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Washington Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Washington Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Washington 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
AlbrechtsonDennisSeattle, WAServed as deacon at St. Anthony’s in Renton in 1989. Name included on the archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
AshwellG. BarrySeattle, WASued 2001. Accused of sexual abuse in 1970s at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vancouvers. Placed on leave. Similar accusations of abuse in the 1970s had been made in 1996 when Ashwell was serving at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Oak Harbor. He was a state-licensed foster father and one of his charges accused him of abuse. The man settled with Archdiocese in 1996. 3 other men filed suit 7/05. Laicized 2005. New suit filed by 1 8/30/10. Included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, established or determined to be credible.
AxerEnglebert M.Seattle, WAWorked at Sophia Univ in Tokyo. 2006 article says Axer is accused of abusing a minor in 1956. He was a professor at Seattle Univ. from 1956-1987. Died in 1989. At some point in the past, the Univ. removed his name from an endowed chair in the philosophy department because of the abuse. At least one settlement as of 11/07. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
BoyleEdward CSeattle, WADied 11/87. Boyle’s name included on the Seattle archdiocese’s list released 1/15/16 of clergy and religious for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, established of determined to be credible. Worked in archdiocese 1940-87, in Kenmore, Longview, Everett, Arlington, Sedro Woolley, Bremerton, Renton, Seattle, and Bellevue.
Boyle (in Seattle)Edmund J.Seattle, WAConvicted 1987. Lewdness with child in Reno, NV. Sued 2003. Accused of abuse in 1960s in Portland. In 2005 three siblings (2 girls and 1 boy) settled claims against Seattle Archdiocese for $1.1 million. Other claims still pending. Boyle is accused of molesting at least 9 boys and girls in Oregon, Washington, and Nevada. Died 1995. One claim settled in Seattle 10/07 for $270,000. Four others settled in 2009. Included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, established or determined to be credible. Worked at St. James Cathedral 1955-64, and Mt. St. Vincent in Seattle 1979-84.
CasaleAlbertSeattle, WAIn civil suit filed 8/26/10, one of three plaintiffs alleged that he was groomed and sexually abused by Casale in 1955 at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent. Suit also claims same man was later abused by Br. Croke. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. At Briscoe Memorial 1956-60; 1962-69.
ChampagneDennisSeattle, WAChampagne was removed from his parish in 6/02 after a man notified Archdiocese that he had been abused in 1979. After learning of the abuse from the victim in 1986, a fellow priest told Archbishop Hunthausen that Champagne had “momentarily” molested a boy once in 1979 but nothing was done then. Vatican permanently removed Champagne from public ministry in 9/06; given “a life of prayer and penance.” On archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked in Kenmore, Seahurst, Seattle, Tacoma, Snohomish and Lakewood.
CodyMichael JSeattle, WAAdmitted 1988 to sexually abusing about 20-40 prepubescent girls and 1 boy, most recently several years prior. File alleges multiple male victims, some in Pittsburgh diocese. Seattle archdiocese informed in 1962 that Cody had molested at least 8 girls; sent to Institute of Living for treatment. Assigned to 6 parishes during next 15 years,1964-79, then put on leave as unassignable. Moved to FL 1988. Sought ministry in Orlando diocese; faculties denied by Seattle. He proposed laicization but Seattle did not pursue. Moved to Las Vegas NV area. On recommendation of Review Board, laicized in 2005. Hubbard suit settled for $1.2M on 5/17/15 during trial. Archdiocese settled with 8 women for $9.1m as announced 3/23/16. Of them, Cody abused 6 when assigned to a Burlington WA parish 1968-72, and 2 while serving in Bellingham 1972-75. Died i2015. Included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Another settlement announced by Seattle archdiocese 11/18.
ConnPaul JosephSeattle, WAIn 5/88 Conn was charged with five felony counts of indecent liberties with minors. In 7/88 he pled guilty to molesting six boys ages 11-13. Admitted to abuse of others police did not know about. Sentenced to 4 years in prison. Former supervising priest of another abuser, James McGreal. Civil suit settled with archdiocese in 1996. Laicized. Included on archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list. Another settled suit announced 11/18. On Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list. It notes that Conn was a per-novitiate candidate at St. Anthony Seminary, and left in 1980 to become a diocesan priest.
ConwayPatrick J.Seattle, WAAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the province agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Worked in the San Francisco, Helena, Boise City, Seattle, Spokane, and Great Falls dioceses. Not listed in the Official Catholic Directory after 1951. On Great Falls-Billings diocese’s list 8/21/18. Per Jesuits West list 12/7/18, sex abuse of a minor 1945-49 reported in 2009. He was dismissed circa 1950.
CorneliusJohnSeattle, WAAlias John Cornelius McKenna. Former Idaho priest. Accused of molesting a boy in eastern Oregon in 1968, while Cornelius a student at Mt. Angel Seminary. Worked in Seattle Archdiocese 1975-2002. Adopted several youths. At least 20 have accused him of abusing them as youths during 1970s-1980s. Laicized 2004. In 2006 2 brothers settled w/ Seattle for $1 mil. Several other cases pending at the time. Included on archdiocese’s list released 1/15/16 of clergy or religious with admitted, established or credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.
CourtneyEdward C. (Chris)Seattle, WAAccused of abuse of at least 55 boys. Order knew in 1960s about abuse yet allowed to teach in IL, MI, NV, NY & WA. Left order 1983. Worked in public schools in WA until accusations surfaced. Pled guilty 1988 to indecent liberties; 2-year probation. Said to be over 50 victims. 5 plaintiffs settled for $1.9M 2/07. Suit filed 2006 re abuse of 1 in 1980 at St Alphonsus School in Seattle & at O’Dea; settled for $1.1M fall 2007. Suits filed 3/09, 11/22/11 (7 claims) and 3/13 (15 claims). Order agreed to $16.5M settlement w 400 plaintiffs re abuse by multiple order brothers 5/13. Allegations against Courtney by 52 of 400 claimants. Archdiocese announced 6/25/14 $12.1M settlement of 30 claims against order, archdiocese, Briscoe School and Seattle’s Bishop O’Dea HS. 11 of the claims re abuse by Courtney. Known in 2/16 to have been living in HI. Included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with allegations.
CrokeBro. PatrickSeattle, WAIn civil suit filed 8/26/10, two of three plaintiffs alleged that they had been abused by Bro. Croke after they had already been abused by other brothers at Briscoe Memorial School in 1955 and in 1963-64. Worked at the school 1951-70. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Deceased.
