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Fr. Toribio Villacastin

Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

From the Diocese of Tagblaran, Philippines. Visiting priest in the Archdiocese of Hartford 1968-1971. Left the priesthood in 1977. Died in 2008. In 2/2023 the Archdiocese announced a settlement in the low six figures with a woman who filed a claim in 2019 alleging that she was sexually abused as a child by Villacastin. The woman said the abuse occurred multiple times when she ages 8-9 during 1969-1970, in the St. Isaac Jogues Church sacristy and elsewhere.


Sr. Veronica

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Order: OSF
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Named in a lawsuit filed in 1/20 under the NY Child Victims Act by an 87-year-old man who claims Sisters Veronica and Mary, as well as Rev. Edmund O'Connor, sexually abused him in the early 1940s at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish and school in Silver Creek, when he was in third through eighth grades. The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis ran the school.

Sister Virginia Marie

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Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Sisters of St. Francis of the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 8/19 of sexually abusing a girl at the The Mission of the Immaculate Virgin at Mount Loretto orphanage. The girl was a resident of the orphanage 1953-67. She also alleged sexual abuse by Sisters Helen, Sister Juanita and Father Horry. Sister Juanita Marie is also accused of severely beating the plaintiff's sister, once so severely that the girl had convulsions and needed transport by ambulance.

Fr. Sebastian Vadakekottaram

Status: Guilty plea

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

From India, Oblates of St. Joseph (O.S.J.) Named publicly as accused on the Scranton diocese's list 8/19/18. Pleaded guilty in 1985 to sexually assaulting an altar boy and his sister, both age 9. Sentenced in 1/86 to 5 years' probation and continued treatment at St. Luke's Institute. Allowed shortly after sentencing by Bishop Timlin to return to India to care for his parents. In active ministry in Kerala, India in at least one parish 1995-2000.

Fr. Paul E. Vadeboncoeur

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Ordained: 1937
Status: Settled

Died: 03/27/1971
Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Named as a perpetrator of abuse in a 12/02 settlement of $542.5K between the diocese and six people claiming abuse by five priests. Accused of abuse of a girl, ages 15-17, multiple times 1955-1957. Also accused of one instance of abuse of a 12-year-old boy in 1950. Vadeboncoeur died in 1971. (The 1988 Catholic Directory spells his name Va'de'bon'Coeur and in 1995 it is Vade Bon Coeur. It has been misspelled in other sources as Vandenboncoeur.)

Fr. Anthony Joseph Vader

Ordained: 1952
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Long involved with the Filipino American community. Allegations received in late 2002 that he sexually abused girls more than 40 years prior at Holy Cross Parish. Placed on leave in 2/2003. Violated restrictions placed on him by showing up at his parish and mission, presenting himself as a priest. Allowed to travel to the Philippines in 2004. Resided in a "monitored and restricted setting" after the Archdiocese permanently removed his privileges in 9/2005. Name included on the Archdiocese's 6/2003 list of credibly accused. Two women filed civil suit in 5/2009 after futile mediation. Died in 7/2011. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report. Referred to as a serial predator, with 13 "reported survivors" and at least five claims substantiated by the Archdiocesan Review Board. 


Fr. Robert C. Vaillancourt

Ordained: 1982
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

On 7/5/21 the Diocese announced that Vaillancourt had been placed on leave pending the investigation of an allegation that he had sexually abused a girl in the 1980s. Director in the late 1980s of Diocesan Youth Ministry. Pastor at the time of his suspension of St. Brendan the Navigator in Camden, ME. Vaillancourt denied wrongdoing. Reportedly in 9/21 a second woman had come forward, alleging Vaillancourt raped and sexually assaulted her repeatedly in 1982, when she was 15. He was in charge of youth ministry at St. Andre's in Biddeford during the time in question. In 7/22 the diocese announced that its Review Board had determined that the allegations were unfounded, and that Vaillancourt would be returned to active ministry. Assigned in 1/23 to an Auburn parish.


Fr. Paul R. Valdez

Ordained: 1982
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Monterey CA

Report in 2002 that an 11-year-old girl told a nun in 1999 that Valdez had placed his hand on her groin during confession 12/98. Teacher and the principal embarrassed the child in class, played down the incident to CPS and warned students not to tell anyone. Police conducted a six-month investigation; no charges filed. Parents sued the diocese in 12/99; suit settled out of court. Valdez was still active in 2010. On diocese's list 1/2/19. It notes allegation reclassified in 2019 from non-credible to credible and faculties removed.

Fr. Thomas J. Valenti

Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Administrator at Blessed Trinity when named publicly in 6/18 as having been accused of the sexual abuse of a minor, ages 15-17, 1975-77. Per Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, the alleged abuse began when Valenti was a deacon and continued after ordination, to his time at St. Mary's of the Lake in Ontario NY. The diocese stated that in 2003,the allegation was "investigated, reviewed and determined to be unsubstantiated." Valenti requested a leave of absence "in order to address this matter." In 12/18 the Diocese removed him from ministry, stating that, per the Review Board, Valenti had "engaged in objectionable and inappropriate behaviors with minors" in the 1970s.

Fr. Leroy A. Valentine

Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Died: 04/29/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

A woman reported in 1982 that Valentine sexually abused her three sons, ages 10, 11 and 12. Police sent her to the Archdiocese. Lawsuit filed in 1995; each boy received a $20K settlement in 1998. Valentine was sent for treatment and transferred. Allegations became public in 3/2002; the Archdiocese refused to remove Valentine, saying the allegations were unsubstantiated. Retired in 3/2002 after another person alleged abuse in 1978. The Review Board deemed the allegations substantiated 5/1/2013. Privileges removed. A lawsuit filed in 10/2015 claims repeated sex abuse, including rape, of a boy attending Immaculata School 1977-1981, beginning when the boy was age 11. The plaintiff said Valentine told him the abuse was "special training" to become an altar boy. Included on the Archdiocese's list 7/26/2019 of those with substantiated allegations against them. Valentine died 4/29/2020.

Fr. Robert J. Valentine

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Ordained: 1969
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 sexual abuse of minors. The allegations against Valentine were not determined to be credible. He was accused of the sexual abuse of a girl, age 17, in 1984. Absent without leave in 1999, faculties withdrawn in 2001.

Fr. James P. Vallely

Ordained: 1949
Status: Settled

Died: 12/12/1997
Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Ordained for the Archdiocese of Portland OR in 1949; moved to Portland ME diocese in 1951, incardinated 1952. At least five allegations of abuse of boys, per docs released by ME AG's office in 5/05. Four were said to be in ME 1956-62. Privileges removed and abuse publicly acknowledged in 1993 after one accusation. A woman told pastor of St. Michael's church in 1994 (and later) that she had been abused at age 11. She settled for $200K in 12/09 for 1976 abuse. Vallely retired in 1988; died 12/12/97. Three more accusers emerged in 12/09. Two men filed suits in 5/13. On 11/23/15 six men filed civil suits vs the Portland ME diocese alleging abuse by Vallely 1958-77. All were altar boys, ages ranging 8-15 during alleged abuse. The diocese settled with the six men 8/15/16 for $1.2 million.

