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Rhode Island Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Rhode Island Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Rhode Island 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
AbruzzeseJoseph A.Providence, RIPlaced on leave 12/1/93. Pled no contest in 1994 to second-degree sexual assault for grabbing and fondling a 16-year- old boy in a local park. Sentenced to 5 years probation and counseling. Shown as Absent on Leave in the 1995 -2002 Official Catholic Directories. Not listed after 2002. On the diocese’s list 7/1/19 (name misspelled Abbruzzese).
AllardJohn C.Providence, RIMsgr. Allard was removed 2/25/13 from positions at St Agatha and Precious Blood parishes and the Father Marot CYO Center after allegation that he sexually assaulted a minor boy in 1981 while assigned to Immaculate Conception in Cranston. He was at that parish 1975-1984. The diocese stated that Allard admitted the abuse and expressed profound remorse for the harm he caused. No criminal charges due to the statute of limitations. Died 4/27/18. On diocese’s list 7/1/19.
Azzarone, Jr.Daniel M.Providence, RIComplaints received as early as 1985, 1992 and 1998-1999. Placed on leave 11/01 after accused of abusing a 15-year-old boy on a Caribbean cruise in 11/00. Abuse continued until 2001, often in rectory. Another youth also accused him of abuse. Pled no contest to two counts of first-degree sexual assault 9/05. Sentenced to 3 years prison and 7 years probation. Named in a 2005 civil suit; settled 8/08 as part of $1.326M settlement by Providence diocese. Laicized 6/12/09, announced 2/10. On diocese’s list 7/1/19.
BelhumeurRogerProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Died 9/28/10. Allegation(s) received after his death.
BrassardRonald E.Providence, RIPlaintiff claims he was 13 and student at St. Henry’s Seminary in Illinois in 1970s when abuse began. Said Brassard and several other priests abused him Sued 1995. Diocese said that, due to inconcistencies, Brassard would remain active at Immaculate Conception Parish in Cranston pending further investigation. Still active pastor at same church per diocesan website accessed 9/22/07.
BrodeurDennisProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Died 1/1/04. Allegation(s) received after his death.
CampbellJames D.Providence, RIAssigned to a parish in West Warwick, RI and Rhode Island Medical Center 7/75 -11/77. Placed on leave by Order in 2002 after allegations of abuse of a boy in Worcester, MA. Indicted 9/03; convicted 2004 of abuse of two teens, one a girl. Sentenced 1/05 to 90 days in house of correction and 10 years probation. Laicization announced 3/05. On Diocese of Rockford’s list 11/14/18. Died 2007. On Providence diocese’s list 7/1/19.
CarpentierRobert A.Providence, RIRemoved in 1992 after a man filed a civil suit alleging abuse at age 13 in 1973-1974. Questions in case about statute of limitations referred to R.I. Supreme Court, which ruled against plaintiffs. (See 1996 R.I. Lexis187, 7/11/96.) Claims against this priest were settled 9/02 as part of a $13.5M mass settlement involving 36 victims of priest abuse in the Providence diocese. Died 5/9/12.
CharlandPaulProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Removed from ministry 8/26/11.
ChaseGeoffreyProvidence, RIStarted work at Portsmouth Abbey School in 1960. In 11/16 the school reached out to alumni regarding past sex abuse, hiring a law firm to investigate. Learned that Chase was housemaster of dorm in mid-1960s. Taught math and later computer science until 2002 when he was “sent away” to treatment and then long-term care, due to past sexual abuse of a student. He admitted to abuse of 3 others at the time in early 1970s-early 1980s. In his late 80’s and ill in 8/17.
ClaverPeterProvidence, RIClaver took final vows in 1923. He served as teacher and administrator in schools of the Sacred Heart brothers in New England and Canada. Became superior of Sacred Heart School in Andover, MA in 1970. He died April, 1975. In 4/12, attorney Mitch Garabedian announced settlement of at least one claim of abuse regarding Claver. Abuse took place at a school in Rhode Island but also worked at Catholic schools in Massachusetts.
D’AngeloJosephProvidence, RIName included in diocese’s 9/02 $13.5 mil mass settlement of 36 sexual abuse lawsuits alleging abuse by 11 priests and a nun. Bishop Gelineau swore under oath that D’Angelo’s faculties were suspended on 7/1/83. On diocese’s list 7/1/19.
