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Fr. Robert D. Blanpied

Ordained: 1948
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wichita KS

Ordained for Wichita. Incardinated in 1969 into the Diocese of Pueblo. Lawsuit in 1995 by a man claiming Blanpied abused him ages 10-13 in Wichita; dismissed on SOL. In a 1994 meeting with the Pueblo bishop, the man and his family, Blanpied had admitted improper touch 30 years prior, and to abuse of two other Wichita boys in about 1967-69. Removed 1994. Sent to treatment. Had moved to Utah, Salt Lake bishop warned not to give him faculties. Honored in 1998 for 50 years priesthood. Released from treatment in 1999; granted faculties by Salt Lake bishop. Removed in 2002 after the Dallas Bishops' conference. Died 10/03. On the diocese's 9/20/19 list of clerics with substantiated allegations. "Fr. H." in the CO A.G. report 10/22/19.

Bishop John B. Brungardt

Ordained: 1998
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Dodge City KS

Ordained at age 40 for the Diocese of Wichita. Assigned as as a parish pastor, teacher and chaplain at Bishop Carroll High School, diocesan director of the office of Respect Life and Social Justice, moderator of the office of Hispanic ministry, and chancellor. Elevated to Bishop of Dodge City in 2/11. The Dodge City diocese announced on 2/8/21 that Brungardt had been notified by the KS Bureau of Investigation that he was the subject of an allegation sexual abuse of a minor. Brungardt denied the allegation, and stepped aside during the investigation.

Fr. William Bruning

Ordained: 1993
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Allegation in 6/15 to the archdiocese from a woman in her early thirties that Bruning sexually abused her as a girl when she attended Most Pure Heart of Mary School in Topeka. Bruning was suspended during investigation. Review Board could not substantiate the claims and he was returned to ministry. His accuser again contacted the archdiocese in 10/18 with new information and the case was reopened. The Review Board found the allegations not credible. Allegation not made public until 2/19, when Bruning announced it at mass. He denied the allegation.

Fr. Thomas F. Cawley

Order: CM
Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Spent 16 yrs in Hong Kong and next 15 in Rome. Working in Kansas City KS when man recognized him and came forward 8/04 with allegation that he had been molested by Cawley for 2 years in 1979 in Hong Kong. Cawley placed on leave and the Order began an investigation. Civil suit filed 8/05 in St. Louis, the home of the Order. Assigned to Vincentian Parish Mission Center in Independence MO 6/07.

Fr. Lambert Dannenfelser

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1940
Status: Accused

Died: 10/30/2006
Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Entered the Cincinnati-based Province of St. John the Baptist Franciscans in 1931. Named publicly as accused by the Kansas City KS archdiocese on its list 1/25/19. Multiple allegations of abuse around 1989. Died 10/30/06. Added to Las Cruces diocese's list in 2020, where he was assigned to St. Peter's in Roswell 1962-68.

Fr. Donald Fiedler

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Dodge City KS

Ordained for the Diocese of Wichita. Became a Dodge City diocesan priest in 8/64, where he worked 1/61- 1/88. Worked in the Diocese of Tucson 1989-2000. Named publicly as credibly accused by the Dodge City diocese on its list 10/1/19. Noted to not have been permitted to function as a priest since 2007. Allegations of abuse occurring in the mid-1980s substantiated.

Fr. William A. Finnerty

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Died: 10/7/2009
Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Graduate of Conception Abbey. Accused at some point of abusing a girl more than 30 years prior. Archdiocese recommended that he remain at a care facility due to his poor health, with restrictions. Died in  10/09 at age 82. On the archdiocese's list 1/35/19. It notes multiple allegations of abuse, occurring in the early- to mid-1960s.

Fr. James A. Forsythe

Ordained: 1983
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Pled guilty 12/89 to having "sexual relations" with a teenage boy over a 2-year period. Sentenced to 1-5 years in jail; served 3-4 months, then released on probation. Sent to treatment in NM for 7 months. Victim received settlement from archdiocese. On leave per 1990 Directory. Reportedly left the priesthood that year. Became minister for a protestant sect in SD until forced to resign in 2002 after community learned of past. Moved to FL. Hired in 2005 at an alternative Catholic church in Wilton Manors. Living in FL and Costa Rica as of 2009, per FL Sex Offender Registry. On the Kansas City KS archdiocese's list 1/25/19. It notes multiple allegations, and that Forsythe was laicized in 2005.

