PP.S.JohnHarrisburg, PAPriest of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Shown in the Toledo OH diocese in the 1989 Catholic Directory. Name on Harrisburg diocese’s list released 8/1/18, noted to have “multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children.” Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. Deceased. Last shown the in 2012 Directory, at a Carthagena OH parish, Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
HowerPhilip A.Harrisburg, PASeminarian studying at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus OH in 1985, assigned to a parish in Sellinsgrove PA. Removed. Filed a RICO lawsuit in 2004 against the U.S. Church, claiming he was blocked from ordination for blowing the whistle on homosexual priests. The case was settled in 2005. Hower’s name was included on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. It revealed that Hower’s sister told the diocese in 1988 that Hower molested her son when the boy was ages 5-7. Hower was a seminarian in 1988 for the Tucson diocese. Harrisburg informed Tucson. Hower was not ordained.
HudakFrancisHarrisburg, PAMonsignor. Assigned to parishes in Kulpmont, Lancaster, Elizabethtown, York, Mount Carmel, Selinsgrove, Harrisburg, Shamokin, York Haven and New Oxford. Died 8/20/05. Name included on dioceses’s list released 8/1/18. Accused after his death of having sexually abused a child.
KaydaKevin L.Harrisburg, PAIn 9/13 a parent reported to the diocese concerns that Kayda was having inappropriate interactions with their minor daughter on Facebook. The diocese confronted Kayda and had his computer forensically examined. Pornographic images of adolescents were found, as well as internet visits to child porn websites. Kayda died by suicide 10/3/13 at age 27. He wrote several suicide notes which alluded to his having been an abuse victim. He did not name his abuser. Named as accused by the diocese on its list 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18.
KoychickGeorge J.Harrisburg, PAAssistant at parishes in Harrisburg, Mt. Carmel, York, Mechanicsburg. Pastor in Williamstown, York, Palmyra. Chaplain of PA Industrial School in Camp Hill 1957-62. Allegations in 2003 of child sexual abuse in 1970s, deemed ‘credible’ by diocese. Diocese did not make this public until 8/16; said Koychick was already retired in 2003, law enforcement notified, and Koychick forbidden to function as a priest. Name on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18.
KujovskyThomas J.Harrisburg, PAMonsignor. Pastored many parishes. Principal of Holy Spirit School in Mt. Carmel. Head of archives at the Diocesan Center, on diocesan Marriage Tribunal. Allegation of pornography in Kujovsky’s room with an image of a nude altar boy. Another time, a book of animated pornography was found in his room that appeared to show child sex abuse. D.A. determined that it was not criminal. Died 3/28/15. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the 8/14/18 Grand Jury Report.
LabudaKevinHarrisburg, PALabuda’s name was included on the Harrisburg diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused of the sexual abuse of a child. Reportedly a seminarian for two weeks. Convicted in 2010 of beating a priest with an ax handle for whom he was working as a business manager in a Greensburg diocese parish. Sentenced to 2-4 years in state prison. Per news accounts, Labuda claimed he was removed from the seminary due to injuries he had suffered in a motorcycle accident.
LawlerThomas F.Harrisburg, PAAccused of the sexual abuse of multiple boys throughout his priesthood. Moved frequently until his last 16 years at Sacred Heart in Lewisburg. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. One man told the diocese in 2002 that Lawler molested him at age 10 in 1963. In 2014 another man reported that Lawler sexually abused him from age 13 in 1985 until Lawler died in 1987.
LogueRobertHarrisburg, PADeacon. Name included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused of inappropriate communications with a child. A 1968 memo in Logue’s personnel file noted that Logue was accused by a 13-year-old boy and his father of asking the boy in to expose his genitalia. Logue “admitted his tendencies.” Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18.
LongArthur J.Harrisburg, PAIncluded on the Harrisburg diocese list 8/1/18, and in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Noted have been accused of soliciting a child for sex, and in a sexual relationship with an adult that began when the adult was a child. Complaints to diocese in 1987 that Long sought sex with a 17-year-old girl four years prior. Also accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with a 13-year-old girl. Chaplain of a Danville convent attached to a girls’ high school at the time. Admitted to sex with ‘four or five’ girls since assigned to Baltimore. Removed from ministry after new superior learned of his history. Sent to Guesthouse then St. Luke’s for treatment. Allowed to work in Baltimore archdiocese 1991-92 briefly until more reports of inappropriate behavior. Left community for vacation, never returned. Deceased. Added 9/18 to Baltimore list. On Scranton diocese’s list 12/22/18.
LuckDavid H.Harrisburg, PAFamily alleged abuse in 12/88 of their sons while a deacon at St. Paul’s in Annville. Sent in 2/89 to St. Luke’s in MD. Removed from ministry by diocese in 1990. Laicization announced 6/06. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Per news in 2/19, allegedly raped a 15-year-old boy and fondled an 11-year-old boy in the late 1980s. Also said to have told people he fantasized about sex with boys and was a pedophile. Went on to work for more than two decades for York County as a caseworker in the Human Services Department for Mental Health/Intellectual and Development Disabilities. Fired in 9/18 after the 8/18 release of the PA Grand Jury Report. Living in 2/19 in a residential neighborhood.
MaherRobert J.Harrisburg, PAMonsignor. Assisted and pastored parishes throughout the diocese. Longtime Superintendent of Diocesan Schools, and member of Diocesan Examiners of Clergy. Resided many years at an orphanage for girls. Resigned 1975. Accused of the sexual abuse of at least 15 boys ant St. Vincent’s in Hanover. More allegations surfaced after his death. Died 6/19/90. In 8/16 the diocese publicly acknowledged that in 1994 it had received credible allegations of child sexual abuse against Maher, said to have occurred in the 1960s. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
MahoneyDaniel JosephHarrisburg, PADied 7/4/07, age 80. Assigned to Holy Name of Jesus parish for 34 years. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused after his death of the sexual abuse of a child. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18.
MarsicoGuy D.Harrisburg, PAIn 1994, a man told the diocese that he had been abused by Marsico in 1982 at age 13. Marsico was assigned to St. Leo the Great in Rohrerstown and later to St. Rose of Lima in York. Diocese investigated and removed Marsico from active ministry without privileges. Diocese arranged for Marsico to pay for man’s therapy and medication. It denied him any type of settlement because it said it had no knowledge of the sexual abuse at the time it happened. The man testified before a grand jury in 10/16 for the state A.G.’s investigation of 6 PA dioceses. He said that the D.A. in the late 1990s told him there were other Marsico victims. In 2011 Marsico was reportedly a Harrisburg travel agent. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18.
McGinleyAnthony J.Harrisburg, PAName included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Noted to be the subject of multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children. Worked in Harrisburg parishes until 1970. Professor of psychology and education at Marymount College of VA and professor of psychology and statistics at Georgetown University. Retired in 1987, lived in Central PA. Died 8/12/06. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report released 8/14/18.
MercadoIbarra C.Harrisburg, PAName included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report released 8/14/18. Military archdiocese informed Harrisburg in 1994 that Mercado was accused of “french kissing a 12-year-old girl on the grounds of the Lebanon V.A. Hospital. Per the Catholic Directory, Mercado was assigned to the V.A. in the early 1990s.
MurphyNeil J.Harrisburg, PAName included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. At St. Rose of Lima in York 1958-61. Deceased. Accused after his death of the sexual abuse of a child.
NoelJames E.Harrisburg, PADied in 1980. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused after his death of the sexual abuse of a child. Assigned Late 1950s-early 1960s to St. Mary’s in Lebanon.
PeaseJoseph M.Harrisburg, PAAccused in 1995 of the sexual abuse of a minor in about 1972. Kept in ministry. Removed in 12/02 due to a credible accusation and his admission of having sexually abused an adolescent 30 years prior. Two other men then came forward to allege abuse by Pease. The Vatican had not yet ruled on his case as of 2007. Bishop Gainer asked Vatican to impose a ‘life of prayer and penance.’ Pease’s name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Abused throughout his career, at 10 parishes. Gainer decided to request laicization for Pease in light of the GJ report.
ProcopioCharlesHarrisburg, PAName included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Subject of an allegation that he “was inappropriately touching and kissing minors.” Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. Accused in 1965 of molesting 7th- and 8th-grade girls at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Harrisburg. The girls reportedly told their principal, who did nothing. Someone reported the molestations to a Fr. McAndrew, who informed the Chancery of “immodest touches” by Procopio toward the girls. Msgr. McGovern wrote that “the more recent actions received a distorted interpretation in the highly imaginative minds of pubescent girls.” Procopio was kept in ministry and retired in 1995. Deceased.
Quiroz ReyesGuido MiguelHarrisburg, PAAssigned to Apostolate for Spanish Speaking People in Lancaster, PA 1976-80. Moved in 1980 to the Diocese of El Paso, TX and by 1984 was in the Diocese of Victoria,TX, where he was incardinated in 1986. Died 5/15/08. Name included on Harrisburg diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Noted to have multiple allegations of child sex abuse against him. Included in PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. On the El Paso and Victoria dioceses’ lists 1/31/19.
Redacted #3unnamedHarrisburg, PAIncluded in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. Information redacted due to ongoing litigation.
Redacted #4unnamedHarrisburg, PAIncluded in the PA Grand Jury Report released 8/14/18. Information redacted due to ongoing litigation.
RolkoStephen M.Harrisburg, PAPastor from 1975 until his death of Holy Trinity in Columbia PA. Died 12/4/93. Assigned to St. Rose of Lima in York 1961-64. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused after his death of having sexually abused a child.
RushJamesHarrisburg, PADeacon. Name included on Harrisburg diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. Affiliated with the NY archdiocese prior to 2001. Accused in 2015 by two women of inappropriate behavior “that crossed boundary lines.” Confronted by diocese, retired. Allowed to minister only with “explicit permission.” Report to Children and Youth Services and to diocese in 2016 of a recent inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl. Behavior allegedly included hugging and kissing the girl, holding her hand, and telling her she was his “girlfriend.” Harrisburg diocese determined the behavior was “grooming,” not abuse. Rush died in 2016.
ScalaThomasHarrisburg, PAChaplain of St. Joseph Hospital in Lancaster 1977-1986. Pastor of St. Columba in Bloomsburg 1989-1994. Name included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18, noted to have two allegations of the sexual abuse of children against him. Died in 10/18 in FL.
SchlagerBryanHarrisburg, PASeminarian. Accused of inappropriate communications with several children. Known to have been studying in 2010 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Name included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18.
ShankHerbert J.Harrisburg, PAName included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/19. Multiple allegations against him of sexual abuse of boys. One alleged victim said he was a 12-year-old altar boy at St. Patrick’s in Carlisle in the 1980s when Shank began sexually abusing him, and that it went on for a year and a half. Another claimed abuse 1971-74. Also took pornographic photos of altar boys and videos of himself assaulting boys. Sent to Institute of Living for treatment in 1994. Shank told a news outlet in 8/18 that he was involved with not “more than very few” and that he had been in treatment. He said, too, that the diocese told him to resign in 11/94. The diocese said it turned the case over to DA’s office in 2/95.
SperberTimothyHarrisburg, PAName included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused in 2004 of the sexual abuse of a 9- to 10-year-old girl around 1979, at St. Joan of Arc in Hershey, PA. She said she told the school principal who became angry and called her “a demon-child.” Sperber transferred in 1992 to the Archdiocese of Miami. Went on leave in 1998, left priesthood in 2000. Living in Port Charlotte FL in 8/18, music minister at a Congregational United Church of Christ in Punta Gorda.
SteffenCarl J.Harrisburg, PADiocese knew as early as 1966 of allegations, when Steffen was a high school chaplain. Several parents complained about his behavior with their sons, including fondling. A female student said he spoke to her about masturbation, intercourse and “certain aberrations of the marital act.” Transferred 5/69. More accusation 1993 and 1997 of inappropriate sexual talk to minors. Report in 1993 that in 1968 he touched the genital area of a hospitalized 10-year-old boy. Bishop Dattilo said in 2/02 no penalty due to “insufficient evidence” of “overt offense.” Steffen warned in 2/03. Faculties for hearing confessions removed 2/09 for inappropriate sexual questioning within the sacrament. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Died 7/15/15. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Added to Baltimore list 9/18.
SuknaicJohn J.Harrisburg, PADied 10/10/04, age 82. Name included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused after his death of the sexual abuse of a child.
TaylorFrancis J.Harrisburg, PAMonsignor. Involved with Radio and Television Apostolate, Diocesan Communications Commission, Respect Life Task Force, Commission for Evangelization. Assistant pastor of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Harrisburg, taught at Harrisburg Catholic High School, principal of Lancaster Catholic Hight School. Retired 1996. Died in 1997. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused after his death of the sexual abuse of a child.
TokarickJohn, Jr.Harrisburg, PASeminarian. Name included on the Harrisburg diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused of the sexual abuse of a child.
VaughnFrederick J.Harrisburg, PAThe diocese acknowledged in 2016 that it had received multiple allegations against Vaughn of sexual abuse of young girls. In 4/02 a woman said he molested her two daughters when they were about age 9, 1961-66. In 7/02 he was accused of sexually abusing two sisters, one ages 3-13 during 1961-74, the other when she was 5-10, in 1958-63. Another report 7/04 claimed abuse of a girl, age 11 or 12 in 1958; in 8/04 a report of abuse of another girl. In 5/12 another allegation, of abuse of a girl 1959-63. In 2016 a woman reported abuse at age 11, and that she witnessed Vaughn’s abuse of other girls. Name included on the diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. Vaughn retired in 1986 and died 12/29/92.
VeceraJamesHarrisburg, PADeacon. Died 1987. Name included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused after his death of the sexual abuse of a child.
ZangariSalvatore V.Harrisburg, PAParish priest, became Army chaplain in 1951. Diocese received allegations in 1980 and 1986 of “unwanted sexual misconduct” by Zangari toward adult women. Sent in 1986 to St. Luke’s for evaluation. Admitted to fathering a child with a former high school student. No follow-up apparent by diocese. Review by bishop in 2002 of the 1986 evaluation; he said it showed “full proof of [Zangari’s] sexual misconduct with minors.” Faculties removed. Died 9/23/04. Name included on diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report.
AveryEdward V.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 16-yr-old boy in 1978. Denied abuse; said he didn’t know of allegations until 1992. Removed in 1993; reassigned as hospital chaplain. Placed on leave again in 2003. Laicization announced 3/06. Named in new Grand Jury Report on 2/10/11. Accused, along with another priest and a teacher, of abuse of 10-yr- old boy in 1998 at St. Jerome. Admitted guilt 3/22/12 just before trial. Sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 yrs prison. New suits filed 7/11 & 9/12. Recanted confession 1/13.
AyresWilliam G.Philadelphia, PARemoved from assignments at two parishes in 11/10 after allegations arose that he had molested a minor in late 1990s while at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Matter has been referred to District Attorney. Ayres is currently staying at a home for retired priests during investigation. Civil suit filed 10/11 accuses Ayers of abusing another youth from 1996 through 1999 at Incarnation of Our Lord Parish in Philadelphia when Ayers was seminarian.
BarrPhilip R.Philadelphia, PARetired 1995. One of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment was as pastor emeritus of St. Edmond Parish in South Philadelphia. On 5/4/12, Archdiocese found allegations unsubstantiated and he was found suitable for ministry. Died 11/27/14.
BehanJames J.Philadelphia, PAPlaced on leave 4/02 by Raleigh bishop after “credible allegation” of abuse 25 years prior. Behan admitted to the allegations in 2005; convicted and sentenced to 12 years probation. The abuse occurred 1978-80, when Behan was a Northeast Catholic High teacher in Philadelphia. His victim was a 15-year-old boy and freshman at the school when the abuse began. Incidents took place in the rectory of a Germantown parish and on trips to North Carolina and Quebec. Behan worked in Raleigh 1980-2002. He was the only priest indicted by the Philly Grand Jury. On MD sex offender registry 7/10. On Raleigh diocese’s list in 10/18.
BolestaMichael C.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of at least 11 male teenagers ages 16-17 in 1990-1991. Evaluated at St. Luke’s treatment center. Reassigned. Died Jan. 2004. Name included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor with no conclusive evidence. Archdiocese later said allegations were credible.
BoweJohn F.Philadelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment: He was in residence at St. Joseph rectory in Warrington, Bucks County. Found “unsuitable for ministry” per 7/6/12 announcement due to violation of the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries. There are no substantiated allegations of sexual abuse.
BradleyH. CornellPhiladelphia, PARemoved from ministry 1/06. Name released 1/07 when Order admitted that he had engaged in “sexual misconduct” with an adult in the early 1980s in Baltimore. Another 2006 accusation involved a minor at Gonzaga College H.S. in Washington DC in 1973. First two accusations involving minors made in 1993. Sent for treatment and returned to ministry by Order in 1995. Assigned to St. Joseph Univ. until 01/06. Also worked in NC, Philadelphia and India. Five more complaints received as of 3/07. On Jesuits’ Maryland Province list 12/18. Left the Order in 2007. Police report filed in Charlotte NC 3/5/19 by a man alleging Bradley and Fr. Damian Lynch each abused him as a teen in NC in the 1990s. Added to Baltimore archdiocese’s list in 2/19.
Bransfield (Bp)Michael J.Philadelphia, PANamed Wheeling-Charleston bishop 2005. Accused of abuse of boys in testimony in 4/12 trial of Msgr. Lynn/Fr. Brennan in PA; prosecutor said Bransfield accused of fondling a minor in the 1970s. Bransfield denied allegations. Resigned 9/13/18 after Pope ordered investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of adults and financial misdoings. Ministry restricted 3/19. Suit filed 3/22 by former personal altar server and secretary claimed Bransfield sexually harassed him for years and sexually assaulted him in 2014. Also, that he “sexually abused J.E. and other adolescent and adult males, and diocese was aware in 2007 but no action. Settled 8/19. In 6/19 diocese said Bransfield had sexually harassed young priests and misused funds. Gave large sums of money to some cardinals, bishops and priests over the years. In 7/18 Pope said Bransfield must make amends, can’t live in the diocese or celebrate liturgy publicly.
BrennanJames J.Philadelphia, PAAccused in 1/06 of abuse 8 years prior; removed. Permanently removed 8/06, case referred to Vatican. Named in Philadelphia Grand Jury report 2/10/11. Charged in 2/11 with attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy in 1996, whose report led to Brennan’s 2006 removal. Denied guilt. Tried with Msgr. Lynn, who was charged with child endangerment. Jury deadlocked on Brennan 6/22/12. Lynn convicted. Retrial of Brennan scheduled and delayed several times. Brennan freed on bail. In a 10/16 plea deal, pled no contest to second-degree misdemeanor assault. Given two years’ probation. Laicization pending.
BrennanRobert L.Philadelphia, PAMany complaints about inappropriate or suspicious behavior with more than 20 boys dating to 1988. Remained active as chaplain at a nursing home for nuns until 2005 Grand Jury Report. Archdiocese removed him. Add’itional complaint of abuse in 1960s was substantiated; placed on permanent leave 8/07. Laicized 2017. New suit in 5/11. On 1994 secret list. Arrested 9/25/13 after report of abuse for 4 years in late ’90s of a boy, beginning when the boy was age 11. Released on bail. Charges dropped. Alleged victim died 10/16/13 at age 26 of a drug overdose. Family filed civil suit 11/13. Settled 6/18. Arrested in 9/19, charged with lying to the FBI.
