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Wisconsin Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

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

Merson Law’s Wisconsin Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Wisconsin 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
BeckerDonald E.Green Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Multiple substantiated allegations of abuse 1972-78. Becker went on leave in 1987 and resigned from the priesthood in 1989. He was laicized in 2005.
BeckerSimon C.Green Bay, WINamed publicly as credibly accused by the Norbertines of St. Norbert’s Abbey in WI on its list 7/19/19. Multiple allegations. Deceased.
BoucheDennisGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. It notes a single substantiated allegation of abuse in about 1955-56. Bouche died in 1995.
BoyeaDavid J.Green Bay, WIAccused of abusing 9-12 boys over five years. One woman said she told Auxiliary Bishop in 1979 that Boyea had molested her son. $12M civil suit filed 11/86 on behalf of three victims; suit is believed to be sealed. In 8/85 Boyea pled guilty to one criminal charge and was sentenced to 10 years in jail. Petition to reduce sentencing denied 9/88. Released 1995. Lifetime listing on sex offender registry. Bishop Bornea withdrew from public ministry in 9/18 after admitting he failed to report Boyea’s abuse in 1979. It notes he went “on leave” in 1985, and was laicized in 1990. Also, multiple substantiated allegations of abuse in about 1977-85.
BrowneStanley ThomasGreen Bay, WIPer diocese, report received in 2002 that Brown was accused of abusing one minor in the early 1980s. May also be another victim. Browne assigned to Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Green Bay when the alleged abuse occurred. On diocese’s list 1/17/19. It notes a single substantiated allegation of abuse, occurring about 1982-2000. Also, on leave 2002, ordered in 2009 by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance Died 10/5/18 in Florida.
BuzanowskiDonald J.Green Bay, WISuspended 1992. Convicted 2000 on child porn charge; sentenced to 21 months in jail. Admitted in 2002 letter (made public 2003) to molesting 14 boys aged 14-17 in 1969-88. Laicized 3/05. Convicted 7/05; sentenced to 32 years in prison. Claimant rejected a proposed settlement but lost jury trial 2007. Case dismissed. In 9/08, WI Supreme Court declined to hear appeal. Released 5/12 due to conflict re changes to appellate law. Got court permission to live in Green Bay. Used loophole to live near park. In 2014, he was found living one block from victim’s grandmother and was moved to state-run facility for criminal offenders on Green Bay’s west side. On diocese’s list 1/17/19. It notes he was on leave in 1989 and resigned from the priesthood in 1992.
Carroll (in Wisconsin)Michael R.Green Bay, WIPlaced on leave in 2002 after accusations he abused a boy more than 20 years prior. Carroll denied the allegation. The Vatican found him guilty and in 9/16 he was sentenced to a life a prayer and penance. On diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have had multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse in about 1978-85.
CarsonRobert E.Green Bay, WINamed publicly as credibly accused by the Norbertines of St. Norbert’s Abbey WI on its list 7/19/19. Multiple allegations. Deceased.
ClabotsFrancis H.Green Bay, WIPrincipal of St. Norbert High 1942-1958. Pastor of Holy Cross in Bay Settlement from 1958. Retired 1971. Died 9/5/79. Named publicly as credibly accused by the Norbertines of St. Nortbert Abbey in WI on its list 7/19/19. Multiple allegations.
ConradJohn F.Green Bay, WIConrad admitted in 2002 to sexual ‘relationship’ with a teenage girl more than 25 years prior and resigned his parish position. He was placed on leave by the Diocese. On the diocese’s list 1/17/19. It noted he was ordered to live a life of prayer and penance after a canonical trial. He died 2/12/17.
DanksArthur J.Green Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse, occurring 1966-67, reported after his death. Died 2/1/07.
DusoldAugustGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/17/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse before 1924 and in 1947. Dusold died in 1960.
EberhardyWilliamGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse, occurring in about 1983-86. On leave in 1992. Laicized 2002. In 7/18 the Salvatorian Provincial informed the Milwaukee County D.A. that a man had come forward, alleging sexual abuse by Eberhardy sometime during 1978-81, when he was about 11- to 14 years-old and an altar boy at St. Mary’s in Chilton. He said the incident involved fondling and masturbation, and occurred during a trip to Six Flags amusement park, overnight in a camper at the priest’s parents’ home in Milwaukee. Eberhardy reportedly would take such trips with other altar boys, too.
FalconeMark D.Green Bay, WINamed publicly as credibly accused by the Norbertines of St. Norbert’s Abbey in WI on its list 7/19/19. It notes one allegation. Ministry restricted.
FeeneyJohn PatrickGreen Bay, WIAccused of sex abuse of many boys and girls. Removed 1986. Assigned to 18 parishes in 30 years. Convicted 2004. Sentenced 15 years prison; served 8. Released 11/11. Laicized 8/05. Also worked in NV, CA, NE. Claim in $660M L.A. archdiocese settlement 7/07. Suit filed in NV 1/08. Brothers from criminal case filed fraud case against Diocese 1/08. WI trial held 5/12. Jury found Diocese committed fraud and awarded plaintiffs $700K. They dropped punitive damages claims. New Trial set for 5/13; settled 3/13 for $700K. Another trial in NV 10/12. $500K against Green Bay. Diocese appealed; NV Supreme Court reversed ruling 05/15. On Omaha archdiocese’s list 11/30/19, noting abuse 1962-63 as an extern priest. On Green Bay diocese’s list 1/17/19. On Las Vegas diocese’s list 4/12/19.
FeldkampAngelo J.Green Bay, WITeacher at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay when placed on leave in 5/02 by the Norbertines, after allegations that he abused a child more than 25 years prior. Died 3/12/19. On the St. Norbert Abbey’s list of credibly accused 7/19/19. It notes multiple allegations.
FrigoCamillusGreen Bay, WIAccused of molesting several children over at least 30 years. Church had knowledge for many years and continued to transfer him from place to place. Two civil suits filed 1986 and five in 1989. On the Saginaw diocese’s list 4/10/19; assigned to an Essexville parish in 1968. On St. Norbert Abbey’s list of credibly accused 7/19/19. It notes that Frigo left the abbey and ministry.
FrischMichael F.Green Bay, WINamed publicly as credibly accused by the Norbertine’s of St. Norbert Abbey in WI, on its list 7/19/19. One allegation noted, ministry restricted.
GeimerBernardGreen Bay, WIPublicly accused on the diocese’s list 1/24/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse occurring approximately 1955 and 1972-74. Geimer died in 1987.
GilsdorfDaniel C.Green Bay, WIGilsdorf was removed from duties in July 2002. after he admitted to an incident of sexual abuse of a minor that occurred almost 40 years previously. On the diocese’s list 1/17/19. It notes a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse occurring in about 1973-89. Ordered to live a life of prayer and penance. Died 5/7/12.
HermsenRalphGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. It notes multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse occurring in about 1962-63 and 1984. Hermsen died in 1993.
HeymenRichardGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19 (misspelled “Heyman”). It notes multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse in about 1958-61. Ordered by the Vatican in 2008 to a life of prayer and penance.
HodikRudolph J.Green Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation of abuse, occurring in the 1950s, reported after his death. Died in 1974.
HoffmannPhilip A.Green Bay, WIParish priest until 1989 when he was assigned to the Marriage Tribunal. Resigned in July 2002 after admitting to an incident of sexual abuse of a minor nearly 30 years prior. Director of Diocesan Housing 1969-71. On diocese’s list 1/17/19. It notes multiple substantiated allegations of abuse occurring in about 1977-78. Ordered by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance.
HoganLeroy JeromeGreen Bay, WIPlaced on leave in 1993 after accusation he abused a boy in the mid-1980s. The boy was 7-9 when abuse was alleged to have occurred and 14 when he notified authorities. Civil suit filed. Suit settled out of court. Diocese paid $65,000 ($25,000 in cash and $40,000 annuity to provide funds for the victim “in case he needs continued treatment”). Hogan retired in 1997. Died 10/05. On diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse in about 1982-1992.
