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Fr. John C. Anderson

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Ordained: 1959
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

One of 8 priests removed in 4/02. Allegations first surfaced in 1993 and he was removed from parish post. Continued to work in administrative positions "on special assignment" until 2002. Named in a 10/18 suit against all of the Catholic dioceses in IL. A plaintiff said Anderson sexually abused him at St. Edward's in Chillicothe in the late 1970s-early 1980s, when the plaintiff was ages 8-14. On diocese's list in 12/18. In 6/18 was living in a Bloomington retirement community, reportedly presenting himself as a priest. Shown in 1/20 on the diocese's list of accused.

Br. Lawrence A. Angel

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Angel is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Angel in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.

Fr. Edwin Banach

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1941
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

In 9/02 the Franciscans began investigating allegations that Banach abused two boys between 1963 and 1970 at St. Anthony of Padua. One person alleged abuse and the other alleged that Banach made sexual overtures. Banach spent the first nine years of his ministry at St. Anthony's, moved to a parish in California, then returned in 1963 to St. Anthony's. In 1970 Banach was transferred back to California. He died in 1984.

Fr. Alexander Sylvester Baranowski

Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as accused in Chicago archdiocesan report in 3/06. An 'inappropriate relationship' with a young girl was reported by the girl's father to the archdiocese in 1963. Accused of sexually abusing at least five other children. In 4/13, two men filed civil suit against the archdiocese and Baranowski alleging that he abused them on separate overnight trips in 1961-62. Both men were students at St. Wenceslaus grammar school in Chicago when alleged abuse occurred. Died 6/20/11. Resigned from priesthood in 1975. Laicized 8/1976. Reporteldy left the priesthood and went on to marry.

Fr. John F. Barrett

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Placed on leave in 5/02 due to old accusations that he molested an 8th grade boy in Catholic school in 1968. Original claim was made in 1991 but the alleged victim said the diocese cancelled meeting with him at the last minute when he wanted to bring either his wife or attorney with him. The accuser let the matter drop until 2002 when investigator for the diocese contacted him. Barrett was cleared by diocesan investigation 6/10/02 and returned to ministry. Diocese said claims could not be substantiated and victim was not cooperating. Barrett died 7/16/14.

Fr. Richard Barry Bartz

Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

In the 1980s Bartz was on faculty of a seminary where he allegedly had sex with a 17-year-boy, who was a student at St. Ignatius College Prep. May have attempted to molest at least one other boy the same night. Bartz went on leave indefinitely; was returned to ministry at Columbus Hospital in 1988, under restrictions and monitoring. There until 2001. Another report was made to the archdiocese in 1992 of abuse in the 1970s while Bartz was assigned to Ascension parish in Oak Park. Left position at another hospital and resigned from priesthood 6/02 after Dallas Bishops' Conference. Laicized in 9/15.

Deacon Patricio William Batuyong

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Ordained: 1983
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Ordained a deacon in 1983 for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Had been working temporarily in the Atlanta archdiocese for about a year when he was arrested in 4/93 on IL charges of criminal sexual abuse and solicitation for juvenile prostitution in 1991. Alleged victim was a 15-year-old relative. Extradited to IL where he posted bond before returning to Georgia. Laicized in 4/96. Died in 4/09. Added to Chicago archdiocesan list of clergy with substantiated allegations on 11/28/18.

Fr. Robert Charles Becker

Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Canon lawyer, on Metropolitan Tribunal for years. At least one claim included in a 10/03 settlement. New lawsuit filed 4/06 claiming abuse by Becker and another priest in the late 1970s. Several other alleged victims known to plaintiff's counsel. Suit included in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. At least one claim in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs. At least one claim included in a 7/09 settlement involving four priests. Died in 10/89. Personnel file released 1/14.

Br. Robert E. Beckstrom

Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Beckstrom was listed as a 'former' brother as of 6/11/14. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Beckstrom in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.

Fr. Charles Beebe

Ordained: 1970
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Monsignor. Retired in 2016. Accused in 2018 of the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old boy in 1981, at the Academy of Our Lady/Spalding Institute. Beebe was placed on leave in 6/18 and police contacted. The Diocesan Review Commission investigated and deemed the allegation "unsubstantiated." Reinstated.

Fr. Joseph R. Bennett

Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Archdiocese received allegations 11/12/02 that Bennett had sexually abused three boys in 1976-78. Oral sex alleged. Despite polygraph confirmation, Review Board found no reasonable cause to suspect. Alleged on 12/3/03 to have abused two girls in 1967-69, including rape. Board recommended removal 10/15/05; Cardinal George kept Bennett in ministry until McCormack case broke. Removed 1/31/06; at least 10 other allegations were received. Settlement 8/12/08 released some documents. Personnel files released 1/14. Noted on archdiocese' s list updated 11/28/18 to have been laicized.

Fr. Richard L. Bennett

Ordained: 1972
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Diocese learned of abuse allegation in 2004. Bennett was said to have abused a youth once in 1976 after learning of abuse by another priest. Review board said allegation unfounded. Bennett still active as of 4/06 but under supervision. Civil suit filed by plaintiff in 5/06 but dismissed by the court in 10/06. All supervision of Bennett was removed in 5/07.

Fr. Leonard Adolph Bogdan

Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Named publicly as accused in Chicago Archdiocese report 3/20/06. Allegations made in 1983 and withdrawn 1986. Excardinated to Kalamazoo diocese 1/94. Retired from Kalamazoo 6/30/00. Moved to AZ. Accusation was reasserted in 8/01 and deemed credible in 9/01. Privileges removed 3/02.

Br. Dennis Bonebreak

Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

One of 11 religious brothers (one unnamed) and two laymen accused by 31 men in 3 civil cases filed 4/26/13. Bonebreak was accused of abusing one boy at Leo HS in Chicago. Order agreed to $16.5M settlement with 400 plaintiffs in 5/13, perhaps including the complainants in these three cases.

Fr. Robert Peter Bowman

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Former Vicar for Administration. Retired in 2001. Removed from duties 5/02 after allegations surfaced 4/02 of sexual misconduct with a minor more than 45 years prior. Another allegation of inappropriate behavior apparently made but was found unsubstantiated by the Fitness Review Board who termed it "horseplay that might have been misinterpreted." Files released by archdiocese in 11/14 show allegations of abuse of at least 11 children by Bowman, mostly during 1950s to the 1980s. Archdiocese found 7 of the cases "credible," with victims ages 8-16. Vatican ordered permanent removal of Bowman from public ministry 9/05. Died 4/11.

Fr. David Francis Braun

Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Included in archdiocesan report 3/20/06. Per documents released 11/14, in 1963 Braun "attempted immorality " with 14-year-old male hitchhiker. Boy's father and police agreed not to press charges if church handled it. Admitted to sex with young boys as early as 1956. Would pick boys up in car after school and abuse, including sodomy, in car or in Forest Preserves. Placed on leave, sent to treatment, reinstated as assistant at Lincoln Park parish. Moved among a number of Chicago parishes, then Wilmette pastor. Alcoholic, began work with others in alcohol treatment at Lakeshore Hospital in 1970s. Pastor in Round Lake, Palatine, North Riverside. Retired 1992, lived in IL and FL. Allegation 1992 of abuse in 1960 of boy, age 13. In 1994 a woman reported abuse mid-1960s, age 4. Bernardin ordered restrictions. In 1995, a man reported mid-1960s abuse, age 10. Braun died 12/97. By 2008 two more men had come forward, one alleging 1954 abuse, age 12, the other said early 1980s abuse, at age 22.

Fr. Walter A. Breuning

Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Retired in 1999. Removed from public ministry in 2002 after allegation of sexual abuse of minors 20-40 years prior, at least as young as age 9. Two brothers alleged he abused them in the late 1960s-early 1970s while assigned to St. Joseph's in Pekin. Three suits filed 12/05 alleged child sexual abuse. Name sometimes spelled Bruening. Suit dismissed by lower court but reinstated by Appeals Court 1/09. Settled. At least 12 accusers. On diocese's list 12/18, spelled "Bruening." Died 11/2/09. Shown on the diocese's list of accused in 1/20.

Fr. Kenneth M. Brigham

Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Retired to Las Vegas in 6/05. Died 05/23/06. Brigham's personnel file was one of 30 files of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors produced by archdiocese in 1/14 and released by plaintiffs' counsel.

Br. Robert Noel Brouillette

Order: CFC
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

High School teacher and counselor, active 1960s-90s in HI, MA, MI, NM, IL. Arrested 1998 in IL for solicitation and child porn; convicted in 2000; got 4 years' probation. Accused in 7/02 suit of abusing IL high school student 1996-98. Suit alleged sex with minors at schools in HI, MA, MI and NM previously. Second suit 1/03. Living at Vianney Center in MO 2004; left Order and Center at probation's end. Suit 11/7/12. Part of Order's $16.5M settlement 5/13. Named by a man 4/4/14 suit in HI re abuse at Damien Memorial High. Name included on Seattle archdiocese's list 1/15/16 of accused. Was at O'Dea High in Seattle 1968-70. Changed his name to Robert Sullivan.

Fr. Daniel Peter Buck

Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Removed in 6/02. Previously accused of sexual misconduct against a girl 1979-84, beginning when she was age 10 or 11. Allegations reviewed by the Fitness Review Board some time after 1993; Board recommended he be allowed to stay in ministry as long as he was banned from being alone with minors. At least one claim included in 10/03 settlement of claims by 15 men and women who alleged abuse by 12 priests. Vatican approved permanent removal from public ministry 9/05.

Fr. Andrew L. Buczyna

Ordained: 1987
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Removed from ministry in 2008. Name first appeared on Joliet diocesan list of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors as revised 3/12/13. Pastor of St John Vianney in Lockport 6/97-2009. Per 12/18 updated list, permanently removed from ministry.

Fr. James R. Burnett

Ordained: 1968
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Accused in 2/06. Denied. Removed. Not on diocese's 4/06 list of accused. Suit filed in 5/06 claiming abuse 1978-82 when plaintiff was ages 8-12. Diocese found first allegations "not credible" but couldn't resolve credibility of second set. Second suit filed in 2007. First suit dismissed on SOL in 9/07. Diocese reopened investigation in 2010. Remained on leave. Added to Joliet list 3/13. Third case settled in 3/13 for $600K and release of personnel files of several priests. Told all three plaintiffs that charges substantiated. Personnel files released 4/30/14. Per 12/18 updated list, permanently removed from ministry. Died in 2019.

Fr. Eugene Patrick Burns

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abuse of a girl ages 8-13 in 1961-1966 while he was assigned to St. Catherine Laboure in Glenview. Died in 1/05. Claim included in 10/05 settlement by the archdiocese with 24 adults alleging abuse by 14 priests.

Fr. Edward E. Bush

Ordained: 1957
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

In 2002 two women accused Bush of sexual misconduct against them when they were in 6th and 8th grades in 1964 or 1965. Removed from ministry 5/02. Bishop confronted him 4/02; he did not deny charges, and agreed to resign from all active ministry. He sued the diocese for defamation in 9/02. At least one woman sued him in 2005. Case withdrawn, then refiled in 1/07. Dismissed in 6/07 as beyond the statute of limitations. Bush died 3/22/11. On diocese's list in 12/18.

Fr. Eamonn Byrne

Ordained: 1953
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Born in Ireland. Spent most of career in the Philippines, beginning in 1957. In the U.S. for three years beginning in 1974 to develop Columban apostolate to the Filipino community. Accused in a 1992 lawsuit of abuse of a girl during a church outing in 1974. She claimed the abuse was reported to his superiors but no action was taken by them. Byrne retired to Ireland in 2007. Died 12/12/15.

Fr. James R. Calhoun

Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Permanently removed from ministry in 3/93. Died 5/26/96. Believed to have abused several youths. One man said he was forced to "lure sex partners" from a local park for Calhoun and another priest 1981-83. He a lso claimed Calhoun was part of a homosexual ring of abusive priests. Named as abuser in 7/94 civil suit. Another suit said he covered up abuse by Fr. Robert Vonnahmen. On diocese's list 12/19/18.

Fr. John Walter Calicott

Ordained: 1974
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Suspended in 1994 due to accusations of sexual molestation of two 15-year-old boys in 1976. Sent to treatment; deemed "no significant risk" and allowed to return to assignment in 1995. Removed again 6/02 after Dallas Bishops Conference. Sued 2004. Included on 2003 Chicago archdiocese list of accused priests. Reportedly teaching sex ed in a parish school by 2004. Canonical court trial pending 9/05. Laicization announced 10/27/09. Personnel file released 11/14; one man said at the time that Calicott abused him when he was a 12-year-old altar boy at St. Aibe's on the South Side in the 1970s. Accused of abuse of at least four boys.

Fr. Alvin L. Campbell

Ordained: 1952
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Arrested on sex assault charges in 1985. Owned child porn. History of abuse involving numerous victims going back at least 20 years. Convicted and sentenced to 14 years prison. Released 1992. Bishop requested laicization in 1989 but was denied by CDF prefect Cardinal Ratzinger because Campbell did not agree. He later agreed and was laicized, possibly 1992. Died 12/2/02. At least one civil suit settled in 2004 mass settlement. Six more victims from 1970s and early 1980s settled with Diocese 1/07 for $625K. On diocese's list 11/29/18.

Fr. Mark A. Campobello

Ordained: 1991
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

Arrested in 12/02 after an 18-year-old girl alleged he abused her at age 14 when he was asssistant principal and spiritual director at her school. Placed on leave. Indicted again in 10/03 on charges that he molested another girl 1999-2000 in a different county. Pled guilty in 2004. Sentenced to 8 years (4 for each girl). Two civil suits filed in 2004; settled in 5/07 for $2.2M. At least one more credible accuser. Laicized in 6/05. Released from prison 2/13/08. Back in prison in 4/08; soon released. Back in 4/09. Released 7/28/10. Last known to be living in Crystal Lake, IL. On diocese's list 11/14/18.

Br. Michael T. Carr

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Carr is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Carr in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.

Br. Francis C. Carroll

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Carroll is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Carroll in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.