CrosbySr. DoloresSeattle, WASr. Dolores entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) in 1952. Per her obit, for 30 yrs she was an elementary school principal, working in Spokane, Edmonds,Tacoma, Seattle and Everett. She retired in 1999 and died in July 2007. Her name is included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
DelamereFrank P.Seattle, WAListed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Delamere was listed as a ‘former’ brother as of 6/11/14. Included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent WA 1963-68.
DonahueWilliamSeattle, WADeceased. Included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent WA 1924-32, 1937-46,1961-70.
DooleyJeromeSeattle, WADied 7/24/93. Included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked in archdiocese until 1993, in Kenmore, Seattle, Seahurst, Longview, Tacoma, Sedro Woolley, Bellingham and Lynnwood. Named in suit filed 5/17/16.
DuffyPatrickSeattle, WACivil suit filed in Seattle in 1/04 by three plaintiffs alleging sexual and physical abuse by seven members of the Congregation of Christian Brothers Order, including Br. Duffy, at Briscoe Memorial School for Boys in Kent WA 1940s-1960s. The school, closed in 1970, was owned by the archdiocese and run by the order. Other men have come forward with stories of their own to support these allegations, including one who filed suit in 1/08. Believe claims settled 11/08 and 1/09. Included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial 1958-59. Deceased.
DuffyPhilipSeattle, WANamed Monsignor in 1963. Superintendent of Catholic schools 1947-1968. Name released by archdiocese 8/14/18 as having been accused of perpetrating sexual abuse in 1959 or 1960. His alleged victim came forward to the archdiocese in 2016.
DwyerGeorgeSeattle, WATwo separate suits filed by a man against order and archdiocese. The first alleged abuse by Dwyer at Briscoe Memorial School in 1940s. Settled for lesser sum when order said Dwyer never worked at the school. Second filed in 2009 after archive from Rome showed Dwyer had been expelled from order in 1947 following an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. The list showed Dwyer worked at Briscoe Memorial in the 1940s.
FeeneyLeonardSeattle, WACivil suit filed 1/08 alleged Feeney abused a youth in 1950s at the former Saint Martin’s High School in Lacey. Suit said abuse lasted 1/2 yrs when Plaintiff was in 9th and 10th grades. Same plaintiff also alleged abuse by two Christian Brothers at Briscoe School in Kent when he was in 7th grade. A 2nd suit filed 5/28/08 by 3 add’l plaintiffs alleged abuse in mid-late 1950s. Feeney died in 1980. Name included on archdiocese of Seattle’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
FleckensteinDavidSeattle, WAName included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at St. Louise, Bellevue WA 1977-79. Laicized.
FoyleDermotSeattle, WAFrom diocese in Ireland. Worked in Seattle archdiocese 1952-1969. Name included on the archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
GandrauJames H.Seattle, WARetired 2002. Permanently barred from ministry 7/05 on previously undisclosed credible allegations of child sexual abuse. Woman settled claim with Archdiocese in 2004 alleging Gandrau abused her 30 yrs previously when she was about 16. Included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. New suit filed vs archdiocese 5/17/16, claiming cover-up in case of alleged sexual abuse of a boy in 1967 at St. Mark’s in Shoreline. Suit says Gandrau was caught with the boy by pastor Rev. Theodore Sullivan, who did not report Gandrau.
HauPhan HuuSeattle, WAFrom Vietnam diocese. Worked at Holy Family in Seattle 1978-88. Name included on the archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
HaysMichaelSeattle, WALaicized. Hays’ name was included on the archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked in archdiocese 1976-89, in Bremerton, Olympia, Sedro Woolley, Burlington, Seattle and Des Moines.
HewittGregorySeattle, WAServed as deacon at All Saints in Puyallup 1979-80. Laicized. Name included on the archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
JaegerDavid PeterSeattle, WAFormer director of seminarians for archdiocese. Jaeger approved known abuser Paul Joseph Conn for duties as archdiocesan priest. As part of 1996 or 1997 lawsuit against Conn, Jaeger himself admitted to improperly touching 8-10 boys at a CYO camp in the 1970s. In 1988 archdiocese settled with one victim. Restricted from working 1:1 with minors in 1989 and sent for treatment. Another claim settled 12/04. Voluntarily laicized 11/05. Died 07/22/14. Buried with full rites. On archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Named in suit filed 5/17/16.
JayawardenePantaleoneSeattle, WAFrom Chilaw diocese in Sri Lanka. Lived in Pacific Northwest in 1990s. Name included on the Archdiocese of Seattle’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
KealyG.A. Gerard AloysiusSeattle, WARetired by 1984. Man complained to archdiocese and order in 1989 that Kealy, a teacher at O’Dea School in Seattle, had physically accosted him “in a sexual manner” in early 1960s. Known to have abused at least 4. Order said Kealy was living in supervised, church-run retirement facility in Ireland with no access to children. Same man filed suit 2003. Kealy died 10/22/96. Named in new 11/22/11 suit by 6 of 7 plaintiffs. On 6/25/14 archdiocese announced $12.1M settlement of 30 claims against Cong. of Christian Brothers the archdiocese, Briscoe School in Kent Valley and Seattle’s Bishop O’Dea High School. Five of the claims involved abuse by “Feely Kealy.” Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial School summers 1958 & ’59, O?Dea High 1954-63; 1977-80.
KempDennis W.Seattle, WAPlaced on leave 7/07 from St. Monica Roman Catholic Church on Mercer Island after allegations of inappropriate conduct with a 12-yr-old boy were received. Activities allegedly took place over about 6 months. No criminal charges filed. Archdiocese concluded its own investigation and and recommentation to Vatican. In 2/10, Vatican announced permanent removal from active ministry. On archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of child sexual abuse.
KnellekenJamesSeattle, WAMan filed civil suit 3/07 alleging that Knelleken had molested him at age 13 multiple times in 1956 or 1957. Knelleken placed on leave 1988 after suspicions he was abusing children. Later laicized. Died 2003. Archdiocese said he was 1 of 49 priests included in a 2004 investigation. One claim settled in Seattle 10/07 for $110K. 2nd claim settled 8/09 for $350K. Included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of child sexual abuse.
