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Br. Jorge Acosta

Order: SDB
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Joined seminary at age 17. Left religious life in 1983. Age 46 in 2005 when named as abuser "Br. Jorges Acosta" by two men in a civil suit against the Salesians and Mary Help of Christians School in Tampa. Admitted in a 02/07 deposition to sexual relations with three students in 1983 when he was teacher and cleric at school. He told the principal about two of the incidents but was never reported to law enforcement. A second suit was filed in 4/07. One settlement announced in 7/08. Amount confidential. No criminal charges due to the statute of limitations. Included in 3/20 on the Salesians list of credibly accused.

Fr. Richard J. Allen

Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

In 2002 a man told the diocese that Allen abused him for two years, when he was ages 12-13. Allen resigned from his position and his privileges were suspended in 4/02. The diocese denied any prior knowledge. No criminal charges were filed. In 5/02 the diocese acknowledged that Allen's file did not raise any red flags during its review of the files of 240 active priests. Died 8/22/07, age 64. Per his obituary, Allen was a licensed mental health therapist.

Fr. Thomas M. Anglim

Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Venice FL

Pastor of St. Francis Xavier 1966-2004. Retired in 2004. Died in Ireland in 1/10. Accused in a 4/10 civil suit of abuse of at least one youth 1967-1968. Per plaintiff, there were other victims. The suit names the Miami archdiocese and the Diocese of Venice, which was part of Miami at the time of the alleged abuse. Anglim supervised two other known abusers.

Fr. Russell Gerald Appleby

Order: MSF
Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Also known as Gerald Russell Appleby. In 1994 a young man accused Appleby of molestation over a 2-year period. Suit filed in 1996; later dropped. Appleby left St. Petersburg in 1979; diocese said no knowledge of complaints until 1994. Order paid the accuser $4,800 for therapy in 1995. Removed by Order in 1990 or 1991; laicized in 1995. Arrested in TX on FL abuse charges in 3/03. Pled guilty in 2004; sentenced to 12 years prison and 20 years sex offender probation. Died in prison in 2005. On Corpus Christi diocese's list 1/31/19. It notes removal from ministry in the diocese 1983.

Fr. Arnulfo Arandia

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Ordained: 1980
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

From the Guayaquil, Ecuador diocese. Accused of abusing youth, age 15, in Miami in 1988. Moved to Jackson MS diocese in 2000. Suspended in 6/02 when charges surfaced. Believed to have fled to Ecuador. Accuser said he told a deacon about the abuse in 1988; Arandia immediately transferred. Same man also accused Fr. Castellanos of abuse. Prosecutors decided in 1/04 not to file criminal charges because statute had run. On Jackson diocese's list 3/19/19.

Fr. Donald Baier

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Venice FL

Retired in 2000. Per 7/02 articles, ministerial rights permanently revoked by Bishop after anonymous letter with documentation of alleged abuse received by Diocese in 5/02. Investigation found evidence of at least two victims in separate locations. No victims came forward so Diocese did not report to law enforcement.

Fr. Norman G. Balthazar

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Initially charged in 1991 in Tampa with soliciting a lewd act from a male undercover police officer. Charges dismissed by court. Sent for therapy and returned to ministry. Diocese paid $75K in 2010 to a man claiming abuse by Balthazar at Christ the King in Tampa in the early 1980s when he was 17. Settlement not revealed until 1/11. Per Tampa police, in 2002 a man accused Balthazar and another priest of sexually assaulting him in 1971 at age 9. State did not press charges.

Fr. Carl Bartholomew

Order: SAC
Ordained: 2000
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Venice FL

Ordained at age 53. Assigned at some point to St. Martha's in Sarasota. Accused in 4/02 by a woman of molesting her 16-year-old son in 1994 when Bartholomew was a chiropractor in Bradenton, FL, prior to ordination. Bartholomew was not assigned to the Venice diocese in 4/02 and was reportedly in England. In 10/02 a committee of lay persons investigated and cleared Bartholomew. The priest acknowledged genital contact with the boy, but said it was part of a medical procedure. One committee member, a psychologist, had once examined another teenage boy who had alleged that Bartholomew made sexual advances toward him in 1998. Bartholomew was returned to full active status.

Fr. Arthur Bendixen

Ordained: 1976
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

Chancellor of the Diocese of Orlando1984-91. Rector of seminary 1991-93. Seen nude in bed with a nude boy by a priest in 1978. Former priest and a church activist claim they asked for investigations in 1986 and 1992 but nothing done. Sued in 1994. Accused of abuse of several boys. Several settlements in 1995. From 2009, Bendixen was vice president for programs and partnerships for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

Fr. Matthew Berko

Ordained: 1962
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of St. Josaphat of Parma. Working in Toronto, Canada when he abused a 14-year-old girl. Pled guilty in 1985 to molestation charge and served a year of probation in Connecticut. The girl and her family sued and won judgment (never paid). Berko turned up as pastor of a Ukrainian Catholic church in St. Petersburg FL. Removed in 4/02 when Ukrainian Bishop was informed of his past. Died in 5/08.

Fr. Polienato Bernabe

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Ordained: 1966
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Visiting priest from the Lingayen-Dugapan archdiocese in the Philippines. Worked in St. Petersburg diocese 1975-89. Accused of repeatedly raping a girl there 1978-86, starting when she was age 8. Listed as Army chaplain in Ogdensburg NY diocese 1989-91. Listed in Palm Beach FL diocese as parish priest 1992-94. Fled country after allegations became known in 2002. Warrant out for his arrest. In 1/03 the Diocese of St. Petersburg reached a $33,500 out-of-court settlement with the woman. Announcement 4/06 that Bernabe died in 2004.