KainMichael L.Green Bay, WINamed publicly as credibly accused by the Norbertines of St. Norbert Abbey in WI on its list 7/19/19. One allegation noted. Died 1/27/89.
KieferGeorgeGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation of abuse, occurring 1969-71, reported after his death. Died in 1992.
KiernanWilliamGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse in the 1950s. Died in 1967.
KoernerJeromeGreen Bay, WIWent on leave of absence in 1972, resigned from priesthood in 1973. In 2012 the diocese received an allegation that Koerner had sexually abused a child in the 1960s in Kaukauna. He denied the allegations. Police notified. Civil suit filed 7/5/13. Laicized in 2013. On diocese’s list 1/17/19. Abuse noted to have occurred in about 1960-67.
KoprowskiJohnGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse, occurring in the 1970s. Resigned from the priesthood in 1976.
LaMalErnest J.Green Bay, WINamed publicly as credibly accused by the Norbertines of St. Norbert Abbey in WI, on its list 7/19/19. Multiple allegations noted. Died 5/20/89.
LangenfeldNicholas JohnGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. It notes a single substantiated allegation of abuse, occurring in the 1940s. Assigned 1926-29 to St. Mary’s in Menasha. Acquired advanced degrees in Rome, Belgium and the Hague. Professor in the Graduate School of Social Services at Fordham University in NY 1934 until he retired in 1967. Died 8/25/94.
LeitermannClarenceGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse occurring in about 1947, the 1950s and 1960s. Leitermann died in 1995.
LoerkeLawrenceGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single allegation against him of abuse, occurring in 1950, reported after his death. Loerke died in 1973.
MayerLaurence AnthonyGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as credibly accused by the Norbertines of St. Norbert Abbey in WI, on it’s list 7/19/19. It notes one allegation. Died 11/23/07.
MiddlecampEricGreen Bay, WIAccused in early 1990s of sexually abusing boys and girls in the late 1950s through 1970s. Allegations substantiated to Salvatorians by Middlecamp’s acknowledgment. Then reportedly removed from ministry and not allowed to function as a priest, working and living in a monitored setting. Worked much of his career in WI, but assigned to Mackin High School in DC 1957-1958 and Trinity College Minor Seminary in Sioux City IA 1958-1959. Director of Athletics at Salvatorian Seminary in St Nazianz WI 1959-1968 and coach of the basketball team. Worked in Oakland CA 1984-1985; St Mark’s church in Phoenix 1985-1994. Also worked as a hospital chaplain and raised money for the Salvatorians and their Tanzanian missions. Formal safety plan after Dallas Charter. Died 3/6/11.
MilbauerFlorianGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single allegation against him of abuse, occurring 1966-69, reported after his death. Milbauer died 1/6/69.
NocinskiRudolph StefanGreen Bay, WIArrested 7/04 and charged with felony possession of child pornography. Computer technician found screen saver with pornographic images, including some child pornography, and alerted police, who found more than 2500 images at residence. Had been with order for 35 years. Was not currently involved in public ministry. Received 18 month prison term (suspended) and 5 years probation.
NysLorenGreen Bay, WIIn 1/14 Order removed Nys from SS. Peter and Paul’s in Kiel, where he was working in retirement, after Provincial’s review of personnel files. Files revealed two complaint letters from parents re conduct with minors dating back to late 1960s-early 1970s, Per files, issues were addressed at the time but Nys was kept in ministry. After removal he was to reside in Milwaukee with the Order’s retired priests under supervision. In 12/16 a man told the Buffalo NY diocese that Nys abused him for two years in the early 1970s, beginning when the man was age 14. Nys was a teacher and administrator at Buffalo’s St. Mary’s High School. The man said he lived with Nys in the rectory due tp family issues, and that Nys repeatedly raped him. On Buffalo diocese’s list updated 11/5/18.
OchsGlenGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse, occurring in 1958. Left the priesthood in 1970, laicized 1971. Died in 1984.
OlschowskiFridolinGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/17/19. (Name misspelled “Olshowski.”) Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse, occurring in 1952, reported after his death. Olschowlski died in 1991.
RadetskiPaul J.Green Bay, WIRemoved and placed on administrative leave 10/10 after “credible” allegation that he abused a minor “many years ago” in an unspecified part of the Diocese. Radetski denied the allegation. He was working at St. John’s, St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s parishes in Menasha when removed. Had previously worked in Green Bay, Peshtigo, Little Chute and Phlox. Determined in 9/17 by a Vatican tribunal to be “not guilty.” He was granted senior priest status by the diocese, restrictions were lifted, and was to “serve the diocese in a limited capacity.”
RankNorbertGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Multiple substantiated allegations of abuse against him occurring in about 1950. Sick leave 1932-33, hospital chaplain 1933-35. Several parish assignments, including St. Matthew’s in Green Bay 1948-72. Died in 1983.
ReimerElroyGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse, occurring 1958-60, reported after his death. Reimer died in 2000.
ReinkeFrancis P.Green Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse 1962-63. Ordered by the Vatican in 2008 to a life of prayer and penance. Died 8/24/17.
ReppenRobertGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as credibly accused by St. Norbert Abbey in WI, on its list 7/19/19. One allegation noted. Reppen died 11/20/09.
RodgersKennethGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/29/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse 1959-60. Died in 2005.
RohlingerJoseph A.Green Bay, WINamed publicly as credibly accused by St. Norbert Abbey in WI, on its list 7/19/19. One allegation noted. Died 9/13/02.
RondouDavid E.Green Bay, WINamed publicly as credibly accused by St. Norbert Abbey in WI, on its list 7/19/19. Multiple allegations noted. Died 11/22/77.
RoseDonaldGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse in 1962. On leave since 1992. Ordered by the Vatican to live a life of prayer and penance.
RoseFrancisGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse, occurring in 1943-44, reported after his death. Rose died in 1983.
SammutTitoGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/17/19. Multiple substantiated allegations of abuse, occurring in the 1960s. Worked in Malta 1952-60, incardinated 1960 into Diocese of Amarillo TX, moved to Green Bay diocese 1979, where he was incardinated 1988. Ministry restricted at some point in Green Bay diocese. Moved to Malta in retirement. Green Bay sent Malta “multiple cautions.” Died in 9/29/17.
SchererStevenGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 5/23/19. Scherer died in 1999. Allegegation received after his death of abuse of a child in 1980 or 1981.
SchmidtEugene LeRoyGreen Bay, WIIn 1992 a woman filed suit, alleging that from 1968 to1972, when she was ages 13-17, Schmidt took pornographic pictures of her and forced her to drink from a dog bowl. Suit was dismissed due to the statute of limitations. Schmidt retired in 1991 without faculties. Neighbors of the church notified Green Bay diocese about a young girl spending too much time at the rectory. The woman herself tried to inform the diocese in 1982 and she wrote to Archbishop Weakland in 1983. Schmidt died 10/05. On diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse occurring 1968-79.
SchmidtRalphGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as credibly accused by St. Norbert Abbey in WI, on its list 7/19/19. One allegation noted. Deceased.
SchneiderRonald H.Green Bay, WIPolice investigated allegations in 1992 that Schneider had sexually assaulted two young boys some time before 1985. He was never charged but Diocese placed him on leave in 1993. Allegations included voyeurism and asking children to take their clothes off in front of him. Lots of transfers. On diocese’s list 1/17/19. Multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse occurring in the 1970s. Ordered by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance.
SchuhEarlGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse occurring in the 1970s. Died in 2005.
SteinJames W.Green Bay, WIPled no contest in 1991 to touching a man in a sauna. Charged 9/03 with 3 counts of felony second-degree sexual assault of a boy at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay. Victim saif that in 1988 Stein groped him several times in a swimming pool and hot tub at the Norbertine Abbey. Pled no contest 8/04. Sentenced to 1 year in jail (work release) and 10 years probation 12/04. On WI Sex Offender Register 2/5/12. On Jackson diocese’s list 3/19/19. On St. Norbert Abbey in WI list 7/19/19. In notes multiple allegations, and that he left the abbey and ministry.
