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Fr. E. Everett Apt

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Ordained: 1947
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Retired in 1979. Died in 1985. Accused in a lawsuit in 8/04 of abusing an altar boy in the early 1960s at an Alvord parish. The suit alleged the diocese knew Apt had sexual contact with children as early as 1950, but concealed his actions and transferred him whenever facts might become public. Settled in 3/05 for an  undisclosed amount. Included on the diocese's list in 2/19. It notes three allegations of abuse of boys, occurring during the 1950s-1970s. Updated list on 9/24/19 shows four allegations.

Fr. Francis E. Bass

Ordained: 1948
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused of abusing many boys and sharing his victims with Revs Janssen, Geerts, and James W Murphy. Trained at Kenrick Seminary in St Louis (as did they), Bass was Director of Vocations and on Personnel Board for 15 years. Dean of Grinnell deanery for a year. Chaplain at Ottumwa Heights College. Bishop Hayes first learned Bass was connected with Janssen's abuse of children in 1958. The earliest alleged abuse by Bass that is known dates to late 1950s. Set to retire in 1992 when diocese received allegation preserved in file. A 1974 allegation was not included in the released file. Accused by 2 alleged victims of taking them to the Cook County Morgue; alleged to have brought victims to his family farm in NE. First suit filed 2003. Settlements in 2004 and 2006. As of 7/14/08, the diocese stated Bass was accused of abusing 18 male minors. Requested that Bass be laicized but announced on 1/18/05 that the CDF had ordered him to live a life of prayer and penance. Died 9/18/14.

Fr. Herman Bongers

Ordained: 1939
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused in 2005 of abuse of five boys at St. Vincent's orphanage in 1966. Died in 1971. Case settled 2/17/06. Earliest known abuse was 1948. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused 7/14/08.

Fr. John L. Bonn

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1936
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused in 2011 of fondling a girl, age 4, in her bedroom in 1969 and once again in the next 5 years. Revs Michael Broderick and William Dawson also accused. Settlement in the Davenport bankruptcy. Review board reportedly considered allegations credible. Diocese refused to list the names of these 3 and 15 other priests on their site. Bankruptcy Court ruled in the alleged victim's favor in 8/12; 3 names were posted separately from main list. Bonn taught at Boston College; was WWII Navy chaplain in Ottumwa IA. Died 1/17/75.

Fr. John J. Brickley

Ordained: 1935
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

A 1999 lawsuit settled in 2000 claimed Brickley abused a boy 1966-71, beginning when the boy was age 8. Another man said that Brickley abused him at age 12 and that he complained to the archbishop at some time after 1994. Brickley was placed on leave in 1998 and died the same year, on 10/30/98. At least one claim included in $2.6M settlement with Archdiocese in 3/07.

Fr. Michael J. Broderick

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Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused of abusing a girl age 4 to 9 in 1969-74 when he was pastor at St Joseph in Hill, IA. Revs. John Bonn, SJ and William Dawson were also accused. Settlement in the Davenport bankruptcy. Review board reportedly considered allegations credible. Diocese refused to list the names of these 3 and 15 other priests on their site. Bankruptcy Court ruled in the alleged victim's favor in 8/12; the 3 names were posted separately from main list. Died 9/24/84.

Fr. Paul Joseph Bruening

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Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Ordained for the Sioux City diocese. Worked outside the diocese in Belleville, IL beginning 1962; incardinated into the Diocese of Bellevill in 1970. Named publicly as accused by the Sioux City diocese on its 2/22/19 list. It notes one accusation against Bruening, of abuse of a girl, occurring in 1957. Died 2002.

Fr. Albert L. Carman

Ordained: 1945
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Accused of abusing a teenage boy at Loras Academy, Dubuque, in 1954. Died in 1980. Claims included in 2/06 settlement with diocese. At least one more claim of abuse 1965-66 included in $4.7M settlement with Archdiocese in 3/08 involving 9 priests.

Fr. Nicholas Cigrand

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Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

A man filed suit in 2004 alleging abuse 1965-1968 when he was an altar boy. Archdiocese did not consider accusations true. The lawsuit was dismissed on motion for summary judgment. Iowa Supreme Court rejected the plaintiff's appeal in 4/07. Cigrand died in 1976.