Fr. Romeo J. Valliere

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Died: 03/27/2007
Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Admitted abusing two boys. Diocese settled one claim in 4/05 for an undisclosed amount. A man said that as a child Valliere would give him beer and marijuana at the rectory. Valliere's file included a 1976 letter from a parent complaining about drunk youths at the rectory. Placed on sick leave in 1989 after complaints by three women in his parish. On sick leave 4/1/89 - 6/20/90 for therapy. Assigned to another parish. On sick leave again 1/26/96 until he retired in 6/01. Privileges removed in 2002. Laicized, per the diocese's list 7/31/19. Died in 2007.

Fr. Patrick B. Vallimont

Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Died: 10/7/2023
Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Vallimont's name was added to the diocese's list 5/18/2018. Hospitalized for severe depression in 9/1976. Wrote to the Vatican in 7/1977, requesting laicization and disclosing a brief sexual 'relationship' he had had with a 13-year-old girl, who was a parishioner. Laicized in 12/1977. Last known to be living in Union City, PA. Died in 10/2023.

Fr. Francis Vallo

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Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Died: 03/9/1992
Diocese: Diocese of Rapid City SD

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list in 3/19. It notes multiple allegations of abuse received in 1992, of abuse in the late 1970s. Retired 1987. Died 3/9/92.

    Assignments:
    • Diocese of Rapid City List 03.21.19
    Sources:
    • Diocese of Rapid City List 03.21.19

Fr. William Valverde

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Named in a 12/03 civil suit filed by two men who alleged that in the mid-1970s Valverde exposed them and others to "alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and deviant sex." Included on list of priests with credible allegations released by the San Diego diocese 3/30/07. Also worked in the San Bernardino diocese. Assigned in as chaplain in 1977 to a psychiatric hospital in Patton, CA. Per a 1977 news article, in addition to parish assignments, Valverde helped organize community counseling centers in several towns and worked with "delinquent" youths. Left active priesthood in 1983. Through clerical errors, these two plaintiffs were NOT included in the 2007 San Diego settlement; their lawsuit still existed until settlement reached 4/08.

Fr. Michael R. Van Acker

Ordained: 1981
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Medical center chaplain and former chaplain at several high schools. Placed on leave in 6/2002 when the diocese received allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor in the early 1980s. Reportedly went on leave of absence in 1992 prior to his assignment to the medical center. On the diocese's list in 12/2018. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report, which notes 7 "reported survivors."

Fr. Peter J. Van der Linden

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Died: 02/7/2007
Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Publicly named as accused by the Archdiocese in a press release in 10/2002. Had been removed in 1993 after a "serious and substantive allegation of sexual misconduct dating back to the early years of his ministry." On medical leave of absence since 1991 but had begun working part time at Cardinal Mooney High School, Marine City, in 1993. Permanently removed from ministry in 5/2005. Died in 2/2007.

Fr. Benedict Van der Putten

Ordained: 1992
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Jose CA

Member of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, which is not recognized by Roman Catholic Church nor overseen by the San Jose diocese. Retreat master at St. Aloysius Retreat House in Los Gatos 1995- 2000. Accused of molesting a teen girl there in 2000, and attempting to molest another. Sent by Society to its Switzerland headquarters. Worked briefly in the Diocese of Scranton in 2001, applied to be a priest of the diocese; denied after Vatican alerted the diocese to the Los Gatos allegations. Sent to Southdown Institute in Canada for treatment; admitted to molesting a teen girl in 2001 in Europe. Laicization announced 8/05. Moved at some point to Hawaii. On Scranton diocese's list 8/19/18. Per a 2/21 news report, Van der Putten married, had four children, divorced and moved to Oklahoma.

Fr. Bernard Van der Schueren

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Died: 07/25/2009
Diocese: Diocese of Marquette MI

From Belgium. Died 7/25/2009. Diocese of Marquette announced 11/15/2013 that it had received a credible allegation of abuse of a minor by 'Fr. Ben' in 1989 while he filled in at St. Michael Parish in Marquette. The allegation was reported to the Jesuits and to the county prosecutor's office. Included on the Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/2018. Included in the MI Attorney General's 10/2022 report, which shows that the allegation was of sexual abuse of a boy, age 10 or 11, in the summer of 1987 and 1988. 


Fr. Charles Van Duren

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Died: 08/30/1997
Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Worked in MA, PA, St. Joseph Indian School in SD, and MS before arriving in the Joliet diocese in 1970. Worked in several parishes, retired in 1995, and died in 8/1997. Credible accusation was received after his death. Name appeared on the Joliet diocese's 6/2008 list of accused priests with a credible/substantiated allegation(s) of sexual abuse of a minor. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report, which notes two "reported survivors."

Fr. Robert M. Van Handel

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Died: 06/2/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Founding director of Santa Barbara Boys' Choir and principal of St. Anthony's Seminary High School. Admitted to his pedophilic behavior to his Provincial in 1992; sent to treatment. May have sexually abused 150 boys, ages 8-12. Criminally charged 1994 with abuse of students. Convicted. Sentenced 8/1994 to eight years in prison for abuse of one. Released in 2002. Named in several civil suits. Reportedly abused six boys 1970-1982. Four claims settled in 2006. Personnel file released in 5/2012; may have been laicized 7/23/1997. On sex offender registry in 1/2012. Included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans' list 5/31/2019, which notes a report in 1992 of abuse of minors 1977-1984. On the Oakland diocese's list in 2019. Accused along with Msgr. Vincent McCabe in a 6/2022 lawsuit of abuse of a fifth-grade boy in 1989. Per the plaintiff's attorney, Van Handel told his superiors in the 1970s that he was attracted to young boys. Van Handel moved in 2013 to the Portland, OR area. In 2019 he was a resident of a senior living facility and had advanced Parkinson's disease. He died 6/2/2020.


Fr. Leo Van Hoorn

Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Died: 02/21/2006
Diocese: Diocese of Alexandria LA

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/6/2019. From Holland. Arrived in the U.S. in 1956. Suspended from active ministry in 1979. Died in 2006. Allegation to the Review Board in 2006 of the sexual abuse of a male minor in 1967. A 2019 review of Van Hoorn's file showed evidence of another credible allegation of the abuse of a male minor. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 8/2020 of abusing a first- or second-grade boy at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Pineville, in 1962-1963. The suit claims Van Hoorn "raped and sexually assaulted many young boys."

Fr. Chrisian Van Liefde

Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

In 1992 a woman reported inappropriate sexual conduct toward her by Van Liefde when she was a minor 1973-74. Placed on leave in 2002. Another allegation in 2003. Sued in 2003. Per LA archdiocese's 2004 report, there were two accusers, alleging abuse 1971-75.

Fr. Arthur Van Speybroeck

Ordained: 1902
Status: Accused

Died: 09/7/1948
Diocese: Diocese of Salina KS

Named publicly as accused by the Salina diocese on its list 3/29/2019. Multiple allegations. Report to the diocese in 1907 of abuse the same year. Van Speybroeck left the Salina diocese sometime after 1908. On the Diocese of Wichita's list 9/20/2019; worked in the diocese in 1902, "Out of Diocese" 1902-1943. Three Wichita assignments in 1943. Retired in 1943. Died in 1948. Included in the FL Attorney General's report 11/6/2020 (name spelled "Speybroek").