StockerThomas RonaldGreen Bay, WIA 5/94 suit alleged that Stocker and Fr. Robert Thompson assaulted 4 boys 1963-1967. Suit alleges Stocker did most of abuse and Thompson watched, and assaulted one boy. Lower court dismissed on SOL and that First Amendment shielded Diocese etc. from liability. Affirmed by Court of Appeals. Placed on leave by the Diocese in 1995. Stocker admitted in deposition that he had sexual contact with at least some of the victims. On diocese’s list 1/17/19. Multiple substantiated allegations of abuse occurring 1960s, 1970s, 1980s. Resigned from priesthood 1999, laicized 2003.
ThomasRichard L.Green Bay, WIArrested 4/27/16; 4 felony charges of exposing himself to a minor in 3/16. Would stand naked in window of Grellinger Hall in Allouez (residence for retired priests) and flash a teen boy who was walking to school. Restricted from public ministry. Told investigators when arrested he was “already seeking treatment.” Pled not guilty 5/23/16. Pled no contest 9/16. Sentenced 10/28/16 to 4 months in jail and 3 years supervised release. To register as sex offender. Two prior arrests for indecent exposure, first in 1990 and one in 1993 when found by police “running around naked looking for others.” Convicted in the 1993 case. On diocese’s list 1/17/19. Sentenced by Vatican to life of prayer and penance. Laicized 2018. Arrested 1/29/19 on probation violation by having seeking out and having contact with children. Sentenced 1/25/19 to 8 months jail.
ThompsonRobert BruceGreen Bay, WIA 5/94 suit alleged that Thompson and Fr. T. Stocker assaulted boys 1963-1967. Per suit, Stocker did most of abuse and Thompson watched, and assaulted one boy. Lower court dismissed on SOL. Affirmed by Court of Appeals. Thompson worked in Green Bay diocese until he moved in 1984 to Tucson’s St. Joseph Hospital. In 1987 he moved to the Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. Placed on administrative leave by diocese in 1995. Died in 1999. On Green Bay diocese’s list 1/17/19. It notes a single substantiated allegation of abuse occurring in about the 1970s.
Van NulandGeraldGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations of abuse against him, occurring 1963-70. Van Nuland died in 1990.
WatryJeromeGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse, occurring in about 1963. Watry died in 1997.
WernerJustin N.Green Bay, WIWerner, currently in his 80s, retired in 2010. He has been assisting at St. Bernard Parish in Appleton. Temporarily removed without privileges 4/13 after allegation that he had abused a minor while at St. Edward Parish in Mackville in 1970s.. He deniedthe allegations. County authorities notified and Diocese is conducting an investigation. Independent investigator found allegation unsubstantiated and Bishop removed restrictions 6/13.
WilliamsWalterGreen Bay, WINamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse, occurring in 1952, reported after his death. Williams died in 1983.
BallBruce E.La Crosse, WIOrdained for the Diocese of LaCrosse. Pled no contest in 1993 to charge of sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy during therapy session. Four known victims. Sentenced to five years prison; released 3/96. On parole through 12/97. Laicized at his own request as of 8/11/97. Settlement of $100K in 1993(?). In 1993, the La Crosse diocese told Baltimore of two claims against Ball during the time he was a seminarian for La Crosse in Baltimore in the mid-1970s. Died 2003.
BornbachRaymond H.La Crosse, WIWoman told the Diocese 1/03 that Bornbach had molested her for over a year and a half in 1971, beginning when she was 8 years old. Another person complained about Bornbach 3/01 and the fact that he still visited sick patients at a hospital in Marshfield. He would grope and kiss women in psych unit. Board substantiated 2003 claim in 2004 and his privileges as a priest were removed. Died 2006. Accuser filed civil suit 12/31/08 against Diocese. Final count of suit dismissed by Court 2/12.
DempseyThomas F.La Crosse, WIWorked in La Crosse Diocese off and on from 1955 to 1975 (15 parishes in 15 years). Incardinated in Boston 1976. Pleaded guilty in 1997 in WI to one count of indecent behavior during 1960s with a youth. Sentenced to community service and to pay up to $6K for counseling for victims. Could be prosecuted because he had been transferred to Boston in 1970. “Senior Priest/Retired” in 1989. Died in 1998. Also abused in Boston and NH. Named in at least 3 suits.
DoeJohnLa Crosse, WIMan filed civil suit 9/08 against the La Crosse Diocese and an unidentified priest styled John Doe. Plaintiff alleged that on several occaasions in 1985 the priest had him pull his pants down to “prove he was circumcised.” This happened at St. Bridget’sChurch. Man is prisoner in County Jail on child porn and child exploitation charges. Diocese wants suit dismissed because priest was never named or served.
EnnisJames E.La Crosse, WINamed in 1992 civil suit for damages for sexual assault against a child. LaCrosse paper of 1/6/94 says case dismissed–Plaintiff waited too long to file. Fr. Ennis still active priest until his death 2/12/00.
GarthwaiteThomasLa Crosse, WIAccused of sexual misconduct with a 14 yr old girl in Marshfield beginning in 1963 and lasting through 1966. Trial set for 1992. Dismissed on statute of limitations.
MasonJames E.La Crosse, WIIn 2000, man accused Mason of making sexual advances when he was junior in high school and at Univ. Diocese did not tell him that Mason had been found guilty in 1981 of sexually assaulting a student and placed on probation for 18 months. Absent on sick leave from 1987 through 1992 per Catholic Directory; “On duty outside the diocese” from 1993 to 2003. Believed to be drug abuse counselor in WI; may have undergone “voluntary laicization” in 2004.
SveaTimothy E.La Crosse, WISvea, the U.S. Superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest Order, pleaded guilty 2/02 to exposing himself to and molesting teenage boys. Sentenced to 1.5 years jail. 20 years probation. Bishop Burke brought Svea and his group to La Crosse to run a parish. Last known to be living in Marathon Co. Wisconsin. On WI Sex Offender Registry 2/5/12.
SzatkowskiDavidLa Crosse, WIAsst. Prof. at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Milwaukee Archdiocese. Arrested 8/9/11; accused of sexually assaulting a 15 yr old girl who was with friends outside hotel where he was attending a canon law conference. One of the girl’s friends took a picture of him after he grabbed the girl’s breast. Admitted to having a few drinks but denied the assault. Resigned from Seminary after arrest. Charges reduced 9/11 and finally dropped 12/11. Order still investigating. Also spent time in Houston TX.
UmbergerPatrick A.La Crosse, WIArrested 7/13/10 for possession of child porn. Worked at St. Patrick’s Parish in Onalaska, WI; also taught at parish school. Served as diocese’s webmaster. In 2009 he was caught following young boys into restroom at a water park. Park revoked his annual pass and local police reported him to Onalaska police. They told State Justice Dept.. Has admitted attraction to boys in early teens. Worked in Milwaukee, Pled not guilty 7/28/10. Resigned from parish 7/29/10. Died of cancer 11/30/10.
AdamsArchie H.Madison, WIAdams was named in 2/03 article as one of four priests against whom documented and substantial allegations of serious abuse have been made. He had not been publicly accused in the past. Adams was granted a medical leave and retired status in 1994. Per 2002 Catholic Directory, he was still shown as on sick leave. By 8/05 he was “no longer in the priesthood” and diocese did not keep track of him.
AlvarezCurtissMadison, WIAlvarez is one of four priests named in 2/03 article as having documented and substantial allegations of sexual abuse raised against them. Article says Alvarez was removed from ministry in 1985. As of 2005, he was “no longer in the priesthood”, and diocese did not keep track of him.
ArnouePeter ClaverMadison, WIArnoue, a priest of the Owere Nigeria Diocese working in Madison Diocese, was placed on leave in December 2002 by Bishop Bullock Story on 2/19/03 says he was accused of improper advances against a young woman. No other information found. Arnoue was not considered a priest of the diocese.