Fr. Ronald Sam Gilardi

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1988
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Salina KS

Arrested and charged in 2000 with 14 counts of indecent solicitation of a child and other crimes, including sodomy, of a 14-year-old boy at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School 1993-94. Pled guilty in 2001 to 3 counts; sentenced to at least 32 months in treatment at Vianney Center in MO and 5 years probation. Suit filed in 2001 in TX. Dismissed and refiled in KS. Settlement announced 12/01. School paid $30K. Family also settled with insurance co. and Diocese in confidential settlement. Living with Order in St. Louis 12/06. Registered as MO sex offender. Last known address per 11/17 internet search is RECON/Wounded Brothers Project in Robertsville, MO. On Capuchin Province of Mid-America list 3/1/19.

Fr. John A. Haberthier

Ordained: 1948
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Dodge City KS

The Dodge City diocese, where Haberthier worked 8/50-12/73, announced credible allegations against him in 12/06 . Worked in the Pueblo CO diocese 11/73-7/77. On San Bernardino CA diocese's list 10/9/18, where he worked 1979-80 and 1982-87. List noted abuse occurred in 1973 in Whittier, and that the diocese was made aware in 10/06. Died 12/28/09 at age 87, in Great Bend KS. On Wichita diocese's list 9/20/19. On Dodge City diocese's list 10/1/19. Substantiated allegations of abuse noted in the late 1960s-mid-1970s in the Dodge City and the Pueblo dioceses. Per the CO A.G. report 10/22/19, abused at least four boys there, and Pueblo bishop knew in at least 1977; bishop did not inform CA, to where Haberthier fled.

Fr. William Mark Haegelin

Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Removed in 9/02 after a man accused Haegelin of inappropriate sexual relations with him as a minor in the 1980s. Haegelin denied the allegation. He later admitted to having a sexual relationship with the man, but only when the man was an adult. In 11/02 the archdiocesan review board cleared him of allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor. No criminal investigation because Haegelin's accuser did not want one. Review board recommended he return to ministry after spiritual counseling. On the archdiocese's list 1/25/19. It notes that it could not determine if the "sexual relationship" began while Haegelin's accuser was still a minor. Laicized in 2004. In 6/21 the archdiocese announced that allegation that the victim was a minor during the time in question was substantiated.

Fr. Orestes M. Huerta

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Dodge City KS

Extern priest from the Diocese of Boac in Philippines 9/97-9/2000. In residence at Sacred Heart Pastoral Center, Boac, without assignment, per Boac website 6/30/10. Per Dodge City website, allegations of abuse were made against Huerta and review board found them credible. Diocese notified parishes. On the Dodge City diocese's list of credibly accused 10/1/19, noting the alleged abuse occurred in the Philippines after Huerta's time in Dodge City.

Fr. Martin Juarez

Ordained: 1981
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 8/17 of sexually abusing an altar boy at St. Matthew's in Topeka over a three-year period, beginning when the boy was age 9 in the early 1980s. Juarez's accuser said the abuse occurred multiple times in various places, including the parish rectory, and it included fondling, oral and forced anal sex. Per the archdiocese, Juarez left priestly ministry there in 1994 and was laicized in 2005. On the archdiocese's list 1/25/19. It notes mulltple allegations of a abuse, occurring early- to mid-1980s.

Fr. Scott James Kallal

Ordained: 2011
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Member of the Apostles of the Interior Life. Assistant at Holy Spirit in Overland Park when suspended 7/17 after two people complained of inappropriate conduct by Kallal, one toward an 11-year-old girl. Per the girl's father, the priest tickled her and touched her breast at a St. Patrick's gathering in the summer of 2015. Kallal denied "moral misconduct or malicious intent." Arrested in MD 7/24/17, where he had been sent for treatment. Charged with two felony counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Pled not guilty. Judge ordered trial. On archdiocese's list 1/25/19. Trial in 9/19 ended in a hung jury. To remain on leave of absence. In 9/21 the District Attorney's Office dismissed the case after determining that a retrial was not in the best interest of the alleged victim. Kallal was to remain on leave pending an investigation by the archdiocese.


