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Brother Regis

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Order: SC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

A man filed a civil suit in 3/11 alleging that Br. Regis, also known as Raymond Richard, sexually abused him for several months when he was a 7th grader at Sacred Heart Boarding School in Sharon, MA in the 1950s. The man said he told a priest during confession at the school and was then confronted by the priest, Regis, and the school director. When he returned from Easter break, Regis was gone. Suit announced in 11/11. School has been closed for many years. Regis is deceased.

Fr. Paul J. Radetski

Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Removed and placed on administrative leave in 10/10 after a "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." Granted senior priest status by the diocese, restrictions were lifted, and was to "serve the diocese in a limited capacity."

Br. Frederick Raehsler

Order: CSC
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau AK

Joined the Holy Cross Brothers in WI in 1960. Named among seven clerics by the Juneau diocese in 8/19 as having allegations of sexual misconduct against them involving minors or vulnerable adults. Allegedly involved in sexual misconduct with a minor 1988-93. Worked in AK as a Physician Assistant and was involved with a Skagway parish. Returned to his order in 1993. Worked as a Physician's Assistant and/or nurse also in Blanchard, MI; South Bend, IN; and Wilkes Barre, PA.

Br. Dennis Raeihle

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Order: SA
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

One of three living religious included on a list of accused priests and religious posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on 01/19/11. Garabedian said he had settled at least one claim with the Boston Archdiocese re allegations against Raeihle.

Fr. Hugh Rafferty

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Removed from ministry 11/1/74. Died 1/11/01. Allegation(s) received after his death. Included in 3/21 on the Rockville Centre diocese's list of accused, noted alleged abuse at St. Aidan's in Williston Park, where he was assigned 1/69-6/71.

Fr. Thomas G. Rainforth

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Accused in 7/02 by a man of molestation in 1975. Placed on leave. Returned to ministry in 8/02 after diocese said Rainforth was drunk and act was inappropriate but did not meet definition of abuse. Sued 2004 by another man. Claim included in 2/05 $5M settlement with 27 plaintiffs, most of whom were abused by Rev. James Hanley. Rainforth's accuser later died of a drug overdose. In a 12/19 suit Rainforth was accused of sexual abuse by another man, who also alleged abuse as a boy by Hanley. Rainforth is "recently" deceased, per diocese in 12/19.

Fr. Michael J. Raleigh

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Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

A/K/A "Friar" Raleigh. May actually be accused priest Michael J. Raleigh. No evidence found in the Official Catholic Directory of Edmund Raleigh, but Michael is indexed and listed. There was a Rev. Edmond Bliven at the parish in question in 1956, per the Directory. "Edmund" Raleigh was accused in a lawsuit filed in 5/02 of abusing a boy, beginning in 1956 when the boy was age 12 or 13, at St. John the Apostle in Oregon City. Per the plaintiff, Raleigh and Rev. Martin Doherty abused him and also forced him to watch as they engaged in group sex with other minors. Michael Raleigh was accused by four men of forced sexual acts as children or young teens in the 1950s. Numerous parish assignments, Dean,Tribunal judge. Absent on Leave 1951-56. Died in 4/12/79.

Fr. Michael J. Raleigh

Ordained: 1936
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

May be the same individual as "Friar" Raleigh or "Edmund Raleigh" accused in 2002, based on assignments and date of death. Four men accused Rev. Michael Raleigh of forcing them to engage in various sexual acts when they were children or young teens in the 1950s. Michael Raleigh had numerous parish assignments, was a Dean and Tribunal judge. Absent on Leave 1951-56. Died in 4/12/79. There were 5 claims against Michael Raleigh by 4/07. No evidence found in the Official Catholic Directory of Edmund Raleigh. There was a Rev. Edmond Bliven at the parish in question in 1956, per the Directory. "Edmund" Raleigh was accused in a lawsuit filed in 5/02 of abusing a boy, beginning in 1956 when the boy was age 12 or 13, at St. John the Apostle in Oregon City. Per the plaintiff, Raleigh and Rev. Martin Doherty abused him and also forced him to watch as they engaged in group sex with other minors.

Fr. Timothy Ramaekers

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Ordained: 1982
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

The diocese notified parishioners in 10/10 that a man had recently alleged that he was abused as a minor by Ramaekers in 1986, when Ramaekers was assigned to St. Justin Martyr in Anaheim. At the time of the notification, Ramaekers was pastor of St. Joseph's in Placentia, a position he had held since 1997. The review board found no credible evidence to support the allegation, and Ramaekers was kept in ministry. The same accuser filed suit in 2009 alleging abuse by three former priests and a lay employee. Ramaekers denied the allegation.

Deacon Aaron Ramirez

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Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Yakima WA

Deacon. 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. Ramirez fled to Mexico before the diocese could investigate. Laicized in 2000. Later became an Episcopal priest in Mexico. Dismissed after publicity. Civil suit filed in 7/11. Federal trial underway in 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.

Fr. Hilario Ramirez

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Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Yakima WA

Visiting 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.

Fr. Luis Eduardo Ramirez

Order: OAR
Ordained: 2003
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Arrested 1/08 after he took a 17-year-old boy to a motel room to "counsel" him. His order bailed him out and in 6/08 he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and burglary; other misdemeanor charges were dismissed. Admitted to inappropriately touching the youth. His lawyer said it was "bad judgment." Sentenced to six months in jail in 8/08 and three years probation. Released from jail in 3/09. All privileges removed.

Fr. Robert C. Ramon

Ordained: 1982
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston TX

Accused of sexual misconduct with a minor female in 1991. Parish personnel were notified immediately; the diocese investigated and determined there was no evidence. Per the girl's family's request, the diocese provided counseling. The family's contact with the counselor ceased within few months and the family threatened litigation in 2/92. Civil litigation filed 7/93. Ramon was removed from ministry and resigned from the priesthood in 2002. He died 8/13/14. On the archdiocese's list 1/31/19.

Fr. Eleuterio V. Ramos

Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Admitted to abuse of at least 25 boys. Los Angeles CA archdiocesan priest, later Diocese of Orange. In and out of treatment, kept in ministry. Placed on leave 1985. Sent to a Tijuana Mexico parish in 1985 and put in charge of a children's ministry. Removed 1991. Died 2004. Personnel file released 1/13. Wrongful death suit 3/17 vs Orange and L.A. dioceses by widow of alleged victim who died by suicide in 2015. Abuse said to have been at St. Joseph's in Placentia, 1975-78, and victim was altar boy who met Ramos at age 10.

Fr. Ponciano M. Ramos

Order: SVD
Ordained: 1985
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Indianapolis IN

From the Philippines. Pled guilty in 1993 to three misdemeanors in connection with strip-search of young boys in Indianapolis after they set off stink bombs in parish school. Sentenced to 18-month suspended sentence and 15 months probation. He was moved to Chicago and then to the San Bernardino, CA diocese. Placed on leave in 4/02. Allowed to return to restricted duty with Order in 2003. Included on the San Bernardino diocese's list in 10/18; noted to be permanently banned from ministry in the diocese.

Fr. John B. Ramsay

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Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Norwich CT

Priest of the Diocese of Norwich. Named publicly as accused by the Hartford archdiocese on its list 1/22/19. Volunteered and taught religious ed at St. Adalbert's in Enfield 1978-79. Allegation received after his death.On the Norwich diocese's list 2/22/19. It notes that allegations were received sometime after his 1977 retirement. Died 7/26/94.

Fr. Henry J. Rancourt

Order: SM
Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Accused anonymously in 1992 of "kissing and molesting Haitian boys" in his Boston parish school in 1992. On 6/27/09 the archdiocesan website showed him to have active status with an assignment at Marist House in Framingtham. In 4/12, attorney Garabedian announced a recent settlement of at least one claim involving Rancourt. Also worked in MI, NY and OH. Included in 1/21 on the Fall River diocese's list of accused. Noted to have been assigned at some point to parishes in North Easton, New Bedford and Vineyard Haven.

Fr. Paul J. Ranft

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Ordained: 1940
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

A woman filed suit 6/04 alleging abuse by Ranft and six other priests while she was a student at Immaculate Heart Academy 1962-1965. Ranft is the main abuser listed in the petition; the other priests are mostly identified only by last names. Ranft, who died in 2001 at age of 86, moved to Tucson from Kentucky in 1953 because of health problems, including severe asthma.

Fr. Norbert Rank

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Ordained: 1930
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Named 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.

Fr. James F. Rapp

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1967
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Salt Lake City UT

Worked in PA, UT, NY, IL, MI and OK. Teacher, wrestling coach. Accused of abuse of at least 2 MI boys in 1987. Removed, sent to counseling. Transferred to OK; abused boys there. Convicted 1999 in OK; 40-year sentence. $5M settlement in OK civil suit. Accused in 2003 Utah suit by 2 brothers; dismissed on SOL. Laicized 9/21/09. Charged 5/15 with abuse in 1980s of boys at Lumen Christi High in Jackson MI. Six more counts added 6/26/15. Pled no contest 2/16. Sentenced to up to 40 years 4/29/16. On Salt Lake diocese's list 12/4/18. Accused 11/00-02 of abuse of 4 minors 1969-75. On Lansing list 9/27/19. On OK City list 10/3/19. On Joliet list (ord date wrong). New suit 10/20 in UT. New suit 11/20 v Salt Lake diocese alleges a nun walked in on Rapp abusing a boy, did nothing, threatened the boy.

Fr. Joseph Rappl

Ordained: 1978
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

In 4/18 a 48-year-old man stated publicly he was sexually abused at age 11 in 1981 by Rappl. He said it happened once, after confession at St. Peter's in Lewiston. After Lewiston, Rappl was assigned to parishes in West Seneca and Holley, before working into the late 1990s as a military chaplain in CA, NY, Washington DC and NC. Left priesthood 1999. Stayed in NC and was noted in 4/18 to be working as a "married Roman Catholic Priest," although he was no longer in "the clerical state." Also a volunteer counselor at an overnight camp for children run by the Buffalo diocese. Rappl's accuser filed a complaint with the diocese 3/19/18. Accused in a lawsuit 8/19 of abuse of another child, age 12-14 in 1978-80 at St. Peter's in Lewiston.

Fr. James W. Rasby

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Denver CO

Monsignor. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception rector for 20 years. Co-founded the Samaritan House. Named as accused in the CO A.G.'s report released 10/23/19. In 1975 a 13-year-old boy told another priest at the Cathedral that Rasby fondled his genitals. Rasby wrote a note to the boy saying "You have every right to be mad at me." Kept in ministry. In 1990 a 16-year-old boy told this parents - who informed the archdiocese - that Rasby had been hugging him and kissing him on the cheeks, then later kissed him on the lips, despite the boy's protest. As pastor, Rasby had hired the boy as a Saturday receptionist at St. Vincent de Paul parish. Rasby denied kissing the boy on the lips. Sent to outpatient treatment, restricted access to boys. Kept as pastor, retired in 1995. Died 7/23/14.

Fr. Jerome B. Ratermann

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Accused of abusing youths in 1960s while princicpal of a Catholic High School. First investigated in 1987. Suspended in 3/93 from position as pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church and then permanently barred from the ministry by review board. Denied all charges. Appealed his case to Rome in 2002 when Bishop refused to reinstate him. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave / Retired." Suit filed 4/09 settled 3/12. On diocese's list 12/19/18.

Fr. Shawn Francis Ratigan

Ordained: 2004
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph MO

School principal complained of behavior 5/10. Not removed from St. Patrick until 12/10, after child porn found on laptop.Tried suicide. Police told of one picture but said not porn. Assigned to say mass for nuns. Reported to police 5/11. Arrested 5/19/11. Sued several times. Some civil suits settled, including one for $1.3M. Two more settled 2/14 for $1.8M. Pled guilty to federal pornography charges in 2013. Sentenced to 50 years 9/11/13. Sentenced to three 7-year sentences 10/13 on state charges. Laicized in 1/14. Federal Appeals Court upheld the 50-year sentence 07/24/14. On diocese's list 9/5/19.

Fr. Edward A. Rausch

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Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

Name appeared on list of 21 priests accused of abused released by District Attorney in 9/02. List says there was one alleged victim with claims beyond the SOL. Rausch left the priesthood in 1970 and was aicized in 1971. He married and raised a family. He denied ever having harmed anyone. Included in 1/21 on the diocese's list of credibly accused. Died 5/14/14, age 86.

Bishop James S. Rausch

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Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Former Secretary General of the NCCB. Bishop of the Phoenix diocese from 1977 until his death in 1981. In 11/01 a man gave a deposition in a case involving the Tucson diocese and Msgr. Robert Trupia, in which he stated that he was 17 when he began a sexual relationship with Rausch and over 18 when he was involved with Trupia and William T. Byrne. Trupia attempted to blackmail the diocese in 1992 by saying that he would release info on Bishop Rausch and the young man.

Fr. Redmond H. Raux

Ordained: 1982
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Accused in 1993 of molesting a boy in 1987. Allegations against Raux and Rev. James L. Wilson Jr. were settled in 1995 for $200K but Raux later denied the charge. Cardinal Law assured the military he knew of no reason why Raux would be unsuitable to work with children in a 1996 letter recommending Raux for a USAF chaplaincy in WY. Per 8/11 Boston AD database, Review board found accusations unsubstantiated or he was acquitted by canonical process. No restrictions on privileges. Appointed Archdiocese of Military Services, USA Dean for European Vicariate, per 8/17/12 announcement. "Very Reverend."

Fr. James M. Ray

Ordained: 1975
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Multiple allegations. Accused in 1990 of abusing a boy while assigned to St. Peter Damian parish 1984-89. Removed from parish work in 1991. Allowed to live 2000-02 at an Augustinian Friary in Hyde Park, near a day care center and a Catholic grade school. Removed from job in Office of Health and Hospital Affairs in 6/02. Permanently removed from active ministry 9/05. Resigned 3/09. Laicized 1/12. Claim 1/14 of abuse of boy in Wauconda 1989-91. Accusations of abuse of 3 others received 2009 and 2013. Per documents released 11/14 he was accused of sexually attacking 2 boys, starting when they were ages 10 and 11, while assigned to St. Anastasia in Waukegan 1975-82. In 2008 was living with 8 other accused priests at Stritch Retreat House in Mundelein. Laicized in 2012. Suit in 2020 alleged abuse and sexual torture 1983-87 of a boy while assigned to St. Peter Damian.

Fr. Terrence Andrew Raymond

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Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Gaylord MI

Ordained for the Diocese of Saginaw. Became priest of the Diocese of Gaylord when it was created in 1971. Left the priesthood in 1985. Died in 1986. First named publicly as accused by the Gaylord diocese on its list 11/10/18. On the Saginaw diocese's list by 8/9/19.

