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Frances Mary (David) Stone

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Order: MFVA
Ordained: 1998
Status: None

Diocese: Diocese of Birmingham AL

Arrested 10/09/13, charged with sexual abuse of minor. MFVA (Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Word) member. Per Birmingham bishop, Stone is no longer with the MFVA order and "they are following canonical procedures in the case." Alleged victim is Stone's son born in 2008. Boy's mother is former EWTN co-worker; Stone is former EWTN TV show host. Stone and boy's mother in custodial dispute. Mother said son told her Stone put his finger in son's anus, causing him to defecate on bed. Stone denies allegation. Trial 5/16. Found not guilty by jury. Granted custody of his son in 1/18.


Br. J. Patrick Sheehy

Order: SJ
Status: Accused

Died: 10/23/1992
Diocese: Archdiocese of Indianapolis IN

In 6/2021 the Brebeuf Jesuit High School president announced that Sheehy had been credibly accused of sexually abusing a student in 1978, while a resident of the Brebeuf Jesuit Community. School leadership was notified of the allegation in 2/2020. The Jesuits Midwest Province list in 1/2022 revealed multiple allegations agains Sheehy, with incidents 1967, 1975, 1984-1988 while Chaplain of the Marion County Sheriff's Department and residing at Breubeuf. Sheehy entered the order in 1959. He was the Brebeuf High's president 1987-1992. Died 10/23/1992.


Fr. Father Sullivan

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Order: SJ
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Helena MT

At least one allegation of abuse by "Fr. Sullivan" (no first name given) at St. Ignatius Mission on Flathead Indian Reservation is included in 9/11 civil suit against Ursuline Order and Helena Diocese filed by 45 people against 4 nuns, 6 priests and 1 brother.

Fr. Charles A. Saalfeld

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1946
Status: Accused

Died: 03/5/1978
Diocese: Diocese of Fairbanks AK

Worked as a teacher in Tacoma and Yakima, WA as well as in the Diocese of Fairbanks, AK. One pending claim against Saalfeld is shown in bankruptcy reorganization documents for the Fairbanks diocese 1/25/2010. By 2/2016 the Fairbanks diocese's list noted there were two reports of abuse by Saalfeld. Included on the Jesuits West Province list 12/15/2018. It notes claims in 2009 of abuse 1974-1978. Assigned during that time to Our Lady of the Snows in Nulato, AK. Died 03/05/1978.

Fr. Joseph F. Sabadish

Ordained: 1945
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused of abuse of a young brother and sister in early 1960s. Also a suspect in the rape and murder of a young girl but never charged. He did pass a polygraph. Died 1999. Named in 2006 civil suit. Suit dismissed by lower court and dismissal upheld by 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals 11/07.

Fr. John Pascal Sabas

Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Died: 07/18/1996
Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Sabas was accused of having sexually abused at least one 14-year-old boy during the summer of 1964. Sabas's alleged victim reported the abuse to the diocese in 1974, during Bishop Joseph McShea's tenure. When Sabas's accuser discovered in 1989 that the priest was still assigned to parish work, he sued Sabas and the Allentown diocese; the case was settled out of court for $40,000 in 1991. The diocese reportedly had assured the man several times that he was only victim. Sabas was shown as still active in the 1993 Catholic Directory. He died in 1996. Named in the 8/14/2018 PA Grand Jury Report. Included on the Allentown diocese's 8/19/2018 list of credibly accused.

Fr. Lawrence A. Sabatino

Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Died: 08/6/1990
Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

A Lewiston family told the bishop and police in 1958 that Sabatino had sexually abused their 6-year-old daughter. The bishop transferred him to St. Peter's parish. At least 13 women had come forward as of 2005 to allege that he abused them as children, at ages ranging from 6-17. During much of his time at St. Peter's, Sabatino was supervised by another priest, J. Romani, who has also been accused of abuse. Sabatino died in 1990. A woman filed suit in 12/2022 against the diocese, claiming Sabatino sexually abused her beginning when she was age 7 in 1964. She said the priest would play hide-and-seek with her and other girls in the church basement, pick one girl to hide with, then sexually abuse that child. In 3/2023 six women filed lawsuits claiming abuse by Sabatino as girls, ages 5-11, during 1958-1967.


Fr. Robert J. Saccacio

Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Placed on leave and then "retired" in 5/02, after allegations he abused a teenager in the 1960s. Faculties removed. Named in one of two multimillion dollar suits filed against the diocese in 4/03, with claims he abused an altar boy in the 1970s. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 8/19 of abuse 1973-75 of a boy ages 12-14. The boy attended St. John of God in Central Islip. Included on the diocese's list in 3/21, which notes alleged abuse at parishes in Hicksville, Greenlawn and Central Islip, among other places.

Fr. Edward Sacks

Ordained: 1964
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Monsignor. Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bethlehem Township when suspended in 9/18 due to an allegation that he sexually abused a student of Holy Name High School in Reading. Sacks was VP there 1965-68 and principal 1974-79. He denied the allegation, calling it a "case of mistaken identity." Reinstated within several weeks, after his accuser said the allegation "was made in error."

Deacon Edward J. Sadowski, Jr.

Ordained: 1979
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Deacon. Arrested in MA in 2001 after arranging over the internet to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He wanted sex and to take pornographic photos of the girl. He also sent nude photos of himself. Diocese immediately placed him on leave. Sentenced 2002 to two years in prison and five years probation. Also arrested in RI on similar charges. Arrested again in RI 12/09 on internet solicitation and child porn. Convicted 5/10. In Prison 2/11. Case referred to Vatican. On diocese's list 7/1/19.

Fr. Ronald Sajdak

Ordained: 1996
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Suspended in 11/18, over six months after the diocese received an allegation that Sajdak had sexually abused a boy. The abuse allegedly occurred over a 10-year period, beginning when the boy was ages 13 or 14. Per the diocese, his accuser is two and a half years younger than the priest and the "conduct" ended 15 years prior to his ordination. On recommendation of the Review Board 12/20/18, Sajdak was returned to active ministry.

Br. Anthony Salamone

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Order: OFM Conv
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

Called Br. Francis Dominic. Five civil suits filed in 2002 alleged abuse 1972-73. Transferred to Chicago in 1980. Left Order in 1989. It is believed all five were settled in the massive 6/03 settlement with the archdiocese.

Fr. Michael J. Salamone

Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Salamone was the subject in 11/17 of a settlement offer from the diocese's Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP), to a man who had contacted the diocese in 1994 alleging Salamone sexually abused him at ages 14 and 15 in the early 1980s. On diocese's list in 2/19. It notes that Salamone was permanently removed from ministry 4/2/02.

Fr. Alfred J. Salanitro

Ordained: 1989
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Removed from St. Bernadette's in Bellevue 12/11 after allegation that Salanitro abused a boy 1991-94, beginning when the boy was 11 and Salanitro was assigned to Holy Cross in Omaha. He denied the allegations and took voluntary leave. Matter was reported to D.A.'s office and police. Review Board found allegation credible and referred to Vatican. Canonical trial ordered in Omaha. Laicization announced 11/22/13. On archdiocese's list 11/30/18. It notes reports in 2011 and 2012 of abuse 1990-94. Three victims. Per the NE A.G.'s 11/21 report Salanitro's victims were ages 11-16.

Fr. Jorge Hume Salas

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Ordained: 1994
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Santa Rosa CA

Placed on leave 1/99 after 4 men over 18 reported that they had been sexually accosted by Salas between 1996-1998. No criminal prosecution due to SOL. Later same year Salas himself filed suit alleging that he had been sexually abused and harassed by Bishop Ziemann of Santa Rosa. Suit settled for $535K 4/00 after Bishop admitted relationship and resigned. Salas remained priest but believed to have returned home to Costa Rica. Some doubt if Salas ever completed seminary.

Bishop Alexander Salazar

Ordained: 1984
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Elevated to Auxiliary Bishop in 2004. Per news in 12/18, investigated by law enforcement in 2002 for an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor in the 1990s, when he was a parish priest. Salazar denied wrongdoing. The archdiocese said it didn't learn of the allegation until 2005. Vatican investigated and reportedly imposed precautionary measures. Archdiocesan oversight board reviewed the case and deemed the allegation credible. Pope Francis accepted Salazar's resignation 12/19/18.

Deacon Cesar Salazar

Ordained: 1993
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Per July 2003 articles, Salazar had just been placed on leave while the diocese investigated charges that he downloaded child pornography. Charges first surfaced in 2001. Police found over 100 images but declined to file charges because of lack of evidence. FBI also investigated. Salazar was sent for counseling. Laicized at some point.

Fr. John Anthony Salazar-Jimenez

Order: SchP
Ordained: 1984
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Sued 1986. Convicted 1987of molesting two boys in Los Angeles. Sentenced to six years; served four. Banned for life from L.A. Moved to Amarillo diocese in 1991. Two 2002 CA criminal charges dropped in 2003. Charged in 2003 with assault of 18-year-old in Dallas. Convicted 7/1/05. Life sentence. Laicization announced 2/05. New trial ordered 9/11. Accepted plea bargain 2013; released for time served. Claims settled in CA and TX 2007-08. CA personnel files released 1/13. Pled guilty 12/30/13 to more charges in TX; 10-year sentence. On Amarillo diocese's list 1/31/19; worked in diocese 7/91-7/02.

Fr. Oscar Salazar

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Ordained: 1996
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

Accused of groping a 17-year-old boy in 1996 at Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Deltona. Not charged because the boy and family declined to do so. Removed from his assignment and sent to St. Luke Institute for treatment. The Diocese made no public announcement until 2/1997. The Bishop said Salazar would never be assigned in the diocese and would not be recommended for assignment in another diocese. Included on the Orlando diocese's 10/6/2021 list of credibly accused.

Fr. Jose Mario Saldana

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Dallas TX

Accused of abusing a 15-year-old boy in the mid-1980s in Ferris, TX. The boy's mother suspected abuse at the time and told diocesan officials. The boy wouldn't cooperate, so no action. In 1998, the then young adult alleged victim came forward to the diocese. His brother said Saldana would show altar boys sexually explicit films in his rectory bedroom, while lying on his bed in a robe or underwear. Saldana left his parish in Bonham, saying he was going to a clinic for treatment of medical problems. The Diocese later admitted that he was in a treatment center for sexually abusive priests in St. Louis, but that he still retained all his priestly faculties. Worked the Dioceses of Dallas, Ft. Worth and Tyler. Was also a military chaplain. On the Dallas Diocese's list 1/31/2019. Laicization pending. Included in 4/2019 on the Tyler Diocese's list.

Fr. Michael Salerno

Order: SAC
Ordained: 1993
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Placed on leave in 11/2007 by the Baltimore archdiocese after accusation surfaced that he had abused a teenage boy in Brooklyn in the 1970s. At the time of the alleged abuse, Salerno was a lay member (brother) of the Pallotine order. Salerno neither admitted nor denied the accusation at the time. Order announced in 12/2008 that Salerno had since admitted that he molested a 13-year-old boy in the late 1970s. Privileges permanently removed. On the Baltimore archdiocese's list 9/5/2019. Died in 9/2021. Mentioned in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Marcel Salinas

Order: CMF
Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Died: 03/26/1997
Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

In 1976 Salinas was the Phoenix Diocese director of Cursillos. He was accused in a lawsuit in 2006 of sexually abusing a 9-year-old boy in 1988 at St. Timothy Parish. A lawsuit filed in 12/21 claims that Salinas sexually abused a 10-year-old girl in 1976 at Queen of Peace Parish in Mesa. He died 3/26/97.

Fr. Walter Dayton Salisbury

Order: SSJ
Ordained: 1959
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston TX

Worked many years in the Galveston-Houston archdiocese. Long-time TX Southern University Newman center chaplain. Taught at St. Tomas University, Alderian psychologist. Also worked in Washington DC and Mobile AL. Convicted twice on child sex charges. Pleaded no contest in 1979 to indecency with a child in Houston, TX, given three years probation. Kept in ministry. Surrendered to police in DC in 4/1993 after allegations that in 1/1993 he had sex with a boy he was tutoring. Sentenced to one year prison, suspended, and one year probation. Removed from ministry. Had also been accused in AL. Returned after 1993 to his native Bar Harbor, ME. On the Washington DC archdiocese's list 10/15/2018. On Galveston Houston's list 1/31/2019.

Fr. Thomas G. Saloy

Ordained: 1988
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Arrested 11/17/06 after amyear-long investigation of Saloy's activity in internet chat rooms. The investigation began when the arrest of a porn dealer revealed that Saloy was a customer. Pled guilty on 11/30/06 to possessing over 600 images of child pornography on his rectory computer. Sentenced to 3 1/2 years in federal prison 5/1/08.

Fr. Jude S. Salus

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1975
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Accused in a lawsuit filed 11/17/21 of sexually abusing boy, age 14, in 1993-94, while assigned to Delbarton School. The boy was a Delbarton student. Salus taught religion at the school while assisting at area parishes on the weekends. He was later pastor for many years at Mt. Carmel in Cedar Knolls. In 11/21 he reportedly remained active at St. Mary's Abbey in Morristown, and as chaplain at Newton Medical Center and for the Filippini Sisters at Villa Walsh.


Fr. John P. Salvucci

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Ordained: 1977
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 Salvucci sexually abused a boy, about ages 15-17, in 1977-79, while assigned to St. Mary's in Billerica. The abuse allegedly occurred in the rectory and in a NH cabin. The settlement was in the high five figures.

Fr. Jeffrey Salwach

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1984
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Placed on leave in 5/2003 after he was accused, along with another friar, of abusing a boy, ages 9-13, at St. Jude in New Lenox 1974-1978. The two Franciscans were said to have forced the boy into oral and group sex, drink alcohol and smoke marijuana. Salwach was a Franciscan brother and teacher at the time of the abuse. After his accuser filed suit in 2004, Salwich was sent for evaluation, where he admitted to fondling the boy and "a number of [other] minors" in the 1970s. The lawsuit settled. Per the Franciscans in 2005, "There is no reason to suspect Jeffrey to be a risk for offending minors." After ordination Salwach worked in Quincy IL, Galena AK, Parma and Cleveland OH, Joliet IL, San Antonio TX and Ruston LA. Still shown as an active priest per Catholic Times 5/10/2009. Reportedly in 11/2011, Salwach had recently been assigned to work at LaVerna Friary in a residential neighborhood in St. Louis, MO. Dismissed from the Order in 4/2016. Remains a priest in 5/2023. Included in the IL Attorney General's 5/23/2023 report. On the Franciscans' Our Lady of Guadalupe Province list of credibly accused as of 1/2024. (Member of the Sacred Heart Province.) Noted to have left the Province and Order 4/9/2016.

Fr. Francis L. Sammons

Ordained: 1947
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Syracuse NY

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 12/3/18. Noted to have had one allegation against him, after his death. Longtime pastor of St. Patrick's on Tipperary Hill. Monsignor. Per obit, was a founding member of the City-Couonty Youth Board, Director of the CYO and found of the CYO Basketball League. Also, Director for Lourdes Camp and Diocesan Athletic Director for Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School, Christian Brothers Academy, and Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High. Retired 1995. Died 7/10/07.

Fr. Tito Sammut

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Died: 09/29/2017
Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/17/19. Multiple substantiated allegations of abuse, occurring in the 1960s. Worked in Malta 1952-60, incardinated in 1960 into Diocese of Amarillo TX. Moved to the Green Bay diocese in 1979, where he was incardinated in 1988; ministry restricted at some point. Moved to Malta in retirement. Green Bay sent Malta "multiple cautions." Died 9/29/17.

