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Fr. Francis A. Benham

Ordained: 1963
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

First complaint made in 1979; sent for treatment, returned to ministry. Assigned to Diocese of Columbus OH 1979-85. Left priesthood 1985. Pled guilty in 2005 to molesting a 15-year-old boy and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl in the late 1970s. Sentenced to 2 concurrent 10-year sentences, all but 18 months suspended. Laicized 2005. Released from prison 1/06, followed by 3 years probation. Placed on sex offender registry. Also worked in IL, where he was a certified child care provider with Human Services. Cited 10/12 in IL for practicing clinical psychology without a license. Included on archdiocese of WDC's 10/15/18 list. On Columbus diocese's list 3/1/19.

Br. John Fabian Butler

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Religious Brother, professed vows 1941. Named publicly as accused by the Dominicans St. Joseph Province on its list in late 2018. Per Order's bio, assigned mainly as Sacristan at St. Mary's in New Haven, CT 1948-59; St. Dominic's Washington, DC: Sacristan and Part-time Class 6 Boiler Operator at St. Dominic Priory in DC. Died 2/9/03. Allegation established in 2012. No indication as to when or where abuse is said to have occurred.

Fr. Raymond Callahan

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Per archdiocese, abuse first reported in 1971. Would take boys to a cabin in VA. Removed from ministry in 1971. Criminally convicted but apparently did not serve any prison time. Laicized 1977. Died 1996. At least one claim against Callahan included in $1.3M settlement with 16 men who alleged abuse 1962-1982. Included on archdiocese's list 10/15/18.

Fr. Thomas C. Chleboski, Jr.

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Ordained: 1987
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Thomas C. aka C. Thomas. Began to abuse boys prior to ordination. Report to archdiocese in 1990 and removed from ministry. Criminal charges in DC, VA and MD for abuse of two 13-yr-old boys. Convicted in all three states. Sentenced to prison for 22 years and 15 years probation in 1991 in VA; also sentenced in MD. DC sentence unknown. Abused a child again after he was reported. Mother of a youth filed civil suit. Voluntarily laicized 1996. Out on probation and registered as sex offender as of 10/3/10. On archdiocese's list 10/15/18.

Fr. Aaron Joseph Cote

Order: OP
Ordained: 1986
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

An 18-year old male filed suit in 11/05 alleging abuse in 2001-02 while attending Mother Seton parish in Germantown MD. Suit said abuse occurred in both MD and DC. Cote transferred to RI. Alleged to have abused a second youth in OH in the 1980s. Case settled 8/07 for $1.2M paid by Order. Also worked in Springfield MA. Woman filed suit 4/08 claiming abuse of her children. First criminal charges filed 7/08 claiming 2003 abuse. Found guilty 7/09. Received 10 years probation 11/09. Died in 2012. On Archdiocese of Washington DC list 10/15/18. On Columbus diocese's list 3/1/19. On Dominicans St. Joseph Province list in late 2018. On Springfield MA list 6/2/21.

Fr. Philip DeRea

Order: MSC
Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Catholic chaplain for the Indy Racing League since 1971. Placed on leave in 12/10 after Order learned of allegations that he had abused a boy for about 8 years, beginning in 1980 when the boy was age 11. Civil suit filed 4/14/11 in Chicago where the Order is based. Complaint alleges that DeRea used his connections with the racing world and celebrities to make the Plaintiff feel honored to be associated with him. Died 6/21/17.

Fr. Russell L. Dillard

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Suspended in 3/02 after two sisters alleged he kissed and fondled them when they were teenagers. One woman said he was "pretty much my boyfriend for four years." Dillard admitted that he might have "crossed over a line" with at least one teenage girl. Formally dismissed from active ministry 8/02. Laicized 2003. On archdiocese's list 10/15/18.

