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Virginia Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Virginia Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Virginia 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
AsaloneScott A.Arlington, VANamed publicly as accused by the Arlington diocese on its list in 2/19. Removed from public ministry in 1993. Dismissed from his order in 2007.
BairdRichard P.Arlington, VANamed publicly as accused by the Arlington diocese on its list in 2/19. Died 1996. Accused after his death of sexual abuse of a minor. Found credible by is order.
BrooksRobert C.Arlington, VAOrdained for the Diocese of Richmond. Incardinated into the Diocese of Arlington in 1974. Arrested in 2005, indicted on charge of possession of or attempt to possess child porn. Placed on leave. Pled no contest in 10/05. Sentenced in 12/05 to three years in jail, suspended in favor of two years probation. A man came forward just before sentencing to allege that Brooks had exposed himself to the man when he was age 13. On the diocese’s list in 2/19. It notes that Brooks was removed from public ministry in 2004 and retired with no active ministry or faculties in 2006.
BucknerChristopherArlington, VAPlaced on leave in 5/07 after allegations of inappropriate conduct with a minor 1992-1994. Matter reported to police. Buckner denied the allegations. Working with Catholic Distance University when s placed on leave from St. Veronica’s in Chantilly. On diocese’s list in 2/19. It notes that the allegation was deemed credible by the Diocesan Review Board. Buckner contested the finding, but waived his right to “further canonical recourse” due to poor health. Retired without faculties in 2018.
CainGervaseArlington, VATaught in PA schools, pastor of PA and WV parishes, taught at St. Francis Univ. in Loretto PA for 20 yrs, VP there 1976-83. Retired to Franciscan retirement facility in Frederick County VA. Arrested 7/26/17, charged with taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. Complaint was said to have first been filed in 2003 re abuse by Cain of a 15-yr-old girl at her home in Fairfax. First reported in 2004, later withdrawn, reopened in 5/17. Died 5/12/18.
ClarkCurtis L.Arlington, VANamed publicly by the diocese on its list in 2/19. Removed from public ministry in 2003. Laicized 2004.
DuesterhausMichael R.Arlington, VAParochial vicar at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Winchester when placed on leave 3/18 due to allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor, said to have occurred between 2001 and 2004. Fairfax County Police were investigating. Duesterhaus denied the allegation. Per diocese, assigned in past to parishes in Falls Church, Annandale, Ashburn, Stafford, Fredericksburg, Lake Ridge, Woodridge, South Riding. Also worked outside diocese as military chaplain 1996-99, 2004-06, 2008-09, 2011-12. Per the diocese, it was informed 1/17/19 that criminal charges would not be pursued by the Stafford County Commonwealth Attorney, after other jurisdictions decided the same. Also, the Diocesan Review Board determined that “a credible allegation….had not been made… .” Duesterhaus was no longer on administrative leave and he was allowed to complete graduate studies.
ErbacherWilliam J.Arlington, VANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list in 2/19. Removed from public ministry in 2001. Given “life of prayer and penance” by the Vatican in 2010.
EscalanteRonald S.Arlington, VAPastor of St. Francis de Sales in Prucellville when placed on leave in 12/18 during investigation of possible boundary violations with a minor and adults. Denied allegations. Sheriff’s Office investigated; no criminal charges filed, as announced 12/14/18. Diocese was to do an internal investigation in relation to its Code of Conduct for Clergy.
KuhnMichaelArlington, VAOrdained for the Diocese of Fall River MA. Left Fall River in 2004 to work in the Diocese of Arlington VA and Archdiocese of Baltimore MD as a member of the Youth Apostles Institute. Suspended in 10/18 pending investigation of allegation he had engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor in about 1975, decades prior to ordination, when Kuhn was age 18. He denied the allegation.
NhiTran DinhArlington, VAFrom Vietnam. Arrived in the U.S. in 1975, assigned to the Arlington diocese. Incardinated into the diocese in 1980. Placed on leave in 5/06 after allegations he abused two girls 1975-1980. Diocese deemed allegations credible. Nhi contested the finding. On the diocese’s list in 2/19. Final determination of his canonical status pending.
ReineckeWilliam ThomasArlington, VAChancellor from 1980; vicar general from 1986. In 1992 a man accused Reinecke of sexually abusiing him when he was a 13-year-old altar boy in 1967-68, on an overnight trip to Williamsburg. Reinecke allegedly performed oral sex on the boy. Reinecke apologized and died by suicide in 1992. Another man then alleged fondling during an overnight trip to Williamsburg in 1969. In 2007, the Review Board deemed credible a woman’s 2006 allegation of abuse in the late 1960s, when she was a minor in the Richmond diocese. Included on Richmond and Arlington diocese’s lists in 2/19.