Fr. Terry Cassidy

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Ordained: 1984
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Diocese announced Cassidy's removal from public ministry 8/26/15 due to accusations of sexual misconduct with a minor nearly 30 years prior. Assigned to 16 parishes 1984-2001, with leave of absences 1989 and 1992. Spiritual advisor for Teens Encounter Christ 2006-2013. Pastor of St. Ann's in Peoria 1999-2015. Shown on the diocese's list of accused in 1/20.

Fr. Joseph D. Cernich

Ordained: 1983
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Assigned to parishes, active in Teens Encounter Christ, taught summer school at Griffin High, and was a Christian Family Camps staff member. Faculties removed in 4/95. Worked in Catholic Charities administration offices until 2002. Laicized in 6/03. Went on to work for the city of Springfield. First named publicly as accused on the diocese's list released 11/29/18.

Fr. Robert Chlopecki

Ordained: 1974
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Multiple complaints of sexual acts with boys in early 1980s. Suspended from active ministry 3/93. Accused of being part of sex ring involving Fr. James Calhoun and other priests. In original petition, name was spelled "Kolpecki." On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave." On diocese's list 12/19/18.

Br. Thomas M. Chmura

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1982
Status: Sentenced

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Assigned to St Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, WI on IL border. Arrested 4/13, charged with trying to abduct a 14-year-old girl in Antioch IL, and with disorderly conduct. Police saw him stop near 3 other girls. He fled and they arrested him the next day. Admitted approaching several girls over previous 6 weeks. Arrested again 5/3/13 after children found at Abbey. Pled guilty 12/5/13 to one count of child abduction. Sentenced to 6 months of periodic imprisonment, plus 24 months of felony probation.

Fr. Christopher Ciomek

Ordained: 1998
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

From Poland. Arrived in the U.S. in 1988, ordained 1998. Worked at St. Monica's in Chicago, St. Theresa in Palatine and Mundelein Seminary. Pastor of St. Peter Damian in Bartlett when suspended in 4/21 due to allegations received by the archdiocese of the sexual abuse of a minor, occurring about 30 years prior.

Fr. Harlan B. Clapsaddle

Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

Per news in 2002, Clapsaddle was accused of inappropriately touching three brothers decades prior. Diocese was notified in 1996; he was removed from parish in 1/97 and sent for treatment. Reassigned in 11/97, as chaplain to a nursing home in a "monitored setting." The Diocese paid the three victims a total of $80K. In 3/02 he was removed from the nursing home assignment after another claim of abuse years prior was received. Nursing home officials said they knew nothing about his past record. On diocese's list 11/14/18.

Fr. George H. Clements

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Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Pastor of Holy Angels in Bronzeville 1969-91. Assigned to the Diocese of Naussau, Bahamas 1991-93, then Washington DC 1993-2006. Retired in 2006. Clements admitted to a reporter in 1994 that he had been the subject of rumors of sexual misconduct. In 8/19 he was suspended from ministry pending the investigation of an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in 1974. He died in 11/19.

Fr. William J. Cloutier

Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abuse of at least three boys in 1979. Kept in ministry. Removed in 1991, sent to archdiocesan retreat house at Mundelein Seminary. Civil suit filed in 1991 claimed abuse in 1979. Admitted abuse and that after 14 years of therapy still used his position to abuse. New allegation in 2002. Part of large 2003 settlement involving 12 priests. Left priesthood in 1994. Died in 8/03. Also included in 10/05 settlement by Archdiocese involving multiple priests. Personnel file released 01/14.

Br. Alan S. Cobb

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Cobb was listed as a 'former' brother as of 6/11/14. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Cobb in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.

Fr. J. George Cody

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Order: IC
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Born in Wales, U.K. Worked in Peoria for many years as a hospital chaplain. Died in 1964. In 2011 a woman publicly alleged that Cody abused her and other girls in the 1950s when she was a 12-year-old polio patient at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. She said that when she complained to the nurses, she was told to be quiet or the nurse could lose her job. At some point in the past she refused an offer of $17K in exchange for gag agreement.

Br. Donald Cecil Collins

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Collins is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Collins in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.

Br. Eugene Laurence Condon

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Condon listed as former brother as of 6/11/14; cf. Charleston diocesan priest, Eugene L. Condon, who died on 5/24/14. Christian Brothers did not provide assignment info; until we establish assignments, we have placed Condon in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.

Fr. Louis Condon

Ordained: 1948
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Diocese statement of 11/30/05 said Condon was removed from active ministry in 1986 "due to circumstances not related to abuse of a minor." His death notice said he "retired" then. He was accused in a 2005 civil suit of improperly touching and fondling a girl between 1958 and 1960 when she was ages 6-9. He denied the allegations. Suit dismissed 6/07 by Court as filed beyond SOL. Died 2/17/09. On Peoria's list in 12/18.

Fr. Thomas A. Corbino

Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

In 8/11 the diocese learned of allegations of possible inappropriate behavior with a minor at two parishes 1987-2008. After months of investigation, the Review Board found actions did not rise to the level of sexual abuse of a minor but were inappropriate. He resigned from St. Pius X and was sent to treatment. Soon began work as volunteer chaplain at Central DuPage Hospital "under restrictions." Removed by Hospital 4/13 after it learned of past allegations.

Br. Edmund Corrigan

Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

One of 10 brothers and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in a 5/13 civil case of abuse at three Chicago schools run by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province. Order agreed to massive $16.5M settlement in late 5/13 with 400 plaintiffs claiming abuse by multiple order priests and brothers. Unclear if the order has substantiated any of the allegations against the eight newly-accused brothers, including Corrigan.

Fr. Robert Craig

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Ordained: 1974
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused per Archdiocesan List 3/20/06. Removed 1990 and resigned from priesthood 10/93. Suit filed 4/06. Several known victims claim abuse between 1982 and 1990. Previous settlement made in 1989. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. At least 1 claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs. Laicized in 10/09.

Fr. Robert J. Creager

Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Creager was one of seven priests asked to step down from public ministry in 5/02 because of allegations of sexual abuse. Allegations were brought to the diocese's attention within the preceding two months. On diocese's list 12/18. Died 10/25/08.

Fr. David G. Crook

Ordained: 1981
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Placed on leave 3/93. Permanently removed from active ministry 1/95 over allegations of sexual misconduct with a teenager "some years ago." As of 2002, he had left the Illinois area. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave/Retired." On diocese's list 12/19/18.

Fr. John William Curran

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abuse of two youths who were students at Chicago's Quigley South Seminary. Abuse reported by plaintiff in 1990 and 1991. Parishioners were told that he had taken "a sabbatical" when he left in 1993. Sued. In late 1994 archdiocese told parishioners the truth, but by then the SOL had expired for the plaintiffs. Curran died in 3/2000. At least one claim included in 10/05 settlement by archdiocese. Named in two 4/12 civil suits by two men who alleged abuse in 1987. Personnel file released in 1/14.

Fr. Richard Daschbach

Order: SVD
Ordained: 1964
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Ordained for the SVD's Chicago Province. Pittsburgh PA native. At Catholic U. in Washington DC and hospital chaplain at Fort Belvoir VA 1964-66. Went to Timor, Indonesia in 1966 where he spent the next five-plus decades. Accused in early 2018 of sexually abusing at least two dozen girls at Topu Honis Shelter Home, which he founded in 1993. Child pornography also involved. Admitted the allegations to police. Laicized 11/06/18. Refused to leave the orphanage and still saying mass, per SVD Superior General in 2/19. Arrested 4/26/19. Released on house arrest. Trial started in 3/21, postponed to 5/21 due to covid-19, then to 6/7/21. Reportedly threatened the life of the human rights lawyer representing the victims in 7/21, at the district court. Indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington D.C. 8/26/21, charged with 7 counts of illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place.


Fr. Phillip J. Dedera

Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Removed from hospital chaplain ministry 2002 after credible allegation that he abused a teenager in 1974. Sued in 2006 by a person alleging abuse over 100 times at St. Pius X parish in Lombard 1975-76. Claim settled. Name on Joliet diocese list updated 3/12/13. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files in 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Named in a 2015 suit as having ignored an 11-year-old boy's screams while another priest, Henry Slade, assaulted him after the boy refused a sex act. Plaintiff said Dedera then offered him marijuana to "help him forget it." Permanently removed from ministry, per diocese's list updated 12/6/18.

Fr. Garrett Neal Dee

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Ordained for the Springfield IL diocese. In treatment for about a year before assigned in 1988 to the Diocese of Amarillo, TX. In 4/02 a man told the Springfield diocese that Dee abused him in the 1960s in IL. The man's attorney wrote directly to the Amarillo diocese in June, and Dee was placed on leave. Dee admitted to sexual misconduct with minors in the Diocese of Springfield. At least one more man from TX contacted local papers after story about Dee alleging he was molested by the priest in Groom, TX. On Springfield diocese's list 11/29/19. It notes his removal from active ministry 7/31/02.

Fr. Robert DeGrand

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Ordained: 1980
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Removed 9/13 from parishes in Sigel, Neoga, Green Creek and Lillyville after new allegation of sexual misconduct against a minor dating back to 1980 when he was assigned to Our Saviour Parish in Jacksonville, IL Temporarily removed. Review Board found allegations credible 1/14 and matter to be sent to Vatican for further action. To remain on leave. Civil and criminal authorities notified. No criminal prosecution due to SOL. On diocese's list 11/29/18. Not in active miinistry since 5/1/15.

Fr. Arno Dennerlein

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Ordained: 1969
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

In 2/03 two brothers told Joliet police that Dennerlein had sexually abused them when they were boys in the early 1970s. Dennerlein denied the charges. Removed. In 10/03 Dennerlein challenged the credibility of his accusers but did refer to "a single, momentary incident" involving one of the boys. In 10/03 the diocesan review board deemed the abuse allegations credible. Suit filed in 10/03 by another set of brothers alleging abuse in the 1960s. Canonical process pending 4/14. Per diocese's list updated 12/18, case process still pending and his status was "on leave." On the diocese's list of credibly accused in 2/21, his status "permanently removed from ministry in 2003."

Fr. Walter George DeRoeck

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Removed in 3/99 after two men came forward to allege abuse as minors in approximately 1986. He was assigned to St. John Berchman's in the Logan Square neighborhood at time of the alleged abuse. Resigned from priesthood in 8/01; laicized in 1/02.

Fr. Dominic Aloysius Diederich

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Ordained: 1917
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

On 1/31/06 the archdiocese confirmed that church officials had reason to believe Diederich engaged in sexual misconduct with a child. The admission came after a woman confronted Cardinal George about Diederich at a public meeting on 1/30/06. The archdiocese refused to include Diederich in its list of priests with substantiated allegations, because Diederich was deceased. He died 4/24/77. Included on archdiocese's list 11/28/18.

Fr. James Diete

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Ordained: 1980
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Had assignments in Lemont, IL and Denver, CO. Named publicly by the Vincentian on its list in 2020 as the subject of multiple allegations of abuse, occurring in the 1980s. After the abuse was reported in 1987, Diete was sent to St. Luke Institute for treatment, then returned in 1988 to ministry. His faculties were removed in 1991.

Fr. Francis Emil Dilla

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Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abuse at St. Simon's in Chicago 1964-1965. Removed from public ministry 2/92. First identified as abuser in Archdiocesan Report of 3/20/06. Retired in 1993. Died 2/05.

Fr. Paul F. Dinan

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Ordained: 1937
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Retired in 1980. Died 12/6/96. Worked for many years in Kankakee, Joliet and Paxton. Name included on Joliet diocese's list of priests with credible allegations as revised 3/12/13. The allegations were received after his death were thus shown as "unresolved" on the list.

Fr. Richard Dochstader

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

From Ontario, Canada. Ordained for the Missionaries of St. Charles (Scalabrinians) and worked in British Columbia. Arrived in Joliet in 1983 where he was incardinated in 1987. Assigned to parishes in Melrose Park, Frankfort, Bradley, Lockport, Naperville, Glen Ellyn Died in 2003. Added to the diocese's list of credibly accused 5/28/19.

Fr. Robert Dodd

Ordained: 1964
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Began a 'relationship' with 15-year-old girl which continued for several years. Her mother complained to parish in 1968. After several months Dodd was transferred, to parish in the city where the girl was attending college. Dodd married and left the priesthood in 1971. Became an attorney and served as mayor of Champaign 1983-87. Civil suit filed in 1994. Court ruled 11/96 that case could go forward. Dodd died 3/28/13.On diocese's list 11/29/18.

Fr. Kevin J. Downey

Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Pastor of St Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle VA from 2011. On 5/28/16 the Arlington VA diocese quietly announced Downey's suspension during an investigation of sexual misconduct with a male minor, alleged to have occurred in 1990 'in another state.' Per the Official Catholic Directory, Downey was working at Quincy College in the Springfield IL diocese in 1990. Downey denied the allegation. He has worked in NY, IL, NJ, NC, and VA. Province announced on 4/24/17 that the claim was found to be credible. Downey removed permanently from all public ministries. On the Raleigh diocese's list in 10/18.

Fr. William Dugal, III

Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Spent many years in wheelchair. Chaplain at Driscoll Catholic High School in Addison 1984-96. Because of his health, went to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. Retired in 2000, privileges removed. Died in 2009. Name first appeared on diocese's list of priests with credible allegations 3/12/13.

Fr. Jeremiah C. Duggan

Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Alleged abuse occurred the in 1970s-1980s while he was assigned to Queen of Martyrs in Evergreen Park. Name not revealed until at least one claim included in Archdiocesan settlement of 10/28/05. Died 7/99, one month after he retired. Name not included on list of Chicago perpetrators released 1/14.

Br. James Claver Dunn

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Dunn is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Dunn in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.

Fr. Francis Engels

Ordained: 1962
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Engels and two other priests were accused of abusing a youth in 1973. The victim complained directly to Bishop Myers in 1992. Diocese did not put Engels on leave until the family went to the media in 1993. Engels also admitted to abusing a youth in the 1980s. Bishop tried to reinstate him in 2002 but second victim complained and he was not reassigned. Named in a 2004 civil suit which settled in 2005. Pled guilty in 4/05 to sexually abusing a teenage altar boy during trips to Milwaukee in the early 1980s. Sentenced in 6/05 to 10 years in WI prison. On Peoria's list in 12/18.