Fr. Vijaya Bhaskar Godugunuru

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Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee FL

From India. Visiting friends in Florida and assisting at a local parish in 6/06 when accused of sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl. Arrested. Later pled guilty to aggravated assault. Did not serve prison time. Was forced to return to India as part of a plea deal. Civil suit filed in 2/08 by the girl's parents. He was working as priest in Sarteano, Italy until 4/18/10. Included on the Pensacola-Talahassee diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Richard J. Bowles

Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of St. Augustine FL

Monsignor. Resigned in 2003 after admitting to molesting a boy 34 years prior. The diocese investigated after someone reported the molestation in 8/03. Shortly after the abuse in 1969, Bowles underwent a psychiatric evaluation. In 9/03 a second man came forward to allege abuse by Bowles at age 15 in 1971. His parents had complained to diocese the same year. This accuser filed suit 5/05 in and settled in 10/05 for $30K. Included on the diocese's list 11/6/20. Also included on the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese's list of credilbly accused. Died 12/22/13.

Fr. George Brennan

Ordained: 1987
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Venice FL

Accused in a civil suit filed in 11/05 of abusing an 11-year-old boy in the early 1980s while a seminary student at Incarnation Catholic Church. In 1991 Brennan pleaded no contest to exposing himself to an undercover deputy at a highway rest stop. Retired in 9/08. Continued to assist at Incarnation Parish. Died 1/20/11.

Br. William Michael Burke

Ordained: 1993
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Made Profession as a Salesian brother in 1983 Ordained for the order in 1993. Worked in NJ, FL and NY. A 2002 civil suit alleged abuse in 1986-87. Reported in 1989. Working in a New York religious center until suspension in 2002. Order was dismissed from suit in 11/02. At least one other alleged victim after came forward. Possibly living in Virginia as of 7/05. Included on the Salesians list of credibly accused in 3/20.

Fr. Francisco Carrera

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Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Visiting priest from Spain. A former altar boy sued Carrera in 2002 alleging that the priest molested him in 1981 at Our Lady of Divine Providence Church in west Miami-Dade when he was 13. Also said the Diocese transferred Carrera back to Spain when it learned of the abuse. Second suit filed in 5/11 alleged abuse of a 10-year-old boy in 1976 at the same parish. Appeals court upheld lower court's dismissal on SOL 4/17/13. Carrera had lived in Spain since the early 1980s.

Fr. Charles Cassetta

Order: OMI
Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Worked in the Buffalo, NY diocese prior to assignment in Florida. Accused in a 2003 lawsuit of sexually abusing a female student at least ten times in 1971-72 at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach. Suit settled in 5/04 for $220K. Cassetta left the priesthood, married and was last known to be living in Maryland.

Fr. Ricardo Castellanos

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Accused in a 2002 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy, ages 14-16, in the early 1970s. The abuse allegedly occurred at St. Kieran Church and LaSalle High School in Miami and during overnight trips to Disney World. Criminal charges not pursued due to the statue of limitations. At least four civil suits named Castellanos. Two claims settled 9/22/04. Retired in 2005 when new suit filed. Another suit filed in 5/12 claims Castellanos abused a youth more than 150 times in about 1995 at San Isidro Church in Pompano Beach.

Fr. Richard Castillo

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Ordained: 1983
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee FL

Admitted to abusing four boys. Reported to police in 1996 but statute had run. Parents had to file a release saying they would not file civil suit to get diocese to pay for ongoing therapy. Two brothers said they had previously told the diocese of abuse but were ignored. Permanently barred from ministry, sent for treatment, and barred from contact with children. Included on the diocese list of credibly accused.

Fr. Rolando Castillo

Ordained: 1994
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Accused in a 10/07 civil suit alleged of sexually abusing a 17-year-old youth in 2001. Placed on leave. Denied all allegations. Cleared by the archdiocese in In 4/09. Was to be returned to active status and reassigned to a different parish. Civil suit was unclear as to whether plaintiff was actually a minor at the time of the alleged abuse in 2001. Lawsuit was "mutually resolved." Unknown if any payment was made.

Br. John Casula

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Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Made his profession as a Salesian brother in 1941. Worked in WV, NB Canada, FL and NY. Accused in a 3/16 lawsuit of sexual abuse of boy, ages 12-14, at Mary Help of Christians boarding school for disadvantaged children in Tampa FL, 1976-78. Per the suit, another student accused Cosula in 1977, but the Salesians did not call police. Between 2002-16, about 10 other former students alleged abuse by priests and brothers at the school, which closed in 2006. Included on the order's list of credibly accused in 3/20.

Fr. Michael A. Cherup, Jr.

Ordained: 1981
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee FL

Diocese learned 7/19/13 of allegation of sexual abuse of a 15-year-old youth in 8/93 while assigned to Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pensacola. Conduct was described as of a lewd and lascivious in nature, like "groping." Review Board found allegation credible. Removed without privileges from St. Mary's in Fort Walton Beach 8/29/13. Cherup denied all allegations. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused. Noted to have been permanently removed from ministry in 2013.

Fr. Benjamin Cieply

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Ordained: 2008
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Named publicly as accused by the Legionaries on 9/6/18. Ordained in Dallas, TX, transferred to the Archdiocese of Miami in 2015. Report to Child Protective Services in late 2016 of child sexual abuse. CPS could not substantiate the allegations. The archdiocese removed Cieply from ministry after their internal review. Returned to Legionaries. Cieply would not participate in the Order's investigation, claiming innocence. In 6/18 the Order determined a "high probability" that abuse occurred and Cieply was not to return to ministry. Case sent to Vatican.

Fr. Charles Michael Cikovic

Ordained: 1986
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Venice FL

Placed on leave in 1993 after accusations of a sexual "relationship" with a 13-year-old girl. Pleaded guilty in 1993 on four counts of sexual battery and/or lewd acts; sentenced to 6 months in jail and 20 years probation with mandatory treatment and forced retirement. Released from jail in 12/95. A civil suit was filed and settled out of court in 1997. Settlement was reported in 2002 to have been $550K. Previous accusations in the 1980s. Living in MO in 2010. On Sex Offender Registry.

Fr. Joseph Cinesi

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Ordained: 1980
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Per news in 9/99, a man told police in 7/98 that Cinesi had had sexual contact with him about 100 times when he was between 12- and 15-years-old in late '70s- early '80s. The diocese settled at least five claims and/or lawsuits against Cinesi between 1999 and 2001. Another civil suit filed in 5/04 alleging abuse of a boy in 1978-79. It settled in 9/04.