DeAngelisAnthony A.Providence, RIA woman notified the diocese 2/14/94 that she had been sexually abused by DeAngelis repeatedly 1957-65, beginning when she was age 5 and attending the parish school. On 6/17/94 she also wrote to Bishop Gelineau about the abuse. DeAngelis was pastor and a senior diocesan official, named monsignor during the period of the alleged abuse. Died 1/24/90. Diocese paid $12.5K to the survivor 4/4/96, for therapy costs. She did not sign a confidentiality agreement. On diocese’s list 7/1/19.
DemersNormand J.Providence, RIParish priest in Providence. Involved with an orphanage in Haiti in 1986-1989; boys at the orphanage complained about inappropriate touching and explicit sexual references. Arrested and detained in Haiti. Diocese was told of complaints at the time. Haitian authorities apparently deemed the behavior “inappropriate” but nothing else. Released from jail. Allowed by Providence Bishop Gelineau to continue ministry in the diocese. In 2002 he was removed from parish due to allegations that he had sexual contact with a boy (ages 12-14) approximately 35 years previously. Absent on Leave 2002-2005. Retirement status as of 2005 and continuing through at least 2016. Died 7/21/18.
DesrosiersAlfred R.Providence, RIDesrosiers accused of molesting one 15 yr old girl in 1972 and one in 1975-76 in two separate civil suits filed in 1994. Criminal trial was scheduled for fall, 1997 but portions were appealed to RI Supreme Court as of 4/98.. Claims against this priestwere settled 9/02 as part of $13.5M mass settlement involving 36 victims of priest abuse in Providence Diocese and allegations against 11 priests and a nun. Died 2/15/01.
DiogoLouis M.Providence, RIRetired and moved out of state 1993 after his cousin told diocese he had abused her and her sister in the 1950s and 1960s. Not charged criminally but diocese found the woman to be credible. In 2005 diocese learned from the woman that he had returned to Rhode Island and was saying mass. Diocese immediately told him that he could not say mass or function as a priest. Died 4/4/15. On diocese’s list 7/1/19.
DolanCharlesProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Died 11/5/77. Allegation(s) received after his death.
DunnLouis WardProvidence, RIPlaced on leave in 1994 after a woman made a complaint to the bishop of sexual misconduct toward her by Dunn when she was a minor. Suit filed 1995. Tried on two separate rape allegations; one dismissed. Convicted in second. Received a 10-year suspended sentence. At least two other suits filed. Died 4/18/01. Some claims settled in 2002 settlement. One of the original complainants did not settled. She carried her case all the way to the RI Supreme Court, which dismissed it 2/08. Appealed to US Supreme Court. On the diocese’s list 71!9.
FerlandOscarProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Died 7/8/98. Allegation(s) received after his death.
FerryJohn F.Providence, RIDied 4/11/88. A man accused Ferry, then an editor of the diocesan newspaper, of drugging and abusing him in the late 1960s when accuser was a high school student working at the paper. The man wrote to the diocese at some point; his letter, along with complaints from more than 35 other alleged clergy abuse victims, were forwarded to police. Information was not released to public until 11/13, after an NBC 10 investigation. Accuser had correspondence from the Diocese. On diocese’s list 7/1/19.
FisetteKevin R.Providence, RIPlaced on leave and resigned from his Pawtucket parish in In 8/09, after a 3/09 complaint of sexual abuse of a minor 1981-82. This may have been during his first assignment after ordination. State police found allegations to be credible. No criminal charges due to the statute of limitations. On diocese’s list 7/1/19. Fired from his job at Goodwill after his name appeared on the list.
FitzgeraldEdmundProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Removed from ministry 8/27/98.
GagnonLaurenceProvidence, RIGagnon, a deacon at St. Joseph’s parish and teacher at the school in West Warwick was allowed to resign from his position 6/11 after he was accused of inappropriately touching at least 3 young boys. In 8/11 he was arrested and charged with three counts of second degree child molestation and was released on bail. He “admitted to the facts of the case.” On the diocese’s list 7/1/19.
GilloolyWilliamProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Died 9/2/89. Allegation(s) received after Gillooly’s death.