Fr. Jerome Paul Coyle

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Per news in 11/18, Coyle admitted in 1986 to Bishop Soens to having had sexual contact or attraction to about 50 boys in IA over 20-plus years. The diocese removed him from ministry and sent him to the Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs NM for treatment. He stayed in NM for 30 years. The Sioux City diocese did not notify police or the public. (Bishop Soens was himself later credibly accused of the sex abuse of students as a priest and school principal.) Coyle was moved by the Sioux City diocese in 6/18 to a Fort Dodge IA care facility, next to a Catholic School. Diocese admitted in 10/18 to hiding Coyle's identity for decades. On diocese's list 2/22/19.

Fr. William F. Dawson

Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

As part of Davenport diocese bankruptcy, a woman alleged abuse as a minor by Dawson and two other priests. Review board reportedly told her the allegations were credible and she received a settlement. Diocese refused to list the names of these 3 and 15 other priests on their website, saying the allegations were not proven. The woman filed a motion in Bankruptcy Court 7/19/12 to force addition of the 3 names to diocese's public list and in 8/12 Court ruled in her favor. Dawson died 12/13/11.

Fr. Timothy DeVenney

Ordained: 1993
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Accused of abuse of several minor boys 1993 -96 during his first assignment. Suspended in 1996. Pled guilty in 1997 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Released from prison on parole 12/01 and was living outside Washington DC in residence run by a religious order. At least one claim settled in $2.6M settlement with the archdiocese in 3/07. Another included in 3/08 settlement. Laicization announced 12/08.

Fr. Paul A. Deyo

Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Placed on leave in 2003 after accusation of abuse of a boy in Johnson County in 1998. Allegation not made public until 2004. Diocese considered allegations credible. Voluntarily laicized 5/06. Name appeared on Diocese's 7/08 list of credibly accused clergy. Three known accusers with earliest claimed abuse 1983.

Fr. Martin J. Diamond

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Ordained: 1930
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused in a 1/03 lawsuit of abusing a boy 1967-70 at St. Peter's in Keokuk, starting when the boy was age 8. Spent first two years of ministry at St. Peter's, then was a hospital chaplain for most of the 1930s. Army Reserve chaplain 1942-46 and then a hospital chaplain again. Pastor of St. Elizabeth's in Harper 1949-63, returned to pastor St. Peter's in Keokuk 1963-78. Retired 1978. Died 6/11/89. Suit dismissed because of Diamond's death and lack of evidence, per the diocese. Not on 7/08 list of credibly accused priests. Review Board deemed allegations not credible 11/03.

Fr. Henry N. Dunkel

Ordained: 1945
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Publicly accused in letters to the Telegraph Herald editor in the 1990s and 2000s. Accused of abuse of several girls, including his own nieces, in 1947-48 during his first assignment. Retired in 1990. Dunkel's priestly activities were restricted in 1992. Died 1998. At least one accuser settled in 1993 under a gag order. She and two others filed suit in 2002 to void the gag orders. That case was dismissed in 2004.

Br. Daniel K. Emrich

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Embrich, or Emrich, was a teaching brother at Holy Family, an elementary school. Charged in 1988 with touching the inner thigh of girl on mulitlple occasions in 1985-86. Allegedly would place the girl on his lap and touch her under her underwear. Complaints also received from other children at the school. Suspended by his order. Found not guilty by jury trial in 1989.

Fr. Clarence Edward Farrelly

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Ordained: 1927
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. It notes two allegations received, of abuse of girls, occurring in the 1960s. Retired 1979. Died 1987. Its list updated 9/24/19 shows three allegations.

Fr. Thomas J. Feeney

Ordained: 1937
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Sued at least twice. Accused of abuse in 1950s-60s. Former vicar general of diocese. Died 1981. Diocese admitted in 5/06 that allegations were credible. Four additional suits filed 5/06. Civil trial began in 9/06 in a suit filed in 2005. A man testified that Feeney abused him for 6 years, beginning when he was age 7. Jury awarded plaintiff $1.5M. A man testified at the same trial that Feeney abused him as a boy in the late 1940s. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused 7/15/08. It notes allegations of abuse of 15 male minors, the earliest known abuse in 1957.

Fr. Howard E. Fitzgerald

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Des Moines IA

Removed without privileges from his assignments at Simpson College, St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Indianola and Immaculate Conception in St. Marys 6/30/14 after Diocese declared decades-old child sex abuse allegation to be credible. On diocese's list 4/4/19. It notes two allegations received of abuse of males in the late 1970s-late 1980s. Laicized.