Fr. Jose L. Sanchez

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Order: CMF
Ordained: 1996
Status: Reinstated

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 2014 of incident(s) in the 1990s. Noted to have left the archdiocese in 2009. Per the archdiocese's list in 12/21, Sanchez was reinstated in 2015 after the order's review board deemed the allegation not credible.

Fr. Manuel Ontiveros Sanchez

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Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Monsignor. Ordained in Spain. Working in the L.A. archdiocese in 1971; incardinated 1976. Sued in 2003. Accused of abuse of a minor 1978-81, per 2004 archdiocesan report. Archdiocese investigated, determined evidence did not support the charges. Sanchez consistently denied the allegations. Retired and returned to Spain in 2000. Claim included in 7/07 massive $660M settlement by L.A. archdiocese.

Fr. Raul N. Sanchez

Ordained: 1974
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Gallup NM

Ordained for Diocese of Gallup NM. Diocese aided Sanchez in becoming an US citizen. Named as an abuser in court pleadings filed in 6/2012. More than one accuser. Worked in one parish, Madre de Dios in Winslow, before teaching in a diocesan seminary program in Gallup and then becoming an Air Force chaplain. Gallup Chancellor 1979-11/1986. Shown in the Catholic Directory as absent in 2012; apparently living in Mexico. Sued in 9/2012 and 4/2013, along with Clement Hageman, with claims of abuse in the 1970s in Winslow, AZ. Named in a new suit in 6/2013. Included on the Gallup diocese's list of credibly accused. Included in 8/2021 on the Diocese of Fresno's list.. Sanchez worked in the diocese as a chaplain at Edwards Air Force Base 1998-2001. Diocese was accused of helping him flee to his native México.


Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Died: 01/20/2012
Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Appointed Archbishop of Santa Fe in 1974, Sanchez was later accused of having sexual intercourse with at least 11 women over period of many years. Some of the women were teenagers. One claimed to have been paid $25K after Sanchez allegedly raped her in 1973. Sanchez also had extensive knowledge of the sexual abuse by priests in the Archdiocese and rarely did anything to punish or remove them. He resigned in 1993 and lived in Minnesota. He died 1/20/2012.

Fr. Patrick Sanders

Ordained: 1990
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Belle Chasse when placed on leave in 2004. Two men had come forward to allege that Sanders abused them on a trip to Biloxi Mississippi in 1993, when they were age 16. Placed on permanent leave in 4/05. Vatican ordered an administrative hearing for Sanders. Sanders not technically charged with abuse of a minor because church law at the time defined minors as those under 16. On archdiocese's list 11/2/18.

Fr. Christian Sandholdt

Order: CPPS
Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Died: 01/30/1979
Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Accused in a lawsuit[s] between 2020-2022 of the sexual abuse of minor[s]. Died by suicide in 1979, at age 45. Per his obituary, Sandholdt had been an assistant at St. Francis of Assisi in East Palo Alto for five years, was involved with the charismatic movement and worked with teenagers. Prior to his priesthood, he was a teacher at John Muir and Encinal High Schools in Alameda.


Fr. Jose Luis Sandoval

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Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Antonio TX

Accused in 6/1998 of abusing an 11-year-old boy in 1976. Archdiocese investigated; said information "believable". Removed. Fled to Guadalajara, Mexico; allowed ministry there based on a positive recommendation from San Antonio until removed by the archbishop in 2004. While reviewing files in 2002, the San Antonio archdiocese found a 1985 allegation that Sandoval attempted abuse of a teenage boy. No action until 1993, when he was sent for evaluation to Programa Genesis in Mexico for six month. He received good report and was reassigned in the Archdiocese of San Antonio in 1995. Name included on the archdiocese's list 1/31/2019, noting six allegations. Case referred to the Vatican for possible laicization. Appeared in 2019 to be pastor of Nuestra Senora de Belen, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico, in the Diocese of Guadalajara.

Fr. J. Joseph Sands

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Died: 05/11/1979
Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Ordained for the Trappists. Incardinated 1973 into the Manchester diocese. Accused in 5/28/03 attorney's letter of sexual abuse at St. Bernard's in Keene in 1966-69. Age of the complainant at the time of the abuse is unknown. Sands was murdered 5/11/79 when he tried to negotiate a hostage situation in the rectory of St. Rose of Lima in Littleton, NH. He was taken hostage and killed by a couple who then shot and killed themselves.

Br. Lawrence Sandstrom

Order: CSC
Status: Settled

Died: 03/28/2021
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Left order in 1997. Accused of abuse of five boys 1955-69, per 2004 archdiocesan report. Two filed civil suit in 12/03 alleging abuse 1967-69. Accusations involved children at Maryvale, which was a Catholic orphanage in Rosemead. Later went on to work at La Salle High in Pasadena and other Catholic schools in Hayward and New Orleans. Accused in 2003 of abuse at Rancho San Antonio in Chatsworth in the 1960s. Settlement with two men in 2007. Personnel file released in 2013. Died in 3/21.


Fr. Leonard Sanesi

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Died: 01/10/1992
Diocese: Diocese of Greensburg PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Included on the Greensburg diocese's list of credibly accused. Died in 1992. Report to diocese in 2002 that in the early 1960s Sanesi repeatedly sexually abused a boy who was a student at St. Joseph's Minor Seminary. Another former St. Joseph's minor seminarian alleged in 2013 that Sanesi sexually abused him 1962-1963.

Fr. John R. Sansonetti

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Bridgeport CT

Name included on the diocese's list 3/22/2019 of clergy on whose behalf settlements were paid related to allegations of the sexual abuse of minors. The allegations against Sansonetti were not determined to be credible. Per a 2019 report commissioned by the diocese, Sansonetti was accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy in 1976-1977. He went on leave in 1984 and requested laicization in 1987.

Deacon Rigoberto Santiago

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Atlanta GA

Ordained for the diaconate in 1987. From the Diocese of Ponce in Puerto Rico. Assigned to GA parishes 1994-2000. Named publicly as accused in the GA PAC Report. Faculties suspended 1/26/2008 after an allegation that Santiago sexually abused a girl, age 15, about 16 years prior. Santiago denied the 'incident' with the girl, but said that in 2005 an 'incident' occurred with a 15-year-old girl who was staying with the other girl's family.


Fr. John C. Santillan Hernandez

Order: SchP
Ordained: 1969
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Civil suit filed in 1998; dismissed. Removed in 2002. Accused of abuse of a boy, ages 12-17, in the 1970s. Police investigated in 2002. Per the Los Angeles archdiocese's 2004 report, there were two accusers 1977-85. In active ministry in Bolivia from 1998. Deceased, per the archdiocese's list in 12/21.

Fr. Francis C. Santilli

Ordained: 1980
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Placed on leave in 2/22 due to an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor in 1979 or 1980. Pastor of St. Philip in Greenville since 2010 when suspended. Per the diocese, it received an allegation on 12/29/21 against a priest currently active in the diocese, without naming him. State police investigated and interviewed the alleged victim, who named Santilli, then informed the diocese 2/2/22. Unable to criminally prosecute due to the statute of limitations. The diocese had received reports of the sexual abuse of minors by Santilli twice before: in 2012 a man alleged abuse as a young altar in the early 1980s, and that Santilli also molested his brother; in 2014 a man alleged abused by Santilli as an altar boy, age 10, in 1980 at Our Lady of Lourdes in Providence. One alleged victim is known to have died by suicide. The Diocesan Review Board determined that both the 2012 and 2014 allegations lacked credibility, and Santilli was kept in ministry. Lawsuit filed in 5/22.


Fr. Michael P. Santillo

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Died: 05/10/2000
Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Left active priesthood in 1992 to care for his parents. Charged in 5/97 with molesting a 13-year-old boy in 1987. Working at time of arrest in non-priest role at church in the Albany, NY diocese. Convicted in 1999. Three additional known victims. Sentenced to ten years. Died of cancer in prison in 2000. Three claims included in 1/03 diocesan settlement involving abuse by five priests. Accused in a lawsuit in 12/20 of grooming then sexually abusing a boy during elementary and high school. Santillo allegedly began to ply the boy with alcohol then molest him when he was a teen in 1983, in the the rectory of St. Mary's in Perth Amboy and during a trip to Disney World.

Fr. Mark Santo

Order: OSM
Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau MO

Worked in a number of dioceses, including Chicago, Winona, Lansing, Miami, Los Angeles. Assignments included parishes, schools, and prison ministry. Named publicly as accused by the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese on its list updated 4/1/2019. Alleged abuse in the 1960s reported in 2018. Per news in 1993, a friend of Santo's, who was staying with him at the rectory of a Diocese of Winona MN parish, was arrested for possession of child pornography. The Springfield-Cape Giradeau list notes that Santos died in 2013, but the Catholic Directory shows that he died in 2008.

Sr. Agnes Santomassimo

Order: MSC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Worked in hospitals in Chicago, New York, and Montreal Canada 1950-69. Served as her order's provincial office secretary treasurer 1969 - 2001. Retired in 2001 or 2002. Died 9/7/05. Very limited personnel file released 7/13 (2 pages). Reportedly she and others were accused in civil lawsuits of molesting children while working within the Los Angeles archdiocese.

Fr. William L. Santry

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

In 2005 a woman reported to the archdiocese that Santry sexually abused her in the late 1960s, when she was a 16-year-old Our Lady of Loreto parishioner in South Philadelphia. Santry admitted to the abuse. The woman said she was also molested during that time at the same parish by Rev. Joseph DiGregorio. Santry told investigators in 2005 that he recalled that the girl had spent time in the rectory with DiGregorio and that he thought there was something like "fondling" going on. Santry had voluntarily left the priesthood in 1971. His laicization by the Vatican was announced 2006. Santry's name was included in the Philadelphia Grand Jury Report II, released 2/10/11.

Fr. Julian Sanz

Ordained: 1977
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

From Spain. Founded an orphanage in Mexico, near Yuma. Arrived in the Tucson diocese in 1980. Incardinated in 1994. Placed on leave in 10/2002 after a boy, age 15, said he had been molested in 8/2002. Another victim came forward later to say he was molested at age 11 during confession in 1982. Sanz was arrested in 2/2003 on two counts of sexual abuse of a child. Pleaded no contest. Sentenced in 10/2003 to five years in prison. A civil suit was filed in 1/2004 by the victim in criminal charges. Included on the Diocese's list of credibly accused. Removed from the priesthood in 2010.


Fr. Paul Sappino

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1933
Status: Accused

Died: 04/13/1969
Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Worked in NY, FL LA. Died in 1969. Named publicly as accused in 3/2020 by the Salesian order on its list of credibly accused. No details given as to when or where the abuse took place, or number of victims. (Placing him in the NY archdiocese for now, where the Salesians' Eastern Province is based.)

Fr. John J. Sardina

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Retired, living in a residence for priests in Depew. Suspended in 9/18 after the diocese received an allegation they he sexually abused a 12-year-old girl in the late 1960s, while he was assigned to Coronation of the BVM in Buffalo. Sardina denied the allegation. He did admit to having been sent to counseling over 10 years previously due to "consensual" sex he had with women. Allowed to return to active ministry in 3/19 after the Diocesan Review Board deemed the allegation unsubstantiated. Sued under the Child Victims Act in 2019. In 9/22 the diocese was investigating a second claim against Sardina. 


Fr. John A. Sarro

Ordained: 1979
Status: Charged

Died: 07/23/2018
Diocese: Diocese of Wilmington DE and MD

Credible allegation of abuse, stemming from the early 1980s while working in Papua New Guinea. Diocese said it learned of this in 1997; removed from ministry 1998. Name first released by Bishop Saltarelli 11/16/2006 on list of abusive priests. Living in a monitored religious community in Maryland. As of 11/2009 the Diocese was paying his pension and health benefits and $4,000/mo for assisted living expenses. Personnel file released in 2/2012. The bishop said the Diocese applied for laicization in 2009, but the Vatican did not approve. Sarro was criminally charged in 1/2018 with fondling and raping a girl under age 16 in the early 1990s, when he was pastor of St. Helena in Bellefonte. Sarro stated it "happened by accident." Pleaded not guilty 2/9/2018. Died 7/23/2018, six months before scheduled trial.

Fr. Martin J. Satchell

Ordained: 1993
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused in 1993 (year of ordination) of "credible allegations of misconduct involving a minor [boy]." Placed on administrative leave 1993 (after 4 months on job) through 2003. Laicized at his request 9/16/04. Taught in several prestigious schools between 1993 and 2004. Named in a lawsuit filed 2/14/11. Name included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) regarding priests in secret archives who were guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Br. Robert Satterthwaite

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Order: CFC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

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. No details provided as to when and where the alleged abuse occurred. Placing Satterthwaite in the Archdiocese of Newark, where the Irish Christian Brothers' North American Province is based. Satterthwaite is deceased.


Fr. Robert J. Saunders

Ordained: 1941
Status: Settled

Died: 07/4/2007
Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Died 7/4/2007 at age 92. At about the same time, the Archdiocese revealed that Saunders had been accused of the abuse of several girls at Temple Hill and in Norway IA, during 1959-1973. At least one claim was included in a 3/2008 $4.7M settlement with Archdiocese involving abuse by 9 priests.

Fr. Joseph E. Savage

Ordained: 1918
Status: Accused

Died: 06/22/1974
Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as abuser in the Chicago Archdiocesan Report 3/20/2006. Forced to resign from an Illinois parish in 1936 for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy. Accused in 2002 and 2003 of having sexually abused numerous WI children, both boys and girls, in the 1950s. His victims were said to have been between the ages of 8 and 16. Shown as absent with leave from 1938-1960 and retired as of 1960. Died in 6/1974. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report, which notes 7 "reported survivors."

Fr. Dominic Savino

Order: OCarm
Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

Removed in 2002 from presidency of Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino CA after allegations of abuse of two brothers in 1979, and abuse of others in the 1970s. Police notified. He acknowledged some incidents and that he had sought therapy. Also accused of abusing five high school boys in Louisville, KY 1966-1973. Named in a civil suit. Separated from the Carmelite Order in 2005. Claims by seven individuals included in $10M settlement 10/2006 with the Order and L.A. Archdiocese. On the Louisville archdiocese's list in 2/2019. Included on the Carmelites' list in 11/2020.

Fr. Johnny S. Savoie

Ordained: 1995
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Mobile AL

Mobile archdiocesan VAC was contacted apparently in late 2013 by a man alleging that Savoie had engaged in 'inappropriate sexual conduct' with him as a boy aged 16-18 in about 2005 at St. Lawrence church in Fairhope. Archdiocesan lawyer contacted the county D.A. in 12/2013 and 1/2014. D.A. did not investigate because at age 16, the accuser was beyond the AL age of consent. Archdiocese did not place Savoie on leave, and it is not known whether AL child protection officials were notified. The archdiocese reportedly investigated by 2/16/2014, when Savoie announced to parishioners: he had been accused, he 'adamantly denied' the allegation, and as the archdiocese 'has determined that there is no evidence to support the accusation,' he 'will remain serving as pastor of St Pius X,' where the principal of the grammar school reports to him. In Savoie's 9/30/2014 deposition in a case accusing him of ignoring bullying complaints at the school, he stated that the Fairhope boy was working part-time at St. Lawrence.

Fr. William R. Savord

Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Died: 07/19/2004
Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Included on list of priests with credible allegations as released by San Diego diocese 3/30/07. Transferred to San Bernardino Diocese in 1984. Removed from active priesthood in 10/88 without privileges and sent to the Servants of the Paraclete treatment center. Resigned in 8/90 because of problems in his "past life." Died 7/19/04. Personnel file released 10/24/10.