GormanBedeProvidence, RI“Fr. Bede.” Spent entire career at Portsmouth Abbey School as teacher, coach, athletic director, Housemaster of a dorm called “The Barn.” Died 1985. In 11/16 the school reached out to alumni regarding past sex abuse, hiring a law firm to investigate. Four allegations deemed credible surfaced of abuse of students during the 1950s until 1972, when the school no longer had boarders. One former student had come forward in 1993 re early 1960s abuse; an Abbot Matthew revealed he’d received a complaint from a parent in the early 1970s re Fr. Bede’s behavior with her son, which Fr. Bede acknowledged. Gorman also said to have disciplined students with “bare-bottomed spanking.” Abbott Matthew said he’d heard early in his career that Fr. Bede “did things with boys.”
GortonTimothy J.Providence, RIRemoved from assignment at Precious Blood Parish in Woonsocket 4/12 after allegation of misconduct about 30 years previously. His nephew came forward in 1/12 to allege abuse at age 12 by Gorton in 1983. Per diocese, Gorton retired without privileges for health reasons, and due to the Review Board’s findings that the allegations were credible.
HoldenRichardProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Died 3/23/85. Allegation(s) received after his death.
LaMountainMichael V.Providence, RISuspended 3/95 after accusation. Indicted 10/97 on criminal charges that he molested five boys 1970s-1990s. Pled guilty 1/99 to nine counts. Sentenced to nine 12-year suspended sentences. At least two civil suits filed 12/95. Claims settled 9/02 as part of a $13.5M mass settlement involving 36 victims and the diocese. Seminary student in Baltimore1972-76. Accused in 2001 of abuse in Baltimore in mid-1970s. Died 8/25/10. On the Providence diocese’s list 7/1/19.
LeechPaul HenryProvidence, RIRemoved from ministry 5/4/12. Convicted of molesting 3-4 boys 1982-1984. Sentenced in 1985 to 86 years in prison, but ordered to serve 3 years and then 12 years probation. In 1994 a civil suit was filed on behalf of one youth. Per the suit, prior to 1980, Leech was known to bishop to have a habit of making advances on young boys. Another suit may have been filed in 1985. On diocese’s list 7/1/19.
LepireRoland M.Providence, RISuit filed 2/96 alleged that Lepire abused a young man on several occasions in 1978. Suit also claimed that the pastor of the church helped to cover it up. Claims against Lepire were settled 9/02 as part of $13.5M mass settlement involving 36 victims of priest abuse in Providence Diocese. The 2002 Catholic Directory shows him “absent on leave.” Another suit filed 2003 alleged abuse in early 1980s; settled 8/08 as part of $1.326M settlement by Providence Diocese. Laicized in 2004.
MagaldiPhilip A.Providence, RIIn a 1999 lawsuit, a man alleged abuse in Boston while Magaldi was part of the Providence diocese. Plaintiff died; suit dismissed in 2000. Left Providence in 1988 after claims of financial mismanagement, Moved to Ft. Worth Diocese under Bishop Delaney in 1990. Pled guilty 1992 to embezzlement. Back as active priest after eight months. Accusation in 1997 in Ft. Worth. Still active until 1999 accusation. Retired. HIV positive. Laicization requested; died 8/08. Another claim settled 8/21/12 in Ft. Worth.
MarcantonioRobert A.Providence, RIBishop Reilly knew in 1970 that Marcantonio had molested several 12- to 14-year-old boys. Sent to Ames, IA in 1970 for treatment. Allowed ministry there in the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Allegedly abused in IA. Moved to Fall River, MA and Providence dioceses 1975. Removed from ministry 8/16/89. Civil suit filed 1991 in IA; settled by 1994. Six suits filed in 1993 and one in 1994 in RI. Some claims included in 9/02 settlement with the Providence diocese. Died 10/20/99. One claim settled 8/08 as part of $1.326M settlement by the Providence diocese. Cited in 11/08 RICO suit. On the Providence diocese’s list 7/1/19
Mary ClaudineSisterProvidence, RIName included in Diocese’s 9/02 $13.5 mil mass settlement in 36 sexual abuse lawsuits alleging abuse by 11 priests and a nun. No other information found.
McIntyreRobert J.Providence, RIAt least two civil suits in 1992 and 1993, named McIntyre, director of RI Catholic orphanage, St. Aloysius Home, as responsible for covering up abuse at the home, and conspiring to prevent proper reporting procedures. One man alleges that McIntyre also participated in his abuse. Civil trial in 1999; jury found no evidence to support charges. On diocese’s list 7/1/19. It notes that McIntyre was removed from ministry 3/30/63.