Fr. Joseph A. Reade

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Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Pueblo CO

Named as accused in the CO A.G.'s report released 10/23/19. Diocese received a report in 1994 that Reade sexually abused a boy, ages 10-12, 1969-71, while assigned as chaplain to two Grand Junction hospitals. Diocese settled with the alleged victim, who told investigators there may have been other victims. In 2016 the diocese reported to Pueblo police an allegation of abuse by Reade in the mid-1950s. In 1986 a psychiatrist informed the diocese of a recent allegation that Reade kissed and fondled an 11-year-old boy at a social gathering. Reade was suspended, then reinstated after the allegation was deemed unsubstantiated. Reade denied the allegation. He died in 1990.

Br. Joseph Franklin Reagan

Order: CSC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in a 2003 civil suit against the Los Angeles archdiocese of abuse of a minor. Abuse alleged to have occurred in 1965 when he was working at Rancho San Antonio in Chatsworth, CA. Died in about 1989. Joined the order at age 18 and left in 1966 at age 22 to pursue a career in baseball.

Fr. Gerard J. Ream

Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Per the PA Attorney General's 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, in 1966 Ream "took special interest" in a female student at Bishop Carroll High School, where he taught religion. He counseled her and helped her get into college, including providing money. He visited her there and insisted she see him on visits home, during which time he engaged in sex with her. When she fell in love with a boy at school, he harassed her and she grew frightened. She reported Ream to the diocese in 2008. He died 4/18/08.

Fr. Edward J. Reardon

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Ordained: 1931
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Died in 1991. Accused in a civil suit filed 3/04 of abuse of a 15- to 16-year-old boy 1971-72. Claims against Reardon were included in the 10/05 $22M settlement between the archdiocese and 43 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 14 priests. On the archdiocese's list 1/22/19. On Norwich diocese's list 2/22/19.

Fr. John D. Reardon

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

One of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for allegations involving minors. Last assignment was as pastor at St. John of the Cross Parish in Roslyn. Name is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) regarding priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. On 5/4/12 Archdiocese found allegations substantiated and that he was unsuitable for ministry. Canonical process pending.

Fr. Thomas M. Reardon

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph MO

First suits filed in 2004 by six who alleged abuse by Reardon and two other priests at a lake home or at church. The priests allegedly would give the kids drugs and alcohol. Reardon left active ministry in 1989 and resigned from priesthood. Worked as substance abuse counselor. Suit against Reardon and one other priest settled in 4/07. Other claims settled 8/08 as part of $10M settlement involving twelve priests. Named in 2/11, 4/11 & 11/11 suits claiming abuse of boys. At least 24 accusers. Suit filed 7/18. On diocese's list 9/5/19; multiple substantiated allegations noted. Laicized. Credible allegation announced 10/20 of abuse of a child in 1972 at Camp Little Flower; Reardon was camp director.

Fr. Hubert John Reason

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Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

In 2002, "several individuals" came forward with credible accusations that they had been abused by Reason as minors. Per a 12/02 news article, two brothers had come forward to allege abuse by Reason and Fr. Gerry Appleby, and by an Episcopal priest and an Episcopal seminarian. The men said that, in effect, the four traded them around. They said that Reason would also give them and other altar boys money and alcohol and take them to Tampa for professional wrestling. Reason left the diocese in 1978 and died in1984, at age 60. Accused in 2005 of child sexual abuse at an Altamonte Spring parish in the early-to-mid-1960s. Three claims settled for $1.5M in 7/05.

Fr. Anthony J. Rebeiro

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Native of Goa (off the coast of India). Ordained at the Vatican. Worked in Italy and Paris before arriving in the U.S. in 1965. Incardinated into the Boston archdiocese in 1977. Removed in 8/02 from Quigley Memorial Hospital after the archdiocese received an allegation of an incident involving a 12- or 13 year-old girl in the early 1970s. Accused of molesting at least half a dozen teenage girls, as well as boys and adult women. On leave as of 6/14, per the archdiocese. Died 2/15/17.

Fr. John W. Rebel

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Leave of Absence 5/73-8/74. In 2009 the diocese received a report from the parents of an alleged victim that Rebel molested their 10- to 12-year-old son in the 1970s. They said their son told them years later about the abuse. By 2009 he was deceased. The abuse allegedly happened in their son's bedroom after a mass in their home. Further, they said that Rebel would drive their son home after CCD, and that their son would sob and beg them not to make him go to CCD. Rebel denied the accusations. He died 3/17/13.

Fr. Donald J. Rebokus

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Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Worcester MA

In 2003 a man alleged that he was molested in the mid-1970s by Rebokus while a student at Holy Name High School, where Rebokus was headmaster. The abuse allegedly would involve wrestling, showers and massages, and continued at a parish after Rebokus left the school. Rebokus' accuser said the abuse stopped when the he bested Rebokus in wrestling. Rebokus died in 1983. He had also been a state police chaplain.

Fr. John Rebovich

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Initially a priest of the Order of St. Joseph (O.S.J.). First allegation in 1975 involved soliciting an altar boy for oral sex. Boy told officials of the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Passaic in 1978 but nothing done. A few months later Rebovich transferred to Byzantine Catholic diocese of Parma. A 1990 civil suit (settled 1991) alleges Rebovich raped an altar boy in 1980 in Parma diocese. Suit also alleges church officials covered up the incident when notified in 1984. In 1992 three more plaintiffs filed suit. On leave beginning 1990. On Harrisburg diocese's list released 8/1/18, accused of sex abuse of a child. Worked in the diocese early 1970s. Deceased. Added to Scranton diocese's list 12/18.

Fr. Edward Receconi

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1979
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Seattle WA

Placed on administrative leave by his superior at St. Martin's abbey in 3/11 after a recent allegation that he had abused a minor while assigned 1984-1986 to Sacred Heart Parish in Lacey. Most recently, he had been serving as a supply priest for the archdiocese. Spokesman for the archdiocese said this was first and only accusation against Receconi.

Fr. Louis J. Reczek

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Order: MS
Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Died: 05/12/1986
Diocese: Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee FL

Priest of the LaSalette Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas Missionaries. Permanently removed by the order in 1974. Assigned in Peoria IL early career, including as a hospital chaplain. Active priest in FL 1970s and '80s until his death. Died in 1986, age 57. Named publicly as credibly accused by the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese on its list in 2020.

Fr. Donald Redmond

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Placed on leave in 2/02 after allegations that he abused at least one child in IA in the 1960s. At least three more victims from a parish in the Kansas City KS archdiocese came forward after his suspension. Complaints involved inappropriate touching of elementary school children 1961-64. Sent to live at St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison. Included on the Davenport diocese's list in 7/08. It notes allegations of the sexual abuse of five male minors. On the Kansas City KS archdiocese's list 1/25/19. It notes multiple allegations of abuse, occurring 1960-68.

Fr. Lawrence Redmond

Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

Parish pastor, vicar general. In 8/95 the diocese settled with at least six men who claimed abuse by Redmond when they were youngsters. After accusations became public in 12/94, Redmond was placed on leave and later retired. In 8/95, another man's suit was dismissed due to the statute of limitations. Other victims were expected to file. Died in 2/06. New suit filed in 10/11.

Fr. John T. Reed

Ordained: 1949
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Multiple allegations of abuse of boys. At least one claim against Reed included in a 3/08 $4.7M settlement with the archdiocese involving claims against 9 priests. Abuse allegedly occurred at St. Mary's in Dubuque in 1963-64. Reed died 4/16/76. At least one more included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.

Fr. Henry J. Reel

Ordained: 1934
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Monsignor. Pastor of St. Aloysius in Great Neck 1961-84, then Pastor Emeritus until his death in 2/90. Included in 3/21 on the diocese's list of accused. Abuse allegedly occurred at St. Aloysius, Jones Beach, a boys' camp, Reel's car and at Immaculate Conception Seminary, where he was assigned 1939-57.

Fr. Francis R. Reid

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Crookston MN

On 1/24/14, the Crookston diocese released a list of accused persons, including Reid, who previously was not publicly known to be accused. The diocese provided no information about the allegations against him. He was trained at Mount St Bernard Seminary in Dubuque IA and St Procopius Seminary in Lisle IL. Reid was ordained in Omaha but worked in the Crookston diocese his entire career as a parish priest. He was reportedly removed from ministry on 7/1/92 but is subsequently listed in the Official Catholic Directory as in residence at St Michael's in Mahnomen 1992-1997, after which he is listed as living in Park Rapids. After the USCCB's Dallas meeting, he was dropped from the Directory in 2003, only to reappear with his death on 11/15/07.

Fr. Robert E. Reidy

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Ordained: 1962
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

After two brothers came forward in 2002, Reidy admitted abusing them as children in the1960s. They claimed Reidy had taken advantage of them while their father was dying. After their father died, Reidy would take them on extended trips and sexually abuse them. Reidy was "removed from the ministry" and "retired" as of 4/02 and sent for counseling. Civil suit filed in 2002. Trial was set for 3/04. On diocese's list 10/29/18.

Fr. Robert J. Reif

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Salina KS

In 1986, 2002 and 2005 Diocese received reports of abuse. Accused of abusing two brothers 1975-86. Sent to treatment 1986-87. He denied claims but wrote apologetic letter to boys' parents in 1988. Left priesthood in 1989. Suit filed in 1995. Dismissed on SOL. Appealed to KS Supreme Court which reversed 7/96 and sent back down for trial. Case settled in mid-1990s. Laicized in 2006. On diocese's list 3/29/19.

Fr. David F. Reilly

Ordained: 1975
Status: Cleared

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Placed on administrative leave in 8/06 after a man alleged that Reilly had improper contact with him in the 1970s when he was age 13 or 14. Reilly admitted contact but says it was not what it was alleged to be. On 02/21/14 the archdiocese announced that a three-priest Tribunal had cleared Reilly of the charges (confirmed by the Vatican) and restored him to active ministry. Status changed to retired.

Fr. James Joseph Reilly

Ordained: 1945
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Worth TX

Ordained for the Dallas diocese, incardinated into Ft. Worth diocese when it was formed in 1969. Retired in 1987. Died in 1999 of Alzheimer's. Accused in the 2000s of abuse of four youths about 30 years prior. One accuser came forward in 2002; Diocese waited three years to tell him about other accusers. Suit filed by eleven men; settled in 11/06 for undisclosed amount. Building named after Reilly at former church was renamed as part of settlement. Seven more victims later came forward and settled without litigation in 2009 and 2010. More claims settled in 5/11, 6/11, 6/12, 4/13 and 3/14. About thirty known accusers as of 2014. On Dallas diocese's list 1/31/19.

Fr. Joseph L. Reilly

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Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Nashville TN

First named publicly as accused on the Nashville diocese's list 11/2/18. Dismissed from the diocese 1965. The list mistakenly stated Reilly had died. It list was corrected and re-released 11/8/18. On the Savannah diocese's list 11/8/18. Noted to have worked there 1964-65 and to have been laicized in 1965. On the Diocese of Knoxville's list as of 3/6/20.

Fr. Joseph P. Reilly

Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Died in 6/92. According to documents released from his personnel file, Reilly was accused in 1999 of kissing and groping a 10- or 11-year-old altar boy and a 16-year-old altar boy one time each. Also accused of digitally raping a pre-pubescent girl once between 1961-1963. He was assigned to St. Agnes Parish in Milton during the relevant times. The 8/11 Boston AD database reports no formal determination of guilt either because he died prior to canonical or criminal investigation or it was not complete at his death.

Fr. Terence John Reilly

Order: OP
Ordained: 1959
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in 2002 of abuse in 1976. Civil suit filed 12/03. Per LA archdiocesan report, there were 4 accusers claiming abuse 1959-76. Reilly was reportedly in residence for several years at St. Dominic's in San Francisco, which had a school. Also worked in Oakland diocese. On San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/18. Worked there at Notre Dame High School in Riverside 1988-93. SB diocese list notes abuse took place in Eugene OR in 1983, that it was made aware in 5/93 and that Reilly left the diocese 5/93. Died in 2016. On Dominicans St. Joseph Province list in late 2018. It notes transfer in 1974 to the Province of the Holy Name.

Fr. Nicholas Reina

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Named publicly as accused on the Los Angeles archdiocese's updated list 12/6/18. Report to archdiocese in 2018 of incident(s) in 2000. Removed from ministry in 2018. The Salesians reportedly had received an allegation in 2000 that Reina molested a child in 1975, prior to ordination. In 2012 an adult told the order Reina made an "improper advance" toward him in 2000. In 2013 Reina was awarded Salesian High School in Richmond's Educator of the Year.

Fr. William Thomas Reinecke

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

Chancellor from 1980; vicar general from 1986. In 1992 a man accused Reinecke of sexually abusiing him when he was a 13-year-old altar boy in 1967-68, on an overnight trip to Williamsburg. Reinecke allegedly performed oral sex on the boy. Reinecke apologized and died by suicide in 1992. Another man then alleged fondling during an overnight trip to Williamsburg in 1969. In 2007, the Review Board deemed credible a woman's 2006 allegation of abuse in the late 1960s, when she was a minor in the Richmond diocese. Included on Richmond and Arlington diocese's lists in 2/19.

Fr. Gerald L. Reinersman

Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Covington KY

Reinersman, the VG and Chancellor of the Diocese and former Moderator of the Curia, was removed 5/04 after man alleged Reinersman had molested him in 1979 at Mary, Queen of Holy Rosary Church in Lexington when he was a youth. Reinersman denied all allega

Fr. Robert J. Reiss

Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Accused of abuse of boys in the 1970s. Laicized in 9/97. Died in Mexico 2/3/05; apparently murdered. Claims were including in the 2/06 settlement by the diocese. At least one claim included in $4.7M 3/08 settlement with archdiocese involving abuse by 9 priests. At least one more claim included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.

Fr. Robert Renggli

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Order: OSB
Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Seattle WA

A woman sought counseling in 1988, alleging abuse by Renggli when she was in high school; she was referred by the Seattle archdiocese to a counseling agency. In 2005 she filed suit, alleging she did not understand the relationship between the counseling agency and the 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.

Fr. William F. Rensing

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Removed in 10/02 on recommendation of Review Board after accusation that he abused a minor three decades before. Accusation received in 7/02 but delayed because the man told the Diocese that he himself was under investigation for child abuse (he was later convicted). Matter referred to Rome and then returned to Diocese in 2003. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave/Retired." Died 3/13/17. On diocese's list 12/19/18.