Fr. Michael C. Fitzgerald

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Caught in 1999 taking part in an inappropriate internet chat with someone he thought was a 13-year-old boy, in a sting by law enforcement . Removed by diocese and sent for therapy. Diocese was going to return him to a parish assignment but did not after Fitzgerald was accused of having oral sex with a 12- year-old boy. Died in car crash in 10/01. Was training to be hospital chaplain at the time of his death.

Fr. John C. Forrester

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Included on the on the Davenport diocese's 7/08 list of credibly accused, noting allegations against him involving three minor males beginning 1955. Several 2002 and 2003 suits in Seattle claimed Forrester abused boys in mid-1970s on church outings and overnight trips. Worked in Seattle archdiocese 1971 until removed in 1979. Died in 2002. Seven plaintiffs participated in $2.6M settlement in 2005 involving St. Benedict's Abbey, Kansas City KS archdiocese. Settlement 11/06 of Seattle claims. New suit 12/10. Name included on Seattle archdiocese's list 1/15/16. Another settlement announced by Seattle archdiocese 11/18. Settlement of a case 6/19 for $225K with Seattle archdiocese, St. Benedict Abbey and the American Cassinese Congregation.

Fr. Albert J. Forster

Ordained: 1926
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Accused of abuse of several boys in the 1960s. Died 3/26/90. Named in at least two civil suits filed against diocese in 2004, which settled in 2004 and 2005.

Fr. Theodore Anthony Geerts

Ordained: 1946
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused of sexually abusing boys with Revs. Janssen, Bass, and James W. Murphy in the early 1960s. Pornography was allegedly used. Left active priesthood in 1969. Sued in 2003. Accused of abuse. Default judgment granted against Geerts in 12/03. Died in 2004. At least three known accusers. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused in 7/08.

Fr. William A. Goltz

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Accused of abuse of minor boys. Three lawsuits filed in 2005. Earliest alleged abuse was in the 1950s. Former Archbishop Binz apparently held formal church trial, removed Goltz from active priesthood, and sent him for therapy over a 12-year period. Reassigned to active priesthood for 18 years, abused again, and retired in 1991. In 1992 the Vatican removed his privileges and in 2005 ordered him to live a life of prayer and penance. Died 1/7/06. Claims included in 2/06 settlement. Another claim settled 3/08.

Fr. Peter M. Graff

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Ordained: 1941
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

One claim against Graff was included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims. A man alleged he had been abused in the 1940s. Review board was unable to determine the credibility of the allegation. Graff died 4/8/76.

Fr. Robert L. Grant

Ordained: 1984
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Des Moines IA

On 2/27/20 the diocese received an allegation of sexual misconduct against Grant involving a minor in the early 1990s. Grant was a teacher and coach at St. Albert High School in Council Bluffs at the time of the alleged 'misconduct.' Bishop Joensen said the allegation had "some semblance of truth." Grant was suspended from ministry on 3/4/20 pending the diocese's investigation. The diocese announced in 12/20 that Grant would be returned to ministry with restrictions and supervision, "because the complainant was above majority age" at the time of the incident.

Fr. Thomas E. Hackett

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Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Shown on the Davenport diocese's Creditors Committee website in 2007 as having credible allegations against him. Name also appears on diocese's list of credibly accused in 7/08. Alleged to have abused three minor males beginning in the 1940s. Died in 1951.

Fr. H. Robert Harness

Ordained: 1982
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Temporarily removed by diocese 4/22/13 pending investigation by County Attorney and diocese of allegations that he had inappropriately touched a minor in about 1990 while at St. Mary's in Keota, Sts. Peter and Paul in Clear Creek and St. Elizabeth in Harper. Pastor of Holy Family in Davenport when removed. Allegation was received approximately 4-5 days before removal. Reinstated by diocese 5/23/13 after investigator did not substantiate the allegation.

Fr. Gerald Hartz

Ordained: 1959
Status: Charged

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Former superintendent of Sioux City Catholic schools. Charged in 9/95 with indecent contact with a girl, age 13. Took leave. Charges dropped in 12/95 when the girl would not testify and Hartz agreed to resign from assignment. In 9/96 a woman filed suit alleging that in 12/94 Hartz grabbed her, kissed her neck and touched her while in his church. Case later dismissed from federal court. "On special assignment" per 2002 Catholic Directory. Living in Bakersfield, CA in 12/08 per diocese website.

Fr. Joseph P. Hines

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Ordained: 1945
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Shown on the Davenport diocese's Creditors Committee website in 2007 as having credible allegations against him. Dean of Keokuk 1970-80. Died 5/92. Name not on Diocese's 7/08 list of credibly accused. In 11/08, Review Board found him guilty of sexual abuse of children, male and female. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused 5/21/09.