RoszelStephen A.Arlington, VAAccused in a 1993 civil suit of sexually abusing a girl 1977-1992, beginning when the girl was age 13. He wrote her letters, sent flowers, “courted” her, etc. Girl kept a diary. Placed on leave by diocese in 1994 pending investigation. Suit settled under undisclosed terms. Per June 6/02 article, he had been returned to ministry (in 1997) and was serving at an Alexandria, VA parish. On the diocese’s list in 2/19. It notes that he was removed from active ministry and his faculties were removed in 2003.
RutledgeRobert M.Arlington, VAWhile a teacher at Catholic High School, Rutledge was accused of assaulting and emotionally battering a male student beginning 9/95. Youth became so emotionally upset, particularly after school officials became aware of abuse and refused to remove teacher, that he had to be withdrawn from school. Rutledge left school in 1996 but began teaching at College in PA. Civil suit filed 1997. Still residing in diocese per 2008 directory accessed on 7/21/08. In 3/18 noted to be pastor of a parish in Raleigh NC diocese.
SpechtTerry W.Arlington, VASpecht spent 20 yrs in Navy before being ordained as priest. Complaint made in 1/12 that he had been involved in sexual misconduct with a teenage boy in late 1990s but he was not removed until 4/12. from position at Holy Spirit Church in Annandale. At time of alleged sexual misconduct, he was parochial vicar at St. Mary of Sorrows Church in Fairfax. From 2004-2011 he was director of Office of Child Protection and Safety. He has denied the allegations.
AhernRichard J.Richmond, VAParish priest. Worked in Archdioceses of Boston and NYC and Dioceses of Richmond VA and Springfield MA. Director of a summer camp for boys in the 1960s in Wellesley, MA. Several lawsuits. At least four men have come forward alleging abuse by Ahern as children, three of them at the camp. Also accused of sexually abusing a Richmond VA altar boy 1959-61. The Stigmatines knew of allegations as early as 1979. Ministry restricted by 1988. Ahern died 2/1/01. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database because he was an order priest.
BeardsleyFrederick JamesRichmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. Suspended. Died in 2006.
BlankenshipJohn PaulRichmond, VAAdmitted in 1988 that he sexually abused a 14-year-old boy in 1982. He apologized to the victim and paid for his college education and counseling. Worked at the Petersburg Federal Correctional Center as chaplain for many years. Per a 1989 note, the Catholic chaplain regional superintendent for prisons knew of history. Forced to retire 8/02 after victim came forward. Criminally indicted; pled guilty to sodomy 1/03 and sentenced to indefinite supervised probation. On Sex Offender Registry. On diocese’s list 2/13/19. Laicized.
BourbonFrancis C. or R.Richmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Maryland Province on its list in 12/18. It notes a “single allegation of unwanted kiss.” Bourbon died in 2007. On the Jesuits MD Province list 12/17/18. Included on the Scranton diocese’s list 12/22/18. Added to Baltimore archdiocese’s list in 2/19. On Richmond diocese’s list 2/13/19 (with middle initial R.)
BurkhardtGordianRichmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. Died in 1985. Allegation reported after Burkhardt’s death.
CassidyPatrick J.Richmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list updated 6/27/19. Died in 2003.
DozierCarroll ThomasRichmond, VAOrdained for the Richmond diocese. Appointed Bishop of Memphis, TN in 1970. Resigned 1982. Died 12/7/85. Named publicly as accused by the Richmond diocese on its list 2/13/19. Allegation was reported after his death.
EarleyRIchard R.Richmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the Richmond diocese on its list 2/13/19. Removed in 1988. Deceased.
FindlayHarris MarkamRichmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the Richmond and Arlington dioceses on their lists in 2/19. Laicized. Died in1980. Allegation made after Findlay’s death.
FrederickGeorgeRichmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the Richmond diocese on its 2/13/19 list. Noted to have been removed.
GeorgeFrederickRichmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the Richmond diocese on its list 2/13/19. Removed.
GoffRichard BernardRichmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. Removed 1991. Laicized.
Goodman, Jr.Julian B.Richmond, VAGoodman admitted when confronted by the diocese in 1994 to sexually abusing a teenage boy at St. John Vianney Prep Seminary and at a parish in 1976-79. He was sent to St. John Vianney Hospital in PA for treatment. His victim came forward again in 2002 and demanded the story be made public. Goodman was forced to retire without privileges 8/02. Other alleged perpetrators at the school were Steven Rule and John Leonard. In 3/19 a man stated publicly that he told the diocese in 2016 that Goodman abused him 1966-67 as a teenage altar boy at Holy Cross parish in Lynchburg. The Review Board reportedly deemed the allegation credible and sent the case to the Vatican, which declined to laicize Goodman. Police began an investigation, then dropped it due to the priest’s “mental condition.” On diocese’s list 2/13/19.