Fr. Rudolf John Renteria

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Ordained: 1979
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Worth TX

Accused of sexual abuse of a 14-year-old boy in 1981. Bishop confronted him but he said could not admit or deny because of alcohol. Reassigned several times. After a "series of incidents involving disruptive behavior and alcohol abuse" at one parish, he was sent for treatment to Southdown and then assigned as hospital chaplain, beginning in 1987. Barred from ministry in 2002. Bishop asked Vatican to laicize him. Suit filed 3/09 claiming 1981 abuse. Settled 6/30/10. Laicized 12/10/10.

Fr. Gerald Duane Repola

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pueblo CO

Named publicly as credibly accused in the CO AG's supplemental report 12/1/20.(Referred to as Duane Repola; the Directories show Gerald D. Repola.) In 12/19 a man reported to the IRRP that when he was ages 14-15 in 1967, Repola sexually abused him. Repola was assigned at the time of the abuse to Immaculate Heart of Mary. The report notes that Repola's assignment history indicates the diocese knew he was "engaged in such behavior." He was moved between parishes after short durations, then to a chaplaincy and, soon after, he was removed from ministry. He was placed on leave in 1971 and told to undergo counseling. Repola's personnel file did not explain reasons for the transfers, removal or counseling. He died 3/5/71. As a seminarian in 1958, worked at Camp St. Malo where a deaf boy disappeared and was later found dead. Two other seminarians there at the time were later found to be serial child sex abusers.

Fr. Joaquin V. Resma

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Died: 05/1/1983
Diocese: Diocese of El Paso TX

From the Philippines. Pastor of Our Lady of Health in Las Cruces NM 1978-83. (El Paso diocese until Las Cruces NM diocese formed in 1982.) Member of Society of St. John Vianney. Died 5/1/83. Accused in a 6/18 lawsuit of sexually abusing an altar boy in 1978 at Our Lady of Health. Four alleged victims joined the suti, whidh settled. Per the parish's website, Resma and his brother, also a priest, were magicians who "worked very well with young children and youth." A lawsuit filed in 12/18 claimed Resma raped a 10-year-old girl on multiple occasions in the late 1970s. His accuser said that when she age was 8 or 9, Resma would kiss her "like I was an adult." She said he would have girls sleepover three or four at a time in the rectory living room, then take them one at a time to his bedroom.  Another suit was filed in 2021 and was set to go to trial as of 8/21.


Fr. Emmeran Rettger

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1938
Status: Accused

Died: 06/10/1999
Diocese: Diocese of Covington KY

Named publicly as accused by the St. Vincent Abbey Benedictines in 8/18. Multiple allegations of abuse dating to his time at St. Benedict's in Covington, KY 1965-67. Per the Archabbey, the allegations were received in 1993, and Rettger was removed from active ministry. Included on the Diocese of Covington's list 7/31/20 of those with substantiated allegation(s). Died 6/10/99.

Fr. M. Lawrence Reuter

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

President of Loyola Academy 1975-90. Removed from active ministry in 2010 after admitting to an "inappropriate relationship" with a senior at the school after the boy turned 18. Settlement in 1990s. A second man came forward in 2010, alleging abuse at Loyola Academy as a student in the late 1980s. On the Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/18. It noted that he was living in a Jesuit Community 2010- to the present.

Br. Paul F. Reycraft

Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

One of 10 religious brothers and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in a 5/13 civil suit claiming abuse at three Chicago schools run by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers' (Irish Christian Brothers) North American Province. Order agreed to $16.5M settlement with 400 plaintiffs in 5/13 with claims of abuse by multiple priests and brothers. Included on the order's list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014.

Fr. Lonnie C. Reyes

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Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Austin TX

Longinus "Lonnie" Juventius Reyes. Vice Chancellor of diocese 1973-75, Chancellor 1975-86. Admitted in 2004 to sexual 'relationship' with a girl, ages 16-18, in the 1970s. Resigned from ministry. Placed on permanent leave. Given retirement status. The woman had recently reported the matter. Diocese investigated possibility of two more victims and said that there were also inappropriate relationships with adult women. On Austin diocese's list 1/31/19.

Fr. Bradley R. Reynolds

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fairbanks AK

Reknowned photographer and writer. Frequently visited AK to visit and take photos, not formally assigned there. Often quoted as a spokesman for the Oregon Province. Worked at Seattle U. 1983-90. Suit filed 8/08 alleges Reynolds abused two boys, ages 9 and 11, at Toksook Bay at some point. Placed on leave in 8/08, investigated by the Order. Review Board deemed the allegations not credible. In 2004 another Jesuit, Rev. Dave Reynolds, SJ, had alerted leadership to sexual wrongdoing by Reynolds with young men and boys in the AK village. Sent for a psych eval. Two or more pending claims shown in bankruptcy reorganization documents for Fairbanks Diocese 1/25/10. Subsequently assigned to Gonzaga U. as Assistant Director of Campus Ministry. Requests made to Seattle Archbishop and Tacoma Bishop to remove his privileges. Quietly left Gonzaga at the end of the 2019 school year.

Fr. Francis J. Reynolds

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Named in civil suit filed 12/93. Alleged to have sexually abused a teen-age girl from about 1972 through 1984 while she was a parishioner and student at the St. Francis Xavier parish and school in Buffalo, Minn. Reynolds died in 1988.Permanently remove

Sr. Eileen M. Rhoads

Order: IHM
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Entered the convent in 1957. "Sr. M. Frances Therese". Dismissed from her vows in 1974 for "familiarity," yet allowed to teach in Catholic schools for 21 years; continued to abuse boys and at least one girl. Abuse included intercourse with at least one boy, starting at age 12. Also gave children pornography and encouraged them to be sexual with each other. Convicted 7/13/04 of felony sexual abuse of a 10-year-old boy in 1969-70. Sentenced in 9/04 to 6 months in jail. Sued in 2004 in VA and PA. Living in Drexel Hill, PA as of 1/09.

Fr. Raymond R. Rhoden

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Ordained: 1976
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 2002 the diocese received a report that Rhoden sexually abused a 16- to 17-year-old boy in 1976-77. Rhoden had been a family friend. The boy's parents said they told Bishop McDowell about the abuse years before and he said he would "take care of [it]." Rhoden admitted to the abuse. He would go into the boy's room after the boy had gone to bed, massage his back, fondle his genitals and perform oral sex on him. Rhoden was placed on leave 5/17/02 and sent to St. Luke Institute for an evaluation. He withdrew from ministry 7/5/02 and retired to Sarasota, FL. He died 11/4/06 at age 56. Lawsuit announced 11/18. Another suit 1/19 alleged abuse of a 5th-grade boy 1978-80.

Fr. Michael Rhodes

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Ordained: 1984
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Per news in 2004, Rhodes was accused of sexually abusing two boys in the ate 1970s, when he was a seminary student. One of the alleged victims came forward in late 2003 and the second was located by church investigators. Rhodes left the ministry in 1993. In 2004 was possibly living in Florida and working as a clinical hypnotherapist.

Fr. Charles A. Ribaudo

Ordained: 1967
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Monsignor. Placed on leave, then "retired" in 2002 after allegation that he had molested Michael Hands as a high school student. Hands went on to become a priest and in 2002 pled guilty to abusing a teenage boy. Hands claimed that a church official offered him cash if he promised to keep quiet about charges against Ribaudo, one of the diocese's best fund-raisers. Ribaudo, Priest O in the Suffolk County Grand Jury Report, admitted in therapy that he had abused "at least 12 boys." Died 8/13/16. Lawsuits filed in 8/19: claims of abuse of a 17-year-old, who was a student at Holy Trinity in Hicksville, 4/69-6/69; claims of abuse of a child, ages 15-16, at Holy Trinity High School in 1977. Included on the diocese's list of accused in 3/21.

Fr. Arthur A. Ribeiro

Ordained: 1950
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

On sick leave in 1982. Removed from ministry/retired 1/1/92. Confronted in 1996 by two priests about his sexual misconduct. As of 1/03, three men had filed suit alleging Ribeiro sexually abused them in 1960s at All Saints in Concord. Per 7/04 article, four plaintiffs in two lawsuits. One plaintiff said he told his pastor during confession within two weeks of abuse and that Ribeiro was then transferred and promoted. Died 10/18/00. On diocese's list 2/17/19.

Fr. Jose F. Ribeiro

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

From Portugal. Worked in Santa Clara (1975-81), Sacramento (1982-91) and San Francisco, CA (1991-94). Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits West Province on its list 12/7/18. It notes an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, without specifics as to time or place. Dismissed from the order and returned to Portugal.

Fr. John Rice

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Ordained: 2003
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

West Virginia Catholic High School principal John Golebiewski reportedly filed three misconduct reports with allegations that Rice inappropriately touched students over a year, beginning in 2018. The principal was fired and, in 9/20, sued the diocese, claiming he was let go for reporting Rice and for firing a football coach. The diocese stated that the allegations against Rice were investigated and deemed by the Review Board to be not credible.

Fr. Joseph P. Rice

Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Removed in 2002. Accused, along with two other priests, of abuse of teenage girl. No criminal charges filed, due to statute of limitations. Church found allegations credible. Allegations against Rice included in 10/04 settlement with Archdiocese. Living without restrictions at St. John Vianney Residence for Retired Priests in Rutherford, NJ for several years as of 11/13. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Died in 2014. New suit in 7/20 alleges abuse 1978-81 at St. John the Apostle in Linden. Accused in a claim settled in 2020 in the low six figures of sexually abusing an altar boy, ages 12-18, during 1978-85, while assigned to St. John the Apostle. The abuse included forced oral sex and forced sodomy.

Fr. Michael Rice

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph MO

Included on the diocese's list 9/5/19 under the category, "Clergy who have served in Diocese of KCSJ found by the Diocesan Bishop to be unsuitable for ministry out of concern for the safety of our youth." Retired in the early 2000s. Per a news account in 2002, Rice allowed accused priest Thomas Ward to assist at St. Margaret's in Lee Summit, where Rice was pastor.

Fr. Edward D. Richard

Ordained: 1968
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Placed on leave in 4/02 after the diocese learned that police were investigating Richard due to allegations of child sexual abuse. Two men filed suit in 6/02 alleging the priest abused them while he was assigned to Our Lady of Mercy in Merrimack 1973-82. Richard retired in late 5/03. The criminal investigation was still ongoing at the time. Claims likely part of 5/03 settlement involving 61 plaintiffs. Assigned to a life of prayer and penance and deceased, per the diocese's list 7/31/19. Accused in a lawsuit that settled in 4/20 in the low five figures of fondling a boy, age 17, in 1987, in the St. John Neumann Parish rectory in Merrimack.

Fr. Lucien J. Richard

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Order: OMI
Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Sued in 11/05. Accused of abuse of the twin daughters that he admittedly fathered. "Affair" began when the girls' mother was a student at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge in the late 1970s and he was her professor. It continued for several years until the girls were born in 1985. He become a professor at Boston University. He said he paid child support regularly and never abused the girls. Order knew of the girls from the time of their birth.

Fr. Mark Richard

Ordained: 1996
Status: Charges Dropped

Diocese: Diocese of Lafayette LA

Arrested in 1/97 after found with a 14-year-old boy in a van parked on dead-end road at 1:30 in the morning. Richard claimed the boy had problems and wanted to talk. Placed on leave and suspended him from priestly ministry. Richard and the boy both denied any wrong-doing and charges were dropped. Bishop wanted further evaluation. Soon after charges were dropped, Richard was "quietly forced to resign."

Fr. William Richard

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Ordained: 1981
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Dallas TX

Several boys at a Catholic high school in Dallas and a Plano church accused Richard of harassment in 1993. Their attorney provided Bishop Grahman with sworn statements. Grahmann reassigned Richard to a Rockwall parish in 1994 but the priest was never reported to police. He resigned from his parish in 2005 after a dispute involving a parish music minister who was on probation for indecent exposure.

Fr. Franklin T. Richards

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Nashville TN

Principal of Knoxville Catholic High School. Confronted by parents of three children in 1984. The diocese and Richards say they paid them settlement. Sent for treatment. Left priesthood in 1989. He and Edward McKeown abused many of the same boys. Richards confessed to molesting 25 boys. No legal action due to SOL. Living in FL at last report. In deposition, he admitted homosexual relationships with two priests. On Nashville diocese's list 11/21/18. On Knoxville diocese's list as of 3/6/20.

Fr. James Edward Richardson

Ordained: 1965
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Wilmington DE and MD

Placed on leave in 6/09 after accused by an anonymous plaintiff in a newly-filed civil suit. Plaintiff said he was abused on two occasions in the 1960s. Richardson denied all accusations. Worked since 1982 as a drug and alcohol counselor. In 1989 he was assigned to Center for Pastoral Care. Part-time chaplain of St. Edmond's Academy. Faculties restored by Diocese 11/19/09 after investigation could not find credible evidence. Died 02/14/14.

Fr. Peter Raymond Richardson

Order: GHM
Ordained: 1986
Status: Accused

Died: 03/26/2014
Diocese: Diocese of Jackson MS

Named publicly as accused by the Jackson diocese on its list 3/19/19. Removed from ministry in 2010, died 3/26/14. Per list, abuse 1987-90 in Aberdeen reported in 2014. Also accused in of abuse of a minor in 2005 in West Liberty, KY. On Glenmary list 10/11/19. It notes that he left the order in 2007. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19. On the Lexington diocese's list in 8/20.

Fr. Herbert M. Richey, Jr.

Ordained: 1978
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Accused of abuse of several youths. At least seven known victims in two parishes from the 1980s. Confidential settlements pre-1992. Forced from priesthood in 1992 and laicized in 1997. Allegations substantiated. Later turned up working as a music director/organist in another Toledo parish. Banned in 2002. Found working in Detroit area in 1/11 as church organist. Removed. Included on the Detroit archdiocese's 6/10/19 list of credibly accused. Died in 7/21/20.

Fr. Charlie Richmond

Ordained: 2015
Status: Charged

Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

Criminally charged in 6/15/20 with repeated sexual assault of a child. In 3/20 his victim told police that between 9/16 and 5/17 Richmond would inappropriately touch her, have her sit on his lap and hug her, and was in constant communication via social media. The incidents occurred at McDonell Area Catholic School, where Richmond was chaplain. He admitted to three to four incidents of sexual contact. Removed from public ministry.

Fr. Howard Joseph Richmond

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Ordained: 2021
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Originally priest of Charleston SC diocese; transferred early 1950s to Brooklyn. Went by "H. Joseph" in SC, "Joseph H." in NY. Retired 1977, moved to San Diego CA. Died 1/28/86. Named in massive civil suit filed 10/01/03, 27 plaintiffs alleged abuse by 24 priests, including Richmond. One man said he was abused by Richmond and Fr. Richard Lewkiewicz. Richmond reportedly watched as the alleged rape by Lewkiewicz occurred.

