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South Dakota Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

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

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

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

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South Dakota Priest Sex Abuse List

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

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

Last NameFirst NameDioceseNotes
AdamsCletusRapid City, SDMember of T.O.R community in Hollidaysburg PA. Per PA Grand Jury Presentment 3/15/16, accused of molesting a little girl 1972-80 in Rapid City, SD. Bishop Dimmerling moved him to another parish due to the accusation and released him from diocese 1984. Adams worked in PA 1941-68, VA 1968-70, SD 1972-83. Returned to PA 1971-72, then 1984. In 1993 wanted to teach children piano lessons. T.O.R Provincial Giles Schinelli denied the request after reviewing Adams’ file, writing “it is best he is now on our list of retired friars.” Adams died 12/31/96. On Rapid City diocese’s list in 3/19.
BellFrancisRapid City, SDNamed publicly as accused by the Rapid CIty diocese on its list in 3/19. It notes the diocese received an allegation in 1993 of abuse 1965/67. Bell was a priest of the Diocese of Albany who worked in Glencross, SD 1965-67. He died 9/29/67.
CorryJohnRapid City, SDRetired 1992. Admitted in 2002 to sexually abusing a boy, ages 10-14, in the 1960s. Bishop forced him to move from the monastery in which he had lived for ten years because it housed a child day-care center. A second person made similar allegations. Laicized 2004. Died 7/11/18. On Rapid City diocese’s list in 3/19. It notes diocese first received allegation in 1970, and first reported abuse occurred in 1953, the last in 1979.
FaganBernard D.Rapid City, SDNamed publicly as accused by the Midwest Province Jesuits on its list 12/17/18. Accused in lawsuit of abuse at St. Francis Mission, where he worked 1954-76. Died 11/30/97. On the Rapid City diocese’s list in 3/19.
GillJoseph C.Rapid City, SDIn 2003 a man said he was abused by Gill and other Jesuit priests and brothers in the 1960s at St. Francis Indian School on the Rosebud Reservation. Gill was accused of beating boys and of talking “about Jesus Christ while his hand was down the kid’s pants fondling him.” He was principal from 1961-72 and was still at the reservation in 2003. Died 12/9/12 at age 86. On Midwest Province Jesuits list 12/17/19. On Rapid City diocese’s list in 3/19.
GormanThomasRapid City, SDNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list in 3/19. It notes a single allegation of abuse in 1957/58, reported 8/24/11. Gorman died 3/24/87.
JankaAlbert A.Rapid City, SDNamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/18. Accused in a lawsuit of abuse at St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, where he worked 1969-86. Died 1/15/86. On the Rapid City diocese’s list in 3/19.
LambertWilliamRapid City, SDAccused in 1991 by a man of sexual abuse for almost 20 years, beginning with rape when the alleged victim was an altar boy. Victim blamed himself and confessed to various priests, as did Lambert. Suit filed 1992. Jury awarded man $242K, to be paid by Lambert. Diocese later settled. A secomd man sued Lambert and won an out of court settlement. As of 2002, original plaintiff said he knew of 23 other accusers. Lambert died 11/21/05. On diocese’s list in 3/19. It notes first allegation received 1991. Earliest known abuse 1958, last in 1984.
McDonoughJames M.Rapid City, SDNamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Western Province on its list 12/07/18. On Rapid City diocese’s list in 3/19. Noted to have a single allegation against him. Worked in the diocese 1978-83. Died 12/19/06.
McShaneThomas S.Rapid City, SDNamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/19. On the Rapid City diocese’s list in 3/19. Noted to have a single allegation against him. Worked at the St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in the 1950s, where abuse is said to have occurred. Died 10/16/18.
MurrayDonaldRapid City, SDSuit filed in 1995 by Rev. Tom Economus, President of LINKUP, and his brother. It alleged Murray abused both at Sky Ranch for Boys in 1970s. Murray would take boys with him on fundraising trips, provide alcohol and abuse them and other residents. Murray and one youth died in 1975 plane crash. Murray was legally drunk and lost control of plane per FAA representative. Suit alleged Sky Ranch officials knew of alcoholism and sexual abuse and told boys not to talk of it. Suit was settled 8/97. More suits filed 3/02 and 11/04. On diocese’s list in 3/19.
ParshallEugene E.Rapid City, SDScholastic, never ordained. Entered the Jesuits in 1955. Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/18. Abuse alleged in 1964 at Holy Rosary Mission/Red Cloud Indian School on teh Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Dismissed from the Order 5/7/64.