Fr. William Patrick Farrell

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Taught high school in Chicago and in Dallas TX, assigned in 1971 to a parish in Edina MN. Accusations surfaced in 2017 that Farrell sexually abused a 16-year-old Chicago boy in 1970, when Farrell was a Fenwick High faculty member and the boy was a student. Farrell's accuser wrote the Dominicans in 11/17 and received an apology. He said he knew of at least one other student who had been molested by Farrell. In 2016 a man alleged that Farrell molested him when he was a vulnerable 21 year-old. The man said he met Farrell via a Catholic charismatic organization in MN in the 1970s. When Farrell was assigned to a chaplaincy at Southwestern U. in LA in 1973, he asked the young man to help him move. His accuser said that during stops at hotels on two nights, Farrell awakened him, naked, wanting sex. Farrell died 2/8/89.

Fr. Richard Wayne Fassbinder

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Retired in 1997. Privileges removed 4/02 after review board determined "reasonable cause" to suspect he had sexually abused a male minor during his assignment at Prince of Peace parish. Abuse said to have begun in 1974 and ended in mid-1980s. Allegations first reported 12/01. Died 5/04. Name also on 2003 Archdiocesan list of abusers. Per documents released by archdiocese in 11/14, Fassbinder admitted taking nude pics of and a "sexual relationship" with a boy, beginning in 1974 when the boy was age 16 and continuing for 15 years; he said he didn't know the boy was a minor. He was in ministry for two years after his admission.

Fr. Theodore Feely

Order: OFM Conv
Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

Feely worked in IL, CA and NV. In 2002 two men alleged Feely of abused them when they were minors in IL 1968-72. One of the men filed 2/06 civil suit against the Rockford Diocese claiming Feely repeatedly sexually abused him, including rape, at age 13 in 1969. The man said the abuse started on a four-day trip to the Wisconsin Dells. He said he was awakened by the priest choking him, and was then sodomized. Feely's accuser also said he told another priest during confession, who pulled him out of the confessional, said he was evil then pushed him down the stairs. The lawsuit was dismissed on SOL. Feely died in NV in 1991. On Rockford diocese's list 11/14/18. On Las Vegas diocese's list 4/12/19. On Stockton diocese's list 11/12/20; worked there at St. George's 1981-82.

Fr. Mark A. Finan

Ordained: 1948
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/18. Multiple allegations of abuse occurring while assigned to St. Ignatius Prep in Chicago in 1944 and St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, OH 1964-65. Dismissed from the Jesuits 4/13/73. Died 11/18/93, age 77. Per his obituary, Finan "spent his later years serving in the Los Angeles [CA] area." The province's list revised 2/21/20 shows dates of abuse in Cincinnati as 1963-65.

Fr. Lowell E. Fischer

Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Ordained for the Trappists. Incardinated into the Diocese of Joliet. Moved to Hawaii in 1975 for an "18 year leave of absence." Worked as a hospital chaplain for a year. Became a parish priest in 1977. One person filed suit in 1994 in Hawaii alleging abuse by Fischer in 1992. Settled out of court. Returned to Joliet diocese in 1993 on a restricted basis. Removed from ministry in 2002. Died in 6/06 in Illinois. Named in a new civil suit filed against the Joliet diocese 04/30/14 .

Fr. John D. Fitzgerald

Ordained: 1933
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Pastor of Ascension Church in Oak Grove 1951-1973. A woman contacted the Archdiocese in 2005 to report that she was sexually abused by him in 1964 when she was a teenage parishioner. Fitzgerald died in either 1984 or 1985. No public information released about Fitzgerald's abuse until the woman came forward at a 7/31/14 news conference after her mother, a diocesan employee, had passed away. The Archdiocese did pay for counseling for her.

Fr. Joseph L. Fitzharris

Ordained: 1962
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Removed in 1991. Accused of abuse. Criminally convicted in 1987. Resigned from priesthood in 1/95. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. Another man settled his claims for $875K in 7/07 just prior to filing suit. He had alleged abuse in 1970s between ages of 7-10. Laicized in 5/09. Additional settlement with at least one man announced 8/30/11. Personnel file released 1/14 as part of that settlement. Admitted by 2005 to abuse of at least 9 boys.

Fr. Terence Fitzmaurice

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Multiple allegations of abuse of boys and girls. Accused of molesting at least 15 boys in the early 1970s. Three settled with the order and the Chicago archdiocese in 2006. In 2007 negotiations continued with other claimants. Many were participants in a job-training program run by the city of Chicago where Fitzmaurice was a supervisor. As many as 75 other claimants. One woman alleged abuse over a 6-year period. A suit filed 1/07 alleged abuse in Superior diocese. Other plaintiffs added 5/07. Original plaintiff settled 10/07.

Fr. Alejandro Flores

Ordained: 2009
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Native of Bolivia. Ordained for Joliet 6/09. Removed 1/4/10 from First Family after couple accused him of abusing their 13-year-old son for 5 years while a seminarian. Flores attempted suicide 1/6/10 by leaping from balcony of abandoned church. Sustained serious head injuries. Released 1/20/10 and arrested. Charged 4/10 with attempted abuse of first victim's brother. Pled guilty 9/10 to first allegations. Got four years prison. Paroled 6/13. Arrested by Immigration. Deported to Bolivia 8/6/13. Out-of-court civil settlement 2012. Per diocese's list 12/18, permanently removed from minsitry. Per the diocese's list in 2/21, Flores was laicized in 2020.

Fr. James Vincent Flosi

Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Sued in 2005. Accused of abuse of a Quigley Theological Seminary student in 1980 while assigned to Holy Name Cathedral. Multiple reports of sexual abuse of minors dating to the 1970s. Accused in 1991 of teaching several middle school age boys to masturbate. Resigned from priesthood in 7/92. Later became founder and CEO of Aidscare in Chicago. Laicized in 10/10.

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Fr. James M. Frederick

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Included on Joliet diocese 4/10/06 list of priests with substantiated allegations. Died 1988. Per 2013 articles and personnel files, Frederick was dean of students at the former St. Charles Borromeo [minor] seminary in Romeoville in mid-1960s. Several students complained to Rector of seminary in 1967 and Bishop removed Frederick. He later returned to duty as CFO for Diocese. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files finally released 4/30/14.

Fr. Daniel L. Friedman

Ordained: 1972
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Accused of sexual advances towards boy at summer camp in 1986. Vicar General recommended removal in 1988 but no action taken until 1994 after further investigation. He was later reinstated to parish but not to camp duties. A woman sued him in 2/02 alleging that he had fondled her during counseling sessions; suit dropped in 6/02. Removed 9/02 pending review of 1986 allegations. Again allowed to return to active ministry 4/03 after review by Fitness Review Board.

Fr. Robert D. Friese

Ordained: 1978
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Teacher/counselor at Maryville Academy for at-risk youth in Des Plaines. Charged in 1984 with sexual abuse of 13-year-old boy he met at Maryville. Victim said abuse was from 1982 to 1984 and included fondling and oral sex. At time of indictment, Friese was on leave from Chicago Archdiocese and working as researcher at Univ of IL--Chicago's child care program. He was convicted in 1985, placed on probation for 4 years and sent to House of Affirmation. Resigned from priesthood 8/85. Laicized 7/87.

Fr. Rigoberto Gamez-Alfonso

Ordained: 1995
Status: Charged

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Several chancery positions. Named pastor in 2009 of Our Lady of Tepeyac in Little Village. Assiged 2015 to Providence of God in Pilsen. In residence since 7/18 at St. Aloysius in Wicker Park. Arrested in 10/18, charged with criminal sexual abuse involving force and battery. Accused of attacking three females, ages 17, 18 and 27, beginning in 11/16. Faculties withdrawn.

Br. Stephen Justin Gardner

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Gardner was listed as a 'former' brother as of 6/11/14. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Gardner in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.

Fr. Jesus P. Garza

Ordained: 1979
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as accused on Chicago Archdiocese list released 3/20/06. Resigned from priesthood 7/00. In 11/83 a mother expressed concern to the archdiocese about Garza's interactions with her son. In 4/00 alleged victim met with Cardinal George. Garza resigned 7/1/00. In 2005 internal investigators deemed substantiated clams that Garza forced a boy to perform oral on him sex numerous times 1/84-4/84. Discovered by news outlet in 9/18 to have gone on to work as a counselor. in the Beloit, WI public schools.

Fr. James Gaynor

Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

In 2000 a man reported to the diocese that when he was ages 4-5 in 1963-65, Gaynor repeatedly sexually abused him. The diocese told the man that Gaynor had died of AIDS in 1991. The man said he refused to sign an agreement offering counseling in exchange for releasing the diocese from liabilities or damages. The same man came forward again in 2002.

Fr. Michael L. Gibbney

Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Removed from ministry in 1992. Sued in 10/02. Accused of abuse of boy at Mary Queen of Heaven parish in Elmhurst and at St. Francis of Assisi in Bolingbrook. Suit dismissed in 2004 on statute of limitations. Another suit filed in early 2006; dismissed 11/06 on statute of limitations with option to refile amended complaint. Named in new suit filed 5/15/13. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Named as 1 of 5 priests in $4.137 million settlement in 4/15. Laicized in 2011. Died in 2020, per the diocese's list in 2/21.

Fr. Lawrence M. Gibbs

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Multiple accusers. Accused of abuse in 1979. Transferred. Accused of abuse of 11-year-old boy for 6 years. Two civil suits filed 1993, one dismissed, one settled 1998. Termed Joliet diocese's most notorious abuser. Accused of abuse in Lombard, Lockport and Glen Ellyn. Removed from ministry 1992. No criminal charges filed. Left priesthood in 1990s and later married. Removed from position as counselor in St. Louis in 2002 pending investigation. Named in new suit filed by a man 6/12 and by another man 6/13. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Named in $4.137 million settlement re five priests in 4/15.

Fr. Norman D. Goodman

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Beginning 8/98 12 young men filed suits alleging abuse by Goodman, mostly in the 1980s, and that at least twice diocesan officials were informed but failed to take action. Other suits followed. Goodman "resigned" from parish in 1997. Settlement with 13 in 1999. Placed on permanent leave in 2002. Lawsuit filed 2005, dropped, re-filed 1/06. This suit was dismissed in 6/07 as beyond SOL. Named in a 4/07 lawsuit. This suit, with others, were dismissed on SOL in 2007 and 2008. All suits to have been possibly reinstated 1/09. Suit revived 8/16 of man claiming abuse as boy 1991-94. Goodman died 8/1/13. Included on the diocese's list of accused in 2018.

Fr. Gary Graf

Ordained: 1984
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused in 7/18 of inappropriate behavior toward a male teen, who was a parish employee. Graf was pastor of San Jose Luis Sanchez Del Rio. Placed on leave pending investigation. Graf's accuser said Graf told him over the phone that he was attracted to him, rubbed his shoulders, and offered him a free car. Graf maintained his innocence. Dept of Children and Family Services deemed the allegations "unfounded" in 11/18. Graf was found not guilty at criminal bench trial in 1/19. Archdiocese continued investigation. He was returned to ministry in 4/19.

Fr. James Craig Hagan

Ordained: 1974
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abuse of several youths 1981-1986 and in the 1970s. First allegations were reported in 1988. Placed on leave in 1996. Resigned from the priesthood in 4/97. Two claims settled in 10/03. One claim was  included in a 10/05 settlement with the Archdiocese. Suit in 4/06 claimed abuse 1994-1996 at St. Denis parish. At least one claim was included in a $12.7M settlement in 8/08 involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs. Laicized in 4/10. Personnel file released 01/21/14.

Fr. William Harbert

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Harbert admitted abusing a 14-year-old in 1982. Also accused of abusing three siblings. He was a t nursing home chaplain when charges surfaced. Resigned from public ministry in 1993 after admitting he abused another youth. Suit filed in 2/04. Plaintiff claimed diocese knew of abuse in the 1970s. Settled in 2005. Another suit filed in 1/07. Harbert died in 4/24/03. On diocese's list in 12/18.

Fr. Al F. Harte

Ordained: 1964
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

A woman filed suit 1/31/14 alleging that Harte and two other priests, "Fr. Bob" and "Fr. Allen", abused her on multiple occasions 1978-80 when she was a student at Holy Family Catholic School. Harte was at the parish 1976-89. The suit claims the diocese know of his behavior before her abuse. He died 8/24/02.

Fr. Joseph Havey

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Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Accused of abuse of at least 5 boys in 1970s-80s. Sued in 1993. They and others say he provided pornography, drugs and alcohol. Suit dismissed in 1995 on SOL and dismissal upheld by appeals court. Two other claims were pending at that time. Havey left the priesthood and married. At least some claims settled as part of 2004 $3M mass settlement. Laicized in 4/06. On diocese's list released 11/29/18.

Fr. Gerald R. Hechenberger

Ordained: 1996
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Arrested 1/08/18. Charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography, and possession of methamphetamine. Associate pastor of Holy Childhood parish and school in Mascoutah, St. Pancratius in Fayetteville and St. Liborius in St. Libory. Had taken leave in 2011 for "very serious personal, pastoral and legal challenges." In 2004 pled guilty to trespassing at a truck stop "holding his pants in his hand and [with] no shirt on." Charged in 1983 and 1989 with DUIs. It was announced 1/19 that he would undergo a psych evaluation to determine if he was mentally competent to stand trial. Pled guilty in 11/19. Sentenced to nine years in prison. On diocese's list 12/19/18. Died in jail 3/6/20.