Fr. Loren Riebe

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

After ordination, Riebe spent four years at St. Anne's Parish in Santa Monica. Moved to Mexico in 1974 and spent next 21 years ministering to Indians. Expelled by the Mexican government in 1995. L.A. archdiocese began notifying dioceses throughout the country in early 2008 that it had several credible allegations against him of sexual misconduct with minors dating from the early 1970s. Worked in Diocese of Phoenix in 1996-97 (on its list as "Lawrence" Riebe). As of 2008, incardinated in the Diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Died in 2018.

Fr. Donald W. Rieder

Ordained: 1955
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

Admitted in 2002 to molesting three girls in the 1980s and one in the 1990s. Sentenced in a plea bargain in 6/03 to one year in jail in the 1990s case. She filed suit 1in 2/02. Settled in 2003 for $500K. A woman told the Vicar General in the early 1990s Rieder had molested her daughter. V.G. promised Rieder would never minister publicly again. Retired in 1996; privileges not removed until 2002. Another civil suit settled in 10/05 for $17.5K. At least 9 accusers in all. Named on St. Cloud list issued 1/3/14. Died 5/18/13. Two more suits filed 8/25/15 by women claiming sexual abuse as girls in the 1960s by Rieder. Assignments included parishes in Alexandria, Randall, Kimball, Morris, Roscoe, Paynesville, Little Falls, Sobieski and St. Cloud.

Fr. Matthew Riedlinger

Ordained: 2010
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Complaints to Bishop O'Connell in 2011 that Riedlinger engaged in explicit sexting, emails and verbal conversations with students in seminary. Bishop sent him to counseling and lectured him. Two men set up Internet sting in 2012 and the priest exchanged over 1200 explicit text messages and emails with what he thought was 16-year-old old boy. The men (supported by three others) gave transcripts of the exchanges to the bishop in 2012. Removed; sent to in-patient treatment. No publicity until 2013. Privileges permanently removed 10/13.

Fr. George Rieffer

Ordained: 1939
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Msgr. Rieiffer (misspelled "Reiffer" in media reports) was accused in a lawsuit filed in 5/16 of sexually abusing and raping a girl beginning in 1952, when she was 6-years-old. The abuse allegedly occurred many times in the rectory of Immaculate Conception parish, Las Vegas. The girl was said to have been a parishioner and student of the parish school. Rieffer died 9/7/91.

Fr. Claude Riffel

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Order: OFM
Ordained: 1940
Status: Sued

Died: 01/1/1977
Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

A suit filed in 2/09 alleged abuse of a youth at St. Francis Minor Seminary in Troutdale, OR in the early 1960s. Riffel was dean of discipline for the school and would allegedly call the teenager out of class to abuse him. Also believed to have abused in Santa Barbara, CA 1941-42 and 1975-76. Died in 1977. On the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans' list 5/31/19. On the Las Cruces diocese's list 6/24/19, where he was assigned in 1968.

Seminarian Leonard Riforgiato

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 2021
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Seminarian. Named publicly as accused on the Jesuits Northeast Province list 1/15/19. It notes a report in 1969 of abuse of minors 1964-66, and that he admitted to the abuse. Riforgiato left the Jesuits in 1972. Taught for 27 years at Penn State's Shenango Valley campus and reportedly "focused on youth activities." Died in 1999. Two lawsuits filed in 8/19 alleged sexual assault of a child and rape of another. One was filed on behalf of a victim who died by suicide at age 32.

Fr. Dennis A. Rigney

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Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Director of Catholic Charities for over 36 years and other prominent chancery positions. Diocese received a report in 4/87 that Rigney fondled a 12- or -13-year-old girl. Complaint in 1989 that Rigney fired a Holy Family Manor nurse's aid because she resisted his sexual advances. In 4/02 a woman told diocese that Rigney molested her over one year, 1966-67, when she was age 9 or 10 and he was assigned to St. Peter's in Reading. She said Rigney also molested her sister. Rigney requested early retirement in 4/02 for 'medical reasons.' Sued 1/04 for alleged abuse of 9-year-old girl. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.

Fr. Dennis J. Rigney

Ordained: 1942
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

In a 1994 RICO lawsuit Rigney and two other priests were accused of abuse of two brothers 1963-1978. Suit dismissed; both settled 3/03. Diocese said allegations not credible. Died in 1992. Brother of accused priest Philip Rigney. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Philip T. Rigney

Ordained: 1949
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Monsignor. Director of Vocations, accused of insuring a continuous inflow of child molesters into the Camden Diocese. Named as abuser in three lawsuits, including Rubino's 1994 RICO suit. Abuse of two boys reported to Bishop in 1984. Part of 2003 settlement. Retired in 1986 and worked part time in Palm Beach, FL. Permission removed in 1994 but he kept working. Permanently suspended 2002. Brother of accused priest Dennis Rigney. Died 10/11/05. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Leo P Riley

Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Accused on 12/10/14 of sexually abusing a 4th grade altar boy in Dubuque IA starting in 10/85 at morning Mass. A 2/18/15 letter by Dubuque Archbishop Jackels about allegation was reprinted in the 3/1/15 bulletin of the parish where the abuse is alleged to have been committed, after archdiocese received the accuser's lawsuit on 2/10/15 and the review board deemed the allegation "not manifestly false or frivolous" on 2/11/15. Preliminary investigation began then. Riley worked in 16 Dubuque parishes since 1982; transferred to Venice FL diocese in 2002. Placed on temporary leave by Venice Bishop Dewane sometime between 1/4/15 and 1/11/15, pending the results of Dubuque's investigation. Riley "strenuously denies" the allegation. Jackels announced 7/12/15 that his investigation did not find the allegation to be true; survivor stated inquiry was incomplete. Riley reportedly passed a polygraph test. He was reinstated, took a leave, and then returned to St Peter the Apostle in Naples in 10/15.

Fr. Leo Thomas Riley

Order: CSS
Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

A man said in 2002 he was abused by Riley over a four-year period in the late 1950s at the Elm Bank Minor Seminary. The alleged victim told the Stigmatine's head at the time of the abuse; Riley was transferred. When the man brought the matter to the order's attention again in 2002, they admitted knowledge of the original complaint and said the information was not shared with anyone and was not entered into Riley's records. Riley died in 1995. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database.

Fr. Miles O’Brien Riley

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Author, actor, and former spokesman for the church. Well-known for his radio ministry and as a fixture on the old God Squad TV show. Target of a complaint by a female parishioner who accused him of having consensual contact short of intercourse with her in the early 1970s, beginning when she was 16. Matter referred to DA's office 8/02 and Riley was allowed to "resign."

Fr. Harry Ringenberger

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Ordained: 1969
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Accused in a lawsuit filed 5/19/15 of sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy in 1989 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, Pembroke Pines FL. Allegations include his wrestling naked with the boy, and that he abused other children similarly. The lawsuit claims the archdiocese was informed of the allegations in 1989 but allowed Ringenberger to work at another parish after sending him away for a year.

Fr. Claudio Riol

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Ordained: 1930
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

Riol, a native of Peru, was added 12/04 to the Diocese's list of priests with "credible allegations." He worked in the Diocese between 1960 and 1966. Also named in 4/05 civil suit re abuse at Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary convent in Tucson.

Fr. Brendan P. Riordan

Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Monsignor. A child molestation suit settled in 1995 named Riordan and three other priests. Plaintiff alleged abuse at House of Affirmation in the Worcester diocese. Riordan denied any sexual involvement with the plaintiff. He served on the board of Community Organization for Parents and Youth (COPAY), a Long Island nonprofit that counseled drug-addicted teens. COPAY denied current affiliation. Riordan was appointed pastor of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Great Neck in 1998, where he remained until his retirement in 2015. Moved to Florida.

Fr. Louis J. Rios

Order: AA
Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Accused in 2/26/04 suit of forcing a 16-year-old girl to have intercourse and, when she got pregnant, offering her money from the NY parish collection and urging her to get an abortion. Rios knew the girl from catechism class, offered her GED tutoring, and then used a confidence about her violent father to begin the abuse and coerce her silence. Another priest promised to help her but didn't. Rios also worked in the dioceses of Worcester MA, San Juan PR, and perhaps Boston MA.

Fr. Dennis R. Riss

Ordained: 1984
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rapid City SD

In 5/02 Bishop announced he had removed Riss from his assignment at St. Mary's in Lemmon after Riss admitted that he had sexually abused a 17-year-old boy in the early 1980s, prior to entering the seminary. Review board had not yet evaluated the case as of 2/03. Laicize 5/7/04. Died 5/30/09. On diocese's list in 3/19. It notes multiple allegations, the first received by diocese in 1984. Reported abuse occurred 1980 and 1990.

Fr. Samuel E. Ritchey

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Accused in 12/05 of 1977 abuse of a youth. Review board deemed allegations credible. Placed on leave. A second man alleged in 2/06 that Ritchey gave him drugs and alcohol in 1978 when he was senior in high school and attempted to molest him. Teaching certificate revoked by state in 11/06. In 2016 a man spoke publicly about being molested at age 16 by Ritchey in 1974. He said he asked Ritchey how many other kids he did that with, and Ritchey told him "I have several 'special friends' from my parish." The man's mother was a cousin of newly ordained and later Bishop Nienstedt, who introduced Ritchey to him. Nienstedt reportedly was told of the abuse, and did nothing. On diocese's list 3/1/19. Noted to have been laicized and to be deceased.

Fr. Dennis G. Riter

Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Suspended 3/26/18, accused of abuse of two altar boys at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the 1990s. One accuser said he was 10-13 when abused, and that he witnessed the abuse of the other boy, now deceased. Also, Riter would invite him to play games in the rectory after mass, then abuse him. He told his aunt in 2007; she took notes. The other boy's mother said her son told her at age 12 in 1997 that Riter tried to "play with" him underneath his robe on the altar during mass. Also said she told a cousin who worked for the diocese, who said "we'll look into it." The cousin claimed in 2018 not to remember. A third alleged victim was discovered by a news outlet in 5/18. A former seminarian said that in 1992 he walked in on Riter sexually abusing a 6-year-old boy, and told Bishops Head and Grosz in a letter. He said they told him to keep it quiet. Per diocese in 6/18 claims unsubstantiated; Riter reinstated. New lawsuit 8/19 by first accuser under Child Victims Act. Riter died 2/8/20.

Sr. Rosaria Riter

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Order: OSB
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

In 11/03 the Diocese of Tucson announced credible sexual abuse allegations against Sr. Riter dating back to 1949-1953 when she served on faculty of Sacred heart School. Riter died in 1996. Allegations were reported to police. Complainant was a boy at the time of the abuse but no other specific information as to age.

Fr. Bruce Ritter

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1956
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Established Covenant House in Greenwich Village in the early 1970s as a shelter and foundation for homeless and troubled youth. Complaints of sexual abuse of teen boys date back as far as the 1950s. Complaints documented in book, "Broken Covenant" by C. Sennott, 1992. Civil suit. Forced to resign in 1990 after allegations. Refused counseling, resigned from the order in 1991, reportedly joined an overseas diocese. Died in 1999. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 7/21 in Manhattan of sexually abusing a boy, ages 13-16, beginning in 1981. His accuser, who was a Covenant House resident, said that Ritter gave him gifts and clothing, and that the abuse included forcing him to have sex with other men, including Covenant House donors. 


Fr. Joseph J. Rives

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Ordained: 1920
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

In lawsuits filed in 5/03 and 6/03, three women claimed Rives abused them as girls 1962-64. Rives died in 1971. His name was originally shown as "Joseph Reeves." At least two suits were dismissed in 12/03 for being filed too late (more than one year after 4/02 Louisville notice date).

Fr. David R. Rizzo

Ordained: 1999
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Administrator of St. Augustine's in Dysart and St. Monica's in Chest Springs when placed on leave in 9/19, due to an allegation of "sexual misconduct " with a minor occurring several years prior. Rizzo had also been placed on leave in 2016 due to an unspecified complaint not involving minors. He was assigned at that time to Our Lady of Lourdes in Altoona. Included on the diocese's list as of 1/16/20. On leave pending diocese's decision as to the allegation(s) against him.

Fr. William A. Roach

Ordained: 1945
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Sued in 2004. Accused of abuse of two boys in Cedar Rapids in 1962 and one in Key West in 1967. Roach was former vicar general and former chancellor of the archdiocese. Died 4/9/86 in alcohol-related auto accident. Claims settled by archdiocese in 2/06 as part of $5Ml settlement with 20 individuals.

Fr. Armour R. Roberts

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Bismarck ND

Named publicly as accused by the Bismarck diocese on its list 1/2/20. Allegations reported after his death. Substantiated. Died 12/8/89. In the late 1960s or early '70s took three boys, who were high school freshmen, to visit Rev. John Owens in New Leipzig. The two priests allegedly plied the boys with alcohol and sexually abused them.

Fr. Daniel F. Roberts

Ordained: 1945
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Burlington VT

Named publicly as credibly accused by the diocese on its list 8/22/19. Allegation first received in 2002. In 1/21 a woman told a news outlet that Roberts sexually assaulted her at age 10 in 1949, at St. Anthony's in White River Junction. She told her parents; her father called the police and the head of the parish. Roberts was transferred. He became a girls' school chaplain in Burlington, worked in a number of parishes and schools and as chaplain at a psychiatric facility for children in Brandon, VT. Retired 10/1/80. Died 12/281.

Fr. Edward F. Roberts

Ordained: 1941
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

The archdiocese announced in 9/15 that it had recently received credible allegations of abuse of minors against Roberts. Assigned to St. Peter Cathedral in KC, St Teresa in Westphalia, Sacred Heart in Baileville, St. Gregory in Marysville, St. Joseph in Nortonville, Holy Name in Topeka. Died in 9/18/97. On the archdiocese's list 1/25/19. It notes allegations of abuse occurring 1949 to the early 1990s.

Fr. Kenneth J. Roberts

Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Dallas TX

From England. Author of book "From Playboy to Priest." Well-known conservative multi-media evangelist. First assignment at St. Andrew's in Ft. Worth. Sent to a Dallas parish after the mother of two Ft. Worth boys reportedly told a Monsignor that Roberts abused her sons. Sent to MO treatment center in 1968; allowed to work there on a temporary basis until 1994. Also worked in Belleville Diocese. Lived at some point in the Jefferson City diocese. At one time was national head of Catholic Youth Organizations. Faculties suspended in 1998. Several civil suits filed naming St. Louis and Dallas and/or Belleville Dioceses. At least seven known victims. Some cases settled; one in Peoria. Died in 2018. On Dallas list 1/31/19. On St. Louis archdiocese's list 7/26/19. On Peoria's list by 1/20.