PieperGeorgeRapid City, SDDied 1/26/98. Named publicly as accused on the Jesuits Central and Southern Province list 12/7/18. Multiple allegations after his death of abuse, occurring in the 1970s. Unclear as to where. Also on Midwest Province Jesuits list 12/17/18. On the Rapid City diocese’s list in 3/19. Accused in a lawsuit of abuse at St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, where he worked 1950-57.
PraveenJohnRapid City, SDFrom India. Full name John Praveen Kumar Itukulapat. Member of Order of the Apostolic Life Community of Priests in the Opus Spiritus Sancti (ALCP/OSS). Arrived in SD 11/17, assigned to Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Transferred to Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City summer 2018. Arrested in 10/18 on charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl 9/3 and 9/28/18. Pled not guilty in 11/18. Released on bond 12/20/18. Pled guilty 2/5/19 to one count in plea deal. Sentenced to six years in prison, less 178 days of time served. Eligible for parole after three years. On Rapid City diocese’s list in 3/19.
RissDennis R.Rapid City, SDIn 5/02 Bishop announced he had removed Riss from his assignment at St. Mary’s in Lemmon after Riss admitted that he had sexually abused a 17-year-old boy in the early 1980s, prior to entering the seminary. Review board had not yet evaluated the case as of 2/03. Laicize 5/7/04. Died 5/30/09. On diocese’s list in 3/19. It notes multiple allegations, the first received by diocese in 1984. Reported abuse occurred 1980 and 1990.
SheehanJamesRapid City, SDNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list in 3/19. It notes a single allegation of abuse, occurring in 1977, reported to the diocese 11/12/04. Sheehan died 3/7/91.
StackGilbertRapid City, SDAccused in 1992 of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in Sturgis, SD 1951/52. Stack denied the allegations. He had been living in retirement at Conception Abbey in MO for many years. Bishop said the allegations were credible. No criminal charges or litigation filed. Stack died 9/30/07. On the Rapid City diocese’s list in 3/19.
StolzmanWilliamRapid City, SDOrdained for the Jesuits. Worked on Native American missions in SD 1973-88. Left the Order. Incardinated into the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese 1994. Investigated 1997 for possible child porn. Assessed at Vianney Hospital in PA. “Cleared.” Report to archdiocese in 3/08 of abuse of a boy in the early to mid-1970s. Stolzman denied the accusation. Placed on leave. Retired. Case “closed” in 4/10; allowed ministry. File released as part of settlement in 1/15; case reopened. Again placed on leave. Had been involved in Correctional Ministries and at least one parish.
ValloFrancisRapid City, SDNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list in 3/19. It notes multiple allegations of abuse received in 1992, of abuse in the late 1970s. Retired 1987. Died 3/9/92.
VavraClarence J.Rapid City, SDPer admission by ABp Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis on 11/11/13, Vavra admitted in 1995 that he sexually abused young boys and a teen in 1975 while assigned to Rosebud Indian Reservation in SD. Also admitted sex with adult men. Received in-patient and out-patient treatment 1996-1997 but was allowed to return to ministry 1998-2003 before he was finally removed but not laicized. He received extra stipend every month until 2012. No publicity at all until 11/13. Lives in New Prague, MN.
WallemanKenneth T.Rapid City, SDAccused in 2003 civil suit of abuse of at least one student at St. Francis Mission, a Jesuit boarding school. Former administrator at the school. School’s principal said Walleman had had a mental breakdown at another school and was sent to St. Francis, where he would have less stress. Walleman was at St. Francis Mission 1963-91 and 1992-97. Per 2002 Directory, he was living in Jesuit Community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI (Milwaukee archdiocese). Remained there until his death 9/15/14. On Jesuits Midwest list 12/17/18. On Rapid City diocese’s list in 3/19 (it erroneously shows ordination year as 1940.)
BaldenUnknownSioux Falls, SDFr. Balden was one of several accused in a 2010 civil suit against the diocese, Oblates and Sisters of the Divine Savior. The suit alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD. One woman claimed that Fr. Balden, Fr. Cholewa and another unnamed priest abused her 1975-1982 when she was 5-11 years old.
BoganinaSisterSioux Falls, SDSister Boganina was one of several religious accused in 2010 civil suit against Diocese, Oblates & Sisters of the Divine Savior which alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD. In the suit, one man alleged abuse by Sr. Boganina and a Br. Jim between 1944-1945 when he was 9 & 10 yrs old.
BusmanHenrySioux Falls, SDBusman was one of several religious accused in a 2010 civil suit against the diocese, Oblates and Sisters of the Divine Savior. The suit alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD. Six men and two women alleged in the suit that Busman sexually abused them as childrenbetween 1960 and 1982.