Fr. Edwin J. Collins

Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Palm Beach FL

In 1998, Collins, a retired priest from Rockville Centre, NY, made advances toward a teenager in Palm Beach. The boy fought him off and immediately told the diocese; Collins resigned. The vicar general wrote a letter and placed it in Collins' file. Diocese of Rockville Centre was notified. Name not released to public in 2002 with other accused clergy. Family immediately complained to diocese about omission. Diocese said it "missed" the file. Included on the Rockville Centre diocese's list of accused in 3/21. Abuse allegedly occurred at St. William the Abbot in Seaford NY, where he was assigned 1968-76, and at Collins' house in Wellington FL.

Fr. Thomas Anthony Crandall

Ordained: 1981
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee FL

Active priest when arrested in 1/02 for dealing drugs and taking money from parish. Sentenced to 51 months in federal prison. Out on probation in 2005 when he was arrested on child porn charges. Convicted by jury in 6/06. Sentenced to 10 years in prison. On sex offender registry. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused. Permanently removed from ministry in 2002.

Fr. Rocco Charles D’Angelo

Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Miami Archdiocese knew in 1966-67 that D'Angelo had molested at least 4-5 boys. The boys and their parents confronted the church, which promised he would go away and never work with kids again. D'Angelo went for therapy and then on to new assignments in the St. Petersburg Diocese. Numerous suits were filed in Miami and Tampa. Several settled; others dismissed on statute of limitations. Per the 11/6/20 FL A.G. report, D'Angelo was "retired" in 1994 after an accusation. Died in 2005. One man who settled in 1998 sued again in 2002, alleging fraud on the part of Archdiocese. Settled in 4/09.

Fr. Thomas Dennehy

Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Ordained in Ireland. First public allegations against Dennehy were made in a civil suit filed 10/5/10. Plaintiff alleged that Dennehy abused him when he was an altar boy, ages 12 and 13, in 1967-68, at St. John the Baptist parish. In addition to masturbation, oral sex, and sodomy, the plaintiff was allegedly forced to dress in a girl's school uniform during the abuse. Dennehy was the parish pastor and Cardinal Gibbons High School principal. Retired in 1993. Died in 1999. Miami said it offered counseling to the plaintiff in 2009, but he denied that happened.

Fr. Neil Doherty

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Ordained: 1969
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Parish priest, counselor for Catholic Family Services. Archdiocese was warned of Doherty's behavior many times, as early as 1971. Kept in ministry until 4/02. Lawsuit in 2003 claimed abuse of four to five boys. Settlement in 1994 for $50K. New suit in 2005 claimed abuse of a boy over five years, starting when the boy was 11 in 1997. Drugged and raped victims. Had them call him "Gus." Arrested in 2006. Settlement(s) in 2006. Two claims settled in 6/07. Three more plaintiffs came forward in 4/07. Multiple suits 2007-13. By 11/11 26 men had come forward with allegations. Trial awarded $100M in 11/11; plaintiff(s) will never collect. Pled no contest in criminal matter 1/14/13. Sentenced to 15 years 1/28/13. New allegations emerged during the FL A.G.'s investigation, report released 11/6/20.

Fr. John H. Dux

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Augustine FL

The diocese announced in 3/20 that Dux had been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor in 1976, while assigned to St. Patrick's in Gainesville. The allegation was received in 5/19. Per his accuser, Dux abused him at age 14, in 1976, during a trip to the state fair in Tampa. Faculties removed. Dux worked in the St. Augustine diocese until 1985. He was a US Navy chaplain 1985-98. He was living and assisting in the Charleston diocese at the time of the announcement. A second man came forward after the news of Dux's removal, alleging the priest abused him as a boy 1980-82, at St. Madeleine Sophie in High Springs. On St. Augustine's list 11/6/20. Added to Charleston's list.

Fr. Christopher T. Eggleton

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Order: OP
Ordained: 1988
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Removed in 8/02 from assignment in the Baton Rouge, LA diocese after a civil suit was filed in Miami, alleging sexual abuse by Eggleton 1990-91 in FL. Also worked in New Orleans in 1993. The archdiocese announced in 7/04 that Eggleton was found "innocent of all charges by a Miami court" and was to begin work as prior for the Dominican House in Raleigh, NC.

Fr. Richard A. Emerson

Ordained: 1978
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

Litigation alleges the Gary, IN diocese knew of Emerson's abusive history when he was allowed to begin work in Orlando in 1986. In 1992 he was ordered to return to Gary after allegations in Orlando. In 2004 a man from Orlando filed a civil suit. A second civil suit filed 2/08 in Florida alleged a long-term 'relationship' with Emerson, beginning at age 9. Suit filed in IN 12/08 alleging abuse after Emerson returned to Gary. Laicized in 2006. New FL suits filed 5/10 and 7/10. He filed bankruptcy in 2/11. Included on Gary diocese's list released 8/27/18.

Fr. Rafael Escala

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Ordained in Cuba. Expelled after the Castro revolution, spent some time in Dominican Republic, and ended up in the Miami area in 1977. In late 2011, man notified Archdiocese that he had been abused by Escala in late 1980s when he was 16. Escala caught h

Fr. Miguel A. Fernandez

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Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Accused in a 2005 civil suit against the Archdiocese of Miami of abuse of a youth in a West Palm Beach parish rectory. The plaintiff also alleged abuse by multiple other priests in the Archdiocese and elsewhere. The suit settled in 2007. Fernandez died in 4/04.

Fr. James Flemming

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Ordained: 1986
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

A man filed suit in 1/04 alleging that he was abused by Flemming and his brother, Rev. Neil Flemming, beginning in 1969 at at Boystown, a Miami-area orphanage. At the time of the alleged abuse, James Flemming was not yet a priest. The suit alleges that both men used him as their "personal sex servant." James Flemming was a tutor at the school at the time of the alleged abuse.

Fr. Neil Flemming

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Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Venice FL

Placed on leave in 2002 after allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor. Incident was alleged to have occurred more than 30 years previously. Permanently removed in early 2004 after man filed civil suit alleging Flemming and his brother James abused him at Boystown, an Miami-area orphanage. At least one suit settled in 9/04 as part of large Archdiocese of Miami settlement. Two new suits filed 9/30/09 against Archdiocese of Miami; settled 2011. Three new suits filed by three men in 8/11.