Fr. Phillip Hobt

Ordained: 1992
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Des Moines IA

Placed on leave 2/07 after allegation that he sexually abused a former student at St. Albert School. Law enforcement officials notified. Hobt began working at the school in 1995. In 4/07, diocese reported that the allegations were credible and that Hobt had begun the process to voluntarily ask the Vatican to be laicized. Laicized 2007. On diocese's list 4/4/19.

Fr. James M. Janssen

Ordained: 1948
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused of sexually assaulting 36 boys over three decades, beginning in 1953. Often interacted with other abusers. Used pornography. Placed on leave in 1990, retired from active ministry in 1991, laicized in 2004. Sued in 2003. Settlement of $9M involving 37 allegations. Ordered to spend 6 months in jail for contempt of court 1/08. Charged in 7/08 with three counts of perjury. On the diocese's 7/08 list of credibly accused. Received two years probation for perjury 6/09. Personnel files released 4/30/14 show allegation of abuse of a boy while working in Hinsdale, IL, in the Joliet diocese. Living at motel in Bettendorf, IA as of 5/14. Claimed he was dying of lung cancer at age 90. Died 6/10/15.

Fr. Raymond C. Kalter

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Order: CSsR
Ordained: 1930
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused in 2005 of abuse in 1959 at St. Alphonsus Parish in Davenport. Died 1977. One claim settled by diocese 2/06 as part of settlement involving four priests. Name appeared on diocese's 7/10/08 list of credibly accused, noting allegations of abuse of three boys. Earliest claimed abuse was in the 1950s.

Fr. Leonard A. Kenkel

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Des Moines IA

Taught at Dowling Catholic 27 years. Allegation in 2003 of "decades-old" abuse, but insufficient evidence to conclude sex abuse, per diocese in 2018. Accused in 2005 suit of kneading and fondling the buttocks of 15-year-old boy at a diocesan high school, and of exposing himself to the boy while talking about "receiving the Body of Christ." Suit filed after diocesan board determined insufficient evidence. Board recommended Kenkel take "appropriate boundaries" training, which he did. Kept in parish ministry. Retired 2008. Diocesan Website on 8/3/13 showed him living in West Des Moines; possibly still working as supply priest. Report to diocese 9/6/18 of child sex abuse by Kenkel decades prior. Reportedly living in 2018 in a nursing facility. On diocese's list 4/4/19. It notes one substantiated allegation of abuse of a boy, occurring in the early 1980s, and unsubstantiated allegations in 2003 and 2005.

Fr. William J. Kerrigan

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Ordained: 1941
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused of abusing a female minor beginning in 1954, while chaplain of Ottumwa Heights College, where he also taught. Was also pastor of St. Mary's in Eddyville. Laicized in 1975. Died in 1988. Included on the diocese's list in 5/09 of credibly accused.

Fr. Placidus Kieffer

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Order: OSB
Ordained: 1932
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused in 2002 of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy in 1963 at St. John's in Burlington. Also worked in the Kansas City, KS archdiocese. Died 1990. Allegations deemed credible. Included on diocese's 7/08 list of credibly accused. Allegedly abuse two boys.

Fr. Thomas B. Knox

Ordained: 1942
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Accused via letter to the editor 1/06 of abuse of a boy at Sacred Heart in Oelwein during the early 1950s. Writer said he notified Archdiocese in 2003 and that the Archdiocese knew of other accusations. Knox died 3/9/68.

Fr. John F. Kurzak

Ordained: 1975
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

One man filed civil suit 3/08 vs Kurzak, John Perdue and the diocese, alleging abuse by Kurzak and a seminary student (John Perdue) in the early 1980s when the plaintiff was a minor in Fort Dodge. Suit alleges diocese knew of other victims in 1985 yet allowed Kurzak to become a military chaplain. Ruling in favor of defendants, citing 2-year Statute of Limitations. Appeal filed by plaintiff 7/13/11. Kurzak active chaplain in 3/08. Second suit filed 3/28/08 alleged abuse of one person in 1982. Unclear if this plaintiff, also a seminary student, was under 18 at the time. Trials were set for Fall 2009. Not included on diocese's list of credibly accused. Retired, per diocesan website in 2/20.

Fr. James E. Leu

Ordained: 1971
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused in 1989 of systematically abusing two altar boys 1985-89. Pled guilty, convicted 1989, sentenced to two years in prison. Worked with credibly accused priest Francis Bass. Bishop O'Keefe was deposed. Included on diocese's 7/10/08 list of credibly accused. Died 2/4/13.