Fr. Leo (Vincent) Van ter Toolen

Order: OCarm
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse 1962-1964. Left the L.A. archdiocese in 1970. Accuser came forward in 2002 to allege abuse in about 1961, when he was ages 3-5. Named in archdiocesan report. Named in a civil suit. At least one claim included in 11/06 $10M settlement with order, LA archdiocese and 7 people alleging abuse by five priests and religious. Deceased.

Deacon Morris Dale Vanderford

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Convicted

Died: 07/4/1998
Diocese: Diocese of Tulsa OK

Permanent deacon. Removed from active ministry 1/21/1992. Convicted in 1993 of sexually abusing two boys in 1989. Sentenced to 60 years in prison. Died in prison 7/4/1998. Two civil suits filed. One settled in 1993 for $750K and the other in 1995 for $44K. Included on the diocese's list 10/2/2019.

Fr. Ramon Varela

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Order: OFM
Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Named publicly as accused by the Franciscans' Santa Barbara Province on its list 5/31/2019. It notes allegations received in 1994 of the sexual abuse of minors 1949-1979. Varela's first assignment was in 1949, in AZ. He died in 2002. Included on the Oakland diocese's list in 2019. Added to the Stockton diocese's list 11/12/2020, where he worked 1955-1960. Included in 8/2021 on the Diocese of Fresno's list of credibly accused, where he was assigned 1968-1970.

Fr. Julian B. Varettoni

Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Monsignor. Accused by Bob Deacon in 2004 of abusing him as a boy in the 1960s. Diocesan investigation found insufficient information to determine guilt, though the board found Deacon's testimony credible, per his canon lawyer, Rev. Kenneth Lasch. Deacon appealed to the Vatican. In 2/05 the Paterson diocese settled with Deacon and other victims for $5M. Bishop Serratelli informed Lasch that "the Vatican upheld [Serratelli's] decision to exonerate Varettoni," who continued as pastor of Sacred Heart in Clifton. Retired in 2007.

Fr. Stephen V. Varga

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Ordained: 1947
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Gary IN

Possibly from Hungary - first assignment there. Worked in Cleveland OH and McKeesport, PA in 1950. Assigned in 1956 to a Gary parish. Taught at Bishop Noll High School in Hammond. Incardinated into the Diocese of Gary 9/28/67. Named as accused on Gary diocese's list released 8/29/18. Noted to have one allegation against him. Laicized 7/28/71. Went on to marry and have children. Longtime resident of Cedar Lake, IN. Died at age 82 on 7/12/06.

Fr. Lawrence F. Varney

Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

The Diocese announced in 10/2008 that Varney, who retired in 2002, had been placed on leave and barred from public ministry after the Review Board found credible recent allegations that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor in the late 1970s. Varney was an instructor at Toledo Central Catholic High School at the time of the alleged abuse. He was permanently removed from public ministry in 2009. Matter referred to Rome. Included on the Diocese's list in 2010.

Fr. John Varno

Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Albany NY

"Jack." Arrested in 1997 for public lewdness at a rest area; went on leave. Accused in a lawsuit filed 1/19/21 under the NY Child Victims Act by a man in his 40s of sexually abusing him as a child preparing for First Communion at St. Jude's in Wynantskill. Varno allegedly got the boy drunk on wine then fondled and sodomized him. The diocese kept Varno in public ministry until his parishioners of Our Lady of Grace in Ballston Lake discovered the lawsuit and demanded his removal in 7/21. Varno stepped down voluntarily, including from assignments at Immaculate Conception in Glenville and St. Joseph's in Scotia. He denied the allegations.


Br. John Vas

Order: SDB
Ordained: 2024
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

In 2/08 a woman alleged Vas molested her for nearly seven years, beginning in the 1960s when she was age seven. Vas was a Salesian brother and the band instructor at Salesian High School, where the girl's brother was a student. Vas is last known to have been living in Florida with his wife. This is reportedly the second public accusation against Vas.

Fr. Anthony J. Vasaturo

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Died: 06/22/2013
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Per personnel records released in 1/04, Vasaturo allegedly admitted to sexual activity with a 16-year-old old girl beginning in 1969. Per the Archdiocese website accessed 9/30/10, Vasaturo had senior priest status and was residing at Regina Cleri Residence. The 8/11 Boston archdiocese list of accused shows that either the Review Board found that the allegation unsubstantiated or Vasaturo was acquitted by canonical process. He died 6/22/13.

Fr. Enrique Vasquez

Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Priest of the Diocese of Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica. Accused of molesting an altar boy. Treated at Casa Alberione, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, México. Charged in Costa Rica with abuse of a child in 1994 and a became a fugitive in 1998. Fled to New York. Worked as a priest in New York and Hartford. Fled to México in 2002, then Honduras before disappearing again in March 2003, shortly before an international arrest warrant was issued for him. In 2004, a second Costa Rican youth accused Vásquez. Convicted in absentia in 2005 by a Costa Rican court and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Arrested in Honduras in 4/2007, and handed over to Interpol.

Br. Pedro Vasquez

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Order: OFM
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

One of several religious assigned to Santa Barbara who were named as abusers in a civil suit filed in 8/2008, which alleged that the Franciscans constituted "an ongoing public nuisance as a result of their practice of shuttling pedophile priests among communities without warning members of the public that a sexual predator might be in their midst." Abuse allegedly took place in the 2000s. Included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/2019. It notes "The Province has received no allegation involving a minor."

Rev. Joseph E. Vatter

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Accused publicly in 9/2022 of sexually abusing a boy, age 9, at St. Christopher's in Tonawanda in 1980. The diocese received a report of abuse in 2004, likely from the boy's parents, but determined that there was "no basis" to the allegation. Vatter retired in 5/2022. In 2/2023 he was placed on leave due to an allegation that he sexually abused a girl. Deemed substantiated by the Diocese in 9/2023. No criminal charges due to the statute of limitations.


Fr. William F. Vatterott

Ordained: 2003
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

First assignment was at Holy Infant Church in Ballwin. Removed from assignment at St. Cecilia Parish 6/11 after allegations that he engaged in "inappropriate electronic exchanges" with two teenagers (at least one was a female.) Also accused of being involved with underage drinking and other inappropriate behavior. Indicted 4/13 on federal charges of possession of child porn 2010-11. Pled guilty 8/30/13 to possession of porn and 'sexting' with minor boy. Sentenced to 3 years in prison. On the archdiocese's list 7/26/19. Noted to have been laicized.

Fr. Gregory D. Vaughan

Ordained: 1972
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Monsignor. Parish priest, former vicar for Catholic education, chancellor, vicar general, moderator of the curia, director of vocations. In 3/2019, the diocese announced it had received a credible allegation against Vaughan of child sexual abuse, occurring in the late 1970s-early 1980s, while he was assigned to St. Ann's in Keansburg. Removed from ministry. In 4/2019 the diocese quietly updated its list, noting that there were multiple victims. Case reported to law enforcement, and to be sent to the Vatican. Per news in 6/2020, Vaughan was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing an altar boy, age 8, on multiple occasions in 1987. The abuse included anal penetration and forced oral copulation.