Fr. Mark Thomas Roberts

Ordained: 1983
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Las Vegas NV

First known incident of abuse occurred in 1996. Removed from ministry in 2002. Accused in a 2002 civil suit of abuse of at least nine teenage boys. Criminally charged with the abuse of five boys. Convicted in 2003. Sentenced to three years probation. Removed from formal probation by court in 8/04. Ordered to treatment at RECON, a church-run center in MO, despite the fact that one of his victims lived within a 20 minute drive of the site. On Las Vegas diocese's list 4/12/19.

Fr. George H. Robichaud

Ordained: 1970
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Placed on leave 4/02. Arrested 7/02, charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault of a boy between ages 13-16 in 1984 and 1985. Victim went to police, then taped conversation with Robichaud in which Robichaud admitted he had been in recovery for 10 years. Also admitted abuse of another youth. One criminal mistrial. Retrial stopped 7/03 and charges later dropped on age issues and SOL. Civil suit filed 5/02 regarding abuse in 1982-1983. Settled in 2003. Deceased, per the diocese's list 7/31/19.

Fr. James P. Robichaud

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Order: OMI
Ordained: 1979
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Moved to ME in 2000; incardinated into the Portland ME diocese in 2003. In 2008 allegations arose that he had sexually abused a girl around 1979 when he was working at St. Jean-Baptiste parish in Lowell, MA. Allegations known for five months before he was placed on leave 6/26/08. He died by suicide the same night. Portland refused to pursue investigation after his death. Omitted from the 2011 Boston AD database. In 4/12 Attorney Garabedian announced a recent settlement of at least one claim regarding Robichaud.

Fr. Robie Robichaux

Ordained: 1976
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Lafayette LA

Monsignor. Prominent diocesan official. Suspended in 10/18 after allegations of sexually abusing a girl, ages 16-18, 1979-81. His accuser came forward to the diocese in 1994 and 2004; Robichaux was kept in ministry. She again contacted the diocese in 2018. The woman filed suit in 2020. A second woman alleged in 2018 that Robichaux abused her in 1975 when she was a 17 -or 18-year-old High School senior and he was a deacon in New Iberia. Investigation ongoing in 1/19. Bishop Jarrell appealed to the Vatican; appeal denied.

Fr. Franz Robier

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Ordained: 1936
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

From Austria. Arrived in San Diego in 1955; incardinated 1957. In Jemez Springs NM for treatment in 1957. Several suits filed in 2003. Accused of abuse, including rape, of as many as 24 girls in late 1950s-early 1960s,. Area was part of San Diego diocese at the time, later San Bernardino. Died in 1994. First suit set to go to trial in 3/07 involved allegations by 4 sisters, but SD diocese filed bankruptcy in 2/07. Name on list released by San Diego in 3/07. Claims settled 9/07 as part of $198.1M settlement. Personnel file released in 10/10.

Fr. Raymond A. Robillard

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Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

Name appeared on a list of 21 priests accused of abuse released in 9/02 by the District Attorney. The list showed two alleged victims with claims beyond the statute of limitations. In 1995 Robillard left his position as chaplain at Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Home to become assistant diocesan archivist, effective immediately. One 1999 website celebrating the anniversary of a former parish refers to Robillard as "retired." The 2002 Catholic Directory shows him as absent on leave. Included in 1/21 on the diocese's list of credibly accused. It notes that his faculties had been removed.

Fr. Barry Robinson

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

From Australia. Worked in East Melbourne and in Santiago Chile. In Boston around 1994. Personnel file released in 1/04. Fled to Australia in 1994 after admitting to a therapist that he had sexual relations with a 16-year-old boy in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood, and that he had engaged in sexual misconduct in Chile. He was an active priest in Australia for many years before being placed on leave. Later found living in a "special house for priests with problems" next to a school. Reassigned as supply priest 4/10. Omitted from the 2011 Boston AD database. Died 10/10/14.

Fr. Edmund J. Robinson

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Great Falls-Billings MT

At least one of the plaintiffs in a civil suit filed by 10 accusers in 2/12 alleged abuse by Robinson when he was assigned to St. Paul's Mission in Hays, MT. Also accused of abuse of at least one girl in 1963 at St. Ignatius Mission in the Helena diocese. Last known to have lived at Regis Community in Spokane, WA. Died 5/22/14. Included on the Helena diocese's list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. By 2017 Robinson had been accused in lawsuits of the sexual abuse, including rape, of 9 children - boys and girls - on Indian reservations in the 1950s and 1960s. On the Great Falls-Billings diocese's list 8/21/18. On the Jesuit West list 12/7/18.

Fr. Ernest E. Robinson

Ordained: 1979
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Name released by law firm 3/1/18. Likely "Priest K" in the 2003 Suffolk County GJ report, who admitted to a victim in a secret recording in 1998 to abusing him as a boy during his first assignment. Victim sued, received $160K settlement. "Priest K" was later accused of abuse of another boy, whose father complained to the diocese. Claims settled in 2/18 through the IRCP. Accused of abuse of an altar boy in about 1980, when assigned to a Greenlawn, NY parish. Abuse reported to diocese the day it happened and multiple times thereafter. Robinson remained in ministry until 2006. Thought to be "many other" victims. Convicted in 2007 of sexually abusing a male minor in MA in 2006. On CT sex offender registry in 2/18. On Rockville Centre diocese's list in 3/21.

Fr. Gerald J. Robinson

Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Placed on leave 2003 or 2004. Accused in 2003 of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in 1978 at Mercy Hospital; accuser claimed ritual abuse by several priests. Accused 2005 of ritual abuse of a girl in 1968-75. Convicted 5/11/06 of 1980 ritual murder of nun at Mercy Hospital; sentenced to 15 years in prison. Case appealed. Ohio Sup. Court refused to hear appeal 12/08. Civil suit involving abuse dismissed 1/07 on SOL. Court reinstated lawsuit 10/07. Dismissed again 1/10. Dismissal upheld 12/10 & 4/11. Believed to be terminally ill (debilitating heart attack) in prison as of 6/3/14. Seeking early release but state authorities opposed it. Early release denied 7/3/14. He died in prison 7/4/14. Was to be buried as a priest.

Fr. James Richard Robinson

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Multiple alleged victims in the UK, beginning when Robinson was in seminary. The first complaint was reportedly made in 1973. Transferred suddenly in 1986 from archdiocese of Birmingham (UK) to L.A. archdiocese. Reportedly worked in five LA parishes 1986-93.

Fr. John Allen Robinson

Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Associate pastor of Queen of Rosary parish in Elk Grove Village 1994-2003. Removed from public ministry in 1/03 after a summer 2002 accusation that he had been involved in sexual misconduct with a teenage boy in the late 1970s while assigned to St. Priscilla's in Chicago. Included in a 10/05 settlement with the Archdiocese involving multiple plaintiffs and 14 priests. Permanently removed from public ministry in 9/05. Died 3/20/16, per archdiocese's 11/28/18 updated list.

Fr. Perry L. Robinson

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Assigned in 2/11 to St. Gerald in Ralston, NE when removed after allegation of abuse in the 1980s in Milwaukee. Church bulletin said the Jesuits gave him a sabbatical for health reasons. Had been previously accused while working at Marquette University High School in 1990 of having nude photos of students. Sent to treatment and transferred to NE. On the Omaha archdiocese's list 11/30/18. (It notes his removal was early 2012.) On the Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/18.

Fr. Marcel L. Robitaille

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Church ignored complaints in 1986 about abuse of nephew. Accused in a 1993 civil suit of abusing his younger brothers and the nephew over a period of many years. Diocese also named in suit. Civil suit against diocese was dismissed in 2002; judge ruled that abuse occurred only through family relationships and not through Robitaille's duties as a priest. Family reached a confidential settlement with Robitaille. A non-family complaint in 1997. Sentenced by the Vatican in 7/08 to life of prayer and penance.

Fr. Joseph James Rocha

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Order: OP
Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Worked in dioceses/archdioceses of Washington DC, Boston, Nashville, Providence. Left priesthood 1986, laicized 1988. Per 9/01 article, pled guilty to 1999 sexual assault of a 21-year-old mentally disabled man; sentenced to 10 years probation, counseling. Ordered to register as sex offender. Died in 2009. Included on Attorney Garabedian's list 3/28/16 of accused clerics named in civil claims resulting in settlements or arbitration awards. Settlement with Order 11/15 re alleged abuse of minor 1968-69 at St. Stephen's Priory in Dover MA. On Dominican Province of St. Joseph's list in late 2018. On Providence diocese's list 7/1/19.

Fr. Allan E. Roche

Ordained: 1946
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Roche's niece told archdiocese officials in 1992 that he had abused her in the 1950s when she was ages 5 -12. He denied the allegations and the church took no action. Per personnel records released in 2/03, church officials knew in 1992 about prior sexual misconduct, including 4-5 relationships with women in MA and NC. Before his 1997 death, Roche admitted to abuse of his niece and reached a financial settlement with her. Criminal or canonical proceedings not complete when he died per 8/11 Boston AD database.

Fr. Joseph A. Rock

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Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Assigned to parishes, Catholic Scouting and CYOs. Two reports to diocese in 1986 of 'sexual contact' with three boys, one age 9, in the early 1980s. On 'sick leave' 2/86, sent to Paracletes in NM for treatment. Assigned 10/87 to nursing/retirement home for priests. Resigned 11/01 after accused of sex abuse of two elderly residents. Another allegation 1/92; Admitted to feeling boys' genitals. Lawsuit filed by 20-year-old man in 1994 claiming Diocese failed to prevent him from abuse at ages 9-12 by Rock in Mount Carbon. Rock denied the allegation. Settlement for $305K in 2000. Report 3/00 of past abuse of boy beginning 5th or 6th grade. Named in suits filed by five alleged victims in 2004. Laicized 2005. Accused in 2007 of abuse of 6th- to 8th-grade boy 1979-81. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On diocese's 8/19/18 list. Per 12/19 lawsuit abused girl, age 13, continuing for 11 years.

Fr. Louis G. Rodakowski

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Ordained: 1942
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Accused in 2005 by a woman of sexually abusing her as a girl. He denied abuse, admitted to 'improper touch'. Placed on leave. Per a news report in 11/06, two individuals had accused Rodakowski, one of abuse in 1948 and the other 1961-63. Retired in 1977. Continued to guest-preach in two parishes as late as 1997 and 2002. Was honored for 61 years as a priest and 90th birthday in 2003. Personnel documents released in 11/08. Died 1/24/10.

Fr. Salvatore A. Rodino

Ordained: 1980
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Albany NY

Placed on leave in 10/09 after Review Board said there were "reasonable grounds" to believe that he sexually abused a teenager in the early 1980s, while at Blessed Sacrament in Albany. Rodino denied the allegations. No civil or criminal prosecution because of SOL, per authorities. Worked at several schools before and after ordination. Diocese announced 10/28/09 that there was a similar allegation in the 1990s but not enough evidence to remove him. On Albany's list, revised 11/3/18. Case on appeal in Rome.

Fr. Edward Anthony Rodrigue

Ordained: 1962
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Admitted to abusing 150 children, "four or five" boys every year of his 22-year career. Sentenced to probation in 1979 for abuse of a boy. Sentenced in 1998 to 10 years' prison for abuse of boy in 1997. Civil suits filed in 2003 by at least 19. Laicized in 1992. Released from prison in 1/06. Name on 3/30/07 list of San Diego/San Bernardino priests accused of abuse. Died in 2009. One suit settled 4/10. Personnel file released 10/10. On San Bernardino list 10/9/18. Suit filed 12/19 under newly expanded SOL on behalf of five men claiming abuse as children in the 1960s and 1970s by Rodrigue.

Fr. Alberto Rodriguez

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Order: OP
Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Atlanta GA

In a 2005 civil suit filed in Miami, a man accused Rodriguez of abusing him as a minor at Holy Cross in Atlanta. Plaintiff alleged that Rodriguez kept him locked in the basement of the rectory, drugged him and abused him over a 30-day period. The plaintiff also alleged abuse by multiple other priests in Miami. He fled to Atlanta to escape the abuse. Supposedly Rodriguez admitted abuse to Fr. Hector Gonzales Abreu. Suit settled 2007.

Fr. Antonio L Rodriguez

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Ordained: 1949
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 2020 under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually assaulting a boy for two years, starting in 2001 when the boy was 11. Assigned at the time in question to Immaculate Conception Parish. In 9/20 a relative of Rodriguez said the priest was age 94, had dementia, and was living in a nursing home.

Fr. Antonio Munoz Rodriguez

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Stockton CA

Visiting priest from Mexico. Cardinal Mahony stated in a 2004 deposition that he removed Munoz Rodriguez after parents met with him and alleged that the priest sexually abused several high school students during a 1981 trip he organized to Tijuana. When Mahony testified in the 1998 O'Grady trial, he had stated that O'Grady was the only accused priest with whom he dealt in Stockton. Included on list of claimed abusers attached to Stockton diocese's 5/9/14 filing in bankruptcy court. Assigned as associate pastor of St. George/s Parish, Stockton:12/12/77 - 5/19/79 and St. Anthony's Parish, Hughson 5/19/79 - 9/18/81.

Fr. Carlos Rene Rodriguez

Order: CM
Ordained: 1986
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

First abuse report in 1987. Placed on leave in 1993. Convicted 2004 of abuse of 2 teen boys 1988-93. Sentenced to 8 years' prison. Accused of abuse prior to 1994 in civil litigation. Laicized 1993 (or 1998 per L.A. Archdiocese). Included in 12/06 $60M settlement involving 22 priests, which covered all of the cases i that occurred since Mahony was named head of the diocese in 1985. Released from prison 1/08. Personnel file released 1/13. Order file released 9/9/13. Found in 10/16 ministering at an L.A. church not affiliated with the archdiocese, using the name Carlos Ramirez. Removed after publicity. Lawsuit filed 10/18 by 2 brothers alleging abuse in the 1990s in Riverside, when they were ages 12 and 7. Warning in 6/19 from archdiocese that Rodriguez was reported to be saying mass in homes, that he is not a priest and is convicted abuser. On Vincentians' list in 2020.