BroughanLeonard W.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 2 youths. Diocese notified in 1993 and 1995. No assignments after 1994. Died 1998. Apparently he was a priest of the archdiocese when some of the abuse occurred but became a Carmelite order priest in 1986.
BruggerCraig F.Philadelphia, PAAccused in 2002 of the sexual abuse of a 15-year- old boy in 1974. Also accused of receiving porn 1989. Placed on leave 2002. Matter sent to Vatican. Laicization announced 6/06. Brugger died 9/4/10. Accused in lawsuit of abuse of a boy 1972-76, ending when the boy was age 12. The boy was a St. Anne’s in Phoenixville parishioner. The abuse allegedly occurred in Chester County, at the boy’s parents’ beach house in Brigantine and other NJ locations. The boy reportedly told the parish pastor who said “these things did not happen” and not to speak of it. Also, after a nun got involved Brugger was moved to another parish.
BrzyskiJames J.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of at least one boy in 1980s per 6/06 class action suit. Philly Grand Jury report referred to him as one of the diocese’s most brutal abusers. May have abused over 100. Removed 1984; left active ministry 1985. Laicized 3/21/05. Suit in 2006 dismissed by lower court and by 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals 11/07. Name on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) as “diagnosed pedophile.” Reportedly moved around in later years through VA, WI, CA then TX. Found living in Dallas, TX 1/14, always surrounded by boys. Found dead in a Ft. Worth TX motel 9/13/17, surrounded by pills and bottles of vodka. Several known suicides of victims.
CadwalladerGeorge B.Philadelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment was as parochial vicar of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Richboro. In 5/12, Archdiocese found allegations of violation of Standards of Ministerial Behavior to be substantiated. Currently 58 yrs old, he was found unsuitable for ministry.
CahillRaymond J.Philadelphia, PAName is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor but for whom no conclusive evidence was found. He died sometime between 1989 and 1994 when memo was written.
CampbellHugh P.Philadelphia, PAMsgr. Campbell retired from Saint Maximilian Kolbe, West Chester, in 2007 and moved into private residence. In 12/11, he “self-reported sexual abuse of a minor” approximately 40 years previously and was placed on leave by Archdiocese. On 5/20/12, Archdiocese announced it had found him not suitable for ministry. Campbell has accepted a supervised life of prayer and penance. Died 2/13/16.
CannonJohn A.Philadelphia, PARemoved 2003. Accused of abuse of at least two youths in late 1950s and 1960s. By 1964, at least six boys had complained to the Archdiocese that Cannon would sneak into their cabins at camp in the night and molest them. Civil suits filed 2004. As of 2/05, his ministry had been permanently restricted and he was living a life of prayer & penance. Named in 2006 suit which was dismissed by court. Appeal rejected by 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals 11/07. On 1994 secret list. Died 5/31/17.
CastellaniPaul A.Philadelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment was as pastor of St. Philomena Church in Lansdowne. Per 7/6/12 announcement, he was found suitable for ministry after the diocese determined misconduct claims against him were unsubstantiated.
CatulloPasquale R.Philadelphia, PAAccused in 1969 of abuse of a female high school student. He self-reported the incident and requested transfer Archdiocese knew of abuse but continued to reassign him for 15 years. In late 2004, Catullo agreed to permanent removal of faculties and supervised life of prayer & penance. Archdiocese found allegations credible. Name is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor.
ChambersGerard W.Philadelphia, PAThree brothers sued in 2004 alleging abuse by Chambers in 1954. Another 2004 suit alleged abuse of one youth. At least two other alleged victims known. Died 1974. During forty years as priest, was on “health leave” seven times.
ChapmanMichael A.Philadelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on leave 3/7/11 after allegations involving minors. Lived at Ascension of Our Lord in Philadelphia when removed. Archdiocese said 5/12 that allegations he violated standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries were unsubstantiated. He was found suitable to return to ministry but new allegation rec’d 5/12 re 30 yr old abuse. He was returned to admin leave 9/12. In 12/13, Review board found him to be unsuitable for ministry and he was permanently barred from future ministry.
ChappellArthur B.Philadelphia, PAChappell, chairman of Villanova Univ.’s theology dept., resigned 5/03 amid allegations that he sexually abused a teenage seminary student from 1975-1976. The youth was studying to become a priest and Chappell was his spiritual advisor. He reported abuse in 1977 to Villanova psychologist who told the Order. Order counseled Chappell at the time but no written record of complaint was made and no other actions were taken. Since 2005 he has been serving as executive director of Augustinian Press.
CloseJohn A.Philadelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on leave by archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last served as pastor at St. Katharine of Siena in Wayne. In 1998, a man in prison for murder accused him of abuse as a boy on several occasions in 1969-1970. Nothing done. Close denied. In 4/11, 2nd man claimed abuse in 1992-1994. Found suitable for ministry 7/6/12 after Review Board determined misconduct claims against him were unsubstantiated. Died 3/6/18.
CochraneRichard J.Philadelphia, PAArrested in 1999 for assault of 14-yr-old boy during trip to the Poconos. Cochrane was a teacher at Malvern Prep School. Another person came forward to allege same type of abuse in 1990. Pleaded no contest to statutory rape charge in 1/03 re 1st boy after PA appellate court ruled that the 2nd student could testify at trial. Sentenced 7/03 to 18 to 48 months in jail. In 7/03, Arch. settled civil suit filed by 1st youth. New suit 2/14/11.
CollinsJames J.Philadelphia, PAPut on administrative leave without privileges 5/26/13 after allegation that he sexually abused a minor approximately 40 years previously. Taught at Holy Family University from 1976 to retirement in 2013 and was living at St Martha’s rectory. Archdioceseis investigating but says this is the first allegation against him. Matter has been reported to the police. May have been working at Roman Catholic High School for Boys about 40 years ago. Found Not Suitable for Ministry 02/23/14 and permanently removed.
ConroyMichael F.Philadelphia, PADeacon. Assigned to Sacred Heart in Royersford 6/94-10/02, when he was removed from ministry due to “known sexual misconduct involving a minor.” In 3/07 the archdiocese announced Conroy’s laicization.
CoonanJames J.Philadelphia, PAAccused 1/22/02 of abusing two boys, age 14 and 15, in 1966 or 1967. After 2-year term as pastor 1983-85 and 3-year demotion, was USAF chaplain 1988-96. Then worked in parish and as hospital chaplain. Restricted 1/02 to saying Mass privately. Retired 2/26/02. Evaluated at St. John Vianney Hospital 3/02. Additional restrictions on ministry 9/10/04. Faculties removed 10/8/04; supervised.
CostiganGeorge A.Philadelphia, PAAlso known as Br. Daniel Eliseus. Left the Christian Bros; ordained in 1974 and incardinated into the Paterson NJ diocese. Accused 1993 of sexually abusing a girl, ages 9-15, starting in the mid-1960s when he was a Christian Brother at West Catholic Boys High School in the Philadelphia archdiocese. Worked as a hospital chaplain. Retired in 1993; lived at a convent attached to a youth retreat center. No privileges. Named auxiliary contract chaplain in 2006. Presented himself as active priest in 2007 and 1/09.On the Paterson diocese’s list 2/13/19. One accusation noted. Also noted to have been removed from ministry 4/28/94.
CudemoNicholas V.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of between 11-16 young girls in 1960s and 1970s. Archdiocese first learned of abuse in 1991. Sued in 1992. Placed on leave 1996. Laicized 3/21/05. Named in new Grand Jury report 2/10/11. Cardinal B. admitted in 2003 depo that Cudemo was allowed to remain active because a priest “has rights”; “If we tried to remove him, he could bring action.” Named as diagnosed pedophile in secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. Molloy (released 2/27/12). Testimony re him in 2012 trial of Msgr. Lynn.
Delli CarpiniJohn J.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of two youths over a period of several years both before seminary and after ordination. Placed on leave in 1998 and then returned to duty. Placed on leave again in 2004. Laicization announced in 2005.
DePaoliEdward M.Philadelphia, PAConvicted 1986 of possession of child porn. 1 yr suspended sentence. Continued “extremely restricted ministry” until 2002 but did more than allowed because of “communications breakdown.” Accused in 2002 of abuse of 14 yr old girl in 1970. Placed on leave. In 2004 allegations found credible. Laicized 8/11/04. Nun testified in Msgr. Lynn trial 4/12 that she was fired after she sent one of his porn magazines to then-Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.
DiGregorioJoseph L.Philadelphia, PA2011 Grand Jury Report II showed woman came forward in 2005 to report that he had sexually her as a 16-year-old girl in 1967 or 1968 at Our Lady of Loreto in Philadelphia. Review Board found initial allegation to be credible but reversed itself in 2006. After release of Grand Jury Report, he was placed on leave from job as parochial vicar at Stella Maris Rectory. He denied all allegations. Reinstated 10/12. Board said he violated priestly conduct standards but was eligible to return to ministry.
DolanRichard D.Philadelphia, PAWoman spoke before Archbishop Rigali and clergy in Sept. 2006 about the fact that she was raped by Dolan for 18 months, beginning at age 14 Left active ministry in 1981 and was laicized 5/31/00. Name is not included in the 2005 Grand Jury Report. Name is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor with no conclusive evidence.
DonofrioMichael J.Philadelphia, PASued 2003. Accused of abuse of a 12 yr old boy from 1982-1983. Archdiocese notified in 2002. Donofrio was working in Peru. Removed from that assignment in 2003 and placed on restricted leave. Donofrio submitted a petition for voluntary laicization to Vatican. Laicized 7/07.
DoughertyJohn C.Philadelphia, PAName is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. That list also says no conclusive evidence. He is shown as Associate Pastor atSt. Bartholomew. No further information found.
DoughertyWilliam J.Philadelphia, PAAccused 4/3/02 of sexually abusing a female HS student. No date or description of abuse given. Had been placed on administrative leave 9/1/99. On 4/15/04 archdiocese accepted review board assessment that allegation was credible. On 6/14/04 his ministry was restricted and archdiocese said Vatican was reviewing laicization. On 9/10/04 ministry was further restricted. Laicized 7/06. Had been assigned to HS 1970-94. Was chaplain with the USAF Reserves 1976-78.
DowlingPhilip J.Philadelphia, PADuring 2005 investigation by newspaper re alleged abuse by Dowling of two sisters, he admitted to a newspaper reporter that he had inappropriately touched one girl. Archdiocese immediately placed him on leave. Another set of sisters also came forward to accuse him of abuse. Placed on permanently restricted ministry (life of prayer & penance) in 2005.
DunnePeter J.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 3 teenage boys and 1 boy of unknown age. Diocese learned of abuse in 1986. Sent for treatment and then reassigned. Reportedly paid 1 victim $40K for his silence. Retired 1995. In 2004 he was placed on permanently restricted ministry with no faculties. Accepted a supervised life of Prayer and Penance until death 4/17/10. 1 civil suit filed in Iowa in 2008. Named as diagnosed pedophile on secret 2/94 memo from Msgr. Lynn to Asst. Vicar for Admin released 2/27/12.
DuranteErnest A.Philadelphia, PASued 2004. Named in Philadelphia Grand Jury Report as having watched Fr. John Schmeer abuse teenage boys. Left priesthood in 1987 to marry. Sued in 2004 and plaintiff says that Durante did sexually molest him. Was working as guidance counselor at Catholic school in Florida in 2006 when someone told authorities about his past. He then “retired.”
DurkinThomas J.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 8 mostly pre-teen boys 1964-1966. Left active ministry 1968. Laicization announced 2005.
DuxJames M.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of many children, mostly boys. Accused in 1985 of possession of “inappropriate material” which was destroyed. “Retired” in 1994. Restrictions placed on ministry in 1995. In 2004 allegations found credible; ministry was permanently restricted. Lived a supervised life. Diagnosed in 1965 as sexually deviated. Name is on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were guilty of sexual misconduct with minor. Died 11/4/06.
EngelhardtCharles F.Philadelphia, PANamed in report and presentment by Philadelphia Grand Jury on 2/10/11. Accused, along with another priest and a teacher, of orally sodomizing and molesting a 10-yr-old boy in 1998 or 1999 at St. Jerome Parish in Philly. Remained at another parish for 2 yrs after 2009 complaint and order from Archdiocese to leave assignment. Surrendered to police 2/10/11. Refused plea agreement 6/11. New civil suit filed 7/11. Criminal trial started 1/7/13. Defendants did not testify. Found guilty 1/30/13. Arrested. Request for new trial filed with PA Superior Court 7/14 by counsel for Engelhardt and for teacher Bernard Shero based on new evidence about a new witness who could have supported Defense and discredited the main witness. ENgelhardt died in prison 11/16/14.
FeretFrancis S.Philadelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors.One man reported in 2006 that Feret abused him at age 9 in the early 1970s Last assignment was at St. Adalbert Church in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond section. Archdiocese announced 5/4/12 that allegations were substantiated and he will be permanently removed from active ministry. Suit filed 9/18/12.
FernandesMark E.Philadelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment was at St. Agnes Church in Sellersville, Bucks County. Permanently removed 12/13 after determination that there was no allegations of sexual misconduct but he acted in violation of church standards.
FloodJ. MichaelPhiladelphia, PASuit filed 9/09 in DE accused Flood of abuse of youth at St. John Neumann H.S. in late 1970s. Archdiocese let him continue as Pastor since Plaintiff’s identity not known. He denied allegation; agreed to avoid unsupervised ministry to youth. One of 21 priests placed on leave 3/7/11 pending investigation re allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Suit withdrawn 12/11 after inconsistencies in Plaintiff’s deposition. In 5/12 Archdiocese found allegations unsubstantiated & found him suitable for ministry.
FurmanskiLeonard A.Philadelphia, PARemoved 2003. Accused of abuse of 3 minor males and 1 minor female. Ministry permanently restricted in 2004 and he was ordered to live a supervised life. Died 10/27/09 per Archdiocese website accessed 8/4/10.
GaghanRobert W.Philadelphia, PAIn 2008 a man reported to the Norbertines that Gaghan, his uncle, fondled him under the covers of his own bed and then performed oral sex on him when he was a youth. The man said his younger brother, who later died of a drug overdose, was also abused by Gaghan, and that an older brother was abused by a priest-friend of Gaghan’s. This brother also died of a drug overdose. Gaghan taught at former Saint John Neumann High School in Philadelphia. Investigation by the order found the accusation credible. Gaghan died in 1989. On St. Norbert Abbey in WI list 7/19/19. It notes one allegation.
GallagherFrancis J.Philadelphia, PAArrested 1989 for solicitation of 18 yr old and 20 yr old. Also admitted abuse of 2 teenage brothers. Placed in treatment 1990 and reassigned to parish 1991. Placed on leave 2002 and petitioned for laicization. Laicization announced 11/06. Name is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor.
GallagherJoseph J.Philadelphia, PAGrand Jury Rpt II of 2/10/11 said man told Archdiocese in 2007 that Gallagher repeatedly fondled him when he was an altar boy at St. Mark’s h in Bristol, PA. Another man made similar accusation previous year. The 2007 accuser reported others had also been abused. Review Board deemed both reports unsubstantiated in 2008.The accuser from 2007 committed suicide the next year. Gallagher “retired”. Removed 2/11. New suits 4/11 & 9/12. Found unfit for ministry 4/13. Permanently removed. Died 06.05.18. Funeral mass concelebrated by Bishop Maginnis.
GallagherJoseph P.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 12 yr old boy in early-mid 1970s. Archdiocese notified in 1974. Sent for treatment and reassigned. Placed on leave in 2002 and in 2004 his ministry was permanently restricted. He is now living a supervised life. Civil suit filed 12/03.
GanaStanley M.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse in 1970s-1980s. Abuse reported in 1992 and 1995. Placed on leave and sent for treatment. He was one of the unidentified priests dismissed from the archdiocese 4/02 because of abuse complaints. “Countless victims,” including women, and theft of money per 2005 grand jury report. In 1996 he left treatment and went to Orlando, FL. Began living with group of older teens & young men. Laicized 3/21/06. Named in new Grand Jury report 2/11.
GarciaArmand D.Philadelphia, PASuspended 3/16/18. Accused of sex abuse of a minor 2014-17. Pastor of St. Martin of Tours in Summerdale since 11/17. In 2011,was assigned to Immaculate Heart of Mary in Roxborough, after a year of personal leave. Member of National Association of Filipino Priests. Arrested 3/4/19, charged with rape of a teen girl, sex abuse, corruption of a minor, and recording a sex act. May have also plied the girl with alcohol and marijuana.
GasparMark S.Philadelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment was at Our Lady of Charity Church in Brookhaven, Delaware County. Allegations substantiated 4/13 and he was found unfit for ministry. Permanently removed.
GauschJoseph P.Philadelphia, PANamed in at least three 2004 suits and one 2006 suit. Accused of abuse of numerous boys. First report of abuse received 1948 and he was sent for treatment. Reassigned several times. Left priesthood 1992. Questioned several times prior to death 5/99. Atleast 12 known sexual-assault complaints against him by 2000. 2006 suit dismissed by lower court and 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the appeal 11/07. Name on 1994 secret memo.
GilibertiFrancis A.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of at least 4 teenage boys between 1960s and 1976. Archdiocese learned of abuse in 2002 and 2004. His faculties were restricted. Accusations found credible in 2004. Ministry permanently restricted and was living a supervised life. Counting Giliberti, at least 5 members of his 1970 seminary class have been defrocked or removed from ministry over abuse allegations, including Gana, Avery, DePaoli and James M. McGuire. Died 4/16/18 at St. Francis Rehab and Health Care Center in Darby PA.
GillespieJohn E.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 5 youths over a period spanning from 1958 to 1997. Archdiocese knew of his behavior as early as 1994. Placed on leave in 2002. Further restrictions added in 2004. Ministry was permanently restricted. Living a supervised life when he died 2008. Named in new Grand Jury Report 2/10/11. Civil suit filed 3/11 alleged abuse of one boy, aged 14-17, from 1994-1997 at Our Lady of Calvary parish in Philadelphia. 2nd suit filed 3/21/11. On secret 1994 list.
GinnCharles, Jr.Philadelphia, PAOrdained as Deacon in 2001. Taught at St. Joseph’s Prep School for 29 yrs. Accused of misconduct w/ 2 young boys (hugging and kissing) at the school in 1996. Admitted it to the School which ordered treatment and restrictions. Not actually placed on leave until 11/05. Archbishop said act was not abuse but Ginn will not be reassigned.
GiveyDavid W.Philadelphia, PAFrom 1984-1991 he was the editor of Catholic Standard & Times. Retired 2006. One of 26 priests placed on admin. leave by archdiocese after they were named as persons of concern in a 2/11 Philadelphia grand jury report. Believed to be living in Camden Diocese. Has denied allegations. Found “unsuitable for ministry” per 7/6/12 announcement due to violation of the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries. There are no substantiated allegations of sexual abuse.