ChapmanFrancis P.Sioux Falls, SDPer 2003 article Chapman was accused of fondling at least one student at St. Francis Indian School on Rosebud Reservation. Principal of school remembered seeing him with a boy on his lap, and said “I didn’t like the possibilities. We asked him to leave.” Chapman died 11/30/90 and was buried at St. Francis. A 2011 article links him to abuse of multiple girls. By mid-2010, 6 plaintiffs were participating in litigation re Chapman. Cases dismissed by court 1/14. On Rapid City diocese’s list in 3/19.
CholewaGregorySioux Falls, SDCholewa was one of several accused in a 2010 civil suit against the diocese, Oblates and Sisters of the Divine Savior. The suit alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD. In the suit, one woman alleges that Fr.Cholewa, Fr. Balden and another unnamed priest abused her 1975-1982 when she was 5-11 years old.
FitzgeraldJ. VincentSioux Falls, SDDied 9/07/09. Named in 2010 suit re abuse at Tekakwitha Indian Mission, Sisseton SD. Man and woman alleged sexual abuse as children late ’60s. Worked in Duluth diocese off & on 1957-83; also Crookston and New Ulm. Named in civil suits filed 11/19/13 and 2/14 against Crookston, New Ulm dioceses & Oblates. One accuser known in Crookston. Named on 12/31/13 Duluth list. Included on New Ulm list released by Atty Jeff Anderson 8/04/14. Names from 1/14 deposition of Rev. Francis Garvey, former top New Ulm official. Judge ordered Crookston diocese 8/15 to turn over to “John Doe 19” all records of sexual abuse by priests prior to 1985. Doe 19 claimed sexual abuse as boy by Fitzgerald mid-1980s in Naytahwaush MN, on White Earth Indian Reservation. In 11/14 jury awarded $8.1mil to man alleging abuse as boy 1978 in Duluth diocese; he had met Fitzgerald in New Ulm diocese. Name released 3/16 by New Ulm. At least 17 accusers; may be dozens, per atty. Settlement with John Doe 19 4/16.
FreyPaul A.V.Sioux Falls, SDJesuit Brother. Accused in civil suit(s) filed in 2010 by at least two people of abusing them as children at church-run Native American boarding schools in South Dakota. Entered Jesuits 12/7/41. Died 4/11/86. On Midwest Province Jesuits list 12/17/18. On Rapid City diocese’s list in 3/19.
GabriniSisterSioux Falls, SDSister Gabrini was one of several religious accused in 2010 civil suit against Diocese, Oblates & Sisters of the Divine Savior which alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD. In the suit, one man alleged she sexually abused himwhile bathing him between 1946-50 when he was between 4-8 yrs old.
HessEdwardSioux Falls, SDHess was one of several accused in a 2010 civil suit against the diocese, Oblates and Sisters of the Divine Savior. The suit alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD, including sexual abuse by Hess in the late 1940s-early 1950s of a boy and girl, when they were ages 8-10.
JohnSisterSioux Falls, SDSr. John was one of several religious accused in 2010 civil suit against Diocese, Oblates & Sisters of the Divine Savior which alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD. In the suit she and several others were accused of abusing 1 girl in 1960s when shs was between the ages of 5-13. Also accused of abuse of two in 9/11 civil suit against Ursuline Order and Helena Diocese filed by 45 people against 4 nuns, 6 priests and 1 brother.
KatherineSisterSioux Falls, SDSister Katherine was one of several religious accused in 2010 civil suit against Diocese, Oblates & Sisters of the Divine Savior which alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD. In the suit, one male alleges that between 1947-1953 she would sexually molest and abuse him while giving him baths. He was aged 6-11 at the time.
KowalskiTheodoreSioux Falls, SDSued 2003. Accused of abuse while at Native American reservation. Kowalski is one of several Jesuits at St. Francis Indian School on Rosebud Reservation who are accused of molesting or fondling at least one man. Kowalski is accused of “sexual touching.” He left the order and married. He denied all. Lived in Houston as of 2003.
KrantzRobert “Bob”Sioux Falls, SDMan filed civil suit 2/08 alleging that Krantz, then a typing teacher, abused him at O’Gorman High School in 1970. He immediately complained to another priest. School principal called his parents and told them he was a troublemaker. Krantz became a priest in 1978 and is still active as of 11/08. Diocese conducted investigation in 2005 and found no reason Krantz could not continue to work. Settled at mediation 6.09.
LagendaSisterSioux Falls, SDSr. Lagenda was one of several religious accused in 2010 civil suit against Diocese, Oblates & Sisters of the Divine Savior which alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD. One man and one woman accused her of abuse in 1960s.
LeroyBrotherSioux Falls, SDBrother Leroy was one of several accused in a 2010 civil suit against diocese, Oblates and Sisters of the Divine Savior. The suit alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD. In the suit, one man said he was sexually abused by Br. Leroy 1964-1970 when he was 6-12 yrs old. He also alleged abuse by other students at Tekakwitha.