Fr. John C. Rodriguez

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Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Resigned from parish in 3/95 after a lawsuit was filed alleging he abused a 19-year-old seminarian after plying him with alcohol more than 20 years previously. After suspension, Rodriguez was sent for treatment of alcoholism. He was allowed to work under certain restrictions until 2002 when he was permanently removed. Included in Santa Fe archdiocese's 9/12/17 list of those accused of child sexual abuse.

Fr. Jose H. Rodriguez

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Gallup NM

In 2003 the Diocesan Review board said Rodriguez was accused in 1999 of sexual abuse occurring more than 20 years prior. Settlement reached with the alleged victim and Rodriguez. Removed from active ministry in 1999. Had assignments in a number of churches in AZ and NM. Shown as "retired" in 2002 Catholic Directory. Per diocese, was at Assumption parish in Overgaard AZ as of 6/20/05.

Fr. Oscar A. Rodriguez

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Oscar Alexander "Paul" Rodriguez abused an altar boy, age 11 or 12, 1966-67. The boy's mother told church authorities. Removed and sent for treatment, first to a KY mental hospital, then to the Servants of the Paraclete in NM. Never reinstated. His victim filed a police report in 1993. Rodriguez pled guilty to fondling. Sentenced to 4 months in jail (with balance of five-year sentence suspended) and 10 years probation. Admitted abuse of others during trial. Working as clinical psychologist at CA Men's Colony, a prison, at time of arrest. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17. On Richmond diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Carl M. Roemele

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. A woman told the diocese in 6/67 that Roemele sexually abused her son and 3 young boys while assigned to St. William's. He stayed in ministry until going on leave in 2/76 and resigning in 8/76. Laicized 2/78. Report in 8/04 that the priest molested 3 St. Joseph's altar boys; the man who alleged the abuse also said that when he was in 6th grade he saw Roemele molest a boy at night during a trip an Aleo Lake cabin. A 2008 report allegeded abuse of an 11- or 12-year-old St. Joseph's altar boy in 1968. The abuse allegedly occurred after every mass for a year, and at a camp. In 10/10, a woman alleged, abuse of a a 10-year-old boy and others in 1969 at St. Joseph's and a camp. She said her son started drinking at age 10 and died an alcoholic in 2003. In 2009 Roemele denied any abuse. Civil suit filed against Bishop Zubik and Cardinal Wuerl in 10/18. Two more in 12/18.

Fr. Donald Patrick Roemer

Ordained: 1970
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Convicted in 1981. Privileges removed. Sentenced to two years in a state mental hospital and ten years probation. Abused boys and accused of abuse of at least one girl. Suits filed 1984, 2003, 2004. Admitted to at least 30 victims. Still on CA Sex Offender Register as of 1/2/10 and shown to be living in Anaheim. Personnel file released 1/13. Laicized 5/9/06. Died 9/22/19.

Fr. Elmo J. Rogero

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1944
Status: Accused

Died: 08/17/1959
Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Died 1959. Allegation received after his death of abuse in the 1950s. Unclear as to where. Worked in New Orleans, LA and Mobile, AL.

Fr. Foster P. Rogers

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Assigned to St. Pius X Church in Chili when was suspended by Bishop Clark 5/02, after a man alleged that Rogers molested him at age 16 in 1975. Another man also came forward to say that he had complained to the diocese in1993 about earlier abuse by Rogers. Voluntarily laicized, per 6/7/12 statement from Diocese.

Fr. Francis J. Rogers

Ordained: 1981
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wilmington DE and MD

Credible allegation of abuse of a minor in 1981. Removed from ministry 2003. Name appears on list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli 11/16/06. Fighting release of personnel files in 2/12.

Fr. Francis P. Rogers

Ordained: 1946
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused of abuse of numerous young boys, beginning just after his ordination and continuing for decades. Retired 1995. One man complained to Archdiocese in 1998 and Rogers was moved to a retirement home. Died 2005.

Fr. John K. Rogers

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Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Santa Rosa CA

Rogers, noted religious scholar and former campus minister at Humboldt State University died by suicide 11/8/95 in Belgium upon being ordered back to the US to face accusations that he molested a 15-year-old boy in 1976. Suicide note declared innocence but said pain and embarrassment too much to handle. Accuser said he first complained in 1989 and again in 1995; he died of drug abuse about six years after Rogers' death.

Fr. Stephen G. Rogers

Ordained: 1995
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Rogers, a religion teacher at Central Catholic High School, was placed on leave in 12/02 after being caught with internet child porn. Convicted in 2003 and sentenced to 21 months prison. Served 18 months. Diocese paid his salary while he was in prison. Teacher's certificate was been revoked as of 11/06. Permanently removed from public ministry in 2006. Still a registered sex offender as of 1/2/10. Not found in the registry in 11/20.

Fr. Thomas W. Rogers

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Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Ogdensburg NY

Diocese of Greensburg, PA priest. First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Allegation 8/62 of attempted sexual assault by Rogers of an adolescent boy near Lake Saranac in NY. Diocese of Ogdensburg NY notified Greensburg's Bishop Connare. Alleged victim told police in the Lake Saranac area that the attempted assault occurred after he was picked up hitch-hiking. The boy escaped and was able to give detailed information to police. The car was traced to Rogers, who was in the area visiting his mother. The boy's description of the man in the car matched Rogers "perfectly." Police confronted Rogers at a local church rectory; he denied the incident. The boy's father, "a good Catholic," was called to the rectory. He agreed not to press charges if Rogers stayed away from the area and admitted guilt. Police agreed. Rogers left town the same day. Rogers remained in parish ministry. Retired 11/98. Removed from public ministry after review of file in 2002. Died 2005.

Fr. Louis P. Rogge

Order: OCarm
Ordained: 1954
Status: Convicted

Died: 08/8/2007
Diocese: Archdiocese of Atlanta GA

Pled guilty in 1974 to child molestation charges in Athens GA. Sentenced to six years probation. Returned to active ministry in 1976. Abused two brothers in Joliet diocese 1996 and 1999. Removed from public ministry in 2002. Indicted on criminal charges in 12/06, pled guilty in 4/07. Was expected to receive 60 day sentence and probation. Died 8/07 before sentencing. On Atlanta archdiocese's list 11/6/18. Added in 2/21 to the Joliet diocese's list.

Fr. Norman J. Rogge

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1956
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Pled guilty in FL in 1967 to one count of contributing to delinquency of minor. Sentenced to three years probation and psychiatric counseling. Charged in FL in 1985 with one count of sexual battery or lewd and lascivious act on boy under 14 in 1984. Sentenced to one year in jail. Also worked in TX, CA, KS, AL, LA. Living in LA in 2002. Complaint in 2004 of 1962 abuse. Died 2/04/09. On Mobile archdiocese's list 12/6/18. On Alexandria diocese's list 2/6/19. On Jesuits Central and Southern Province's list 12/7/19.

Fr. John F. Rohrich

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Resigned in 6/75. Accused of abuse of a 16-year-old girl. Claims settled in 2004 for $125K. Victim released copies of settlement. Newly identified as abuser in Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06. Laicized 1/20/16.

Fr. David Roll

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Name appears on list of priets with credible allegations of abuse released by San Diego diocese 3/30/07.List says he is "removed". Faculties withdrawn 6/86 and placed on medical leave 7/86. At St. Luke's in 1986 & at Paraclete Center in 1987. Disability

Fr. Joseph C. Romani

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Ordained: 1934
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Born in Italy. Arrived in Portland in 1945. Incardinated in 1946. Per documents released by the Maine Attorney General's office, allegations were received in 2002 -03 that Romani had abused at least three young girls in the 1950s and 1960s. Assigned to St. Peter's in Portland during his entire career. Retired in 1983. Died in 2001 at age 93. Supervised known abuser Rev. Lawrence Sabatino beginning in 1967; may have failed to report additional allegations against him.

Fr. Joseph R. Romano

Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Albany NY

Accused of abuse in 1998. Deemed unfounded. Additional complaints 2002 and 2003, of abuse in the 1970s and '80s. Placed on leave in 2/03. Civil suit filed in 10/05. Requested canonical trial in 8/05. Assistant principal of Cardinal McCloskey High School mid-1970s; fire department chaplain 1967-84; prison chaplain 1984-99. Retired and moved to FL. Living in Clifton Park in NY in 2019. Suit filed in 8/19 with claims Romano abused a boy, age 15-16, in 1980-81. Per diocese's list updated 12/4/19, Romano died in 2019.

Fr. Russell Lawrence Romano

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as abuser in Archdiocesan Report of 3/20/06. Resigned from priesthood in 10/91. At least one claim included in 7/09 settlement involving 4 priests and 6 claims. Laicized in 5/09. In 2013, was working as a licensed counselor in Illinois for a healthcare provider. The health care provider began an investigation. Had "retired" as of 6/13. Personnel file released 01/14.

Fr. Joseph A. Romansky

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Accused in 1985 of playing strip poker with boys, offering them money for oral sex, fondling them, and masturbating in front of them. Mother of one was given a condo, a car and a job. Pled guilty. Romansky received probated sentence; sent to St. Luke's for treatment. Invited in 1988 by Biloxi MS Bishop Howze to work in a parish; Howze aware of his abuse history. Howze sent him back to Cleveland after four years. At least two civil suits filed; settled in 1991. Worked in nursing home until 2002 when placed on leave. Three more suits filed 9/02. Said to have likely abused dozens of teen African American boys and girls 1975-1995. Two priests said in 2002 that they had reported him to the Cleveland diocese in 1975. Died 7/04.

Fr. Michael C. Romero

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 1/12 the diocese was told that a man alleged that Romero sexually abused him when he was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception in Washington PA, where Romero was assigned 1978-82. In 6/12 a woman told the diocese that Romero had sexually abused her son and given him alcohol when he was an altar boy at Immaculate Conception. The alleged victim later told the diocese that he was an altar boy at the parish from grade school until he was a high school freshman. He said Romero gave him gifts and that he and Fr. John Bauer gave him alcohol and talked a lot about masturbation. Romero went on Leave of Absence in 3/90, which was his status until his death in 2000.

Fr. Oswald E. Romero

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Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 4/06 a 53-year-old man told the diocese that when he was ages 13-14 in 1966 or 1967, Romero sexually abused him. Romero was assisting at the time at St. Regis in Oakland, PA. The man said the abuse occurred under the guise of driving lessons, and that Romero fondled and performed oral sex on him. Romero retired in 1993 and died in 1997.

Fr. William Romero

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Venice FL

Retired in 1995. Faculties revoked in 5/02 due to accusations dating back "many years." Allegedly, during the 1975-76 school year at St. Ann's in Naples, Romero would force students to undress in his bedroom, after which they would share wine from the chalice and take the host wafer. He would also take nude pictures of some children. Hosted foreign exchange students; two from Germany alleged abuse. Several suits filed. Some settled 2004-05. A 6/03 suit said rape of a Miami boy, age 10, in 1975. An 8/03 suit claimed abuse of three siblings, a girl and two boys 1982-89 in Moore Haven. Left the priesthood in 2003. Still hosting exchange students.Suit in 10/03 said abuse of boy, age 12 in 1976. New civil suit vs the Miami archdiocese 3/22/12 claimed abuse of a boy at St. Augustine's in Coral Gables in the 1970s.

Fr. Roy K. Ronald

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

First publicly accused when included on diocese's list of accused 3/20/18. Died in 2013; list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Official Catholic Directory shows he was 'absent on leave' 1995-98, 'retired' 1998 on. Accused in a suit filed in 8/19 under the NY Child Victims Act of "unpermitted sexual conduct" 1982-86 of a child, ages 11-14. Plaintiff was involved with youth programs at St. Mary's in Belmont. In 1995 another priest told chancery officials that Roy abused five siblings around 1984. Put on sick leave. Continued public ministry. By 12/20, accused in four lawsuits.

Fr. Andrew M. Ronan


Fr. Julian Edward Rondeau

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Order: SM
Ordained: 1945
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Rondeau admitted in 1992-93 correspondence with a victim that he had sexually abused her and her sister. The victim was about age 10 in 1966 when the abuse started. The girls were from a family that was financially and emotionally dependent on him. Ordination year was apparently adjusted from 1945 to 1971 starting in the 1993 Catholic Directory (this was after the allegation was made). Died in 1999. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database.

Fr. David A. Roney

Ordained: 1945
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of New Ulm MN

Ordained for St. Paul, incardinated in New Ulm diocese when it formed in 1957. Lawsuits 8/03 by two women claiming abuse as children by Roney 1967-80. Two more filed suit 9/03. Diocese said two previous lawsuits settled. Diocese learned of Roney' s conduct in 1987; sent for evaluation and therapy. Allowed to minister at San Lucas Toliman Mission in Guatemala beginning 1994. Removed from active retirement 2002. Died 1/03 in Guatemala, age 82. Two women settled 2005. Case of four more women dismissed by MN Court of Appeals 8/31/10. More suits pending 9/13. At least 30 accusers, at least one as young as age 7. Name included on New Ulm list released by Attorney Jeff Anderson 8/04/14. Names were from deposition of Rev. Francis Garvey, a former top New Ulm Diocese official, taken in 1/14. Name added 11/3/17 to St. Paul-Minneapolis list of "priests and religious brothers who have served or spent time in the archdiocese and have substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor against them."

Fr. Donald Rooney

Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Died by suicide in 4/02 after being asked to come to diocesan offices to discuss an allegation that he had sexually molested a girl in 1980. Four more women and the father of another came forward with similar charges. One woman filed a class action suit in 6/02 alleging that Rooney abused her and about 20 of her female classmates after the 1984-85 school year. Another woman filed suit alleging that Rooney had groped and kissed her. Court denied suits and Court of Appeals agreed.

Fr. Robert J. Rooney

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list in late 2018. First assignment in 1954. Accusation 6/13/62 of abuse in 1962. Accused 4/27/10 of abuse 1965-67 in NJ while on leave from Wheeling-Charleston. Noted to have been investigated by NJ diocese and NJ Prosecutor's office. Died 7/16/94.

Fr. Sean Leo Rooney

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Joined Salesians in 1958, ordained 1966. Accused in a 12/13 suit of sexual abuse of a boy age 14 at the Salesian minor seminary in Goshen NY, where Rooney taught theology and physics and was the financial administrator. The alleged abuse included removing the boy's clothing, touching and fondling the boy'sbuttocks and genitals skin-on-skin, and masturbating on the boy. Boy was also allegedly abused by Rooney on a school bus trip from Don Bosco Technical High School in Boston to Sacred Heart Retreat House in Ipswich. The complaint also alleged abuse of the boy in 1978 by Fr Joseph Maffei SDB and in 1981 by Bro Alan Scheneman SDB. Rooney was listed on the website of Boston attorney Garabedian 10/31/14 after a settlement during the year previous. The Salesians confirmed a monetary settlement had been reached. Rooney worked in the Boston, Gary, Paterson, New Orleans, New York, Newark, and Birmingham (arch)dioceses. Laicized in 2008. Lawsuit 2/20 in NJ. On Salesians list in 3/20.