ClauderJ. (Joseph) GibbsMadison, WIPlaced on leave without privileges in 1999 after an allegation of sexual misconduct with an adult woman. She sued the diocese for negligent supervision for not monitoring his conduct after misconduct with another woman. In early 2009, a 20-year-old woman alleged that Clauder sexually abused and threatened her in 2003-04. In 8/10 the diocesan review board found her allegations “credible and probable.” Rome ordered a canonical trial at the conclusion of civil matters. Acquitted in 12/11 criminal trial.
DeCockRobertMadison, WIPer Dec. 2002 articles, DeCock had just been placed on leave after allegations of sexual impropriety involving a young woman. He had been working as Parochial Vicar at St. Paul University Catholic Center since June 2002. Was working in Corpus Christi TX as of 2002 Directory.
DohertyPatrick J.Madison, WINamed publicly in 9/19 by the diocese after it received an allegation of “an incident “over 50 years prior. Diocese to investigate. Retired in 1993. No longer living in WI in 9/19.
EberhardyJohn B.Madison, WINamed as credibly accused by the diocese in 9/19 after a review of clergy files. Died in 1992.
HahnJude Clarence FrancisMadison, WIAccused of sexually abusing a minor boy in 1976. Civil suit filed Feb. 1994. In depo in this case Hahn admitted to having sexual contact with 4 young males (including Plaintiff) in 1970s and 80s. Teacher at St. Lawrence Seminary told the Order in 1981-1982 that Hahn, a dormitory supervisor, was having inappropriate contact with students. Left priesthood in 1993 and requested laicization. Pope approved the request..
KlubertanzKennethMadison, WITwo males allege in 2002 that Klubertanz abused then at ages 16 and 13. He denied all allegations. Diocese placed him on leave pending investigation by review board. In Jan. 2003 third man filed suit alleging he was abused by Klubertanz in 1969-70 on weeekend trips to a cabin. Diocese denied that it knew of any allegations against Klubertanz before 2002. Found guilty by Church trial per 6/07 news release. Sentenced to life of prayer & penance.
NolanWilliam A.Madison, WIPolice report filed 4/18 that Nolan had repeatedly sexually assaulted a boy 2006-10, when the boy was ages 13-17 and Nolan was assigned to St. Joseph’s in Fort Atkinson. Nolan retired at age 64 in 2007, citing a heart condition. In residence at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Madison when arrested 5/17/18. Previous assignments included parishes in Watertown, Madison and Cambridge; also St. John Vianney in Janesville under Rev. Gerald Vosen, who was later successfully sued for child sex abuse. New investigation reported 5/22/18 of sexual misconduct toward an adult male in Janesville in 2009. Janesville police contacted the diocese about Nolan in 2015 after a friend of the man alleging misconduct in 2009 contacted them with concerns. Pled not guilty in 7/18. Found not guilty at trial in 9/19.
TrainorLawrence M.Madison, WIA man claimed that in 1971 he was sexually abused by Trainor at Holy Name Seminary in Madison and by other priests over a period of several years. Trainor was named by Diocese of Madison in 2003 as an abusive priest and diocese admitted to a settlement with a victim. He was removed from ministry in 1989 and no longer functioned as a priest. Accused of abusing a girl in 1965 at a Monona, WI parish; she was offered a settlement in 1992. Trainor was laicized in 2009.
TrainorMichael G.Madison, WIAt least three lawsuits filed by up to 18 plaintiffs beginning in 1994. Diocese admitted paying settlements on behalf of Trainor and other priests. Trainor left Wisconsin in 1984 after 2 parents complained. He received treatment in New Mexico and then worked in Montana parishes from 1985 until 1991 when he left the priesthood. New allegations of abuse in 1980. surfaced in Dec. 2002.
VosenGerald P.Madison, WIAccused 9/18/03 by woman at state SOL hearing of sexually abusing her brother at age 14 in early 1970s. Brother denied allegation. Vosen removed. Review board assessed at least 3 allegations and unanimously recommended 2/15/04 leave. In 5/04 Vosen sued man who alleged fondling and anal rape at age 11-12 by Vosen in 1989-91. Jury rejected defamation claim 8/4/05; found abuse claim substantiated. Church tribunal of 3 judges ruled against Vosen in 8/07. Vosen appealed to Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the F.aith. CDF upheld Madison diocese’s tribunal’s decision, as announced 7/16/15.
AdamskyRaymond J.Milwaukee, WIServed in 11 parishes in 34 yrs. Accused of molestation in 1961, 1964, 1965, 1971 & 1983. Name appears on Archdiocese’s 4/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry because of credible allegations of abuse. Adamsky retired in 1993 and was fullyrestricted from priestly ministry. Case sent to the Vatican for review 2004. Prayer & Penance requested.
ArimondJames L.Milwaukee, WIPlaced on leave 1/90 when allegations of abuse of boy in 1988 surfaced; privileges suspended 7/90 when charges filed. Pleaded no contest 7/90. In 10/90 Arimond was sentenced to 18 mo. probation and 45 days in House of Corrections under work-release program. Laicized. In 1995 he began working as state-licensed professional counselor until State ordered him to surrender his license 7/03.
BandleRonald J.Milwaukee, WIReportedly had “relationship” with a 12-year-old in Waukesha in 1987. In 1993, was placed under restrictions re ministry and contact with minors. Appointed in 6/96 as an assistant priest at St. Joseph and St. Kilian Parishes in Lyons and to Nursing Home Ministry. Died 1/01 after heart attack during Mass. Name on Archdiocese’s 7/04 list of priests fully restricted (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Personnel file released 7/13.
BeckJames W.Milwaukee, WIName appears on Archdiocese’s 7/9/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Case sent to the Vatican for review. List says that Beck “left priestly ministry” but no date. Shown on “Special Assignment in 1993 Catholic Directory but is not in directories after 1995. Diocese record in 2012 shows no assignments after 1989.
BeckerFranklyn W.Milwaukee, WIRemoved 7/02 for alleged abuse. Arrested 5/03 on charges he abused a teenage boy in San Diego CA in late 1970s; case ended 7/03 by Supreme Court’s Stogner decision. Worked in Wheeing-Charleston WV (Marshall U. chaplain and at St. Joseph’s in Huntington 1/75-8/1/76.) and St. Louis MO in mid-1970s. Civil suit filed 12/03 re abuse in 1982; dismissed on SOL; upheld by appeals court 8/06. A claim included in $16.65M settlement 9/1/06. Laicized 11/04 per archdiocese. First allegation reported 3/63 when Becker was seminarian. New suit filed 9/10. Personnel files released 7/13. On San Diego diocese 9/14/18 list. On Wheeling-Charleston diocese’s list in late 2018.
BenhamMichael C.Milwaukee, WIComplaint received by Archdiocese in fall, 2003. Removed from duties 01/04 after “substantiated” allegation that he sexually abused a minor multiple times in Racine from 1976-1980, starting when the youth was 9. DA’s office says statute of limitationsexpired so could not prosecute. Archdiocese says Benham admitted abusing the youth. Laicized per Archdiocesan list updated 11/26/07. Died 2/29/12. Personnel file released 7/13 shows 8/27/08 for laicization.
BeyerBaldwin (Martin)Milwaukee, WIIdentified in 6/18/13 Capuchin audit report as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. Beyer’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him except that he was thesubject of confirmed reports of inappropriate sexual behavior at St Lawrence Seminary. Died 1/2/99.
BistrickyFrederick J.Milwaukee, WIMultiple allegations of sexual abuse of boys. Complaints about Bistricky’s behavior date at least to 1974, when parents of CYO teens wrote to archbishop that Bistricky encouraged “mooning” and “streaking, ” appeared nude in front of the teens on a CYO trip and took a nude photo of a boy. Bistricky was reprimanded and sent to counseling. In 1997 archdiocese received allegations Bistricky abused boy over three-year period in early 1970s when boy 13 to 16 yrs-old. Accuser said he was told Bistricky would have no contact with children, but in 2002 learned Bistricky was helping out at a local parish. Sklba was notified and immediately restricted Bistricky from active ministry. Allegations deemed credible but no prosecution due to SOL. In 2005 accused of abuse of 11-year-old boy in 1968. Claim filed after 2011 archdiocesan bankruptcy of abuse including rape of altar boy in early 1970s. Bistricky died 12/17/06.