Fr. Frederick J. Vaughn

Ordained: 1937
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

The diocese acknowledged in 2016 that it had received multiple allegations against Vaughn of sexual abuse of young girls. In 4/02 a woman said he molested her two daughters when they were about age 9, 1961-66. In 7/02 he was accused of sexually abusing two sisters, one ages 3-13 during 1961-74, the other when she was 5-10, in 1958-63. Another report 7/04 claimed abuse of a girl, age 11 or 12 in 1958; in 8/04 a report of abuse of another girl. In 5/12 another allegation, of abuse of a girl 1959-63. In 2016 a woman reported abuse at age 11, and that she witnessed Vaughn's abuse of other girls. Name included on the diocese's list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. Vaughn retired in 1986 and died 12/29/92.

Fr. Roger Vaughn

Order: OSC
Ordained: 1977
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

Dismissed from the Crosiers 9/27/2001. As part of a 2/2009 settlement, the Order admitted that it had received credible allegations of child sex abuse committed by Vaughn. (None of the plaintiffs in the 2/2009 settlement was an alleged victim of Vaughn.) As of 3/2010 Vaughn was at an Orthodox-Catholic Church of America Parish in New York. Name included on list of credibly accused priests released the by Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis 12/5/2013; the Archdiocese denied any claims of abuse of minors within the Archdiocese. Name on St. Cloud's list of 1/3/2014 and Crosier list of 3/8/2014. Named in suit filed in 7/2015. 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. Hayden Vaverek

Ordained: 1994
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Charleston SC

Privileges removed in 3/13 after allegations of sexual misconduct involving a minor more than 15 years prior, when he was pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood. In 1/11, with permission of the bishop, he began working for Catholic Near East Welfare Association, a papal agency based in NY City. Apparently in Rome when allegations were made public. As of 4/23/13 accuser waived further criminal investigation, saying church punishment was enough. Diocese was continuing investigation. Laicized in 5/16. In 2017 Vaverek created a nonprofit for supporting priests "at a vocational crossroads" called Pax Bonum. Included on the diocese's 3/19 list of credibly accused.

Fr. Clarence J. Vavra

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rapid City SD

Per admission by Archbishop Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis on 11/11/13, Vavra admitted in 1995 that he sexually abused young boys and a teen in 1975 while assigned to Rosebud Indian Reservation in SD. Also admitted sex with adult men. Received in-patient and out-patient treatment 1996-97; allowed to return to ministry in 1998 until his removal in 2003. He received an extra stipend every month until 2012. No publicity at all until 11/13. Last known to be living in New Prague, MN. Included in 12/13 on the archdiocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Urbano Vazquez-Ortega

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 2014
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl at Sacred Heart Shrine in Columbia Heights in 5/2015. The girl's mother reportedly informed Rev. Mosis Villalta, OFM.Cap. in 2015; police were not notified until 10/26/2018, after Villalta told a visiting priest about the situation. Arrested 11/7/2018, charged with second-degree child abuse. Also accused of kissing a 16-year-old girl in 2015, and of rubbing a 15-year-old girl's leg during confession the same year. Archdiocese suspended Vazquez after notified by Order of allegations 10/26/2018. Removed as pastor. Parish's child protection coordinator placed on leave. Arrested on new allegations 12/11/2018, of abuse of a girl starting when she was age 9. On the Baltimore archdiocese's list 12/14/2018. Indicted in 5/2019 on seven counts of sex abuse of two children and a woman. Convicted in 8/2019. Motion for a new trial in 9/2019; denied. Sentenced in 11/2019 to 15 years in prison. Found guilty in 11/2021 of abuse, which occurred during confession, of the young woman. Sentenced to 180 days in prison, to be added to the 15-year sentence. Mentioned in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General's Report (name spelled Vasquez-Ortega). Included on the Washington archdiocese's list.

Fr. James A. Vedro

Order: OSC
Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Died: 04/13/2015
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Assigned in NE, MN, IN, MI. Removed from ministry in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis in 1991 for "misconduct" with adults.  Accepted into the Archdiocese of Detroit by Archbishop Maida, who had been informed by the Crosiers of the  allegations. After the Dallas Bishops' conference in 2002, Vedro was removed from active ministry and sent to a Crosier facility. He left the order in 2008. Name added in 10/2014 to the St. Paul and Minneapolis list of those with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor occurring outside of the archdiocese. Died 4/13/2015. Included on the Crosier Order's list 12/6/2023, which notes that allegations received after Vedros' death could not be investigated.

Deacon Rogelio Vega

Status: Guilty plea

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Ordained for the diaconate in 2011. First assigned to Most Holy Trinity-St. Mary in Williamsburg, then to St. Sebastian's in Woodside in 12/2015. Arrested in 1/20/2021 after arranging to meet an undercover detective for sex, whom he thought was a 14-year-old boy. Vega met the "boy" on Grindr, described as a gay hook-up site. Suspended from ministry. Investigators found evidence that Vega enticed other boys for sex, identifying three of them. Pleaded guilty in 9/22. Sentenced in 3/23 to 16 years in prison.

Fr. Jose Luis Vega Sanchez

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Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Ordained for the Diocese of Tulancingo, Mexico. Incardinated in 1990 into the Diocese of Fresno. Pastor 1996-2004 of St. Mary's in Cutler. Retired in 2004 to Mexico. The 2014 Catholic Directory lists Vega as at the Basilica of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Mexico City. Named publicly as credibly accused by the Fresno diocese on its list in 8/2021. Faculties noted to be suspended.


Fr. Vincent J. Veich

Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Bridgeport CT

Placed on leave in 4/2002 after a woman alleged he had abused her as a minor. He admitted sexual misconduct with the then 17-year-old girl in the late 1970s. Claim(s) against Veich were settled by the diocese as part of a massive $21M settlement in 10/2003 involving 40 plaintiffs and 16 priests.

Fr. Roland W. Veilette

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Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Died: 01/14/1983
Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Veilette (or Veillette) died in 1983. Named in a 5/02 lawsuit by a man who alleged Vielette abused him in 1973. Personnel file contains a 2/02 memo in which the plaintiff said he was assaulted by Veilette and another priest in 1973, shortly after his father passed away. Both priests were said to have befriended him and would take him camping and give him gifts. A second man filed suit in 6/02 alleging that he was assaulted by Veilette from 1956 to 1958, and that the incidents occurred in the priest's car.