Fr. Frank Flynn

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Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Palm Beach FL

From Ireland. Accused of seducing at least three women and of kissing and groping a young girl when she was ages 12-18. Police closed investigation in 9/02. Diocese was notified at least four times 1982-97 that Flynn was seducing women. Flynn left the diocese in 1997 and returned to Ireland because of a "weak heart." Working at seminary in Dublin in 2002. Retired by 2004. Diocese paid at least two settlements involving Flynn. Named in a lawsuit.

Fr. Rolando G. Garcia

Ordained: 1986
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

From Cuba. Accused in a 2007 civil suit of sexual abuse of 11-year-old boy in 1989 at St. John Bosco in Little Havana. Suit settled in 2009. New suit filed in 9/12, alleging abuse in the 1980s when Garcia was in seminary. Suspended for 10 days before returned to active ministry. Per the archdiocese, Garcia passed polygraph test. Accused in 10/12 of covering up abuse by another priest. New suit filed 10/23/12 claiming abuse beginning in 1994. Denied all allegations. Removed without privileges 10/24/12. Resigned 11/30/12.

Fr. Ernesto Garcia-Rubio

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Worked a year in Miami; moved to Cuba; expelled in 1969 for "serious difficulties of a moral nature (homosexuality)." Miami took him back. Accused in 1988 of sexually abusing four Nicaraguan and Salvadoran refugee boys 1983-88. Evaluated at St. Luke's 1988; sent on sabbatical to Colombia; assigned in Honduras. Miami removed faculties in 1989; defrocked in 1999. Per the FL A.G. report 11/6/20, Garcia-Rubio was known to befriend and offer help to teenage boys, mostly immigrants, withholding help if they would not provide him with sexual favors. A fifth man sued in 2004, alleging rape in 1984 when he was a refugee, age 13. Some claims settled in 9/04. New documents revealed in 3/10. New suits filed in 6/10 and 2/13. At least 11 known victims. Deceased.

Fr. Hector Gonzalez-Abreu

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Ordained: 1979
Status: Cleared

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Accused in a civil suit filed in 11/03 of abusing a teenage boy after he reported to Gonzalez-Abreau that he had been abused by Fr. Alvaro Guichard. Accusations involved giving the boy a beer, showing him pornography and sexually abusing him. Gonzalez-Abreu was placed on leave in 12/03. Later cleared by the Archdiocese.

Fr. Joaquin Guerrero

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Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Accused in 11/02 of raping and abusing a boy, age 14, for six months in 1962. His alleged victim said he had come to FL from Cuba under a program sponsored by the archdiocese and was placed in a camp, where the abuse occurred. Guerrero was ordained in Cuba and worked in the archdiocese in the 1960s. He apparently left the archdiocese in 1965. The claim settled 9/04.

Fr. Alvaro Guichard

Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Accused in a 5/02 lawsuit of abuse of a teenage boy in the 1970s. Criminal charges not pursued due to the statute of limitations. Reinstated as pastor after 15 months on leave. Archdiocese could not prove allegations. Another civil suit was filed in 11/03; Guichard was again placed on leave. Named in at least four suits. In 9/06 Guichard filed suits against his accuser and the family of a deceased accuser. He filed another suit in 10/06. Five plaintiffs are known to have settled claims. Church trial held in 11/07.

Fr. Elias Francisco Guimaraes

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Order: SSP
Ordained: 1993
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Palm Beach FL

From Brazil. Arrived in the in Palm Beach diocese in 2001. Arrested in 9/02 when he arrived on a beach for a sexual rendezvous with a detective who had been posing as a 14-year-old boy on the internet. Guimaraes sent many sexually explicit messages and bragged of having sex with a 14-year old boy and a 16-year-old boy. Pleaded guilty in 2003; sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison. Released 5/23/06. May have been deported to Brazil upon release.

Fr. Louis Hamm

Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Named publicly as accused by the FL Attorney General in its report released 11/6/20, name misspelled "Lewis." Rev. Louis Hamm was from Germany. He worked as a physician and Holy Name Province Franciscan friar in China beginning in 1934, and was ordained there in 1949. He arrived in the U.S. in 1951 and worked for the Province in NC, GA, NJ, RI. The 1986 volume of the Official Catholic Directory shows Hamm as at the Franciscan Home for Retired Priests in St. Petersburg, FL. Died 1/8/8 in Butler, NJ, age 86.

Fr. L. Yates Harris

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Accused in a 3/03 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy, age 17, 20 years prior. Harris was working as high school counselor and chaplain at the time. The alleged victim said the counseling office at the school was lined with pictures Harris had taken of shirtless male students. All had hand-written notes on the back on them. Harris died in 1996.

Fr. Ramon Hernandez

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

From Cuba, moved to the US in 1980. Removed himself from ministry in 2/06 after a man accused him of abuse in 1999 when the man was 16 and Hernandez was assigned to St. Rita's in Dade City. Hernandez denied all the allegations. Police investigated but did not file charges. Diocese conducted an investigation and submitted matter to Review Board. Diocese announced it would return him to active ministry as of 8/30/06. Not on diocesan website as of 7/19/08.

Fr. Thomas J. Hidding

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1986
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Hidding was removed from his assignment at a Miami parish in 5/02 after a credible allegation that he molested a student at Jesuit High School in Tampa sometime during 1980-82. Transferred to Jesuit College Prep in Dallas, TX where he worked 1982-83. This was while he was a Jesuit brother, prior to ordination. Also had assignments in New Orleans. Died 10/12/05. On the Jesuits Central and Southern Province list 12/7/18.

Sr. Kathleen Francis Honc

Order: OSF
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

Accused in 2007 of molesting a girl sometime between 1962-1971 at Melbourne Central Catholic High School, where Honc was a teacher. Honc left the area in 1971. Her Order deemed the allegations credible and she was removed from her assignment in Seminole, FL. She died 9/9/16. Per her obituary, Hoc "fully retired in 2007 and was warmly welcomed home to the St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in Allegany, NY."