Fr. Thomas Rooney

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Ordained: 1991
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

One of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment was as chaplain at the Immaculate Mary Home, a Catholic nursing facility for the elderly, in Northeast Philadelphia. Archdiocese announced 5/4/12 that allegations he violated standards of ministry were substantiated and he was unsuitable for ministry.

Fr. Richard H. Roos

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Jesuits Northeast Province on its list 1/15/19. It notes allegations received in 2001 of abuse of a minor in the 1980s, and that Roos admitted the abuse. "Restricted" in 2001, "impeded" in 2019. Included in 1/21 on the Diocese of Fall River's list of accused, where he was assigned at some point to Bishop Connolly High School.

Fr. William Roper

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Order: CMF
Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in 2002 of abuse of a girl 1968-69. Named in a civil suit and in archdiocesan report. Worked in Gallup diocese 1964-65. Included on Gallup 12/14 list of clerics credibly accused of abuse of minor(s). Deceased.

Fr. Francis Roscetti

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Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Died: 09/5/1991
Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

Named publicly as accused on the Wheeling-Charleston diocese's list in late 2018. Allegation received 5/7/15 of abuse 1967-72 (Diocese of Richmond at the time). Added to the Baltimore archdiocese's list 4/24/19. Accused in 2013 of abuse in the mid-1980s. Assigned 1978-88 to St. Ambrose in Cresaptown. Roscetti died in 1991.

Fr. James J. Rosch

Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Albany NY

Parish priest. Diocesan Chaplain for Scouting 1981-94. Rosch was removed in 2002 after credible allegations that he abused a teenage boy 20 years prior. There was a payment by the Diocese. Rosch claimed that his removal was because he fondled a 17-year-old girl when he was 23 and had not yet been ordained. The Diocese refuted his claim, saying that that would not have been cause for his removal. May have appealed dismissal to Vatican. Settlement in 2020 in the low six figures of a claim that Rosch sexually abused an altar boy, ages 13-15, in 1975-77, while assigned to St. Joseph's in Scotia, NY. Accused in two lawsuits current in 9/21,  filed under the NY Child Victims Act, of abuse 1992-93 at St. Madeleine Sophie in Schenectady, and of abuse 1975-76 at St. Joseph's in Scotia. 


Br. Charles A. Rose

Order: FSC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

"Bro. Raimond." Accused in a 2003 CA suit of abuse of a 14-year-old boy in early 1982. Settled late 2004 for $1.1M. Rose moved back to MN in 1983 when allegations first surfaced. Suit filed in MN in 2/09 alleged the order and school knew of abuse of a boy but allowed Rose to continue working and to abuse 1966-67. Eight new suits in MN in 2009 claimed abuse after transfer to MN. Was living in Chicago without ministry from 2002. Other suits in ND and WI in 2010. One settled 9/10, 16 settled 12/10. DIed in 2015. On Oakland diocese's list in 2019. On Fargo diocese's list 1/2/20.

Fr. George J. Rosenkranz

Ordained: 1962
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Name sometimes spelled Rosenkrantz. Sued 2000 for abuse in 1970s. Other suits filed 3/02 and 1/03. Suits claim Archdiocese knew of his history as far back as 1960s but did nothing except transfer him. Placed on leave in 1989 because of multiple allegations of abuse of minors. Name on 3/5/03 Boston Globe list of 48 priests dropped from 2003 clergy directory because they have been suspended from ministry after facing abuse allegations. Involuntary laicization announced 2/07.

Fr. William A. Rosensteel

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Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Per PA AG's 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, Rosensteel was accused in 2006 of 1970s "almost constant" sex abuse of boy, ages 9-15, at St. Patrick's in Johnstown. Fr. Dennis Coleman and Rosensteel played sex comedy albums for victim and other boys. Victim refused to join him and other men in sauna at Seminary, so Rosensteel told boy's parents he was bad and needed drugs. An older boy in special Rosensteel group raped victim who said, "this is for Fr." In 2007 a man told diocese he and 8 other boys were abused by Rosensteel at St. Patrick's. Boys slept in rectory and went with Fr on trips; all would sleep in underwear, one boy chosen to sleep with Fr. Boys showered with him. Abuse included deep tongue kisses and fondling. Victim's mother told Msgr. Finn in mid-90s of abuse. Finn kept no record of it. After a 4th victim emerged in 2007, Rosenteel committed suicide. Bishop Adamec said after the death, he might have retired "with some type of ministry."

Fr. Walter F. Rosensweig

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Ordained: 1953
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

Former Chancellor. Placed on leave in 1996. In 3/96 a man sued Rosensweig and the Diocese alleging abuse by the priest as a teen on at least two occasions in 1981. Suit settled out of court in 8/97 without an amount disclosed. Retired in 2001. Removed from public ministry in 6/02. Named in a second lawsuit filed in 11/03. Named in a federal lawsuit against the Diocese of Tucson and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as molesting a boy in 1980, after the boy told him he had been raped by Rev. Carlos Cocio.

Fr. Anthony J. Ross

Ordained: 1972
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Ordained for the Joliet diocese. News in 2002 that Ross molested a 15-year-old boy twice in 1981. His victim had letters he had received from Ross, which the boy's parents found in 1983. They confronted the bishop. Ross admitted the abuse, was sent to treatment, then returned to Joliet. The victim's family discovered in 1993 that Ross was still in ministry. Ross subsequently moved to the Santa Rosa diocese and worked as prison chaplain. Incardinated to Santa Rosa 8/1/97. Permanently removed in 4/02 by Santa Rosa diocese when allegations became known. Sued 2006. Joliet diocese agreed to release personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19.

Fr. Joseph D. Ross

Ordained: 1969
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Pled guilty 1988 to sex assault of 11-year -old boy in 12/86. Sentenced to 2 years probation and treatment. Admitted then he had been accused of molesting a youth in the 1970s, and had been arrested for propositioning a police officer and public indecency. Allowed to return to work. Removed 3/02. Civil suit filed 11/02 alleged abuse of a 14-year-old boy in 1977. Laicization announced 8/02. Arrested 9/08 on new charges from 2000. Charges dropped 8/10. Living in AR. Suit filed 10/11 claiming abuse of girl. Case settled 07/06/14 under confidential terms. Possibly living in St. Charles, MO as of 7/15/14. On archdiocese's list 7/26/19.

Fr. Joseph Rossell

Ordained: 1930
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

From Spain, where he was ordained as for the Sons of the Holy Family. Arrived in CO in 1947 and in San Diego in 1953. Incardinated in the Diocese of San Diego in 1954. Frequent transfers first three years, then assigned to St. Anthony in National City 1956-72. Retired to Spain in 1972. Died in 1982. Name appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse released by San Diego diocese 3/30/07. Personnel file released 10/25/10. Named in a number of lawsuits. Accused in a suit filed in 1/20 under the CA Child Victims Act of molesting two girls in catechism class.

Fr. Mark T. Rossetti

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Ordained: 1985
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Allegation 11/95 that Rossetti sexually abused a 13-year-old boy, who was in eighth grade. Police report made, Rossetti suspended and sent for psych eval and treatment. The victim and family agreed to end the criminal investigation 11/21/95. In 11/97 Bishop Timlin asked the Archbishop of New York to allow Rossetti to minister there; permission granted. Rossetti released back to the Diocese of Scranton from New York in 2002. Laicized 2007. Died 4/24/18. Included on the diocese's list 8/19/18 (name spelled Rosetti.)

Fr. Christopher Rossman

Ordained: 2007
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Pastor of Annunciation parish in Baldwin City and St. Francis of Assisi in Lapeer when suspended 9/16 after reports to the archdiocese that he had visited "inappropriate websites, including those depicting minors." Archdiocese said it notified the FBI immediately. On the archdiocese's list 1/25/19. It notes ongoing law enforcement investigation. Charged in federal court in 7/19 with child porn possession. Pled guilty. Per investigators, Rossman's sister tried to destroy his computer by running it over. Archdiocese deemed allegations substantiated and laicization was pending as of 3/6/20.

Fr. Stephen A. Roszel

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

Accused in a 1993 civil suit of sexually abusing a girl 1977-1992, beginning when the girl was age 13. He wrote her letters, sent flowers, "courted" her, etc. Girl kept a diary. Placed on leave by diocese in 1994 pending investigation. Suit settled under undisclosed terms. Per June 6/02 article, he had been returned to ministry (in 1997) and was serving at an Alexandria, VA parish. On the diocese's list in 2/19. It notes that he was removed from active ministry and his faculties were removed in 2003.

Fr. James H. Roth

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1995
Status: Accused

Died: 02/11/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

In 1/15 a man reported to Roth's order sexual abuse multiple times by the priest when he was a 9- or 10-years-old, fourteen years prior. Roth was removed from position on a Toronto school board. Police informed. Roth died 2/11/15 of suspected suicide; left a note admitting to the abuse. Was an O.S.F.S. brother for about 20 years prior to his 1995 ordination. Worked at St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo OH 1976-87, and 1995-2004 as a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator. Filled in at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception parish in Monroe MI. Also assigned to schools in UT and Ontario, Canada. Victim was younger brother of a St. Francis de Sales High student. On the Detroit archdiocese's list of credibly accused 6/10/19.

Fr. Ronald W. Roth

Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Worked in Peoria IL diocese 1966-68. Worked in NM 1968-72, returning to IL 1972-91. Peoria bishop placed him on leave 3/93 after civil suit filed in NM which alleged he abused at least three boys and one girl there, beginning in 1968. One mother complained to Santa Fe archdiocese in vain. By 6/97 news articles referred to Roth as a spiritual healer and former priest. Died 6/1/09. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17. New suit 5/21/18 alleging abuse by Roth of a 14-year-old NM boy in 1971. On Peoria diocese's list by 1/20.

Fr. Francis J. Rothbauer

Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Removed from active ministry in 1988. Suit filed in 1989 claimed Rothbauer sexually abused a girl during counseling, starting when she was age 14, 1968-72. Bishop Mussio allegedly learned of the abuse in 1972 and transferred Rothbauer to another parish. Rothbauer died 2/17/11 at age 83. On the diocese's list 10/31/18. It notes that he was suspended from ministry in 1998.

Fr. Forrest W. Rouelle

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Burlington VT

Rouelle's name is mentioned in 8/08 trial against Burlington Diocese and Fr. Edward Paquette. Former Vicar General Searles was questioned about Rouelle and other priests in connection with diocese's concern about sexual misconduct allegations. Rouelle retired in 1/98 and died 3/25/98.

Fr. George Roulier

Order: OMI
Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Died: 05/13/1986
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Accused in 2002 in MA of repeatedly hugging a boy and of putting his hands in the boy's pants once in 1983. Alleged victim says he was about 11, but he was 15 when Roulier first came to the parish. Assigned there 1983-87. Also accused in 8/04 of sexual abuse of a youth, about age 10, at Immaculate Conception in Nashua NH in 1979. In 12/05 a woman told the diocese that Roulier molested her in 1979-80. Possibly a third accuser in NH. Roulier died 5/13/86. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database.

Fr. Charles Rourke

Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

Rourke was suspended from ministry in 1984 for alcohol-related medical reasons. Diocese became aware of allegations of child abuse against him. On leave of absence 1969-1973 and assigned to Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Returned to Tucson diocese 1973-75 and 1981-84, with another leave of absence 1975-81 between those assignments. Died by suicide 4/14/93 while under investigation for alleged abuse of children in Albuquerque. Named in civil suit which settled in 2006 as part of Tucson bankruptcy. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17. On Diocese of San Bernardino list 10/9/18. Diocese aware in 1979 of alleged abuse in 1979.

Fr. Charles O. Rouse

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Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Rouse admitted in 1995 that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with minors in the 1970s. Facts came out in 1995 during Rouse's second leave of absence for treatment of alcoholism; the Attorney General's office was notified. His privileges were removed as well. A 7/97 news article referred to him as a priest on leave from the archdiocese doing graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis.

Fr. Ivan M. Rovira

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Brownsville TX

Ordained for the Rockford, IL diocese. Incardinated into Brownsville 6/6/77. In 2002 two brothers gave detailed written complaints to the diocese alleging abuse by Rovira in the late 1970s-early 1980s. Their ages at the time ranged from 9 to early teens. He admitted to abusing one but not the other. Faculties removed. Two other men made complaints in 2003. Although still a priest of Brownsville Diocese, as of 2005 Rovira had been living in Mexico since 2002 and was working as an active priest, until 2005. On the Brownsville diocese's list 1/31/19. Added to Rockford's list 10/21/20.

Br. Francis Rowles

Order: OSF
Status: Accused

Died: 11/12/2019
Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

"Brother Fran." Entered the OSF order in 1961. Taught at Bishop Ford HS and Our Lady of Angels School in Brooklyn, St. Anthony's HS. Music Director for several parishes, local college teacher and faculty of NY archdiocese's School of Liturgical Music. Directed community and high school musicals. Named publicly as accused on the Rockville Centre diocese's list in 3/21. Allegedly abused at St. Joseph's in Kings Park, Franciscan Friary in Kings Park, St. Anthony High on Long Island, Philadelphia PA, Washington DC, CA, FL, VT, Bahamas. Died 11/12/19.

Fr. Andrew Roy

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Ordained: 1936
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Also known as Andres Rodriguez. Ordained for the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Moved to Virginia 1956. Retired 1981. Sued in 2003. Accused of abuse in the Richmond, VA diocese. As of 2004 Roy, at age 92, was living in Spain and had Alzheimers disease.

Fr. Christian F. Roy

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

On personal leave in 1993 when accused of abuse of a boy 1983-90. Privileges removed. At least two other complaints received. A woman sued him in 1994 claiming that Roy was counseling her and her husband and that he entered into a homosexual relationship with her husband during the counseling. Later settled. Laicized in 2006. A man sued the diocese in 2016, claiming abuse as a boy by Roy and Rev. Raymond Lauzon in the late 1970's to 1981. The man said Roy abused him during trips to Red Sox games and took him to Lauzon's home where he was also abused by that priest.