Fr. Jorge Antonio Velez-Lopez

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1989
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Tertiary Capuchin. Colombian. Arrived in the U.S. in 2001. Suspended from ministry in the Diocese of Alexandria in 2/2016 pending the investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct with a female minor during an 8-year period, while assigned in the Baltimore archdiocese. Report in 2009 from a man who said he walked in on Velez and a teenage girl naked in bed. Velez was dog-sitting at the man's house while he was away. The man said Velez threatened harm to his family in Colombia if he told. Velez and the girl denied the allegations. Faculties removed in Baltimore in 3/2010. The girl became pregnant with Velez' child. He was transferred to the Diocese of Alexandria. In 2016 the girl told her parish priest in Baltimore that Velez was her child's father, and the investigation was reopened. Velez admitted the allegations. Criminally charged. Convicted in 2020 of sex abuse of a minor, sentenced to 25 years with all but 9 years suspended. On the Alexandria diocese's list 2/6/2019 (name spelled "Valez-Lopez.") Case sent to the Vatican. On Baltimore's list updated 7/23/2019. Included in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General's Report. 


Fr. Jacob Vellian

Ordained: 1961
Status: Charged

Died: 12/22/2022
Diocese: Diocese of Kalamazoo MI

Priest of the Archeparchy of Kottayam, India, of the Syro-Malabar Church. Monsignor. Per a USCCB Advisory, Vellian was working in Kalamazoo on a temporary basis in 1973-1974. The Diocese said in Fall 2010 that it had recently received an allegation of sexual abuse of a female minor by Vellian. The Review Board concluded that the charges had merit. His accuser said she told the diocese in 2002, and that a priest walked in on them during an assault in 1973. Vellian had been in active ministry in various dioceses in the U.S. in the recent past. In 9/2011 he was said to be living in Kerala India's Kottayam district, in a Kaduthuruthi seminary. Investigated by the MI Attorney General. Charged in 5/2019 with rape of a 15-year-old girl in the early 1970s. The Attorney General was to seek extradition from India. Vellian died in India in 12/2022. Included in 4/2024 on the Kalamazoo diocese's list of those banned from working with children. Had been forbidden to function as a priest in the diocese.

Fr. Joseph P. Veneto

Ordained: 1946
Status: Settled

Died: 01/24/1998
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Supervised accused priest Denis Conte while at St. Anthony's in Revere. Included on a list of accused priests and religious posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on 01/19/11. Garabedian said he had settled at least one claim with the Boston Archdiocese regarding allegations against this individual. Retired in 1988. Died in 1/98, before completion of investigation. Name included on the Boston Archdiocese list released in 8/11.

Fr. Samuel J. Venne

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Retired, in residence at St. Stephen's on Grand Island when placed on leave in 4/18 due to allegations of past child sex abuse, dating to 1980 at Our Lady of Pompei in Depew. Reportedly accused twice. Other assignments included parishes in Buffalo, Batavia, South Buffalo, Niagara Falls, a Pendleton nursing home and Boy Scouts chaplain and scoutmaster. Per the diocese in 6/18, the allegations against Venne were substantiated. To remain on leave pending determination by Vatican. Venne denied the allegations. Removed from diocesan payroll 5/1/20 in bankruptcy agreement. In 11/20 the Vatican suspended Venne for 7 years. Venne appealed the Vatican's decision. Refusing in 6/21 to join the diocese's monitoring program for credibly accused priests.

Fr. Lawrence M. Ventline

Ordained: 1976
Status: Ministry restricted by diocese

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

In 2016, an allegation of abuse by Ventline was brought to the Archdiocese of Detroit, which referred the complaint to the Oakland County prosecutor, conducted a canonical review, and restricted Ventline from public ministry. On 5/24/2019 Michigan AG Dana Nessel announced that Ventline 'is facing an administrative complaint and his license as a professional educationally limited counselor has been summarily suspended by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).' The Administrative Complaint alleged that Ventline had 'sexually assaulted' an 11-year-old boy three times in the church sacristy in 1989-1990. At the time, Ventline was pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Lake Orion MI. Ventline denied the allegations, saying he was the victim, and stated that 'a lawsuit will be filed' against the AG. On 6/10/2019, Ventline was included on the list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Abuse published by the Detroit archdiocese, which noted that he was restricted from public ministry and stated that he 'is prohibited from representing himself as a priest, wearing clerical attire, exercising any form of church ministry.' His license was revoked on 9/6/2019, after 'Ventline failed to file a formal response to the complaint,' and he was fined $5,000. On 9/30/2019, a news report stated that Ventline had been charged with indecent exposure in Bad Axe MI in early summer 2019. On 1/23/2020, Ventline pleaded no contest to the charge, which does not constitute an admission of guilt. Judge reportedly relied on court documents to enter a conviction on the record and sentenced Ventline to ten days in jail. Ventline stated that he completed nine days of community service instead. On 10/5/2020 the Michigan AG summarized the Ventline case in her second year update: 'Ventline faced three separate reports of sexual abuse of a minor. The statute of limitations expired on each report of abuse but LARA was able to remove the professional counseling license of Ventline to ensure that he would not be able to legally counsel children.' Ventline states that he had retired from counseling before the Administrative Complaint was filed on 5/15/2019.

Fr. Armand Ventre

Ordained: 1957
Status: Acquitted

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Assigned to our Lady of Good Help Parish 1980-1985. Indicted 8/85 for sexually molesting two altar boys and one mentally handicapped youth 1981-1984. In 1986 the judge dismissed the charges concerning the two altar boys; the following day the judge found Ventre not guilty of abuse of the third boy in a non-jury trial. Returned to active assignment as chaplain at VA Hospital, and then another hospital. Retired 1/99. Died 12/27/99. On the diocese's list 7/1/19. It notes only that he was removed from ministry 7/5/85.

Fr. Arthur O. Verdieck

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Died: 10/16/1980
Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Died in 1980. Allegation received after his death of abuse in the 1950s. Unclear as to where. Worked or resided in Prairie du Chien, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Centennial, CO; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT.

Fr. David H. Verhalen

Order: CSC
Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Died: 09/11/2012
Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Named publicly as accused by the Congregation of Holy Cross on its list 6/12/2019, which notes an allegation in 2007 of abuse in IL in the 1970s. Permanently removed from ministry in 2001. Died 9/11/2012. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Alberta Veri

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Order: CSJ
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

Known as Sr. Bernardine. Went on leave in 1980, later left the Order. Accused in a 1997 lawsuit of sexually abusing a high school senior in 1972. Veri denied the charge. Complainant stated that when she first came forward in 1994, the Order and diocese asked her to keep silent. They denied this. The lawsuit was dismissed due to the statute of limitations. The Order offered to settle in exchange for a confidentiality agreement; complainant refused. Order paid for therapy.

Br. Francis Verngren

Order: FSC
Status: Sued

Died: 12/12/2003
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

A man filed suit in 5/03 alleging abuse by Verngren 1966-70, when Verngren was principal and head dorm resident at a Catholic school in Berkeley. The man said he told another staff member in 1969, that Verngren was temporarily removed, returning later to his position. Suit settled 9/03. Vergren died 12/12/03. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19. Worked there at Mont LaSalle 1969-84 and at Justin Siena in 1984. Math tutor at St. Apollinaris 1990-2002. On Oakland diocese's list in 2019.