Fr. John Edward Hefferan

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as abuser on Chicago Archdiocesan Report released 3/20/06. Removed from Public Ministry 10/03. No further information found as of 7/19/09. Per documents released by archdiocese 11/14, Herreran was accused in 3/93 of sexual abuse of 12-year-old girl in late 1970s at St. John Vianney in Northlake. Restricted from being alone with minors for 4 months. Two more allegations surfaced in 2002 and 2003: a person claimed sexual exploitation by Hefferon 1964-67 at St. Anastasia's in Waukegan, and a woman filed a formal complaint that Hefferan fondled her breasts in the late 1960s, when she was in junior high school in Flossmore. Died 1/29/28, per archdiocese's updated list 11/28/18.

Br. Gilbert Leroy Hensley

Ordained: 1962
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused in a civil suit filed 10/26/07 of sodomizing a boy at least four times in the 4th and 5th grade in the late 1970s at St Vincent Ferrer parish in River Forest IL, where Hensley worked 1971-1986, after assignment at nearby St Thomas Aquinas Priory 1962-1971. To show prior notice, suit alleged Hensley's jaw was broken by a minor male in a gay bar in the mid-1970s. A 3rd boy was allegedly fondled once by Hensley at the parish school in the late 1970s and a 4th minor male was reportedly willing to testify. Rev Vincent Bryce, Hensley's pastor at St Vincent's, admitted abusing a boy there. In 1986-2005 Hensley lived at Blessed Sacrament priory and parish in the Madison WI diocese while working at Edgewood Elementary School. After the attorney for the man who filed suit contacted the Dominicans in 2005, Hensley was moved to the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters in Sinsinawa WI, where he lived and worked 2005-2014. Hensley, whose religious name was Bro Angelus, died on 5/31/14.

Fr. George H. Hiland

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Retired in 1994. Removed from public ministry in 11/18 due to allegations deemed credible of sexual misconduct with a minor about 50 years prior. Assignments 1958-94 included St. Stephen's in Steator, St. John the Baptist in Fairbury, St. Patrick in Dwight and St. James in Forrest. On diocese's list in 12/18. Known in 2014 to be living in Sebastian, FL.

Fr. James Allen Hoder

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as abuser on Chicago Archdiocesan Report in Fall 2009. Archdiocese received report in 7/85 of sexual abuse by Hoder of a teenage boy when Hoder was a seminarian. Housekeeper in 1990 reported male minors going to Hoder's room, porn everywhere, and a young man around age 18 staying with him in the rectory. Suspected of theft the same year and investigated for drugs. Reports to archdiocese in 11/92 of sex abuse of teen boy. Resigned from priesthood 1997. Allegation 2/04. Another in 7/07 of abuse by Hoder and Rev. James Flosi of boy age 17; alleged victim had called archdiocese about this in 1985. Laicization in 12/09 announced 1/2010.

Fr. Michael J. Hogan

Ordained: 1984
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as abuser on Chicago Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06. In 2/86 a parent told pastor at St. Barbara's parish of "inappropriate activities" the priest had engaged in with his sons. Pastor was then to supervise Hogan. On leave as of 6/22/02. Resigned 7/93. Per archdiocese's list updated 11/28/18, Hogan was laicized 6/20/15.

Fr. Michael P. Hogan

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Named publicly by a man in 1/19 who claimed Hogan sexually abused him when he was a St. Rita High School sophomore. Hogan worked at St. Rita's 1960-70 as a teacher, Vice Principal for Guidance and Director of Public Relations. His accuser said the priest offered to take him to a camp in Milwaukee, plied him with alcohol in a hotel room and started touching him. The man said he told the archdiocese in 2006, who had him contact the Midwest Augustinians, and that the Order said Hogan was in a nursing home and denied the abuse. Hogan died 9/29/08.

Fr. John C. Holdren

Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

Accused in a lawsuit filed 9/8/15 of sexually abusing a 7- to 9-year-old boy in the early 1970s at St. Rita's of Cascia in Aurora. Abuse allegedly included fondling and sodomy. Accuser said several of his friends told him they were abused, too. Holdren denied abuse of the boy. Took long-term leave of absence i 1994 after injured in reported home invasion. Diocese stated in 9/15 he was no longer an active priest, but Holdren told reporter he was still active, helping out at a local parish. On diocese's list 11/14/18. It noted he was removed from ministry in 7/94 "for reason not related to a child abuse allegation".

Fr. Daniel Mark Holihan

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Retired in 1992. Subject of allegation involving a boy while assigned to St. Aloysius in Chicago in the late 1960s. Settled 1997. Allegedly abused as many as 12 boys. Under Cardinal Bernardin, he was assigned a monitor and told not to be alone with minors. In 6/02 Cardinal George barred him from celebrating weekend masses. Civil suit filed in 10/03. Included in 10/05 settlement with archdiocese. Permanently removed from ministry in 9/05. Laicized in 7/10. Personnel file released in 1/14. Died in 10/16.

Fr. Thomas Barry Horne

Ordained: 1939
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abusing Kay Ebeling (of City of Angels blog) at age 5 in the early 1950s in Bartlett, IL. He had been transferred there by the Archbishop of Chicago. He is accused of raping her in a rectory while her mother practiced on organ in the nearby church. Later article reported he also raped her sister. Kay and another woman filed suit against the archdiocese 8/3/11, alleging abuse when they were young children. Horne died in 1985.

Br. James Alvarez Houlihan

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Houlihan is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Houlihan in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.

Fr. Carroll Howlin

Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Accused in a suit filed in 8/02 of abusing a boy in 1975 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and on trips to KY. Howlin, who had worked as a mission priest in KY since 1977, was quickly removed. Another man alleging abuse as a boy by Howlin said he reported the incident to Bishop Imesch in 1993. The man's attorney said Imesch sent Howlin for therapy or a psych evaluation without telling the Lexington diocese about it, then allowed him to return to ministry. Permanently removed after a 2010 canonical trial. Living unsupervised in KY. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files in 3/13 as part of a settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Died 5/05/15. On the Lexington diocese's list in 8/20. It notes two known victims from Whitley City KY in the 1990s. Multiple allegations of abuse starting in 1972.

Fr. Walter Edward Huppenbauer

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Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

"Retired" under restrictions in 1994. Removed from public ministry in 10/02. Accused in a 1993 complaint of abusing a girl in the 1960s. At least one claim included in 2003 $8M settlement by Chicago archdiocese. Also at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. Permanently removed from public ministry per 9/05 announcement. Laicized in 8/10. Personnel file released by archdiocese in 11/14. Died in 12/14.

Br. Charles B. Irwin

Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

One of 10 brothers and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in a 5/13 civil case of abuse at three Chicago schools run by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province. In 5//13 order agreed to $16.5M settlement with 400 plaintiffs involving abuse by multiple order priests and brothers. Also accused of abuse at Bergen Catholic in Oradell NJ. Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in 2014 as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. In 8/16 $1.9 M settlement announced, to be shared among 21 former Bergen Catholic students. Irwin entered the CFC Order in 1945 and made final vows in 1953. Assigned to schools and communities in West Park NY, NYC, Chicago IL, Oradell NJ, and New Rochelle NY. Died 10/09/97. New suit in 3/21 alleges abuse of a Bergen Catholic student in the 1960s.

Fr. Richard E. Jacklin

Ordained: 1984
Status: Charged

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Goodrich. Arrested 10/31/17, charged with sexual assault of a 39-year-old paralyzed man with an intellectual disability who resided at Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee. A nurse reportedly walked in on Jacklin as he was performing a sex act on the resident. Lawsuit filed by the IL Office of State Guardian in 10/19.

Fr. Thomas Job

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused in 1983 of abuse in the early 1970s at St. John Vianney in Northlake. At least one claim was included in a 10/05 settlement by the Archdiocese with 24 accusers claiming abuse by 14 priests. Laicized in 6/10. Sentenced in 7/11 to one year in jail and to pay restitution and fine after pleading guilty to theft of thousands of dollars from then-current employer, Lake County Health Dept. Personnel File released 01/21/14.

Fr. Harold Jochem

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1930
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

A man filed a civil suit in 6/04 alleging abuse 1974- 78 by Jochem and another Fanciscan friar, Jeffrey Salwach, at St. Jude's in New Lenox. Per the suit, the two priests forced the boy to engage in group sex, smoke marijuana and drink alcohol. Jochem is reportedly deceased.

Fr. William I. Joffe

Ordained: 1957
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

Placed on leave in 12/87 after allegation he had mismanaged parish funds. Pled guilty in 1981 to embezzling $264K from his parish; sentenced to 1 year in prison and 5 years probation. Reassigned in 1992 to a parish; placed on leave again in 1993 after abuse complaint. Another complaint received in 2002 and two more received in 2004. Three more by 2005. Dates ranged 1969-83. Suit filed in 2/06. "Removed from priesthood" in 8/93 but still in 2002 Catholic Directory. Lived in FL 2006. On diocese's list 11/14/18. Noted to have died in 4/08.

Fr. Walter E. Johnson

Order: MM
Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Died: 04/14/2018
Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

Named publicly as accused on the Rockford diocese's list 11/14/18. Noted to have been removed by his order 4/88, reinstated 9/88, then removed again 4/93. Worked in Chicago IL archdiocese, Bolivia, Dioceses of Rockford IL and San Jose CA. Moved to Maryknoll NY 2004. Died 4/14/18.

Fr. Augustine K. Jones

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1953
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Convicted in 1968 of abuse of a boy. Received three years probation and treatment. More charges in 1993 of abuse in 1990. Indicted in 1993. Pled guilty. Sentenced to four years probation. Died 9/28/07 at Blue Cloud Abbey in SD. On Rockford diocese's list 11/14/18.

Fr. Edwin G. Kastner

Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Removed 9/93 pending investigation of allegation that he had been involved in sexual misconduct with male youth about 20 years prior. Charges not specified. Permanently removed from active priesthood 6/94. Per diocesan website 1/24/09, his status was "Administrative Leave/Retired." Died 5/1/12. On diocese's list 12/19/18.

Fr. Robert Louis Kealy

Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Lawyer who handled sex abuse cases against priests. Resigned from parish position 3/02 and went to live in restricted monitored setting after allegation that he engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a 15- or 16-year-old boy in the 1970s. First reported in 2001 but no action by review board until complainant came forward again in 2002 with more information. Admitted to smoking marijuana and drinkng with boys in the 1970s. Kealy had served as chancellor of the archdiocese and then as judicial vicar of the Chicago province's Court of Appeals. Permanently removed from ministry 9/05. Resigned 4/06. As of 2014 was still a priest, working as a lawyer.

Fr. John James Keehan

Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Charges of sexual misconduct against Keehan date back to between1967-1974 during his first assignment at St. Basil (later St. Basil/Visitation). Removed from public ministry 6/02. Archdiocese had determined years ago there was "reasonable cause to believe" that Keehan (and others removed at same time) had abused children. Keehan said he would appeal the decision. Computer taken away from Keehan in 9/10 as he was accessing numerous social networking sites, most child-oriented. In 1/13 archdiocese recommended he enroll in a technology course to prevent his continued reliance on his "ignorance" of technology to avoid accountability re internet use. Last known to be living at a Catholic Charities nursing home in Palos Park, IL.

Fr. Thomas Francis Kelly

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abuse in 1973 while at St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus in Chicago. Died in 6/90. Included in Archdiocesan settlement of 10/28/05. At least 1 claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs. Died 6/15/90. Personnel file released 01/14. Name included in list released by Chicago 01/21/14.

Benen Kent

Order: OSF
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused in a 2005 suit by a woman of abuse when she was a child 1962-67. Two more women filed suit 2006. They claim the order knew Kent was mentally ill and had behaved questionably with children. Allegedly abused in Chicago IL and MN. Died in 2003. In 4/07 Court dismissed one suit on SOL, parts of a second and left the third intact. Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal 4/30/08. Claims settled in 9/08. Two women received $400K total. Other accusers have come forward. Suit filed in Winona MN in 4/16 alleging sexual abuse by Kenan of two minors 1958-61.

Fr. John J. Keough

Ordained: 1952
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Resigned in 3/82 to marry. Accused of abuse of both men and women. Accused in 2002 of kissing and fondling an 11-year-old girl in the 1960s, then "sex" after she graduated high school. Included in 10/03 $8M archdiocesan settlement with 15 individuals who alleged abuse by 12 different priests. Laicized 11/2008.

Br. Joseph C. Kernan

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Kernan is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Kernan in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.

Fr. Allan F. Kirk

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/19. It notes a single allegation of abuse reported after his death, occurring while assigned to St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago in 1979. Kirk died 8/11/06. The provinces's list revised 2/21/20 shows the dates of alleged abuse while at St. Ignatius as 1978-79.

Fr. Joseph Patrick Kissane

Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abuse. Resigned in 5/91 per Archdiocesan list updated in 2009. Original date of resignation was 1/93. Included in 10/03 settlement of claims of 15 men and women who alleged abuse by 12 priests. Total settlement was more than $8M. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. Laicized 8/10. Died 4/11.

Fr. George W. Klein

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused in 8/11 of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl in the 1970s while principal of St. Benedict High School in Chicago. Archdiocese said he was retired as of 7/10. Per SNAP, restrictions had been placed on him but he had not been removed as active priest. In residence at St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Northfield. Worked at St. Gregory the Great High School in the 1960s. Board determined conduct was not sexual abuse but was inappropriate.

Fr. Leonard Paul Kmak

Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Left priesthood to marry in 8/68. Laicized in 1/69. Died in 7/02. Accused of 1962 abuse. Name first became public when a claim was included in 10/05 settlement by Archdiocese involving 24 accusers and 14 priests. Archdiocese also settled at least one claim in 5/07. $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests.

Fr. Raymond F. Kownacki

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Accused in a suit filed in 3/95 of past abuse and rape of a teenage girl over several years, resulting in a pregnancy which ended in miscarriage. Kownacki was permanently removed 11/95. His accuser had reported her abuse to the bishop in 1973. The suit was dismissed on SOL. Two men filed suits in 2002 and 2003 claiming abuse in the 1970s. Jury award of $5M to 2002 plaintiff in 8/08 trial. Decision appealed. Diocese paid $6.33M (with interest)) 8/11. The 2003 suit settled in 10/09 for $1.2M. Two men sued in 4/09. Two suits settled 3/12. New suits 10/11 and 8/12. Laicized 1/11/13. On diocese's list 12/19/18.