Fr. Gerald J. Royer

Ordained: 1947
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Transferred 8 times during first 8 years of priesthood. Leave of absences 11/55-2/56 and 4/60-7/61. Chaplain at St. Joseph Manor until 1964, then left active ministry the same year. Laicized in 2/65. Died 12/20/03. In 2009 a man in his 60s reported sexual abuse as a boy by Royer. In 5/16 an 81-yr-old man stated publicly that Royer sexually abused him in 1947, when the man was an 11-yr-old altar boy at Ss. Simon and Jude in West Bethlehem. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Included on Allentown diocese's 8/19/18 list.

Fr. Efrain Rozo Rincon

Ordained: 1953
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Confessed under oath in 2/06 to sexually abusing nephew and showing him porn in 1967-69 while working in L.A. parish and studying at Loyola Marymount. Also confessed to fondling a 14-year-old seminarian in Colombia previously. When the taped confession was broadcast on 9/28/06 in Bogota, the seminarian claimed that Rozo had raped him, and that other priests and a bishop had abused him too. Colombian church tribunal cleared Rozo on canonical SOL grounds on 7/23/07, commending his youth apostolate.

Fr. Gerald P. Ruane

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused in 2002 of abuse of a boy in the 1970s-80s. Deemed credible by archdiocese. Allowed to retire in 2004 without privileges. Name released in 2005 after he celebrated public mass. Died 8/15/15. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Accused in a 7/20 lawsuit of participating with Cardinal McCarrick and other priests in a sex ring involving children.

Fr. Nicholas J. Ruba

Ordained: 1951
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Accused in a 10/10 civil suit of abuse 1968-76 of a girl, ages 14-21, while he was assigned to St. Michael's in Sioux City and she was working at the rectory. She companied to the diocese in 2006. He denied the allegations, and she apparently dropped the matter. Ruba retired in 1996. Died at age 89, 6/20/15, at a nursing home in Remsen, IA. On the diocese's 2/22/19 list. It notes two allegations received, of abuse of a female and a male, 1970-71.

Fr. George Neville Rucker

Ordained: 1946
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Record of abuse began shortly after ordination. First investigated by police in 1967. First civil suit filed in 1994. Arrested 2002 on charges involving 12 girls. Criminal charges dropped 2003 due to Supreme Court ruling. Named as #1 on list of top 10 abusive priests in LA Archdiocese with 38-41 known accusers. Some claims settled in 12/06 $60M settlement involving 22 priests. Other claims settled in 7/07 $660M settlement. Laicized 2/8/08. Personnel file released 1/13.

Fr. Remy Rudin

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1949
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Accused by at least eight people in lawsuits filed in 2004 of abuse when they were minors at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in OR. On the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/19. It notes alleged sexual abuse of minors 1965-75, reported in 2004 and 2017. Rudin died in 1991.

Fr. James Arthur Rudisill

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Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Nashville TN

First named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 11/2/18. Retired 2/10/95. Died 2/8/08. Per news in 2/19, at a meeting with his accuser, Bishop Kmiec and the diocesan chancellor in 1994, Rudisill admitted that he had molested his accuser when she was a 12-year-old girl in the 1950s. The abuse was said to have occurred in a closet at a Catholic school gymnasium. On the Knoxville diocese's list as of 3/6/20.

Fr. John W. Rudy

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Order: OFM
Ordained: 1977
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph's in Winsted, CT 1993-98. Removed by his order in 1998. Arrested 7/98, accused of improperly touching an 18-year-old male. Arrested again 9/98, accused of improperly touching a 9-year-old boy two years before, when the boy was age 7. Pled no contest to charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct in 11/99; the plea kept him out of jail and off sex offender registry. Sentenced to one year suspended prison term, two years probation. Sent to treatment. On the Hartford archdiocese's list 1/22/19.

Bishop George E. Rueger

Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Worcester MA

Sued in 2002. Accused of abuse of a boy, ages 13-14, in the 1960s. Rueger denied the allegation.The suit was dropped in 2003 by the plaintiff. Diocesan investigation found no proof of charges; pope's representative to the US agreed with the findings. Rueger retired in 2005. Died 4/6/19.

Fr. Sylvio L. Ruest

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Ordained: 1942
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

In 9/20 attorney Mitchell Garabedian announced that in 2/20 he settled a lawsuit which claimed that Ruest sexually abused a boy, age 13-14, in 1957-58, while assigned to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bellingham. The settlement was in the high five figures. The abuse allegedly occurred at least five times, in the church and rectory. Ruest died 11/22/69, age 61.

Fr. Jude Ruetten

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Named publicly as accused by the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans on its list 5/31/19. It notes an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in 1963 received in 1993. Ruetten was assigned to St. John's in Komatke, AX 1960-63, the to Pueblo, CO in 1964. He left the order in 1967. Added to the Stockton diocese's list 11/12/20, where he worked 1956-59.

Fr. Richard M. Ruffalo

Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Credible allegations received after his death in 1997. In 2002 Ruffalo was accused by at least two men of abusing them when they were boys. Allegedly gave them beer and wine, took them on trips to Las Vegas and molested them. Ruffalo was also accused of stealing from collections. He was over $95K in debt when he died. One man filed a civil suit 1998 which later settled. Two more plaintiffs filed suit 2003. A fourth man came forward in 2006.

Fr. Charles J. Ruffenach

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Ordained: 1930
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

First named as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese's 8/19/18 list. Retired 1979. Died 1980. A man told the diocese in 8/01 that Ruffenach sexually and physically abused him beginning in about 1945, when the man was a St. John the Baptist school first-grader and continuing through eighth grade.

Fr. Kenneth Charles Ruge

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abuse said to have occurred prior to 1985. Received treatment and reassigned. Removed 1991. Died 5/2002. Included in 2003 settlement by Archdiocese. New suit filed 4/06 alleges abuse by Ruge and another priest. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. At least 1 more claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests. Another settlement 7/09. Personnel file released 01/14.

Fr. Robert Ruglovsky

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Ordained: 1961
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Byzantine Rite Catholic. Accused of molesting at least seven boys. First abuse occurred in Ohio and Michigan. Moved to Minnesota where he abused six other boys. Criminal charges were filed in Minnesota in 1987. Sentenced to 15 years probation and 1 year in jail, with participation in a sex offender program. One civil suit was filed in 1994 in California. Two other suits filed in Minnesota in 1988. Per a 1990 news report, Ruglovsky admitted to molesting numerous boys over a 20-year period. Name first appeared on Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis list of accused priests 5/22/14.

Fr. John Edward Ruhl

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Order: CM
Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Ordained for the Vincentians. Incardinated in 1983 into the Diocese of Orange. Diocese knew of one allegation in 1992. Accused of abuse of at least three minors 1970-82. Named in archdiocesan report. On list of abusers in Orange diocese. Named in at least one civil suit. One $500K settlement in 2005. Personnel file released 9/9/13. Also worked in Cape Girardeau and Perryville, MO. Personnel file released 10/26/13. Per Orange diocese website 8/12/16, Ruhl's status was "Life of Prayer and Penance." Named in 10/18 lawsuit. Died 4/17/18. On Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese's list updated 4/1/19.

Fr. Lorenzo T. Ruiz

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1967
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

In a 1995 suit in NM, a woman claimed Ruiz started a 'girls club' at church to find victims; he allegedly sexually abused her and others in 1978 after taking them on outings and giving them money and presents. Suit included charges against the Archdiocese of Denver and the Franciscans. Ruiz transferred from Albuquerque to Denver in 1987 and became head of Hispanic Affairs. He was abruptly removed from the post in 11/04 and his faculties were revoked. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17.

Fr. Steven R. Rule

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Accused 8/02 of abuse in 1976 at St. John Vianney Seminary. Removed; sent out of state for psychological evaluation. Cleared by diocesan commission 1/02; reinstated after it ruled that the "inappropriate" conduct that took place did not warrant removal. Removed again 4/11 for inappropriate behavior which did "not involve a minor." On diocese's list 2/13/19. Status listed as "suspended."

Fr. Conran Runnebaum

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Order: OFM
Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Died: 05/5/2007
Diocese: Diocese of Gallup NM

Name included on the Gallup diocese's 12/14 list of credibly accused clerics. Assignments included parishes in Grants, Farmington and San Fidel NM. Accused in 2009 of abuse of 8-year-old boy in 1961 at Sacred Heart in Farmington. Accuser said Rev. Miguel Baca OFM also abused him. Diocese settled. Attorney said there had been previous complaints about both priests. Runnebaum died 5/5/07.

Fr. Edward F. Rupp

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

In a 1994 civil suit, a man claimed Rupp abused him several times as a teenager in the late 60s-early 70s, and that Rupp was an alcoholic who had committed sexual improprieties with other parishioners. Rupp had received counseling for alcoholism. He resigned from his assignment and was sent for evaluation and counseling after the allegation. The suit was dismissed by a court in 1998. The Vatican ordered permanent removal from active ministry as of 6/14/07, and sentenced him to a life of prayer and penance. Deceased, per the diocese's list 6/19. In 2020 another man came forward, alleging Rupp sexually abused him beginning when he was a 13-year-old altar boy at St. Ignatius of Antioch in the late 1970s. Rupp's accuser said he told another priest about the abuse, who told him not to tell anyone.

Fr. Donald Ruppert

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Ordained: 1978
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Antonio TX

Accused in a 2003 lawsuit of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy on several occasions in 1978. Ruppert's accuser said he suppressed the memories until they "violently resurfaced" in 1/03, and that he was hospitalized. Ruppert was a counselor and teacher at the time of the alleged abuse. He denied the allegations. Ruppert became a priest of the Diocese of Victoria when it was established in 1982. The diocese deemed the allegations not credible. Remains in active ministry in 2019. On the San Antonio archdiocese's list 1/31/19.

Fr. E. Alan Ruppert

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Removed in 10/98 from duties as pastor of St. Clement in McLeansboro and St. John Nepomucene in Dahlgren due to an allegation he engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor in 1990. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave/Retired." On the diocese's list 12/19/18.

Fr. Fred Ruse

Ordained: 1976
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

Accused in a lawsuit filed 4/27/20 of sexually abusing a boy, about ages 14 and 15, in 2001 and 2002. Ruse's alleged victim claims the abuse occurred in a classroom and in the chaplain's office at Demilly Correctional Institution in Polk City, FL. Ruse was pastor at the time of the alleged abuse of St. Matthews in Winter Haven. Per the lawsuit, Ruse "suddenly retired" in 2018. He denied the allegations. Ruse's lawyer said the priest was suspended in 2/20 and reinstated in 4/20 after he was "cleared of any wrongdoing."

Deacon James Rush

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Ordained: 1979
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Deacon. Name included on Harrisburg diocese's list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. Affiliated with the NY archdiocese prior to 2001. Accused in 2015 by two women of inappropriate behavior "that crossed boundary lines." Confronted by diocese, retired. Allowed to minister only with "explicit permission." Report to Children and Youth Services and to diocese in 2016 of a recent inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl. Behavior allegedly included hugging and kissing the girl, holding her hand, and telling her she was his "girlfriend." Harrisburg diocese determined the behavior was "grooming," not abuse. Rush died in 2016.

Br. Francis A. Russell

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Order: SM
Status: Accused

Died: 06/19/1991
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Professed vows in 1939. Worked in OH, Puerto Rico, KY, Washington DC, NY, PA. In 11/19 an anonymous former Purcell High School teacher told a news outlet that Bro. Frank Russell was known to sexually abuse students. He said that in 1978 a student told him and another teacher that Russell raped him; the former teacher said he immediately reported the abuse to the school. As vice-principal, Russell was in charge of detention and would allegedly take students who were in trouble to a motel and sexually abuse them. The Marianists denied receiving the 1978 report and said they did not receive another until 1994, after Russell's death. Russell left Purcell in 1978, was assigned to the Diocese of Covington's Office of Religious Ed then to Holy Cross High School in Latonia, KY. Retired in 1983. Died in 1991. On Marianists' list of accused 6/24/20. On the Covington diocese's list 7/31/20.

Fr. John R. Russell

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

In 2004 a woman claimed that she was the subject of inappropriate sexual advances and sexual assault by Russell when she was in high school between 1968 and the early 1970s. Russell left the Catholic priesthood in 1970 and later became a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande. The Springfield diocese deemed the accusation credible and informed the Episcopal church. Russell left the Episcopal priesthood in 2001. He was also accused of abuse in New Mexico. Russell died in Albuquerque 7/28/19. Included on the Springfield diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. James E. Russo

Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Sued in Brooklyn in 2003 by a man alleging abuse as a boy there in 1973. Russo resigned as pastor of his parish in the St. Petersburg, FL diocese in 1/97 because of "emotional items." Within week Bishop Lynch told the parish that "an episode of misconduct occurred many years ago" between Russo and an unidentified minor. Other victims came forward. Russo left ministry. Laicized 9/9/16. On the Brooklyn diocese's list in 2/19.

Fr. John D. Rutledge

Order: CM
Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Died: 03/23/1998
Diocese: Archdiocese of Mobile AL

Rutledge was named publicly as accused on the Mobile archdiocese's list 12/6/18. 'Misconduct' noted to have occurred 1968 while assigned to St Michael's in Auburn, an African-American parish. Rutledge trained at the Vincentian's Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton PA and after ordination there in 1951 was assigned to missionary work at St Mary's in Balboa, Panama.Transferred after his Auburn assignment in 1971 to Our Lady of the Immaculate Medal/St Mary's church in Greensboro NC, in the newly formed Charlotte diocese. Rutledge was pastor there 1972-75, then began graduate studies at Catholic University in Washington DC. In 1978, he was assigned again to St Mary's in Balboa. He died there on 3/23/98. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19.

Fr. Robert M. Rutledge

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1989
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

While a teacher at a Catholic high school, Rutledge was accused of assaulting and emotionally battering a male student beginning in 9/95. The boy became so emotionally upset, particularly after school officials became aware of the abuse and refused to remove Rutledge, that he had to be withdrawn from school. Rutledge left the school in 1996 and began teaching at a College in PA. Civil suit filed in 1997. Settled. Still residing in the diocese per 2008 directory accessed on 7/21/08. In 3/18 noted to be pastor of a parish in the Raleigh NC diocese.

Fr. Edward Rutowski

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Ordained: 1945
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Accused in two 1994 civil suits of molesting minors. Was priest in St Anthony of Padua Province in Chicopee MA; requested transfer to Santa Fe for "health reasons." Apparently incardinated into Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 1956 or 1957. Alleged to have abused one boy in 1967. Abuse alleged of another boy in 1971 by Rutowski and church custodian. Retired in 1991. Facilities were restricted to private celebrations of mass after accusations by one youth. Accused in suit filed 12/17/15 of abusing various boys, one 1975-79, beginning when boy was age 9 and Rutowski was at St. Jude Thaddeus in Albuquerque. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17.