Br. Gino Vertassich

Order: GHM
Status: Accused

Died: 08/17/2003
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Glenmary order on its list 10/11/2019. Joined Glenmary in 1960, left in 1975. Worked in GA, NC, OH.  No indication as to where or when alleged abuse occurred. Died in Cincinnati in 2003. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/2019. It notes an allegation that Vertassich abused a minor in Connecticut in 1969, without further specifics. (Placing him in the Cincinnati archdiocese, where the Glenmary Home Missioners are based.) Included in 11/2020 on the Atlanta archdiocese's list. Included in the 3/24/2023 GA PAC Report.

Fr. Gerald John Vesnaugh

Ordained: 1968
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Forced from the priesthood in 1975 after molesting children. Conviction in 1979 with suspended sentence and two years probation. Law license suspended in 1980 and revoked in 1982. Charged again in 1981 with three counts of sexual assault. Served 2 1/2 years of a 5- to 15-year sentence. Released from prison. Moved to OK in 1996; offended and was arrested. Fled to Canada. Abused two boys and was arrested. Sentenced to three years prison in 1996. Included on the Detroit archdiocese's list of credibly accused 6/10/2019.

Fr. Henry G. Vessels

Ordained: 1950
Status: Sued

Died: 04/16/1980
Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 10/2002 of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy in Mount Washington 1969-1970. Vessels would allegedly take the boy to pornographic movies and on one occasion forcibly sexually molested him. Vessels spent several years as a teacher and administrator at parish schools. He died in 1980 at age 55.

Fr. Henry Xavier Vetter

Order: CP
Ordained: 1938
Status: Sued

Died: 05/24/1977
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Early priesthood was in AL, then preached retreats and missions throughout the Midwest. Was sent to the West Coast in 1950, learning Spanish and "moving among the little towns of N. CA and NV.  Assigned to a Mater Dolorosa Monastery in Sierra Madre, CA, in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 1953-1973.  Started a non-profit in 1963, establishing and supporting orphanages and schools in Baja CA. Died in 1977 in a truck crash in Baja CA; four orphan boys, who survived, were with him. Had been living in Mexico at the Rancho Nazareth boys' orphanage. Would travel to his nonprofit's headquarters in Petaluma CA once a week. Called the 'Magic Priest,' per his obituary, because he did "magic tricks to win the hearts of children in remote villages." Suspected of child sexual abuse in Detroit MI, in the 1940s. Accused in 1993 of abuse in the early 1960s. Several other allegations later received of abuse in the 1960s and early 1970s. Per the 2004 L.A. Archdiocesan report, there were seven accusers, of abuse occurring 1953-1973. Named in at least one suit in 2003. Added to the KC-St Joseph list; one substantiated allegation of abuse in the diocese noted. Included on the Springfield-Cape Girardeau list of accused 4/13/2021.

Fr. Paul Vevik

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Spokane WA

Reportedly in 5/07, Vevik, an active priest of the Spokane Diocese, was named in bankruptcy claims as having "assaulted a person in a restroom of Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in 1978." Vevik denied the claims and was fighting the accusations. Pastor of Mary Queen Parish in Spokane per diocesan website accessed 2/4/21.

Fr. James A. Viall

Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Died: 06/18/2018
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Placed on leave 7/2002 for allegations of misconduct with minors. A former altar boy filed suit on 7/20/2002. Another adult male came forward to allege abuse as an altar boy. One of the men said he was abused in the mid-1950s; the other alleged abuse in the 1970s. As of 9/11/2002, Child Protection Services found no evidence to support abuse allegations but the Diocese continued its investigation. Retired in 2005, still without privileges. On Leave of Absence until his death 7/18/2018. Included in 6/2019 on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Walter A. Vichas

Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Died: 10/15/2008
Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 11/2018 of the sex abuse of a 10-year-old altar boy in 1979-1980, at Blessed Sacrament in Waterbury. Vichas' assignments included St. Joseph's in Waterbury 1952-1964, St. Casimir's in New Haven 1964-1965, St. Patrick's in Enfield 1965-1971, and Blessed Sacrament 1971-2001. Vichas retired in 2001 and died in 2008.

Sr. Mary Jane Vidnansky

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Order: FSSJ
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

Accused in a 2004 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy 1974-76, starting when the boy was a 14-year-old student at Mater Dolorosa School in Holyoke. Abuse is alleged to have included intercourse. Plaintiff said Vidnansky told him she was pregnant by him and that she had had an abortion. Vidnansky left the order in the mid-1970s.

Fr. Harold F. Vieages

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Died: 01/16/2004
Diocese: Diocese of Reno NV

Placed on leave in 1991. Died in 1/2004. Accused in a 2005 lawsuit of fondling and raping a 12-year-old boy at St. Theresa's Elementary School in Carson City in about 1969. Vieages' accuser received a settlement. Included on the Reno diocese's list 4/5/2019. On the Las Vegas diocese's list 4/12/2019.


Fr. Carmen D. Vignola

Ordained: 1972
Status: Sued

Died: 03/14/1989
Diocese: Diocese of Wilmington DE and MD

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Diocese on its list 11/16/2006. Died in 1989. A civil suit filed in 10/2008 alleged abuse of a 14-year-old boy, beginning in the 1980s. Personnel records released 2/16/2012 as part of bankruptcy process.

Fr. Clovis Vilchez Parra

Ordained: 2012
Status: Guilty plea

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

From Peru. Arrived in the U.S. in 2007. Ordained in 2012. Assigned to Our Lady of Mercy in Chicago, then to Mission San Juan Diego Catholic Church in Arlington Heights. Charged 2/24/2015 with felony possession and reproduction of child pornography. Removed from ministry pending outcome. Pleaded guilty. Sentenced in 4/2017 to four years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender. Given 460 days credit for time served on electric monitoring. Laicized in 5/2019. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Gillmero Nemoria Villa Gomez

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Ordained: 1957
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Ordained for the Diocese of Culiacan, Archdiocese of Hermosillo, in Mexico. Assigned in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1962, incardinated in 1975. Retired in 1990 and returned to Guadalajara, Mexico. In 1994 was working with children at the Jesús Nino parish, Guadalajara. The same year, the L.A. Archdiocese received reports from the Sisters at San Antonio de Padua of rumors of Villagomez's involvement with children a number of years before he left the Archdiocese. The 2004 Los Angeles archdiocesan report shows that Villa was accused of abuse of a minor 1964-1965. A man had alleged in 2002 abuse as a boy by Villa. Civil suit filed. Another report emerged that Villa abused two altar boys, who were brothers. In 2008 Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, then Archbishop of Guadalajara, refused to collaborate in the investigation of an allegation. Villa is deceased, per the archdiocese's list updated in 12/2021.

Fr. Fernando Villalobos

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Died: 12/31/1985
Diocese: Diocese of Stockton CA

A 2/2003 civil RICO suit alleged that Villalobos abused a boy, ages 12-15, in 1980-1983, while at at St. Mary's in Stockton, and that then-Bishop Mahony and other diocese officials covered it up. Another suit filed in 11/2003 also claimed abuse at St. Mary's. Shortly before he died 12/31/1985, at age 38, Villalobos also allegedly attempted to abuse the plaintiff's brother. [Note: this may be two suits by same plaintiff.] Name included on list of claimed abusers was attached to the Stockton diocese's 5/9/2014 filing in bankruptcy court. Included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/2019, noting allegations received 2004, 2014 and 2018 of abuse 1979-1983. A suit filed in 12/2019 claims abuse of a boy, age 16, in 1979.