LackieJ.B. (John B.)Seattle, WAFull name is John Bartholomew Lackie. Three men filed civil suit 01/04 against archdiocese and the order alleging they were beaten and sexually abused at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent. School closed in 1970. Suit alleges that 7 religious brothers abused the 3 youths 1940s-1960s. Claims believed to be included in settlements reached with Archdiocese and Order in 11/08 and 01/09. Lackie died 2/5/92. He also worked at Damien High in Honolulu at some point. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial 1939-50.
LammTimothy J.Seattle, WAName included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at St. Martin’s Abbey/ University in Lacey 1955-81 and 1988-91. Given “Permanent Prayer and Penance” status.
LedwithMiceal aka MichaelSeattle, WAFrom Ferns diocese in Ireland. Accused of sexual abuse of boys in Ireland. Ferns report details concerns re Msgr. Ledwith’s sexual behavior. Lived in Rainier WA 1994-2000s. Name included on the Seattle archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
LinehanDavid AnthonySeattle, WARetired 1995. Barred permanently from ministry by Vatican 2004. Served in 7 parishes and had been the object of sexual abuse allegations from two men, neither of whom pursued legal claims against the archdiocese. Named in civil suit filed 1/05. Included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
LowLawrenceSeattle, WADied 12/12/00. Low’s name was included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of the sexual abuse of a minor. Worked in archdiocese until 1987 in Tacoma, Longview, Seahurst, Seaview, Vashon, Seattle and Arlington.
MarmoTheodoreSeattle, WALaicized. Marmo’s name included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Worked in archdiocese until 1992 in Kenmore, Everett, Seahurst, Federal Way, Seattle and Olympia. Alleged in suit filed 5/17 of abusing child in 1970s, and of ignoring parents concerns that youth minister Jim Funnell was molesting their son. Marmo was living in Palm Springs in 5/17/16. Settlement announced 11/18.
MarshJohnSeattle, WAMarsh resigned from active priesthood in late 1988. He admitted molesting about 10 boys. Named in 2002 civil suit by 3 brothers and their mother. The brothers accused him of abuse between 1969-1973. Settled 12/03 for $425K. Youngest brother of the 3 original plaintiffs filed his own suit in late 1/05. Marsh may have been laicized in 1989. He was deposed in the Paul Conn case. Named in new suit 6/11 by 1 man. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Deceased.
McGrealJamesSeattle, WAAdmitted to molesting hundreds of boys. Revealed in 1988 that McGreal had a history of abuse (known by Archdiocese) going back 40 years to ordination. Moved many times and sent for treatment. Supervised for a time by another abuser, Paul Conn. 1994 lawsuit settled and sealed. In 5/02 16 new plaintiffs filed 4 suits. Archdiocese settled 15 claims 9/03 for $7.87M. Final one settled 4/04. In 11/06 3 more cases settled for $1.25M. Vatican decreed permanent suspension 3/04. Named in another suit 7/08. Died in MO 8/11. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16, Another settlement announced 11/18.
McMahonPatrick DesmondSeattle, WAMcMahon served in 8 parishes from 1960 until he was placed on medical leave in 1990. Placed on administrative leave in 11/02 after 2 accusers came forward. Permanently removed from active ministry by Vatican in 2004. 7 claims settled as part of $810K settlement in 1/05. Another suit filed 7/08 re abuse in 1960s-1970s. Woman says McMahon and another priest abused her father as a child and their actions deprived her of relationship with dad. McMahon living in CA assisted-living facility in 2008. Included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
McManusJohn P.Seattle, WAPriest of the Society of St. Sulpice (Sulpicians). Worked many years in the Archdiocese of Seattle, including nearly 20 at St. Edward’s minor seminary. Also worked in the Archdioceses of Baltimore, Washington DC, San Francisco CA, and Detroit MI. Died 6/21/86. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
MitchellJamesSeattle, WAOrdained in Colombia. Brought 2 impoverished teen boys from Colombia to live with him at St. John’s in Seattle where he worked 1985-86. Promised them US citizenship via adoption, then allegedly sexually abused them for years. One of the youths filed a 2004 civil suit. Diocese knew of history in 1986 or 1987 but did nothing legally because it thought abuse occurred only in Colombia. Sent for treatment, then removed from diocesan assignments. A 2nd suit filed 2005. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
MoffatGeraldSeattle, WASued 2002. Accused of abuse of 1 boy in the early 1970s, from the time the boy was about 11 to 13. Moffat was assigned to Holy Family Church in Kirkland at the time. Placed on leave summer, 2002. Plaintiff committed suicide shortly after suit filed and his parents joined the suit. Suit settled 6/05. Second suit filed 9/03 and later settled. Permanently barred from active ministry 2/06. Named by 1 in new suit filed 6/11. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
MorinGerald/GerardSeattle, WADied 1992, age 89. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at St. Leo’s in Tacoma 1952-83 and Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma 1984-91.
MueheDennis F.Seattle, WANamed as abuser by a man in civil suit filed 6/11. No information revealed about abuse but it was while he was assigned to St. Anne parish in Queen Anne. Medical leave 1989. Retired 1993. Died 1994, age 68. Director of Catholic Charities. Reportedly often had a foster child with him. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. In suit filed 5/17/16, accused of abuse of child in 1970s.
O’BrienMichael C.Seattle, WAIn 1993 a teenage boy complained that O’Brien sexually abused him during a 1991 canoe trip. O’Brien was placed on leave and police notified. Police could not substantiate allegations and Archdiocese allowed him to return to work at the same parish. Reassigned to a new parish 1999. Placed on leave in 2004 when diocese reopened investigation. Returned to assignment within a month. Placed on leave for third time 7/08 on allegations from 1960s. Laicized at own request 2/10. Included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16.
O’BrienWilliamSeattle, WADeceased. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of the sexual abuse of a minor.
O’DonahueunknownSeattle, WAOne of 7 brothers accused of abuse of 3 youths at Kent’s Briscoe Memorial School and/or O’Dea high school in civil suit filed 1/04. Abuse is said to have occurred between 1940s and 1960s.
O’NeillPatrick G.Seattle, WANative of Ireland. Sued 10/02 by woman who alleged he abused her for approximately 3 yrs when she attended St. Charles Borromeo school and church in Tacoma in early 1960s. She dropped the suit in 2003 after Seattle Archdiocese countersued her. O’Neill retired in 1999. May have moved to AZ. He denied the allegations. Review board was still reviewing case in 2002. O’Neill died in Ireland in 8/11.