BudzynskiDaniel A.Milwaukee, WIKnown abuser as of 1969. Admitted abuse of at least 30 boys. Name appears on Archdiocese’s July 2004 list of priests fully restricted from ministry because of credible allegations of abuse. He was at Villa Clement in West Allis per 1993 Catholic Directory. Retired 1994. Archdiocese list revised 11/26/07 reports that he had been laicized. Personnel file released 7/13 shows date as 10/29/04. At least one civil suit underway 7/13.
BurnsPeter A.Milwaukee, WIWoman complained to police & church in 1987 that son had been abused during sleepovers at rectory of St. Peter Claver Parish (Sheboygan) during Burns? 1st and only assignment. Burns pleaded no contest in 1992 to charges he molested another youth and was sentenced to 9 months in jail and 10 years probation. Civil suit filed 1993; settled 1994. One victim committed suicide in 1990s. At least one other victim known. Laicized per Archdiocese website list updated as of 11/26/07. On Sex Offender Registry.
BuserJamesMilwaukee, WIBuser, (a freshman counselor at St. Lawrence Seminary), Gale Leifeld and Jim Wolf are accused of molesting a man in 1978 while he was a student in a Capuchin-run high school and later at a boarding house. Civil suit filed 1993 but rejected by Court in 1995 as beyond SOL. Numerous victims reported abuse but nothing done by Leifeld, his supervisor. Buser died 12/21/79. Name included on Capuchin list of friars with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors released 6/18/13.
CollovaS. JosephMilwaukee, WI1993 civil suit claims “hundreds of occasions.” of abuse of 1 youth from 1980-87. Collova barred from public ministry in 1994. Still “on leave” per 2002 Catholic Directory. Fully restricted from ministry per 2004 list. Collova cut his ties with the Catholic Church by joining another denomination or sect. He was “excommunicated” per Archdiocesan website updated after 11/26/07. In 6/09 Chicago-based American Apostolic Church installed Collova as a bishop in Milwaukee. Died 1/4/13.
DonovanJohn T.Milwaukee, WIWoman sued in 1992 alleging Donovan used position as priest to coerce her into sexual relationship between 1959-1965. The grooming started when she was in high school. Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that could not accuse a religious entity with negligent hiring or training. US Supreme Court refused to revive the case (2/96). Retired in 1993 and died 6/2/10.
Doyle, IIIAndrew P.Milwaukee, WIMultiple allegations of abuse came forward in the 1990s. Leave of absence w/o privileges in 1995. Name on Archdiocese’s July 2004 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Archdiocese list reported he has been laicized but no date given. Personnel files released 7/13 seem to show him voluntarily laicized as of 11/30/96. He died 6/17/10.
EffingerWilliam J.Milwaukee, WIAccused of molesting numerous boys and girls from first assignment to last. Transferred multiple times. At least one incident of abuse reported to Archdiocese in 1979 – there was a psychological report on Effinger addressed to Archbishop Weakland. 7 men/2 women settled out of court with Archdiocese in 1994. Sentenced to 10 yrs jail in 1993 for molesting a 14 yr old boy in 1988. Died of cancer in prison 12/96. Some of personnel file released 7/13.
EichenbergerTomMilwaukee, WIPastor St. Francis Borgia, Cedarburg. Archdiocese announced 9/4/15 Eichenberger placed on leave during investigation of alleged sexual abuse of 7th-grade boy in 1977, when assigned to Holy Assumption, West Allis. Denied abuse. Claim filed as part of archdiocese’s 2011 bankruptcy; Archbishop Listecki stated priest not identified until recently. Report made to DA, but didn’t prosecute due to SOL. Listecki announced 11/15/15 that Review Board found accusations “unsubstantiated” and Eichenberger would return to ministry.
EngelRonaldMilwaukee, WIEngel placed on leave in late April, 2004 after Archdiocese learned that he was subject of police investigation because of possession of child pornography on a computer. Still on leave as of Aug. 2004. Archdiocese website accessed 2/25/11 reports he is “fully restricted from ministry.”
EtzelGeorge A.Milwaukee, WIEtzel retired in 1984 and died in 2003 at age 85. His name appears on Archdiocese’s July 2004 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse.
FarrellWilliam J.Milwaukee, WIFarrell retired in 1990 and died 9/99. His name appeared on Archdiocese’s 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. At least one survivor filed claim during Archdiocese bankruptcy 2011-2012. He alleged abuse in 1973 when he was an 11-yr-old boy.
FlyntJames M.Milwaukee, WINo allegations at St. Dominic Parish 1987-1989 but staff requested his removal. Known for inappropriate expressions of affection for young men. Legal guardian of 6th grade boy. Removed 2001. Name on Archdiocese’s 7/9/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry because of credible allegations of abuse. Name not found in 2002 Catholic Directory but he did preside at a funeral 4/02. Shown as laicized per Archdiocesan list updated 11/26/07. Laicization date 6/24/04 per personnel file released 7/13.
FurdekJohn M.Milwaukee, WIPriest of Joliet Diocese. Arrested in WI in 2/2000 on charges of using internet to set up a meeting with whom he thought was a 14-year-old boy, but was an undercover police officer. Privileges removed at same time. Pled guilty in WI in 3/03. Sentenced to 15 years in prison on attempted sexual assault. Served 3 years. Paroled 5/06. Forced in 2/07 to move from condo because daycare was on first floor and school was next door. On Sex Offender Registry. Permanently removed from ministry.
GardipeeThomas J.Milwaukee, WIAccused 12/92 of sexual misconduct with St. Lawrence Seminary HS students. Charged 1/93 with enticing child for immoral purposes & intimidation. Judge dismissed case; noted evidence Gardipee disrobed in front of boy. Suit 4/93 said he abused, harassed &stalked teen; expanded 1994, accusing Capuchins of coverup. They say suit settled & Gardipee barred from teaching & ministering to minors. WI teaching license denied. Left Capuchins 2001; taught in private Hawaii HS from 2002. Leave 9/09; resigned 11/09.
GianniniNormaMilwaukee, WIRemoved from service by order in 1992 after Archdiocese reported complaints. No report to police. Sent for treatment and assigned to office work. Retired. Publicly accused in 2006 of abusing 2 male students multiple times in 1960s at St. Patrick’s Elem.in Milwaukee. Transferred in 1970s to an all-girls school in the Chicago area. Indicted on 2 felony counts 12/06. Admitted other victims. Sentenced 2/08 to 1 yr jail, 9 yrs probation. Released 4/09. Civil suit filed 5/09. Died 4/18/11 in Omaha.
GibeaultLeonardMilwaukee, WIIdentified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as a former friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Gibeault’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him except that he was the subject of confirmed reports of inappropriate sexual behavior at St. Lawrence Seminary. He was restricted from ministry and then left the order.
GodinJames M.Milwaukee, WIGodin resigned in 2002 and acknowledged involvement in “inappropriate behavior” with a 17-year-old boy 19 years before, when he had a drinking problem. Facts became known during 5/02 review of personnel files. Was fully restricted from priestly ministry per 2004 Archdiocesan statement but had been laicized by time list was revised 11/07. Granted a license to practice social work by the state in 2011.
GottschalkMatthewMilwaukee, WIGottschalk co-founded House of Peace in 1968. Per claims filed as part of Milwaukee bankruptcy, three individuals accused Gottschalk of abuse of minors in the 1970s and 1993. He admitted to committing “inappropriate” act against a minor. Order says most of the actions were not criminal acts per DA’s office. Retired as head of House of Peace and was moved to Order’s headquarters in Detroit.
HaasJosephMilwaukee, WIHaas placed on leave Feb. 2004 after allegations that he molested a young girl in 1977. Haas originally told parish that he was taking leave on doctor’s orders but Archbishop sent letter clarifying the situation. DA ruled that 1977 incident was too old to prosecute. Previous allegation of less serious inappropriate behavior was received in 2000 but nothing done. Officially retired Sept. 2004 even though Review Board concluded accusations not substantiated.