Fr. Frank R. Martinez

Ordained: 1982
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused of propositioning a 15-year-old boy in a motel room in 1986. The boy told his parents; civil suit filed. Settlement of about $22K. Placed on leave in 1987. Laicized in 2008. Also worked in Peoria, Springfield IL and Rochester dioceses. Included on the Davenport diocese's list of credibly accused in 7/08. On Peoria's list by 1/20.

Fr. Patrick W. McElliott

Ordained: 1936
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Died 11/14/87. Sued in 2005. Accused of abuse of at least five girls in the 1960s. Took nude pictures of at least one girl. Claims settled as part of a $5M settlement with the Archdiocese in 2006. At least one more claim included in $2.6M settlement with the Archdiocese in 3/07 and at least one more in an 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.

Fr. George B. McFadden

Ordained: 1952
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Accused of abusing more than 25 girls and boys. Denied allegations. Admitted to "harmful acts." Forced into treatment and retirement 1991-92 but continued to function as priest at cathedral. Faculties not removed until 2002. Lawsuits began to be filed in 2003; 29th lawsuit filed in 6/06 by two brothers. Many cases settled or dismissed. By 2008 39 people made claims. Three new plaintiffs as of 9/06. In 12/05 Vatican refused to laicize McFadden because of his age. Residing in Ft. Wayne IN. On diocese's 2/22/19 list of credibly accused.

Fr. Carl H. Meinberg

Ordained: 1914
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

A civil suit filed in 5/22/06 alleged abuse of a boy at St. Mary's Parish in Iowa City in the 1940s. Meinberg was assigned to the parish 1940-67. He was also a diocesan consultor 1948-67 and Iowa City dean 1960-67. He died in 1975. Included on the diocese's 7/08 list of credibly accused, which notes allegations of abuse of four male minors.

Fr. Paul A. Monahan

Ordained: 1960
Status: Cleared

Diocese: Diocese of Des Moines IA

Retired in 2004. Working as St. Albert High School chaplain, where he had been teacher, and principal in the 1970s. Arrested age 83 in 8/16, charged with invasion of privacy nudity after accused of watching 5 high school boys use the bathroom at a track meet in 4/16. Suspended from ministry. Assigned also during career to Dowling Catholic High in West Des Moines, St. Mary in Avoca, St. Patrick in Walnut, Holy Family in Council Bluffs and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Glenwood. Found guilty in 12/16. Sentenced in 2/17 to a 30 days suspended jail sentence on each count, to be served concurrently, a year of informal probation and to register as a sex offender for 10 years. Conviction overturned 5/18. To be removed from offender registry within 20 days if state does not appeal reversal of conviction. Suspension lifted 6/18.

Fr. Peter Brendan Murphy

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Accused publicly 3/30/16 of raping and sexually abusing a 12-year-old altar boy 1959-60 at Blessed Sacrament in Sioux City. Accuser contacted diocese in 1996 and said he got a "dismissive reply." Diocese settled with him in 2016. Assignments also included parishes in Danbury, Emmetsburg, Fort Dodge, Bode, Whittemor, Spencer, St. Joseph's and Cherokee. On leave of absence 1960-62, in a Denison parish around 1963-64, then leave of absence again until his death in 11/8/80 in Jemez Springs NM. Did fill-in work in parishes during his "leave." After 1st man went public, by 9/16 five more people alleged sexual abuse by Murphy. On diocese's 2/22/19. It shows 11 allegations of abuse of boys, 1956-64.

Fr. Joseph I. Patnode

Ordained: 1918
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

In 2003 a man said he and at least 9 other other teenage boys were sexually abused by Patnode in the 1930's, 40's and early 50's. Patnode was removed from his parish assignment and transferred to Sisters of Mercy Novitiate in Iowa in 1951. Retired 1964, died 12/30/77. At least 1 claim included in $2.6M settlement with Archdiocese 3/07 and at least 1 in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.

Fr. John Patrick Perdue

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Ordained: 1985
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Left the priesthood in 1986, one year after ordination. Accused, along with Rev. John Kurzak, in a civil suit filed in 3/08 of molesting a boy in Fort Dodge in the early 1980s. Perdue was a seminary student at the time of the alleged abuse. Ruling in favor of defendants, citing two-year statute of limitations. Appeal filed by plaintiff 7/13/11. Second suit filed 3/28/08 alleged abuse in 1982 of a seminary student. On diocese's 2/22/19 list. It notes one allegation received, of abuse of a boy 1982-83.

