Wichita Diocese releases list of accused priests

KSN News

Sept. 20, 2019

The Catholic Diocese of Wichita published a list of clergy who have substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor Thursday.

The list includes nine priests of the diocese and six other clergy who served in the diocese and are published in reports from other dioceses. The names, assignment histories, ordination dates and current status are available on the diocese website.

The list includes these priests from within the Catholic Diocese of Wichita:
Paul Alderman
Robert Blanpied
Peter Duke
Robert K. Larson
Charles O’Connor
Robert Schleiter
Alonzo Smithhisler
Charles Walsh
William Wheeler

The list also includes these priests who worked in the Wichita diocese and were reported by another diocese or religious order:
Michael Baca (Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico)
John Habethier (Diocese of San Bernardino, California)
Stephen Muth (Eparchy of Parma, The Byzantine Catholic Church)
Thomas O’Donohue (Diocese of Salina, Kansas)
Robert Schleiter (also listed above)
Arthur J Van Speybroeck (Diocese of Salina, Kansas)
John Walsh (Diocese of Salina, Kansas)

According to the diocese, all of the listed priests have either been removed from the ministry or are deceased.

The list does not include any information about the kind of abuse, when or where the abuse took place, whether there were multiple reports of abuse against the priest or if the priest was removed from ministry as a result of the accusations or some other reason.

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