Br. Thomas Sawyer

Order: CSC
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Educator in schools across the U.S. Was IT director for Holy Cross HS in Waterbury, living at St. John Vianney in West Hartford when another clergy member reported to police he saw images of naked children on Sawyer's computer. Order moved Sawyer to upstate NY when the police investigation started. Arrested in 4/2016, charged with possession of child pornography. Sawyer may have downloaded thousands of photos of naked children, mostly pre-teen males.

Fr. John C. Sax

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Sax was archdiocesan director of priest personnel 1991-1999. Monsignor. Placed on leave in 2000 after allegation. Admitted that he molested an altar boy on numerous occasions 1980-1985 at St. Peter's in Reserve. Suit filed in 5/01 but it was not served until 2002. On archdiocese's list 11/2/18.

Fr. Fernando Sayasaya

Ordained: 1995
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Fargo ND

Educated overseas. Ordained for the Fargo diocese. Removed 8/98 after complaint of sex abuse. Reportedly admitted to abusing 3 boys. Fled to Philippines in 12/98. Charged 12/02 in U.S. for alleged abuse of one 1995-97 and another 1995-98. Efforts to extradite him to the U.S. for prosecution were initially unsuccessful. Laicization announced 12/05. Philippine Court of Appeals ordered him extradited to U.S. 4/2012. Arrested in Calamba City, Laguna province 11/19/17; extradited 12/17. Pled not guilty 2/16/18. Pled guilty to 2 counts 5/17/18. Sentenced 10/1/18 to 20 years in prison, required to register as a sex offender. Given credit for 360 days already spent. On Fargo's list 1/2/20.

Fr. Severino A. Scala

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Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list in 3/21. Allegedly abused at St. Vincent de Paul in Elmont, where he was assigned 10/56-10/66. Appears to have begun his priesthood in the Archdiocese of Miami FL in 1953 or '54, arriving in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1955. Per the Catholic Directories, Scala was on sick leave 1973-79, then retired. He died 1/10/86.

Fr. Thomas A. Scala

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Died: 10/15/2018
Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Chaplain of St. Joseph Hospital in Lancaster 1977-1986. Pastor of St. Columba in Bloomsburg 1989-1994. Name included on diocese's list released 8/1/18, noted to have two allegations of the sexual abuse of children against him. Died in 10/18 in FL.

Fr. Donald F. Scales

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Died: 12/12/2008
Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Named publicly as accused on 2/14/19 by the Diocese of Richmond after it received information from the Diocese of Charlotte. Charlotte's Review Board found credible an allegation against Scales. He had assignments in both dioceses. Accused in 2006 of sexually abusing a minor at St. Michael's in Gastonia, NC 1977-78. Removed from ministry. Denied the allegation. Died in 2008. Included on the Raleigh diocese's list updated 10/22/19, noting abuse occurring outside the diocese in 1966, reported in 2019. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19.

Fr. William J. Scanlan

Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Died: 04/26/2013
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

As early as 1987 one church official noted in Scanlan's personnel file that 'he fools around with kids.' Accused of raping a 12-year-old girl 1996-97. Sent for residential treatment. Assigned to prison ministry; reassigned to parish work. Moved to California in 1998 to work in a V.A. hospital in Menlo Park. Investigated by Feds because of statements made by Military Vicariate. Per the 8/11 Boston archdiocese list of accused, the Review Board found the accusations unsubstantiated. Scanlan retired on permanent disability with no restrictions. Died 4/26/13.

Fr. Francis Joseph Scanlon

Ordained: 1942
Status: Sued

Died: 04/30/1980
Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Accused in a lawsuit filed sometime between 2020-2022 of sexually abusing an altar boy at St. Andrew's in Oakland in about 1959-1964. The abuse allegedly included forced oral sex and sodomy and occurred numerous times. News accounts in 2022 refer to Scanlon as John Francis; per past news articles and the Official Catholic Directory, his name was Francis Joseph. The 1960 Directory shows him as Absent on Leave, after which he was transferred to a Mill Valley parish. Scanlon died in 1980.


Fr. John M. Scanlon

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Ordained: 1951
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Biloxi MS

Monsignor. Accused in a lawsuit in 10/19 of molesting a 12-year-old boy in 1984-85 at Sacred Heart Church in Hattiesburg. Scanlon died in 1995. The suit was dismissed due to the statute of limitations. Plaintiff appealed to the MS Supreme Court, which overturned the lower court's ruling in 6/21, sending it back to the county.

Fr. William J. Scanlon

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1970
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 1994 of abuse of minors 1985-94. Scanlon admitted to the abuse. "Restricted" in 1994, "impeded" in 2011.

Fr. Leonard Scezney

Ordained: 1985
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Denver CO

Named publicly as accused in the CO A.G. report 10/22/19. In 3/07 the archdiocese received a report that Scezney had sexually abused a 16-year-old girl in about 1985. The girl was a member of the parish youth group at Spirit of Christ in Arvada, where Scezney was assigned. Scezney allegedly took the girl to dinner, was increasingly affectionate toward her, then fondled her breasts under her shirt on multiple occasions. Scezney's faculties were removed by the archdiocese in 1992.

Fr. Francis R. Schaefer

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Accused of abusing six boys at a parish in 1962. In 1966 families met with Msgr. Applegate, who promised Schaefer would get help. No action taken for months, then transferred. Bishop was informed in 1970 of Schaefer's misdeeds, but no action. In 1970 Schaefer moved to new parish where he allegedly abused again 1970-1975. Two civil suits filed in 1993. Included on the diocese's list 3/1/2019. Deceased.

Fr. Richard J. Schaefer

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list in late 2018. Diocese noted to have received multiple allegations, beginning in 1986, of abuse by Schaefer throughout his career. Faculties suspended 4/10/86. Died 4/10/98. First assignment in the diocese started in 9/62. (May be the priest by the same name from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, also accused, whose last assignment in that diocese ended 5/15/62.)

Fr. Richard J. Schaefer

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Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Accused of abusing a boy on many occasions. Schaefer was in charge in 1958-61 at St. Philip Neri in Northport of a group of young boys who wanted to be priests. His accuser alleged that Schaefer also abused five other boys in the group and that Schaefer was transferred after parents complained. Named in a lawsuit filed in 2003. Included in 3/21 on the diocese's list of accused. Absent on leave, per the Directories, 1962-69. Last assignment in the Rockville Centre diocese ended 5/15/62. (May be the priest by the same name, also accused) first shown in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV beginning 9/62.)

Fr. Thomas S. Schaefer

Ordained: 1953
Status: Convicted

Died: 07/22/2009
Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Abused at least 21 boys. Arrested in 1995. Convicted in 1996 of abuse of 5. Sentenced to 16-years in prison. Judge reconsidered after he had served about 4.5 months and reduced the entence to time served and treatment in MO. Sent to live at St. John Vianney in St. Louis. At least one claim was included in a $1.3M settlement with the Archdiocese in 12/2006. Died 7/22/2009 in MO. Included on the Archdiocese's list 10/15/2018. It noted abuse was first reported in 1967 and that Schaeffer was sent for evaluation and treatment, then returned to ministry. Another report in 1982; again evaluated and treated, then returned to ministry in 1983. Permanently removed from parish ministry in 1986, assigned as a nursing home chaplain.

Fr. Charles J. Schaeflein

Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Monsignor. Accused of abuse of a minor some time prior to 1990. Retired in 1989. Placed on leave in 2005 when allegation first became known. Per news in 4/06, Schaefle (at age 86 or 87) agreed to a supervised life of prayer and penance. 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 with no conclusive evidence. Died 8/10/13.

Fr. Robert L. Schaeufele

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Placed on leave in 4/2002 after allegations surfaced. The Diocese knew in 1994 that Schaeufele was bringing boys to his rectory. Several civil suits 2003-2004. In 2004 the Diocese agreed to pay $1.1M to 12 men abused by him as boys. Others refused to settle. Found not guilty in 5/2003 of some charges, but convicted in 6/2003 on other charges of abuse in the 1980s. Received two 30-year concurrent sentences. Also sentenced in Pasco County 7/2003. At least 22 accusers are known. Abused in parishes that were later part of the Venice diocese. Scheduled for release from prison in 2/2015, after serving only 12 years. Included on the St. Petersburg diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Carl Casper Schaffer

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Lexington KY

Ordained for the Diocese of Covington. Retired in 1989. Opened a home for troubled teenage boys, Padre House, in southeastern KY. Died by suicide in 7/3/93, a day after he was questioned about a decades-old abuse allegation. Included on the Covington diocese's list 7/31/20 of those with substantiated allegation(s). On the Lexington diocese's list in 8/20. It notes credible allegations that Schaffer abused brothers at Good Shepherd in Frankfort in the 1960s and '70s.

Fr. John P. Schanz

Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Died: 04/6/2010
Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Included on the Diocese's list 4/6/2018. The bulk of Schanz's career until retirement was at Gannon University and as an assistant at Holy Cross in Fairview. Member of the Tribunal and Examiner of Junior Clergy. Retired in 1996. At least 7 alleged victims. In 4/2002 a man reported to the Diocese that he was sexually assaulted by Schanz as a 7th or 8th grade altar boy at St. Andrew and The Villa. Schanz was removed from active ministry 4/17/2002. Allegation in 5/2002 of abuse in the early 1970s of a 12- or 13-year-old boy. Report in 1/2007 from a former Camp Notre Dame life guard of abuse of a boy at the camp in 1974. The man said he witnessed an incident and told administrators, who said they would take care of it and told him to keep it quiet. In 4/2002 the Diocese received a report of abuse in 1974 of a Holy Cross altar boy. Also accused of abuse in 1978 or 1979 of a boy age 16 or 17, and of abuse of a 15-year-old boy 1980-1983. Report in 2/2005 of abuse of a 6th grade St. Andrew's altar boy. Shanz died 4/16/2010.

Fr. Michael Schapfel

Ordained: 1983
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

From Germany. Working in the DC area since 2004 serving German communities and diplomats when suddenly removed in 4/2010 after allegations that he had molested numerous girls and young women in Germany in the 1980s-1990s. Was returned to Germany. Allegations had been known since the original complaint in 2004.

Fr. David E.F. Scharf

Ordained: 1985
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named as accused in the 8/14/2018 PA Grand Jury Report. In 12/2002 the diocese received a complaint that Scharf had a foot fetish, and had massaged the feet of minor and adult males. He was admitted to St. Luke's Institute for treatment in 11/2003, there until 7/2004, then to a halfway house until leaving without completing his program in 2/2005. He attended St. Luke's continuing care workshops 2005-2010, where he admitted to massaging the feet of minors then masturbating to the image of their feet. Featured in the diocesan newspaper in 4/2010, celebrating his 25th anniversary as a priest. Per the diocese's list of credibly accused, Scharf was removed from ministry in 2016. Living in 11/2018 at St. John Vianney Manor.

Fr. Lawrence C. Scharf

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Placed on leave in 3/2002 after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct with a minor in 1976. It was later learned that a similar offense occurred in 1981. Scharf admitted the conduct and was placed in inpatient therapy. As of 2004 he was barred from ministry because of credible allegations. Dismissed from the clerical state per 4/2008 status report. Died in 1/2008.

Fr. Maurice Scheier

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1927
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse of one in 1948, per L.A. archdiocesan report in 2004. Died in 1991. Added to the Buffalo diocese's list 11/5/2018. Worked at St. Bonaventure University 1928-1986, including as math department head and dean of science. Pastor of Sacred Heart in Knapp Creek 1961-1988. Per the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans on its list 5/31/2019, they had no information on Scheier, and the order's Holy Name Province in NY "handled the 2004 allegation."

Fr. Michael Schemm

Ordained: 1993
Status: Insufficient evidence

Diocese: Diocese of Wichita KS

On 11/1/2021 the diocese announced that Schemm was being placed on leave pending an investigation into allegations that he had sexually abused a minor more than 25 years previously. Schemm was pastor at the time of his suspension of Church of the Resurrection in Bel Aire. He allegedly sexually abused a child, ages 12-15, 1992-1995, while assigned to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Wichita. No criminal charges due to the statute of limitations. The diocese's review board determined that there was "insufficient evidence." The bishop stated that Schemm would be returned to public ministry. In 10/2023 the diocesan newspaper noted that Schemm had been placed on "indefinite leave of absence for medical reasons, effective immediately."


Fr. Maurus Schenck

Order: CP
Ordained: 1952
Status: Sued

Died: 05/20/1975
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 8/20 of sexually abusing a child, ages 12-17, during 1962-68, while assigned to St. Mary's in Dunkirk. Also accused of abusing a 13-year-old in 1965. Schenck died 5/20/75.

Br. Alan Scheneman

Order: SDB
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Professed vows as a Salesian brother in 1978. Left the order in 1982. Accused in a 12/16/2013 lawsuit of the repeated sexual abuse of a boy, age 15, at the Salesian minor seminary in Goshen NY. The alleged abuse included masturbating the boy's penis skin-on-skin. The complaint also alleged abuse of the boy by Fr. Joseph Maffei SDB and Fr. Sean Rooney SDB at the same seminary. Scheneman was listed on the website of Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian on 10/31/2014 after a settlement during the year previous. The Salesians confirmed that a monetary settlement had been reached. Included in 3/2020 on the Salesians list of credibly accused.

Fr. Richard Scherer

Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Died: 12/21/2007
Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named as accused in the 8/14/2018 PA Grand Jury Report. A woman told the diocese in 8/1991 that when she was a student at St. Anne's in Castle Shannon 1957-1961, she was sexually abused by Scherer. Scherer alluded to his "relationship" with the student in a 10/1965 letter. In 1966 he was in treatment at Our Lady of the Snow/Clergy House Retreat in Minnesota. He was on Sick Leave 6/1965-5/1968, then worked as a hospital chaplain in Ft. Lauderdale and then Miami FL until his retirement in 1992. He died 12/21/2007.

Fr. Edwin J. Scherzer

Ordained: 1950
Status: Convicted

Died: 08/13/2017
Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

Retired in 1995. Removed from ministry in 5/02 after lawsuit filed. Two more suits filed by 1/03. Chancellor 1966-82 admitted he had been approached by a parent claiming Scherzer had acted inappropriately with his son, but made no record of the complaint. A fourth suit filed in 4/03 alleged abuse 1963-64. Indicted 2005. Pled guilty 11/05 to abuse of four boys in late 1950s-early 1960s. Sentenced to five years house arrest. Claims included in 6/03 mass settlement with archdiocese. Ordered to life of prayer and penance. Died 8/13/17.

Fr. Albert E. Schetter

Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Died: 05/5/2002
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Retired in 1990. Died 5/5/2002. Lawsuit filed in 2003 by two men accusing Schetter of sexual abuse when they were boys in the early 1960s. They also claimed the archdiocese knew and did nothing. One plaintiff had gone to the archdiocese in 1992 with his allegations. Archdiocesan officials offered the man counseling, which he declined. They also reviewed Schetter's personnel file and found that there had been complaints in the early 1960s of his "odd behavior" with children; officials' response in the early 1960s was to send the priest on a spiritual retreat. In 1992 Schetter was told to stay away from children.

Fr. Joseph E. Schieder

Ordained: 1935
Status: Sued

Died: 06/12/1996
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Monsignor. Civil suit reportedly filed in FL in late 2009 or early 2010 accuses Schieder of abuse in the Miami archdiocese. Dismissed. Included on 3/20/18 Buffalo diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Died in 1996. At least five alleged victims. Worked as a parish priest and chancery official in Buffalo. National director of Catholic Youth of America in Washington DC and dean of theology at Marymount College in Arlington VA.There are several gaps in his assignment history. Died 6/12/96. Accused in a lawsuit filed 8/19 of abuse of a boy at St. Andrew's in Tonawanda NY 1968-70. Another in 9/19 alleged abuse of a 12-year-old at St. Andrew's in around 1968.