Fr. John M. Peters

Ordained: 1944
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Accused of abusing boys in 1962 at St. Joseph's in Harpers Ferry. Sued in Federal court in 2004. Suit alleged abuse of one youth in 1962. In 2005 the archdiocese requested tthe suit be dismissed on statute of limitations. Claim settled in 2006.Peters died 5/31/97.

Fr. Richard J. Poster

Ordained: 1992
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Pled guilty 2003 and sentenced in 2004 to one year in prison for possession of child pornography, after images of boys and adolescent males engaged in sex acts were found on his church computer. Matter sent to the Vatican. Arrested 9/20/06 on allegations that he violated his parole by being near children. Given two months in jail. Laicization announced 9/07. Name NOT on diocese's 7/08 list of credibly accused priests. Added in 12/19 after the Associated Press asked why the name was missing from the list. Living in 2019 in Silver Spring, MD. On the MD sex offender registry since 2005.

Br. Andrew Quillen

Order: OSF
Ordained: 1990
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Named as credibly accused on the Davenport diocese's Creditors Committee website in 8/07. A man alleged abuse by Bro.Quillen and another religious brother in 1977 when the man was a minor seminary student. He said he told Bishop O'Keefe in 1977, but no action. Quillen was ordained in 1990 for the Benedictines and changed his name to Fr. Andrew Quillen. Name (Bro. Mark) on Davenport's 7/08 list, noting one minor accuser and one adult accuser. Davenport diocese didn't add his new name (Fr. Andrew) until confronted by investigative reporters in 10/18. Sent to treatment in 2003 by Benedictines, then put on "safety plan." Living at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA, without faculties. On Burlington diocese's list 8/22/19 as Mark L. Quillen; worked as a priest in Burlington 1990-94.

Fr. Donald Redmond

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

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

Fr. John T. Reed

Ordained: 1949
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

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

Fr. Robert J. Reiss

Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

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

Fr. Leo P Riley

Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

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

Fr. William A. Roach

Ordained: 1945
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

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

Fr. Nicholas J. Ruba

Ordained: 1951
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

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

Fr. John R. Ryan

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Des Moines IA

Removed from ministry in 1993 due to allegations that he molested boys in the 1980s. Previously taught at diocesan high school. Laicization requested 9/19/03 and granted 10/13/06. Diocese settled two complaints as of 11/06. Died 11/11/10. Per his obituary, Ryan spent 29 years as a National Guard chaplain. Included on the diocese's list 4/4/19, with six substantiated allegations of the abuse of boys, occurring early 1950s-1980s.

Fr. Robert J. Saunders

Ordained: 1941
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Died 7/4/07 at age 92. At about the same time, the archdiocese revealed that Saunders had been accused of the abuse of several minor girls at Temple Hill and in Norway IA, during 1959-73. At least one claim included in 3/08 $4.7M settlement with Archdiocese involving abuse by 9 priests.

Fr. Allen M. Schmitt

Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Multiple allegations of abuse of boys. Placed on leave in 3/02 after a man sent email to archdiocese saying Schmitt abused him in 1978 in Cedar Rapids. Schmitt admitted to the behavior when confronted by archbishop. A second report received 4/02 alleged abuse in 1974. At least one claim included in $2.6M settlement with archdiocese 3/07 and another in a $4.7M settlement concerning 9 priests in 3/08. Also at least one in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims. Schmitt died 1/5/16.

Fr. John A. Schmitz

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Allegations first public in 2002. Sued 2005 by a woman claiming abuse as a child in 1959. Schmitz died 10/15/91. Parishioners had complained about his financial skills, his relationship with adult woman in 1982 and inappropriate behavior with minor girls. Sent to Paracletes for treatment. Archbishop did not accept him back as priest. Arrived in San Bernardino Diocese 1/83. Back in Iowa by 1985 without privileges; sued for relationship with married woman. Settleents in 2006 and 2007. San Diego and Dubuque personnel filed released 10/25/10. On San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/18.

Josephine Schmitz

Order: OSF
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

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

Fr. William T. Schwartz

Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Allegation first public in 2003. Accused of abusing boys in the 1960s and 1970s. Laicized 11/05. A lawsuit filed in 2004 settled in 2005 for $100K. Three plaintiffs settled in 2/06 as part of settlement involving several priests. Settled with Schwartz in 4/06. At least one more claim included in $2.6M settlement with archdiocese in 3/07. Three cases were included in 1/08 settlement with archdiocese. At least one more included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.