Fr. Albert E. Kreher

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Diocese said it learned in 1997 of allegations that Kreher sexually abused a boy for one and a half years in the early 1980s, starting when the boy was age 14. Kreher admitted to regularly sleeping with the boy, but denied abuse. The boy, Steven Poole, said he told another priest in the early 1990s. Poole went on to become a priest of the diocese. Poole said Kreher slept naked, kissed, fondled, and rubbed his genitals against him. In 2010 Bishop Braxton made Kreher write Poole a letter of apology, but allowed Kreher to continue as head of Boy Scouts Council. The letter was leaked to media. The Boy Scouts removed Kreher in 2016. Police launched an investigation.

Br. Richard Kuhl

Order: MSC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

Professed final vows in 1954. In about 1996 five women filed four suits alleging abuse by Kuhl when they were children. All dismissed 1/00 by IL Supreme Court on SOL. A woman filed a suit 11/03 claiming he abused her 1974-82. Suit also says that mother of another victim had complained to the Order before 1974 and that nothing was done. Suit mentions at least six victims. On Rockford diocese's list 11/14/18.

Fr. Ronald Lange

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Chicago Province of the Society of the Divine Word on its list in 4/21. Abuse occurred in Ghana, Africa over "multiple years" and in Iowa in 1987. Worked in Ghana 1968-91 and 1996-2013, in the U.S. 1991-96. Living in Dittmer MO from 2013 at least through 4/21. Per his order, Lange is monitored and is prohibited from public ministry and contact with minors.

Br. Ronald Justin Lasik

Order: CFC
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused in a suit filed on 4/26/13 of abusing two boys at St Laurence High School in Chicago. Convicted on 6/5/99 by a Canadian jury of sexually assaulting 6 boys at Mount Cashel Orphanage and assaulting a seventh. Lasik was convicted of anally raping two of the boys, one of them five times. That boy was between 9 and 12 years old during the abuse. Obtained early release from prison and was deported in 2003 to the US, to live in a Christian Brothers facility in NY. Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in 2014 as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Lasik died in 2020.


Fr. M. Duane Leclercq

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Retired in 2008. Removed in 11/18 from public ministry due to allegations deemed credible of sexual misconduct 30 years prior. Among assignments were Holy Trinity in Bloomington 1964-1969 and St. John in Clinton and St. Patrick in Wapella 1983-1989. On diocese's list in 12/18.

Fr. Frederick A. Lenczycki

Ordained: 1972
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Removed in 2002. Convicted in 2004 for abuse of three boys. Sentenced to five years prison. Also worked in MO and CA. Admitted to abusing up to 30 boys over 25 years. Deemed too dangerous to release. Released 9/09 on parole. On IL sex offender registry. New lawsuit 5/13. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Named in at least one new suit 4/30/14. Named as 1 of 5 priests in $4.137M suit settled 4/15. Laicized 2016. New charge 2/19 of assault of a boy in the early 1990s in St. Louis. Living in Berkeley, IL. Pled guilty 5/19 to abusing two boys in MO in the early 1990s. On St. Louis archdiocese's list 7/26/19. Sentenced in 8/19 to 10 years in prison.

Br. James Lewnard

Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Joined the Clerics of St. Viatore (Viatorians), Province of Chicago, as a brother in 1978. Ordained a deacon in 12/95. Named publicly as the subject of a substantiated by the Viatorians on the order's website sometime prior to 4/21. It notes that there was a single accusation, of abuse occurring in 1978. Also, suspended from ministry and living in a structured environment on a safety plan.

Fr. William R. Leyhane

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused publicly in 10/19 of sexually abusing an eighth-grade boy at St. Ethelreda in 1971. His accuser, an archdiocesan deacon in 2019, said he had an after-school job in the rectory and the abuse happened a few times. He came forward to the archdiocese in 2001. The archdiocese's review board found that the abuse was "possible." Leyhane died in 8/82, at age 86.

Fr. Eugene G. Linnemann

Ordained: 1980
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Linnemann had just taken a health leave for "stress and depression" when he was removed in 5/93 from duties as pastor of St. Patrick Church in Ruma. Permanently removed from active ministry in 1/95. Per diocesan records, he sexually abused a minor more than ten years previously. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave." Died 3/1/11. On diocese's list 12/19/18.

Fr. William L. Lupo

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Alleged in early 1990s to have had inappropriate relationships with three teenage girls 1979-1986 while assigned to St. Mary's Parish in Des Plaines. He denied charges. After treatment and evaluation by Fitness Review Board he was allowed restricted ministry at St. Damian Peter. There he was to be monitored by a retired priest and was never to be in presence of minors without another adult present. Restrictions were lifted in 1995, but back in place in 1998. New investigation late 2001 after woman claimed sexual relationship in 1984 when she was age 23. He denied it, saying he only gave her "slight pecks on the cheek." Resigned from priesthood 12/02, writing to Cardinal George that he feared continuing to fight the allegations would harm his health. Laicized 12/14.

Fr. Walter E. MacPherson

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Removed in 2/94 from position as pastor of St. Martin of Tours in Washington Park after allegations of sexual misconduct with a boy in his early teens "more than 20 years ago." In 1/95 the Diocesan review board permanently removed him from active ministry and he retired. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave/Retired." Died 7/16/11. On diocese's list 12/19/18.

Fr. Norbert J. Maday

Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Arrested in 1993. Convicted in 1994 for assault of two boys. Sentenced to 20 years. Sued. Included in 10/03 settlement. Second suit 5/06. At least one claim included in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people claiming abuse by 12 priests; One claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs. Laicized 12/07. New settlement 7/09. Spent 9 months in secure treatment facility in WI, 2/12 as violent sexual predator; released 8/13. Personnel file released 1/14. New suit 1/14. New suit 9/16 claiming abuse over two years starting 1979 of 10-year-old boy. Last known to be living in WI. Registered sex offender. Settlement in 6/21 with two men alleging abuse beginning age 10 at St. Bede's on the South Side.

Fr. Edward J. Maloney

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Retired in 1999. Removed from active ministry in 5/09 after allegations in 2007 and 2008 that he sexually abused two minor boys while assigned to St. Mark's parish in Chicago. Accusers did not want to testify before review board because they were afraid Maloney would sue them; they went ahead and testified in 2009. Review board found allegations credible. Matter referred to the Vatican for further action. Died in 6/18.

Fr. Thomas W. Maloney

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Accused in a 6/08 civil suit of abusing an 8-year-old altar boy 1995-96. Assigned to Epiphany parish in Normal. Lawsuit says a woman reported abuse in 1995 or 1996 and a second woman came forward to say Maloney had molested her as a child in the 1970s. Maloney retired in 9/02 because of "health reasons" and died 8/7/09. Authorities found insufficient evidence to file criminal charges. Civil suit settled 8/13 for $1.35M.

Fr. John D. Malzone

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Left ministry in 1970. Died in 2008. Named publicly by the Joliet diocese on its list revised 3/12/13 of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors.

Fr. Peter Mascari

Ordained: 1952
Status: Settled

Died: 12/30/2002
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

In 1993 a woman told the diocese that Mascari began grooming her from the age of 8, then began sexually abusing her when she was 18 in 1975 and until 1989. She told her story in a book in 2007, and first spoke his name publicly in 2019. She said she settled with the diocese in 1994. Mascari died in 2002.


Fr. Robert E. Mayer

Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Civil suit filed in 1982 alleged he exposed himself to several boys. Settled; no criminal charges. Convicted 1992 of abuse of girl, age 13. Sentenced to 3 years in jail. Resigned 1/94. New civil suit filed 6/06 by 4 men alleging abuse when they were young. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. At least 1 claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs. Laicized 7/10. Personnel file released 1/14.

Fr. Kevin McBrien

Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Removed from position at St. Matthew's In Glendale Heights in 5/10 after allegation that he abused a boy on a single occasion about 30 to 35 years prior, while assigned to Joliet Catholic High School. The same person also alleged abuse on multiple occasions by Fr. Lee Ryan at Providence High School. Investigation by diocese. Living in a supervised setting in 8/10. Added in 2/21 to Joliet's list of those with substantiated allegations. Noted to be on a safety plan, since 2011.

Fr. Vincent McCaffrey

Ordained: 1978
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Removed in 1991 after claims of abuse of minors. Resigned in 12/93. Convicted on child porn charges in 2002; 20-year sentence. Civil suit filed in 9/02. Four claims settled in 7/03. At least one claim in 10/05 settlement with Archdiocese. Admitted under oath to abuse of as many as 40 young boys. Sued in 5/06 by for abuse 1982-86 of boy, ages 8-12. At least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. Laicized in 7/10. Personnel file released 1in /14. Released early from prison on 7/19/19.

Fr. Daniel McCarthy

Ordained: 1967
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Retired. Pastor emeritus of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity when suspended in 10/20 due an allegation he sexually abused a child while assigned to Angel Guardian Orphanage 1967-74. In 6/21 Cardinal Cupich announced that, per the Archdiocesan Review Board, there was "insufficient reason to suspect" McCarthy was guilty, and that McCarthy would be reinstated.

Fr. Daniel J. McCormack

Ordained: 1994
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abusing boy as seminarian in Mexico. Accused 10/99 of abuse of altar boy. Archd. ignored 9/5/03 warning re boys in rectory. Arrested 8/30/05. Assigned as dean 9/1/05. Arrested 1/20/06; removed. Pled guilty 7/2/07 to abuse of 5 boys, some after first arrest; 5-yr sentence. At least 23 accusers. Multiple settlements, over $11M. Laicized 11/07.Settlements 11/11, 1/14, 3/14,over $4M. More accusers 2010-14 suits. $2.7M to 2 brothers 1/17. Paroled 2009; ruled danger to public, sent to state mental health facility. Arrested 5/21/14 re 2005 abuse of 10-yr-old. Pled not guilty. Charges dropped 2/16. Suit filed 3/25/16 re abuse of boy 2003-04; settled 4/20/17. Suit 10/16 re abuse of 10-yr-old boy 2002-05. $2.3M settlement 1/17. Settled with 3 for 3.15M 3/17/17. Suit 6/15/17. Ruled sexually violent 9/17. Suit filed 10/17. Fraudulent claim found 2015, withdrawn 2017; claimant fined $60K. Committed to sex offender facility 7/18. Settlement 9/18 for $2.9M. Another 12/20 for $1.5M.

Fr. Robert Joseph McDonald

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as accused in Chicago archdiocesan report of 3/20/06. At least one allegation substantiated by Archdiocesan Review Board. Limited ministry with restrictions and monitoring 5/87. Resigned 6/90. Laicized 12/16.

Fr. William M. McFarlane

Ordained: 2005
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Removed from active ministry in 7/19 after the archdiocese was informed by the Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Cook County state's attorney's office of an allegation of sex abuse by McFarlane, occurring in 1997. The allegations were deemd "unfounded" by DCFS and "unmerited" by the archdiocesan review board. McFarlane was reinstated. Per DCFS, they could not investigate because McFarlane's accuser is no longer a minor and that the term "unfounded does not reflect the validity of allegations."

Fr. Richard J. McGrath

Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Accused in a 4/18 lawsuit of the sexual abuse of a boy ages 13-15 in 1995-96. The abuse allegedly occurred at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, where McGrath was president. Police investigating. Had been investigated in 12/17 after a girl reported she saw at a wrestling match that McGrath had a photo of a nude boy on his cellphone. McGrath refused to give the phone to police; investigation closed. McGrath resigned from the high school. The man who filed suit in 4/18 came forward to police in 1/18. Per news in 9/18, moved to his Order's St. John Stone Friary in Hyde Park, across an alley from a preschool and near a Catholic grade school. The Augustinians agreed to move him after outcry. Sent to a friary in Chicago. Reported in 12/18 to have "gone missing" from Order. Thought to be living alone in a Chicago apartment.

Fr. Donald J. McGuire

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1961
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Prominent scholar/teacher, Mother Theresa's spiritual advisor. Complaints began in early 1960s. Three men alleged abuse on trips to WI in 1967 and '68, when he was their teacher at Loyola Academy in Wilmette IL. Convicted in WI in 2006 of indecent behavior with a child; sentenced to 7 years' prison. Convicted in 2008 on federal charges of taking a teen outside of the US and across state lines for sex; received 25-year sentence. Per federal authorities, sexually abused teen boys and young men through the 1990s until 2003. Jesuits settled for $19.6M with 6 men alleging abuse by McGuire 1975- early 2000s. Laicized 2008. Died in federal prison 1/13/17. On the Jesuits West list 12/7/18. On the Midwest Province list 12/17/18. Suit filed in CA in 12/19 by a man claiming abuse by McGuire for 40 years, beginning when he was age 11 in in 1970 in Chicago. McGuire had the boy "assist" him, live with him and accompany him on trips throughout the U.S. and abroad. On Stockton's list 11/12/20.

Fr. Peter John McNamara

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Resigned in 8/71. Laicized in 11/72. Newly identified as accused in Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people claiming abuse by 12 priests. Whereabouts unknown in 5/07.

Fr. J. Anthony Meis

Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Meis left his position in Joliet in 1994 after allegation of sexual misconduct with minor in late 1980s. A secret settlement was paid to the alleged victim. After therapy, in 12/94 he became chaplain at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. Removed in 2002. Hospital president said Bishop Imesch told him about past allegations against Meis in 1994 but Archdiocese of St. Louis said it had no knowledge of claim. There was letter of good standing from Bishop Imesch. Died in 2015, per diocese.

Fr. Gary M. Miller

Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

The archdiocese announced 7/15/12 a recent allegation against Miller of sexual misconduct with a minor while at St. Leonard's Parish in Berwyn over 30 years prior. He voluntarily stepped aside from St. Bernadette in Evergreen Park while investigated by the archdiocese and police. Review board found allegations credible; resigned 9/23/12 from position at St. Bernadette, privileges were removed and archdiocese sent report to Vatican. Agreed to be part of Prayer and Penance program. Documents released by archdiocese 11/14 show that Miller was frequently warned about sexual misconduct.

