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Fr. Donald Philip Baker

Ordained: 1980
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 12/29/19. Allegation received in 3/17 that Baker sexually abused a teenage boy 1986-89, while assigned to St. Francis of Assisi in Lenoir, NC. Baker was living in AZ in 2017, having moved there in 1991. He worked for a short time for the Phoenix diocese before leaving ministry in 1994.

Fr. Charles Jeffries Burton

Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Working in Richmond VA 6/07 when placed on leave after review of his personnel file revealed allegations of inappropriate touching of a minor in 1982, while director of youth ministry and the Boy Scouts for the Charlotte diocese. Diocese had been informed of allegations in 1994; Burton acknowledged the misconduct. Sent for therapy and reassigned to Camden diocese. Died 8/20/11. On Jesuit Maryland Province list 12/17/18. Added to Baltimore archdiocese's list as of 2/19. On Richmond diocese's list 2/13/19. On Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19.

Fr. Eugene D. Corbesero

Order: IMC
Ordained: 1962
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Worked as a priest in five states. Left his order in 1979 or 1981. Laicized in 1983. Married. Pled guilty in 6/07 to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in 8/06 in New Jersey. Sentenced in 10/07 to five years prison. Prosecutors tried to obtain his personnel records from time as priest alleging that he may have had similar troubles in the 1970s; court denied the motion. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19. It notes a report in 1995 of abuse of a teenage boy sometime between 1973 and 1975 while assigned to Our Lady of Consolation in Charlotte. Corbesero died in 2016.

Fr. Andre Anthony Corbin

Ordained: 1961
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Criminally charged in 1988 with abusing a boy in 1966 when parish was in Raleigh diocese. Sentenced to 3 years jail; served about 60 days. Prrobation for 5 years, ordered to St Luke Institute for treatment. Dressed young boys in loin cloths to depict crucified Christ. Charlotte diocese removed faculties in 1988. Also named in 12/03 suit in Springfield MA; settled 8/04. Died in fire 5/14/08, age 79. On the Raleigh diocese's list in 10/18; it notes report in 1988 of 1966 abuse. However, was put on sick leave 1962-64 after one year at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Newton Grove NC and missions. Rest of NC assignments were in future Charlotte diocese. On leave 1970-93; whereabouts unknown. In 2002, the Springfield MA diocese had been planning to assign Corbin as a supply priest, when the allegation was received that became the 12/03 suit. Died in 2008. On the Fall River MA diocese' list in 1/21. On Springfield MA list 6/2/21.

Fr. Aloysius Joseph D’Silva

Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 12/29/19. The diocese received a report in 1998 from a teenage girl who said D'Silva touched and kissed her at St. Bernadette Catholic Mission in Linville. He denied the allegation. The diocese said at the time that it could not substantiate the allegation. It was found credible after a 2019 file review. D'Silva died in 2005.

Fr. Peter Martin Denges

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Ordained: 1927
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Named publicly by the Raleigh diocese as accused with a 'semblance of truth' on its list in 10/18. It notes allegation received in 2005 of abuse in 1950; Denges was then pastor of St John the Baptist in Roanoke Rapids NC with missions and stations in Halifax, Littleton, and Weldon; Denges was also Dean of the Eastern Deanery. In 1951, Denges was made pastor of St Anthony of Padua in Southern Pines and Dean of the Raleigh Deanery. In 1929-1949 he ran Camp Denges in Abell MD in the Washington archdiocese with his brother Msgr Joseph F Denges. Msgr Peter M Denges died on 7/27/85.

Fr. Hugh A. Dolan

Ordained: 1934
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Named publicly as accused 'with a semblance of truth' by the Raleigh diocese on its list in 10/18. It notes report in 2004 to the diocese of abuse in 1964, when Msgr Dolan was pastor of St Pius X church in Greensboro NC (now in the Charlotte diocese), where accused priest John J Hyland was accused in 2002 of abuse in 1964 also. Dolan founded St Pius X and was pastor there 1960-1975. Msgr Dolan was born in 1906 in Ireland and died on 9/26/81. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19 (middle initial incorrectly as J.)

Fr. Richard B. Farwell

Ordained: 1981
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Placed on leave 5/85; diocese announced he was assigned to "a priestly ministry program" in RI; actually sent to House of Affirmation in MA for treatment. Returned to Charlotte diocese 7/88. Accused 2/99 of abuse of 10- to 12-year-old boy 19 years prior. Sent to Miami FL archdiocese in 2000 with letter of reference from Bishop Curlin. Same accuser resurfaced 2002. Faculties revoked 4/02. Indicted 8/02 on charges of " indecent liberties" with boy in mid-1980s. Pled no contest 11/04; sentenced to 180 days probation, counseling and community service. Civil suit filed 7/19/11. Accused of abuse of an altar boy; grooming began in the early 1980s when the boy was 14, after the boy confided to Farwell that he had been raped by a truck driver while hitch-hiking. Filed suit 4/13/20. On diocese's list 12/29/19.

Fr. John Gallagher

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Ordained: 1947
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Member of the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri (Oratorians). Named publicly as accused by the Charlotte diocese on its list 12/29/19. Accused in 9/1971 of recently inappropriately touching a teenage girl at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe, where he was filling in one weekend. Parish was in the Diocese of Raleigh at the time, prior to the creation of the Charlotte diocese. Family did not press charges. The Oratorians restricted Gallagher's ministry. He died 11/14/76. Added to the Diocese of Charleston's list 12/31/19.