Fr. Drake R. Shafer

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Sued in 2003, when he was vicar general. Accused of sexually abusing a male minor in 1973 or 1974. Denied the charge, but wrote an email to the victim in 2002 that was an "admission of serious misconduct." Suit settled 4/05. Claims against diocese were settled in 2004 as part of large settlement. He asked to be reinstated as VG. Name not on diocese's 7/08 list of credibly accused priests. Review board found him not guilty of abuse 11/08. Reinstated.

Fr. Norbert F. Showalter

Ordained: 1939
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Died 12/31/71. Name included on the diocese's list updated 9/13/18. The diocese received an accusation in 2015 that Showalter sexually abused male minors. In a letter published 5/22/15 in the Telegraph Herald, a man alleged that Showalter sexually abused him over a two-year period, beginning when the man was age 14 in 1954, at St. Mary's in Lamont.

Br. Francis Skube

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Order: OSF
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Name appears on the Davenport diocese Creditors Committee website in 2007 as having credible allegations of abuse against him. Two men say they were students, ages 17-18, in Skube's small order when he sexually abused one and beat the other. Both personally told Bishop O'Keefe in 1977, but no action. Included on the diocese's 7/08 list of credibly accused. It notes allegations of sexual abuse of one male minor and one male adult.

Bishop Lawrence D. Soens

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused in 2002 of abusing 3 boys in the 1960s. One claim settled for $20K in 2004. Two suits pending as of 5/06. Seven new suits filed 5/06. Apparently a new suit with 13 plaintiffs filed 8/06 alleging abuse 1959-67. In 2/06 the diocese investigative panelf ound behavior may have been inappropriate, but did not appear to be sexual. Review Board found him guilty of sexual abuse 11/3/08. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused in 5/09, noting accusations of abuse of 31 male minors. Twelve cases dismissed in 5/09.

Seminarian Dale Soppe

Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Former seminary student, teacher. Left teaching to become a therapist. Charged in 5/06 in WI with molesting a former student 50-100 times in 1968 and 1969. Abuse alleged to have occurred in IA and in WI. Pleaded guilty 7/08 in WI; sentenced to 2 years probation (with 60 days jail) and $1,000 fine. Soppe also said he was also abused by priests as a child. In 12/08 court ordered him to pay $14,500 restitution to plaintiff for counseling. Registered sex offender in WI, but living in IA.

Fr. John J. Stack

Ordained: 1988
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Chaplain at Mercy Medical in Clinton when suspended 4/22/13. Accused of inappropriately touching minors in the late 1980s while parochial vicar at Holy Family in Davenport. Investigated by County Attorney and diocese. Last parish assignment apparently ended in 6/06, per diocesan assignment list. Announcement 6/17/16 that the Vatican determined charges were "not proven," without a finding of innocence or guilt. Returned to ministry.

Fr. Verne Stapenhorst

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Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Named publicly as accused by the Sioux City diocese on its list 2/22/19. Accused of abuse in 1976 of a male minor. Retired 2004. Faculties removed in 2011. Living in 2019 outside of IA. On Las Vegas diocese's list 4/12/19 due to allegation in Iowa. Worked at some point in Overton and Mesquite NV.

Fr. Gerald E. Stouvenel

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Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Placed on leave in 7/07 after allegations by four people that he sexually molested them when they were minors more than 30 years prior. No criminal charges filed due to the statute of limitations. As of 2/08 the Review Board recommended laicization and the bishop agreed to petition the Vatican. Found guilty by review board 11/08. Name added to diocese'd list of credibly accused priests 5/09, noting accusations of abuse of three male minors. Vatican decreed a life of prayer and penance but no laicization. Living at chancery as of 6/11.

Fr. Robert V. Swift

Ordained: 1944
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

A man notified a newspaper in 1/06 that he was abused by Swift at age 13. Also accused of abusing several other boys in early 1950s. Long involved with the Catholic Boy Scouts. Died 08/20/80. At least one claim included in 3/08 $4.7M settlement with the archdiocese regarding alleged abuse by 9 priests. At least one more included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.