Fr. Thomas R. Miller

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Ordained: 1979
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Parish priest and head of two parochial schools. Placed on leave in 2004 after a man alleged that he had been sexually assaulted as a mnor by Miller in 1979 in Bloomington. Others came forward with similar allegations. Review board found at least one allegation credible. Laicized per 11/06 article. His appeal to Rome to reverse laicization was denied in 7/10. On diocese's list in 12/18.

Fr. Lawrence Mullins

Ordained: 1977
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

First allegations received in 1986. Kept in ministrty until 1993. Five men filed suit in 9/02 alleging Mullins molested them and that the diocese should have known he was unfit. Suit dismissed under statute of limitations; four of the plaintiffs refiled under new law. Judge dismissed again in 1/04. A sixth plaintiff filed civil suit in 7/04 alleging abuse 1978-80. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Laicized in 2018.

Fr. Donald John Mulsoff

Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Removed in 5/02 after a man reported that Mulsoff fondled him at age 10 once during his assignment at St. Catherine of Alexandria in Oak Lawn sometime in the late1960s or early 1970s. The man had first reported the abuse anonymously in 1992 and was told that Mulsoff was being monitored. Second complaint also received. Permanently removed from ministry in 9/05. Died in 11/05

Fr. Octavio Munoz Capetillo

Ordained: 2004
Status: Charged

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

From Mexico. Director 2009-2015 of Casa Jesus, a program to recruit young men from Latin America to the priesthood. Was new pastor of St. Pancratius in Brighton Park when removed 7/27/15, pending investigation of "sexual images and material" on his computer. Archd. waited over a week before notifying police, and did its own investigation. Sent to St. Luke's in MD for rehab. Arrested 9/16, charged with one felony count of child pornography. Video of pre-pubescent boys doing sex acts found; also child-sized underwear, written child erotica and magazines showing young boys.

Fr. John Daniel Murphy

Order: OSA
Ordained: 1968
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

At least six plaintiffs filed suits in 2003 accusing Murphy of abuse. Settlement with 13 plaintiffs in 2004. Order knew of abuse of at least one by 1981. Resigned from Order in 1993. Named in a 1/06 class action suit. Named in new suit filed in 3/08 by a man who alleged Murphy and music director, Br. Mark Thedens, abused him 1976-79.

Br. John E Murphy

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Murphy was listed as a 'former' brother as of 6/11/14. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Murphy in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested.

Br. Thomas Ignatius Murphy

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Order: CFC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in 2014 as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Murphy is deceased. The Christian Brothers did not provide assignment information; until we are able to establish assignments and location of the alleged abuse, we have placed Murphy in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Christian Brothers state that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested. On the Diocese of Peoria's list by 1/20.

Br. Walter D. Neary

Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Included on the order's list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014.  Neary was accused of sexually abusing at least two students at Brother Rice High School in the 1960s. Deceased.


Fr. Richard Niebrugge

Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

A woman filed suit in 2004 alleging that Niebrugge abused her for many years, beginning when she was 10, and that he had fathered her child which was born in 1978. The woman had been taken from an abusive family and lived with Niebrugge for many years in various rectories. Niebrugge died in 1983. Suit dismissed on statute of limitations and dismissal upheld by 5th District Appellate Court in 8/06.

Fr. Arthur W. Niemeyer

Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Named publicly as accused by the diocese when added to its list 6/17/20 of accused clergy. Parish priest in Belleville, Shiloh, Kinmundy, Salem and Cahokia. Director of St. John's Orphanage in Shiloh in the 1950s and '60s. Chaplain of St. Joseph Hospital in Breese 1976-88. Died 4/26/88. A former priest came forward shortly after Niemeyer was named in 2020 to say that in 1966, when he was a seminarian and volunteering at the orphanage, he and the orphanage's mother superior reported to Bishop Zuroweste suspicions that Niemeyer was sexually abusing grade-school boys. Niemeyer was transferred, and kept in ministry. The former priest said he knows that one of the boys died by suicide.

Fr. James A. Nowak

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Retired in 2007 from SS Peter and Paul in Naperville. Member of Montini Catholic HS board of directors. Removed without privileges in 8/12 after allegation of sex abuse of a minor about 25 years prior. Per 1989 Official Catholic Directory was assigned to St. Anthony's in Joliet. Review Board deemed allegation credible. Matter sent to Rome. Still pending 4/14. Named in new suit 5/15/13. Named as one of 5 priests in $4.137 million lawsuit settled in 4/15. Settlements with eight men claiming abuse as minors. Per diocese's list updated in 12/18, Nowak was permanently removed from ministry. He died 9/30/20.

Fr. William John O’Brien

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Sued in 4/06 by two alleged victims. Removed from public ministry in 6/05. Reportedly laicized in 7/06. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in a 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. Laicization information not on archdiocesan list until after 8/09.

Fr. Michael W. O’Connell

Ordained: 1983
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Suspended in 12/13 from St. Alphonsus Parish after the Archdiocese received an allegation of sexual misconduct involving a minor at Our Lady of the Woods in Orland Park nearly 20 years prior. Allegations reported to Child and Family Services and Cook County DA. On 4/15/14, Cook County Sheriff's Dept deemed the allegation unfounded. Archdiocese also said it found no reason to suspect that the abuse occurred and that O'Connell would be reinstated to St. Alphonsus. New allegation received in about 4/18/14 claimed abuse of a different boy in in the 1990s at the same parish. Police reopened the investigation; O'Connell had yet to be removed for a second time. He was to avoid the parish school and not be alone with a child.

Fr. Donald G. O’Connor

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

O'Connor's mental stability had been questioned as far back as seminary. Removed from ministry in 5/02 after Diocese learned of allegations that he abused an adolescent boy 1967-1970. Diocese said allegations were substantiated and O'Connor "acknowledged that the incident had occurred." Other accusers also known. Former police chaplain. Died in 2011. Revealed 5/16/13 that even after privileges were removed, he was paid to say mass intentions (stipends). Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14.

Br. Jack O’Dell

Order: CSV
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused in a civil suit filed in 1996 of abuse of a youth at St. Viator High School 1980-84 and for four years after the boy graduated. Suit dismissed by court on SOL. A second man came forward in 2002 alleging abuse as a minor in about 1974. The order said in 2003 that it could not substantiate the allegations. Order settled with this man in 2005. O'Dell died in 9/1998.

Fr. Thomas O’Gorman

Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abuse of a minor and placed on leave in 8/92. Police investigated but no charges filed. "Officially resigned" from priesthood in 1994. In 2004 it was learned that O'Gorman was working as a speechwriter for husband of Anne Burke, head of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' oversight board on sex abuse.

Br. Patrick O’Hara

Order: MSC
Status: Accused

Died: 05/17/2008
Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

Named publicly as accused by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart USA Province on its list of credibly accused in 2020. It notes allegation(s) reported in 2005. It does not reveal when or where the abuse took place. O'Hara died in 5/17/08. Per his obituary, he entered Sacred Heart Mission Seminary in 1957, professed final vows in 1969. He taught in Geneva and St. Charles IL early on, then spent many years in Papua New Gunea, Diocese of Kavieng. He returned to the U.S. in 2004 "due to poor health" and soon "took up residence" at the Paraclete's Vianney Renewal Center in MO.

Fr. Donald J. O’Shaughnessy

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Died: 07/8/2013
Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Removed in 2004 after credible allegations of sex abuse while assigned to Loyola Academy in Wilmette; worked there almost continually 1958-92. The Jesuits' Chicago-Detroit (Midwest) Province settled in 2013 for $750K with a man alleging O'Shaughnessy abused him 1977-79 at the school. O'Shaughnessy was the boy's advisor and reportedly pulled him out of class daily. Died 7/8//13, age 89. Settlement announced in 2015 for $950K with another former Loyola student. Also worked in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Milford OH, Indianapolis IN, Oakland CA, and Clarkston MI. Settlement with another former Loyola Academy student for $925K announced 5/17. On Indianapolis archdiocese's list 10/12/18. On Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/18.

Fr. Paul L. O’Toole

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Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

A woman announced in 2006 that she had received a $125K settlement from the Chicago archdiocese in 2004. She alleged that O'Toole sexually abused her in 1966 when she was age 16, and that the abuse was continued until age 19 by Revs. John F. Rohrich and Howard Strum. Abuse was first reported to the archdiocese in early 1990s but nothing done. O'Toole reportedly left the priesthood to marry.

Fr. John M. Onderko

Ordained: 1962
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Retired in 2005. Removed in 11/18 from public ministry due to allegations deemed credible of sexual misconduct about 55 years prior. Onderko adamantly denied the allegations and, as of 3/20, was suing the diocese. Shown in 1/20 on the diocese's list of accused.

Fr. John Baptist Ormechea

Order: CP
Ordained: 1965
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Removed from ministry in Louisville, KY in 12/02 after allegations by four people of abuse in Chicago 1978-81. Accused by a fifth person in a 2003 lawsuit of molesting him as a boy in Chicago in 1983. Per the lawsuit, the boy told his parents about the abuse in 1993, and they met with the Passionists' provincial, who said Ormechea had been removed in 1988 after another allegation. They said the provincial decided the boy was abused by a priest, but not Ormechea. Sent to Rome in 2003 to work in the Passionists' archives. On the Louisville archdiocese's list in 2/19. In 3/21 Ormechea remained in Rome, and was still a priest.

Fr. Joseph Owens

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified in Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06 as a priest with a substantiated allegation. Resigned 4/70; laicized 4/71. Accused of abuse at St. Philomena in 1969. At least 1 claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs.

Br. Frank Paduch

Order: OSA
Ordained: 1989
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Augustinian brother serving as religion instructor and coach when he allegedly abused a freshman boy at St. Rita H.S. in Chicago in 1980-81. In 1988 he was assigned to St. Charles Borromeo in Nederland, TX. Ordained for Beaumont TX diocese 1989. Civil suit filed 1997 in IL; settled around 1999. Left Beaumont in 2000. Several complaints received there. Faculties revoked 10/01. At least four known accusers. Began working for city of Berwyn, IL in 2005. Placed on leave from city job 1/15/10. Laicized 1/05. On Beaumont diocese's list 6/11/19.

Fr. Emmanuel Pallikunnen

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Extern priest from India. Member of (Indian) Vincentian of Syro-Malabar Rite of Kerala Province. Arrived in Chicago in 1955 to study education. Worked in seven parishes until 6/66. Accused by at least one woman of abuse when she was a child in 1966 and he was at St. Mary's in Buffalo Grove. Died 02/17/78 in India. Personnel file is one of 30 files of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors produced by Archdiocese in 1/14 and released by plaintiffs' counsel.

Fr. Eusebio Pantoja Segura

Order: CMF
Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Ordained in Mexico. Left the Claretians in 1973. After working in Chicago, Pantoja had assignments in NJ and TX, then spent nearly a decade working as priest in Mexico. Placed on leave by Diocese of Claya in 2004 after suit filed. Accused of abuse of a 14-year-old youth in the 1970s at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Chicago. Suit settled. Added to Chicago archdiocese's list 11/28/18. On Corpus Christ diocese's list 1/31/19. On San Antonio's list 1/31/19. Accused in 2002 of abuse of two children in the archdiocese in the early 1970s.

Fr. Thomas Paramo

Order: CMF
Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

A woman filed suit in 5/05 against the Claretians, alleging they protected Paramo after he abused her when she was ages 11-15, beginning in 1966. Paramo was assigned to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Chicago at the time of the alleged abuse. Paramo died in a nursing home in 2004; the woman had confronted him there before his death. Civil suit settled. A second accuser reportedly also contacted the plaintiff's attorney.

Fr. Alfredo Pedraza-Arias

Ordained: 1992
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

Arrived in diocese in 2013 from Colombia. Worked in Hispanic Ministry and in two Aurora parishes. Arrested 2/11/16, charged with criminal sexual abuse of two girls between 1/09 and 11/14. The girls were under the age of 6. Under investigation since 10/14, when allegations were reported to civil authorities and the Diocese of Rockford IL. Suspended from ministry 10/30/14. Pleaded not guilty in 9/16. Trial scheduled for 9/18/17. Delayed, set for 11/27/17. Delayed, set for 2/18. Detained by US immigration and faced deportation to Columbia in 7/17. Police looking to charge him also with fondling a 3-year-old girl when he worked in DeKalb. In plea deal 2/9/18, not required to register as sex offender; pled guilty to misdemeanor. Released from jail 2/10/18. Deportation expected. Deported to Colombia 2/26/18.

Fr. Carlos Peralta

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1989
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Sued. Peralta had a history of allegations of sexual misconduct beginning in Seminary in Chile in 1980s. Other allegations in Guatemala and Peru; Order transferred him to Chicago. There he was accused of abusing several children in one family in 1999. Order transferred him before any investigation could begin, first to NJ to monitored residence and then to his home province. In 2004 he was working as priest in Mexico. Laicized in 2006, per the Salesians list of accused in 3/20.

Fr. Toussaint J. Perron

Order: WF
Ordained: 1959
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

"Fr. Jeff." From Canada. Worked in diocese since early 1970s. Removed from public ministry in 1992. Convicted 1993 of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of boy, age 14, in rectory at St. John's in Walnut, IL during the summer and fall of 1992. Served three years. Also accused of abusing a 16- to 17-year-old boy 1982-84 while at St. John's in Galva. Civil suit filed 11/05 by second victim, later dropped and refiled 1/07. Settled 5/08. Perron died 8/23/11 in Quebec City. Included by 1/20 on the Peoria diocese's list of accused.

Fr. Louis P. Peterson

Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Accused of molesting a teenage boy sometime 1992-94. Stepped down voluntarily in 1/94 while investigation conducted. Permanently removed in 11/95 from active ministry by Fitness Review Board. Not enough evidence for police to prosecute. By 7/02 he had requested a "third stage review" by Bishop Gregory, who found no reason to return him to active ministry. Peterson appealed to the Vatican. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave/Retired." On diocese's list 12/19/18.