GlattsJoseph M.Philadelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment was as pastor emeritus of St. Andrew Church in Drexel Hill, Delaware County. Permanently removed 12/13 after determination that there was no allegations of sexual misconduct but he acted in violation of church standards.
GrummThomas J.Philadelphia, PAAccused in 2002 of abuse of high school boy between 1986-1988. Placed on leave and sent for treatment. In 2004 his ministry was permanently restricted and he agreed to a supervised life.
HaganDavid I.Philadelphia, PADied in 2005. Accused in 6/06 RICO class action civil suit of abusing 2 brothers for 3 years ,beginning in 1977 or 1978. RICO suit dismissed 11/06 on grounds that RICO’s standard of injury to business or property had not been met. Appeal rejected by 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals 11/07.
HarrisStevenPhiladelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment was as pastor at St. Isaac Jogues in Wayne. Had served as chancellor for archdiocese. Found suitable for ministry 7/6/12 after Review Board determined misconduct claims were unsubstantiated. Assigned to Tribunal and Chancery. Pastor of St. Bridget’s in East Falls since 6/15; placed again on leave 12/15 due to “concerns regarding his suitability for ministry at this time,” and not due to allegations of a crime.
HaynesMark J.Philadelphia, PAArrested 10/14, charged with felony counts of Sexual Abuse of Children — Child Pornography and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility for posting two photos on Instagram of girl younger than 14, one nude, one close-up of vaginal area. His user name for Instagram was of a young female; traced by investigators to his parish, SS Simon and Jude, West Chester PA. Also found to have posted many other child porn images and lewd emails with the young girl in the two photos; her identity unknown at time of arrest. Arrested 2/15 by FBI for the child porn. Three women 2/15 alleged sex abuse as children in 1990s by Haynes; one said he forced her to perform oral sex on him during confession. Worked since ’85 at 8 parishes, Office for Youth and Young adults; also high school chaplain. Pled guilty 6/15 to distributing child porn. Sentenced 2/16 to 20 yrs in prison.
HenryJames T.Philadelphia, PADiocese learned in 1987 of abuse of 15 yr old girl. He was transferred, sent for treatment, and then reassigned. In 2004 his ministry was permanently restricted and he is living a supervised life. Name is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor with no conclusive evidence.
HermleyRobert J.Philadelphia, PAAccused in 2003 of abuse of boy in Philly between 1976-1980. In 1987 he was reported to Oblates for having abused a youth during early 1980s in NJ. Convicted 1982 in PA of indecent assult of boys age 13 and 14 during Wilmington assignment. 3 yrs probation. Reinstated to ministry same year in VA. Retired 2003. Named in Philadelphia Grand Jury report. Died 8/30/09. Name released as part of 8/11 Oblate $24.8M settlement with 40 individuals.
HoffmanGerard J.Philadelphia, PAPlaced on leave 7/08 after allegation that he had sexually abused a minor in 1970s. He was serving as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Doylestown at time of his suspension. Archdiocese reported this was first allegation against Hoffman. As of 3/09, Diocese said Review Board could not substantiate original charge but did find evidence of abuse of 2nd minor and that Hoffman had agreed to live a supervised life of prayer & penance at a priest retirement home.
HowitzRegisPhiladelphia, PAAccused along with Rev. Charles Newman of sexually abusing a teen boy in the mid-1990s. Newman was principal of Archbishop Ryan High School and Howitz was a maintenance worker at the school. Newman allegedly plied the boy with drugs and alcohol Allegations against both men reportedly deemed credible by the archdiocese and Franciscans. Both ordered to live a life of prayer and penance. The boy died of a drug overdose at age 28 in 2006.
HoyDaniel J.Philadelphia, PARetired in 1998. One of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation of allegations involving sexual abuse of minor. Last assignment: in residence at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Strafford.Died 7/11 before investigation completed. Archdiocese announced 5/4/12 that investigation was inconclusive due to his death.
HummellJohn F.Philadelphia, PAAccusations received in Oct. 2005 that he had abused a minor in mid 1970s. Placed on leave late June, 2006 without faculties after diocesan investigation revealed “patterns of behavior that would be considered sexual abuse”… Case being referred to Vatican.
IannarellaJames M.Philadelphia, PARemoved from active ministry in 1999 due to “known [recent] sexual misconduct” with a 17-year-old girl, over a three-month period. Sent for evaluation. Placed on administrative leave. until 2003. Assigned to Drexel University 2001-2005 until name appeared in PA Grand Jury Report. Laicization announced 3/07.
JanowskiStanleyPhiladelphia, PATaught for years at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia. Also served as vice principal. Name appeared on Msgr. Lynn’s 1994 list of extern priests who were ‘guilty of sexual misconduct with minors.’ Twice accused of sexual abuse of minors but order’s investigation was inconclusive. Order did settle with one individual. Other was happy to learn that Janowski was no longer working with children. Believed to be currently living in WI.
JonesRichard G.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of two teenage boys. Archdiocese learned of first instance in 1988. On health leave 1988-1990, leave of absence 1990-1993. Left active ministry in 1993. Civil suit filed 2004 alleging abuse 1980-1983. Included in Grand Jury report of 2005. Laicization announced 2005. Name included on secret 1994 memo from Rev. William Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor.
JosephWilliam T.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 5th grade boy in late 1970s. Diocese notified in 1998. Joseph allowed to retire. In 2004, his ministry was permanently restricted and he accepted a supervised life.
KillianWilliam N.Philadelphia, PAPer 2002 article, woman alleged abuse by Killian in 1950s. Said he would have her change from school uniform into ballerina outfit from his closet and then have her lie on bed while he molested her. She told mom who spoke with someone and then told her she would not have to go to rectory again. Killian remained in his position. The older brother of a classmate confirmed story about Killian and the “costume closet.” Killian died in 1965. Named in 2006 civil suit.
KlineJohnPhiladelphia, PAAttorneys for one man announced 3/15/11 that they would be filing suit alleging that Kline, while assigned to St. Francis Xavier parish and Roman Catholic High School in 1968 or 1969, abused the then-adolescent youth. Kline died 1/1996. Suit was filed 3/16/11 in NJ. Plaintiff says Kline also abused his brother.
KohlerThomas M.Philadelphia, PARemoved from assignment 1994 and remained on leave until 2005. Accused of abuse of one male in mid-1970s and of taking nude photos of 15 yr old boy in 1994 in New Jersey. Criminal charges filed re this. Unable to determine outcome of criminal charges Also named in 1995 civil suit which later settled. Laicization announced 2005.
KolenkiewiczLouis J.Philadelphia, PASuspended 2/15 after discovery by D.A. that porn he had downloaded in 2005 included photos of minors. Investigated by D.A. 2005 and 2011 for downloading porn. Removed for three years. No charges filed due to church not preserving evidence, per D.A. Received treatment after 2011 incident. Had returned to parish ministry in 6/14. On leave 6/15 after local police found him working at parish and told archdiocese to keep him away from children. Cleared by archdiocesan review board; to return 6/19/17, assigned to Cathedral.
KornackiMatthew J.Philadelphia, PAAccused of possession of child porn from 2001-2003; placed on leave in 2003 and sent for treatment. Indicted and pleaded guilty 2004. Sentenced to 30 months federal prison. His ministry was permanently restricted. He is a registered sex offender in PA..
KostelnickAlbert T.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse (fondling) of at least 18 girls over a 32 year period. Reported in 1987, 1988 and 1992. Not removed from active duty until 2002 (04?). His ministry was permanently restricted and he accepted a supervised life. Died 3/30/09. Testimony in3/12 trial of Msgr. Lynn. One woman, molested as a teen when she served meals in rectory, testified she wrote directly to Lynn, a childhood acquitance, in 12/01. Kostelnick denied abuse but sent for evaluation.
KuczynskiEdward P.Philadelphia, PACivil suit filed 4/06. Alleged abuse of youth from 2002-2005. Police had been notified in 2005 and reported to Archdiocese that complaint was unfounded. Shown as Chaplain, Saint Monica Manor and in residence at Saint Philip Neri Rectory per Archdiocesanwebsite 6/23/07. Still active priest in Philadelphia as of 5/10.
LanctotDexter A.Philadelphia, PAName is on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with minors with no conclusive evidence. Served 3 mo in federal prison for breaking into naval air station in 1987. Served as chaplain at children’s hospital. Faculties restricted 8/93 after he conducted public exorcism on steps of archdiocesan headquarters. Left priesthood 1995. Serving as Chaplain at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2012.
LawlorDavid T.Philadelphia, PALawlor, priest assigned to Daylesford Abbey, was arrested in 2002 and charged with accosting (inappropriate touching) a mentally disabled adult male in whirlpool at a YMCA. Lawlor was placed on leave when accusations were made He oversaw the kitchen at the abbey and filled in for other priests. Lawlor denied accusations and was found innocent by Jury 10/03.
LeneweaverRaymond O.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of at least 12 youths from 1966-1980. Several transfers after Archdiocese first learned of abuse. Left active ministry in 1980. He taught in public schools after leaving active ministry. Requested reactivation in late 1990s. Msgr. Lynn denied request in 1998, for Leneweaver’s own welfare and the “welfare of the church” Laicized 3/21/05. On 1994 secret list memo.
LiggioJohn R.Philadelphia, PALiggio, a teacher of religion and campus ministry director at Malvern Prep School, was investigated by the DA’s office 1/03 after allegations he abused a student at the school in 1997-1998. He was placed on leave in late 2002 after allegation surfaced. He denied allegations. In 9/03, DA’s office declined to file charges because of insufficient evidence. Named in 7/25/12 civil suit by original accuser.
LogripJoseph L.Philadelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation. Last assignment: in residence at St. Stanislaus in Lansdale. Mentioned in 2/11 civil suit as having not acted despite knowledge of attack on one youth. On 6/8/14 archbishop announced that Logrip was “suitable for ministry based on unsubstantiated allegations that he sexually abused minors over 20 years ago.” Placed on leave again in 1/19 after new allegation of abuse of a minor in the early 1980s.
MacangaJoseph E.Philadelphia, PAMacanga, a former priest, was arrested in Lumberton NJ 4/08 by the FBI after they found child pornography on his personal computer. He had been identified as a participant in an internet chat room. He was working as a teacher and coach at a BurlingtonCounty middle school at the time of his arrest and was suspended without pay. Macanga left the active priesthood.in 1995 with clean record. Released on house arrest with monitoring. Sentenced 6/09 to 57 months in fed prison. Projected release date 8/13.
MarinucciSteven J.Philadelphia, PAPlaced on leave in 2/19 after an allegation that he sexually abused a child in the late 1970s while working at St. Hubert High School for Girls and in residence St. Bernard and St. Bartholomew. Marinucci denied the allegation. Police and archdiocese to investigate.
MartinsNilo C.Philadelphia, PABrazilian pediatrician and order priest. Convicted 1985 of abuse of boy, age 12. Sent for treatment before conviction. Served only about 5 weeks of 23-46 month sentence. Immediately deported/returned to Brazil. Remained active priest there for for many years.
MazzottaGeorge J.Philadelphia, PAIn 5/10 his privileges were removed after allegations he sexually abused a minor more than 40 years previously. He was removed form assignment as parochial vicar at Stella Maris parish and transferred to Villa St. Joseph, a home for retired priests in Darby, Pa. No known previous allegations against him. Archdiocese announced 5/20/12 that allegations were found to be credible and he was unsuitable for ministry. Mazzotta has agreed to a supervised life of prayer and penance.
McCaffertyJoseph F.Philadelphia, PAName is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with minors with no conclusive evidence. In 1994 he was serving as chaplain at St. Mary’s Manor in Lansdale.
McCarthyMichael J.Philadelphia, PASpent 20 yrs at Cardinal O’Hara High School between 1965-1989. Also worked part-time as travel agent. Accused of abuse of 2 male high school students Complaints were given to Archdiocese in 1986 and 1991 (re abuse 1974-1976). He received a promotion even after 2nd abuse reported. Placed on leave in 1993 with restrictions. Sent for treatment. Further restrictions added 2004. Laicized 1/3/06.
McColeJohn F.Philadelphia, PAMan filed civil suit 6/09 in NC alleging that in 1970s when he was an altar boy, McCole abused him on several occasions in Philadelphia and then took him to NC where he and another priest, Justin Pechulis, forced the boy to participate in group oral sex while a third man watched. Suit also alleged that Cardinal Krol was told of the abuse but dismissed the allegations saying “That’s just how men behave with each other.” McCole denied the allegations. Died 1/21/15.
McColganCharles P.Philadelphia, PAAccused of fondling one youth in a bathouse. Same plaintiff alleged abuse by Rev. John Kelly. Civil suit filed in 1994 (RICO suit) but plaintiff’s claims dismissed as beyond SOL. Died 1993. All RICO claims settled 3/03.
McCormickAndrew D.Philadelphia, PAOne of 21 priests removed 3/7/11 pending investigation of allegations of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assigned to Sacred Heart in Swedesburg. There was allegation (2004?) of computer porn and boundary issues. Arrested 7/26/12, charged with sexually assaulting a boy in 1997 at St. John Cantius parish. Three felony charges dismissed by court 8/12 but reinstated 10/12. Others remained. Trial began 02/27/14. Ended in mistrial 3/12/14. Second trial also a mistrial. Archdiocese announced in 8/18 that McCormick was found unsuitable for ministry.
McGinnis IIIJames J.Philadelphia, PAName is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with minors with no conclusive evidence. In 1994 he was Assoc. Pastor at St. Ignatius in Yardley. Shown as former pastor of Our Lady of Hope in Philadelphia. Died Oct. 26, 2010. In obituary, he was shown as Retired and Resident of Saint Francis Country House, Darby
McGuireJames E.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 3 minor males and one other victim. Abuse began while he was still in seminary in 1966. Placed on leave 2002 with restrictions. Laicized 3/24/06. Name is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. As of 4/16/12, Counting McGuire, at least 5 members of his 1970 seminary class have been defrocked or removed from ministry over abuse allegations,
McKenzieJoseph M.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of abuse of 2 male minors and 2 other males between 1966-1981. At least 4 health leaves during his career. Deceased 1989. Name is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor with no conclusive evidence..
McLoughlinRichard J.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of a boy in 1968-1969 and a 15 yr old girl beginning in 1976. Placed on leave in 1994 and again in 2002. Further restrictions added in 2004 when he was sentenced to supervised life of prayer and penance Matter referred to Vatican 11/12/04 for possible laicization..Name is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. Inquiry was still ongoing then.
MeyersJohn F.Philadelphia, PAPlaced on leave in late 2018 after an allegation that he abused a minor in the early 1980s. Found “not suitable for ministry” by the archdiocesan review board in 1/19. Matter to be sent to the Vatican. Found by a survivor of abuse by another priest in 4/19 to be working at a charter school in AZ. The survivor alerted the school.
MillsDonald J.Philadelphia, PAMills is named in 10/11 Motion filed by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office. Motion says he was accused in 2005 of sexually assaulting a minor in 1982. Rumors of “troubling conduct” existed as early as 1996 when one priest was penalized for raising objections when Mills was transferred to his parish. Mills was placed on health leave in 1999 & died in 2006. The priest from 1996 complaint testified in 2012 trial of Msgr. Lynn about how complaints were ignored.
MonahanJoseph R.Philadelphia, PAAccused in 2002 of abuse of 8th grade boy in 1969. Monahan sent to St. Louis for alcohol treatment in 1972 and then began working. Incardinated there in 1980. St. Louis not informed of allegations until 2005 just before release of Grand Jury Report. Monahan immediately placed on leave.
MulhollandJohn H.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of six or more youths in 1960s & 1970s. Wrote letters to a teenage in 1960s regarding sadomasochistic outings with teens. Church knew of letters in 1968; he continued to work until 2002 or so. In 2004 Archdiocese deemed charges not credible but he needed mental health help. Remained active until just after 2005 Grand Jury Report. New allegation received after report was released. Laicization announced 8/08. On secret 1994 list. Named by 1 man and 1 woman in new suit filed 9/18/12. Suit file in Canada in 2016 by PA man alleging abuse as a teen by Mulholland on a trip to Ontario.
MurrayJohn J.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 2 teenage girls in 1991. Placed on leave w/ restricted faculties 1992 and “retired” in 1993. Additional restrictions added 2004. He died March, 2006. Name is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were guilty of or accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.
MurthaMichael G.Philadelphia, PAAllegations that in 1995 Murtha was found to be in possession of S&M and violent child pornography were included in a Motion filed by Philadelphia District Attorney’s office 0/11. Motion also cited an explicit note Murtha had written to a 7th grade boy. Murtha initially denied that the porn was his and then admitted it. He was sent to St. John Vianney for treatment but allowed to remain as active priest until at least 2008. Request for laicization has been sent to Vatican.
NavitZacharyPhiladelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment was as director of the Offices of Closures and Special Projects. In 12/13, he was cleared by Archdiocese to return to previous position after Review Board could not substantiate allegations.
NawnHenry “Harry” J.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 5 boys in their mid-teens in 1960s. First allegation not received by archdiocese until 1997. Retired in 1991. Nawn died 1996. Named in 2004 and 2006 civil suits. Suit rejected by 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals 11/07.
NewmanCharlesPhiladelphia, PAAccused in 2004 suit of sexually abusing 16-year-old old boy 1994-96, Allegedlyplied the boy with drugs and alcohol and performed oral sex on him. Also gave him $42K, some of it funds from Bishop Ryan HS where Newman was principal. Order allegedly offered the complainant $50K to sign release. Suit dismissed on SOL. Accuser died of drug overdose 11/06. Newman resigned from Ryan for financial mismanagement in 2003. Arrested 12/07 for theft. Pled guilty 3/09. Sentenced to 3-6 years. Paroled 12/13. Said in 1/19 to be living a life of prayer and penance.
PaulJohn P.Philadelphia, PAArchdiocese received two allegations in 2013 that Paul allegedly abused children approximately 40 yrs before while in seminary. Matter reported to police but no charges filed. He was placed under restrictions. Parish and school not informed until 11/7/13 after he voluntarily resigned. He denied all allegations. Spent many years as teacher and school minister. On 12/15/13, his faculties were removed. Other accusers have come forward. Found not suitable for ministry and permanently removed 02/23/14.
PerzanStephen B.Philadelphia, PA
PetersonLeonardPhiladelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment was as pastor at St. Maria Goretti Parish inHatfield. Spent much of his career at Catholic Schools in the Philadelphia area. Found suitable for ministry 7/6/12 after Review Board determined misconduct claims against him were unsubstantiated.
PinkowskiTerrancePhiladelphia, PAIn 1992 civil suit , man says Pinkowski, a teacher and counselor at high school, abused him for several years. When victim went to officials, the head of the Franciscan order promised to pay for therapy and take care of priest. They transferred Pinkowski but refused to pay for therapy so suit filed. Court dismissed because of statute of limitations. He died 1991.