HeschJohn BeamanRichmond, VAAccused in 1995 of abusing several youths in his role as a sex education teacher. Teachers complained about Hesch’s physical handling of children. Church investigated; said they would sent him to counseling, but did not. In 1994 a 21-year-old man died by suicide. Parents asked church to keep Hesch away from funeral. Weeks later Hesch killed himself after confronted by church officials about abuse. He claimed he was innocent. Bishop said to have ignored information on other victims in 1994. On diocese’s list 2/13/19.
HigginsPhilip J.Richmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the Richmond diocese on its list 2/13/19. Removed in 2004. Died in 2007.
KamerdzePaul JudeRichmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the Richmond and Arlington dioceses on their lists in 2/19. Died 1984. Allegation received after Kamerdze’s death.
Kelly, Jr.Eugene WalterRichmond, VALeft the priesthood prior to the late 1960s. Married in late the 1960s. Accused in 1998 of abusing his two stepchildren 1972-1976. Pled no contest to criminal charges in 1998. Received a 3-year probated sentence with registration as sex offender.
KrafcikAndrew Willam PaulRichmond, VAOrdained for the Richmond diocese. Requested transfer to Arlington Diocese in 1984. Convicted in 1984 of a misdemeanor charge involving a 12-year-old girl. Sentenced to counseling. Served in “limited ministry” 1985 -1996. Retired 1996. Laicization requested by Bishop Loverde in 2002 and announced 7/04. On Arlington diocese’s list in 2019.
LeonardJohn E.Richmond, VAAllegations in 1996 resulted only in evaluation. Removed 5/02 after recent allegations of old abuse when he was at St. John Vianney Seminary; reinstated by Bishop Sullivan 6/02 after he overruled the review committee. Big outcry over the decision. Civil suit 10/03 later dismissed on SOL. Criminal charges in 2003; sentenced 3/04 to two consecutive 12-month jail terms (suspended) and probation. Removed again 1/04. Resigned from priesthood. Died in 2015. On diocese’s list 2/13/19.
LeveilleRoland EdmundRichmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. Removed in 1973. Died in 1994.
MajewskiJoseph B.Richmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. Removed in 2014.
McConnellJames HenryRichmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. Died in 1969. Allegation received after McConnell’s death.
MunleyJohn JosephRichmond, VAOrdained for the Diocese of Richmond. Incardinated 1954 into the Diocese of Arlington. Named publicly as accused by the Richmond and Arlington dioceses on their lists in 2/19. Died 1995. Allegation reported after Munley’s death.
MurphyDennis PaulRichmond, VAPlaced on leave 4/04 due to complaints about his interaction with teenage youths. Had been in his current parish assignment for two years, having replaced Fr. J. Goodman, an admitted abuser. Sent for evaluation. The previous nine years, Murphy was on loan to the Military Archdiocese, working in Providence, RI at the VA hospital “to care for his mother.” “Retired from ministry” per the diocesan website on 12/20/07, but also shown as affiliated with the Univ. of Virginia in Charlottesville. Worked in Boston. On Richmond diocese’s list 2/13/19.
NuddRobert EugeneRichmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the Richmond and Arlington dioceses on their lists in 2/19. Died in 1978. Allegation reported after Nudd’s death.
PhamJoseph Thang XuanRichmond, VAChair in 2006 of Federation of Vietnamese Catholics in the U.S.A. Removed from active ministry at St. John parish, Dinwiddie, in 7/11 after recent complaint of sexual abuse of a minor more than 30 years prior, reportedly while attending St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict, LA. Diocese investigated. Pham “admitted the accusation is true and the incident did occur.” There is a possible gap in his assignments between 1988 and 1991.On Richmond diocese’s list 2/13/19.
PhilbenFrancis M.Richmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the Richmond diocese on its list 2/13/19. Born 7/17/1918. Died 1/20/1994.
ReaJohn W.Richmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the Richmond and Arlington dioceses on their lists in 2/19. Died in 2002. Allegation reported after Rea’s death.
RhoadsEileen M.Richmond, VABecame a nun in 1957 as Sr. M. Frances Therese. Laicized in 1974 for “familiarity,” yet she was allowed to teach in Catholic schools for 21 years and continued to abuse. Abuse included intercourse with at least one boy, starting at age 12. Also gave children pornography and encouraged them to be sexual with each other. Convicted 7/13/04 of felony sexual abuse of a 10-yr-old boy in 1969-70. Sentenced 9/04 to 6 mo in jail. Sued in 2004 in VA & PA. Lives in Drexel Hill, PA as of 1/09.