MeehanBarryProvidence, RIMeehan worked in parishes in West Warwick, Cranston, and Providence. In 12/12 a man reported to the diocese that Meehan had sexually assaulted him between 1986 and 1991, when the man was a teenage boy. State Police were notified; during their investigation a second accuser was discovered who said Meehan sexually abused him when he was a teenager in 1991 and 1992. Meehan was placed on leave in 1/13. He denied the allegations. In 11/14 he was arrested and charged with five counts of first degree sexual assault; he pleaded not guilty. Meehan was laicized May 7, 2015. Died of a heart attack 12/8/16, age 67, while awaiting trial. On the diocese’s list 7/1/19.
MeglioRichard L.Providence, RIRemoved from ministry 4/22/88. A man filed civil suit accusing Meglio of molesting him as a minor in the 1970s when, Meglio was assigned to Our Lady of Grace in Johnston, and accuser was hospitalized for “psychological problems.” Abuse continued after accuser was released from hospital. Suit settled 2002 as part of $13.5 mil mass settlement. On diocese’s list 7/1/19.
MenardAdrianProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Died 2/1/76. Allegation(s) received after his death.
MicarelliEdmund C.Providence, RIRemoved from ministry 41790. A civil suit filed 1993 and six filed in 1995 alleged that Micarelli abused at least seven boys, one for seven years. Suits claim Bishop Gelineau and Auxiliary Bishop Angell knew of Micarelli’s behavior prior to 1962. Claims against this priest were settled in 9/02 as part of a $13.5M settlement involving 36 victims of priest abuse. Per 2007 article Micarelli was living in Florida and “cannot function as a priest.” A 2012 article references his involvement in the Boy Scouts and his cover-up of at least one abuser. On the diocese’s list 7/1/19.
O’ConnellWilliam C.Providence, RIAssigned to four parishes in three years, then became a Navy chaplain 1953-58. Resigned to avoid court martial for “criminal homosexual contact.” Reassigned in Providence. Abuse of three boys 1965-72 alleged in suit settled 6/11/93 and 10/31/94 RICO suit. Pled guilty to abuse of three boys 1972-85; sentenced 6/23/86 to five years, four suspended. Sent to St. Luke’s for treatment. Retired 1986 to Camden. Pled guilty 12/19/94 to sexual assault and making child porn; got ten years 2/95. Other suits part of 9/9/02 and 3/03 settlements. Died 5/12/96. On the diocese’s list 7/1/19.
O’NeillWilliamProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Left ministry 7/10/71. Died 5/3/00. Allegation(s) received after his death.
PetrocelliJohn N.Providence, RIRemoved from ministry 8/22/02. Accused in a lawsuit of abuse of a boy in the late 1980s. Court denied diocese’s Motion to Dismiss Negligence Claims on 9/20/07. Claim settled 8/08 as part of $1.326M settlement by the diocese. On the diocese’s list 7/1/19.
RaffertyHughProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Removed from ministry 11/1/74. Died 1/11/01. Allegation(s) received after his death,
RaicheWilliamProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Died 3/26/83. Allegation(s) received after his death.
ReneGuertinProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Died 1/23/82. Allegation(s) received after his death.
RochaJoseph JamesProvidence, RIWorked in dioceses/archdioceses of Washington DC, Boston, Nashville, Providence. Left priesthood 1986, laicized 1988. Per 9/01 article, pled guilty to 1999 sexual assault of a 21-year-old mentally disabled man; sentenced to 10 years probation, counseling. Ordered to register as sex offender. Died in 2009. Included on Attorney Garabedian’s list 3/28/16 of accused clerics named in civil claims resulting in settlements or arbitration awards. Settlement with Order 11/15 re alleged abuse of minor 1968-69 at St. Stephen’s Priory in Dover MA. On Dominican Province of St. Joseph’s list in late 2018. On Providence diocese’s list 7/1/19.
Sadowski, Jr.Edward J.Providence, RIDeacon. Arrested in MA in 2001 after arranging over the internet to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He wanted sex and to take pornographic photos of the girl. He also sent nude photos of himself. Diocese immediately placed him on leave. Sentenced 2002 to two years in prison and five years probation. Also arrested in RI on similar charges. Arrested again in RI 12/09 on internet solicitation and child porn. Convicted 5/10. In Prison 2/11. Case referred to Vatican. On diocese’s list 7/1/19.
ScagnelliPeterProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Removed from ministry 1/1/94. Died 7/12/17.
SilvaJames M.Providence, RIRemoved from ministry 3/1/93. Two men filed suit 1994. Seven more men filed civil suits alleging abuse by Silva 1960s-1980s. Criminal charges also filed in 1994. Silva admitted in court that he sexually abused a young man. Received 7-year suspended sentence and ordered to undergo counseling. Eight claims settled by diocese as part of $13.5M mass settlement 9/02 (one may have settled earlier). Multiple transfers after initial notice. On diocese’s list 7/1/19.
SmythBrendanProvidence, RIFrom Ireland. Full name John Gerard Brendan Smyth. Worked in RI, ND and MA in the US. Likely abused over 50 boys and girls, in Ireland and the US. Sentenced to 4 years jail in Ireland in 1995 on 17 counts of assaulting 5 girls and 4 boys 1964-88. Sentenced 7/97 to 12 years for abusing 20 boys and girls. Died in prison 8/97. Two sued order 6/10. Settlements 1998-99 to 3 Dublin relatives who sued Kilmore bishop after finding the diocese knew Smyth abused children prior to his abusing them. Denied by a court of appeals 11/15; appealed 2/16. Suit 6/08 in Providence RI re 1968 abuse of a boy and girl. RI court denied damages. In 9/16 one of the 2, a RI lawyer, filed a complaint with the RI State Ethics Commission against Supreme Ct judge Francis X. Flaherty, who oversaw the ruling denying them damages; Flaherty had not disclosed his leadership role with a Catholic nonprofit. The Commission ruled “probable cause” in 4/17. On Providence diocese’s list 7/1/19.
TanguayWilliamProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Removed from ministry 6/17/02. Also worked in Minneapolis, MN and the Diocese of Charlotte.
TedeschiPeter L.Providence, RIIn testimony before the RI Senate Judiciary Committee in 3/19, a 73-year-old woman said Tedeschi sexually abused her for over a year, when she was in middle school and Tedeschi was assigned to Holy Trinity in Central Falls. She said her family lived across the street from the parish and that the abuse occurred in the sanctuary, rectory, his car, and in school hallways. She said it continued after he left Holy Trinity and she was a Sacred Heart High School student. Further, she allegedly told another priest during confession when she was 15, and he told her never to tell. She said she confronted Tedeschi when she was age 22, and he admitted his behavior, and that she told the diocese. She again informed the diocese in 2012, and they contacted law enforcement. Tedeschi died 10/18/86. On the diocese’s list 7/1/19.
TormeyJohnProvidence, RINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Noted to have resigned from ministry 3/2/79. Accused after his resignation.
TurilloBiagio SamuelProvidence, RIDiocese announced 6/30/16 that Turiilo, age 96, was “prohibited from exercising the sacred ministry” due to a credible allegation against him of sexual misconduct of a minor. The “misconduct” was alleged to have occurred about 60 years previously. He was assigned to Holy Angels in Barrington 1954-62. Turillo retired in 1994. On the diocese’s list 7/1/19.
VentreArmandProvidence, RIAssigned to our Lady of Good Help Parish 1980-1985. Indicted 8/85 for sexually molesting two altar boys and one mentally handicapped youth 1981-1984. In 1986 the judge dismissed the charges concerning the two altar boys; the following day the judge found Ventre not guilty of abuse of the third boy in a non-jury trial. Returned to active assignment as chaplain at VA Hospital, and then another hospital. Retired 1/99. Died 12/27/99. On the diocese’s list 7/1/19. It notes only that he was removed from ministry 7/5/85.
WaldermanJohn M.Providence, RIFrom 1971-1976 he was at Blessed Sacrament High School. Arrested on 1/1/86 when principal of Bishop Hendricken HS in Providence diocese and indicted for soliciting sex from a male minor. Charge dropped 1987. Transferred to Cardinal Hayes HS in Bronx NY 1987-1991, then to Rice HS 1991-2001. After stint at Edmund Rice Institute in Australia 2001-2005, principal of Rice until order received letter about 1986 arrest.

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