O’SullivanBrotherSeattle, WAIn civil suit filed 8/26/10, one of three plaintiffs allege that he was abused by Br. O’Sullivan in 1963-1964 at Brisoe Memorial School. Same man also alleges he was assaulted by Br. Croke at same school.
O’SullivanVincentSeattle, WAName included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent 1940-50.
OcanaManuel CSeattle, WAFrom a Philippines diocese. Worked at St. Joseph’s Residence 1998-99; Providence Medical Center in Seattle 1998-99; Holy Family in Seattle 1998-99. Ocana’s name included on the Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
PitschThomasSeattle, WADeceased. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Settlement announced by archdiocese with a man claiming sexual abuse as a boy by Pitsch over a three-year period, at St. Patrick’s in Tacoma. The abuse allegedly began when the boy was age 8. The man came forward after seeing Pitsch’s name on the archdiocese’s list in 2016.
QuickWilliamSeattle, WADeceased. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of the sexual abuse of a minor.
QuiggHarold (Harry) FSeattle, WAIn late 1990s, there was an allegation against Quigg and matter was settled by archdiocese. Quigg continued as a priest. Review Board Report of 6/04 identified Quigg as one of four priests where there was insufficient evident to support allegation of abuse of a minor. Board admitted that was sufficient evidence to prove he did sexually abuse a 17-yr-old (church age of consent at the time was 16). Board stated Quigg’s actions were so egregious that he was unsuitable for the priesthood. Supposedly removed from ministry, but archdiocese has admitted that he continued to perform baptisms and other services and even performed some priestly duties at other local churches. Retired 2000. Laicization reported in 7/5/15 church bulletin. Died 11/15. Name included on archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Named in suit filed 5/17/16.
RacineLeoSeattle, WALaicized. Name included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
RececoniEdwardSeattle, WAPlaced on administrative leave by superior at St. Martin’s abbey 3/11 after recent allegation he had abused a minor between 1984-1986 at Sacred Heart Parish in Lacey. Most recently, he had been serving as a supply priest for the archdiocese. Spokesman for archdiocese said this was first and only accusation against Receconi.
RenggliRobertSeattle, WAWoman sought counseling in 1988; said she had been abused by Renggli when she was in high school. In 2005 she filed suit, alleging she did not know of relationshp between the counseling agency and the Seattle archdiocese. Renggli left the priesthood, married, and went to work with a group called Rent-a-Priest. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at St. Martin’s Abbey in Lacey 1971-76.
RyanC.P.Seattle, WADeceased. In civil suit filed 1/08, plaintiff alleged he was abused in 7th grade by Ryan and Bro Duffy in 1950s at Briscoe School in Kent. Same plaintiff also alleges abuse by Fr. Leonard Feeney at O’Dea High. Believe all claims included in 11/08 and 1/09 settlements with archdiocese and order. Another civil suit filed 8/26/10 by 3. One of these men allege abuse by C.P. Ryan in 1966. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe School 1956-62, 1965-68. (Also listed is a Bro D.P. Ryan, C.F.C., at Briscoe 1949-56).
RyanD.P.Seattle, WADeceased. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent 1949-56.
StohrRichardSeattle, WAStarted Seattle’s Catholic Youth Organization in 1950. Died in 9/25/95. Name included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
TonerJamesSeattle, WADeceased. Civil suit filed by 3 men 8/26/10 regarding abuse at Briscoe Memorial School contains allegation that Toner abused a youth there in 1944. The youth fled the school and reported the abuse to the archdiocese in the same year. Nothing was done. From 1939-1946, Toner was at St. Benedict’s Mission, now Our Lady Queen of Heaven in Tacoma. Name included on the archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
TrippyStephenSeattle, WADied 3/9/13. Name included on the archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
WarrenJamesSeattle, WADeceased. Civil suit filed in Seattle 1/04 by 3 plaintiffs alleges extensive sexual and physical abuse by 7 members of the order, including Br. Warren, at the Briscoe Memorial School for Boys in Kent WA 1940s-1960s and at O’Dea HS. Briscoe, now closed, was owned by the archdiocese and run by the order. Other men have come forward with stories of their own to support these allegations. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial 1931-44.
BeaverReinardSpokane, WAOne civil suit filed by a man 5/03 alleged abuse in 1956 during trip to Seattle. Another suit filed by male plaintiff in 6/03 alleges abuse in 1957. Abuse said to have occurred at Fairchild Air Force Base swimming pool where Beaver had privileges as an Army Reservist. 2 more suits filed 12/04 & 7/05. Removed 1983, retired 1984. Privileges removed 2002. Name included on the Archdiocese of Seattle’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Assigned 1976-80 to Fort Lewis Chaplain’s Office and 1981-83 to Madigan General Hospital.
BouldenGarrySpokane, WAWoman filed suit in 2004 alleging that Boulden had molested her beginning when she was 12 yrs old and a student at a Spokane parish. Article says that parish priest was informed at the time and all he did was blame the girl and ask why she was threatening the career of a “fine young priest.” Left active ministry in 1983 and moved to Seattle where he worked for Police Dept. Still priest in 2002. Bishop admitted 11/07 that allegations were credible. Name included on the Archdiocese of Seattle’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
BradleyJohnSpokane, WANamed publicly as accused by the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans on its list 5/31/19. It notes an allegation of abuse 1974-76 received in 2007. Assigned at the time of the alleged abuse to St. Francis in Spokane. Left the Franciscans in 1979.
BradleyTheodore F. XavierSpokane, WAIn 1994 suit woman accused Bradley of using premarital counseling to break up her engagement and start an affair with her. She was 17 when counseling started. The woman won a settlement of unknown amount. Bradley “retired” in 1995 but apparently was allowed to return to limited ministry. Placed on leave 2002. Another woman filed suit 5/04 alleging that she was sexually abused as a 5 yr old by Bradley from 1969-1970. He will continue to draw pension from Diocese per 4/07 article. No privileges.
BurrisFrancisSpokane, WAAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the province agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claim filed in the bankruptcy, and who have not denied the allegation. Burris’ name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Worked in San Francisco, Seattle, and Spokane dioceses, and is not indexed in the Official Catholic Directory after 1950.