RizerJames LeeRichmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. Died in 1989. Allegation received after Rizer’s death.
RodriguezOscar A.Richmond, VAOscar Alexander “Paul” Rodriguez abused an altar boy, age 11 or 12, 1966-67. The boy’s mother told church authorities. Removed and sent for treatment, first to a KY mental hospital, then to the Servants of the Paraclete in NM. Never reinstated. His victim filed a police report in 1993. Rodriguez pled guilty to fondling. Sentenced to 4 months in jail (with balance of five-year sentence suspended) and 10 years probation. Admitted abuse of others during trial. Working as clinical psychologist at CA Men’s Colony, a prison, at time of arrest. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17. On Richmond diocese’s list 2/13/19.
RoyAndrewRichmond, VASued 2003. Accused of abuse in Richmond, Virginia diocese. Originally ordained in Los Angeles Archdiocese. Moved to Virginia 1956. Retired 1981. As of 2004, Roy at age 92, was living in Spain and suffering from Alzheimers. Also known as Andres Rodriquez.
RuleSteven R.Richmond, VAAccused 8/02 of abuse in 1976 at St. John Vianney Seminary. Removed; sent out of state for psychological evaluation. Cleared by diocesan commission 1/02; reinstated after it ruled that the “inappropriate” conduct that took place did not warrant removal. Removed again 4/11 for inappropriate behavior which did “not involve a minor.” On diocese’s list 2/13/19. Status listed as “suspended.”
RyanPaul DavidRichmond, VAAustralian. Sent to the U.S. for treatment twice related to his behavior with boys, returned to ministry each time. Allowed to work in a parish in Virginia Beach, VA. Abused at least two boys in Virginia Beach 1978-79. Australian diocese and Richmond admitted paying settlements to at least two U.S. men. Also abused at least three youths in Australia in 1989-90, one known to have died by suicide. Pled guilty 9/10/06. Sentenced to 18 months in jail in Australia. The two U.S. victims also wanted him prosecuted in their country. On the Richmond VA diocese’s list 2/13/19.
RyderAustin LewisRichmond, VANamed publicly as accused by the Richmond and Arlington dioceses on their lists in 2/19. Died in 1981. Allegation reported after his death.
ScalesDonald F.Richmond, VANamed publicly as accused on 2/14/19 by the Diocese of Richmond VA after it received information from the Diocese of Charlotte. Charlotte’s Review Board found credible an allegation against Scales. Scales had assignments in both dioceses.
ShraderDwight EdwardRichmond, VAIn 5/03 a person came forward to allege abuse as a teenager by Shrader. The Review Board deemed the allegation credible. Placed on leave in 6/03.By late 2003 four men and one woman had come forward with allegations of abuse (all but one as minors) by Shrader, occurring within the previous 5 or 6 years. Diocese said Shrader did not engage in sexual intercourse but that there was physical contact or verbal misconduct, such as sexual jokes or propositions. On diocese’s list 2/13/19. Laicized. Died in 2012.
SmallsOliver JosephRichmond, VAWorking in Belize in 2/19 when publicly accused by the Richmond diocese on its list 2/13/19. Subsequently removed 2/20/19 from public ministry in the Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan. Per Small’s attorney, the allegation was of abuse in 1970. Smalls denied the allegation. He reportedly worked at the Virginia Home for Boys for eight months in 1975. He filed a defamation suit against the diocese 7/29/19.
SummersThomas M.Richmond, VAMan filed suit 8/03 alleging he was raped and battered by Summers and molested by another priest at separate times at St. James Catholic School in 1960s. Suit says Summers coerced the victim by threatening to remove him from his parents’ home and to stop church support of his needy parents. Also used drugs and alcohol. Two other men came forward in support of allegations. Courts ruled only individuals, not corporations, could be sured for sexual abuse. Summers died 1992.
TeslovicEugene JohnRichmond, VA“Retired” 9/02 after allegations of past sexual abuse of minors. In 8/02 Teslovic asked a priest to tell the bishop that he had been approached about a past incident with an adult when he was a deacon. Bishop investigated and learned of several incidents of sexual misconduct with minors during the late-70s and mid-80s. There had been rumors about 10 years previously. Bishop Sullivan investigated at the time, but could not substantiate. There may have been complaints in the 70s and 80s that were overlooked during the review of priest files mid-2002. On diocese’s list 2/13/19.

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