PodsonTed (Theodore)Philadelphia, PALeft Devon Prep in Philadelphia in 1993 after allegations he sexually abused a boy. No publicity and no charges. Wasin Amarillo diocese by 1995 as pastor and prison chaplain. Resigned 6/02 after Dallas conference. Two entries in the 2002 Offical Catholic Directory: Amarillo and Washington DC. By 2003 was living in the Philippines with teenagers around him. Name appeared on Msgr. Lynn’s list of order and extern abusive priests. Order removed him 8/12; under supervision at residential treatment center. On Buffalo diocese’s list updated 11/5/18.
PoliniAnthony W.Philadelphia, PANamed publicly as credibly accused by St. Norbert Abbey in WI, on its list 7/19/19. It notes one allegation. Died 9/23/77.
PovishRobertPhiladelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment was as a chaplain (state employed) to inmates at the Graterford Prison in Skippack and in-residence priest at St. Eleanor Rectory in Collegeville. Archdiocese announced 5/4/12 that investigation found he violated standards of ministry and was unsuitable for ministry.
PowersRichard T.Philadelphia, PAPowers’ name was included on 1994 list of 35 priests suspected or accused of abuse of minors. List compiled by Msgr. Lynn. Cardinal Bevilacqua ordered list destroyed at the time but copy turned over to prosecutors in 2012. He was accused of sex with a17 yr old girl in Venezuela while working with Society of St. James in late 1980s. Powers continued as active priest until 3/12 when archdiocese was expected to remove him. Permanently removed 4/13.
ReardonJohn D.Philadelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for allegations involving minors. Last assignment was as pastor at St. John of the Cross Parish in Roslyn. Name is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. On 5/4/12 Archdiocese found allegations substantiated and that he was unsuitable for ministry. Canonical process pending.
Rogers (in Philly)Francis P.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of numerous young boys, beginning just after his ordination and continuing for decades. Retired 1995. One man complained to Archdiocese in 1998 and Rogers was moved to a retirement home. Died 2005.
RooneyThomasPhiladelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment was as chaplain at the Immaculate Mary Home,a Catholic nursing facility for the elderly, in Northeast Philadelphia. Archdiocese announced 5/4/12 that allegations he violated standards of ministry were substantiated and he was unsuitable for ministry.
SabadishJoseph F.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of a young brother and sister in early 1960s. Also a suspect in the rape and murder of a young girl but never charged. He did pass a polygraph. Died 1999. Named in 2006 civil suit. Suit dismissed by lower court and dismissal upheld by 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals 11/07.
SantryWilliam L.Philadelphia, PAIn 2005 a woman reported to the archdiocese that Santry sexually abused her in the late 1960s, when she was a 16-year-old Our Lady of Loreto parishioner in South Philadelphia. Santry admitted to the abuse. The woman said she was also molested during that time at the same parish by Rev. Joseph DiGregorio. Santry told investigators in 2005 that he recalled that the girl had spent time in the rectory with DiGregorio and that he thought there was something like “fondling” going on. Santry had voluntarily left the priesthood in 1971. His laicization by the Vatican was announced 2006. Santry’s name was included in the Philadelphia Grand Jury Report II, released 2/10/11.
SatchellMartin J.Philadelphia, PAAccused in 1993 (year of ordination) of “credible allegations of misconduct involving a minor [boy].” Placed on administrative leave 1993 (after 4 months on job) through 2003. Laicized at his request 9/16/04. Taught in several prestigious schools between 1993 and 2004. Named in lawuit filed 2/14/11. Name included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor.
SchaefleinCharles J.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of a minor some time prior to 1990. He retired in 1989. Placed on leave in 2005 when allegation first became known. April 2006 article says Schaefle (at age 86 or 87) has agreed to a supervised life of prayer and penance. Name is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor with no conclusive evidence.
SchmeerJohn P.Philadelphia, PASued 2004. Accused of abuse of 3 boys (1966-67 and 1986). Other accusations also made. First allegations found not credible in 2003 but futher investigation in 2004 found latest allegation to be credible.Ministry permanently restricted. In 2/05 and still in 6/16 living supervised life of prayer and penance. Allegations against him were also discussed in 4/12 trial against Msgr. Lynn. 3 men filed 2 new suits against Schmeer 9/18/12.
SheaThomas F.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 6 boys in 1970s. He admitted molesting two altar boys from 1972 to 1977. Placed on leave 1994 and retired with restrictions 1995. Further restrictions added 2004 and Shea agreed to permanent restriction of ministry and to live a supervised life. Documents regarding his history were introduced in trial of Msgr. Lynn in Philadelphia 4/12. He admitted paying hush money to at least 1 other victim.
SicoliDavid C.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of at least 12 boys in their mid-teens during his career as a priest. Placed on administrative leave in 2004 and then further restrictions added in Feb. 2005. His case was referred to the Vatican for review and laicization announced 2/08. Named in new Grand Jury report 2/10/11. Name is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor w no conclusive evidence.
SiegeleCharles J.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 6-7 boys in 1950s and 1960s. 1 claim settled in 1990s and he was named in civil suit filed 2004. Named in 2006 class action suit. This suit dismissed by lower court then by Third Circuit Court of Appeals 11/07. Died 1/28/89. Name (as Siegle) is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor.
SmartRaymond W.Philadelphia, PAThe archdiocese announced in 1/19 that Smart had been deemed “not suitable for ministry” after an internal investigation into claims that he had sexually abused a minor in the 1980s. Had been on health leave since 1995. Retired in 2002. Had been accused twice previously of inappropriate conduct. The review board said in 2011 accusations of sexual abuse of a minor were unsubstantiated. In 2017 review board said there was evidence he had engaged in misconduct with an adult and restricted his access to church facilities.
SmithEdward J.Philadelphia, PAIn 2002, a man reported abuse by Smith at a Philadelphia high school in the early 1980s. He said he also saw Smith sexually abuse two other boys in the presence of another priest. Four more complaints from students were filed against Smith. Also allegedly abused in DE. Named in 2005 civil DE suit. Much of suit dismissed by court 11/06. Default granted against priest 1/07. A 41 mil jury verdict awarded 3/30/07. Settled with diocese 1/08. Settled 9/08 with the Norbertines and school. On the St. Norbert Abbey in WI list 7/19/19. It notes multiple allegations, and that Smith was restricted from ministry.
SmithThomas J.Philadelphia, PAAccused in 2002 and 2005 of abuse of at least three 12- and 13- year-old boys in the 1970s-1980s. First investigation found allegations to be not credible. Later, more allegations were all found to be credible. Laicized 3/29/07, announced 4/07. One man testified in Msgr. Lynn trial 4/12 that Smith took him and another boy on trip in RV, that that they spent the night in a hotel and Smith played strip poker with them. The witness said Smith assaulted him during the night.
SobotkaDePaulPhiladelphia, PATaught for years at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia. Name appeared on Msgr. Lynn’s 1994 list of extern/order priests who were accused of abuse of children. No public accusations known until 2012. Order and Archdiocese acknowledge that he was once accused of misconduct with an adult but never a child. Retired with no public ministry. Believed to be living in WI.
SteingraberLouis M.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 2 boys in their early teens in 1982 and a 16 yr old boy on another occasion. Placed on health leave 1983, was reassigned to another position and then left active ministry 1984. Died Sept. 1987 at age 41.
SwierzyMichael W.Philadelphia, PAFormer principal of high school. Pled guilty 1998 to corrupting morals of a minor; received 5 years probation. Other accusations received. On leave 1997-2003. Named in civil suit filed prior to 3/02. Archdiocese found accusations credible in 2004. Sent case to Vatican for review. Laicization announced early 2005; Died July 2005
TalocciPeterPhiladelphia, PAOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Patrick’s in Malvern. Review Board could not prove accusations but permanently removed him 12/13 for violations of standards of ministerial behavior.
TaraborelliCarmen F.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 5th grade boy in 1980s. Reported in 1999. Placed on administrative leave in 1999. As of 2004 Ministry is permanently restricted and he lives a supervised life.
ThomasJoseph W.Philadelphia, PANamed on Philadelphia Archdiocese website list of accused priests. Placed on leave three times between 1963 and 1972. Faculties removed by Archdiocese in 1972 and he then left active ministry. He died in Dec. 1996. Name is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor w no conclusive evidence..
TraugerFrancis X.Philadelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 2-3 boys in early 1980s and another in 1991. Allegedly took boys on overnight trips, shared a bed with them and touched them inappropriately. Removed 2003. Laicized 5/20/05. Named in at least 2 civil suits. Name included on secret 1994 memo from Msgr. Lynn (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were accused of abuse but no credible evidence found. In 2012, two men testified in Msgr. Lynn’s trial about abuse by Trauger. Named by one man in new suit filed 9/18/12. Charged in 9/19 with abuse of 2 Tullytown altar boys in the mid 1990s and early 2000s. Living in Brooklyn NY in 9/19.
VathAloysius H.Philadelphia, PAConfirmed as abuser of young boys over a period of 18 yrs per secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor. Died prior to 1994.
WallsDavid E.Philadelphia, PAAccused of 1987-1988 abuse of an adolescent brother and sister and another individual. Placed on administrative leave in 1988. Administrative leave continued 2002 with restrictions and further restrictions added 2004. Laicized 7/19/06. Died 2/21/09.
WiejataSylwesterPhiladelphia, PAAccused of abuse of 13 yr old girl in 2000. In treatment in 1999 and on leave by 2000. Laicized in 2002. Testimony in 2012 trial of Msgr. Lynn shows he had attraction to women, particularly married women and that the girl he admitted (to Msgr. Lynn) abusing was daughter of one woman he had affair with. Msgr. Lynn admitted at trial that he did not report to police or attempt to learn identity of the girl because he doubted the credibility of the woman who first told him about Wiejata.
WisniewskiThomas J.Philadelphia, PAAccused of sexual abuse over a 3-yr period with a 15-yr- old boy, 1983-1987. Placed on leave 2002 with restrictions. Restrictions increased 2004. Ministry permanently restricted and he was living a supervised life. Name is on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor. Testimony re him in 2012 Msgr. Lynn trial.
AdamsAlvin J.Pittsburgh, PARemoved 3/09 from parish assignment and position as chaplain at Bp. Canevin High after new allegation that he had sexually abused a minor in late 1960s in his first assignment. Three accusers known as of 2/10 but only 1 was considered credible by Diocese. This was woman who accused him of fondling her at Mon Valley HS in late 1970s. in 2/10 he was permanently restricted to a supervised ministry as chaplain to a convent of sisters but assignment withdrawn after complaints from parents of nearby school.
AdamsJames R.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury report released 8/14/18. In 1992 a man told Fr. David Zubik that Adams sexually assaulted him in the 1970s when he was and 8- to 12-year-old parishioner of Francis of Assisi in Finleyville. The man said Adams touched his genitals over his clothes while driving on outings, and that the priest would do this to other boys, too. Adams was sent to treatment ay St. Michael’s Community in St. Louis, MO but left before the program. His faculties were with drawn in 2003 and he was permanently removed from ministry. Adams died in 2011.
ArmstrongJames L.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury report released 8/14/18. The diocese knew as early as 1990 that Armstrong was accused of giving homeless Pittsburgh boys drugs, alcohol and money in exchange for sex. Sent to St. Luke Institute in MD for evaluation in 5/91. Placed on leave, sent to inpatient treatment at St. Michael Center in St. Louis 7/91-12/91. Returned to ministry. On leave again 7/07. In 2009 an alleged victim asked the diocese for counseling in 9/09. He had been a “street kid” and said “Fr. Tom” had him and a “hustler” perform violent sex acts on him for several years when he was a teen in the mid-1980s. Armstrong died in 2012.
BauerJohn M.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly in the PA Grand Jury report released 8/14/18. In 10/13 a man told the diocese that when he was a boy in the late 1970s-early 1980s, Bauer and another priest, Rev. Michael Romero, would give him and other boys alcohol and talk with them a lot about masturbation. He said Bauer would also “wrestle” with him and other boys. Diocese said Bauer was not removed because the alleged victim said Bauer didn’t abuse him. The man asked for help with counseling to deal with repressed issues of sexual abuse. Bauer said the alleged victim may have been confusing him with Romero. Placed on leave after allegation received 8/30/18 of sex abuse of a minor in the early 1980s. Bauer denied the allegations.
BevilacquaAnthony (Cardinal)Pittsburgh, PAAuxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn 1980-83. Pittsburgh bishop 1983-87. Archbishop of Philadelphia 1987-2003. Named Cardinal 1991. Retired 2003. Died 1/31/12. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 9/18 by a woman who said he groped her chest behind a partition in the school lunchroom on a visit in the 1980s to St. Gabriel’s in Whitehall. She also claimed abuse by Revs. Lawrence O’Connell and Edward Huff, when she was ages 5-13, 1978-1985, at St. Gabriel’s.
BinderJeromePittsburgh, PAIn 2014, Bro. Bernard Hartman was facing trial in Australia on child abuse allegations. When one individual came forward to allege abuse at North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. the Pittsburgh diocese sought information on other possible victims. Allegations then were made against 7 other brothers, including Binder. At least one individual alleged abuse by Binder who was at North Catholic 1961-66, 1975-76, and 1979-89. Died in 2/2000. Head of Marianists apologized in writing to diocese and students.
BruecknerJohn E.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury report released 8/14/18. A woman contacted the Greensburg diocese in 2016 to report that her husband told her in 2002 that a priest sexually abused him as a boy at St. Joseph’s in New Kensington sometime between 1947 and 1951. He said the abuse happened in a the priest’s car after a baseball game. Brueckner and a Rev. Stewart were priests of St. Joseph at the time. The Greensburg diocese wasn’t established until 1951; New Kensington was part of the Pittsburgh diocese at the time of the alleged abuse. Brueckner died in 1960.
BurchiantiLeoPittsburgh, PAFirst publicly accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Diocese knew as early as 1967 of allegations against Burchianti involving at least eight young boy, including anal and oral sex, suggestive comments and giving the boys alcohol. May have been evaluated and treated at St. Luke and/or St. Michael’s Instiitute at least three times in 1989, 1993 and 2012. Reportedly told boys he wanted to rape them. Admitted in 1980 to all allegations except those “concerning abuse.” Leave of absence 1993. Settlement 3/18/94. No further assignments granted. Early retirement 10/94. At St. John Vianney Manor 2/95 until at least 2012. Permanently removed from ministry 1/03. Admitted in 2007 to past “sexual contact” with an eighth grade boy, and that he had a sexual relationship with the boy’s mother. Diocese gave this accuser 24k for counseling in 2008. Burchianti admitted that he and Revs. Bob Castelucci and Rudy Smoley would take boys to the seminary pool and brag about them. Died in 2013.
CastelucciRobert J.Pittsburgh, PAAccused 1994 of abuse of boy ages 13 -17 in the 1970s. Psych eval at St. Luke’s. Refused to undergo inpatient treatment. Granted Leave of Absence until removed from active ministry 3/02. Suit filed in 2004. Plaintiff’s brother also allegedly abused by Castelucci around age 8 in about 1978. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement with 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Accused in 1999 of abuse of 17-year-old boy in Ohio. Placed on leave. A fourth accusation in 2/02, by man claiming abuse beginning age 17,1974-77. A fifth accuser in 10/02 alleged he was abused in the 1970s as a 12 or 13-year-old altar boy. In 5/11 a man said the priest sexually abused him at age 15 or 16, in the late 1970s, and that his friend was also a victim. Castelucci named in the PA Grand Jury report released 8/14/18. On Youngstown diocese’s list 1/29/18.
CautelaMauro J.Pittsburgh, PAPlaced on leave 8/05 after a young man told the diocese that Cautela sexually abused him when he was ages 12-19 from 1998 to 2005, under the guise of helping him to lift weights and massaging him. He said this also happened to other boys. Cautela reportedly gave the boy alcohol, money and gifts and showed him gay porn. Allegedly used church funds for his “relationships” with the boys and porn. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. At least three known alleged victims. Abuse said to have occurred on church property and on overnight trips. At least one reported incident of oral copulation. FBI agreed file charges in 12/9/05 related to incidents outside of PA; Cautela died of a heart attack 12/12/05, so the investigation was closed. Civil suit filed 6/1/06 by one person, settled 11/06 for 250k.
CedoliaRobert J.Pittsburgh, PAPlaced on leave in 8/19 after an allegation was made to the IRCP that he sexually abused a minor in the 1990s while pastor of Our Lady of Joy in Plum. Cedolia denied the allegation.
ChattCharles J.Pittsburgh, PAMay have sexually abused “dozens” of boys, per one alleged victim. Placed on leave in 7/92 after allegations he sexually abused a 7th or 8th grade boy in 1970 or 1971. Chatt admitted t to sexual contact with the boy and said it ended when the boy was age 20; admitted to “sexual relationships” with “five other youngsters” in the 1970s. Abuse said to have included oral and anal sex. At least people reported to the diocese abuse by Chatt as boys. First victim said Chatt gave him gifts, showed man/boy porn. Said to have taken nude photos of boys, also of a 6-year-old girl, with whom he allegedly took showers. Treated at St. Michael’s in St. Louis MO. Hired to work there and at Vianney Renewal Center after treatment until about 1999. Later became social worker. Formally withdrew from ministry in 1/03. One, possibly 2 civil suits filed 2004. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement involving 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
Cipolla/CipolaAnthony J.Pittsburgh, PAIn 1978 a woman told police Cipolla abused her sons, ages 9 and 12. Charges dropped after harassment of mother and pressure by church. Reassigned. Accused in 1988 of abuse at over 4 years of a 13- to 17-year-old boy. Diocese said allegations unfounded. Accuser filed report with D.A. Cipolla suspended and sent to St. Luke’s for eval; he refused recommended treatment at St. John Vianney Center. Went to St. Michael’s in NYC as outpatient. Accuser filed suit 10/92; settled 9/93. Bishop Wuerl removed Cipolla’s faculties in 9/90. Cipolla appealed to Rome; Wuerl was ordered to reinstate. Wuerl appealed; decision reversed in 1995. Cipolla continued to present as priest against orders. Laicized 9/19/02. Continued to act as priest. Died 8/30/16. On Youngstown diocese’s list 10/29/18.
CostelloBernard B.Pittsburgh, PARemoved 8/18 after the diocese received an allegation that Costello sexually abused a minor in the mid-1960s. His last assignment was in 2011 at Mary, Mother of the Church in Charleroi.
CrowleyJohn DavidPittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Complaint to diocese in 1992 from a mother that Crowley sexually abused her and her twin daughters, one age 16 when allegedly abused. Kept in ministry. Sent for 1 week eval at St. Michael’s Community in 9/92, returned to same assignment. The women renewed their complaint in late 2001. In 8/02 it was sent to the D.A.; Diocesan Review Board deemed allegations credible in 12/02. Crowley resigned 1/03. Bishop Wuerl allowed him to tell the parish he was retiring early, without mentioning the reason. Ministerial faculties withdrawn 5/30/03. Vatican confirmed 6/9/04 that Crowley was to remain in retirement with no public ministry. He died in 2006. Another allegation 6/08 that he abused a boy, age 11-12, in the 1970s.