Fr. Ernesto Corral Villaroya

Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Monsignor. Extern priest from Philippines working in the L.A. archdiocese in the early 1990s, without permission. The archdiocese repeatedly told him to cease, and to return to the Philippines. Moved to Dallas diocese in 1996 where he was allowed ministry. Civil suit filed in 2002; dismissed. Accused of abuse 1981-83 in the Philippines. Allegedly raped a nun in the Philippines, who gave birth to a son ion 1983. Dallas Bishop reassigned him to parish after suit dismissed, but parishioners forced him to quit in 2003. The 2010 Catholic Directory showed him to be retired in the Dallas Diocese.

Fr. David P. Vincent

Ordained: 1964
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

In 2004 a man alleged abuse in the 1980s by Vincent. The alleged victim refused to cooperate with the Archdiocese, so no action. Placed on leave in 3/2005 after accused of abusing an Elder High School student in 1970. Denied all allegations. Returned to ministry 10/12/2005.

Fr. John Vincent

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Order: OSC
Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 1/20 under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing a boy, age 15 or 16, in the late 1960s. The boy was an Archbishop Stepinac High School student, where Vincent was assigned 1966-72. Per the lawsuit, Vincent "sat on [the boy's] lap, touched him and made 'sexual contact' in front of other students." The Crosier Review Committee determined that it did "not believe this accusation fits the definition of sexual abuse of a minor as stated by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men."

Fr. Barry Vinyard

Ordained: 1975
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

A man filed suit in 2003 alleging that he was abused as a boy by Vinyard 1978-79 at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Calexico. Vinyard denied the allegations. Vinyard was referred to as the first actively serving priest in the diocese to be named in a lawsuit. Bishop accepted Vinyard's request for retirement status effective 1/1/04. San Diego personnel file released 10/25/10. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. David E. Viramontes

Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Died: 08/13/1997
Diocese: Diocese of Gallup NM

Name included on Gallup diocese's list of credibly accused clerics in 1/2015. Gallup diocese filed for bankruptcy in 2013 after lawsuit claiming 57 victims. Viramontes was assigned to Aragon NM, Flagstaff, Winslow and Holbrook AZ. Died in 1997. On Las Cruces diocese's list 11/8/2018, which notes a report received in 2012 of an alleged incident in 1997.

Fr. William D. Virtue

Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Accused in 2006 of abuse in the Joliet diocese in 1980-1981. Not included on Joliet diocese's list of confirmed abusers released 4/09/2006. Civil suit filed 5/2006. Worked in Joliet, Rockford and Peoria dioceses. Joliet settled suit as of 9/2007. Left Joliet and incardinated into Peoria in 1988. Peoria diocese removed his privileges in 2006. Canonical process pending 4/2014. Joliet diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/2014. On Rockford diocese's list 11/14/2018. Noted to have been removed from ministry by Peoria and Rockford in 2/2006. Per Joliet list updated 12/2018, "on leave," canonical process still pending. On the Peoria diocese's list as of 2/2020. Mentioned in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Nino Viviano

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Died: 02/27/2020
Diocese: Diocese of Alexandria LA

Ordained for the Diocese of Alexandria where he had "multiple assignments." Moved to the Diocese of St. Petersburg FL where he was a hospital chaplain 1987-1988, and parochial vicar of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Clearwater 1990-1998. Retired in 1998. Named publicly as credibly accused by the diocese on its list in 6/2019. Allegedly sexually abused a female minor in the early 1960s. Reportedly living in a nursing home in 6/2019, age 91, with advanced dementia. Died in FL 2/27/2020.

Fr. Robert E. Voelkle

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Died: 04/7/2016
Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Jesuits Northeast Province on its list 1/15/2019. It notes reports in 1980 and in the 2000s of abuse of minors 1960-1980. Worked at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester 1962-1965 and 1968-1969, and at Regis High School in NYC 1969-1980. Voelkle left the Jesuits in 1985 and died in 2016. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 7/2020 under the NY Child Victims act of sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy in 1976. The boy was a Regis High School student. Accused in a 8/2021 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy, also a Regis High School student, age 16, in 9/1980. Another former Regis High School student filed suit in 11/2023, alleging abuse by Voelkle when he was age 19 in 1979 or 1980. 


Fr. Joseph J. Vogel

Ordained: 1933
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Army Chaplain 1942-45. Pastor of St.Mary's in Strykersville and Annunciation in Elma. Established Queen of Heaven parish in West Seneca in 1955. Monsignor. In 2018 a woman alleged that when she was age 12 in 1970 Vogel sexually abused her in the rectory of Queen of Heaven. She said she told a nun, who was the school principal and that her parents told the assistant pastor. She said nothing was done. Vogel died in 1/19/88. Not on the diocese's 3/20/18 list, which only included deceased clergy if they were the subject of more than one accusation. His accuser was offered a $75K settlement through its compensation program.

Fr. Jean F. Vogler

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Evansville IN

Caught in a sting ordering child pornography for delivery to the Holy Rosary rectory, where he was pastor. Inspectors found 92 videos in a trunk in the rectory, many of them 'extremely graphic and explicit child porn.' Resigned 12/8/95; convicted and sent to prison for a year. As of 2008, Vogler was lead priest at Holy Trinity parish, director of diocese's deacon program, and member of the priests' council. Retired 9/2/11 per diocese website accessed 2/26/12. Allowed active ministry until removed 2/19/19, just before the diocese released its list of credibly accused clerics.On the diocese's list 2/22/19.

Fr. John Voglio

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1987
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Accused during an AG investigation in 3/2002 of repeated sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy in 1982 at Camp Don Bosco in NH. Voglio was a Salesian brother at the time and camp counselor. Later in 1982 Voglio wrote to the alleged victim from OH, saying that he was going on to become a priest. He was ordained for the Salesians in 1987 and worked in a Salesian High School and a parish in the NY archdiocese. Name included on the NY archdiocese's list 4/26/2019, noting that Voglio was removed from ministry and laicized. Per the Salesians list in 3/2020, he withdrew from the order in 1994. Reportedly in 3/2023, Voglio was running a charity that gave scholarships to Catholic schools for underprivileged children, and "mingles with children and teenagers who attend charity events." The charity was founded in 2000 by accused priest John Harrington.


Fr. Emmerich Vogt

Order: OP
Ordained: 1978
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Western Province Domincan. Former provincial. Prior of St. Albert's Priory, Chapel and Seminary in Oakland CA; Director Shrine of St. Jude in San Francisco. Taught high school in OR and in Los Angeles CA. Former pastor and prior of Holy Rosary parish in Portland OR. Accused in a 2/16 lawsuit of the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old altar boy in 1987. Plaintiff said he told other priests who told him he must obey Vogt. Vogt denied the abuse. The plaintiff dropped the suit in 5/17 after his brothers testified that they were altar boys with him, and that there was no abuse. Per the Domincans' list in 10/21, Vogt was falsely accused. He was returned to ministry in late 5/17.