Connelly (Connolly)BerardSpokane, WAFranciscan brother. Sued 1993 by a woman alleging abuse in the early 1970s in the Spokane diocese, when she was a Marycliff High School student. Connolly was sent to therapy. Transferred to CA. Accused of abuse 1985-87 at St. Anthony Seminary In Los Angeles archdiocese. Also sued there. Settlement of this suit announced 8/10/06. Died 1999. Name has been spelled both Connelly and Connolly. Personnel file released 5/12. On the Oakland diocese’s list 6/1/19. On the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/19. It notes alleged sex abuse of minors 1960-61, 1982-84 reported 1993, 2003, 2004, 2014.
CorkeryPaul FSpokane, WAAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the province agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators ofsexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Corkery’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Worked in the San Francisco, Seattle, Spokane, and Yakima dioceses. Died 5/10/59.
CoughlinJohn A.Spokane, WAPer statement released by Diocese of Spokane 11/07, Coughlin was subject of accusation that was found to be credible or proven. No further information found. Died 9/27/65. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Seattle Prep 1952-57.
DoyleDominic W.Spokane, WASued 2002 by woman who alleged he began an improper relationship with her when she was 15 and he was nearly 60. She attended a horse camp he ran on Kalispel Indian Reservation and said his involvement progressed from innocuous physical contact to wrestling to overt sexual activity. Relationship continued into her adulthood. He died in 2005. Diocese said in 2007 that allegation was credible.
GatesJamesSpokane, WA15 women and 1 man accused Gates & Fr. John Morse of abuse when they were students at St. Mary’s Mission and School on the Colville Indian Reservation in late 1950-early 1960s. He was placed on leave and lives under supervision at a Jesuit residence . Jesuits announced $4.8M settlement with the 16 in 1/08.
HurleyJohn F.Spokane, WAPer statement released by Diocese of Spokane 11/07, Hurley was named in accusation that was found to be admitted, credible or proven. He spent most of his career at Gonzaga Prep, and died in 1998. In 12/18, the Order announced that the inclusion of John Hurley’s name was a mistake, and the the allegations were actually against James Hurley, SJ.
KnechtJosephSpokane, WADiocese acknowledged in 12/03 that there were credible accusations against Knecht. Seven plaintiffs filed civil suit(s) 1/04 claiming abuse by Knecht at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Chewelah. In 4/04, another man filed suit against Diocese alleging that he was abused by Knecht for about 3 years. Knecht worked in Spokane Diocese from 1932 until he died in 1956 at age 56. He spent almost 20 years at Chewelah. 1 claim settled 12/04. Others still pending 4/06.
Koltzenberg/KoltzenburgOttoSpokane, WANative of Germany. Ordained for the diocese of Spokane. Author. First named publicly as accused 3/1/17 by the Spokane diocese, as required by bankruptcy guidelines. Assigned to Assumption parish 6/1/88-6/30/02. On Archdiocese of Seattle’s 3/3/17 list. Worked at St. Mark’s in Shoreline 2002-2006, and Holy Family in Auburn 2006-2008. Noted to be permanently barred from ministry.
KosakMichaelSpokane, WAPer statement released by Diocese of Spokane 11/07, Kosak, a seminary student, was named in accusation that was found to be admitted, credible or proven. He was dismisssed from seminary. No further information found.
LadenburgerLouis WayneSpokane, WAArrested 5/07 for sexual battery of teenage boys at ID school for troubled boys where he was a counselor. Admitted being a sex addict. Order revealed 2 past allegations of “inappropriate relationships.” Sent for treatment both times. Placed on restricted leave in 1993. Laicized 1996. Pled guilty 11/07 just before trial. Sentenced to 5 years 3/08. Worked in dioceses of Stockton (twice), Tucson, Portland, El Paso, Spokane, Seattle, Sacramento, Reno, and Phoenix; aka Wayne 1963-74, aka Louie. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Worked at St. George in Seattle 1980-84. New accusation 5/18 of 1973 abuse in Stockton. On Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/8/18. On Las Vegas list 4/12/19. On Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/19.
LavoyMarvinSpokane, WASued in 2005. Accused of abuse of at least two boys at Morning Star Boy’s Ranch in 1950s. He was the ranch’s founding director. Forced out in 1966. Died 1994. As of 2010, 19 plaintiffs allege abuse by Lavoy, Joseph Weitensteiner and others at the Ranch. In 11/09 Ranch transferred bulk of its assets to nonprofit Morning Star Foundation which will complicate any possible settlements or judgments. Judgment for Defendants 2/10. Some plaintiffs received previous settlement from Diocese.
LearyJohn P.Spokane, WAFirst allegations in 1966. In 1969, Police ordered Leary, then President of Gonzaga Univ., to leave Spokane in 24 hours or be arrested for sexually abusing teenage boys. Jesuit Order approved and Leary left. He was reassigned to posts in Massachusetts, Utah, Nevada and California. Died 12/21/1993. Jesuit officials admitted in 2006 to 2 recent settlements with victims. There may have been as many as 12 victims.
LentJames WalterSpokane, WALent , a SSS brother, was on leave from position as elementary school teacher for Cleveland diocese and was studying at Gonzaga Univ when he was arrested in Spokane 5/94 after 13 yr old boy accused him of performing oral sex on the boy in a mall restroom and giving him $20. Released on bail posted by Order. Committed suicide 5/29/94 before he could be arraigned. In 1970s and early 1980s, Lent taught at St. Charles Borromeo School in Albuquerque,NM.
LudwigAugustine W.Spokane, WAOriginally a Marianist brother. Worked in schools from Hawaii to Virginia. Accused of abuse of at least 5 teenage boys while principal at DeSales Catholic School in Spokane in the 1970s. Four cases settled; files sealed. Joined Benedictines 1983. Ordained for the Benedictines in 1987. Worked in Richmond Virginia diocese until 1998 when one of his accusers learned where he was and notified the diocese. One claim settled for $30K 4/04. Ludwig died 12/30/07. On Richmond diocese’s list 2/13/19. It notes he “abandoned ministry.”
MarierEdwardSpokane, WAIn 11/06 woman sued Marier and Bishop William Skylstad over allegations that the priest possessed child pornography. Woman said she found the porn in 1996 while cleaning the priest’s room. She told the Bishop. Marier denied that it was child porn but was sent for treatment. Later reassigned. Woman says in suit that the bishop defamed her by publicly issuing a strongly-worded press release that supported Marier. Court dismissed lawsuit 3/07 on Defense Motion.