DacalRosendo F.Pittsburgh, PAPermanent deacon since 2011. Arrested 4/10/18 on charges related to sending and soliciting obscene images from an undercover police officer he thought was a 14-year-old boy. Suspended from assignments at All Saints parish in Etna and Allegheny County Jail. Taught in OH in 1960s and ’70s at Steubenville Catholic Central High. Pled guilty 10/18. Sentenced in 1/19 to two years’ probation and 100 hours of community service. Ordered to register as a sex offender for 25 years.
DemblowskiCharlesPittsburgh, PANamed publicly as accused on the Wheeling-Charleston diocese’s list in late 2018. Accusation received in 2004 of abuse of a minor at some point in the Pittsburgh diocese. Retired 1985. Worked at a Middlebourne WV parish 1985-86. Died 8/4/89.
DemsherFerdinand B.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. At least 4 alleged victims. A man told the diocese 3/18/02 that Demsher sexually abused him at age 13-14 in 1975 to 1976 at St. Mary of the Assumption. He was working at the parish for Demsher doing odd jobs. In 3/12 the diocese received a report that Demsher molested a boy in the late 1970s to early 1980s. In 2/15 a man told the diocese that he was abuse by Demsher as a 14-year-old Central Catholic High School freshman. A 2/1/16 memo in Demsher’s personnel file revealed that another person said Demsher fondled him when he was a 10- to 11-year-old altar boy at Resurrection parish. Another person alleged abuse by the priest as noted in a 5/16 memo. He said the abuse occurred in the mid- to late 1960s. Demsher died in 1983.
DiskinMyles EricPittsburgh, PAHead of diocesan Worship Office when put on leave 4/02. No explanation. Accused in two 2004 and one 2005 suit of abuse early- to mid-1970s. Withdrew from ministry 3/03. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement re 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Named in PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. A man alleged in 2004 abuse as a minor by Diskin in the mid-1970s at a Butler church. In 10/02 a woman told the D.A. Diskin molested her as a child in the mid-1970s in Butler. In 6/04 a man said he was abused when 12-13 by DIskin at St. Paul’s in Butler 1976-77. Accused 11/04 of abuse of boy in ’70s at St. Paul. Two men in 2/09 reported mid-1970s abuse by Diskin when they were ages 11 and 14. In 1/15 a man told the D.A. Diskin sexually abused him at age 15-16 in Butler 1976-77. A woman reported in 1/15 that Diskin sexulaly abused her as a minor in the mid-1970s. Diskin admitted in 2003 to a “sexual relationship” with a male minor for a few years while a priest in Butler.
DolanJason R.Pittsburgh, PADolan, age 31, was placed on leave 1/05 by Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. He later pleaded guilty to charges of possession of internet child pornography. Sentenced to 30 mo. prison and lifetime probation 2/06. Released on probation 7/08. On Sex Offender Registry.
DorschRichard J.Pittsburgh, PAAccused 1994 of abuse of a 13-year-old boy. On leave 8/94, sent to St. Luke’s in MD for eval 10/94. Convicted 4/95. Sentenced to 11 1/2 – 23 months jail; released on parole after 1 week in 6/95. Returned to St. Luke’s. A 2nd man in 12/94 reported abuse at age 10 in 1981, occurring many times until he was in 8th grade. Dorsch withdrew from ministry 1996. Accused 2/04 of abuse 1982-85 of an All Saints in Etna altar boy. Victim died by suicide 5/10 after diocese quit paying for therapy. Family sued. Dorsch named in at least 2 civil suits in 2004. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25M settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Superior Court dismissed appeal 9/11. A man in 1/12 reported abuse by Dorsch as a 7th-8th grader at All Saints. A 5th report 7/12 of abuse of a 12 to 14-year old St. Coleman in Turtle Creek altar boy; was reported to diocese in 1994 or ’95. A man in 6/16 reported abuse at St. Coleman’s at ages 10-12. Named in the 8/28/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
DownsJamesPittsburgh, PAPlaced on leave in 12/18 after the diocese received an allegation that Downs sexually abused a minor in the early 1990s, when he was chaplain at the Youth Development Center in New Castle. Downs denied the allegation. Former pastor of parishes in Bessemer/Hillsville and Pulaski. Retired 7/18.
DzermejkoDavid F.Pittsburgh, PARemoved 6/09 after allegation of sex abuse of a boy between 1979-84. Wife of alleged victim said he told her before dying by suicide 4/09. Dzermejko denied the allegation. A 2nd man in 6/09 reported abuse 1979-82 as a 5th to 7th grade altar boy. Review Board found allegation credible 8/10. A 3rd man in 1/12 reported abuse in the late 1980s at ages 15-16. File sent to Rome. Indicted 5/13 on federal charge of child porn possession. Pled guilty 11/7/13. Sentenced 4/25/14 to 3 years federal prison followed by 12 years probation. At sentencing, he denied sexual improprieties while a priest. Laicized 10/31/15. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury report which states, “Dzermejko was reported to have had inappropriate contact with several young boys, conduct which included anal and oral sexual assaults of young minors. “
EspositoRalph J.Pittsburgh, PAWorked in Pittsburgh 1967-1978 and in Little Rock from 1978 to 1981. Incardinated to Little Rock in 1981 and retired in 2002. Named in 2004 suit against Pittsburgh by one man who alleged abuse at Mother of Sorrows parish for three years, beginning in 1973. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25M settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests.
FeltzJoseph F.Pittsburgh, PAPlaced on leave in 11/18 after an allegation in a lawsuit that he sexually abused a boy, age 9 or 10, in the mid-1980s. HIs accuser also alleged abuse by four other priests who were named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury report, accused of being part of a “ring of predatory priests”. Feltz denied the allegation.
FitzgeraldJohn P. (Jack)Pittsburgh, PAPastor of Our Lady of Peace in Conway when removed without privileges 7/31/14 after allegations he sexually abused a boy in 1996. He denied the allegations. Criminal authorities in two counties investigated. Was chaplain at Pittsburgh International Airport for 15 years and residing at Holy Trinity parish until 2009 when he moved to Our Lady of Peace. Some of the alleged abuse occurred at the airport. Vatican ruled abuse “not proven.” Fitzgerald allowed to retire in 3/17. Living at St. John Vianney Manor. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
GanterJoseph M.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 2008 an 80-year-old man told the diocese that Ganter sexually abused him when he was aa 10-year-old altar boy at St. Athanasius in West View. He said he knew of 6 other boys who had “slept with” the priest. Ganter’s personnel file showed at allegation in 1944 that Ganter had “immoral and corrupt relationships with at least 3 teenage boys.” Per the report, Ganter asked boys to “commit a sex act” in his office. He would give them a few dollars and tell them never to tell. A Justice of the Peace investigated the accusations in 1945, at Ganter’s request. The alleged victims denied “immoral relations” with the priest.
GeinzerJohn A.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury report released 8/14/18. (Named misspelled Genizer). Added to Baltimore list 9/18. Complaint to diocese in 7/95 that Geinzer fondled a 13-year-old boy in 1980. Kept in ministry as parish pastor. Geinzer denied the allegation in 2009, while discussing with bishop possibility of being a cruise ship chaplain. Call to diocese in 5/14 from woman concerned about Geinzer’s undue attention toward her 8-year-old son three years prior at Little Sisters of the Poor, where they were visiting her parents; she said more recently he showed too much attention to a 13-year-old boy at the facility. Remained a ‘priest in good standing’ per the diocese with documentation in 2016 stating “…he has never engaged in sexual behavior inconsistent with priestly celibacy, nor had he ever acted in an inappropriate manner with minors.” On Baltimore archdiocese’s list 4/24/19.
GinderCharles RichardPittsburgh, PAWorked as a diocesan censor and writer. Receoved 10 years’ probation in 1969 for child porn; not removed from active duty until 1976. Convicted of abuse of 2 youths in 1978. Died in accident 6/7/84. Named in 2004 civil suit. Claims included in Diocese?s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. At least two more men later came forward to allege abuse by Ginder as boys. Name included 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
GirdisJoseph C.Pittsburgh, PAAccused in a lawsuit filed in 8/19 of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy, who resided at the Holy Family Institute in Emsworth, in the 1970s. His accuser made the same accusations against Rev. Larry Smith in the suit. Girdis died in 2003.
GrahamJames G.Pittsburgh, PAIn 4/12, Diocese received allegation of abuse of a 9-year-old boy in late 1960s. Accusation was made by the female partner of the alleged victim, who had recently died of a drug overdose. Graham, who had been scheduled to retire on 4/30/12, was immediately removed from his assignment at Saint Lawrence O’Toole, and diocese investigated. The sister of another alleged victim told the Diocesan Review Board in 2012 that Graham molested her brother, who died in 2002, when he was age 15. Another man told the diocese in 2012 that when he was age 16, Graham sexually abused him. All alllegations deemed credible and Graham was permanently removed from ministry. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
HartmanBernard JosephPittsburgh, PAJoined Marianists in 1958; worked many years in Australia.Taught 1986-97 at North Catholic High in Pittsburgh. US Marianists learned of Australian allegations in 1997; removed him from school. Sent to treatment; reassigned to internal ministry under safety plan. In 1999 accused by woman in Australia of sexual abuse when she was age 8. He apologized to her by letter. In US in 2008 when he celebrated his 50th anniversary. Lived in Dayton OH area in 2009. New accusers in Australia. Returned to Australia 9/13. Convicted there of sustained sexual abuse, including penetration, of a boy and 2 girls as young as age 8. Two more allegations of abuse at North Catholic. Released from jail in Australia 7/23/17 after 3 yrs, 1 year suspended. To return to US. Per his order, he was to live in a non-Marianist facility with direct supervision of men with “significant personal issues and/or legal convictions” for the rest of his life, with no external ministry.
HildebrandWilliam CharlesPittsburgh, PAIn 2014, Br. Bernard Hartman was facing trial in Australia on child abuse allegations. When one individual came forward to allege abuse at North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. the Pittsburgh Diocese sought information on other possible victims. Four people came forward to allege abuse by Hildebrand, who was at North Catholic 1951-1961. He died in 1979. Diocese says it knew nothing of the allegations until 2014. Head of Marianist Order apologized in writing to Diocese and students. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
HoehlJohnPittsburgh, PAPlaced on leave due to allegations and sent to Southdown in Canada for treatment in 1986. Reassigned. Allegedly abused boys, ages 9-18, including sodomy, 1960s-90s One alleged victim later died by suicide. Sexual assault alleged also of a female high schooler. Left active priesthood in 1988. Civil suits filed by 7-8 men in 2001 and 2003-04 alleging abuse by Hoehl in early 1980s Laicized 6/04. Per 2002 article, he was children’s therapist in WV. Board of Counselors investigated and found allegations credible. Surrendered his license 3/07. In 10/07 32 alleged victims settled with the diocese. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. New suit filed 8/18. Suit filed 10/18 by man alleging rape ages 14-17 by Hoehl when he was headmaster and counselor at Quigley Catholic High in Baden. Suit filed 11/18.
HuberJohn J.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 814/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 2009 a man told the diocese that he was sexually abused by Huber as a boy. He said he had told Huber during confession that he was possibly attracted to men and that Huber told him he should attend 1:1 counseling with him. The man said that during some of the sessions Huber performed oral sex on him then gave him $20.00. The same man said that a Fr. Adams molested him in fourth or fifth grade. Huber died in 1998.
HuffEdward G.Pittsburgh, PAIn 1992 two families in two days complained to Diocese that Huff had molested their sons. After treatment Huff was made a hospital chaplain in late 1992. Within two months several more families complained of abuse 1987-91. He was sent back to treatment and resigned from priesthood 7 weeks later. Pled guilty in 1994 to charges of improperly touching and providing alcohol to several youths. Sentenced to 15 mo to 5 yrs in prison as result of plea bargain. Other charges dropped. Allegation in 5/08 of molestation of an altar boy in early 1980s. Also, files show that on 6/14/15 Huff showed up at altar server training at a New Castle parish and asked a teen boy if he wanted to go to a Pittsburgh Pirates game with him. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Suit filed 9/18. Another filed 11/18.
JoyceEdwardPittsburgh, PAMonsignor. First named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1969. Allegation in 12/02 to D.A. that Joyce inappropriately touched a boy 1966-68, with naked massages and heavy touching. Another priest was said to have walked in on them and Joyce was reassigned to an all-girls school. Alleged victim filed suit against Bishop Zubik and Cardinal Wuerl in 10/18.
JustiMarvinPittsburgh, PADied 2/11/09. First named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Worked in Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese in the 1970s. In 2016 the Pittsburgh diocese received a report from a woman that when she was age 17 in 1969 and a Sewickley Valley Hospital nursing students, Justi was a patient who became aroused as she bathed him and insisted she keep washing his genitals. She said he then would send her suggestive letters and notes. Her mother reported Justi to his superior. The woman also said that in 1982 when she worked in physical therapy in Ambridge, Justi was a patient who undressed and refused to dress when she tried to start the session. In 1985 he reportedly showed up at her house, used the restroom, then entered the living room naked, his genitals freshly shaven. On the Kansas City KS archdiocese’s list in 1/25/19.
KaczmarczykBernard J.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
KarabinJoseph D.Pittsburgh, PAAllegation 3/80 of recent abuse. Sent to House of Affirmation for treatment. Placed on leave in 1985 due to report of recent abuse of an 8th grade boy. Sent to St. Luke Institute for eval and treatment. Reassigned to non-parish ministries. A third report in 10/91 of past abuse of a 13- 14- year-old altar boy. Karabin admitted to abusing two other boys. A recent allegation in 1997 re a college youth. Formally withdrew from ministry 2002. Accused in 4/04 suit of molesting one youth in 1983 and 1984. Accused by 2 others in 9/04 suit. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
KeeganJohnPittsburgh, PAIn April 2014 a man alleged abuse by Keegan at North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh 1957-1961. the Pittsburgh Diocese sought information on other possible victims. Two individuals (brothers) came forward to allege abuse by Keegan, who was also at North Catholic. Keegan left the order in about 1962. It is not known if he is still alive. Diocese said it knew nothing of the allegations until 2014. Head of Marianist Order apologized in writing to Diocese and students. By May 2014 six men had reported sexual abuse by Keegan as minors at North Catholic High during 1956-1961.
KieferWilliamPittsburgh, PAAllegations received 6/14 say that at least one individual was abused by Kiefer at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School (formerly North Catholic High) between 1956-1962. Kiefer is now deceased. He is one of 9 Marianists who have been accused of abuse at Cardinal Wuerl since initial announcement of abuse by Br. Bernard Hoffman.
KlineJamesPittsburgh, PAIn 2014, Br. Bernard Hartman was facing trial in Australia on child abuse allegations. When one individual came forward to allege abuse at North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. the Pittsburgh Diocese sought information on other possible victims. Allegations then were made against 7 other brothers, including Kline. At least one individual alleged abuse by Kline who was at North Catholic from 1940-1947. Also worked in OH, DC and Puerto Rico. He died Dec. 1997. Head of Marianist Order apologized in writing to Diocese and students.
KrawczykHenry R.Pittsburgh, PAReprimanded in 1986 for providing alcohol and marijuana to minors and for making sexual advances on minors and an an 18-year-old male. Reprimanded in 1992 for giving beer to a minor. Diocese found the complaints unsubstantiated but credible. In 2003 an inebriated 19 year-old Univ. of Pittsburgh football player fell to his death from attic of Krawczyk’s church. Krawczyk charged with providing alcohol. Pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter 9/06; received 7 years probation. Civil suit settled 1/06. In 11/06 the diocese received a report from two brothers that Krawczyk had sexually abused their younger brother after plying him with marijuana and alcohol. The alleged victim died by suicide in 8/06. Krawczyk named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
KrystonEdward L.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. The diocese was aware as early as 5/84 of concerns that Kryston was inappropriately focused on and involved with girls, grade-school and high school aged, at St. Pius X parish, where he was assigned. Transferred in 7/4 to another parish where similar complaints continued, including that he was “drinking and fooling around with girls, arranging a dinner fro two in the rector with an eighth grade girl, and asking a CCD class how they would feel if they were naked answering the telephone.” He was also reportedly touching girls’ buttocks at school dances. In 1/96 he was sent to St. Luke’s Institute for evaluation, then residential treatment. He was returned to parish ministry in 9/96. Placed on leave 2/28/02 and sent to St. John Vianney Manor to live, near a high school. Still there in 11/11.
KumarAnujitPittsburgh, PAMissionary priest from India. In 9/08 a female altar server reported that Kumar kissed her on the lips several times, using his tongue, then asked for her phone number and gave her is business card and a gift. Other altar servers witnessed the incident. He admitted to the behavior and said he was trying to recruit her for the convent. Victim and her family did not want to prosecute.
KurutzGeorgePittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1977. In 1996 a 47-year-old woman told the diocese that Kurutz molested her and her sister in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Further, she said her sister walked in on their mother having sex with the Kurutz.
LangHugh J.Pittsburgh, PARetired 2006. Former pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux in Munhall. Placed on leave after allegation received by diocese 8/27/18 that Lang sexually abused a 10-year-old boy in 2001. His accuser said the abuse occurred during altar boy training, that Lang took him alone to room in the church basement, told him he was a troublemaker and to take off his clothes. He said the priest then took a photo of him and said he would show it to others if he didn’t behave. Lang denied the allegation. Arrested 1/25/19.
LeechGeorge T.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in a lawsuit, per news in 11/18.
LelonisRichard M.Pittsburgh, PADiocese announced in 11/18 that Lelonis was suspended from ministry 9/12/18 after two men reported to the diocese abuse as minors early 1970s to about 1980. Allegations deemed credible, but not yet substantiated. Lelonis denied them. Per news reports, Lelonis was included in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury report, his name redacted. The alleged victim in the GJ report said Lelonis abused him for years and threatened to kill him if he told. It also said Lelonis admitted to “an attraction to minors.” Lelonis’ ministry was restricted in 2002. Assigned to diocesan tribunal since 1995.
LeonardAlbertPittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Complaints to the diocese in 1989 and 1993 about Leonard’s behavior toward children, including parents who were worried about the priest’s relationship with their 14-year-old son and concerns that he swam naked with boys. Took leave of absence in 11/93. Went on to work as a licensed counselor for a short time at a residential treatment facility for children, then at an agency for crime victims.
LewandowskiCasimir F.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1978. In 2/16 a 64-year-old woman told the diocese that Lewandowski sexually abused her when she was about age 12 and in sixth grade. He was assigned at the time to Madonna of Czestochowa parish.
LukasikJohnPittsburgh, PAOne man filed a civil suit in Jan. 2005 which alleged Lukasik gave him alcohol and fondled him at St. Mary Czestochowa Church in McKeesport when he was 11. Abuse occurred in early-mid 1960s.
MaloneyJohn P.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
MayJulius F.Pittsburgh, PAIn 2014 allegations of abuse at North Catholic in Pittsburgh were made against 7 Marianist brothers, including May, who was at the school 1960-70. Two former students alleged he abused them. Head of Marianist Order apologized in writing to Diocese and students. Born 1898. Entered Order 1924, final vows 1928. Taught and was principal of a number of high schools, including in Dayton OH, Hamilton OH, Chester PA, Brooklyn NY, Philadelphia PA, Beacon NY, Covington KY, Pittsburgh PA. Died 7/8/70.