Fr. Robert K. Larson

Ordained: 1958
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Wichita KS

Former Director of Catholic Charities. Removed/retired from active ministry in 1988 for "stress-related problems." Accused of abusing more than 17 boys. Pled guilty in 2001 to abusing 4, including 1 felony count. Sentenced to 3-10 years prison; 5 others, whom Larson denied abusing, later died by suicide. Abuse included sodomy. Moved to St. John Vianney Renewal Center in MO after 3/06 release from prison. Listed on MO sex offender registry. Died 08/27/14; death not announced until 9/14, after his burial. On the diocese's 9/20/19 list of clerics with substantiated allegations.

Fr. Louis Mattas

Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Salina KS

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/29/19. Allegations of abuse in the mid 1960s and early 1980s reported to the diocese in 2005 and 2007. Only the 2007 allegation was substantiated. Ordered by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance. Died in 2011.

Fr. Finian Meis

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Worked in Dioceses of Salina and Archdiocese of Kansas City KS. Accusations made in 2003 to Review Board. A woman said he abused her when she was 18 and he was part of Salina diocese. Also accused by a man who was a minor at the time of the abuse in 1970s at Church of the Good Shepherd in Shawnee. Three claims settled of alleged abuse of one female and two males. Meis was "dismissed from the church" in 1986 and later laicized. Died in 1997. One man claimed abuse at age 11 in 1972 by Meis during counseling sessions. He was barred from suing due to the statute of limitations. Named as credibly accused on the KCK diocese's list in 1/19. On Capuchin Province of Mid-America list 3/1/19. Per Salina diocese, abuse occurred 1960s-70s.

Fr. Daniel B. Mulvihill

Ordained: 1953
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Wichita KS

Native of Ireland. Named in 1996 civil suit filed by 4 brothers. Men said that they were abused at St. Joseph's Children Home in KS and that they believed that another priest had molested their sister and that she had borne the priest a child. They say they found her diary after her death with picture of her and priest and a baby boy. Diocese investigated and said that Mulvihill denied that he was the father of the child. Said diary was the dreaming of a lonely young woman about a kid and handsome priest. Mulvihill died 12/16/06.

Fr. Anthony Putti

Ordained: 2001
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Priest of the Diocese of Guntur, India. Worked in the archdiocese for several years while pursuing graduate studies in theology. Left his assignments at St. Gregory's in Marysville and St. Malachy 's in Beattie in 2010 and returned to India, after admitting to sexual relations with an adult. On 4/2/13 the archdiocese received an allegation that Putti had abused a minor. He denied the allegation. On the archdiocese's list 1/25/19.

Fr. Robert J. Reif

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Salina KS

In 1986, 2002 and 2005 Diocese received reports of abuse. Accused of abusing two brothers 1975-86. Sent to treatment 1986-87. He denied claims but wrote apologetic letter to boys' parents in 1988. Left priesthood in 1989. Suit filed in 1995. Dismissed on SOL. Appealed to KS Supreme Court which reversed 7/96 and sent back down for trial. Case settled in mid-1990s. Laicized in 2006. On diocese's list 3/29/19.

Fr. Edward F. Roberts

Ordained: 1941
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

The archdiocese announced in 9/15 that it had recently received credible allegations of abuse of minors against Roberts. Assigned to St. Peter Cathedral in KC, St Teresa in Westphalia, Sacred Heart in Baileville, St. Gregory in Marysville, St. Joseph in Nortonville, Holy Name in Topeka. Died in 9/18/97. On the archdiocese's list 1/25/19. It notes allegations of abuse occurring 1949 to the early 1990s.

Fr. Christopher Rossman

Ordained: 2007
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Pastor of Annunciation parish in Baldwin City and St. Francis of Assisi in Lapeer when suspended 9/16 after reports to the archdiocese that he had visited "inappropriate websites, including those depicting minors." Archdiocese said it notified the FBI immediately. On the archdiocese's list 1/25/19. It notes ongoing law enforcement investigation. Charged in federal court in 7/19 with child porn possession. Pled guilty. Per investigators, Rossman's sister tried to destroy his computer by running it over. Archdiocese deemed allegations substantiated and laicization was pending as of 3/6/20.