Br. Anton Schik

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Order: OSC
Status: Accused

Died: 12/22/1971
Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

Also known as Anthony or Tony. Worked at Crosier Seminary and Monastery in Onamia, MN 1932-1948. Assigned to Wawasee Prep in Syracuse, IN from 1948 until he died 12/22/1971. Name included on the Crosiers' 3/8/2014 updated list of those current, former and deceased with one or more credible claims against them of the sexual abuse of minors. Schik was deceased by the time the allegation of abuse was made. No information as to when or where the abuse occurred.

Fr. David Schilder

Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

First named publicly as credibly accused by the diocese in 12/2019. Alleged abuse in 1968 was first reported to the diocese in 2004. Schilder retired and was barred from public ministry. Another allegation was reported in 9/2019, of abuse 1981-1983. The diocesan review board deemed this allegation credible and Schilder was placed on administrative leave. Included on the Youngstown diocese's list updated 3/5/2020. On the Lexington diocese's list in 8/2020, where he was chaplain 2001-2004 at the Ashland Federal Correction Institution.

Fr. Wayne Schimmelmann

Order: CMF
Ordained: 1986
Status: Accused

Died: 01/12/2017
Diocese: Archdiocese of Atlanta GA

Assigned in MO, NJ, IL, GA. Named publicly as accused in the GA PAC Report. In 9/1995, the Archdiocese received a report Schimmelmann behaved inappropriately toward a 13-year-old girl, by pressing her against a wall and tickling her, and pulling her to sit in his lap at the inside of his thigh. Accused in a 2004 lawsuit of sexually harrassing a female CNA at a nursing home the previous year, where he was chaplain; the woman said she was fired from her Catholic hospital job in retaliation for the allegation. She said Schimmelmann fondled her on numerous occasions. He died 1/12/2017.


Fr. Arnold Schinkten

Order: OPraem
Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 12/14/1976
Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Added in 4/21 to the Norbertine's list of those with substantiated claims against them of the sexual abuse of minors. Per the Order, it received allegations(s) against Schinkten in late 2020 or early 2021, of abuse in 1962. Long-time instructor of psychology at St. Norbert College. Taught high school in Philadelphia PA, and in Green Bay. He was also a counselor and horseback riding teacher at Camp Tivoli in Cecil in the summers of 1942-69. Died 12/14/76, age 61.

Fr. Carl Anthony Schipper

Ordained: 1968
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Arrested in 3/2000 after he held a series of explicit sexual conversations with someone he thought was a 13-year-old boy in an internet chat room. He was immediately placed on leave from his position as academic dean at Menlo Park's St. Patrick's Seminary. Pled no contest in 8/2000. Sentenced to six months in jail and three years probation. Ordered to register as a sex offender. Retired in 2003.

Fr. Austin Schlaefer

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Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Died: 06/19/1992
Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Identified in 6/18/2013 Capuchin audit report as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of the sexual abuse of minors. He died 6/19/1992 in Saginaw, MI. Worked in Milwaukee, Detroit and Chicago. On the Saginaw diocese's list by 8/9/2019. Name included in 10/2022 on the Chicago archdiocese's list of credibly accused. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. James J. Schlaffer

Ordained: 1945
Status: Accused

Died: 08/22/1998
Diocese: Diocese of Gallup NM

Ordained for the Milwaukee archdiocese. A 7/27/2004 article in the Gallup Independent related that Schlaffer allegedly 'probed the vaginal area' of an 18-year-old Navajo girl hospitalized and in traction at the Gallup Indian Medical Center 30 years prior. On her first day of work after graduating from high school, the girl had been struck by a car as she walked on the shoulder of a reservation road. The girl ordered Schlaffer from her hospital room, expelled him again when he returned, and requested that the hospital add a note to her record stating that she wanted no visits from him. Subsequently the girl met another injured girl at the hospital, age 17, who said Schlaffer was a 'nasty priest' who had put his hand under her blouse and fondled her. He died on 8/22/1998.

Seminarian Bryan Schlager

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Seminarian. Accused of inappropriate communications with several children. Known to have been studying in 2010 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Name included on diocese's list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18.

Fr. Louis Schlangen

Ordained: 1957
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Retired in 2007. Accused in a 10/18 lawsuit of the sexual abuse of a girl 1973-75, when she was about 5 to 7 years old. The girl and her family were parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul in Springfield. Schlangen's accuser said she met with Bishop Lucas in 2007, and that no action was taken against Schlangen. He celebrated his 60th anniversary as a priest in 4/17. Per news, he was deceased by 10/18.

Fr. Douglas L. Schleisman

Ordained: 1975
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of New Ulm MN

Abuse alleged by Schleisman in a 1993 civil suit; went on Leave of Absence. Name was included on New Ulm diocese's list released by Attorney Jeff Anderson 8/04/14. Names came from a deposition of Rev. Francis Garvey, a former top New Ulm Diocese official, taken in 1/14. Laicized in 1994.

Fr. Robert Schleiter

Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Died: 02/2/1995
Diocese: Diocese of Salina KS

Named publicly as accused by the Salina Diocese on its list 3/29/2019. Allegations of abuse occurring in the 1950s were reported in 1957, 1980 and 2003. The Diocese noted it did not respond to the 1980 allegation, but did so when the alleged victim again came forward in 2003. In 1957 Schleiter was dismissed by Salina after an investigation and moved to the Diocese of Wichita. Included on the Wichita Diocese's 9/20/2019 list of clerics with substantiated allegations. It notes "ministry ended" in 1969. Died in 1995.

Fr. Andre (Charles) Schludecker

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Died: 09/30/2022
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Franciscans' Our Lady of Guadalupe Province as of 1/2024. Member of the Sacred Heart Province. (Placing Schludecker in the St. Louis archdiocese for now, where the Province is based.) Worked in IL, OH, WI, AK, MI, MO. Died in 2022.


Fr. Clemens M. Schlueter

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Died: 09/14/2009
Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

Ordained for the Diocese of Steubenville. Moved to the Diocese of Tucson in 1961. Name spelled variously as "Schleuter" and "Schlueter, " consistently "Schlueter" after 1965 in the Catholic Directory. Incardinated into the Tucson diocese in 1978. Retired in 1990. Announcement in 6/2002 that Schlueter had been suspended from ministry in 1997 after the Diocese learned of an allegation of child abuse dating to the 1960s. Included on the Tucson diocese's list of credibly accused. Died in 9/2009.

Fr. Bernard Schmaltz

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Died: 02/5/2010
Diocese: Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux LA

A man filed lawsuit in 1992 alleging abuse by Schmaltz on a 1973 fishing trip to Slidell, LA and in a rectory. Suit says the boy told several people, including pastor. Schmaltz was placed on paid leave. In 8/95, trial judge ruled plaintiff had waited too long to file suit. Schmaltz retired in 1996, saying allegations of sexual abuse had dogged his priesthood with other allegation at an earlier assignment. Allegation of abuse in 1970s were also received. Schmaltz filed suit against the archbishop for slander in 2004. Died 2/5/10. On archdiocese's list 11/2/18. On Houma-Thibodaux diocese's list 1/11/19. (It was established in 1977, formerly part of New Orleans archdiocese.)

Fr. John P. Schmeer

Ordained: 1964
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Multiple allegations. Sued in 2004. Accused of abuse of three boys, in 1966-67 and 1986. First allegations found not credible in 2003; investigation in 2004 found latest allegation credible. Ministry permanently restricted. In 2/05 and still in 12/19 living supervised life of prayer and penance. Three men filed two new suits against Schmeer 9/18/12. Suit filed 12/19; per plaintiff, in 1981 Rev. Francis Trauger sexually abused a boy, age 11, so his parents sent him to speak with Schmeer, who then also abused him.

Fr. Joseph M. Schmelzer

Ordained: 1977
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

In 2002 a man alleged that Schmelzer abused him as a teenager 1983-1985. He said Schmelzer began touching him when he was 16 and then molested him at age 19 after giving him alcohol. The man complained first in 1993; Schmelzer was counseled and moved. Civil suit filed in 2003. Schmelzer was permanently removed after the Review Board found the claims credible. Included on the Diocese's list in 2005. Teaching certification revoked in 11/2006. Another allegation was reported in 2004, not revealed until 2007. In 11/2018 a man told news outlets that in 2005 he first reported to the diocese that, when he was age 13, Schmelzer fondled, drugged and raped him in the St. Wendelin rectory. He said he got no response. He told the diocese again in 2015. In 12/2017 the Review Board found his allegations "not substantiated."

Fr. Eugene LeRoy Schmidt

Ordained: 1956
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

In 1992 a woman claimed in a lawsuit abuse by Schmidt when was ages 13-17 during 1968-72. The abuse allegedly included his taking pornographic pictures of her, forcing her to drink from a dog bowl, having a dog urinate on her, and assaulting her with a broom stick. Neighbors of the church at the time notified the Green Bay archdiocese about a young girl spending too much time at the rectory. The woman herself tried to inform the archdiocese in 1982 and she wrote to Archbishop Weakland in 1983. The suit was dismissed due to the statute of limitations. Schmidt retired in 1991 without faculties. He died in 10/05. On the diocese's list 1/17/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse occurring 1968-79.

Fr. Allen M. Schmitt

Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Died: 01/5/2016
Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Multiple allegations of the abuse of boys. Placed on leave in 3/2002 after a man wrote in an email to the Archdiocese that Schmitt abused him in 1978 in Cedar Rapids. Schmitt admitted to the behavior when confronted by the Archbishop. A second report received in 4/2002 alleged abuse in 1974. At least one claim was included in a $2.6M settlement with the Archdiocese in 3/2007 and another in a $4.7M settlement concerning 9 priests in 3/2008. There was also at least one in an 8/2013 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims. Schmitt died 1/5/2016.

Fr. Charles R. Schmitt

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Died: 01/26/2021
Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Retired in 2006 as pastor in Port Allegany, then temporary administrator briefly at parishes in Emporium, Tidioute and Emlenton. Removed from public ministry during an investigation in 9/2018  of an allegation that he abused a minor in the 1960s. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused 4/5/2019. Forbidden to function as a priest. Per the list updated in 1/2023, Schmitt died in 1/2021. 


Fr. John Harley Schmitt

Ordained: 1940
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Denver CO

Monsignor. Named publicly as accused in the CO A.G.'s report 10/22/19. In 2010 a woman told the archdiocese that Schmitt sexually abused her when she was ages 8-9 during 1963-64 and a student at All Saints in Denver, where Schmitt was assigned. The archdiocese's Conduct Response Team deemed the allegation not credible. The A.G. report noted the Team's" flawed" process and asserted that it reached the wrong decision. In 1993 a man told the archdiocese that Schmitt molested him in 1963 while assigned to All Saints, when the man was age 13. Schmitt denied the allegation. He died in 2003.

Fr. Urban Schmitt

Order: OSC
Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Died: 07/20/1999
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Worked in IN, NE and MN. In 1994 Schmitt admitted to sexually abusing a girl in 1969. Sent to St. Luke's Institute for evaluation. Early retirement in 1994; continued to work part-time in NE for several years. Died 7/20/1999. Name is included on the 3/8/2014 updated list of current, former and deceased Crosiers with one or more credible claims against them of the sexual abuse of minors. Name added 11/3/2017 to the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese's 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." Included on the Duluth diocese's list 3/28/24, where he was assigned 1964-1966.

Fr. Dennis E. Schmitz

Ordained: 1989
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Placed on leave 5/02 and charged in 6/02 with improperly touching a teenage youth several times 6/98-5/99. Pled guilty 2002. Received 32-month sentence. Also convicted in another county and sentenced 1/03 to 32 months probation. Served as Vocations Director of Archdiocese 1994-7/01. A civil suit against the archdiocese was settled in 2003. Suit against Schmitz was ongoing. Schmitz agreed to seek laicization. On KS sex offender registry 1/3/10. On archdiocese's list 1/25/19. Noted to have been laicized in 2005.

Fr. John A. Schmitz

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Died: 10/15/1991
Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Allegations first public in 2002. Sued in 2005 by a woman claiming abuse as a child in 1959. Schmitz died 10/15/1991. Parishioners had complained about his financial skills, his relationship with adult woman in 1982 and inappropriate behavior with girls. Sent to Paracletes for treatment. Archbishop did not accept him back as priest. Arrived in San Bernardino Diocese in 1/1983. Back in Iowa by 1985 without privileges; sued for a relationship with a  married woman. Settlements in 2006 and 2007. San Diego and Dubuque personnel filed released 10/25/2010. Included on the San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/2018.

Josephine Schmitz

Order: OSF
Status: Accused

Died: 02/17/2021
Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Took vows in 1943. Accused of sexually abusing a boy in the early 1960s, starting when the boy was age 9. Schmitz, aka Sister Mary Philip, is accused of repeatedly keeping the boy after class at a Dubuque parish school, laying on top of him, and tongue-kissing him. She also worked in the Sioux City IA diocese and the Chicago IL archdiocese. The Dubuque archdiocese found the allegation not sustained (choices were: unfounded, exonerated, not sustained, sustained) although their investigator found it credible. Schmitz died 2/17/2021, at age 98.

Fr. Paul R. Schnacky

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Placed on leave without privileges 5/10 after allegations of improper contact with minors in the 1970s. Assigned to St. Philip Neri in Rochester at the time of the alleged abuse. Review board said investigation confirmed the complaint. Sentenced by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance, per the diocese in 10/18.

Fr. Roger W. Schneider

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Last known assignment was at St. Francis Seminary 1966-71. Name included on the Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Per the list 7/9/03, Schneider "left priestly ministry" (no date given). Per the Archdiocese's list 1/26/07, he had been laicized.

Fr. Ronald H. Schneider

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Police investigated allegations in 1992 that Schneider had sexually assaulted two young boys some time before 1985. Not charged. Placed on leave in 1993. Allegations included voyeurism and asking children to take their clothes off in front of him. Many transfers. On diocese's list 1/17/19. Multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse occurring in the 1970s. Ordered by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance.

Fr. Stephen A. Schneider

Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Died: 03/3/2016
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau MO

Removed in 2/06 from position at St. Peter the Apostle parish in Joplin after allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor, which were made in 12/05. No information as to when alleged abuse occurred. No criminal charges filed. His actions violated church policy but did not break the law. Died in 2016.

Fr. Robert J. Schober

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Placed on leave in 9/21 due to a claim of abuse in the diocese's bankruptcy case and in accusation in a lawsuit filed in 8/21 under the NY Child Victims Act. Schober allegedly sexually abused a child, ages 8-13, during 1980-85, while assigned to Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Elma. Schober denied the allegation. In 5/22 the diocese announced that its Review Board found that the allegation was unsubstantiated. Reinstated.


Fr. Roger Schoenhofen

Order: OMI
Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Died: 02/25/2009
Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Accused in a 1995 civil suit of sexually abusing a student at St. Henry's Preparatory Seminary. Per the lawsuit, Schoenhofen was among three Belleville priests, a deacon and two O.M.I. priests who abused the plaintiff. The lawsuit claimed a ring of homosexual priests lured young men and wined and dined them in exchange for sex. Schoenhofen was assigned to the Preparatory Seminary 1967-84. He was still an active priest in Alton, IL in 2008. He died 2/25/09.

Fr. Clarence C. Schoeppner

Ordained: 1937
Status: Sued

Died: 02/5/1991
Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Monsignor. Schoeppner became vice-chancellor of the archdiocese immediately after ordination, and later chancellor. Accused in a 1994 lawsuit of nonconsensual sexual acts and physical abuse of a girl in 1967, as part of 'cleaning ritual' using holy water. The girl and her sister lived at St. Anthony's Boys School, an orphanage run by the Poor Sisters of St. Francis Seraph of the Perpetual Adoration. Schoeppner retired in 1980 and died in 1991. His name is included on the Santa Fe archdiocese's list of credibly accused 9/12/2017.