LindThomasSioux Falls, SDPlaced on leave after allegations in SD civil suit that he had abused children at a Native American School in the 1970s. No previous allegations. Order said charges “not credible” 2/11 and returned him to duty. Later statement by Order said that the allegation was actually “unsubstantiated.” SD Supreme Ct ruled lawsuit can go forward 1/12. Lives and works in Jackson, MS diocese.
Lucy MarieSisterSioux Falls, SDSister Lucy Marie, Mother Superior of the orphanage, was one of several religious accused in 2010 civil suit against Diocese, Oblates & Sisters of the Divine Savior which alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD. She is accused of abuse in 1950s-1960s by two women who allege she forced them to simulate sex acts with a life-size doll.
MacArthurBruce DuncanSioux Falls, SDSued 2003 by a woman. Arrested 1/06; charged with abuse of 3 girls at Beaver Dam hospital in the 1960s in WI. Admitted abusing 30 girls. Sioux Falls knew of behavior in 1963. After WI, worked in San Angelo and El Paso TX dioceses. Arrested and convicted in El Paso in 1978 for abuse of nursing home patient. Records unclear as to whether he served time in prison or was in inpatient treatment before release on probation. Worked in San Antonio archdiocese 1979-84. Suits filed 7/07 & 9/07 in WI against Milwaukee & Sioux Falls by 2 women. Convicted and sentenced to prison 8/08 in WI. Sentenced to 6 months in jail and 10 years probation and to serve an additional month every year for 6 years. Living in TX when he died 2/22/12. San Antonio archdiocese announced 6/14 credible allegation of abuse of a girl at St. James in late 1970s. On Sioux Falls diocese’s list 3/21/19. It notes faculties removed 4/92. On San Antonio’s list 1/31/19.
McCormickJames V.Sioux Falls, SDNamed publicly as accused by the Sioux Falls diocese on its list 3/21/19. Faculties permanently removed 1/89. Died 3/30/17. Also reportedly worked in Kansas City, MO.
McNeilFrank J.Sioux Falls, SDNamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list in 3/19. Fire chaplain. Faculties permanently removed in 4/93. Laicized 6/25/04.
MurrayJohn IgnatiusSioux Falls, SDNamed publicly as accused by the Sioux Falls diocese on its list in 3/19. Reportedly ordained for Boston. Faculties permanently removed 8/91. Died in Helena MT 5/12/12.
NallyLouis D.Sioux Falls, SDOrdained in Ireland. Worked in SD parishes 1959-1973. Retired 1973. Died 10/23/87. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list in 3/19. Allegations reported after his death.
NeurothWilliam J.Sioux Falls, SDFaculties permanently removed in 9/94. Accused in a 1995 civil suit of abusing a youth for four years in the 1970s at O’Gorman High School, and of stalking him. Family went to Bishop to request Church order him to stop. Neuroth admitted similar relationship with two other boys, and a third who died by suicide. One man said Neuroth abused him in the 1960s from his pre-teen through college years. Suit settled 1999. 10/95. Laicized Died 6/1/13. On diocese’s list in 3/19.
PitcavageWilliamSioux Falls, SDElected vice provincial of order in 2010. Placed on leave after allegations in SD civil suit that he had abused children at a Native American School in the 1970s. No previous allegations. Order said charges “not credible” 2/11 and returned him to duty.Later statement by Order said that the allegation was actually “unsubstantiated.” SD Supreme Ct ruled lawsuit can go forward 1/12. Worked in WI early in career.
PohlenJohnSioux Falls, SDPohlen was one of several accused in a 2010 civil suit against the diocese, Oblates and Sisters of the Divine Savior. The suit alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD; three men and two women claimed Pohlen, who was head of the orphanage, abused them as children in the 1950s.
RyanThomas J.Sioux Falls, SDNamed publicly as accused by the Sioux Falls diocese on its list in 3/19. Faculties permanently removed in 5/02. Died 1/17/17.
SuttmillerFrancisSioux Falls, SDAccused in 2010 lawsuit(s) of abuse of students at St. Paul’s Indian Mission (a church-run boarding school for Native American children), on the Yankton Sioux Reservation. Died in 1996.
TheresaSisterSioux Falls, SDSr. Theresa was one of several religious accused in 2010 civil suit against Diocese, Oblates & Sisters of the Divine Savior which alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD. One woman said Sr. Therasa sexually and physicallyabused her from ages 4-11 (between 1947-54). Same woman said she was also forced by Mother Superior and others to simulate sex acts with a life-size doll.
ThuryLeonard M.Sioux Falls, SDNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list in 3/19. Faculties permanently removed 9/87. Laicized 3/93. Died 5/13/03.
TimBrotherSioux Falls, SDBro. Tim was one of several accused in a 2010 civil suit against the diocese, Oblates and Sisters of the Divine Savior. The suit alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD. In the suit, Bro. Tim and Sr. Boganina were accused of abuse 1944-1945 of a boy, age 9-10.

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