McCashinWilliam J.Pittsburgh, PA2004 civil suit filed by one man who alleged that he was molested as an 8 yr old by McCashin at St. Philip Parish in Crafton in 1965. McCashin would have been 75. He died in 1967. Plaintiff came forward to Diocese in 2002. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests.
McGeeDominic E.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 2004 a man told the Pittsburgh diocese that McGee molested him and his younger brother in the early to mid-1970s when the man was a student at Canevin High School.
McKennaThomasPittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Personnel file showed allegations of sexual abuse of at least four people: 1992 allegations of abuse of two teen brothers in the 1970s, 1996 memo that he was confronted with several allegations, 1999 lawsuit by inmate of State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh with claim McKenna sexually assaulted him there, and a 5/02 report from a woman who said the priest sexually abused her son in 1975. Withdrew from active ministry in 2004. Treated at St. Luke Institute, diagnosed with Ephebophilia.
McllvaneDonald W.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 2014. In 7/08 a 43-year-old man told the diocese that when he was in 3rd grade in 1973, McIlvane orally copulated him, then gave him $5.00. He said the behavior continued at least 40 times per year 1973-77. Diocesan Review Board determined the allegation could not be substantiated. The diocese gave the man $5,000., which was not meant to be a settlement related to the claim.
McMahonAlbertPittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 4/04 a 54-year-old woman told the diocese that when she was about 11 years-old “Fr. Albert” molested her on a few occasions at St. Pamphilus. The diocese informed the Provincial of the Franciscan’s Province of the Immaculate Conception in NY. In 1/14 a 63-year-old man reported to the diocese that when he was an 11- to 14-year-old altar boy at St. Pamphilus in the mid-1960s McMahon would invite the altar boys, one at a time, to his friary room to wrestle. He said McMahon would get on top of him, always with an erection. McMahon Died 2/8/18 in Albany, NY at age 83.
MederFrancisPittsburgh, PAIn 2014, Br. Bernard Hartman was facing trial in Australia on child abuse allegations. When one individual came forward to allege abuse at North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. the Pittsburgh Diocese sought information on other possible victims. Four individuals came forward to allege abuse by Meder who was at North Catholic 1952-1967 and again 1970-1976. He died 6/10/1976. Diocese says it knew nothing of the allegations until 2014. Head of Marianist Order apologized in writing to Diocese and students. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. It showed multiple allegations of abuse of boys and girl , ages 8-11, by Meder in the 1950s and 1960s.
MerrellArthur R.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Merrell’s diocesan file showed an allegation in 1997 that he had “inappropriately touched” a boy younger than 15. He admitted to his behavior and withdrew from ministry in 2/98. A note written in 2/98 told of a sexual relationship Merrell had with a mentally ill man, which Merrell acknowledged to be true. Per a 7/14 memo Merrill “minimized his inappropriate actions with minors.” He also asked the diocese for and was given money. Became licensed counselor in 2003. Charged in 2011 with fondling a 14-year-old boy, pled no contest. License revoked.
MillerJohn C.Pittsburgh, PADeacon at St. Teresa of Avila in Ross. The diocese acknowledged publicly in 7/19 that Miller was suspended in 2018 after an allegation of “inappropriate contact of a minor” in 2016. He allegedly kissed a minor girl. Investigation delayed due to Miller’s “grave health issues.” Miller denied the allegation. Case sent to the Vatican for review.
MravintzRalphPittsburgh, PAMravintz, a brother and teacher at North Catholic High School, was accused of molesting a male student from Oct. 1984-Feb. 1985 by hugging him, saying I love you and fondling the youth who had sought help with studies. Mravintz faced charges of indecent assault and corrupting a minor but was not removed from his classroom. He pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct charge because boy did not want to testify. Diocese denied responsibility because Mravintz was a member of a religious order. During his career, he worked in OH, NY, FL, TN & PA. Died 5/06. In 5/14, Archdiocese denied any knowledge of the 1985 charges until notified by an alumnus in response to request for complaints regarding Br. Hartman, another abusive priest. Head of Marianist Order apologized in writing to Diocese and students.
MuellerJosephPittsburgh, PAFirst named accused publicly in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 4/86 a young man reported to the pastor of St. Bernard in Mt. Lebanon that Mueller molested him when the young man was age 13-14. Mueller was sent to St. Luke’s Institute. Faculties withdrawn 11/88. In 9/87 a mother complained to the diocese that Mueller paid “inappropriate attention” to her 16-year-old son. Mueller was on administrative leave 11/88-2/03, when he withdrew from active ministry. He died in 2010.
O’BrienJohn/Br. FermilianPittsburgh, PAFormerly a Christian Brother, ” Bro. Firmilian John.” Ordained 1975. Pittsburgh diocese announced in 2/19 that it had received an allegation that he abused a minor when he taught at Central Catholic High in the mid-1960s. Died in 2004.
O’ConnellLawrencePittsburgh, PAWoman filed suit 4/04 alleging she was molested by O’Connell when she was ages 12-15 at St. Gabriel’s in Whitehall, where O’Connell was pastor 1952-1983. O’Connell resigned in 1983 and died in 1986. Three more women filed suits later in 2004 alleging he sexually abused them as children. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. One woman alleged abuse at age 7. New suit filed 9/18. Another filed in 11/18.
O’DonnellThomas M.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Living in the Fort Myers area of FL in 8/18. Alleged in 1/1/19 lawsuit to have taken a 13-year-old boy in 1976 to the Super Bowl in Miami, where he sexually abused the boy repeatedly. His accuser said the abuse started when he was age 12 and included anal and oral intercourse.
O’MalleyWilliam P. IIIPittsburgh, PAFIrst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. WIthdrawn from active ministry in 5/03. Died 2008. Lawsuit filed 9/18. Another filed in 11/18, claiming abuse of two minors at St. Canice and St. Francis de Sales parishes.
PaoneErnest C.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Concerns raised while in seminary. In 1962 St. Monica’s pastor told Bishop Wright that he prevented Paone’s arrest for “molesting young boys…and illegal use of guns with even younger parishioners.” In 1964 D.A. told Bishop Leonard he “halted all investigations [of Paone] involving young boys.” Leave of absence 1966. Moved to L.A. archdiocese, then San Diego diocese. Remained Pittsburgh priest “in good standing,” allowed to minster in CA, and to work as a public school teacher. New report 1994 of abuse of PA boy in 1960s. Sent to St. Luke’s for eval. Kept in ministry until faculties removed 5/02. Another allegation 6/02 of abuse in 1962-63 of PA boy. Resigned from ministry 2/03. A 2/06 memo showed Paone was hearing confessions for confirmation-age children in San Diego. Died 5/10/12. Suit announced 11/18. On L.A. list updated 12/6/18. On Las Vegas diocese’s list 4/12/19.
ParmeGeorge J.Pittsburgh, PAA man filed suit against Diocese and Bishop in 2004 alleging abuse by Parme in 1954 when the plaintiff was a 13-year-old altar boy at St. Aloysius in Wilmerding. Parme retired in 1989 and died 3/28/02 at age 78. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
PilarskiPeter R.Pittsburgh, PAAccused in a lawsuit announced in 11/18 of abuse at Resurrection parish.
PindelPaul E.Pittsburgh, PANamed as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1991. Report to diocese in 2/02 that Pindel abused an 8th or 9th grade St. William’s boy in the 1960s. Said to have taken boys to his farm, gave the accuser wine, orally copulated him and simulated anal sex. Report to diocese in 5/03 of abuse of an 8th grader at St. William’s school about 1965. Accused in 8/11 of abuse of a 6- to 9-year-old CCD student 1980-84. This accuser said Pindel would pull him out of class to the rectory, that an usher would watch the door during the abuse, and that thee usher also abused him sometimes. Another report to the diocese in 4/12 that Pindel sexually abused a 13- to 15-year-old boy 1957-1960. Sued 1/19 by woman claiming he abused her at age 15 in 1982. She said her parents informed the church, but no action.
PucciFrancisPittsburgh, PAOn leave 10/87-2/92 for ‘health reasons.’ Charged 11/88 with indecent assault of youth in summer 1986 at the Marianna parish House. Charged with conspiracy for letting Fr. Richard Zula have sex with a youth at a parish Pucci pastored. Charges dropped on SOL. Banned from public ministry; retired 2/92. Died 4/5/02. Report to diocese 4/02 that Pucci fondled a boy at St. Vitus school in 1962. Report 2/04 to D.A. that Pucci sexually abused a boy at a church in 1988. At least 3 men alleged separately between 2014 and 2016 that Pucci abused them as boys at a Coraopolis parish. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Found by GJ to have been part of child porn ring with other priests who “raped children, shared intelligence on potential victims and [made] child pornography… .” The abuse involved whips, chains and alcohol. They gave their “favorite boys” big, gold crossed to wear that would signal them as targets for abuse.
RebelJohn W.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Leave of Absence 5/73-8/74. In 2009 the diocese received a report from the parents of an alleged victim that Rebel molested their 10- to 12-year-old son in the 1970s. They said their son told them years later about the abuse. By 2009 he was deceased. The abuse allegedly happened in their son’s bedroom after a mass in their home. Further, they said that Rebel would drive their son home after CCD, and that their son would sob and beg them not to make him go to CCD. Rebel denied the accusations. Rebel died 3/17/13.
ReschickJoseph W.Pittsburgh, PASuspended in 10/18 after a report to police of sex abuse of a minor in the mid-1980s. Pastor for 28 years of St. Rosalia in Greenfield. Reschick denied the allegation.
RhodenRaymond R.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 2002 the diocese received a report that Rhoden sexually abused a 16- to 17-year-old boy in 1976-77. Rhoden had been a family friend. The boy’s parents said they told Bishop McDowell about the abuse years before and he said he would “take care of [it].” Rhoden admitted to the abuse. He would go into the boy’s room after the boy had gone to bed, massage his back, fondle his genitals and perform oral sex on him. Rhoden was placed on leave 5/17/02 and sent to St. Luke Institute for an evaluation. He withdrew from ministry 7/5/02 and retired to Sarasota, FL. He died 11/4/06 at age 56. Lawsuit announced 11/18. Another suit 1/19 alleged abuse of a 5th-grade boy 1978-80.
RoemeleCarl M.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. A woman told the diocese in 6/67 that Roemele sexually abused her son and 3 young boys while assigned to St. William’s. He stayed in ministry until going on leave in 2/76 and resigning in 8/76. Laicized 2/78. Report in 8/04 that the priest molested 3 St. Joseph’s altar boys; the man who alleged the abuse also said that when he was in 6th grade he saw Roemele molest a boy at night during a trip an Aleo Lake cabin. A 2008 report allegeded abuse of an 11- or 12-year-old St. Joseph’s altar boy in 1968. The abuse allegedly occurred after every mass for a year, and at a camp. In 10/10, a woman alleged, abuse of a a 10-year-old boy and others in 1969 at St. Joseph’s and a camp. She said her son started drinking at age 10 and died an alcoholic in 2003. In 2009 Roemele denied any abuse. Civil suit filed against Bishop Zubik and Cardinal Wuerl in 10/18. Two more in 12/18.
RomeroMichael C.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 1/12 the diocese was told that a man alleged that Romero sexually abused him when he was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception in Washington PA, where Romero was assigned 1978-82. In 6/12 a woman told the diocese that Romero had sexually abused her son and given him alcohol when he was an altar boy at Immaculate Conception. The alleged victim later told the diocese that he was an altar boy at the parish from grade school until he was a high school freshman. He said Romero gave him gifts and that he and Fr. John Bauer gave him alcohol and talked a lot about masturbation. Romero went on Leave of Absence in 3/90, which was his status until his death in 2000.
RomeroOswald E.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 4/06 a 53-year-old man told the diocese that when he was ages 13-14 in 1966 or 1967, Romero sexually abused him. Romero was assisting at the time at St. Regis in Oakland, PA. The man said the abuse occurred under the guise of driving lessons, and that Romero fondled and performed oral sex on him. Romero retired in 1993 and died in 1997.
ScharfDavidPittsburgh, PAFirst named as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 12/02 the diocese received a complaint that Scharf had a foot fetish, and had massaged the feet of minor and adult males. He was admitted to St. Luke’s Institute for treatment in 11/03, there until 7/04, then to a halfway house until leaving without completing his program in 2/05. He attended St. Luke’s continuing care workshops 2005-2010, where he admitted to massaging the feet of minors then masturbating to the image of their feet. Living in 11/18 at St. John Vianney Manor.
SchererRichardPittsburgh, PAFirst named as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. A woman told the diocese in 8/91 that when she was a student at St. Anne’s in Castle Shannon 1957-61, she was sexually abused by Scherer. Scherer alluded to his “relationship” with the student in a 10/65 letter. In 1966 he was in treatment at Our Lady of the Snow/Clergy House Retreat in Minnesota. He was on Sick Leave 6/65-5/68, then worked as a hospital chaplain in Ft. Lauderdale and then Miami FL until his retirement in 1992. He died 12/21/07.
SchultzRaymond T.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Monsignor. Pastor of SS Peter & Paul in Beaver 1966-97, Administrator there 1997-99. Died in 1999. In 2009 a man told the diocese that he was sexually abused by Schultz in around 1978, when he was an altar boy at SS Peter and Paul and a student at the parish school. The man testified in 2017 before the Grand Jury that the abuse began around when he was in grade 4 and continued until the middle or end of grade 7. He said it included oral and anal copulation and Schultz ejaculating onto his face. In 2012 the man and his parents met with Bishop Zubik. He said Zubik offered college tuition for his children, money for counseling, and a little bit of money. He refused because a confidentiality agreement was required.
SilerFrancis A.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Per the GJ, a St. Bernadine Clinic report alluded to “sexual problems with adolescents” in 1972, which prompted Siler’s transfer to another parish. In 1974 letter to the House of Affirmation Bishop Leonard wrote, “in the last three years the problem arose about which I spoke to you… .: A 1985 memo to Bishop Bevilacqua from a priest mentioned Siler making a pass at a young boy whose father was a policeman, which lead to Siler’s removal from the parish. In 1994 a man confronted Siler about molesting him as a boy; Siler was hospitalized for feeling suicidal then sent to St. Luke Institute Continuing Care Workshop. Notes from St. Luke said Slier had relapsed. Allegation in 1995 of sex abuse of a 2nd or 3rd grade St. Catherine’s altar boy (there 1975-76). Allegation in 12/02 of abuse of a boy 1972-73. Another allegation 11/11 of abuse of a boy 1972-74.Withdrew from active ministry 2002. Died 12/10/15. Suit filed 11/18.
SmithEdward P.Pittsburgh, PAA woman sued diocese and both current and former bishops in 2004 alleging that she was abused at age 16 by Smith when she went to him for counseling at Sacred Heart in Emsworth. Smith died in 1956. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
SmithLawrence R.Pittsburgh, PAAccused in a lawsuit filed in 8/19 of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy, who resided at the Holy Family Institute in Emsworth, in the 1970s. His accuser made the same accusations against Rev. Joseph Girdis in the suit. Smith retired in 2015.
SmithThomas E.Pittsburgh, PAKnown as the “singing and dancing priest.” Accused publicly at a diocesan listening session in 12/18 by a woman who said he sexually abused her in 1967, when she was a 15- or 16-year-old St. Anselm High School student. She said he grabbed and played with her breasts when the lights were low at a school dance. He died at age 90 in 2015.
Somma, Jr.James E.Pittsburgh, PARetired as Air Force chaplain in 1984. In 1988 woman said she was abused as a child by Somma 25 years earlier. Claim judged “not credible” by the diocese; court later dismissed case due to statute of limitations. Remained in ministry until his death in 2002. Per his obit, he had “a passion for children” and adopted 2 Vietnamese children in 1970. Second allegation in 2002. Civil suit filed by a man 2004. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. It showed concerns in 1988 of four “potential male victims.”
SorensenBartley A.Pittsburgh, PAArrested 12/10/11 when employee at St. John Fisher saw child porn on his computer at rectory and told Diocese. Computer contained 100+ images of prepubescent males. More charges after additional porn found during search. Had been at parish three weeks. Was chaplain at West Penn Hospital 2004-2011. Prior to assignment at St. John Fisher, he served 9 months at St. Anne Church in Castle Shannon. Federal Indictment. Pled guilty 5/23/12. Sentenced to 8 yrs prison 1/13. Required to register permanently as a sex offender and pay $25,000. fine. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
SpangenbergRobert E.Pittsburgh, PAWorked in PA, MI, NC, IL, FL. First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Retired 2003. Died 2006. Allegations of abuse of at least two minors. Diocese contacted 1988 by woman who said her son had been abused by Spangenberg. Spiritans moved Spangenberg to FL1989 due to the allegations. Kept in ministry. In 2009 a man reported that when he was a 15- to 16-year-old runaway and involved in prostitution, he had many “sexual encounters” with Spangenberg. He said the priest paid him to bring him other “young hustlers” for sex. He said Spangenberg liked to sniff glue while orally copulating the boy, and that he was a “really sick guy-he would have person urinate and defecate on him.” On Raleigh diocese’s list in 10/18.
SpisakPaul G.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 10/98 parish staff found gay and sadomasochistic porn in Spisak’s room, along with questionable pics of Spisak with two different teen boys. Pics were from vacations he would take high school age boys on between 1981-90. Sent to St. Luke’s in MD for eval 11/98. Kept in ministry. Alleged in 2002 to have abused a boy 15 years prior on a trip. Removed in 5/30/03. Arrested 4/06 after caught at a mall secretly videotaping a man using a urinal. Spisak admitted to police to the act and said he had a ” sexual fixation with the male buttocks.” Living in 11/18 at St. John Vianney Manor.
SteblerLawrence F.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1997. Report to the diocese at some point that Stebler sexually abused an 8- to 9-year-old boy over two to three years in the 1960s, when Stelber was assigned to St. Hilary in Washington, PA. He said the priest was a close family friend who would often visit his home; the abuse allegedly happened under the guise of Stebler tucking the boy into bed at night.
SuranAndrew J.Pittsburgh, PADied 1971. One woman filed suit in 2004 alleging that she was fondled by Suran as an 8 yr old. Woman says that 14 yrs later she took a teaching job where Suran was assigned and he fondled and kissed her again. 2nd woman filed suit 6/04 alleging abuse when she was 6. Claims included in Diocese?s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests.
TerdineRichard GerardPittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Accused in 12/88 of the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy who worked part time at St. Peter’s in Keesport rectory, where Terdine was assigned. Terdine allegedly touched the boy’s genital area on several occasions, gave him an x-rated video and condoms, and massaged his back. He resigned from St. Peter’s and was sent to St. Luke Institute in MD for evaluation. He was returned to restricted ministry as a hospital chaplain. Living in 12/18 at St. John Vianney Manor.
ThomasCharlesPittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1967. Per a 4/2/96 diocesan memo, Thomas was accused of sexually abusing a boy on several occasions beginning in 1958, when Thomas was assigned to St. Hugh in Carmichaels, PA. His alleged victim said a nun at the parish helped Thomas with some of the abuse, and that she sexually assaulted him separately at times.