HaenEdmund H.Milwaukee, WIPer 4/02 article, Haen had abused at least three men when they were youths. One man says at least two priests failed to report the molestations when they occurred in 1940s. He finally told Archbishop Weakland in 1989. Haen was forced to retire in 1990 and Aux. Bishop Richard Sklba told victim in 1992 that Haen had admitted the abuse and had been placed on severe restrictions. Died in 1997. Several other victims known.
HanelCharles T.Milwaukee, WIAssigned to Queen of Apostles in Pewaukee when arrested 9/18, charged with second degree sexual assault of a child. Accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year-old girl during confession on 12/17/17. He denied the allegation. Pled not guilty in 1/19.
HanserDavid J.Milwaukee, WIPer 2002 article, 4 brothers came forward in 1988 to say that Hanser abused them approx. 30 years before. Hanser, who “retired” 4/02, had worked at Milwaukee hospital system since 1991. One of the men who reached $65K settlement with Archdiocese in 1990 also sued Hanser in 2002. Settled 2003. Accused of abusing perhaps a dozen victims between 1960s-1980s. Retired without privileges in 2002. Laicized in 2005 New suit filed 9/09 by 2. See Decision in Bankruptcy Court 2/17/12 re different case.
HerbstHaroldMilwaukee, WIHerbst’s name appears on Archdiocese’s July 2004 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Herbst retired in 1971 and died in 1979. At least two settlements totaling $150K in 2004 and 2005 with various accusers.
HermannsMel W.Milwaukee, WIPastor of Our Lady Gate of Heaven in Chicago 3/18/12. Removed 9/12; living under supervision. Identified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as current friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. First incident in 1969 involved St. Lawrence Seminary student. Reported in 1993. Order paid for student’s counseling. Hermanns sent to Paracletes. Also reported in 1990 for suspect conduct involving physical activities with minor males.
HopfGeorge S.Milwaukee, WIPlaced on sick leave 1/76 after 1975 stroke. Several allegations from 1960s made in 2002. One settlement in 2004. Name on Archdiocese’s July 2004 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) becauseof credible allegations of abuse.1993 Catholic Directory showed him assigned to St. Anne’s Home for the Elderly. Died 10/16/04. Personnel file released 7/13.
JablonowskiJames N.Milwaukee, WIThree “substantiated allegations” received by Archdiocese 5/02. Complaints referred to DA’s office and Jablonowski was placed on leave. DA did not pursue charges and Archdiocese had independent investigator look into matter. He substantiated the claims.Name appeared on Archdiocese’s list in 7/04. Fully restricted from ministry. Laicized 6/30/06 per personnel files released 7/13.
KeyesPhillip C.Milwaukee, WIKeyes had originally been part of Madison Diocese but left in 1976 and became a priest in an independent church for Catholics. He was convicted of first degree sexual assualt of 10 yr old boy in 1993. Sentenced to 1 year in jail with privileges to get out to feed cats and take care of home. Sued in 1994 by the youth and an adult alleging abuse when he was a minor in 1982-1984. Suit settled in 1994. Keyes paid some to both parties. Diocese & order had settled earlier. Died in 1998.
KnightonMarvin T.Milwaukee, WICharged 6/02 with sexual assault of teenage boy more than 10 yrs before. In 1993 Victim’s father complained to Knighton who went to Diocese & asked for investigation. Jury found not guilty 8/03 but Review Board later found allegations to be credible. In 4/04 Bishop asked Vatican to laicize him. Two other allegations were made against Knighton. Laicized in 2011. Claimed Milwaukee owed him about $450K in past wages and benefits. Personnel files released 7/1/13. Worked in AZ schools almost 20 yrs.
KnotekJohn T.Milwaukee, WIAssigned to St. James Parish in Menomonee Falls from 1968-1972. Later allegations that he had been involved with young girls there. Also allegations from 1950s. He denied allegations. Retired 1988. Name on Archdiocese’s 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry because of credible allegations of abuse. Living life of prayer & penance as of 11/6/04. He died 1/6/06. Personnel file released 7/13.
KrejciMichael J.Milwaukee, WIAdmitted to inappropriately touching two teenagers shortly after his ordination in 1978. He sought counseling on his own and reported matter to Diocese in 1994. Diocese removed him from his parish. Krejci met with family of the youths. Parents did not want to report incidents to authorities. Diocese sent him to 2 yrs of inpatient and outpatient treatment for sexual issues and alcohol. Reassigned to ministry (with monitoring) in 1996 but placed on leave again in 2002. Laicized as of 11/12 list.
KreuzerEugene T.Milwaukee, WIAllegation of abuse in 1969 became public in 2004. Kreuzer confirmed that the abuse took place during a fishing trip and involved alcohol consumption. Says that he went to the bishop at the time and asked for a leave of absence. He underwent testing and it was decided he could continue in ministry. He was on sick leave 10/58 through 3/71 before being given a new parish assignment. Retired 1992. Archbishop decreed life of prayer & penance 3/14/05. Died 5/16/07.
KrusingOswald G.Milwaukee, WIKrusing’s name appears on Archdiocese’s July 2004 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Krusing retired in 1969 and died in 1995 at age 96. Per his obituary, Krusing spent some time in early 1940s as a Trappist monk with the Cistercian order but soon returned to be part of Milwaukee archdiocese and even served as judge in the Tribunal.
LanserJerome E.Milwaukee, WILanser is accused of assaulting a boy from 1964-1969, from time boy was 8 until he was 13. Civil suit filed in 1992. In June, 1997 WI Supreme Court ruled that victims of repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse only have 2 yrs after becoming adultsto file suit and thus dismissed 7 suits against 4 priests (including Lanser). Retired in 2000. Remained fully restricted from Ministry until his death 3/2012. Archdiocese allowed his burial in full vestments in Belgium.
LaReauJamesMilwaukee, WIAccused in 1992 of performing oral sex on a 16-year-old student at St. Lawrence Seminary Preparatory School in the 1970s, where he was a Latin teacher. The same student was abused on multiple occasions at the same school by Gale Leifeld. LaReau is not listed in the 1979-82 Catholic Directories. The Saginaw diocese, where it notes he was assigned 1981-85, included him on its list 8/9/19. He died in 1987.
LeifeldGaleMilwaukee, WIPrincipal of St. Lawrence Seminary until 1982, then academic dean at Sacred Heart School of Theology until 1993. A civil suit alleges Leifeld, Jim Buser and James Wolf molested a student at St. Lawrence. Plaintiff went on to be a counselor for men abused by clergy and claims his therapy in 1992 revealed flashbacks. Suit tried 1995 but jury found it was too late under statute of limitations. Leifeld admitted abuse of at least 7 in deposition, but not of plaintiff.
LemanskiWilliam E.Milwaukee, WILemanski had lived under supervision at a rectory close to a school for 11 years after admitting he abused a minor (possible in 1990). In March 2002, Fr. Robert Carney, a former Provincial, wrote letter apologizing to the victim and said that Lemanski had received therapy and was not assigned to any priestly ministry except saying mass for nuns at a convent. In Sept. 2004, SNAP asked the Order to move him.
LesniewskiEldred B.Milwaukee, WIAs priest and religious instructor, Lesniewski abused minor altar boys at St. Joseph’s Orphanage. He abused 1 boy from 1961-1990 (age 11-40). Civil suit filed 1992. Lesniewski’s name appears on Archdiocese’s July 2004 list of priests fully restrictedfrom ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of allegations of abuse. He retired in 1992 and died in 1996.
MassieDaniel J.Milwaukee, WIAssociate Pastor at St. Mary Parish 1980-1986. Multiple allegations that he abused young girls there. At least one settlement in 1992. Treatment in 1992 for alcoholism and sexual issues. Removed 8/02 without privileges from current parish because of history of inappropriate sexual behavior with minors. Laicized per Archdiocese’s list of accused priests dated 11/07. Actual laicization date was 8/3/09 per personnel file released 7/13. Allowed to work for the state as a social worker and substance abuse counselor 2006 until 2/17, when he stepped down.