Fr. John Bernard Schoettelkotte

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Indianapolis IN

Accused in a 2002 civil suit of abuse of a 15-year-old girl in the 1960s. Removed from ministry in 2003. Suit settled in 6/05 in exchange for publishing statements from plaintiff and Archbishop Buechlein in the archdiocesan newspaper. At least one other woman alleged abuse. Included on archdiocese's 10/12/18 list. Noted to have five victims, allegedly abused 1964-67.

Fr. Kenneth J. Schoettmer

Ordained: 1968
Status: Convicted

Died: 07/23/2014
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Placed on leave after he admitted in 2001 that he had sexual encounters with boys between 1984 and 1999. Also downloaded porn and trolled the internet for boys. Pleaded guilty in 2003 to one count of gross sexual imposition in exchange for the dismissal of additional charges of the rape and sexual battery of a 17-year-old boy. Sentenced to 5 years' probation. Civil suit filed in 2004. Still on payroll of archdiocese as of 4/2007. Laicization announced 5/11/2007. On Sex Offender Register 1/21/2012. Died in 7/2014.

Fr. Gerard M. Scholl

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Worth TX

One claim against Scholl included as part of settlement with Fort Worth Diocese 3/09 by five men who alleged abuse by James Reilly. Same man abused by Reilly and Scholl was also abused by James Hanlon. Scholl died in 2002. Worked as chaplain at UT Arlington, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish and on Diocesan Tribunal. Also spent time in Denver and Santa Fe.

Fr. James R. Schook

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Died: 12/10/2018
Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

Removed 7/09 after allegation he sexually abused a male teen in 1985. Archdiocese said allegation did not involve parishes where he worked. Four more complaints of abuse in 1970s and 1980s. Permanent removal to life of prayer & penance 2/10 after review board found allegations credible. Former church worker sued 1/11 alleging termination when she turned him in. Suit dismissed 5/11. Appealed 6/11. Criminally charged 6/30/11 - two accusers. Convicted of 3 counts sodomy 4/16/14 in one case and one count of indecent or immoral practice in 2nd case. Formally sentenced 5/30/14 to 15 years prison; arrested. Terminally ill with skin cancer; to be housed at Kentucky State Reformatory in Oldham County which had nursing and hospice units. Appeal filed 5/12/14 included request he be allowed to stay out of jail during appeal. Early parole granted 11/17 due to medical status. Died 12/10/18.

Deacon Byron Wayne Schoolcraft

Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

Per the Diocese of Tucson list accessed 8/5/2011, Schoolcraft was suspended from ministry. He was assigned to Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Tucson 1981-1984. Found in 3/2024 to be a registered sex offender living in TX.  Schoolcraft was apparently incarcerated for 5 years for molesting a girl, age 11, in AZ. "Disposition date" 1/11/1985.

Fr. Charles Kevin Schoppe

Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Died: 04/21/2014
Diocese: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston TX

In 2002, it was revealed that Schoppe was forced to resign (retire) in 1992 after the diocese confirmed that he sexually abused girl 30 years prior. Privileges removed in 6/02. Three more women came forward in 2002 alleging abuse by Schoppe as minors. Died in 2014. On archdiocese's list 1/31/19.

Mark Schornack

Order: OFM
Status: Settled

Died: 01/16/2012
Diocese: Diocese of Gallup NM

Accused in a 5/10/2013 complaint of touching and penetrating a girl at a Mission in St. Michael's AZ in Navajo Nation. Plaintiff on claimants' committee in Gallup bankruptcy; came forward as Prudence Jones. Accused in 2015 complaint of abusing a second girl by sexual touching, fondling, frottage, intercrural sex and penetration at St. Michael's. Settled in 11/2017. Worked in Navajo Nation over 20 years as bus driver, helper of poor and children's roller skate teacher. Trained as Maryknoll; no final vows; concerns about vocation. Treated by Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs NM; admitted to Franciscans while in treatment there; solemn vows 8/16/1959. Worked at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Fort Defiance AZ and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Kayenta AZ. Later lived at Curia Juan Diego/OFM Friary in Albuquerque, per 2005-2012 Directory. Worked at St. Felix Pantry in Rio Rancho NM. Dementia in last years; lived at South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque. Died 1/16/2012. On diocesan list as of 4/28/2017. Included on the St. John the Baptist Province Franciscans list.


Fr. Clarence J. Schouten

Ordained: 1929
Status: Settled

Died: 01/14/1979
Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Pastor of St. Joseph's in Milwaukee/Wauwatosa 1955-69. Name included on the Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Schouten died 1/14/79. He was accused of molesting three girls, who were sisters, in the 1950s while assigned to St. Joseph's. One of the women settled for $125K in 2004.

Fr. Lawrence Schreiber

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Gallup NM

Name included on the Gallup diocese's 12/2014 list of credibly accused clerics. Assigned to numerous parishes in the diocese 1961-1991. On the Las Cruces diocese's list 6/24/2019 (name misspelled Schrieber), where he was assigned 2002-2003. On the Franciscans' St. John the Baptist Province list of those with substantiated allegations against them. Noted to have been removed from ministry. On the Cincinnati archdiocese's list in 2/2022.

Fr. John P. Schreiter

Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

A man told the Archdiocese in 3/04 of sexual abuse in the early 1980s. Schreiter said that the person was an adult at the time and denied all claims. Matter referred to AG's office which said statute had expired. Archdiocese continued investigation. In 8/04 the Review Board deemed the allegation unsubstantiated and Schreiter was reinstated. Removed again 6/10/12 due to a different sexual abuse allegation, involving a minor. He was scheduled to retire in two weeks and did so. Quietly reinstated again in 1/13.

Fr. Arthur C. Schrenger

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Mobile AL

Accused of abuse and placed on leave 2003. Per a 12/2005 news article, Schrenger appealed to Rome the archdiocese's finding that he had two instances of misconduct with minors prior to 1985. One 2003 article says he admitted abuse. No criminal prosecution because of statute of limitations. Included on the archdiocese's list 12/6/2018. "Misconduct" noted to have occurred late 1960s-1982. Prohibited from ministry in the archdiocese.

Fr. Othmar H. Schroeder

Ordained: 1938
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Evansville IN

Died 2/16/88. Allegations of abuse by Schroeder 1947-75 at Holy Family parish were made public 8/18/07. Bishop Gettelfinger stated that he knew of allegations in 1996 but recently learned that the "scope is greater than we knew." By 8/31/07 there were claims of abuse of at least 10 boys and girls. Schroeder began as a priest of the then-diocese of Indianapolis. His first parish was in Lawrence IN, near Cincinnati, now in the archdiocese of Indianapolis. On the diocese's list 2/22/19.

Fr. Francis A. Schroering

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Evansville IN

Accused in 2002 of fondling two girls in the 1960s. Removed in 6/02. HIs accusers were asked to meet with a psychologist who was to make a report to the Diocesan Review Board. In 9/02 the Board considered one claim and recommended that Schroering be "immediately" reinstated. The other claim was not considered because the girl was 18 at the time of the alleged abuse. Retired in 6/03 due to "illness." Died 6/1/05. At one parish, admitted abuser Fr. Mark Kurzendoerfer was Schroering's assistant pastor.

Fr. Joseph J. Schuck

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Died: 04/22/2014
Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Placed on leave in 2003 from part-time work in the Albany diocese after the Brooklyn diocese said he may have abused someone more than 50 years prior. Had been working in the Albany diocese for 25 years after moving there to care for his aging parents. Named Albany Diocesan Scouting Chaplain in 1994. The alleged victim contacted the Brooklyn diocese in 2002; a preliminary investigation deemed the allegation credible. Schuck retired in about 2000 and died 4/22/2014. His name was included on the Brooklyn diocese's list in 2/2019. Included on Albany's list in 10/2022.

Fr. Anthony Schuerger

Ordained: 1977
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Pastor of St. Malachi 1994-2019. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 6/21/2019. Noted to be on administrative leave pending further investigation by the Review Board of the allegation against him. Schuerger's accuser stated publicly in 5/2021 that Schuerger abused her at St. Raphael's in Bay Village in 1990 when she was age 8. She said he would take her to his office, where he touched her inappropriately, and that she thinks he also abused other children. She first came forward in 10/2018. In 1/2024 the Diocese announced that after investigations by the Diocesan Review Board and civil authorities, Schuerger was to be granted use of his priestly faculties and was awaiting a new assignment.

Fr. Earl Schuh

Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 12/27/2005
Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse occurring in the 1970s. The diocese's updated list in 5/20 notes multiple substantiated allegations of abuse, occurring 1959-1960. Died in 2005.

Fr. Daniel R. Schulte

Order: CM
Ordained: 1987
Status: Guilty plea

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Charged in 2006 with downloading child pornography from the internet. He had been removed from his position as hospital chaplain in 2005 and sent to St. Louis, MO for treatment. Pleaded guilty in 6/2006. Sentenced to 7 years, 3 months in prison in 10/2006 and ordered to register as a sex offender upon release. Remained a priest; faced possible laicization. On Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese's list updated 4/1/2019. On the Vincentians list in 2020, which notes he died the same year. Name included in 10/2022 on the Chicago archdiocese's list. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Gary Schulte

Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Removed without privileges from assignment at St. Sylvester's in Warren 10/29/2011 after allegations of sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old boy in 1991. Schulte was working at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Madison Heights at the time of the alleged abuse. The archdiocese's review board found that the allegations had enough validity to warrant restrictions. No criminal charges to be filed due to the statute of limitations. Included on theAarchdiocese's list 6/10/2019. Permanently removed from public ministry.

Fr. Raymond Francisco Schulte

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Per the Abbey Abuse Disclosure Project, one alleged victim made a 9/02 statement that Schulte sexually molested him 10/88. Also accused of knowing about abuse by Dunstan Moorse and John Kelly. Supposedly living a restricted lifestyle at St. John's, but traveled frequently, including to Italy. Named in new suit 5/18/10 by two brothers claiming abuse in 1984-86. Suit settled 3/11 with other claims against Abbey. New suit in Puerto Rico 4/11. Name on Abbey list 12/9/13 and St. Cloud list 1/3/14. On the Raleigh diocese's list in 10/18. It notes report in 1992 of abuse in 1985 in Raleigh diocese.

Fr. Raymond T. Schultz

Ordained: 1947
Status: Sued

Died: 10/27/1999
Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/2018 PA Grand Jury Report. Included on the Diocese's list of accused. Monsignor. Pastor of SS Peter & Paul in Beaver 1966-1997, Administrator there 1997-1999. Died in 1999. In 2009 a man told the diocese that he was sexually abused by Schultz in around 1978, when he was an altar boy at SS Peter and Paul and a student at the parish school. The man testified in 2017 before the Grand Jury that the abuse began  in about grade 4 and continued until the middle or end of grade 7. He said it included oral and anal copulation and Schultz ejaculating onto his face. In 2012 the man and his parents met with Bishop Zubik. He said Zubik offered college tuition for his children, money for counseling, and a little bit of money. He refused because a confidentiality agreement was required. Schultz was named in a 6/2020 lawsuit.

Fr. George Joseph Schumacher

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Covington KY

Permanently removed in 1/03 due to a 1983 allegation that he plied a 13-year-old boy with alcohol, then sexually molested him during a campout. The boy was a resident of Campbell Lodge Boys Home (for troubled boys), run by Schhmacher. The alleged victim reported the abuse to police in 1983 and Schumacher was removed. By 1986 Schumacher was back at Campbell Lodge and in 1996 he was given a parish assignment. Included on the Diocese of Covington's list 7/31/20 of those with substantiated allegation(s). It notes a "Charter Suspension" 9/13/02.

Fr. Laurence C. Schumacher

Ordained: 1930
Status: Accused

Died: 01/8/1980
Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Named publicly by the diocese on its list sometime after 12/2018. Categorized under "removed from ministry due to allegation of abuse of a minor before 2002 or, determined to have substantial evidence of abuse of a minor before 2002. Schumacher died in 1980. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Joseph A. Schuster

Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Died: 07/23/2007
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Accused at 3:00 pm on 3/30/18, Good Friday, outside the cathedral in Buffalo, of sexually assaulting a boy age 13 in 1968. The survivor stated he understands he was the 'first of many victims.' He met Schuster at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Niagara Falls, where Schuster helped out. In 1968 Schuster was assigned to Holy Name of Jesus in Buffalo and then as faculty at the Preparatory Seminary in Buffalo. After an event relating to the Vietnam War, Schuster pressed the boy to stay overnight at the priest's apartment, rather than bike home in the dark. The boy told his mother about the abuse the next day. The diocese stated Schuster was not on its 3/20/19 list of 'diocesan priests who were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor' because the list only included deceased priests with 2 or more allegations. Schuster was granted a leave of absence in 1991; it is not known whether he was ever laicized. He died on 7/23/07. Accused along with Rev. Fred Ingalls in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act in 9/19 of abusing a boy, ages 7-10, in 1976-79, at St. Joseph's in Niagara Falls.

Fr. Bruce A. Schutt

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend IN

First publicly accused on Diocese's 10/18 list. Abuse alleged in 1965 and 1974. Two credible allegations noted. Assigned to St. Monica in Mishawaka 1965-58, then moved to St. John the Baptist in Fort Wayne 1968. Army National Guard chaplain. Worked for a few months in the Diocese of LaCrosse, WI. Laicized 5/9/75.

Fr. Robert W. Schutte

Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 01/17/2004
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

After ordination Schutte spent a year in a St. Augustine FL parish, after which he returned to his native OH. He taught high school and worked in parishes as an assistant and then pastor in the Cincinnati archdiocese. He also was an assistant Air Force chaplain in FL.; the time-period for that is unclear. He retired in 1984. In late 2003 Schutte's privileges were removed after allegations arose that he sexually abused a minor several decades before. He died a little over a month later, in 1/2004, at age 89.

Fr. Joseph R. Schwaegel

Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Died: 07/13/2016
Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Former Vicar General. Monsignor. The "singing priest." Civil suit filed 8/1999 alleging abuse of an 8-year-old boy in 1973. Refiled as federal case 2001. Some charges dismissed on SOL in 2003. Case settled 2/2003. Admitted to being "a sex addict." At least two arrests for solicitation. Left ministry 1994 due to his sex addition, not his alleged abuse of minors. Other alleged victims have come forward. Testified in Kownacki trial 8/2008. Diocesan website gave his status 1/24/2009 as "Administrative Leave/Retired." Died 7/13/2016. On diocese's list 12/19/2018. Suit 7/19/2019 claims abuse 1987-1989 of a boy, beginning when the boy was a 6-year-old kindergartener at Cathedral Grade School. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Paul J. Schwarten

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Ordained: 1943
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list in late 2018. Accused in 1951 of abuse same year. Accused 1960 of abuse of a minor in Nebraska; arrested, convicted, served 18 months in prison. 'Leave of Absence' 5/1/51 - 9/65. Returned to parish ministry. Leave of absence 12/65, back in ministry 2/67. Retired 6/24/87. Died 12/5/95.

Fr. John Schwartz

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1981
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Accused in 1997 of of abuse of a Jesuit High School student 1986-87 in Portland, Oregon. Reportedly left the Jesuits and became a San Francisco archdiocesan priest. Sued in 2005. Took voluntary leave. Suit settled for $95K in 11/05. Per 11/06 news, Schwartz was being returned to active ministry after the archdiocese deemed the accusations not credible. Chaplain at St. Anne's Home in San Francisco (a Home for the Aged of the Little Sisters of the Poor) 2007-11. Not indexed in the Catholic Directory past 2011.