Fr. R. Joseph Dooley

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Monsignor. Long-time chaplain of the Catholic Police and Firemen's Society in Hyattsville, among others. Archdiocese said it received first report of abuse in 1991. Dooley was removed from parish ministry 1992, worked as Coordinator for Sick and Retired Priests 1992-1995, then retired without faculties. Died 2002. Accusations first public when two brothers sued the WDC archdiocese 6/09, alleging sex abuse by Dooley 1950s - early 1960s, and that the archdiocese knew that there had been other allegations against him. Third man also filed suit 6/09. All said they were St. John's College High students when abused. On archdiocese list released 10/15/18,

Fr. James Aubrey Finan

Ordained: 1959
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Removed from ministry in 1996 after report of abuse. Pled guilty in 1997 to sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy in 1966. Also accused of abuse of a 6-year-old girl in 1966. Sentenced to 18 months prison 3/97. Pled guilty in 2003 to sexually abusing a 7- or 8-year-old boy in 1966. Sentenced to a 5 year suspended sentence and 5 years probation. At least one claim settled in $1.3M settlement with archdiocese 12/06. Laicized in 1996. On Sex Offender Registry 12/10. Died 2013.

Fr. Edward T. Hartel

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Accusation to archdiocese in 1995 that Hartel sexually abused an altar boy on one occasion sometime between 1975 and 1978. Admitted to the abuse. Arrested. Three other priests were accused of abuse of the same youth. Hartel was acquitted on another allegation because of identification problems. Diocese said he would not be reassigned. At least one claim included in $1.3M settlement with the archdiocese in 12/06. On archdiocese's list 10/15/18. Died in 2013. On archdiocese's list 10/15/18.

Fr. Paul E. Lavin

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Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Accused of sexually abusing boys. First complaint received in 1997. Investigation found no evidence and Lavin continued in his position. Two more men complained in 2002. He was then placed on permanent leave. Laicized in 2004. At least one claim included in $1.3M settlement of 12/06 with Archdiocese. No criminal charges ever filed.

Bishop Thomas W. Lyons

Ordained: 1948
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Elevated in 1974 to Auxiliary Bishop of Washington D.C. Died in 1988. Named publicly as accused on archdiocese's list 10/15/18. It notes that abuse was first reported in 2002. In testimony for a hearing related to the Childhood Sexual Abuse Prevention Amendment Act 2007, a man stated that he was sexually abused, including rape, at age 10 by Lyons in the summer of 1965. Per psychotherapist and former monk, Richard Sipe, adult men told him they were abused by Lyon when he was a priest in Baltimore, and one said Lyons abused him when he was ages 7-17.

Fr. Peter M. McCutcheon

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Ordained: 1979
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Report to archdiocese in 1986 of abuse. Removed from ministry. Charged. Pled guilty in 1986 to sexually abusing boys between 1981 and 1985. Sentenced to 25 years jail; served only about 1 year. Sent to treatment in NM and put on probation. Civil suit filed against archdiocese and McCutcheon in 1987, alleging among other things, that the priest had sexual and alcohol problems dating back to seminary days. Settled in 1988 after Judge found McCutcheon liable for damages. Archdiocese paid settlement. Laicized 2004. On archdiocese's list 10/15/18.

Br. Matthew Miles

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Order: SCJ
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Admitted in a 3/08 deposition that he was convicted of sodomizing young boys in Washington, D.C. He said he spent 20 years in a Sex Addicts Anonymous program. Also admitted abusing at least one youth at St. Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain, SD. This victim filed suit in 6/07 alleging Miles and another staff member raped and sexually abused him from age 7-10 at the school.

Fr. Arthur J. O’Brien

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Ordained: 1983
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

WDC archdiocese said it received first report against O'Brien of abuse in 1983. In 2002 a man claimed O'Brien sexually abused him when he was age 14 and O'Brien was a seminarian in Boston. Accused of abuse of a boy in MD 1984-85. Moved to Hawaii in 1985, allowed to work as priest. Accused of abuse of a HI boy, age 10, in 1989. Convicted in 1992 on three counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault. Received 6 month sentence (suspended) and 5 years probation in 1992. Placed on permanent leave in 1993. Per WDC list 10/15/18, O'Brien also assigned to Alabama sometime during 1985-89. He died in 2011.