Fr. Joseph Huck

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Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Accused in a suit filed in 6/03 of sexually abusing a boy, ages 12-14, in the mid-1970s. Huck's accuser was a resident of Boystown, outside of Miami. Huck allegedly threatened the boy to keep him quiet. The boy is said to have told his house parent and the director and was punished. He said he also told Archbishop McCarthy, who told him not to say such things about a priest. Claims settled in 2004. Huck retired in 2002.

Fr. Edward T. Jones

Ordained: 2003
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee FL

Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Crawfordville and Sacred Heart in Lanark when removed in 8/18 due to allegation of 'inappropriate contact' with an underage girl in 2004 while assigned to Blessed Sacrament in Tallahassee. State's Attorney to investigate. Included in 2020 on the diocese's list of credibly accused (first name 'Eddie'). Permanently removed from ministry in 2018.

Fr. Jean Ronald Joseph

Ordained: 1993
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Venice FL

From Haiti. Ordained for the Diocese of Venice. Accusations first made in 8/08. Agreed to a leave of absence in 12/08 pending an investigation of allegations that he had sexually abused a 16-year- old boy in 1993 at St. Frances Xavier parish in Ft. Meyers. Joseph denied all allegations. Canon law trial held in 2013 found denials not credible. Settlement of claims announced 08/20/14. It is believed he was laicized in 2013. Apparently case was settled only after secret 2013 documents were given to plaintiff showing the Catholic Church knew the priest was guilty of abusing him as a child and that other victims were also known.The decision to laicize was appealed to Rome.

Fr. Pedro Jove

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Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Accused, along with Rev. Gustavo Miyares, in a suit filed in 10/06 of abusing a boy, age 14, in 1981 and 1982. The abuse allegedly occurred at at a Palm Beach County seminary, a Miami rectory and a condominium in the Keys. In 2006 Jove was referred to as "a former priest who runs a nonprofit Miami-Dade agency for senior citizens." He left the Archdiocese 20 years prior and "formally left the priesthood" 12 years prior.

Fr. Joseph J. Kershner

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Order: SchP
Ordained: 1964
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Principal of Cardinal Gibbons High School when suspended in 6/02 due to allegations of abuse in the 1980s. Allegedly grabbed a student's buttocks. Two male teachers also complained that he groped them. Cleared by the Review Board in 12/02 and returned him to active ministry. He then "retired" because of health problems. Named in a civil suit filed late 2009 or early 2010 in FL.

Fr. Gerard T. LaCerra

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Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Accused in a 2005 suit of touching, fondling and sexually abusing a youth in the early 1980s, after the youth told him he had been abused by numerous other priests in Miami and other locations. The suit settled in 2007. LaCerra was Chancellor of the Archdiocese during the time of the alleged abuse. He died in 7/00. He was also accused of destroying incriminating files regarding other priests and protecting Rev. Neil Doherty, a prolific abuser.

Fr. James C. Lara

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Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Pastor of Church of the Nativity in Brandon 1969-99. Per 4/02 news, Lara was accused in a 11/87 lawsuit of touching and making sexual advances toward the daughter of the parish music directors, who had been fired five months earlier. The abuse allegedly began when the girl was 14 and continued for 5 years. The parents also accused Lara of slandering them and of hitting and pushing the wife just before the church fired them. The suit was "amicably resolved" in 1990, per court records. Lara continued at the parish and retired in 1999.

Fr. William A. Lau

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Ordained: 1979
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Pastor of Blessed Trinity in 5/96 when accused of a sexual incident involving an older teenage boy years earlier. Resigned from the parish and was sent to St. Luke's in MD for treatment. Bishop Lynch waited five months before telling the parish why Lau left. Per the diocese in 4/02, Lau "was removed from the ministry and sought employment elsewhere."

Fr. Ronald John Luka

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Order: CMF
Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

In two 2002 civil suits Luka is accused of abusing three male students in the late 1970s at St. Helen's Catholic school in Lauderdale Lakes. Luka left the school in 1978 after one mother went to the parish pastor. Luka's order, the Claretians, claimed they received their first allegation against him in 1999, of abuse occurring in NY state around 1979. Sent St. Luke's in MD for treatment. Permanently removed from ministry. Living in 2002 at Wounded Brothers Project in MO. Judge ruled in 2/03 that the latest suit against Luka could go forward. At least one claim settled in 9/04 for $150K. Included in 3/18 on the Rockville Centre diocese's list of accused. Reportedly died around 2011.

Fr. Marciel Maciel Degollado

Ordained: 1944
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Augustine FL

From Mexico. Rejected by multiple seminaries, ordained by his uncle. Founder of the Legionaries of Christ in 1941. Called the "most brilliant fundraiser in the modern church." By 1997 the Legion had seminarians - as young as age 10 - in 18 countries. Maciel sexually abused young boys throughout his career and fathered at least three children with two women. Nine men came forward publicly in 1997 to allege abuse as young boys when they were seminarians. Maciel was suspended from Legion leadership by Pope Pius XII in 1956 reportedly due to accusations of drug abuse and abuse of boys in Mexico. Reinstated in 1958. Pope John Paul II ignored reports of his abuse and, in fact, celebrated Maciel. Removed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006, given life of prayer and penitence in Jacksonville FL. Died 1/30/08, age 87.

Fr. Jan Malicki

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Ordained in Poland. Arrived in FL in 1989. Accused in a 1998 lawsuit of abusing a 13-year-old girl and a woman. Police investigated for two years; no charges filed. Suit was dormant for four years until the FL Supreme Court ruled in 3/02 that churches were not protected from negligent hiring and supervision claims. It settled in 2005. Malicki filed a suit in 7/02 against the Archdiocese for publicly accusing him of wrongdoing. His suit was dismissed in 6/03.