MikaJoseph F.Milwaukee, WIAccused in 2004 of abusing a girl at a Catholic school in in Pulaski. As of 2008, Mika was still in the order “under appropriate restrictions” and the Order had paid nearly $16,000 for counseling for the victim. In 1/09, however, the Order declined topay for additional counseling, citing the “downturn” in the economy. Died 11/17/09.
MollingMark L.Milwaukee, WIMolling removed from assignment at St. Paul Parish in Genesee Depot, WI 3/17/12 after allegations involving sexual molestation of a minor dating back to 1990s. For many years, he was chaplain at Ethan Allen School for Boys in Wales. The claim was filedas part of the archdiocese’s bankruptcy proceedings. DA will not prosecute. Molling has denied the allegations. Review board found allegations not credible 5/12 & Bishop has returned him to duty.
MurphyLawrence C.Milwaukee, WIResigned as director of St John School for Deaf in 1974 after complaints by students. Reassigned to parishes in Milwaukee & Superior (abused at least 2 there) Dioceses. Suit filed 1975; settled before trial. Told Archdiocese he sexually abused 34 boys at the school. Vatican failed to laicize him in 1997-1998 just before 1998 death. Suit for fraud filed 7/08 re abuse by Murphy. Docs released 5/09 & 7/13 show he abused over 200 youths. New suits filed 8/09 & 11/09. Case against Vatican dismissed 2/12.
MusinskiDonald T.Milwaukee, WIOne woman notified Archdiocese that Musinski abused her from ages 7-13 when she was a parishioner at St. Adalbert’s in Milwaukee. Report made to Archdiocese in approx. 1997 but nothing done. Musinski retired in 1999 and died in 2006. In late 2012, his name was quietly added to Milwaukee’s list of priests with substantiated records posted as part of federal bankruptcy proceedings. Personnel file to be released in 2013.
NeubergerMichael T.Milwaukee, WI1993 civil suit alleges Neuberger sexually abused a boy from 1964-1966. Plaintiff also sued two insurance companies. A 1994 suit alleges Neugerger of abusing a boy in 1968. In June, 1997 Wisconsin Supreme Court dismissed these suits and 5 others againstother priests after ruling that victims of repressed memories re sexual abuse only have 2 years after reaching majority to file complaints. Dismissed from clerical state (case in appeal) as of 11/26/07.
NicholsRichard W.Milwaukee, WIIn 2002 2 boys claimed abuse by Nichols at West Allys in 1970s. Parents went to pastor in 1981 who suggested the youths write letter to archbishop. At least one did. Diocese offered counseling but allowed Nichols to continue as a priest. He worked as apriest psychologist and victim counselor. He engaged in oral sex with a minor in 1978. Complaint filed in 1983 and in 1985 he surrendered his license to practice psychology. Also barred from priestly duties then. Died in 1996 at age 63.
NickersonDavid J.Milwaukee, WIKnown as “Brother Dave” while ministering in Milwaukee in 1980s, Nickerson confessed in 2007 to abuse of a 9 or 10 yr old boy in mid-1980s at St. Vincent De Paul school. This was only after another “Brother Dave” (David Sanders) had been arrested, convicted at trial, and sentenced to 15 yr sentence as of Jan. 2007. Real Brother Dave was arrested 6/08 in MO and was being returned to WI. In treatment at RECON in MO as of 7/08. Sentenced to 5 yrs prison
NowakMichael E.Milwaukee, WINowak was pastor at St. Theresa of Liseiux Parish in Kenosha when archdiocese removed him from duties 5/11 after minor girl’s parents complained to police that he had recently made inappropriate telephone call(s) (containing sexually-explicit language) to the girl. No physical contact took place per archdiocese statement. A second girl also filed complaint saying she received the same type of calls from him. Charged. Pled guilty 7/11. Sentenced to 30 days jail and one year probation. A former nurse, Nowak was granted a partial registered nurse license in 2012 and a full license in 2013.
NuedlingGeorge A.Milwaukee, WIAs of 2002 Nuedling, who died in 1994, had been accused of abuse by 5 people. First complaints surfaced in 1986 when man said that Nuedling had abused him and possibly his brother in 1960s. Sklba confronted Nuedling who acknowledged misconduct. Anothercomplaint received in 1993 and Nuedling was forced to resign. At least 10 suits filed 2002 & 2003. All dismissed on SOL. Most later settled.
O’BrienJohn A.Milwaukee, WIO’Brien pleaded no contest 11/00 to 4th degree sexual assault and was sentenced to 18 months of probation, a $1,000 fine, & ordered to undergo 6 months of psychiatric counseling for indecently touching a 17 year old boy. He was permanently restricted from duty in 2000 and laicized 4/3/09. Multiple allegations received against him.
PalathingalSimonMilwaukee, WIFrom India. Arrested 6/04; charged with sexual assault of a young boy in 1990-91 in Milwaukee. Working at time of arrest in South Amboy, NJ, Metuchen diocese. Left WI 1991 and lived in India for some time before living and working in several U.S.states 1993-2004. Diocese knew in 1993 when youth testified about abuse by his uncle, Fr. Dennis Pecore, and by Palathingal. Also abused in LA. Sentenced to 16 years prison in 2004. Released 12/11. Noncompliant on Sex Offender Registry 1/12. On Lake Charles diocese’s list 4/11/19. Multiple victims noted of abuse in 2000. Allegations received 2000 and 2002.
PetersDonald R. (A.?)Milwaukee, WIRetired in 1993 shortly after Sheboygan Co. DA received anonymous report of sexual abuse by Peters. He denied the allegation but Archdiocese prohibited him from unsupervised contact with minors. Admitted in 2002 that he took graphic sexual photos of at least 4 teenage boys. One also accused him of fondling. Name on Archdiocese’s 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry. Laicized 10/6/07 per personnel files released 7/13.
RobinsonPerry L.Milwaukee, WIRemoved from active ministry by Omaha archbishop in 2/11 after allegation received of abuse in the 1980s in Milwaukee. Assigned in 2/11 to St. Gerald in Ralston. Church bulletin said that Jesuits gave him a sabbatical for health reasons. Had previously been accused while working at Marquette University H.S. in 1990s,of having nude photos of students. Sent for treatment and transferred out of state to NE. On the Omaha archdiocese’s list 11/30/18. (It says his removal was early 2012.)
SchneiderRoger W.Milwaukee, WILast known assignment was at St. Francis Seminary between 1966-1971. Name appears on Archdiocese’s July 2004 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. 7/9/03 ist says Schneider “left priestly ministry” (but no date given).Per Archdiocese’s 11/26/07 list, he has been laicized.
SchoutenClarence J.Milwaukee, WILast known assignment was at St. Joseph Parish (Milwaukee / Wauwatosa)between 1955-1969. Name appears on Archdiocese’s July 2004 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. He died in 1978. He was accused of molesting 3 sisters in 1950s while assigned to St. Joseph Parish. One of the women settled for $125K in 2004.
SchreiterJohn P.Milwaukee, WIOne man told Archdiocese 3/04 of sexual abuse in early 1980s. Schreiter said that the person was an adult at the time and denied all claims. Matter referred to AG’s office which said statute had expired. Archdiocese continued investigation. In 8/04,the Review board deemed the allegation unsubstantiated and he was reinstated. Removed again 6/10/12 on different sexual abuse allegation involving a minor. He was scheduled to retire in 2 weeks and did so. Quietly reinstated again 1/13.
SilvestriVincent A.Milwaukee, WIName on Archdiocese’s July 2004 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Last assignment was at St. Dominic Parish (Brookfield) between 1983-1993. Suffered stroke 2/93 and retired 10/30/93. Under restrictions as of 5/95. Died in 2000 at age 63. Personnel file released 7/13. Allegations in late 1960s-early 1970s. Settlement with at least one.
TrepanierThomas A.Milwaukee, WI2002 allegation that he reportedly abused as a boy at St. Robert Parish in Shorewood. Resigned from his position 5/02 and wrote letter telling his parishes of his background. As of 5/02, he was one of six priests with credible allegation of past abuse who were still working in active ministry. He is still fully restricted from ministry as of 3/12 per archdiocese website. Dolan tried to have him laiziced.