Fr. Garrett D. Orr

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1983
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Accused in 2003 of abuse of a boy at Georgetown Prep in 2002. Suspended in 2004. Investigation by Jesuits in 2006 found allegations "substantially true." Assigned 2006 - 2009 to Baltimore Jesuit Maryland Provincial Curia, per Catholic Directory. Allegation in 2009 of abuse in 1989. Arrested 1/11 and charged with abuse of two. Indicted 2/23/11. Pled guilty 9/12/11. Sentenced 11/10/11 to 5 years probation and registration as sex offender. Laicized 2008. On Maryland Province Jesuits list 12/17/18. Added to Baltimore archdiocese's list in 2/19.

Fr. Robert Joseph Petrella

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Per archdiocese, first report of abuse received 1966. Alleged to have raped two brothers. Sent to treatment, returned to ministry. Sent for treatment 3 times. Permanently removed 1989 after more allegations. Indicted and convicted 1997 for sex abuse of 10-year-old boy in late 1970s. Sentenced to 6 months in jail, reduced to 7 days. Convicted 2003 for abuse of three. Sentenced to 18 months in prison. Laicized 4/03. At least 1 claim included in $1.3M settlement with archdiocese in 12/06. At least 25 accusers. Living at his mom's in North Arlington, MD as of 9/08. On archdiocese's 10/15/18 list.

Fr. James J. Powderly

Ordained: 1958
Status: Police report

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Accused in 2005 phone calls with archdiocese and in police report of sexually abusing a boy 1974-77, beginning when the boy was age 14. Abuse allegedly included masturbating the boy. Also accused of abusing the boy's sister. Abuse l included sexually touching the girl. Powderly died 10/8/04. On archdiocese's list 10/15/18. It noted that abuse was first reported in 1997, and that Powderly retired without faculties in 1997.

Fr. Edward B. Pritchard

Ordained: 1974
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Received treatment in 1986 for abuse of a boy. Sent for evaluation and treatment, returned to ministry. Arrested 1995. Accused of abuse of three altar boys. Pled guilty 12/95 and sentenced to 5 years probation. Permanently removed from ministry. Died 11/02. At least one claim included in $1.3M settlement with the Archdiocese in 12/06. On archdiocese's list 10/15/18.

Fr. Thomas S. Schaefer

Ordained: 1953
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Abused at least 21 boys. Arrested 1995. Convicted 1996 of abuse of 5. Sentenced to 16-year sentence. Judge reconsidered after he had served about 4.5 months and reduced sentence to time served and treatment in MO. Sent to live at St. John Vianney in St. Louis. At least one claim included in $1.3M settlement with Archdiocese in 12/06. Died 7/22/09 in MO. On archdiocese's list 10/15/18. It noted abuse first reported in 1967 and that Schaeffer was sent for evaluation and treatment, then returned to ministry. Another report 1982; again evaluated and treated, then returned to ministry in 1983. Permanently removed from parish ministry in 1986, assigned as nursing home chaplain.

Seminarian Joseph Skelton, Jr.

Ordained: 2001
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Accused in a 2008 civil suit, along with Fr. George Stallings, of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in the summer of 1984. Skelton was a seminarian at the time. The boy was helping Stallings remodel the St. Teresa of Avila rectory and was and staying in the rectory's attic to avoid a long commute. Case settled 10/09 for $125K. Skelton resigned from the seminary in MI in 1988 after pleading guilty to abusing a 15-year-old boy in a seminary room. Ordained for the Tagbilaran diocese in the Philippines. Still in ministry on the island of Bohol in 2019. Included on the Detroit archdiocese's 6/10/19 list of credibly accused.

Fr. Timothy Slevin

Ordained: 1965
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

In 1972 Slevin underwent treatment for fondling children. "Formally separated" from priesthood in 1974 after allegations. Laicized 1978. In 1986 Slevin, then basketball coach at Sacred Heart Catholic School, admitted to police that he abused 6 boys more than 50 times in six years. Charges relating to these acts were dropped in exchange for guilty plea on 4 counts of abusing another boy 1983-1986. Sentenced to 3-12 years prison. A 1986 lawsuit settled out of court. On archdiocese's 10/15/18 list.