Fr. Robert Schleiter

Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Salina KS

Named publicly as accused by the Salina diocese on its list 3/29/19. Allegations of abuse occurring in the 1950s reported in 1957, 1980 and 2003. The diocese noted it did not respond to the 1980 allegation, but did so when the alleged victim again came forward in 2003. In 1957 Schleiter was dismissed by Salina after an investigation and moved to the Diocese of Wichita. On Wichita diocese's list of clerics with substantiated allegations 9/20/19. It notes "ministry ended" 1969. Died 1995.

Fr. Dennis E. Schmitz

Ordained: 1989
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Placed on leave 5/02 and charged in 6/02 with improperly touching a teenage youth several times 6/98-5/99. Pled guilty 2002. Received 32-month sentence. Also convicted in another county and sentenced 1/03 to 32 months probation. Served as Vocations Director of Archdiocese 1994-7/01. A civil suit against the archdiocese was settled in 2003. Suit against Schmitz was ongoing. Schmitz agreed to seek laicization. On KS sex offender registry 1/3/10. On archdiocese's list 1/25/19. Noted to have been laicized in 2005.

Fr. Arthur Van Speybroeck

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Ordained: 1902
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Salina KS

Named publicly as accused by the Salina diocese on its list 3/29/19. Multiple allegations. Report to the diocese in 1907 of abuse the same year. Van Speybroeck left the Salina diocese sometime after 1908. On the Diocese of Wichita's list 9/20/19; worked in the diocese 1902, "Out of Diocese" 1902-43. Three Wichita assignments 1943. Retired in 1943. Died in 1948. Included in the FL A.G.'s report 11/6/20 (name spelled "Speybroek").

Fr. John E. Walsh

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Salina KS

Named publicly as accused by the Salina diocese on its list 3/29/19. Single allegation of abuse occurring 1972-78 reported to the diocese in 2002. Diocese investigated. Walsh retired 2002. Died 2009. On the Wichita diocese's list of clerics with substantiated allegations 9/20/19. Worked in the diocese 1955-58.

Fr. William A. Wheeler

Ordained: 1936
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Wichita KS

In a 1996 civil suit, two men alleged that they were fondled by Wheeler several times in the mid-1950s at an El Dorado children's home. (Same suit alleges that another brother was molested by a nun and that a second priest fathered a child with their sister.) The suit was dismissed on SOL. Died in 1994. On the diocese's 9/20/19 list of clerics with substantiated allegations. It notes that Wheeler's "ministry ended" in 1985. Also publicly accused in 2/20 of raping a girl who was a grade school student at Holy Cross in Hutchinson in the 1960s. His accuser said she had first been raped by a priest who preceded Wheeler at the parish.

Fr. John H. Wisner, Jr.

Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Suspended 5/12 after a man reported Wisner touched him inappropriately at age 15 in 1982. Wisner denied sexual misconduct but confirmed time, location and circumstances surrounding the allegation. Wisner, a psychiatrist, had been parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish in Roeland Park, KS since 1985. Also a full-time associate professor. Three claims sent to Vatican 11/12. Suit filed in 12/15 claimed Wisner of sexually abused a boy, ages 15-17, in the mid-1980s. Claimant said WIsner, who was also his doctor, held parties at a lake house, gave minors liquor, and sexually abused them. He said the priest/doctor took him on trips to CA, HI and the Cayman Islands. Laicization affirmed by the Vatican 3/12/18. In 10/18 still held MD licenses in KS and MO. As of 3/19 his medical licenses in MO and KS were no longer active.

Fr. Norman Charles Wolfe

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

"Chuck." Accused in 2005 of abusing a 14-year-old boy while assigned to Church of the Good Shepherd in Shawnee in 1976 and 1977. Order's review board found allegations "believable." Accuser also filed civil suit which was later dismissed on SOL. He later received payment of $25K. On the archdiocese's list 1/25/19. On the Capuchin Province of Mid-America's list 3/1/19. Per Salina diocese, dismissed from Order 1987.

Fr. Camillus Wurtz

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Died: 08/16/2013
Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

In 2004 a man complained to St. Benedict's Abbey that Wurtz had molested him when the man was a boarding student at Maur Hill-Mount Academy during the 1960s. The abbot kept Wurtz in ministry until 2/04, after the Review Board deemed the allegation credible and recommended Wurtz's removal. Still a priest at St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison as of a 2/06 website post. Died 8/16/13.