Survivors Network calls out reinstated Wichita priest accused of child exploitation

KAKE-TV, ABC-10 [Wichita KS]

March 14, 2022

By Jeremy Ingalls

 A Wichita priest who was accused of sexual exploitation of a child will return to public ministry after the district attorney said he could not file charges.

Father Michael Schemm, from the Church of the Resurrection, was placed on administrative leave in November 2021 after allegations surfaced. The allegations reportedly occurred between 1993 and 1996, when Schemm was assigned to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Wichita.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or “SNAP” are taking issue with Diocese of Wichita’s decision to reinstate Schemm back into his position. 

“The Diocese is not only putting others at risk by returning Fr. Schemm into ministry,” the network stated in a press release. “But it is also re-traumatizing the brave survivor who came forward, as well as any other victims who may not yet be able to speak out about their abuse.”

The release goes on to say “SNAP supports the courageous victim, because we know that studies show false allegations of sexual abuse are extremely rare.”

Earlier this month, the Charter Review Board concluded that there was insufficient evidence and recommended that Rev. Schemm return to ministry. 

Anyone who suspects abuse, inappropriate behavior or has been harmed by any person who has worked or volunteered for the diocese can contact the Diocesan Victim’s Assistance Coordinator at (316) 440-1757 or

Father Michael Schemm
Father Michael Schemm