Fr. William J. Malone

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Augustine FL

Named publicly by the Diocese in 3/19 as credibly accused of the sexual abuse of a minor in the early 1980s at Sacred Heart in Jacksonville. His accuser was a girl, age 11. Her parents met with Bishop Snyder in 1991 after learning of the abuse, which allegedly occurred during confession. Malone was moved to St. Elizabeth Seton in Palm Coast. Diocesan documents included in the FL A.G.'s report released 11/20 show that, since 1991, at least four women had reported to the Diocese abuse by Malone at Sacred Heart. One said she was age 15 in 1982 when the priest molested her weekly for six weeks during counseling sessions. Another young woman gave birth to Malone's child. The Diocese paid the mother $3K per year 1993- 2010 for child support. Malone worked in the Diocese of St. Augustine 1/82 - 3/92. He went to live with his Order on Long Island, NY in 3/92, then returned to its Ireland Province, where he died in 2003. Included on the St. Augustine diocese's list 11/6/20.

Fr. Francis Edward Maloney

Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Palm Beach FL

Ordained for the Diocese of Steubenville. Transferred in 1986 to the Palm Beach diocese. Removed from Florida parish in 2002 after 17-year-old accused him of behaving inappropriately around him. The youth said he found Maloney in bed with another man and that the priest would walk around his home nude while the youth was there. No criminal charges filed. Youth filed a civil suit in 3/03. Settled in 5/04 for less than $1M. Maloney admitted to a long-term, "sporadic" sexual relationship with the other priest.

Fr. David McCreanor

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee FL

From Ireland. Ordained for the Diocese of St. Augustine. Accused in 10/97 by three sisters of 'seducing' them in the 1980s when they were teenagers. The sisters claimed they came forward to his current diocese at least 14 months prior to the time they went to the newspapers. McCreanor was not removed from his parish until they went public. Per the diocese, at least five more women have come forward to claim that he had made sexual overtures toward them. He denied all allegations. No charges filed. Included on the St. Augustine diocese's list 11/6/20, abuse noted to have occurred 1973-75. Included on the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese's list of credibly accused. Permanently removed in 1997.

Fr. Edward McLoughlin

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Ordained: 1978
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Venice FL

The diocese knew in 1983 that McLoughlin had boys sleeping overnight at his rectory. Accused in a 1997 lawsuit of abuse of a boy after the boy sought counseling because of prior abuse by choir director. Settled in 1999 for $599K. Laicized 11/21/00. Reportedly in 2002 he was living in Ireland. (McLoughlin's brother, Fr. Nick McLoughlin, also priest of the diocese and accused of helping to cover up his history. Nick was suspended in 11/18 after an allegation dating to the 1970s.)

Fr. Nicholas McLoughlin

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Priest of the Diocese of Venice, formerly St. Petersburg diocese territory. Suspended from ministry in 11/18 after the Diocese of St. Petersburg notified Venice of an allegation of inappropriate contact with a minor. Incident alleged to have occurred in the 1970s when McLoughlin was pastor of Corpus Christi in Temple Terrace. (His brother, Fr. Ed McLoughlin was accused of abuse of teen boys in the 1980s and 1990s. Fr. Nick McLoughlin was accused in lawsuits of covering up for for Fr. Ed.)

Fr. Thomas V. McNamara

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Augustine FL

Accused in 2004 of inappropriate contact with three minors in the late the 1960s. He was a visiting priest from Ireland assigned to Christ the King and St. Patrick's parishes in Jacksonville 1966-68. Irish Bishop confirmed in 12/04 that McNamara continued to abuse boys for many years after his return to Ireland. Retired in 1993. Bishop denied knowledge of abuse in the U.S. McNamara died in Ireland in 1997. Per a 5/14 report on the Killaloe diocese, there were 26 complaints against him there. Included on the St. Augustine diocese's list 11/6/20.

Fr. Jose Mena

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Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of St. Augustine FL

Accused in a 2005 lawsuit of abusing a 5th-grade boy many times during the 1965-66 school year at Incarnation Catholic School. Suit settled by St. Augustine diocese for $150K. In 2005 Mena was retired and living in Jacksonville. Two 2008 suits alleged abuse in the 1960s and 1970s in the Orlando diocese. Mena may have moved to Spain. Another suit filed in 12/09; plaintiff had already settled with the diocese.

Fr. Anthony Mercieca

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Admitted in 10/06 that he fondled altar boy Mark Foley (later U.S. Rep for FL,) in the mid-1960s when Foley was ages 11-13. John Doe 26 then filed suit, alleging that Mercieca performed oral sex on him in the late 1970s at age 12-13. Mercieca admitted that he skinny-dipped with Foley, gave him nude massages, and took him on trips to DC and NYC. (Foley was forced to resign from Congress in 2006 because of his behavior with pages.) Civil suit against Mercieca settled in 7/07. Another suit filed in 10/08 claimed abuse in 1977.

Fr. Gustavo J. Miyares

Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Accused, along with Rev. Pedro Jove, in a suit filed in 10/06 of abusing a boy, age 14, in 1981 and 1982. The abuse allegedly occurred at at a Palm Beach County seminary, a Miami rectory and a condominium in the Keys. Resigned as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish. Faculties removed. The abuse allegedly included oral sex and sodomy. Another man filed suit in 11/06, claiming Miyares abused him for over three years when he was a St. Timothy's altar boy in the early 1980s. Accused in an 8/13 suit of abusing an altar boy in the late 1990s at Immaculate Conception School.

Fr. David Terrence Morgan

Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Augustine FL

The diocese announced to parishioners in 12/20 that Morgan was being investigated for multiple allegations. Morgan had gone on a six-month "sabbatical" in the summer of 2018 at St. Luke's Institute; it appears that he did not return. In 9/20 someone reported to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office that Morgan had a sexual 'relationship' with a Bishop Kenny High School student in 1977. Morgan was a religion teacher at the school. No criminal charges due to the statute of limitations. In 2/21 Morgan was reportedly being investigated by the FL A.G. after the A.G. learned that the diocese did not disclose the local criminal investigations of him until after the A.G. had concluded it's state-wide investigation in 11/20.

Br. Thomas J. Mulryan

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Made perpetual profession of vows in 1955. Accused in 1994 of abuse of three boys at Notre Dame International School in Rome, Italy in the early 1960s, when he was a religious brother. He left the order in the 1970s. He had worked for Catholic schools in MA and NY prior to becoming a teacher at Jesuit High School in Tampa in 1988. Became principal in 1992. Placed on leave in 12/94 when allegations became known. He denied all allegations. Mulryan retired in 6/95. Included on the Fall River diocese's list in 1/21 of credibly accused. Died in 2009.