Fr. William T. Schwartz

Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Allegation first public in 2003. Accused of abusing boys in the 1960s and 1970s. Laicized in 11/2005. A lawsuit filed in 2004 settled in 2005 for $100K. Three plaintiffs settled in 2/2006 as part of settlement involving several priests. Settled with Schwartz in 4/2006. At least one more claim was included in a $2.6M settlement with the archdiocese in 3/2007. Three cases were included in a 1/2008 settlement with the archdiocese. At least one more was included in an 8/2013 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.

Fr. Ronald P. Sciera

Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Monsignor. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 8/2021 under the NY Child Victims Act of "unpermitted sexual contact" with a 13-year-old in 1972, while assigned to St. Aloysius in Cheektowaga. Suspended in 9/2021 pending the investigation of accusation(s) of abuse reportedly discovered in documents filed in the diocese's bankruptcy case. Sciera denied the allegations. He reportedly had a friendship with Pope John Paul II. He was a board member of the John Paul II Foundation and was therefore often in Rome for meetings. In 9/2021 was retired and living in FL. in 2/22 the Diocese announced that the allegation was deemed substantiated.


Fr. Robert G. Scobee

Ordained: 1937
Status: Accused

Died: 04/30/1979
Diocese: Diocese of Jefferson City MO

First assignment was at Immaculate Conception (later became St. Pius X) parish, in Moberly MO. On leave of absence at Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs NM 1970-1972. Reassigned to a parish 1973-1974. No assignment in 1975. Retired in 1976. Died 4/30/79. On diocese's list 11/8/18. On the Diocese of Superior's list in 11/22, where he worked at some point in Lake Tomahawk and Rhinelander. Noted to have a single allegation against him, occurring outside of the diocese.

Fr. Augustus Scott

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Order: OFM Conv
Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

In 4/2012 attorney Garabedian announced that he had recently settled at least one case involving allegation of abuse by Scott. Abuse allegedly occurred several times in Scott's car between 1969-1970 when accuser was 16. Scott's name last appears in the 1973 Official Catholic Directory, "on temporary leave." Diocese in 2012 said Scott was not an active priest. Other sources reported he was living in North Carolina.

Fr. George M. Scott

Ordained: 1925
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Monsignor. Accused of abusing both a boy and a girl, ages 7 or 8, during 1947-58. Named by two plaintiffs in a civil suit filed in 12/03. Died in 1986. Claims included in massive $660M settlement by L.A. archdiocese of over 500 claims 7/14/07.

Fr. John M. Scott

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1944
Status: Accused

Died: 12/27/2007
Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province in 1/2022. Noted to have a single allegation against him of the sexual abuse of a minor, occurring in 1969 at Campion High School in Prairie du Chien. Scott died 12/27/2007. Included on the La Crosse diocese's list of those with substantiated allegations against them. Included in 10/2021 on the Omaha archdiocese's list.


Fr. Vincent P. Scott

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Order: SJ
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

As part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/2011) the Order agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the Province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Scott's name is included on this list. Per the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/2018, claims against Scott were reported in 2009, of abuse in 2000. He was dismissed from the order 6/12/2000.

Seminarian Michael V. Scriber

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Publicly accused in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General's Report, name redacted. Appears in the report as #156. Attended seminary, left for academic reasons. Lived at St. Ann's Parish in East Baltimore while a seminarian in the 1970s, stayed in church housing for many years after leaving seminary. Ran the Youth Program at St. Ann's, including Cub and Boy Scouts, 1972-1982. In 2003 the Archdiocese received a report that Scriber sexually abused a boy scout, age 11 or 12, in 1976 or 1977. Scriber allegedly made boys take off their clothes, spanked their bottoms and grabbed their penises. In 2003 an unnamed religious order told the Archdiocese that Scriber was interested in joining the order, but would discontinue the process due to the report of abuse. Report in 2021 by a man who said that during a scouting trip in the 1970s Scriber made a boy sleep in his tent; the boy was crying in the morning and his mother had to come get him. In 2022 another man reported that Scriber sexually abused him on a scouting trip when he was age 15 in the 1970s. The man said Scriber would call boys to come to his tent; when it was his turn, Scriber would touch his genital's and orally rape him. Scriber is referred to in news reports by one alleged victim as "Brother Mike."


Fr. Stephen Scruton

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Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Arrested and convicted in 1984 and 1987 for lewd and/or indecent behavior at highway rest areas. Sued in 1991 on claims of abuse of an altar boy in 1986. Took sick leave in 1990. Removed from position at counselor for sex offenders at Essex County Jail in 1992 after name appeared on list of accused. Named in three suits in 2002. At least one claim in 11/02 $5M settlement involving 62 victims and 28 priests. Laicized and deceased, per diocese's list 7/31/19.

Fr. Michael Scully

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1965
Status: Unsubstantiated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Former Provincial of the Capuchins' St. Conrad Province. Assigned in Colorado and Kansas. Worked most of his priesthood with youth. Named publicly by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in 3/22 as accused of the sexual abuse of a minor. The abuse allegedly occurred during Scully's time outside of the archdiocese. Placed on leave pending investigation. Scully denied the allegation. Allegation deemed unsubstantiated by the diocese in 4/22.


Fr. Richard Scully

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Ordained: 1978
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Yakima WA

Accused in a 1994 civil lawsuit of abusing a 15-year-old boy in 1980 at parish school. The suit claims Fr. Dale Calhoun also abused the youth. Removed from parish in Yakima diocese in 1988 and sent to treatment. Later moved to Hereford TX. Working in Amarillo TX 1989-3/2002 when he resigned. At least two claims settled confidentially. A Seattle priest stated publicly in 2004 that Scully abused him in the 1970s when he was 15; reported to church in 2003. Name included on Seattle archdiocese's list 1/15/2016. Accused in a 4/2019 suit, along with three other priests, of abuse of a Yakima boy in the 1970s and 1980s at St. Andrew's parish and at a YMCA building used by the diocese. This accuser said the abuse began when he was age 10, and that it included being forced into sex acts with other boys. Laicized. Included on Yakima's list 7/9/2019. A 2020 lawsuit settled, per the diocese's list updated in 11/2021, and the abuse was not substantiated. Per the list updated 3/15/2023, Scully is deceased.

Fr. Gary Sebescak

Ordained: 1994
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Removed from assignment as associate pastor of St. Mary's in Mount Vernon by Bishop Gregory 4/1995 after an allegation that Sebescak had sexually abused a minor six years prior while at St. Meinrad Catholic Seminary. Bishop Gregory deemed the allegations credible. No criminal charges filed. On diocese's list 12/19/2018. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. James F. Seculoff

Ordained: 1962
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend IN

High school principal. Head of Catholic Schools beginning 1970. Resigned and retired 1/14 after diocese received complaint of sexual abuse of minor alleged to have occurred about 44 years before. Review Board deemed allegation credible. Matter referred to Rome. As of 1/27/14 three more accusers had come forward with credible allegations. Removed from public ministry 10/13/15. On diocese's 9/18/18 list, noting five credible allegations. The diocese's list in 9/21 shows six credible allegations.

Fr. Arthur A. Sego

Ordained: 1946
Status: Sued

Died: 09/7/1998
Diocese: Diocese of Lafayette IN

Per a 1995 civil suit, Sego abused a girl when she was in elementary school 27 years prior. Suit dismissed on SOL. Admitted exposing himself to one young girl and having another undress and dance for him. Removed from ministry in 1994. Lived under restrictions in a priest retirement home near St. Louis until his death 9/7/98. Abuse allegations involve young girls, teenagers, and pregnant girls. Lived and traveled with Bishop Higi for many years. On diocese's list 9/28/18.

Fr. Augustine J. Seidenburg

Ordained: 1948
Status: Settled

Died: 01/13/2001
Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Five women filed suit in 1994 alleging abuse as minors (Rubino's RICO suit). Seidenberg allegedly would force them to sit on his lap while he masturbated and fondled them during confessions. Permanently suspended from ministry in 1994. The women shared in a 3/2003 settlement. He died 1/13/2001. On diocese's list 2/13/2019.

Fr. Thomas Seifner

Ordained: 1992
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Jefferson City MO

Pastor of parishes in Loose Creek and Bonnots Mill beginning 7/09. Removed 12/09 after allegations that he had engaged in "inappropriate electronic communication" with a minor male five years previously. Review board found his actions to be true sexual abuse of a minor. On diocese's list 11/8/18.

Fr. Paul F. Seitz

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Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Charleston SC

Removed in 11/94 after allegations that he was involved in sexual misconduct with a minor 30 years prior. Denied allegations. Allowed to return to work prior to 2002. Assigned to a smaller parish and ordered not to be alone with children. Per a 6/02 article, Seitz resigned "for health reasons." On diocese's list 3/29/19. Noted to have retired 6/1/02 and to be "under restrictions."

Fr. Donald J. Sella

Ordained: 1983
Status: Settled

Died: 11/4/2018
Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Capuchin brother prior to ordination for the Paterson diocese. Accused in a 1/04 civil suit. At least one claim of sexual abuse of a child was settled in 2/05 as part of a $5M settlement of claims by 27 individuals against several priests. Sella was still assigned to a parish in 2005 because "the diocese found no evidence of wrongdoing during an internal review." Died 11/4/18 in Puerto Rico, where he had been living in retirement. Per his obituary, Sella "resigned for health reasons and retired in 2008."

Fr. Peter Sella

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Died: 02/6/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Professed vows as a Salesian brother in 1957. Ordained for the order in 1968. Worked in FL, MA, LA, NJ, Rome Italy. Died in 2/6/2020. Named publicly as accused in 3/2020 by the Salesian order on its list of credibly accused. No details as to when or where the abuse occurred, or number of victims. (Placing him in the NY archdiocese for now, where the Salesians Easter Province is based.)

Fr. Thomas Sellentin

Ordained: 1965
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Removed in 4/02 after an allegation. Admitted to sexually abusing boys as far back as 30 years. People from two parishes said church authorities knew about the abuse for many years. Sellentin was transferred in the 1960s after allegations. Matter discussed at a meeting with a church pastor in the 1960s. Transferred again in about 1980 after complaints. Allegations of abuse in at least four parishes between 1968 and 1974. Civil suit(s) filed in 3/03. Name included on the archdiocese's list 11/30/18. It notes reports 1968-present of abuse 1968-89, and 20-35 victims. Its 3/1/19 updated list notes 20-38 victims. Included in the NE A.G.'s 11/21 report. Laicized in 2019.

Fr. James Selvaraj

Status: Accused

Diocese:

From India, became U.S. citizen. Worked in the Trenton diocese beginning in 1998. Accused in 2005 of improperly touching an 11-year-old girl. Removed from duties. In 2/06 a grand jury dismissed the charges. State AG expunged his record so there would be no trace of the accusation or charge. Nonetheless, Bishop Smith removed him from ministry and tried to send him back to India, saying Selvaraj had been repeatedly warned of his "overly friendly personality." As of 2012, Selvaraj was still in NJ without privileges. His appeal to the Vatican was denied when it ruled that the diocese had followed proper protocol and was within its rights. Said in 2/12 he would return to his home parish in India when he received a formal declaration from the diocese that he was a priest in good standing.

Fr. Joseph J. Seminatore

Ordained: 1969
Status: Faculties removed

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Placed on leave in 2002 from Parmadale Family Services home after a man alleged sexual abuse there as a minor. Parmadale offered treatment to children with emotional problems. Seminatore denied the allegations. Three accusers filed suit in 07/2002. In 8/2002 Seminatore filed a countersuit, alleging conspiracy. Plaintiffs' case dismissed due to the statute of limitations; dismissal upheld by Appeals Court in 2006. Seminatore's claim dismissed by trial court; upheld by Appeals Court in 12/2004. In 10/2015 the diocese announced Seminatore's administrative leave had ended, and he was granted retirement. This was after a tribunal of three canonists determined the charges were not confirmed. Included on the diocese's list 6/21/2019 of clergy with substantiated allegations against them of child sexual abuse. Permanently removed from ministry.

Fr. Noel Senevirante

Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Jose CA

First named publicly as accused by the San Jose diocese on its list 10/18/18. From the Diocese of Trincornalee-Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. San Jose received a report in 2002 that Senivirante sexually abused a child while assigned to St. Leo the Great School 1971-72. Permanently banned from ministry in 2002. Died 6/16/09.

Fr. Martin Richard Senko

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Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

In 1/93 a woman came forward to archdiocesan officials, alleging abuse by Senko 1965-69, when she was a North Catholic High School student and he was a teacher, then principal. She said she spoke with a few priests about it at the time, but the abuse continued. He resigned as pastor of St. Peter's in Portland in 3/93 and was sent for treatment. He denied touching the girl "consciously or unconsciously." He did admit to relationships with adult women. Returned to ministry. Administrator 1994-98 of St. Andrew in Cornelius. Retired in 1998. Removed from public ministry in 5/02. Died in 12/04. Documents from file released 11/08.

Fr. Edgar Sepulveda

Ordained: 1989
Status: Charges Dropped

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Native of Colombia. Removed 9/09 after accusations of sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy in 5/09 in Brunswick Co. Matter did not make news until he was arrested 1/8/10 and charged with two counts of sex crimes against a juvenile. He denied allegations. Former pastor of Maria Reina Parish in Mt. Olive, Santa Teresa Mission in Beulaville, and Santa Clara Mission in Magnolia. Prosecutors dropped criminal charges as of 7/12. On the Raleigh diocese's list in 10/18. Noted to be suspended, and Vatican trial in progress. Laicized by 2/7/20.

Fr. Avdon Serratos

Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

A/k/a Audon Serratos Zepeda. Visiting priest from the Diocese of Colima, Mexico. Sexually abused a 15-year-old girl on 8/10/2003 during confession. Arrested, pleaded no contest. Sentenced in 2004 to a year in jail, five years' probation and to register as a sex offender. The Archdiocese could not determine whether Serratos had been granted permission to minister within the L.A. archdiocese. Deported back to Mexico.(Sexual abuse of a minor triggers deportation for non-citizens.) In 2010, Serratos was serving at Lord of Mercy temple, Villa de Alvarez, Colima. Bishop Amezcua Melgoza maintained in a 2010 letter that Serratos was acquitted of charges in the U.S.

Fr. H. Charles Sewall

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Syracuse NY

After an accuser came forward in 5/02, Sewall admitted that he "engaged in sexual misconduct" with one individual when he was a high school principal. Two other victims came forward. One had an audio tape from 1988 of conversation between himself and Sewall in which Sewall acknowledged the abuse. Attorney for this man had notified the diocese by letter in 1988 and diocese settled. Three suits filed in 2002. Permanently removed from ministry in 6/03. Died 7/1/15. On diocese's list 12/3/18.

Fr. Dennis R. Sewar

Ordained: 1983
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Sewar took a sabbatical in 01/05. Placed on leave 6/05, arrested 7/05. Charged with abuse of a 14-year-old boy 1999-2001. Trial set for 8/06. Allowed to plead guilty to lesser charge of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Sentenced to one year probation. In 9/08 he was teaching in a Hong Kong school until a parent discovered his record on BishopAccountability.org. Involuntarily dismissed from the clerical state, per diocese 6/7/12.