Fr. Leo Petit

Order: MSC
Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Died: 03/21/2014
Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

Petit's name appeared in 2020 on the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart USA Province list of those with credible allegations of the sexual abuse of minors. It notes allegation(s) against Petit reported in 1993. He retired in 2001. Died 3/21/14. Per his obituary, Petit taught for 14 years at Sacred Heart Seminary, was director in communication/vocation positions, and did mission work in Colombia, South America. Added 10/21/20 to the Diocese of Rockford's list.

Fr. Michael L. Pfleger

Ordained: 1975
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Pastor of St. Sabina's on Chicago's south side from 1981. Prominent anti-violence and social justice advocate. Suspended in 1/21, accused of abusing a boy 40 years prior. The accuser's brother soon also said the priest abused him as a boy. The brothers said the abuse occurred for years, starting when they were ages 12 and 13 in the 1970s and Pleger was a seminarian and their choir director at Precious Blood parish. In 3/21 a third man said Pfleger made an unwanted sexual advance toward him when the man was 18 in 1979. Pfleger "strongly denied" all accusations. Pfleger wrote to the Auburn Gresham community that he would "seek other ways...to minister" to them. In 3/21 a fourth person reportedly may have come forward. Reinstated after the Review Board said in 5/21 there was "insufficient reason to suspect.... Pfleger is guilty... ."

Seminarian Kevin Phan

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Order: SVD
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Native of Vietnam. Student at the Society of the Divine Word, a Catholic missionary organization. Charged with having 300 images of child pornography on his computer and posting 30 of them on the Internet. Expelled from the Seminary after charges filed. Pled guilty 12/04 to 1 count; balance of charges dropped.

Fr. Jerome Pilon

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Ordained: 1989
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Placed on leave in 1/09 after accusations of sexual misconduct with a minor dating back about 12 years. Pilon denied the allegations. Alleged abuse did not take place in the Peoria diocese. He was assigned to St. Anthony's in Hoopeston 1992-98; Diocese said the victim was not associated with the parish. On diocese's list in 12/18.

Fr. Gregory J. Plunkett

Ordained: 1988
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Removed in 5/02 after allegations of sexual abuse involving fondling a 13-year-old boy prior to Plunkett's enrollment in seminary. Plunkett denied all allegations. Suspended after other allegations were received. Person with original complaint was also allegedly abused by priests Francis Engels and William Harbert. Filed suit in 2/04. Settled in 3/05. Charged in 2003 with recently fondling a youth under age 17. Trial in 10/04. Found not guilty. Died 10/2/11, age 66. Included on the diocese's list in 2018,

Fr. Donald P. Pock

Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Pock told parishioners at St. Peter's parish in Itasca in 1987 that he was a recovering alcoholic. Removed from ministry at St. Peter's in 2002. Accused of abuse of a minor in the early 1970s. Allegations substantiated by the Review Board. Died in 2004. Named in 2006 litigation by another man who claimed abuse in 1970 at age 16 at Divine Savior in Downers Grove, when he went to Pock to discuss becoming a priest. The man told the Diocese in the mid-1970s. Pock was sent for counseling then reassigned. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14.

Fr. Edward F. Poff

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Per news in 5/02, Poff was accused of sexually abusing a minor in 1994. Allegation substantiated by church authorities and Poff sent for therapy. Reassigned to restricted ministry as a hospital chaplain until retirement in 2001. Poff still occasionally helped out at parishes until 5/02 when the Diocese removed his faculties. Per diocese's list revised 12/18, permanently removed from ministry. Its list updated in 2/21 noted that Poff had died in 2020.

Fr. Sleeva Raju Policetti

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Ordained: 1987
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Native of India, working in Chicago beginnng 1986. Fled US in 2002 after report to Archdiocese that he was having an "inappropriate relationship" with 16-year-old girl. Warrant issued 5/02. Laicized 2008. Arrested in India 6/03; extradition pending in 3/12. Girl's attorney indicated she might not want to pursue criminal charges. Chicago to drop plans to extradite as of 5/1/12. Archdiocese previously reached out-of-court settlement with the accuser. Laicized by Vatican in 2008.

Fr. Chester Przybylo

Ordained: 1976
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Ordained in Poland. Worked in Syracuse NY, Allentown PA, and Chicago. Removed from public mistry 1993. Sued in Chicago 2006; accused of abuse of boy ages 13-17 in 1987-91. Auxiliary bishop allegedly was told at the time and rebuffed victim. Przybylo filed suit 3/20/07 against plaintiff, SNAP and BA.org alleging defamation of character. Diocese settled 12/08 with plaintiff for $1.375M. Priest very upset re settlement; he denied all allegations. Chicago said never part of diocese. Court dismissed suit against him 12/09. He filed suit against plaintiff 1/10. Added to Chicago archdiocese's list 11/28/18.

Fr. Konstanty Przybylski

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Ordained in Poland. Worked as priest in Chicago area between 1980 and 1988. Transferred to Canada . Pled guilty 2/06 and sentenced 7/4/06 to five years in prison for sexual assault and sexual exploitation of two teenage boys in the Port Dover area between 1995 and 2000. Some of the abuse occurred when he took both boys on trips to Chicago and Europe. Later laicized. May have retured to Chicago area after release from Canadian prison. Both plaintiffs filed civil suits in 2006.

Fr. Samuel D. Pusateri

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1979
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Pusateri worked as teacher, chaplain and counselor at St. Bede Academy near Peru, IL for 20 years. He received a 6-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in 1991 to abusing a teenage student in 1990. Still a Benedictine and working in Rome per 9/2000 newsletter from Most Rev. Marcel Rooney O.S.B., Abbot Primate. Moved by 2017-18 to the Benedictine community at Sant'Anselmo. Permanently removed from ministry. Included by 1/20 on the Peoria diocese's list of accused.

Fr. Jerome B. Ratermann

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Accused of abusing youths in 1960s while princicpal of a Catholic High School. First investigated in 1987. Suspended in 3/93 from position as pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church and then permanently barred from the ministry by review board. Denied all charges. Appealed his case to Rome in 2002 when Bishop refused to reinstate him. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave / Retired." Suit filed 4/09 settled 3/12. On diocese's list 12/19/18.

Fr. James M. Ray

Ordained: 1975
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Multiple allegations. Accused in 1990 of abusing a boy while assigned to St. Peter Damian parish 1984-89. Removed from parish work in 1991. Allowed to live 2000-02 at an Augustinian Friary in Hyde Park, near a day care center and a Catholic grade school. Removed from job in Office of Health and Hospital Affairs in 6/02. Permanently removed from active ministry 9/05. Resigned 3/09. Laicized 1/12. Claim 1/14 of abuse of boy in Wauconda 1989-91. Accusations of abuse of 3 others received 2009 and 2013. Per documents released 11/14 he was accused of sexually attacking 2 boys, starting when they were ages 10 and 11, while assigned to St. Anastasia in Waukegan 1975-82. In 2008 was living with 8 other accused priests at Stritch Retreat House in Mundelein. Laicized in 2012. Suit in 2020 alleged abuse and sexual torture 1983-87 of a boy while assigned to St. Peter Damian.

Fr. William F. Rensing

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Removed in 10/02 on recommendation of Review Board after accusation that he abused a minor three decades before. Accusation received in 7/02 but delayed because the man told the Diocese that he himself was under investigation for child abuse (he was later convicted). Matter referred to Rome and then returned to Diocese in 2003. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave/Retired." Died 3/13/17. On diocese's list 12/19/18.

Fr. M. Lawrence Reuter

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

President of Loyola Academy 1975-90. Removed from active ministry in 2010 after admitting to an "inappropriate relationship" with a senior at the school after the boy turned 18. Settlement in 1990s. A second man came forward in 2010, alleging abuse at Loyola Academy as a student in the late 1980s. On the Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/18. It noted that he was living in a Jesuit Community 2010- to the present.

Br. Paul F. Reycraft

Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

One of 10 religious brothers and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in a 5/13 civil suit claiming abuse at three Chicago schools run by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers' (Irish Christian Brothers) North American Province. Order agreed to $16.5M settlement with 400 plaintiffs in 5/13 with claims of abuse by multiple priests and brothers. Included on the order's list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014.

Fr. John Allen Robinson

Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Associate pastor of Queen of Rosary parish in Elk Grove Village 1994-2003. Removed from public ministry in 1/03 after a summer 2002 accusation that he had been involved in sexual misconduct with a teenage boy in the late 1970s while assigned to St. Priscilla's in Chicago. Included in a 10/05 settlement with the Archdiocese involving multiple plaintiffs and 14 priests. Permanently removed from public ministry in 9/05. Died 3/20/16, per archdiocese's 11/28/18 updated list.

Fr. John F. Rohrich

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Resigned in 6/75. Accused of abuse of a 16-year-old girl. Claims settled in 2004 for $125K. Victim released copies of settlement. Newly identified as abuser in Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06. Laicized 1/20/16.

Fr. Russell Lawrence Romano

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as abuser in Archdiocesan Report of 3/20/06. Resigned from priesthood in 10/91. At least one claim included in 7/09 settlement involving 4 priests and 6 claims. Laicized in 5/09. In 2013, was working as a licensed counselor in Illinois for a healthcare provider. The health care provider began an investigation. Had "retired" as of 6/13. Personnel file released 01/14.

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Fr. Anthony J. Ross

Ordained: 1972
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Ordained for the Joliet diocese. News in 2002 that Ross molested a 15-year-old boy twice in 1981. His victim had letters he had received from Ross, which the boy's parents found in 1983. They confronted the bishop. Ross admitted the abuse, was sent to treatment, then returned to Joliet. The victim's family discovered in 1993 that Ross was still in ministry. Ross subsequently moved to the Santa Rosa diocese and worked as prison chaplain. Incardinated to Santa Rosa 8/1/97. Permanently removed in 4/02 by Santa Rosa diocese when allegations became known. Sued 2006. Joliet diocese agreed to release personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19.

Fr. Richard M. Ruffalo

Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Credible allegations received after his death in 1997. In 2002 Ruffalo was accused by at least two men of abusing them when they were boys. Allegedly gave them beer and wine, took them on trips to Las Vegas and molested them. Ruffalo was also accused of stealing from collections. He was over $95K in debt when he died. One man filed a civil suit 1998 which later settled. Two more plaintiffs filed suit 2003. A fourth man came forward in 2006.

Fr. Kenneth Charles Ruge

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abuse said to have occurred prior to 1985. Received treatment and reassigned. Removed 1991. Died 5/2002. Included in 2003 settlement by Archdiocese. New suit filed 4/06 alleges abuse by Ruge and another priest. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. At least 1 more claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests. Another settlement 7/09. Personnel file released 01/14.

Fr. E. Alan Ruppert

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Removed in 10/98 from duties as pastor of St. Clement in McLeansboro and St. John Nepomucene in Dahlgren due to an allegation he engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor in 1990. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave/Retired." On the diocese's list 12/19/18.

Bishop Daniel L. Ryan

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Chancellor and auxiliary bishop of the Joliet diocese. Elevated to Springfield IL as bishop in 1983. Named as a co-defendant in a 1999 suit by three men who alleged he failed to act against sexual misconduct by clergy because he was involved in homosexual relationships. Resigned as Bishop of Springfield when the suit was filed. Suspended from all public ministry in 2002 amid allegations that he had abused a minor in 1984. Died 12/31/15. On Springfield diocese's list 11/29/18. Added to Joliet diocese's list 12/12/19.

Br. Daniel Peter Ryan

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Order: CFC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Included on the order's list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014. Referred to as Bro. D.P. Ryan in a lawsuit filed in WA State, and is included as such on the Seattle archdiocese's list 1/15/16 of credibly accused. He worked at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent WA 1949-56. In the early 1960s and mid-1970s he was in Chicago IL, on staff at Brother Rice High School and Leo High School. He was reportedly also principal of Brother Rice High School in MI in the 1960s.


Fr. David Ryan

Ordained: 1979
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish and School in Lake Zurich when suspended in 11/20. Accused of sexually abusing minors about 25 years prior, while assigned to Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. Ryan began working at Maryville in 1985 and became acting executive director in 2003. Had also been director of the Catholic Children's Home in Alton. In 9/21 the archdiocese announced that Ryan was being reinstated, due to "insufficient evidence" that he abused a minor. A week later Cardinal Cupich announced that Ryan was not to return to ministry, pending the result of an investigation of new information received.

Fr. F. Lee Ryan

Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Removed from St. Edmund in Watseka 5/10 after accused of abuse on multiple occasions of a boy at Providence H.S. about 30-35 years prior. Same man also alleged abuse by Fr. McBrien once at Joliet Catholic H.S. On "special assignment" per 1989 Catholic Directory. Denied the allegation. In summer 2012, Vatican said he could not be permanently removed. Diocese said he would return to limited ministry, but a week later, on 9/18/12, his privileges were again withdrawn. Canonical process was still pending 4/14. Named in new lawsuit against Joliet filed on 4/30/14. Died 9/2/16.

Fr. Jeffrey Salwach

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1984
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Accused along with another friar in a 2004 civil suit of abusing an elementary school boy 1974-78. Salwach was a Franciscan brother assigned to a New Lenox, IL parish at the time of the alleged abuse. After ordination he worked in Quincy IL, Galena AK, Parma and Cleveland OH, Joliet IL, San Antonio TX and Ruston LA. He was placed on leave in 5/03. The lawsuit settled. No criminal charges were filed. Still shown as an active priest per Catholic Times 5/10/09. Reportedly in 11/11, Salwach had recently been assigned to work at LaVerna Friary in a residential neighborhood in St. Louis, MO.

Fr. Joseph E. Savage

Ordained: 1918
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as abuser in Chicago Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06. Forced to resign from an Illinois parish in 1936 for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy. Accused in 2002 and 2003 of having sexually abused numerous WI children, both boys and girls, in the 1950s. His victims were said to have been between the ages of 8 and 16. Shown as absent with leave from 1938-1960 and retired as of 1960. Died 6/74.