TurnerJosephMilwaukee, WIAux. Bp Sklba admitted in 2002 letter that he believed Turner had sexually assaulted a youth in 1960s at St. Pius parish in Wauwatosa. Became military chaplain in 1966 and served two tours in Vietnam. Left military after 10 yrs and returned to WI. Turner died in 2001. When the 2002 letter was written, the victim was serving a life sentence in prison.
VerdieckArthur O.Milwaukee, WINamed publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Died in 1980. Allegation received after his death of abuse in the 1950s. Unclear as to where. Worked or resided in Prairie du Chien, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Centennial, CO; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT.
WagnerJerome A.Milwaukee, WIRemoved 8/02. Was on Priest Placement Board and worked in a parish. Had been accused in 1985 of getting a 15-year-old boy drunk and molesting him. The boy’s mother confronted Wagner and went to police. He stayed in his parish for eight months during investigation before being transferred to another parish. Church said he would have no further contact with youths. Laicized after 11/26/07. Received $20K to seek laicization. Police were to receive personnel file tin 2013 to investigate 2001 allegation. Went on to work as a licensed Funeral Director in Fon du Lac.
WagnerJohn C.Milwaukee, WIWagner’s name appears on Archdiocese’s July 2004 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. He is shown as “awaiting assignment” per 1993 Catholic Directoryand “On leave” per the 2002 Directory. Remained fully restricted from ministry as of 3/3/12. Laicized Dec. 2012. Personnel files released 7/13.
WalterCharles W.Milwaukee, WIName on Archdiocese’s July 2004 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Last assignment was at St. Francis Cabrini Parish (West Bend) from 1987-1993. Settlement paid to survivor 1993. Was “on leave” from 1993-1994 and on “sick leave” from 1994 to 1999. Retired in 1999. Worked as supply priest. Privileges restricted 2002. Remains fully restricted from ministry per 3/3/12 statement.
WenigLaurin J.Milwaukee, WIRemoved from St. Mary’s Visitation Catholic Church in Elm Grove 2/11 after new allegation that he sexually molested a minor in 1970s. Wenig has denied all allegations in letter to parishioners. No criminal charges will be filed due to SOL. Archdiocese is conducting its own investigation. Other accusers came forward. Wenig has denied. Matter has been sent to Vatican for review.
WideraSiegfried FrancisMilwaukee, WIConvicted in 1973 in abuse of sexual perversion with an 11-year-old boy. Other charges dropped. Sent to Orange, CA; they knew of his behavior. Indicted in 2002 on 33 felony accounts. Died by suicide in Mexico in 2003. There were 9 civil suits filed in CA and 3 in WI. WI cases dismissed on SOL; upheld by Court of Appeals 8/06. Milwaukee settled with 9 CA Plaintiffs for $16.65M 9/01/06. Church knew of history from ordination. Another CA case settled with Milwaukee in 3/09. Personnel file released 7/13.
ZimmerLukeMilwaukee, WIWorked in NH, MA, HI, MN & CA. Zimmer was given permission to operate a Christian Renewal center in WI. As such, he participated as a priest at various churches. Plaintiff in a 1993 suit alleged that Zimmer abused her from 1979-1980 at one of these churches in WI. Zimmer was still active in 1993 as an instructor for Catholic Seminars.. Died 1/97.
AugustynThaddeus A.Superior, WIArrested in 1966 and pled guilty to public indecency in bus station. Augustyn died 8/10/81. In 1992, he was named in civil suit against Superior diocese. One man alleged abuse 1955-1961 when he was a minor and Augustyn was assigned to St Joseph’s in Shell Lake WI. Diocese said suit was dismissed on SOL and no settlement was paid. Augustyn frequently visited in Miami archdiocese and worked in various parishes there.
BeutnerEdward F.Superior, WIPlaced on leave in 2002 due to allegations. Accused by a man in 11/21/06 civil suit claiming abuse of 4 boys in late 1960s. Per plaintiff, his abuse occurred during an overnight trip to MN; suit filed in that state. Assigned to Cathedral of Christ the King 1966-68 and Holy Assumption Church 1975-78, as well as numerous other churches and colleges. A woman claimed she told Bishop Fliss in 2002 that Beutner had abused her 10 years previously. Beutner died1/26/08. On Santa Rosa diocese’s list 1/12/19. Noted to have been assigned to the Christian Brothers’ Mont LaSalle in Napa in 1987. Also resided with the Christian Brothers in Concord CA, Oakland diocese, 1982-86.
ConwayThomas A.Superior, WIPlaced on leave 6/02 after the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph received a complaint from a woman who accused him of inappropriate behavior in another state in the 1970s when she was age 14 or 15. Conway was assigned to parishes through the 1970s, until 1979, in the Diocese of Superior, WI. By 1979-80 he was working in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO. Conway died 10/6/10.
EricksenThomas EdwardSuperior, WIAccused of molesting 3 boys in 1983 while assigned to St. Peter’s in Winter, WI. Two of the accusers sued; settled in 1989 for nearly $3M. Removed from priesthood 1988.Two men claimed rape 6/10. Efforts underway 7/10 to extradite him from MO. Left WI in 1983. Lived in MN, MO and Indonesia. Denied allegations. “Partially confessed” in 2016. Charged 11/16/18 with sexually assaulting altar boys at St. Peter’s 1982-83. In 12/18 judge ordered trial. Three new accusers 1/19 alleging abuse late 1970s-early 1980s. Pled not guilty 3/19 to four open cases.
EricksonRyanSuperior, WIAccused of abuse of at least 1 young boy in approx 1992 and possession of child porn. Identified as murder suspect in double homicide in 2002. Committed suicide during investigation in 2004. Special hearing in 2005 found there was probable cause to rule he was probably the murderer. Parents filed 2 suits (one naming ALL bishops) and a separate wrongful death suit against diocese. Suit against Diocese dismissed on Summary Judgment 9/08.
KlisterIrving FrederickSuperior, WIAccused of abuse of a 14-year-old boy in Superior in the early 1950s. Served as chancellor and founder of the diocesan newspaper. After allegation, transferred to the Diocese of El Paso. Named in civil suit filed in El Paso in 1995. At some point, he was convicted on child pornography charges. Died 4/19/97. A man from OR filed claim in 2013 in NM alleging abuse by Klister at St Vincent de Paul parish in Maxwell in the early to mid-1980s. Case settled 04/2014. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17. On Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/8/18. On El Paso’s list 1/31/19.
MalschDavid J.Superior, WIBishop didn’t investigate 1984 claims that Malsch molested three boys. Accused in 1991 of molesting a 15-year-old boy with emotional, learning and behavioral issues. Criminal charges 1992. Convicted 1993. Received 5-year suspended sentence; violated parole 1997, sent to prison. Civil suit filed 1995. Sent to Wounded Brothers after release. Indicted 2003 for child porn while at the facility. Reportedly removed from priesthood in 6/05. Pled guilty 2005, sentenced to 9 years federal prison. Released 9/9/11. Per MO Sex Offender Register 12/11, incarcerated in WI. To be released 6/19/19, under commitment in WI. To have intensive supervision and GPS monitoring.
UrbanRobert M.Superior, WIUrban retired in approx. 1997 but continued to help out at parish. Placed on leave 4/10 after report of “inappropriate conduct” with an unnamed individual who may or may not have been a minor. Urban was accused of paying young men for sex. Diocese waited two weeks to reveal his name. D.A.’s office very slow to investigate. Not complete as of 1/1/11.
WillenborgHenrySuperior, WIAccused of a 5-year affair in IL with a woman beginning in the early 1980s. Another woman came forward during that time to allege a long relationship with him when she was in high school. Order sent him to Paraclete facility for treatment for 7 months. The first woman gave birth to his son after his return. She received support from Order over the years, and made matter public in 10/09 because the 22-year-old son had terminal cancer and mom also had cancer. Diocese placed him on leave pending investigation. Son died 12/09.

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