TisakDaniel J.Pittsburgh, PACriminal charges filed in 1988 allege Tisak abused 12 yr old at Pennsylvania YMCA. Tisak pleaded guilty. Sentenced to 2 yr probation and 6 mo at St. Luke’s. Shown as “On leave” from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pittsburgh, Byzantine per 1989 OfficialCatholic Directory. Not listed in 1990 or 1995 Catholic Directories.
TrichtingerDavidPittsburgh, PAThe diocese announced in 12/18 that it had recently received an allegation that Trichtinger sexually abused a Seton-LaSalle High School student in the mid-1980s. Trichtinger was a counselor at the school 1985-87. He also was an assistant principal 1991-95 at Central Catholic High School.
UngerJohnPittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in a lawsuit announced 11/18. Abuse alleged to have occurred at Sacred Heart Elementary School.
Unnamed Priest in Pittsburgh#1Pittsburgh, PAThe 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report mentions an unnamed priest was accused in 4/04 of the sexual abuse of a boy 70 years previously. His accuser was an 85-year-ol WW II veteran. The priest died in 1958.
VeriAlbertaPittsburgh, PAAccused in a 1997 lawsuit of sexually abusing a high school senior in 1972. Veri denies the charge. Complainant states that when she first came forward in 1994, the order and diocese asked her to keep silent. They deny this. Suit was dismissed on SOL grounds. Order offered to settle in exchange for a confidentiality agreement; complainant refused. Order paid for therapy. Veri was called Sister Bernadine; she took a leave of absence in 1980 and left the order some time thereafter.
WellingerJohn W.Pittsburgh, PASent to St. Luke’s in MD 2/86 for issues including substance abuse. In 10/87 gave drugs and alcohol to an 18-year-old parishioner, who was hospitalized as a result. Concerns in 1989 from parishioner re his giving teens alcohol and drugs, and young men staying at the parish house. Sent to St. Michael’s in St. Louis MO in 1991 after he tried to perform oral sex on a 24-yr-old man without consent. Sent to St. Luke’s 9/29/94-3/27/95. Personal leave 6/95. A few months later a young man alleged Wellinger sexually abused him at age 11 in 1989, then another report of abuse of a 13-year-old boy in 6/91. In 3/03 the diocese said Wellinger was “withdrawn from ministry”. Suit filed 2004. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25M settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Died in 2011. Report 9/12 of abuse of 11- or 12-year-old altar boy in 1981 or 1982. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
WichmanowskiJoseph S.Pittsburgh, PAAccused in a 2004 lawsuit of sexually abusing a girl for a year, beginning when she was age 12. Time-frame unclear, but possibly was while he was at St. Stanislaus in Ambridge, where he worked 12/53-6/57. He allegedly made the girl dress provocatively, gave her wine, and forced her to perform oral sex on him. The abuse allegedly occurred several times a week. Wichmanowski died in 1977. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
WiltGeorgePittsburgh, PAComplaints in 2000 that Wilt made unwanted advances on a woman. In 4/03, DRE at St. Bernard expressed concerns, including his touching and kissing women and girls on the mouth. Woman filed suit in 2004 alleging that in 1961, when she was 13, she was molested by Wilt when she went to him for counseling after she had been sexually abused by her father. Wilt denied accusations. Diocese investigated and cleared him. Retired in 2003 with restricted ministry; diocese said reasons had nothing to do with child sexual abuse. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
WolkRobert G.Pittsburgh, PAReport to diocese in 1987 that Wolk sexually abused two PA brothers, starting for each when they were 12-year-old altar boys, and continuing over six years. Admitted in 9/87 to the “sexual relationships.” Placed on leave. Sent to St. Luke’s in MD for treatment.The brothers filed a police report; Wolk charged in 10/88. The two filed suit in 8/88, also accusing Revs. Francis Pucci and Richard Zula. Wolk pled guilty. Sentenced to jail (2 concurrent 5-10 yrs sentences.). May have abused one of the boys in Canada, VA, FL and OH. Report to diocese 10/03 of abuse of a boy in the mid-to-late 1980s at St. Thomas Moore in Bethel Park. Possibly laicized 2003. Per 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report, in 10/17 a report made to diocese of abuse by Wolk and Rev. Francis Luddy of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese. Another allegation 3/09 of abuse of a 14- to 17-year-old boy beginning 1968 while Wolk was at St. Athanasius in West View. A man in 9/10 said Wolk and Rev. Leo Burchianti abused him as a child.
YockeyWilliam B.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 1991 a 25-year-old man told the diocese that when he was age 16 in 10/81 Yockey sexually assaulted him and that the same thing happened to his friend in 1983 as an 18-year-old high schooler. He said Yockey would take the boys to his cabin to go fishing, and that the two had known the priest since they were in 6th or 7th grade. He said Yockey would always give them beer. Yockey acknowledged the incident with the 16-year-old, but didn’t remember yet didn’t deny an incident with the other youth. Removed from public ministry 7/91. Applied to work at a V.A. in 2006 – diocese did not diivlulge his history. Another allegation to the diocese 12/17/13 of abuse by Yockey of a young boy while attending St. Bernadette in Monroeville, where Yockey worked 1978-83. Found in 9/18 by a news outlet to be working as a clinical social worker at a counseling center in Ashtabula OH. Suit filed 12/17/18.
ZabowskiTheodore P.Pittsburgh, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Allegation to diocese 10/95 of sexual abuse of a teenage boy 1975-1979. Placed on leave. Acknowledged having boys in his bed for “companionship” and possible inappropriate touching. Sent to St. Luke’s Institute in MD. Returned to parish ministry 9/96. Withdrew from ministry 7/02.
ZirwasGeorgePittsburgh, PAFirst publicly named as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. The diocese knew as early as 1987 of allegations against him of child sex abuse. Sent to St. Francis Hospital for evaluation in 3/88 after an allegation. Sent to St. Luke’s Institute in 12/88 after two reports of abuse, of boys ages 16 and 17. Another complaint 1991. Kept in ministry until placed on leave 11/94. Returned to ministry 7/95 after threatening diocese with legal action. Another accusation 11/95, placed on leave. Moved to FL, then Cuba where he was murdered in 5/01. Grand Jury found him to have been involved, along with Revs. Francis Pucci, Robert Wolk and Richard Zula, in making child porn, sharing victims, and using sadism while raping them. Their “favorite boys” would allegedly be given big gold crosses to wear to signal them as targets for other predators. Lawsuit 11/18.
ZulaRichard F.Pittsburgh, PAReport to diocese 9/87 of violent sexual activity in the rectory by Zula with a minor, and with three other lay men. Sent to Institute of Living in CT. Placed on permanent leave. Two brothers alleging abuse filed suit, then contacted police in 9/88. One said first abused by Zula 1984 when under age 16. Zula arrested 11/88. Pled guilty to two counts involving the two brothers; sentenced 1990 to 2-5 years in prison. Sentence to run concurrently with one in another county imposed for 1-5 yrs. Diocese settled with the brothers with a confidentiality agreement. Revs. Francis Pucci and Robert Wolk accused of abusing the same boys. More reports to diocese of abuse of boys by Zula, involving sadomasochism. Found volunteering at a parish in 2007. Died 9/29/17. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Suit filed 10/18 against Bishop Zubik and Cardinal Wuerl.
AltavillaPhilip AScranton, PAVicar General and moderator of the curia 9/11-10/12. Pastor of St. Peter’s Cathedral in 4/14 when arrested and arraigned for molesting a 13-year-old altar girl in 112/15/98 after a midnight mass at St. Patrick’s. Accuser told police 4/2/14 that Altavilla gave her alcohol in the rectory, then drove her home. She said he he pulled into a parking lot and touched her inappropriately. Police had her call him; he reportedly admitted to giving her alcohol, touching her feet, and moving his hands up her thigh towards her vagina. He admitted to pantyhose, feet, strangulation and chloroform fetish. Diocese removed him and suspended his faculties. After accuser testified at preliminary hearing 5/27/14, magistrate ruled that matter to go forward to trial. Charges dropped 8/1/14 due to SOL. Civil suit filed, settled in 2014.
AngeloGirard F.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. A man told the diocese in 9/02 that he was sexually abused by Angelo at age 14 in the early 1960s, when Angelo was assigned to Mater Delorosa in Williamsport. Angelo denied the allegations. Bishop Timlin suggested the man contact Angelo and gave him Angelo’s contact information. Angelo died in 2009.
Balczeniuk/BalzceniukMark G.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. (Spelled Balczeniuk.) Told the diocese 3/30/10 that on the previous Friday evening he kissed and hugged the mentally slow young adult son of family friends. He said he came forward because the boy’s father was upset and was going to report the incident to the diocese. The father did so the same day, and said the priest kissed the boy – who was age 18 – on the mouth, embraced him, and rubbed his back under his shirt. Removed from ministry and was to be sent to St. John Vianney Center for treatment. In 6/10 Balczeniuk admitted that in the mid-1970s, when he was a seminarian, he touched the genitals of young boys at Camp St. Andrew, where he was a counselor. Requested laicization 3/11; granted 10/7/11. On diocese’s list 8/19/18 (spelled Balzceniuk). Died 3/23/18 in FL, where he had worked as a bereavement counselor for a Daytona Beach hospice.
BonnerJoseph P.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On diocese’s list 8/19/18. Retired 1998. Report to diocese in 5/02 that Bonner molested a boy in 1975. The boy and his family were visiting from Arizona and stayed the night in the rectory. Bonner allegedly got into bed with the sleeping boy who awakened while the priest was fondling him. Bishop Timlin said the diocese was not responsible and that the accuser should contact Bonner. Settlement 1/03 for $25k with confidentiality agreement. In 11/04 a 47-year-old more alleged sex abuse by Bonner at age 14-16. Diocese agreed to pay for 20 counseling sessions for the accuser. Bonner died in 2007.
BoylanMartin M.Scranton, PASuspended 4/1/16 after an 18-year-old male reported sex abuse at age 8 by Boylan. The accuser said the incident occurred at St. Vincent’s Camp in Honesdale and that it included anal penetration. Boylan denied the allegation. Sent to St. John Vianney Center for treatment. State police investigated; closed case in 8/17 because the young man refused to testify. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On diocese’s list 8/19/18. Accused in 1993 of sexual harassment of a male Marywood College student. On leave 6/93-1/94, sent to Downington for treatment, then made Administrator of St. Rita’s in Gouldsboro. Per the Diocesan Review Board in 1996, Boylan often requested of Bishop Timlin that he be made a pastor, and that the Board repeatedly objected. Timlin appointed Boylan pastor of St. Rita’s in 1997, after which he was pastor of 7 other parishes.
BragueRobert JScranton, PAIn 1988 bishop learned that Brague was involved in ‘sexual relationship’ with girl starting when she was age 17. Brague denied initially but confessed when girl got pregnant. Civil suit filed. Settled 1995. Brague moved to Venice FL diocese and continued as a priest until his death in 1997. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
BrennanFrancis TScranton, PAIn 1962 a 12-year-old altar boy at St. Therese’s in Kingston Township alleged that in 1961 Brennan sexually abused him, including sodomy. He said he told a priest at his school, Fr. Michael Rafferty; Brennan was reassigned to a convent, then assigned in 1970 to a parish. Civil suit filed 2005; court ruled in 2006 that the plaintiff waited too long to file suit. In 4/10 a 65-year-old man told the diocese that Brennan molested him at age 15 or 16. Brennan died 7/28/74. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
BucoloJosephScranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 1/71 the parents of a 10-year-old boy told the diocese that Bucolo molested their son the previous summer during a two-day trip to the Jersey shore. Bucolo admitted the abuse. Sent to St. John Vianney for treatment and moved to another parish. Removed from active ministry in 7/02. In 9/10 a 64-year-old man alleged abuse by Bucolo as an 8-year-old altar boy. The diocese arranged for a meeting between Bucolo and the man. Bucolo admitted he “did wrong” and asked for forgiveness. Settled for $20k. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
BurnsGerald J.Scranton, PAMonsignor. First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Allegation to the diocese in 1994 that Burns sexually abused an altar boy for years in the 1950s at St. John’s in Honesdale. Burns denied the abuse. He retired, per Bishop Timlin’s suggestion. Diocese and Burns paid for counseling for the alleged victim. Burns died in 1999. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
BurnsLeo A.Scranton, PANamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 8/19/18. Died in 1988.
CaparelliRobert N.Scranton, PAMany allegations. Report to diocese in 8/68, from Hazleton police, of abuse of two brothers, who were 11- and 12-year-old altar boys at Most Precious Blood. Mentioned “other situations.” Pastor had told Bishop McCormick prior November. Caparelli admitted to acting “too freely” with the boys. Sent to Padua Retreat House, assigned to St. Mary’s in Old Forge. Admitted to State Police in 1974 to molesting children. No charges. Made pastor in Milford 1981. Arrested 1991 for 1985 abuse of boy. Pled guilty. In 12/91 a man alleged abuse at St. Mary’s at age 11 or 12, along with other boys. Suit filed 12/91 alleging rape of boy 9/85-6/86 at St. Vincent De Paul. Sentenced 7/92 to 2 1/2 to 5 years prison. Another charge for abuse of a boy added time to his sentence in 1993. Had AIDS. Died in prison 12/24/94. Two suits settled 1996. A 2005 suit settled 1/07.
CapparelliRobertScranton, PANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/19/18. Died in 1994.
ClayChristopher R.Scranton, PARemoved in 2002 from Bishop Hafey High School after victim in the Society of St. John case (see Urrutigoity and Ensey) alleged Clay had molested him after a dinner in Monroe County. Clay denied allegation. Civil authorities investigated but never charged him. In 7/04 he was working in church in Arlington TX. One Bishop said he was cleared to work but Bishop Martino said he was still suspended pending investigation. In 1/12, Bishop Vann of Ft Worth said he was barred from all church property and had no faculties in TX. Included in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
ConmyAnthony P.Scranton, PADied 3/12/79, age 51. First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On diocese’s 8/19/18 list. in 4/08 a 49-year-old woman told the diocese that Conmy sexually assaulted her when she was age 10. She said he drove her to a wooded area where he grabbed her, put his hand over her mouth and his knee in her stomach, and that she begged him not to kill her. She said he disrobed her, touched her, made her touch him, then performed oral sex on her. The diocese first knew of concerns about Conmy in 1955. In a letter Msgr Dennis Kane sent to Bishop Hannan, Kane suggested Conmy be moved to a “remote parish” due to the danger of a “friendship which is not good for him and which is the occasion of gossip.” Kane wrote that this “will mean much for his protection.” On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
CrynesJ. PeterScranton, PAMonsignor. In 3/06 the diocese received a report that Crynes had sexually abused a girl 1974-77, beginning when she was age 17. Another woman soon came forward, alleging sex abuse by Crynes as a teen. He admitted to his behavior, saying he “always saw his physical behavior with women as gestures of loving paternal affection.” Removed from active ministry 5/06. By 6/06 four other women had reported abuse as teens by Crynes. One of them said that in 2002 she told diocesan Vicar for Priests, Fr. Kopacz, about her abuse, but he did nothing. Crynes lived at Villa St Joseph in Dunmore per diocesan website 9/1/09. Ordered by Vatican to live a life of prayer and penance. Another report in 1/16 of abuse 1972-73 of a girl, age 16-17. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Found in 9/18 to be a member of a private golf club. On diocese’s list 8/19/18 (as Peter G. Crynes).
DevineyRaymond L.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. The diocese received a report in 1994 from a woman who said Deviney was sexually inappropriate with her when she was a teen. She said that later, after losing a baby and husband, Deviney violated her. The woman said she contacted Bishop Timlin in 2001 to ask if Deviney had ever received treatment, and that the bishop responded that Deviney hadn’t and that he hoped she could put it all behind her. She pressed again in 10/02; Timlin said Deviney agreed to treatment. The diocese indicated that the allegations were unsubstatniated.On diocese’s list 8/19/18. Permanently removed from ministry.
DorseyDonald J.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Faculties withdrawn 2/59 after complaints of his involvement with a high school girl and females in the town. Sent to a hospice, then assigned to a parish 10/59. Sent to the hospice again in 12/60. Faculties revoked 6/64. Bishop Hannon responded to inquiries from the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Burlington that Dorsey was an “incorrigible recidivist.” Withdrew from the diocese 1975. Died 2007.On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
DzurkoJohn J.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1991. A woman told the diocese in 11/05 that Dzurko sexually abused her when she was age 11 in 1957. The diocese deemed the allegation credible and paid for the woman to receive art therapy. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
EnseyEricScranton, PAIn 12/01 it was revealed that Ensey and Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity had been accused of sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old male student. They were suspended 1/02. The student sued in 3/03; suit was settled for $455K in 2005. Ensey living in Paraguay as of 3/06. As of 12/11, Diocese reported that his faculties were removed in 2005. Ensey continued to function as a priest on some occasions, particularly for fundraising. Reportedly defrocked in 2014. Last known to be living in Redding, CA. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Scranton diocese’s list 8/19/18.
FarryJames F.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1990. Sent to live at St. Michael’s School for Boys in Hoban Heights in 1/54 after suffering an aneurism. Bishop Hannan moved Farry in 5/60 due to the priest’s “intolerable” relations with the guests there. Farry was transferred to Cure of Ars Hospice. He later assisted at St. Mary’s in Old Forge, was chaplain at St. Mary’s Vialla in Elmhurst, then resided at St. Boniface in Willaimsport 11/76-6/90. He died in 1990. In 2006 a man reported to the diocese that when he was a resident as a child of St. Michael’s 1953-54, he was sexually abused by a priest, later identified as Farry. The diocese agreed to take care of the man’s counseling co-payments. On diocese’s list 8/19/18 (as James E.).
FedorJames F.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Per the report, Fedor sought counseling for himself 1981-86 due to his desire for contact with young girls. In 1986-87 he underwent psychological evaluation and treatment. He went on Indefinite Leave of Absence 7/91 and was laicized 5/3/94. In 2012 a woman told the diocese that Fedor sexually abused her over a two-year period, beginning in 1978 when she was age 10. On diocese’s list 8/19/18. On Richmond diocese’s list 2/13/19.
FerraldoRalph N.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Report to diocese 12/74 from a woman that Ferraldo molested aher16-year-old son and other altar boys and a hospital orderly. Timlin denied the accusations. Evaluated in 1985 after accusation of inappropriate behavior with a hospital patient. In 2/86 accused of sexual advances toward a 23-year-old male patient. He admitted to the behavior, and said he didn’t know “what comes over him.” Was told to go for evaluation and treatment. Granted Indefinite Leave of Absence 11/30/88. Died in 1997. In 2002 the diocese received a report from the Archdiocese of New York that a man alleged sexual abuse by Ferraldo when he was age 16 or 17 in 1982-83. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
Ferrara (Ferrar)Philip (Angelus)Scranton, PAFerrara, a member of the Melkite Greek-Catholic Eparchy of Newton. With permission from Bishop Timlin, in 2001 established the Society of the Annunciation of Our Lord retreat within the diocese. Arrested 3/11 after a14-year-old boy alleged that Ferrara had sexually abused him at the Our Lady of Solitude retreat house in Little Meadows. The boy said Ferrara had him massage Ferrara’s private parts with his feet on several occasions. Removed without privileges 4/11 and criminally charged. Pled no contest. Sentenced 10/11 to 6 monts to 2 years prison and a fine. Included in teh 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Scranton diocese’s list 8/19/18.