Fr. Patrick O. Sexton

Ordained: 1977
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Complaint made in 1983; underwent counseling. A man filed a civil suit in 2001 alleging abuse as a minor 22 years prior. Total of three accusers known by 6/02. In a massive suit filed 10/1/03 in which 27 people alleged abuse by 24 priests, a male plaintiff alleged abuse by Sexton as a child around 1982-85. Placed on leave in 1990. Worked as a part-time parochial school teacher until 2000. Removed from ministry 6/25/04. Laicized 4/7/06. New suit filed in 7/21 under the NY Child Victims Act by a 52-year-old man alleging Sexton abused him as a 10-year-old altar boy at St. Cecilia's in Greenpoint.

Frances Seymor

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Order: OSU
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Helena MT

Three allegations of abuse by Mother Cecelia (also referred to as Sister Cecilia, given name Frances Seymor) at St. Ignatius Mission on the Flathead Indian Reservation are included in a 9/11 civil suit against the Ursuline order and Helena diocese, filed by 45 people against 4 nuns, 6 priests and 1 brother. On the Helena diocese's list 4/29/15.

Fr. Charles Joseph Sgueglia

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

Ordained for the Augustinians (O.S.A.). Per the Official Catholic Directory, arrived in the Diocese of Springfield MA in 1974, from the Diocese of Albany NY. Appears to have left the Augustinians by 1980. Removed from ministry in 2002, ordered to live a life of prayer and penance. Died in 2005. Named publicly as credlbly accused by the Springfield diocese in 8/11. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused (with a wrong ordination date on its 6/2/21 list.)

Fr. Drake R. Shafer

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Monsignor. Vicar General. Accused in a lawsuit in 2003 of sexually abusing a male minor in 1973 or 1974. Denied the charge, but wrote an email to the victim in 2002 that was an "admission of serious misconduct." The suit settled in 4/2005. Claims against the diocese were settled in 2004 as part of large settlement. Shafer asked to be reinstated as Vicar General. Name not on the diocese's 7/2008 list of credibly accused priests. The diocese's review board found Shafer not guilty of abuse in 11/2008. Reinstated.

Fr. Wendelin Shafer

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1946
Status: Accused

Died: 10/9/2005
Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

"Leslie." Worked as a missioner in Central America for 52 years. Joined the Central American Vice Province. Retired and returned to Wisconsin. Died 10/09/2005. Identified in the 6/18/2013 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of the sexual abuse of minors. Shafer's name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him.

Br. Fintan Shaffer

Order: BGS
Status: Settled

Died: 05/16/1989
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Brother Fintan. Given name was Guy Dale Shaffer. Administrator of home for mentally handicapped in Columbus OH, run by his Order. In 1985 there were allegations that Shaffer and other religious had abused residents of the home. One resident died of AIDS. No criminal charges. Civil suit filed in 1993, settled in 1997. Left the order in the mid-1980s and died in NM in 1989. Per his obituary, Shaffer was married and had a son (with a different last name). Included on Santa Fe archdiocese's list of credibly accused 9/12/2017.

Fr. Herbert J. Shank

Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Name included on the diocese's list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/19. Multiple allegations against him of sexual abuse of boys. One alleged victim said he was a 12-year-old altar boy at St. Patrick's in Carlisle in the 1980s when Shank began sexually abusing him, and that it went on for a year and a half. Another claimed abuse 1971-74. Also took pornographic photos of altar boys and videos of himself assaulting boys. Sent to Institute of Living for treatment in 1994. Shank told a news outlet in 8/18 that he was involved with not "more than very few" and that he had been in treatment. He said, too, that the diocese told him to resign in 11/94. The diocese said it turned the case over to DA's office in 2/95.

Fr. Paul R. Shanley

Ordained: 1960
Status: Convicted

Died: 10/28/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Involuntarily laicized in 2004. Convicted in 2005 of sexually abusing a young boy in the 1980s. Dozens of complaints; many settlements. Abuse included oral and anal rape. Reportedly abused boys, girls and adults. First complaint in 1961 from parents of a 12-year-old boy. Earliest complaint in file in 1967 from priest alleging Shanley abused a 16-year-old boy. Shanley denied abuse and was assigned to parish work, special ministries, and parish work again until 1989. Transferred to NY and San Bernardino CA, where he was accused of abusing a 17-year-old boy. Sentenced in 2005 to 12-15 years in prison. Named included in 8/11 on the Boston archdiocese's list. Released from prison 7/28/17 on probation; ordered no have no contact with children under age 16. Not required to wear a GPS bracelet. Ordered to register as level 3 sex offender. Moved to a Ware MA apartment. On San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/18. Died 10/28/20, age 89.

Fr. Joseph E. Shannon

Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Died: 09/19/2013
Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

"Jay." Named in 1991 civil suit as having abused an altar boy ages 12-27. Placed on sick leave 1990. Diocese settled in 10/1993 for $50K. Accused in a 1994 RICO pleading of abuse of another boy. Accused of involvement in a sex ring with other priests. Denied allegations. Claims dismissed on SOL; settled in 3/2003 when all RICO claims settled. New suit filed in 1/2012 claiming abuse at St. Anthony of Padua School in Camden in the 1970s. Settlement reached in 11/2013. Died 9/19/2013 at Vianney Retreat. On diocese's list 2/13/2019. Sued 12/2019, accused of abuse in 1974 of boy, age 12. Plaintiff claimed abuse also by Revs. John Kelly and John Bernard. Two victims were brothers; accused in a suit pending in 12/2020 of raping their sister, age 13.

Fr. Patrick J. Shannon

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wilmington DE and MD

Accused in 11/2005 of sexual abuse in 1973 in the Wilmington diocese. Shannon's alleged victim said that the abuse occurred when he was age 16 and a camp counselor in training in MD. The Order found the allegation credible. Shannon was placed on leave and reportedly sent to the Oblates' retirement community in Childs, MD. HIs name was included on the Harrisburg diocese's 8/1/2018 list. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/2019.

Fr. Joseph F. Sharpe

Ordained: 1943
Status: Sued

Died: 11/2/1999
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Sued in 2003. Accused in 1971 of abuse of a high school boy 1958-64, per 2004 archdiocesan report. Sharpe was the boy's confessor. Also on the Diocese of Orange's list of accused clergy. Died 11/2/99. Personnel file released in 1/13.

Fr. James C. Shaughnessey

Ordained: 1937
Status: Settled

Died: 12/10/1989
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Ordained for the Harrisburg PA diocese. Began working in the Boston archdiocese in 1945. Included on a list of accused priests and religious posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian 01/19/11. Per Garabedian, at least one claim was settled with the Boston archdiocese concerning allegations against Shaughnessey. Retired in 1977 and died in 12/89. Criminal or canonical proceedings not complete when he died, per 8/11 Boston archdiocese list. On Harrisburg diocese's list released 8/1/18; no known allegations there.

Fr. Robert A. Shauris

Ordained: 1974
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Worcester MA

One of three previously unnamed priests listed in a 1995 confidential settlement of a 1993 lawsuit against Thomas A. Kane and the Worcester Diocese. Placed on leave in 1991 "so he could work" at a local college. Accused in a 2002 suit of abuse of two boys in the mid-1980s at St. Bernard's Catholic High School in Fitchburg. Case settled in 2004. Found working as church organist at First Congregational Church of Leicester in 2012. Last known to be living in Worcester. Voluntary laicization in 2012 announced 3/5/2013.

Fr. Dennis J. Shaw

Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Parochial administrator of Holy Family in Auburn when placed on leave without privileges in 12/10. Accused of having sexually abused a child in the late 1970s at St. Francis of Assisi in Rochester. Review Board found allegations credible in 2/12. Matter sent to the Vatican. Shaw was living in Auburn; fired from job at YMCA 2/12. Per the diocese in 10/18, Shaw had been laicized.

Sr. Eileen Shaw

Order: SC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused in 1994 of sexually abusing a girl, beginning in 1968 when the girl was age 15 and continuing until 1992. Shaw's alleged victim said that the nun plied her with drugs and alcohol. Order provided therapy and settled with the woman for $70K. Shaw was removed as principal of elementary school. In 2004 she was working as administrator of the Caritas Community in Jersey City, a retirement home for nuns. In 1/19 she reportedly was still with the Sisters of Charity and restricted from outside ministry. Shaw's accuser also alleges sexual abuse by her uncle, Fr. Daniel Millard, for 8 years beginning when she was age 5.

Fr. Gary P. Shaw

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Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Shaw's name was among eight released in 6/18 by attorney Mitchell Garabedian of priests accused of sexually abusing minors. Assigned to St. John the Evangelist in Clyde in 1973, then St. Margaret Mary in Irondequoit 1974-77. The alleged abuse occurred during his time at St. Margaret Mary. Per the diocese, Shaw resigned from ministry in 1977 and was "dispensed from the clerical state" in 1978.

Fr. Francis S. Shea

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Ordained: 1932
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

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 Boston Archdiocese involving allegations against Shea. Died in 10/72. Worked at St. John's Seminary 1934-50. Spent much of his later career as diocesan tribunal judge. Criminal or canonical proceedings not complete when he died, per 8/11 Boston AD database.

Fr. Leo Alfred Shea

Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Died: 10/9/2008
Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

In 1994 Shea pled guilty to assaulting a 14- year-old; sentenced to 3-6 years prison. Released on parole 1997 and "retired." Multiple other accusers. A man filed a civil suit in 1993. Accused in 2002 civil suits of abusing two boys. Claims by six people included in 10/02 settlement with the diocese. Another settlement in 11/02 included at least one claim. Privileges were permanently removed. Per diocese's list 7/31/19, assigned to a life of prayer and penance. Died in 10/08.

Fr. Louis C. Shea

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Died: 11/5/1996
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Added on 6/18/2019 to the Springfield IL diocese's list of accused priests, as a 'substantiated case of sexual abuse of a minor.' No abuse facts given. Two survivors contacted BA. One stated Shea visited her home and took her to her room at bedtime to "pray over me," molesting her weekly 1962-1965 at age 7-10, touching her sexually skin-to-skin. She informed the diocese in 2002, 2004, 2019. Shea was already abusing her sister, who stated he sexually touched her 60-100 times in 1960-1964 at age 6-9, until she pushed him out of her bed. A therapist suggested she call Shea. She did so circa 1985. He said, "I have no recollection." The girls were abused during Shea's 2nd and 3rd assignments and while he started work as a Catholic Charities official. Shortly after the abuse ended, Shea was temporarily pulled from his Catholic Charities position and worked as a hospital chaplain, then back at Catholic Charities and as a pastor. One sister has been contacted by other Shea victims. Shea died 11/15/1996. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Thomas F. Shea

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused of abuse of six boys in the 1970s. Admitted molesting two altar boys from 1972 to 1977. Placed on leave in 1994 and retired with restrictions in 1995. Further restrictions added in 2004; Shea agreed to permanent restriction of ministry and to live a supervised life. Documents regarding his history were introduced in trial of Msgr. Lynn in Philadelphia in 4/12. He admitted paying hush money to at least one other victim.

Fr. Thomas W. Shea

Ordained: 1946
Status: Settled

Died: 08/10/2006
Diocese: Diocese of Norwich CT

Removed from ministry in 1984, per the diocese's list 2/22/2019. Accused in 2004 of molesting at least 16 girls in 11 parishes in the diocese over 30 years. The abuse was often referred to in church records as "prolonged kissing" and not as sexual abuse. Parents would complain and Shea would be transferred. Vatican refused to laicize in 2005. Died in 2006. One woman's civil suit settled in 12/2008. Another woman's 11/2008 suit settled for $1.1M in 9/2012 just before trial was to begin. Included on the diocese's list in 2/2019.

Fr. William B. Shea

Ordained: 1946
Status: Settled

Died: 02/17/2005
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Included on a list of accused priests and religious posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on 01/19/11. Garabedian says he has settled at least one claim with the Boston archdiocese involving allegations against this priest. "Awaiting Assignment" 1985-96. Retired in 1996. Died in 2/05. Criminal or canonical proceedings not complete when he died, per 8/11 Boston archdiocese list.

Fr. John A. Sheahan

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Accused of abuse of four 1961-65, per archdiocesan report. Civil suit filed in 12/03 includes allegations that he abused three during the relevant time frame. Note that name is spelled Sheehan in the civil suit. Sheahan had brain surgery in the early 1970s and then medical retirement.

Fr. Walter J. Sheedlo

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Marquette MI

Named publicly as accused in the MI A.G.'s 10/2022 report. In 1997 a man told Bishop Garland that Sheedlo made sexual advances toward him during counseling sessions the previous year. The man had known Sheedlo since age 10-11 in 1979, and described to Garland grooming behaviors by Sheedlo during regular meetings for years. Sent to treatment. Accused in 1998 of sexual advances toward a seminarian, age 18, in 1974 and again in 1978. Told by Garland to take a year's leave of absence. Removed from public ministry in 2009. In 10/2022 remained on leave.


Fr. Lawrence Sheedy

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Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Charleston SC

A man filed a civil suit in 2004 naming Sheedy as his abuser. The man said the abuse occurred at a Catholic orphanage in 1967-68 until the Mother Superior found out. Sheedy was transferred to Arizona and later died. The suit settled in 6/06 at mediation. The man and others accusing Rev. James Nyhan filed another suit against the church for loss of consortium.

Fr. Patrick J. Sheedy

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

On 5/12/2010 the attorney for a minor plaintiff announced he would soon file suit against Sheedy. Sheedy emphatically denied the allegations in a public news conference. On 5/13/2010 the plaintiff's attorney said he had agreed to delay filing suit at the request of the Diocese, which reportedly called the allegations "totally false."


Fr. Augustine J. Sheehan

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

From Ireland, where he was ordained. Arrived in the Rockville Centre diocese in 1964. Included on the diocese's list of accused in 3/21. Abuse allegedly occurred in Sheehan's car in Suffolk County, Long Island. No time frame shown. Sheehan was suspended in 2002 after a woman alleged that he raped her in his car in 1965, when she was a young adult. The woman went public with the allegation in 2004. Sheehan died 8/2/16.

Br. George M. Sheehan

Order: SDB
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Professed vows 9/8/1954. Worked in NJ, IN, NH, NY, MA. Died 11/17/2006. Included on a list of accused priests and religious posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on 01/19/2011. Garabedian says he has settled at least one claim with the Boston Archdiocese regarding allegations against Sheehan. Included in 3/2020 on the Salesians list of credibly accused.


Fr. Gerald Paul Sheehan

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Died: 06/12/2006
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Worked in South Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Orchard Park and Sheridan parishes. On leave 1976. Died in 2006. In 3/18 a woman reported to the diocese that Sheehan sexually abused her when she was ages 7-14 in the late 1970s-early 1980s when he was assigned to Nativity of Our Lord in Orchard Park. She said the abuse took place in the parish rectory, in various cottages and at her home. She said her brother told the diocese in 1994, but Sheehan was kept in ministry. Accused in an 8/19 lawsuit that he molested a 7-year-old in 1973 while assigned to St. Martin of Tours in South Buffalo. Added to the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. James T. Sheehan

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Died: 01/1/2008
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Jesuits Northeast Province on its list 1/15/19. It notes allegations received in 2002 of abuse of a minor 1979-80. Sheehan admitted to the abuse. He was assigned at the time of the abuse to Boston College High School. "Impeded" in 2002. Apparently lived at the Campion Center in Weston, MA until his death 1/1/08.