Fr. Jose Pablo Nickse

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

From Cuba. Worked in Florida for at least 20 years. Placed on leave in 6/02 after a lawsuit claimed he and Fr. Ricardo Castellanos abused a 15-year-old youth in 1982. Additional complaints and/or suits filed. Some settled in 2004. Nickse died of a heart attack in 12/02, before the allegations were completely investigated.

Fr. Terence O’Donnell

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Order: SDB
Ordained: 1970
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Sued in 2003 and 2004. Accused by three people of abusing them at a boarding school in Tampa, Mary Help of Christians, in the early 1990s. When parents complained, he was reassigned to Salesian Boys and Girls Club in Boston, and the Salesian Provincial House in New Rochelle. Placed on leave in 2003 after suit filed. Had been investigated in 1993 by Florida's Dept of Health and Rehabilitation Services for allegations. No charges filed. Included in 3/20 on the Salesians list of credibly accused.

Fr. Eamon O’Dowd

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Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

Investigated in 1977 for fondling two girls; no charges filed after he apologized and said he meant no harm. Arrested in 1983 for fondling a girl. Those charges dropped after he agreed to psychiatric treatment. Reportedly had an affair with the girl's mother. A civil suit settled in 1986 for $250K and files sealed. Still active priest until he "retired" without privileges in 1995 after news of the 1983 incident became public.

Fr. Juan Ramon O’Farrill

Ordained: 1945
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

From Cuba. Sought political asylum in the US in 1959. Retired in 1983. A 4/11 civil suit alleged that in 1988 O'Farrill sexually molested a 16-year-old boy from Nicaragua who sought counseling from him at St. Michael the Archangel in west Little Havana. O'Farrill allegedly gave the boy alcohol in orange juice and performed oral sex. O'Farrill died in 1994. Just before death he was arrested and charged with giving an alibi to a robber in exchange for sex.

Fr. Thomas James Pagni, III

Ordained: 1977
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

Accused in a 1995 lawsuit of molesting young people in seminary and at several assignments.The diocese put him through school for a mental counseling career in 1986 in exchange for leaving the priesthood. Suit says the diocese lied to the state about Pagni's background. Diocese agreed it helped him change careers but denies deceiving the state. Two more suits filed in 1996. Arrested in 1995; sentenced to 10 years prison in 1996. Released in 7/2000. Still on sex offender registry 12/09 but not in 1/12. Per the FL A.G. report 11/6/20, Pagni is deceased.

Fr. Jose Palimattom

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Order: OFM
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Palm Beach FL

Arrested, charged with obscenity in 1/15 for showing child porn to a 14-year-old boy. Admitted behavior. Served 6 months jail then deported to native India in 6/15. Boy's father alerted police. Priest sought the boy's help to delete the photos. Assigned to Holy Name of Jesus, West Palm Beach since 12/14. Police said Palimattom had gotten in trouble in India for involvement with a boy. Diocese says background check prior to Palimattom's arrival showed no prior misconduct. Holy Name Administrator, Rev. John Gallagher, told police he was instructed that when Palimattom arrived he was to have no contact with minors without adult present. Gallagher, who also alerted authorities about Palimattom, claimed demotion/poor treatment by diocese as a result in 1/16. Diocese refuted claim. Gallagher filed suit v diocese 1/11/17. Appeals court dismissed the suit 5/18, saying court cannot get involved in church administrative issues.

Br. Anthony R. Parlangeli

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Order: SM
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Professed vows as a Marianist in 1963. New York Province. Worked in Fl and Puerto Rico. Per news in 3/02 a man said that at age 15 he was drugged and raped by Parlangeli on an overnight camping trip. Parlangeli said he was too tired to camp and rented a hotel room. Drugs caused convulsions; Parlangeli had to take youth to hospital ER. Police notifed; he was arrested. Charges later reduced to administering drugs illegally. Spent a brief time in jail. Transferred to Baltimore where he also abused. A 1994 civil suit settled. Left order in 1973, married and raised three children. Moved to CA. Died in 1997. Included on the Order's 6/24/20 list of accused.

Fr. Timothy Pathe

Ordained: 1926
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee FL

From Ireland. Monsignor. Worked in the Mobile AL diocese until 1942. Army chaplain 1942-46. Priest of the St. Augustine FL diocese 1967-74. In Pensacola-Tallahassee 1975-77. Died 2/11/77. Named publicly as credibly accused by the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese on its list in 2020.

Fr. Cristobal de Jesus Puertas

Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

A civil suit filed in 2010 claimed abuse by Puertas of a boy. The archdiocese reported in 2012 that there was a settlement involving Puertas, who was no longer a priest in the Archdiocese. His alleged victim said that Fr. Rolando Garcia knew about the abuse at the time and paid him to keep it quiet.

Fr. Hubert John Reason

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Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

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

Fr. Louis J. Reczek

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Order: MS
Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

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

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

Fr. Lawrence Redmond

Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

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

Fr. Michael Rhodes

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Ordained: 1984
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

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

Fr. Harry Ringenberger

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Ordained: 1969
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

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

Fr. Norman J. Rogge

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1956
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

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

Fr. William Romero

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Venice FL

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

Fr. Fred Ruse

Ordained: 1976
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

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

Fr. Oscar Salazar

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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 boy and family declined to do so. Removed from assignment and sent to St. Luke's for treatment. Diocese made no public announcement until 2/97. Bishop said Salazar would never be assigned in the diocese and would not be recommended for assignment in another diocese.

Fr. Robert L. Schaeufele

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Placed on leave 4/02 after allegations surfaced. The diocese knew in 1994 that Schaeufele was bringing boys to his rectory. Several civil suits 2003-04. 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 5/03 of some charges, but convicted in 6/03 on other charges of abuse in the 1980s. Received two 30-year concurrent sentences. Also sentenced in Pasco County 7/03. At least 22 accusers are known. Abused in parishes that were later part of the Venice diocese. Scheduled for release from prison in 2/15, after serving only 12 years.