FlanaganAustin E.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 9/80 a parishioner told Bishop McCormick that Flanagan would not let anyone into the rectory, that he was sleeping with boys, and that parishioners were disgusted. Moved in 9/80 from St. Thomas in Elkland to St. Francis in Mildred. Sick Leave 4/90-6/90. Treated at St. Vincent’s in Harrison NY. Flanagan reportedly was sent to treatment after accusations he had fondled two boys at a summer camp two years prior. He did not deny the accusations. Removed from active ministry 7/02. In 6/05 a man reported to the diocese that Flanagan sodomized him in St. Mary’s rectory when he was age 11 in 1973. Flanagan denied wrongdoing. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
FlanneryJoseph D.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Diocese received reports in 1964, 1965 and 1966 that Flannery was having affairs with women, and had gotten a young girl pregnant. Died 2005. Per the Grand Jury, Flannery was on a list in 5/16 sent to each D.A. office within the diocese of names of all priests with complaints against them of sex abuse of minors. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
FlemingMartin J.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1950. Report to the diocese in 4/06 that Fleming sexually abused a 6-year-old girl in 1940. His accuser said she was in heart failure, wanted “all of her ducks in a row,” including being counted as a victim of a priest in the diocese. She said this “deepest secret” kept coming back to “trouble her spirits and cause her emotional distress.” Fleming’s name was included on a list the diocese sent to each D.A.’s office in within the diocese in 5/16 of all priests with allegations of child sex abuse against them. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
GallagherEdward F.Scranton, PANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/19/18. Died in 2001.
GibsonRobert JScranton, PAAllegations first made public by diocese in 9/08. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Accused 1/95 of sex abuse of a boy, age 14, in 1975. He admitted the abuse and was sent to St. John Vianney in Downington for eval and treatment. Victim sued. Settled for $30k. Placed 8/95 in residence and under supervision at a parish rectory. In 1997 a woman complained that Gibson was grooming her son. GIbson sent again to Downington. Placed 2/1/98 at St. John Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer, MO. Faculties removed. Allegation same month of sex abuse of his minor nephew. Three more men came forward with allegations, in 4/02, 10/05 and 7/07. One said the abuse occurred 1973 through 1974. Gibson died in 2012. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
GilgallonJoseph G.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Monsignor. Died 1991. Allegation to diocese 1/31/06 that a 40-year-old man undergoing counseling alleged sex abuse by Gilgallon on 12/31/86. Other priests active during that time confirmed to the diocese that the allegation was true and occurred in the rectory. Gilgallon’s name was included on the diocese’s 5/16 list sent to D.A.’s offices of all priests accused of child sex abuse.
GriffinJoseph A.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1988. Report to diocese in 9/09 by a 42-year-old man that Griffin sexually abused him in 1967, when he was age 9. The man said the abuse occurred when Griffin would take him and other boys on trips to Seneca Lake, NY and to a cottage at Lake Henry in the Poconos.On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
HammondJoseph T.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 6/16 a man testified that when he was in high school in 1961, Hammond masturbated in front of him and tried to fondle him in the rectory of St. Leo’s in Ashley. He said other boys saw Hammond masturbating that night, too. The man said, in part, that he drove to the police station and that the officer on duty, who was a St. Leo’s parishioner, told him he didn’t want to hear it and to leave. He said he told his girlfriend, then his mother, who contacted the diocese, and that the diocese told her it would be taken care of. Hammond was kept in ministry and made Monsignor in 1968. He died in 1985. Hammond’s diocesan file had no record of the allegation, and the Ashley police had no record of the report. The GJ was able to corroborate the man’s story via another person who was there that night and from the man’s his wife, who was his girlfriend in 1961. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
HazzouriAlex JScranton, PAWoman filed suit against diocese in 2002 alleging that a retired ‘Fr. Hazzouri’ touched her in an inappropriate sexual fashion in 1996-1997 when she was 14 and working as dining room/kitchen server at Villa St Joseph. Suit dismissed on summary judgment 2005.
HeidCharles W.Scranton, PANamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 8/19/18. Died in 1991.
HomerP. LawrenceScranton, PAMultiple complaints. First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Resigned 10/93. Removed from ministry 7/3/02. In 1967 there was a report to a Fr. Post that Homer had a 14-year-old girl in his locked office when she was supposed to be in class and asked her inappropriate sexual questions and made inappropriate comments. A second similar allegation involving a 14-year-old girl followed; he was said to have unbuttoned this girl’s blouse and french kissed her. Transferred to another parish. In 1/88 a woman told the diocese that Homer molested her in 1964 when she was age 14. More complaints surfaced, including of an incident with a nun. Sent twice for evaluation and treatment. Died 2015. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
HoustonJoseph F.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Bishop McCormick was told in 6/71 by a priest that Houston was seen multiple times going into a motel room late at night with a minor female, and that they were seen in public together regularly. In 5/02 the victim contacted Bishop Timlin, saying Houston took advantage of her when she was ages 14-17. She did not want law enforcement involved. Houston wrote her a letter of apology. Faculties removed 6/02. Laicized 6/04. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
KaneJames J.Scranton, PANamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 8/19/18. Died in 1985.
KuligFrancis G.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Complaint to diocese 11/86 from a man alleging Kulig sexually abused his son beginning when the boy was age 12 and continuing until 1985. Kulig admitted to a “relationship” with the boy. In treatment 2/87-8/87, while pastor of St. Mary of the Lake in Lake Winola. Resigned from St. Mary’s 8/87, assigned to a convent chaplaincy. Family of victim received $10k settlement. Kulig’s faculties removed 7/02. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
Liberatore, Jr.Albert M.Scranton, PAIn 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report (name misspelled “Libertore.”) Bishop Timlin informed 11/96 by of close relationship Liberatore had with a young adult male, under drinking age. Concern to Timlin 2/97 of behavior with a young seminarian. No action. Letter in 12/02 to Timlin from American College in Louvain, Belgium that Liberatore was seen drunk, taking a male in his teens or early 20s into his bedroom. Sent for eval 1/03. Complaints 1/04 he had abused two young men. Arrested 7/04 on charges in PA of sex abuse of and giving alcohol to an altar boy 5/99-5/04. Charged by NYC police with sex assault of same minor. Pled guilty to both. Sentenced in 2005 to 10 years’ probation. Laicized 7/06. Arrested 11/06 for parole violation. Per 2004 federal civil suit, bishop was informed. Settled for $3M. On sex offender registry in PA 6/11. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
MadajJohn A.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Madaj’s file contained two anonymous letters to Fr. McHugh in 12/52 alleging Madaj was having an affair with his housekeeper. In 3/90 the parents of a male 19-year-old told the diocese that Madaj had sexually abused their son at age 9 or 10. Madaj denied the allegation. Died 1998. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
MakoLouisScranton, PANamed publicly as accused by the Diocese of Scranton on its list 8/19/18. Born in Romania, ordained in Europe. Worked in Scranton diocese 1975-77. Died in 1998. On Scranton diocese’s list 8/19/18. On Diocese of Buffalo’s list 11/5/18.
McAuliffeJames M.Scranton, PAIn 6/10, a man put ad in paper asking people to call if they wanted to talk about McAuliffe. When contacted by diocese, he said McAuliffe abused him at Holy Savior in Wilkes-Barre sometime between 9/54 and 4/63. Diocese contacted police and notified parishes where McAuliffe was assigned. Several people came forward. One man said he reported his abuse, including sodomy, in 1963. Bishop Hannon sent him for treatment in KY and would not allow McAuliffe to return to ministry. After Hannon died in 1965, McAuliffe found his way back to ministry. He was Pastor Emeritus of St. David’s when he died 8/7/89. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Scranton diocese’s list 8/19/18.
McLaughlinNeil P.Scranton, PAMaryland Province. Allegations first public 11/10. Taught at Scranton Prep 1961-83 and 1985-86. Held various positions at U. of Scranton 2002-06. Removed 2006 after earlier allegation became known; was living in Jesuit community in a monitored setting. Allegation in 2008 that he touched a 10-year-old girl in a sexual way in 1963 in Scranton. Deemed credible. McLaughlin admitted ‘there may be other victims of similar sexual misconduct’ in the Scranton diocese. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Added to Baltimore list 9/18. On Scranton diocese’s list 8/19/18. On MD Province’s list 12/17/18.
MeighanJoseph F.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Accused in 1970 of disrobing and fondling at least four boys. Sent for eval and treatment, returned to ministry. Made pastor in Jackson 12/81, then in Wilkes-Barre 9/84 followed by Shavertown in 9/87. Removed and sent for treatment in 1990 after caught by a woman disrobing her 17-year-old son in the rectory parlor. Assigned to nursing home chaplaincies until removed from ministry 7/02. At least three more complaints 2003, 2007 and 2008. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
MotsayRussell E.Scranton, PAPastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Carbondale 1996-2012. Removed 4/12 after a report to diocese of past abuse of a minor youth. Police investigated. Accuser said he would sleep over at the rectory with Motsay and that Motsay would massage him, rub his inner thighs and fondle him. State police found four more victims. Motsay admitted to the allegations. No prosecutions due to the statute of limitations. Permanently removed from ministry 9/15. Sentenced to life of prayer and penance. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
NedFatherScranton, PAPer testimony in trial of Fr Albert Liberatori, ‘Father Ned’ was accused of sexually assaulting at least two boys in mid-1990. The priest was sent for counseling, cleared for reassignment, and then sexually assaulted a 3rd youth. He was never reported to police and never criminally prosecuted.
NolanJames F.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1957. In 11/03 a 75-year-old man reported to the diocese that when he was a 15-year-old altar boy, Nolan groped him. The man stated that he felt he could now put the matter behind him. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
O’NeillJohn A.Scranton, PANamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 8/19/18. Died in 1978.
PaulishW (William) JeffreyScranton, PAAssigned to 16 parishes over 25 years. Worked at Lourdesmont, a facility for troubled teen boys and girls in 1983, prior to ordination. After return from 8-month leave of absence – his 4th since ordination – in 7/13, assigned as assistant pastor to Prince of Peace parish in Old Forge. Found in car 9/19/13 on local college campus having sex with 15-year-old boy he met on internet. Arrested. Said boy told him he was 18. Released on bail 9/24. Bishop removed his faculties and placed him on leave. Pled guilty 1/22/14. Sentenced 6/3/14 to 8-23 months in jail. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Lawsuit filed 11/18 alleging Paulish abused a teen boy while pastor of St. Mary’s in Old Forge 10/06-5/07. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
PenderJohn A.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Ordered to psychiatric treatment by Bishop McCormick in 10/68, but did not comply. Left the diocese without permission. Diocese of Jefferson City contacted the Scranton diocese “years later” to say that Pender was ministering there. Assigned to parishes in Crocker MO in the 1970s and 1980s. Died 2009. Included on list from diocese to D.A. in 5/16 of priests against whom there were accusation of child sex abuse. Pender’s name was included with reference to an allegation in 2014 by a “John Doe.” On Jefferson City diocese’s list 11/8/18.
PisaneschiClareScranton, PASister of the Religious Teachers Filippini (M.P.F.), professed vows in 1953.Taught in PA, NJ, NY, CT and MD. Retired 2012. Died 10/22/14. Added to the Scranton diocese’s list in 12/18.
PlaushinMarkScranton, PAPlaced on leave 7/16/18 after an allegation that he had sexually abused a minor in 1985 in Monroe County PA, prior to ordination. Reported to Scranton diocese, who reported to the D.A. and the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales. Plaushin denied the allegation. Retired Army chaplain, at Our Mother of Consolation in Chestnut Hill PA parish since 2013. Scout chaplain. Reportedly living in Lithuania.
PolchaMichael G.Scranton, PANamed publicly by the diocese when added to its list in 12/18. Assigned to parishes in Rock Lake, Pittston, Montdale, Blakely, Elmhurst and Swoyersville. Died in 1989.
PulicareMichael J.Scranton, PANamed publicly as accused when added to the diocese’s list in 12/18. Parish priest, taught at Bishop O’Hara High School in Dunmore, chaplain for Forest Lakes Council Boy Scouts. Died in 1999. Multiple allegations of abuse of boys. Separate lawsuits filed by four men in 8/19, claiming abuse by Pulicare over seven years when they were ages 7-14.
Rossetti (Rosetti)Mark T.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Allegation 11/95 that Rossetti sexually abused a 13-year-old boy, who was in eighth grade. Police report made, Rossetti suspended and sent for psych eval and treatment. The victim and family agreed to end the criminal investigation 11/21/95. In 11/97 Bishop Timlin asked the Archbishop of New York to allow Rossetti to minister there; permission granted. Rossetti released back to the Diocese of Scranton from New York in 2002. Laicized 2007. Died 4/24/18. Included on the diocese’s list 8/19/18 (name spelled Rosetti.)
ShilalaRobertScranton, PANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/19/18. Died in 1997.
ShobackEdward J.Scranton, PAMultiple alleged victims. Removed 2004 after admitting sexual abuse of a minor more than 20 years prior. A few days later another man came forward alleging abuse as a boy by Shoback. In 2006 a man told the diocese that Shoback abused him at age 13. This person received funds deducted from Shoback’s pension every month for 4 years as reimbursement for lost wages. No criminal charges due to SOL. More complaints in 2007 and 2009. Laicization announced 7/17/09. Shoback’s brother Thomas was accused of abuse 11/11, arrested 6/12. Included in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
ShobackThomas PScranton, PADiocese notified 11/11 of allegations of sexual misconduct with a boy 1991-97, when pastor of St Mary and St Andrew in Blossburg. Suspended. Arrested 6/14/12, charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors, for repeated sexual assault of the altar boy. Convicted 4/13, sentenced to 5-10 years in state prison. Removed from ministry 11/14. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. It showed there was a report 5/06 to diocese of sex assault of an 11-year-old altar boy. Report to D.A. Investigated. Shoback denied abuse. Alleged victim named another boy he said Shoback abused; that person denied it to investigators. Sent for eval. In 11/11 the man who first denied abuse by Shoback said the priest actually had abused him when he was age 11. This led to Shoback’s arrest and conviction. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
SkotekThomas D.Scranton, PARelieved of ministerial duties 4/02 after diocese announced he had admitted to ‘some improper conduct’ that occurred over 30 years prior. Bishop Timlin said Skotek had come under scrutiny several years before when a different misconduct complaint was made. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report, which showed Skotek abused a girl 1980-1985 when he was pastor of St. Casimir’s in Freeland. She became pregnant and he arranged for an abortion. Resigned 1986. Sent to MD for treatment, then reassigned to a Wilkes-Barre parish in 1/87. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
SokolowskiThomasScranton, PANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/19/18. Died in 2012.
StahurskiThomas E.Scranton, PANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/19/18. Died in 1988.
TamalisJohn J.Scranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 2/97 a man told the diocese that when he was age 13 in 1976, Tamalis sexually abused him, after plying him with alcohol. Tamalis was sent for an evaluation and admitted to probably abusing nine boys and young men; evaluators said there were likely far more. More victims later came forward. No prosecutions due to the statute of limitations. Laicized 12/07. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
TetherowVirgil BradleyScranton, PAAka Fr Gabriel. Member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in Yonkers NY after first vows in 1996. Left there 1998. With Bishop Timlin’s permission, established the Servants Minor of St. Francis community in Scranton in 2001. Ordained 2002. Admitted in 2005 to downloading child porn while working at St. Ann’s in Tobyhanna PA in 01/05. Arrested in West Orange NJ while staying at St. Anthony of Padua. Pled guilty to one charge of criminal use of a communication facility; sentenced to two years probation. Faculties removed. Found celebrating mass/holding services in 2010 and in his newly-formed traditionalist church in 2011. The church is not recognized by the Vatican. Laicization announced 3/4/15. Still active 11/18 as “priest” of church he formed, St. Michael the Archangel in Lower Windsor Township. In PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18 (misspelled “Thetherow”). On Scranton diocese’s list 8/19/18.
TimchakRobert M.Scranton, PAArrested 10/09 on 16 counts of possession of child pornography. Investigation began 12/08 when diocese notified the DA’s office of an anonymous letter re his improper use of computer. In 2006, he took 1-year leave of absence. Sent to treatment. Pled guilty 8/10 to 17 counts of child porn possession and downloading same. Sentenced 11/10 to 6 to 72 months in state prison, fined, and ordered to register as sex offender. Released 6/12 on parole; worked for nonprofit; on leave without faculties. Laicized 1/24/14. In 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.
TomkiewicDominic C.Scranton, PANamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 8/19/18. Died in 1967.
TribendisGeorgeScranton, PANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/19/18. Died in 1986.
UrrutigoityCarlosScranton, PAUrrutigoity and Fr. Eric Ensey, another priest from a traditionalist religious society, were accused of abusing at least two seminary students in late 1990s. At least two civil suits filed. One settled in 2005. Bishop Martino withdrew permission for society to operate in diocese. Living in Paraguay as of 3/06. Incardinated in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay; in 2012 was named its Vicar General. Vatican was asked to suspend him from ministry. As of 7/14, a Vatican delegation had been sent to investigate the matter. Faculties removed 7/28/14. Vatican also ordered all ordinations within the diocese be delayed pending further investigation.On Scranton diocese’s list 8/19/18.
VadakekottaramSebastianScranton, PAFrom India, Oblates of St. Joseph (O.S.J.) Named publicly as accused on the Scranton diocese’s list 8/19/18.
WenigerLawrence P.Scranton, PAAccused of fondling several boys in mid-1960s at Sacred Heart school and church in Luzerne. Was editor of Catholic Light, the diocesan newspaper. One accuser said believed the diocese knew about Weniger’s behavior at the time. Msgr. Weniger died 7/11/72. Bishop Timlin admitted in 2002 that several allegations had been received after Weniger’s death. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Included on the diocese’s list 8/19/18.
WheelerWilliam J.Scranton, PANamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 8/19/18. Died in 1988.
WilsonJoseph B./RaphaelScranton, PAFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Had been a brother of the Order of Holy Cross Province with a long career as an academic, including as president of the University of Portland. Was involved in work in TX with the “bubble boy,” born in 1971 with an immune disorder. Wilson was ordained a priest at age 69 for the Diocese of Scranton. Removed in 7/02 due to allegations that he had sexually abused two boys when he was a religious brother. He admitted to the abuse of one and was sent for evaluation and treatment. Settled confidentially for $250k. On Scranton diocese’s list 8/19/18.
WolpertSteven JScranton, PARetired priest from NY. Admitted allowing children to sleep with him while he was nude. Pleaded guilty in 2008 to ‘involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 13’ for abuse of an 8-year-old boy 2006-2007. Up for parole in 8/16.

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