McDonaldJohn W,Spokane, WAPer statement released by Diocese of Spokane 11/07, McDonald was named in accusation that was found to be credible or proven. He died 10/07/85. Most of his career was spent at Bellarmine Preparatory High School in Tacoma, WA. During the late 1940s through the 1950s he was assigned to St. Mary’s Indian Mission in Omak, WA, which was part of the Spokane diocese. No further information found.
MeliaFenton J.Spokane, WAEntered the Jesuit novitiate in Florissant, MO in 1957 and took final vows 2.2.68. Per statement released by Diocese of Spokane 11/07, Melia was named in accusation that was found to be admitted, credible or proven. He worked as cook at philosophate in Spokane as well as in AK and OR. Died 5/30/08. No further information found on accusations.
MepingajiraJosephSpokane, WAPer 5/07 news article, Mepingajira is named in one bankruptcy claim as having abused “a person in 1995 at Mater Dei, a Spokane institute that offers religious education.” Name is not included on Diocese’s 11/21/07 List of Admitted, Proven or Credibly Accused Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse. Believe this may be Joseph Mpingajira of Republic of Malawi in southeast Africa. Notorious for affairs w married women.
MertensArthur C.Spokane, WABishop announced in 2002 that Mertens had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors and had been removed from ministry in 1989. One man filed suit 7/04 alleging abuse by Mertens in 1980s in several locations. One priest complained about Mertens in 1984 or 1985. Another claim settled 1994. Mertens also abused in Guatemala between 1961-1977. As of 4/07 article Mertens will continue to draw a pension. No privileges.
MorseJohn J.Spokane, WAAccused of the sexual abuse, including rape, of mostly girls and at least 1 boy when they were students at St. Mary’s Mission and School on the Colville Indian Reservation late 1950s – 1960s. Some of the children were as young as age 5. Allegations also from his time at St. Joseph’s in Yakima, and St. Ignatius Mission in MT. Removed from ministry in 2006. Sent to live at Jesuit residence in Spokane. On list of priests with admitted, proven or credible accusations issued by Spokane Diocese 11/07. Jesuits announced $4.8M settlement in 1/08 with 16. 38 other claims part of 3/25/11 settlement with Jesuits. New Suit filed by 8 11/11. Over 66 claims against Morse of sexual abuse by 2011. Died 08/09/15.
O’BrienJohnSpokane, WAPer statement released by Diocese of Spokane 11/07, O’Brien was named in accusation that was found to be credible or proven. He died in 1989. No further information on alleged abuse found. This may possibly be the Br. John O’Brien who taught latin at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane
O’DonnellPatrick G.Spokane, WARemoved 1985. Abused at least 65 boys in 1970s-1980s in Spokane & Seattle. Worked as a psychologist for teens in Bellevue after leaving active priesthood. Sanctioned in 1984 for abuse while a priest. Sanctions lifted 1986. License permanently removed 1/04. At least 2 victims committed suicide. Named in new suit filed 2/08 by 4. Admitted guilt and settled 11/08 for $5M but can’t pay. Two plaintiffs settled before 5/09 trial; Last 2 plaintiffs settled during trial. Settlements 5/12. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
O’GradyPeter P.Spokane, WAO’Grady served in parishes and schools in the dioceses of Seattle and Spokane WA, Great Falls and Helena MT, Boise City ID and Portland OR. Woman filed suit 1/04 alleging that she was sexually abused by O’Grady at Jesuit House in Spokane when she was 12. O’Grady was providing “supply work” to parishes in Spokane at that time. O’Grady died 06/16/93. Suit names Portland Province of the Jesuit Order as well as Bishop Syklstad. Settled 12/04. Diocese said allegations were proven or credible.
O’MalleyJames J.Spokane, WAAllegations in late 1950s-early 1960s. Removed from active priesthood 1989. Retired in Ireland. One civil claim made 7/03 alleged that O’Malley abused a youth in 1981-1982 in Spokane valley. This claim was settled 9/03 for $50K. As many as 11 men filed 2004 civil suit. No privileges. Died 2007.
OostermanBernard “Benno”Spokane, WA3 brothers sued Diocese of Spokane in 2003 alleging they were abused by Oosterman between 1968 and 1975. Oosterman also subject of previous lawsuit by two victims which was settled by the diocese in 1993. Most of his career spent in Seattle but in 1978 he was released to Archdiocese of Anchorage. Resigned from ministry in 1980, married and moved to Texas. Allegations surfaced in Anchorage in 2004.
PineauJosephSpokane, WAIn 9/03 the Spokane Diocese identified Pineau as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct. Abuse was said to have occurred approx. 36 years before and involved an adolescent in a counseling situation. Pineau retired in 1968 (about the time of the incident) and died in 1982 at age of 83.
PypersTheophilusSpokane, WAName first found on Spokane’s list of priests with admitted, proven or credible accusations of abuse. List was released 11/09 as part of non-monetary provisions of bankruptcy process. Served as pastor of St. Ann’s Parish for 46 years, starting in 1906. Died 1957.
RyanWilliam J.Spokane, WAJesuit of the Oregon Province. Apparently spent much of his career at various Indian schools and reservations in Montana, Idaho and Washington. Per statement released by Diocese of Spokane 11/07, Ryan was named in accusation that was found to be credible or proven. He died 02/06/67. No further information found.
SchweichRamonaSpokane, WAAccused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl at a boarding school in Colton WA. Admitted the acts but claimed they were consensual. Order settled the case in 2004 for about $120K and had settled another claim in 2003 for $30K.
Skylstad (Bp)WilliamSpokane, WAProof of Claims was filed 2006 as part of Spokane Diocese’s bankruptcy. Accused of abuse of teen girl at St. Patrick’s Parish and at Gonzaga University from December 1961 to December 1964. He denied the allegations and later said an investigation found no evidence that the allegations were true. Retired June 2010.
SondergeldJosephSpokane, WASeattle priest until Yakima diocese formed in 1951. Per 6/03 articles, Sondergeld was accused of abusing at least 3 minors. One man filed suit in 2003 alleging abuse in Yakima 1967-68, and that Sondergeld would give him money after each act. Diocese claimed Sondergeld, then in his 80s, was senile. Two other men came forward to claim abuse in the 1940s in Spokane. Songergeld died in 1969. New lawsuit 7/1/13 against Yakima and Seattle. On Yakima diocese’s list 7/9/19. It notes multiple claims and lawsuits settled.