Fr. Louis A. Telegdy

Order: CSS
Ordained: 1942
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused in a 2004 civil suit of abusing a 13-year-old boy 1957-59. Case settled in 2005. Name is on the Davenport diocese's 7/08 list of credibly accused. It notes accusations of abuse of three boys, earliest known to have occurred in the 1950s. Worked in many other dioceses. Spent time in Dodge City KS diocese 1966-1968. On the Diocese of Owensboro list 4/12/19, where he worked 1972-78. Died 1995. Added to Stockton diocese's list 11/12/20, where he worked 1978-84.

Fr. Joseph Edward Tolan

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Ordained: 1941
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Named publicly as credibly accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. One allegation noted, of abuse of a girl 1980-82. Retired and died in 1989. The diocese's list updated 9/24/19 shows three allegations of minors, both male and female.

Fr. Alphonse Wagner

Ordained: 1944
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Included on the diocese's 7/08 list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse. Accused of abuse of two male minors beginning in 1969. Died in 1974. On Green Bay diocese's list 1/17/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse, occurring 1944-65. Ordained for Green Bay. On sick leave with permission to serve in the Davenport diocese 1966-74.

Fr. Richard Wagner

Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Des Moines IA

Removed 1993 when mandated reporter learned of alleged abuse of high school girl in late 1980s. Sent for treatment and placed in restricted priory setting. Previously taught at diocesan HS and had been named principal there by Bishop Dingman. No public allegations until Bishop Charron recommended laicization 9/19/03. Laicized 10/13/06. Died 2012. On diocese's list 4/4/19.

Fr. Richard J. Welsh

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Included on the Davenport diocese's Creditors Committee website in 2007 as having credible allegations against him. On the diocese's 7/08 list of credibly accused. Accused of abuse of six boys, beginning in 1962. Died in 1971.

Fr. Louis E. Wendling

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Ordained: 1939
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Multiple allegations of the sexual abuse of girls. One claim against Wendling included in March 2008 $4.7M settlement with Dubuque involving claims against 9 priests. One woman claimed she was abused by Wendling in 1947. Diocesan review board and Archbishop Hanus decided allegation had not been substantiated. Died 9/25/69. At least one more claim included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.

Fr. William F. Wiebler

Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accusations of abuse reported to church in the 1970s-1980s. Retired 1991. Several suits. Some claims in Davenport's 2004 settlement. One mediated to $180K settlement. Ordered by bishop to Vianney Renewal center in 2002; left 2004, refused to return. Laicized 5/06. Suit by 12 more plaintiffs filed 5/06. Included on the Davenport diocese's list of credibly accused in 7/08, which notes allegations of abuse of 29 boys. Also worked in Jackson MS diocese. Died 9/06. On Jackson diocese's list 3/19/19.

Fr. Albert Wilwerding

Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Des Moines IA

Tommie Pierick and his priest uncle told Bishop Dingman in 1978 of abuse in late 1960s starting when boy was 12. Threats and gifts used; farmhouse a common venue. Diocese admits no record of 2 complaints. W removed 1981. T died by suicide 1985; W sent for treatment again in same year. T's sister went to the diocese 1993. She went public 2002; other victims then surfaced. Diocese asked for defrocking 9/19/03. T's brother sued 2/25/04. W died 9/26/04. Civil suit filed 2006; settled 2007. On diocese's list 4/4/19. It notes 25 allegations of abuse of boys, occurring late 1950s to the mid 1980s. On San Antonio diocese's list 1/31/19. Lived in diocese 1982-84. Investigated 1984 by San Antonio police for sex assault of adult male, sent to treatment in NM. Report in 2018 of abuse of boy 1983 or 1984.

Fr. Louis W. Wunder

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Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Two claims against Wunder were included in an 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims. Earliest claimed abuse occurred in 1960s, apparently during his assignments in Clear Lake and/or Dubuque. Worked at Sacred Heart in Waterloo 1969-75 and on faculty at Columbus High School 1974 through 1975. Died 1/28/90.

Fr. John Charles Yetmar

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Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. Two allegations noted, of abuse of boys 1968-74. Retired 2002. Faculties removed 2004. The diocese's updated list 9/24/19 shows three allegations of abuse of boys, same time-period.

Fr. Francis T. Zuch

Ordained: 1932
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Des Moines IA

Accused in a 12/15/95 suit of sexually abusing two altar boys 1970-75. The complaint alleges that Zuch "systematically" abused "numerous" altar boys "starting in the 1940s." Some of the abuse allegedly occurred at a cabin on Clear Lake. Suit was settled by 2002. Zuch was director of Catholic Charities in the diocese 1935-55. Died in 1993. On diocese's list 4/4/19. It notes five allegations of abuse of boys in the early to mid 1970s.