Fr. John J. Sheehan

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Order: SM
Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Professed vows in 1950 as a Marianist, New York Province, ordained in 1961. Worked in MD, NY, NJ, PA. Laicized in 1997. Included on the Marianists' 6/24/2020 list of those "found to have sexually abused a minor." Added to the Baltimore archdiocese's list in 2020. A lawsuit filed 1/6/2021 alleges abuse by Sheehan and Br. Al Koch of a girl, age 14, in summer 1974. The girl was a volunteer camp counselor at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point. Mentioned in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Edward Augustine Sheehy

Order: CSP
Ordained: 1940
Status: Accused

Died: 10/3/1988
Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Ordained for the Diocese of Portland, ME in 1940. Joined the Paulists in 1950. Died in 1988. Named publicly as accused by the Paulist Order on its list 3/19/2019. Allegation received in 2003 of abuse in San Diego 1955-1957. Worked in Boston, San Francisco, Johannesburg, S.A., Los Angeles, New York and Baltimore. On the Baltimore archdiocese's list 5/7/2019. The Paulists' updated list in 10/2020 shows an allegation of abuse occurring at St. Peter's Minor Seminary in Baltimore in 1968, reported in 2020. Mentioned in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Donald E. Shelander

Ordained: 1970
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Retired in 2002. In late 2005 a man told the archdiocese that Shelander sexually abused him in the late 1970s-early 1980s, when he was ages 14-18 and Shelander was pastor of St. Mary's in Urbana. The Archdiocese said it found a "semblance of truth" in the allegations and placed Shelander on leave in 3/2006. He was returned to active status in 2/2009 after the church tribunal found the allegations could not be proven.

Fr. Jonathan P. Shelley

Ordained: 1995
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Allegations made in 10/3/13 hearing that archdiocese possessed images of child porn retrieved from Shelley's former laptop. Computer purchaser found porn in 2003 and told church officials. Church allegedly hid evidence. He took sabbatical from St. John the Baptist in Hugo, MN 6/15/12. Placed on leave 3/13 after police were told of evidence and went to Archdiocese to get it. Police received CDs of adult porn. Also possible inappropriate emails with boy. No prosecution for possession of porn as of 1/29/14. Former high-ranking archdiocesan official turned whistleblower, Jennifer Haselberger, told police in 2013 that documents she had seen re the case said the porn included a pre-pubescent boy appearing to engage in oral sex with another male, and searches such as "naked boy pics." Leave of absence 2014. Archbishop Hebda announced in 1/18 return to limited ministry as a prison chaplain.

Fr. “Donn” Shelly

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Order: CSSp
Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Died: 08/25/2007
Diocese: Diocese of Cheyenne WY

Given name Denis Michael Shelly. From the Spiritans' Irish Province, Dublin. Named publicly as accused by the the Cheyenne diocese on its list updated 11/8/2019. Allegedly abused an adolescent girl 1969-1970. Assigned to Our Lady of Fatima in Casper and St. Mary's Cathedral in Cheyenne. Died in Ireland in 2007.

Fr. George A. Sheltz

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Ordained: 1971
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston TX

Auxiliary Bishop and Chancellor. In 6/19 someone sent letters to the archdiocese claiming that Sheltz molested her in 1971, when she was a minor. She did not include contact information, but did give a name that the archdiocese said they could not find. The letter-writer also expressed anger that the archdiocese was going to transfer her pastor, Rev. Hai Dang, to another parish. She said if the transfer occurred, she would go public with her accusation. The archdiocese stated its belief that the claims were false, but did report it to police and Children's Protective Services, as well as the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. In 10/19 the archdiocese announced that the Vatican found the allegation to be "manifestly unfounded." Sheltz was returned to ministry.

Fr. John R. Shepherd

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Died: 10/23/1991
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Named publicly as accused on the Los Angeles archdiocese's updated list 12/6/2018. Report to the archdiocese of incident(s) in the 1970s or 1980s. Included on the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/2018. It notes the sexual abuse of a minor in 1978 and the 1980s, reported in 2007 and 2015. Assigned to Jesuit high schools in CA and AZ until 1958. Assigned 1959-1991 to Manresa Retreat House in Azusa, CA. Died 10/23/1991. Included in 8/2021 on the Diocese of Fresno's list of credibly accused (name misspelled "Shephard"), where he worked 1954-1955.

Fr. Gregory Sierra Sheridan

Ordained: 1935
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

From Spain. Ordained for the Augustinians. Worked in KS, TX, NE, CA. Arrived in San Diego in 10/48; incardinated there in 1952. Monsignor. Retired 1983 with letter of recommendation to Spanish diocese. Died in 2/91. Name appears on list of priests with credible allegations released by San Diego diocese 3/30/07. A woman reported 1/06 that Sheridan abused her at age 8 in 1969. Personnel file released 10/24/10. Two more women came forward in 5/19 alleging abuse as girls by Sheridan over 30 years prior, at St. Jude's Shrine of the West in Southcrest. Three women filed suit in 10/19 against the diocese alleging Sheridan abused them as young girls in the early 1960s. Lawsuit filed 1/20 by five men and women claiming abuse by Sheridan at St. Jude's Shrine 1957-70. One man said he was violently raped at ages 11-13. At least one previous claim settled.

Fr. Patrick Sheridan

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Order: CSsR
Ordained: 1949
Status: Sued

Died: 05/28/1992
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 2020 under the NY Child Victims Act. Spent many years as a priest in Brazil. Per the Official Catholic Directory, Sheridan was assigned 1972-81 to St. Mary's in Buffalo (Broadway and Pine St.), where he was Rector 1975-81. Died 5/28/92.

Fr. J. Alex Sherlock

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Mobile AL

Placed on leave in 2/2003. First complaint received by Archbishop Lipscomb in 1997 regarding abuse in the 1970s. Sherlock admitted the incident; Lipscomb transferred him to another parish. At least three further credible allegations were received between 2000 and 3/2003. Sherlock admitted 'relations' with at least three students at McGill-Toolen High school. Resigned in 2003. Died in 2005. On archdiocese's list 12/6/2018. Misconduct noted to have occurred 1966-1982.

Fr. Edward F. Sherry

Ordained: 1968
Status: Settled

Died: 03/8/2011
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Lawsuit filed in 1/03 by a man alleging he was fondled and raped by Sherry from ages 13-16, beginning in about 1968. Sherry was allowed to remain an active priest until 8/03 when new Archbishop O'Malley placed him on leave. Claim settled in 2003. Sherry was allowed to return to active status at his old parish in 6/05 after the Review Board was unable to substantiate the claims. Died 3/8/11.

Fr. Wilputte Alanson Sherwood

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Died: 12/29/2017
Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Arrested in 1984 and 1986 for public indecency. Arrested and convicted in 1993 of sexual contact and attempted sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy in 1987 at St. Benedict's in Chandler. Sentenced to 10 years in prison. Wrote in diary of over 1800 male partners, of whom 22 were minors. Released from jail in 11/03 and placed at Arizona State Hospital for evaluation as a sex offender. On lifetime probation. Disappeared in 2005 until 11/08 arrest. On AZ sex offender registry 2/4/12. Died 12/29/17.

Fr. Amel A. Shibley

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Ordained: 1962
Status: Accused

Died: 09/13/2002
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau MO

Allegations in 1993 and 1995 that Shibley abused two boys in the 1980s. There was reportedly an investigation in the 1980s. Allowed in 1997 to return to ministry part-time as administrator at another parish, with restrictions. Placed on leave again in 3/02, faculties permanently removed. Died 9/13/02. Included on the diocese's list 11/19/18.


Fr. William J. Shields

Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Died: 08/27/2000
Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

A ciivil suit was filed in 3/2004 against the diocese alleging that Shields abused a 12-year-old altar boy in 1972. Shields allegedly invited the boy back to the rectory of St. Ann's in Lansford after bingo night and began to molest him. The boy reportedly fled and never let himself be alone with the priest again. He said he told his mother and a deacon at the parish. Shields was moved three months later. Another man reported in 3/2004 that Shields sexually abused him at St. Ann's 25-30 years previously. Shields retired in 1995 and died in 8/2000. Named in the 8/14/2018 PA Grand Jury Report. Included on the Allentown diocese's 8/19/18 list of credibly accused.

Fr. John C. Shiffler

Ordained: 1978
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

A lawsuit filed in 2002 alleged abuse of a boy by Shiffler in 1987 and by Rev. Dennis Gray 1983-1987. Their accuser complained to the diocese in 1995; Shiffler admitted to abusing him and another youth in the mid-1980s. He was sent for therapy and returned to limited duty as chaplain at a home for the aged in 7/1997 and as administrator of two parishes. Included on the Diocese's list in 2005. Permanently removed from active ministry in 2006 because of credible allegations.

Fr. Stephen F. Shigo

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Died: 11/2/1991
Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Parish priest, Catholic Scouting chaplain, CYO and Youth Ministry director, Family Life Bureau director. Died in 1991, at age 38. First named publicly as accused in 8/14/2018 PA Grand Jury Report. Included on the Allentown diocese's 8/19/2018 list of credibly accused. Diocese received a report on 11/17/2011 that Shigo sexually abused an 8th-9th grade altar boy at St. Ambrose, where he was assigned in 1981.

Fr. Edward E. Shimmaly

Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Died: 05/2/1999
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse of a minor 1961-63, per Los Angeles archdiocesan report addendum (name misspelled Schimmaly). Assigned 1961-67 to Immaculate Conception in Monrovia, CA. Named in at least one civil suit. Military chaplain late 1960s-early 1970s, then absent on sick leave. Retired and still absent on sick leave in 1984. Appears to have moved to the Boise diocese by 1985. The Official Catholic Directory begins to index Shimmaly as Edward E. in L.A. (absent on leave) and Edward G. in Boise in 1985. The 1988 Directory continues to index both, and each ordained in 1961. Died 5/2/99. (The 2000 Directory shows the same death date for both Edward E. in L.A. and Edward with no middle initial in Boise.)

Fr. Kenneth H. Shiner

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Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 2001 of abusing a boy 1980-1984, beginning when the boy was age 14. Shiner allegedly would take the boy out for dinner and drinks before molesting him at the rectory. Shiner denied the abuse. Removed from ministry 6/25/2001. Claims included in a 10/2005 $22M settlement with the Archdiocese involving 14 priests. Laicized 4/29/2016. On the archdiocese's list 1/22/2019.

Fr. Robert S. Shinos

Ordained: 1963
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Albany NY

Placed on leave in 3/04 after allegations in 1/04 of sexual abuse of a boy in the 1960s in Albany. The diocesan review board deemed the allegations credible. Shinos had been pastor of the same church since 1977. A civil suit filed in 7/04 against the Albany diocese and Boston archdiocese claimed the plaintiff was abused as a boy by Shinos and at least two other priests. He also alleged abuse by another priest as an adult. Shinos died 1/4/19.

Fr. Gerald Shirilla

Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Died: 06/16/2004
Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Removed in 1973 from a seminary assignment after unwanted sexual contact with another seminarian; underwent psychiatric evaluation then assigned to a parish. Accused of abuse of at least seven youths 1972-1981. Would invite boys to the rectory, have them strip to their underwear and give them massages. Placed on leave by the Detroit Archdiocese in 1993; accused in a 10/1993 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy, ages 9-16. Sent to treatment. Took a secular job in Washington D.C. Assigned in the Diocese of Gaylord as a parish pastor 8/1/2001 until placed on leave 3/18/2002. Died in 6/2004. Named in several civil suits. Included on the Detroit archdiocese's list of credibly accused 6/10/2019, which noted that he had been removed from public ministry. Included in the MI Attorney General's 1/8/2024 Gaylord report.

Fr. Edward J. Shoback

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

Multiple alleged victims. Removed in 2004 after admitting to sexual abuse of a minor more than 20 years prior. A few days later another man came forward alleging abuse as a boy by Shoback. In 2006 a man told the diocese that Shoback abused him at age 13. This person received funds deducted from Shoback's pension every month for 4 years as reimbursement for lost wages. No criminal charges due to SOL. More complaints in 2007 and 2009. Laicization announced 7/17/09. (Shoback's brother Thomas was accused of abuse 11/11, arrested 6/12.) Included in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Sued for alleged abuse in 1975 of an altar boy, age 12, on a trip to Hawley, PA; settled in 1/20 in the high five figures

Fr. Thomas P. Shoback

Ordained: 1977
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

Diocese was notified in 11/11 of allegations of sexual misconduct with a boy 1991-97, when pastor of St. Mary and St. Andrew in Blossburg. Suspended. Arrested 6/14/12, charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors, for repeated sexual assault of the altar boy. Convicted in 4/13, sentenced to 5-10 years in state prison. Removed from ministry in 11/14. Included in the  8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. It showed there was a report in 5/06 to the diocese of the sexua; assault of an 11-year-old altar boy. Report to D.A. Investigated. Shoback denied abuse. Alleged victim named another boy he said Shoback abused; that person denied it to investigators. Sent for evaluation In 11/11. The man who first denied abuse by Shoback said the priest actually had abused him when he was age 11. This led to Shoback's arrest and conviction. On diocese's list 8/19/18.

Fr. Anthony J. Short

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Died: 11/10/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Removed from ministry in 2008. Allegation of abuse alleged to have occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. Unclear as to where. Worked or resided in St. Louis, MO; St. Stephen's, WY; Centennial, CO; Sedalia, CO; Denver, CO. Noted to be living in a skilled nursing facility under supervision. On the Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/18. Died 11/10/20.

Fr. John Shorty

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Ordained: 1974
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Assigned to parishes in Caribou, Portland, Stonington and Augusta. Youth Director and Moderator of the Diocesan CYO. Chaplain at the ME Maritime Academy in Castine. Placed on leave in 1994, accused of abuse 1976-81. Parish was told he was leaving because of stress. Left the priesthood about four years later. Laicized in 2006. Subject of lawsuit in 6/22.

Fr. Norbert F. Showalter

Ordained: 1939
Status: Accused

Died: 12/31/1971
Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Died 12/31/1971. Name included on the diocese's list updated 9/13/2018. The diocese received an accusation in 2015 that Showalter sexually abused male minors. In a letter published 5/22/2015 in the Telegraph Herald, a man alleged that Showalter sexually abused him over a two-year period, beginning when the man was age 14 in 1954, at St. Mary's in Lamont.

Fr. Dwight Edward Shrader

Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Died: 09/17/2012
Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

In 5/03 a person came forward to allege abuse as a teenager by Shrader. The Review Board deemed the allegation credible. Placed on leave in 6/03. By late 2003 four men and one woman had come forward with allegations of abuse (all but one as minors) by Shrader, occurring within the previous 5 or 6 years. Diocese said Shrader did not engage in sexual intercourse but that there was physical contact or verbal misconduct, such as sexual jokes or propositions. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Laicized. Died in 2012.

Deacon Glen Shrimplin

Ordained: 1974
Status: Settled

Died: 12/5/2017
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Deacon. Two men filed a civil suit in 10/2003 claiming abuse as boys by Shrimplin in the 1970s. Shrimplin said he left the active diaconate of his own accord in 1987. He denied the allegations. Late Bishop Hoffman acknowledged that Shrimplin was "removed from active diaconal ministry." A third man settled in 2004 and a fourth man filed a civil suit in 2/2008, claiming abuse on trip to Florida in 1975 or 1976. Laicized 11/30/2007. Civil suit dropped in 6/2008 due to the statute of limitations. Shrimplin died in 12/2017. Included on the Diocese's list.

Fr. Paul Shurek

Order: SVD
Status: Sued

Died: 02/2/1963
Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

From Poland. Ordained for the Society of the Divine Word in 1920. Arrived shortly after ordination to the U.S. Assigned to the Divine Word Seminary in Techny IL, and in 1926 to St. Augustine's Seminary in Bay St. Louis LA, followed by parish work in St. Louis MO and Chicago IL. Worked beginning in 1930 in the Diocese of St. Cloud at parishes in Pierz, St. Anna, Morril, Harding and Elmdale. Died in 1963. Shurek was named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list in 2/21. Noted to be the subject of a lawsuit(s), the credibility of the allegations not determined.