Fr. Louis Schlangen

Ordained: 1957
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

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

Fr. Roger Schoenhofen

Order: OMI
Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

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

Fr. Daniel R. Schulte

Order: CM
Ordained: 1987
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Charged in 2006 with downloading child pornography from the internet. He had been removed from his position as hospital chaplain in 2005 and sent to St. Louis, MO for treatment. Pled guilty in 6/06. Sentenced to 7 years, 3 months in prison in 10/06 and ordered to register as a sex offender upon release. Remained a priest; faced possible laicization. On Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese's list updated 4/1/19. On the Vincentians list in 2020, which notes he died the same year.

Fr. Joseph R. Schwaegel

Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Former Vicar General. Monsignor. The "singing priest." Civil suit filed 8/99 alleging abuse of an 8-year-old boy in 1973. Refiled as federal case 2001. Some charges dismissed on SOL in 2003. Case settled 2/03. Admitted to being "a sex addict." At least two arrests for solicitation. Left ministry 1994 due to his sex addition, not his alleged abuse of minors. Other alleged victims have come forward. Testified in Kownacki trial 8/08. Diocesan website gave his status 1/24/09 as "Administrative Leave/Retired." Died 7/13/16. On diocese's list 12/19/18. Suit 7/19/19 claims abuse 1987-89 of a boy, beginning when the boy was a 6-year-old kindergartener at Cathedral Grade School.

Fr. Louis C Shea

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Added on 6/18/19 to the Springfield IL diocese's list of accused priests, as a 'substantiated case of sexual abuse of a minor.' No abuse facts given. Two survivors contacted BA. One stated Shea visited her home and took her to her room at bedtime to 'pray over me,' molesting her weekly 1962-65 at age 7-10, touching her sexually skin-to-skin. She informed the diocese in 2002, 2004, 2019. Shea was already abusing her sister, who stated he sexually touched her 60-100 times in 1960-64 at age 6-9, until she pushed him out of her bed. A therapist suggested she call Shea. She did so circa 1985. He said, 'I have no recollection.' The girls were abused during Shea's 2nd and 3rd assignments and while he started work as a Catholic Charities official. Shortly after the abuse ended, Shea was temporarily pulled from his Catholic Charities position and worked as a hospital chaplain, then back at Catholic Charities and as a pastor. One sister has been contacted by other Shea victims. Died 11/15/96.

Fr. Gerald J. Simonelli

Ordained: 1990
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Simonelli's name appeared on the diocese's 6/24/15 list of "Diocesan Priests With A Credible Allegation(s) of Sexual Abuse of Minors Made Against Them While Serving in the Joliet Diocese." The list notes a continuing canonical process. Simonelli was removed from ministry in 5/10 after a 21-year-old man accused him of "inappropriate conduct" that occurred more than two years prior. Bishop Sartain stated Simonelli's removal was due to "homosexual activity" and that he was "unfaithful to his vows on more than one occasion." As of 12/18, process still pending and status was "on leave." Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused in 2/21, and shown to have been laicized in 2020.

Fr. Wilton L. Skiffington

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1936
Status: Settled

Died: 09/25/1988
Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused in a 2003 lawsuit of abusing a boy at Loyola Academy in Wilmette in 1962. The boy's parents found a letter from Skiffington to their son in 1968 and told the archdiocese. Transferred to Los Angeles/San Diego in 1965. Died 9/25/88. Civil suit settled in 10/05. On Jesuit Midwest Province list 12/17/18.

Fr. Raymond Francis Skriba

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abuse of at least two girls while assigned to St. Gertrude Parish in Franklin Park in the 1960s. Took administrative leave 6/02; removed from public ministry in 7/02, several months after review board found reasonable cause to believe the allegations were true. At least one claim included in 10/03 $8M settlement with 15 adults alleging abuse by 11 priests. Permanently removed from public ministry 9/05. Brother of Richard, also an accused abuser. Personnel files released 1/14. Died in 1/14.

Fr. Henry Slade

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Ordained: 1984
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Arrested and removed from ministry 1/90. Pled guilty 2/90 to sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old disabled man. Sentenced to 12 months probation. Victim filed suit 12/91. Suit later settled. Accused in another lawsuit filed in 11/15 abusing an 11-year-old boy in 1976. Plaintiff said he refused to perform a sex act on Slade, who then physically attacked him; further, he said Rev. Phillip Dedera ignored his screams, but later offered him marijuana "to help him forget it." Per diocese's list 12/18, Slade died in 2016.

Fr. Richard Slavish

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Slavish and six other priests were placed on leave by the bishop in 5/02 after allegations of abuse involving minors. Privileges were revoked. Slavish was scheduled to retire in summer of 2002 but he reportedly retired in April. Slavish apparently held parish assignments during his entire career except 1969-71, when he was chaplain at East Moline State Hospital. Died 2/18/16. Included in 2018 on the diocese's list of accused.

Fr. John Slown

Ordained: 1959
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Convicted of sexually abusing a boy in DuPage Co in 1983. Removed from ministry in 1986. Slown said he left priesthood because he was an alcoholic. In 10/03 two brothers filed suit alleging abuse by Slown, Ruffalo and Arno Dennerlein. Suit said abuse occurred in Illinois for several years and, for the younger boy, later in NJ. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14.

Fr. John P. Smyth

Ordained: 1962
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Assigned in 1962 to Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, which was a residential treatment facility for abused children; superintendent 1970-2003. Removed in 2003 after a resident's suicide and allegations of abuse among residents. President of Notre Dame College Prep in Niles 2007-14. Retired. Suspended in 1/19 after allegations of sexual abuse of two boys, ages 13 and 14, occurring in 2002-03. One of the boys reportedly came forward shortly after the alleged abuse, but no action. Smyth's lawyer said the allegations were "false." Smyth died 4/16/19. The Dept. of Children and Family Services deemed the allegations to be "unfounded," saying, in part, that Smyth's death meant he could no longer be a threat to children, so there was no reason to investigate. Suit filed in 9/19, claiming abuse of a boy at Maryville 2001-04, starting age 11.

Fr. Marion Joseph Snieg

Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of sexual abuse of at least one boy in 1959 while at St. Jane de Chantal parish. The boy told his father who notified the archdiocese. Archdiocese reportedly said it would "take care of" Snieg. Accuser came forward again in 2001. Removed 2002. Snieg died in 6/05. At least one claim included in a 10/03 settlement involving 15 accusers and 12 priests. At least one other claim included in 10/05 settlement with Archdiocese.

Fr. William J. Spine

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Worked in Peru, Brooklyn NY, Moline IL, Chicago IL, and Lexington KY. Spent time 1990-91 in Berkeley, CA. He was a teacher, parish assistant and pastor, and associate director of a diocesan hispanic ministry office. Removed from active ministry in 2/06, several months after the Jesuits received a credible allegation that Spine sexually abused a teenage boy while assigned to Peru in the mid-1970s. The boy was Spine's student.The Official Catholic Directory shows that Spine was living in Rome from 2007 to at least 2010. Included on the Diocese of Lexington's list in 8/20, where he worked 2001-06 at St. Paul's.

Fr. David Stalzer

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Ordained: 1974
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

A 1993 civil suit claimed that Revs. Stalzer and Lawrence M. Gibbs abused the plaintiff as a minor in 1981. Suit was dismissed in 1994 by the court after plaintiff claimed to have been treated by two psychologists and both denied having seen the man. Stalzer was returned to ministry in 4/93, under supervision and with limited contact with youngsters, prior to resolution of suit. He died in 2000.

Fr. James R. Steel

Ordained: 1968
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Steel left the priesthood in 5/92 and was laicized in 3/01. A man came forward in 2002 to allege abuse in 1982 when he was age 13 by Steel and Donald Ryniecki, a school principal at St. Joseph the Worker. In 11/06 the review board determined that there was reason to believe allegations credible. One claim was included in an 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs. Personnel file released 1/14. Also believed to have abused the same boy in northern WI. No criminal charges were expected to be filed in WI as of 5/1/14 due to the statute of limitations.

Fr. Edward Stefanich

Ordained: 1965
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Stefanich abused a 15-year-old girl for 16 months 1985-86. Church warned by Counselor about the relationship in 1986; they promised to handle but did nothing until 1987 after Stefanich proposed marriage and the girl's parents complained. He was removed then. Stefanich was indicted and pled guilty. Sentenced in 1987 to 6 months in jail and a year of counseling. Laicized in 1988. Police admitted they knew he had also abused another girl. Settled with family 4/88 for $450K. A man accused him of abuse in a suit filed 9/03 re abuse 1969-1970. Stefanich died in 2016, per the diocese's list updated 12/18.

Fr. Robert A. Stepek

Ordained: 1981
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused in 5/06 of sexually abusing two brothers, ages 9 and 16, during first assignment 1981-83. He denied charges. Review Board finding of reasonable cause announced 11/4/06; permanently removed. He filed $4M defamation suit against the brothers in 11/06 and petitioned the Vatican. The brothers sued Cardinal George 12/13/06 alleging violation of confidentiality and sued Stepek on 8/29/07. Suit filed in 5/09 claimed abuse of a minor 1987. Reinstated with no assignment and limited privileges after 2013 canonical trial. Died 6/25/16.

Fr. Victor E. Stewart

Ordained: 1978
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Sued. Accused of abuse of at least 22 boys. By 7/05, 14 alleged victims had settled their claims against the archdiocese for a total of $3M and settlements were pending for 8 other accusers. Died in 6/94. In 2005 several alleged victims filed a complaint accusing Chicago police of complicity in their abuse by silencing some of them when they tried to tell in the 1990s. Total of 33 claims against him by 2009. Personnel file released in 1/14.

Fr. James O. Storm

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Died in 1974. Name included on Joliet diocese's list of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors as revised 3/12/13. The allegations were received after his death and thus were shown as "unresolved" on the list.

Fr. Ralph S. Strand

Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Removed from public ministry in 3/93. Convicted in 1995. Abused a boy, age 15 in 1990-92. Received a 4-year sentence after plea bargain. Two other accusers also came forward. Paroled in 4/97 after serving 21 months. Included in 10/05 settlement with Archdiocese. Last known to be living at University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary campus in Mundelein. Registered sex offender. Allowed to wear his Roman collar in public by archdiocese in 1999, after parole completed. Accompanied Cardinal George on a pilgrimage to Mexico in 2001. Died in 4/13.

Fr. Walter Strus

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Ordained: 1994
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

A woman filed suit in 10/01, claiming Strus raped and impregnated her in 1999 after he persuaded her to leave Poland and follow him to the U.S. Suit dismissed and refiled in 4/02. Amended suit also accused him of sexual harassment of parishioners and of abuse of minor girls in Poland after he became a priest. Strus denied the allegation, saying the relationship was consensual. DNA tests proved he fathered her child. Second suit later dismissed on legal technicality.

Fr. Lawrence J. Sullivan

Ordained: 1992
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Suspended in 4/21 pending investigation of an allegation recently received by the archdiocese that Sullivan sexually abused a minor in 1984, at age 18, just before entering seminary. Sullivan admitted to making "unwelcome verbal comments" to a girl, but denied "physical interaction." His accuser said that Sullivan and another man followed her to an alley outside of the restaurant where she was working, then "attacked" her and "the intent was to sexually assault me." She said Sullivan said, "Come on baby, let's have some fun" and that she fought them off and police were called. Reinstated in 5/21 after the archdiocese determined that it could not substantiate the allegation.

Fr. Thomas J. Swade

Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Removed from public ministry in 1992 after accused of improperly touching a 14-year-old boy years prior. Five other accusers also came forward. Sent to treatment for 4 years. In 1997 Archdiocese wanted to have him live in parish and assist with duties but parishioners protested and idea nixed. Continued working in administrative position for Archdiocese until removed in 6/02. Church trial underway 12/04. Included in 10/05 settlement with Archdiocese. Laicized 10/09.

Fr. Henry Peter Swider

Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as abuser in 3/20/06 archdiocesan report. Left active ministry in 1/69. Resigned in 2/74. Died in 8/07 per undated list of credibly accused priests posted on the Archdiocese of Chicago website.

Fr. Albert Tanghal Rimando

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Ordained: 1991
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Philippines native. Newly identified as abuser in Chicago Archdiocesan Report of 3/20/06. Suspended from active ministry 5/00. Killed by suspected robbers while in Philippines 12/03. No information on when allegations were made but apparently he had an opportunity to respond prior to his death since his name was included on the 3/06 list. One article on his death referred to him as a former priest of Chicago Archdiocese.

Deacon Francis Theis

Ordained: 1980
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Deacon. Removed in 1993. In 1/95 the Diocesan Review Board deemed Theis unfit to continue in the employment of the diocese. In a 1995 civil suit, Theis and four priests were named as abusers of a youth 1981-83. Name is spelled "Theiss" in original petition. The suit also alleged that Theis was part of a sex ring of priests. Died 7/13/10. On diocese's list 12/19/18.

Fr. Joseph Stephen Thomas

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Retired in 1997. Removed from public ministry 10/02 after accusations of sexual misconduct with a pre-teen boy more than 15 years previously while assigned to St. Margaret Mary parish in Rogers Park. Review board found reasonable cause to sustain the allegations and Cardinal George placed Thomas in a "monitored and restricted" setting where he would not be alone with minors. Review board still investigating as of 9/05. Name not on 3/06 list of priests with verified accusations but is on 9/15/08 list. Died 8/11.

Br. Michael Trujillo

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

One of 10 brothers and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in a 5/13 civil case of abuse as minors at three Chicago schools run by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province. Order agreed to massive $16.5M settlement with 400 plaintiffs with claims of abuse by multiple order priests and brothers in 5/13. Unclear if the order has substantiated any of the allegations against the eight newly-accused brothers, including Trujillo.

Fr. Walter Joseph Turlo

Ordained: 1970
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Resigned from parish and placed on leave in 6/05 after allegations of inappropriate behavior with a minor at St. William's Church in Chicago about 30 years previously. Laicized in 10/09 per Chicago archdiocesan report accessed 1/14/10. Lawsuit filed 6/8/17 alleging sex abuse of a boy, ages 9-10, in the late 1970s. Found by news outlet in 10/18 living around the corner from a grade school in Lyons.