SullivanJerrySpokane, WAPer statement released by Diocese of Spokane 11/07, Sullivan was named in accusation that was found to be credible or proven. He was “dismissed.” No further information found.
ToulouseMichaelSpokane, WAFormer philosophy professor at Seattle U. Accused in 2005 suit of abusing a 12-yr-old boy in 1968. Died 6/13/76. Investigation also uncovered accusations of 1947 abuse in Spokane. Accusations made to church officials in 1965. Complaint made to Order in 1993 and to Archdiocese in 2004. Suit settled 11/06 for $350,000. New suit filed by 8 men 7/07. A 10th man filed suit 10/08. Included in 3/25/11 settlement. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma 1939 and Seattle U. 1952-76.
TrautmanBenjamin A.Spokane, WAPer statement released by Diocese of Spokane 11/07, Trautman was named in accusation that was found to be admitted, credible or proven. He died in 1999 at age 83. No further information found regarding the alleged abuse.
UhlenkottGary D.Spokane, WAProfessor of music at Gonzaga University. Office and apartment raided by federal agents in 4/13; warrant showed he spent over $1600 over three years on child porn. Went on leave. Removed from job at Gonzaga and sent to a Jesuit center in northern California. Pled guilty in 2/18. Sentenced in 5/18 to six months in jail.
VevikPaulSpokane, WAPer 5/07 article, Vevik, still an active priest with Spokane Diocese, was named in bankruptcy claims as having “assaulted a person in a restroom of Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in 1978.” Vevik has denied the claims and is fighting the accusations. Heremains at Mary Queen Parish in Spokane per diocesan website accessed 2/21/09 .
WebsterWynnSpokane, WAWynn, a deacon serving in Brewster and Twisp, was removed from ministry in 7/03 after allegations that he violated Church guidelines for ministers in their interactions with minors. Unspecified incident involved teenage girl. Police did interview the girl who made the allegations but decided to drop charges because Webster did not violate any criminal laws. Review board recommened his removal from diaconate.
WeitensteinerJosephSpokane, WAAccused in 2005 of abuse of 2 boys in 70s & 80s at Morning Star Boys Ranch. Resigned as head of Ranch in 4/06. Denied all the allegations. Reportedly took a lie detector test and passed. 19 plaintiffs allege abuse by Weitensteiner, Marvin Lavoy and others at the Ranch. In 11/09 Ranch transferred bulk of assets to nonprofit Morning Star Foundation. Jury decided in favor of Defendant 2/11/10. Some plaintiffs rec’d settlement from Diocese earlier. 2nd trial set for 6/10. Settlements 5/12.
WetzlerDanielSpokane, WAWetzler, who retired 7/02, was placed on leave 11/02 after allegation that he molested a boy in 1966. Wetzler denied charges and passed polygraph. Investigation by Church and former Spokane police detective determined Wetzler was innocent. Article says the youth had indeed been abused by a counselor but that Wetzler had never acted as a counselor. Returned to active status 2/03. Placed on leave again early 2014 during investigation of accusations of past sexual abuse of another child. Per recommendation of Diocesan Review Board, permanently removed in 10/14 and submitted to a monitoring program.
BreenChristopherYakima, WAFrom Ireland. Arrived in Yakima immediately after ordination. A woman filed a civil suit in 9/08 alleging that Breen abused her 1968-72, when she was a teen and parishioner of St. Paul Cathedra. She had gone to him for counseling. He also taught at the diocesan high school. Took leave of absence in 1978; never returned. Left the priesthood and later married. Suit settled 3/11 for $287.5K. Named in a second suit 11/10 as having knowledge of abuse by Rev. Sean Dolan and doing nothing. On the diocese’s list 7/9/19. It notes multiple claims and lawsuits settled.
DavalleRobertYakima, WAOrdained a permanent deacon in 1986, assigned to Christ the King in Richland. Volunteer with middle and high school students at the parish beginning 1978. In 6/17 a 15-year-old girl told her youth group leader that Davalle molested her when she was younger. Davalle was arrested 6/27/17, and charged with molesting the girl and her sister 8 or 9 years prior, when they were ages 8-12. Davalle admitted to the abuse, and said he sexually assaulted another girl, about age 10. Pled guilty in 5/18. Sentenced in 9/18 to a minimum of more than five years in prison. On the diocese’s list 7/9/19. It notes the abuse was in “non-ministerial settings.”
DolanSeanYakima, WAOrdained in Ireland. Worked in Yakima diocese until mid-1970s when he left the priesthood. Two women filed suit 11/10 alleging abuse by Dolan between 1967 and 1975 at St. Paul Cathedral when they were about 16 years old. Both had gone to Dolan for counseling. He died in 2007. Suit also named the parish pastor, Rev. Christopher Breen – also later accused – as having known of the abuse and doing nothing. On the diocese’s list 7/9/19. It notes multiple claims and lawsuits settled.
FunariPaulYakima, WANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/9/19. It notes a lawsuit pending, and no prior claims or reports. Deceased. Had voluntarily left ministry.
GallagherBrian T.Yakima, WANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/9/19. It notes that Gallagher was returned to ministry after treatment, and retired in 1991. Deceased.
Gomez SantosGustavoYakima, WAFrom Mexico, ordained in Yakima. Removed from public ministry 5/5/17, as reported by the diocese 6//12/17, for the “forcible fondling” of a teenage boy 5 or 6 years prior. Church deemed allegation credible. Gomez Santos denied the allegation, but admitted to giving alcohol, massages and gifts to minors, including trips to Disneyland. He also allowed teens to sleep over in his parish residences. Said by diocese to be living in supervised setting. No criminal charges due to 3-year statute of limitations in WA. Lawsuit v diocese filed 10/17 re alleged abuse of teen boy at St. Juan Diego parish in Cowiche in 2012. On diocese’s list 7/9/19. It notes laicization process underway.
GraaffJoseph A.Yakima, WAWorked in Waterville, Chelan, East Wenatchee and Leavenworth 1958- 1979. Lawsuit filed 3/10 alleged Graaff abused a girl ages 9-11 in 1972-1974, while he was assigned to St. Joseph’s in Waterville. He died in 1990. Suit dismissed 2/6/13 after diocese argued there was “insufficient evidence to allow the claim to go to trial.” On the diocese’s list 7/9/19. It notes small settlement in lieu of appeal.