Fr. Francis H. Vogt

Ordained: 1938
Status: Sued

Died: 10/16/2006
Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Per diocese in 2002, there were two credible complaints against Vogt, one in 1993 and the other in 2002. Vogt, then 90, was living in a convent infirmary, reportedly frail and with poor memory. He retired in 1982. Four other men also alleged abuse. Vogt reportedly molested pre-teen boys in the 1950s-70s at St. Bridget's. Assigned to a life of prayer and penance. Died 10/16/06. Lawsuit filed in 6/19 claimed sexual abuse of a boy by Vogt over a two-year period, beginning when the boy was age 5. The abuse allegedly occurred at the Catholic Charities CYO swimming pool and at the boy's home. Suit filed in 6/19 alleged abuse of a boy, beginning when he was age 5 in the late 1960s. Four more suits filed 8/14/19, all under the NY Child Victims Act. Abuse spanned 1955-80, of boys ages 5-11. Seven new suits in 8/20. By then, at least 46 alleged Vogt victims. (Brother of Msgr. Joseph Vogt and accused priest George C. Vogt.)

Fr. Otto Vogt

Ordained: 1950
Status: Sued

Died: 04/29/2017
Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 1/20 under the NY Child Victims Act of abusing a boy, beginning when the boy was age 10 in 1989 at St. Paul of the Cross in Honeoye Falls. The abuse allegedly continued for four years. Another alleged victim has reportedly also come forward. Vogt died 4/29/17 at age 91.

Fr. Michael Volino

Ordained: 1992
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Charged with possession of having child porn on his computer. Pled guilty 5/05. Sentenced to 15 months in prison in 12/05. Scheduled to be released in early 2007. Was to remain on administrative leave pending a decision by the diocesan review board and, if necessary, by Rome. Volino fought against having to register as a (low level) sex offender but, court ruled in 2/07 that he had to. Per the diocese's list updated 10/18, Volino was voluntarily laicized.

Fr. Eugene Vollmer

Ordained: 1978
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Accused by two people in 3/02. Both said they had previously reported abuse to the diocese, but nothing was done. One said he reported abuse when it occurred and again in 1991. Another said he reported it in 1994. Vollmer still active until 2002. He was identified as Priest D in the 1/03 Grand Jury report. He admitted to at least 12 victims, according to the report. Vollmer would supply wine, marijuana and porn videos. Laicized 6/16/04. Died in 2016. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 8/19 of abusing a 16-year-old parishioner of St. Joseph's in Ronkonkoma in 1975. Included on the diocese's list of accused in 3/21.

Fr. Aloysius Volskis

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Ordained: 1985
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

From the Diocese of Telsiai, Lithuania. Accused in a 3/2021 lawsuit of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy in 2010 at Bishop Kelley Catholic School in Lapeer, where the boy was a second-grader. The school was affiliated with Immaculate Conception Parish. Volskis allegedly molested and raped the boy after giving him pills that semi-sedated him during a "spiritual formation" session in the teacher's lounge. Volskis ceased active ministry in the parish in 2011 after he was accused of the sexual assault of another parishioner. He returned to Europe in 2013. Per the lawsuit, church officials sheltered the priest in the church rectory, then helped him leave the country. The boy came forward to the archdiocese in around 2018.

Fr. Robert J. Vonnahmen

Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Died: 05/8/2016
Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Founder and long-time director of Camp Ondessonk. Accused of abusing boys and girls, spanning most of his career. Per the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report, Vonnahmen sexually abused as many as 23 children 1956-1973. Abuse involved "fondling and kissing to violent oral and anal sex." In 1968 or 1969 fellow priests reported child sex abuse by Vonnahmen at Camp Ondessonk to the bishop, to no avail. Further reports in 1976 or 1977, no action. Investigated by the Diocese in 1985 - removed from the camp, kept in parish ministry. Removed from active ministry without privileges in 1993. Named in civil suits in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Laicization announced in 4/2007. In 10/2013 was in charge of San Damiano Shrine in southern IL and was running ads for the Shrine in the archdiocesan newspaper. Accused in new lawsuit 3/17/2014 of abuse of a child at camp in 1970 and 1971. Died 5/8/2016, at a Highland IL nursing home. On diocese's list 12/19/2018. Subject of settlement(s), per Attorney Garabedian in 4/2022.

Fr. Rudolph T. Vorisek

Order: CSP
Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Died: 05/18/2011
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Named publicly as accused on the Los Angeles archdiocese's updated list 12/6/2018. Report in 2013 of incidents 1966-1970. Per his obituary, Vorisek was a campus minister at U.C. Santa Barbara (Isla Vista) 1968-1976. He died 5/18/2011. On Baltimore archdiocese's list 4/24/2019, where he was assigned to St. Peter's Minor Seminary 1957-1968. On the Paulists' list 3/8/2019. It notes the report in Los Angeles in 2013 of abuse in 1970. Mentioned in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General's Report.

Br. Phillip Vorlick

Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Died: 01/14/1998
Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Died in 1998. One of ten brothers and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in a 5/2013 civil case of abuse at three Chicago schools run by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province. Order agreed to massive $16.5M settlement in 5/2013 with 400 plaintiffs claiming abuse by multiple order priests and brothers. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report. 


Fr. Gerald P. Vosen

Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Died: 09/27/2021
Diocese: Diocese of Madison WI

Accused 9/18/03 by a woman at a state SOL hearing of sexually abusing her brother at age 14 in the early 1970s. The brother denied the allegation. Vosen was removed. The Diocesan Review Board assessed at least three allegations and unanimously recommended leave 2/15/04. In 5/04 Vosen sued a man who alleged fondling and anal rape at age 11-12 by Vosen in 1989-91. A jury rejected the defamation claim 8/4/05; found abuse claim substantiated. Church tribunal of three judges ruled against Vosen in 8/07. Vosen appealed to Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. The CDF upheld the diocese's decision, as announced 7/16/15. Vosen died in 2021.

Fr. Ronald J. Voss

Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Lafayette IN

Accused of sexually abusing 8-9 teenage boys; resigned ministry in 1993 and moved to Haiti. May have functioned as a priest there as late as 1997. One youth died of a heart attack after disclosing abuse. Laicized in 1998. In 2004 Voss was running Visitation House in Port au Prince--a guest facility for those who visit Haiti to aid the poor. Living as of 7/08 on Abaco in the Bahamas. On Lafayette IN diocese's list 9/28/18.

Fr. John William Vovko

Ordained: 1968
Status: Convicted

Died: 12/22/2010
Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Ordained for the Diocese of Cleveland. Transferred to AZ in about 1986. Mesa High School teacher. Convicted in 1990; sentenced to one year in jail for trying to molest a two-year-old boy. Lifetime probation. Teaching certificate was to have been revoked. Shown as "absent on leave" from Cleveland in the 1988 Catholic Directory. Died in 12/10. Included on the Cleveland diocese's list of credibly accused 6/21/19.