Fr. Alphonsus M. Smith

Ordained: 1956
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

In 1995 Smith admitted 'affair' with a youth 1988-93. A civil suit filed in 1995 was dismissed on statute of limitations. Sentenced in 1995 to 16 years for abuse of five. Judge reduced sentence to five years supervised probation in 1996. Sent to live at St. John Vianney treatment center in St. Louis. Died in 2005. At least one claim included in $1.3M settlement with archdiocese 12/06. On archdiocese's list 10/15/18.

Br. Philip Spoelker

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Order: CFX
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Brother Jude. Joined the Xaverians in 1960. Named publicly as accused by the order on its list 7/12/19. Accused in 1982 of abuse of a minor in Leonardtown, MD; sent to the Paracletes in NM for treatment, then returned to ministry. Placed on a safety plan in 2003. Pled guilty in 2007 to abuse in 1979, sentenced to 18 months in prison. Accused in 2009 of abuse in the late 1980s in Birmingham, AL.

Fr. George A. Stallings, Jr.

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Ordained: 1974
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

In 1989 Stallings was accused by a man of abuse when the man was 16. Another person allegedly complained to Cardinal in 1986 of similar allegations. Third man claimed Stallings abused him 1976-84. Cardinal Hickey ordered Stallings to treatment in 1989 but Stallings refused and formed his own breakaway congregation as a Black Catholic church. Later excommunicated but claims he left because of racism. One man filed suit in 2008 which settled 10/09 for $125K.

Fr. William McSherry Stock

Ordained: 1969
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Stock left priesthood in 1985. First allegation arose in 3/06 when a man reported he was assaulted by Stock was arrested and charged in 5/06. Arrested again 9/06 and charged with abusing another youth in the late 1970s when accuser was 14. Sentenced to 19 months in prison 11/07 for abuse of second accuser. On archdiocese's list 10/15/18.

Fr. Paul T. Twiddy

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

First named publicly as accused by WDC archdiocese on 10/15/18 list. Archdiocese first received a report of abuse by Twiddy in 1965. He was removed, sent for eval and treatment, and returned to ministry in 1968. Worked in Diocese of Monterey 1968-71. Accused pf abuse in CA 1971-79. Sent to treatment, returned to limited ministry 1980. In residence in a WDC parish 1980-86, in out-patient treatment. Retired 1986. Died 7/2/09.

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 5/15. The girl's mother reportedly informed Rev. Mosis Villalta, OFM.Cap. in 2015; police were not notified until 10/26/18, after Villalta told a visiting priest about the situation. Arrested 11/7/18, 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 10/26/18. Removed as pastor. Parish's child protection coordinator placed on leave. Arrested on new allegations 12/11/18, of abuse of a girl starting when she was age 9. On Baltimore archdiocese's list 12/14/18. Indicted in 5/19 on 7 counts of sex abuse of 2 children and a woman. Convicted in 8/19. Motion for a new trial in 9/19; denied. Sentenced in 11/19 to 15 years in prison.

Fr. William J. Walsh

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

In 1996 five of Walsh's nieces told the Jesuits that Walsh sexually abused them hundreds of times as children in the 1940s-60s, when they were ages 5-14. Walsh was teaching in China in 1996. He was recalled, assigned to the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown Univ, and sent to treatment. The women made their allegations public in 1998 because the Order had not removed their uncle. Placed on leave. Per the Order's MD Province, there were credible allegations against Walsh 1950s -1980s. After his removal in 1998, he lived until 2010 at Ferdinand Wheeler House in Baltimore, then the Colombiere Jesuit Community until his death at age 95 in 12/18. On the province's list 12/17/18. Added to Baltimore archdiocese's list in 2/19.

Fr. William C. Wert

Order: OCarm
Ordained: 1986
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Previously worked in CA. Charged in 2007 in D.C. with abuse of 14-year-old boy. Convicted in 9/07 of simple assault; sentenced to 180 days in jail and 5 years probation. Living at Order's retirement home in FL when arrested in Venice FL 2/1/11; accused of sex with a 14-year-old boy between 9/10 and 1/11. Father told police after finding improper messages on boy's phone. Civil suit filed 3/11. Order paid $1.75M to settle 7/15/11. Criminal trial held 2/13. Convicted 3/1/13. Sentenced to life in prison 5/13. Added in 2/21 to the Joliet diocese's list, where he worked 1987-93 and 2001-04.