HagelPeterYakima, WAAccused in a 4/19 lawsuit, along with three other priests, of abusing a boy in the 1970s and ’80s at a YMCA building used by the diocese, and at St. Andrew’s parish. Hagel’s accuser said the abuse began when he was age 10, and that it included being forced into sex acts with other boys. On the diocese’s list 7/9/19. It notes a civil investigation in 1980 that did not result in charges and lawsuit pending in a new case. Retired, no active ministry.
KerrSeamusYakima, WAAccused in a 4/19 lawsuit, along with three other priests, of abusing a boy in the 1970s and ’80s at a YMCA building used by the diocese, and at St. Andrew’s parish.Kerr’s accuser said the abuse began when he was age 10, and that it included being forced into sex acts with other boys.
KingAnthony S.(Skip)Yakima, WAA man filed a lawsuit 1/07 alleging he was abused by King and another priest, Richard O’Connor, as a high school student in the mid-1960s. Abuse by King may have occurred in Spokane after several priests and students were transferred there from Yakima when St. Peter the Apostle Seminary in Cowiche closed. King died in 2001. Settled 1/10 for $150K total. On Yakima diocese’s list 7/9/19.
KingDavid G.Yakima, WAWorked in Seattle, Yakima, and Tacoma, WA and Portland, OR. Accused in 2004 (2006?) lawsuit of abusing of a 13-year-old boy in the early 1950s at Marquette High School for Boys, in Yakima. Left Jesuit High School in Portland in 1993. Died 7/31/02. Civil Suit dismissed 7/06 due to “Lack of activity.” On the Yakima diocese’s list 7/9/19.
KovalikJamesYakima, WANamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/9/19. It notes that Kovalik declined treatment, left ministry and was laicized.
MitchellDarellYakima, WAWorked in Yakima in 2003 when he was accused of having nude pictures of boys on his computer. He was suspended during the investigation by FBI and church and was sent to a treatment facility in St. Louis for evaluation. He was eventually cleared of wrongdoing. Mitchell was transferred to St. Louis Archdiocese and allowed to return to active duty without any notice to parishioners. Resigned 1/07 “because he had been hounded so much.” Currently serving as director of Calvary Cemetery as of 10/11,
O’ConnorRichardYakima, WAA man filed suit 1/07 alleging he was abused by O’Connor and another priest, Anthony King, as a high school student in the mid-1960s. O’Connor was a teacher at St. Peter the Apostle Seminary in Cowiche. Abuse by O’Connor occurred before the seminary was closed and students and priests were transferred to Seattle. O’Connor is deceased. Case settled 1/10 for $150K total. On the diocese’s list 7/9/19.
RamirezAaronYakima, WADeacon. Accused in 1999 of inviting a 17-year-old boy to spend the evening with him at a church trailer home. The boy passed out on the porch after Ramirez gave him alcohol, and woke up nude on a bed with the nude deacon lying beside him. Fled to Mexico before diocese could investigate. Laicized in 2000. Later became an Episcopal priest in Mexico. Dismissed after publicity. Civil suit filed 7/11. Federal trial underway 3/14. Judge ruled 6/12/14 that the diocese was not responsible. This decision was made despite the fact that no personnel file for the deacon could be located in diocesan files. On the diocese’s list 7/9/19.
RamirezHilarioYakima, WAVisiting priest from Mexico. Spent several weeks at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Moses Lake in early 1970s. Also spent time in San Antonio in the 1970s. Returned to Mexico and is believed to have died in auto accident in the early 1980s. As of 12/12, he had been accused of abusing at least four boys between the ages of 7 and 14. Two of the accusers were offered counseling. Two others are deceased. Parishioners were informed 12/16/12, but authorities had know for months. On the Yakima diocese’s lit 7/9/19. It notes a first victim was provided counseling, and a second given a financial settlement.
ScullyRichardYakima, WAAccused in a 1994 civil suit of abusing a 15-year-old boy in 1980 at parish school. Suit claims Fr. Dale Calhoun also abused the youth. Removed from parish in Yakima diocese in 1988 and sent to treatment. Later moved to Hereford TX. Working in Amarillo TX 1989-3/02 when he resigned. At least 2 claims settled confidentially. A Seattle priest stated publicly in 2004 that Scully abused him in the 1970s when he was 15; reported to church in 2003. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Accused in a 4/19 suit, along with 3 other priests, of abuse of a Yakima boy in the 1970s and ’80s at St. Andrew’s parish and at a YMCA building used by the diocese. This accuser said the abuse began when he was age 10, and that it included being forced into sex acts with other boys. Laicized. On Yakima’s list 7/9/19.
SimpsonMichael J.Yakima, WAFrom Ireland. A woman filed suit 2005 accusing Simpson of abuse of several girls in early 1960s. Three more women filed suits 6/06 claiming abuse as young girls. Diocese settled four cases 1/08 for $200K. Simpson was known as a chronic alcoholic and had to sign a sobriety oath before working in the diocese. He died in Ireland in 1977. New suit 9/18 alleging Simpson and another, unnamed, priest sexually abused a girl for ten years, beginning when she was age five, in the late 1950s into the 1960s at St. Aloysius in Toppenish. She said the abuse by Simpson began when he replaced the other priest around 1960, and she was in about third grade. The abuse allegedly included rape, resulted in a miscarried pregnancy when the girl was 12, and ended when he left the parish when she was 14 . On the diocese’s list 7/9/19.
TholenJohn L.Yakima, WAA man told diocese in 1997 that Tholen groomed him and then assaulted him once in the early 1960s at Holy Redeemer Parish. Bishop apologized and offered settlement. Tholen retired same year, for medical reasons. In 1999, brother of original complainant filed civil suit claiming abuse when he was a minor. Suit settled in 2000. Tholen died in 1/12. On the diocese’s list 7/9/19.
WhittenCarlton E.Yakima, WAPlaced on leave 12/07 and moved from his residence at Bellarmine College Preparatory (San Jose, CA) to Sacred Heart, the Jesuit center in Los Gatos, CA, while his order investigated “an alleged recent incident of improper touching involving a 17-year-old boy while on a pastoral assignment” in White Salmon, WA. Often filled in along the western coast states for priests on vacation or leave. Still living at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos as of the 2012 Official Catholic Directory.
WoodWilliamYakima, WANamed publicly as accused by the Yakima diocese on its list 7/9/19. It notes that Wood received treatment, was incardinated into the Diocese of Gary, then the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and that he left the Catholic Church in 1981. Deceased.

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