Fr. Patrick J. Sheedy

Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

On 5/12/10 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 5/13/10 the plaintiff's attorney said he had agreed to delay filing suit at the request of the diocese, which didn't believe the allegations.

Fr. Trevor Smith

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Accused in a 9/02 civil suit of sexually abusing a 10- year-old boy in the late 1990s. Smith was chaplain at a nursing home owned by the Archdiocese of Miami, where the boy's grandmother was a resident. Settled in 2003 for $500K. Also accusations of inappropriate contact with boys in the 1970s. Sent for therapy. Arrested in 6/04 and charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious assault. Convicted in 12/04 of abuse from 2002. Sentenced to two years house arrest and eight years probation.

Fr. Edward W. Sokol

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1987
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Professed vows as a Marianist brother in 1962, Province of New York. Left the Order in 1986. Ordained for the Franciscans in 1987. Arrested in 4/01 in a police sting after arranging over the internet to meet a 15-year-old boy for sex. Pled no contest to computer pornography in 12/01; judge allowed him to continue running a group home for disabled adult males. Ordered to leave the home in 3/02 by social services. Also worked in Boston archdiocese, at Perkins School for the Blind, and in NH. Briefly had privileges in Miami after Franciscans withdrew his privileges. Included on the Marianists 6/24/20 list of accused. Noted to be deceased.

Fr. Jeremiah M. Spillane

Order: LC
Ordained: 1986
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Chaplain at a Catholic high school in Sarasota (Diocese of Venice) when charged in early 1997 with internet solicitation of a 13-year-old boy, who was actually an undercover policeman. Pleaded no contest to charges. Sentenced to two years house arrest and two years probation. Admitted abuse in prior assignments in Mexico. Also worked in Spain and Rome, Italy.

Fr. Thomas D. Sykes

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Order: SA
Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

Sykes is believed to be the "Fr. Thomas S." cited in a 12/31/87 San Jose Mercury News article. Thomas S. removed from Orlando diocese in 1976 after parents of a 16-year-old boy complained that he had molested their son. Father S. was transferred to a Richmond, VA parish. Thomas Sykes was laicized and married. He testified in the Rev. Authenrieth matter. Settlement in early 1990s. Diocese announced in 2/07 that a new credible allegation of abuse in 1970s had recently been received. Civil suit filed 7/20/11. Died in 2002. Added to the Richmond diocese's list 2/27/19.

Bishop Joseph Keith Symons

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Palm Beach FL

Bishop of Palm Beach Diocese1990 until resignation in 6/98 when it was revealed that he had molested five young men early in his ministry(1958-60s) in the Miami archdiocese. News public after a victim reported abuse to a church official. Symons admitted abuse and also to the abuse of the other four youths. Bishop of Pensacola-Tallassahee knew of abuse in 1995 but did nothing. By 1999 Symons was leading spiritual retreats for adults in MI.

Fr. Arthur Terminello

Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee FL

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese on its list in 2020. Died in 1962. (Arrested in 1946 of disorderly conduct after giving a speech in Chicago against Jews, the Roosevelts, Communists and others, resulting in a riot. Convicted. Conviction was overturned in 1949.)

Fr. Ignatius Tuoc

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Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Arrived in the St. Petersburg diocese in 4/76 from Vietnam. Temporarily removed in 2003 from his assignment after a female parishioner accused him of abuse in the early 1990s, when she was a minor. Asked to step down from assignment after investigation by the Diocesan Review Board, pending a more in-depth investigation. Returned to ministry because allegations could not be proved. Active priest per diocesan website accessed in 7/08 and again in 8/20.

Fr. Vernon Uhran

Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

Accused in two lawsuits settled in 7/05 of abusing at least two boys in the early 1970s. Both plaintiffs claimed that the diocese knew of abuse by 1969 and did nothing except transfer Uhran. Removed from duties in 1992 after an allegation of abuse. Two suits filed in 9/05 and three more in 12/05. Two suits settled as of 7/06 for $250K. He pled the 5th amendment 90 times in an 8/08 deposition. Also worked in Alaska and the Dominican Republic. New case filed in FL 5/10. Multiple victims.

Fr. Peter Uniowski

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Died: 08/10/2021
Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

Suspended from his parish assignment in 2003 after the diocese received an allegation of inappropriate sexual behavior involving a 12-year-old girl. Police notified. No criminal charges filed. Permanently removed from parish assignment in 7/03. Bishop said that while there was not enough evidence regarding the child's accusation, there was clear evidence of inappropriate conduct with regard to sexual affairs with adult women. Died 8/10/21.


Fr. Donald J. Walk

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Walk is named in a 7/06 settlement with the Miami Archdiocese as having abused a teenage boy in the 1970s-80s. He had no particular assignment at the time and was still "absent on leave," per the 1989 Catholic Directory. Chaplain of the Miami Dolphins at one point. Accused in a civil suit filed in summer, 2007 of abusing a boy, ages 14-16, in the late 1970s. Another plaintiff filed suit in 12/07 alleging abuse 1977-82.

Fr. Bryan O. Walsh

Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Accused in 6/9/06 complaint of sexual abuse of boy age 14 in 1964, including penetration and oral sex. Boy was ward of Operation Pedro Pan; Walsh was its founder and director. Pedro Pan brought 14,048 Cuban children to US in 1960-62; placed them in orpha

Br. Kenneth Ward

Order: FMS
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Former dean of students at Msgr. Edward Pace High School. Allegations reported to police in 2006; Archdiocese says it did not learn of them until Fall, 2012. In an 8/13 civil suit, three men in their mid-20s alleged that Ward abused them in the early 2000s. He worked at Pace 2000-2006. Spent two more years at Christopher Columbus High in Westchester. A fourth man sued in 9/13. Left order in 2008. Got a state license as a registered nurse in 2012. Worked in a psychiatric hospital.

Fr. William J. Weinheimer

Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of St. Augustine FL

In a civil suit filed in 2/08, a man alleged that Weinheimer sexually abused him as a boy in 1954. Plaintiff had "love" letters that Weinheimer wrote to him at the time, beginning when the man was age 9. Petition claimed diocese knew of other allegations against Weinheimer, who died 1/20/86. Diocese was investigating. Included on the diocese's list 11/6/20.