Fr. Stephen M. Garrity

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Removed by Order in 2007 from Holy Cross in Durham, NC after admitting inappropriate sexual contact with five young adults, ages 18-23, in the early 1980s while in Baltimore and Philadelphia. Received therapy. In 1/13, Order told Diocese of a credible complaint of abuse of a minor from the 1970s while assigned to St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia. Sent to a monitored community. Died in 2014. On Maryland Province Jesuits list 12/17/18. It notes multiple allegations. On Scranton diocese's list 12/22/18. Added to Baltimore archdiocese's list in 2/19. On Raleigh diocese's list in 10/18. It notes abuse in 1970 reported in 2018.

Fr. P. Patrick Gavigan

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Ordained for the Trappists. Incardinated in 1972 into the Charlotte diocese. Retired 1992. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 12/29/19. Allegation received in 2002 that Gavigan sexually abused a girl in 1973 at Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro. He denied the allegation. Living in 2002 in a nursing home in NC. Restricted from ministry to minors. Died in 2007.

Fr. Giacomo Ghisalberti

Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

From Italy. Named publicly as accused by the Raleigh diocese on its list in 10/18. It notes abuse in 1977 reported in 2004. Suspended. Vatican petition in progress. Died 10/19/20. Per his obituary, started priesthood in the Diocese of Greensburg PA, moving in 1975 to the Raleigh diocese. Earned Law degree in 1981, practiced law while pastor of Christ the King in Riegelwood. Also, was married for 32 years at the time of his death.

Fr. Albert J. Gondek

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Member of Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Known to have worked in DE, PA, NC, FL dioceses. A 30-year-old man told the Raleigh diocese in 1993 that Gondek sexually assaulted him during confession in Wilmington, NC. Order said it had Gondek undergo counseling. Kept in ministry. The man wrote to the Charlotte diocese years later, after Gondek's transfer there. Pastor of Lexington, NC parish beginning 1998. In 10/07 a man alleged Gondek molested him as a teen at a MD summer camp in 1960, when Gondek was a seminarian. Placed on leave; reinstated 12/07 after cleared by investigators. Suspended 12/15, after man said Gondek sexually abused him at age 18 and others who were minors 5 years prior. Criminal investigation initiated. On Raleigh diocese's list in 10/18. Not on Raleigh's list updated in 3/21.

Fr. Jaime Guzman

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Named publicly as accused by the Raleigh diocese on its list in 10/18. Worked at some point in the diocese; accused of sexual abuse of outside of the diocese. May be the same Rev. Jaime Guzman Astaburuaga, SJ, from the Archdiocese of Santiago, Chile, found guilty in 2012 by the Vatican of sexually abusing students at Colegio San Ignacio El Bosque, where he was chaplain 1984-94.

Fr. Patrick T. Hoare

Ordained: 2007
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Pastor of St. Matthew's in Charlotte when placed on leave in 12/19 due to an allegation that he sexually abused a minor 25 years prior -before ordination - in PA. Hoare denied the allegation. Police in PA investigated and found additional allegations that Hoare engaged in "inappropriate touching of relatives" when he was a teenager and young adult in the 1980s and 1990s. There were also complaints in the Diocese of Charlotte that Hoare was observed being "very touchy" with minors, including hugs and rubbing of shoulders or abdomens. In 7/20 the diocese announced that, based on recommendation from the Lay Review Board, Hoare would remain on administrative leave.

Fr. Adelbert Holmes

Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Glenmary order on its list 10/11/19. Worked in NC, OH, AR, KY, VA, GA. Added to the Richmond diocese's list in 10/25/19 for allegations of abuse there. Included on the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19. The Glenmarys told the Charlotte diocese in 11/19 that it received allegations in 1988 that Holmes abused three minors in 1976 in Murphy, NC, and that he was also credibly accused of abuse later in Franklin, KY. He was removed from ministry in 1991 and died in 2013.

Fr. John J. Hyland

Ordained: 1942
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Hyland was named publicly as accused by the Raleigh diocese on its list in 10/18. Allegations reported to the diocese around 2002, of abuse in 1964. The Raleigh list notes that there were also "subsequent reports of abuse." At the time of the reported abuse, Hyland was in residence at St Pius X church in Greensboro, where he was listed in the Directory as assigned until 1973. Then he was listed as retired until he died on 11/23/75. The parish school had 312 students in 1963-1964 and 302 in 1972-1973. Greensboro became part of the Charlotte diocese when it was erected from the Raleigh diocese in 1971. Before then, the Raleigh diocese comprised all of NC. Per Charlotte list 12/29/19, allegation in 2002 of abuse of a girl 1964-1966 at St. Pius X in Greensboro.

Fr. Donald J. Joyce

Order: OMI
Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Died: 01/7/2013
Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Worked in archdioceses of Washington DC, Boston, dioceses of Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Charlotte, San Antonio. Included on list of accused posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian 1/19/11. Garabedian said he settled at least one claim with the Boston archdiocese involving Joyce. Claimant said Joyce fondled and attempted to rape him when he was a Lowell, MA altar boy, ages 11-13, in 1977-79. Joyce was working as Director of Libraries at Oblate College in San Antonio in 2011 and at least since 2002. Order said 1/27/11 he was barred from working as a priest. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database. Died in 2013. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19. Accused in 2002 of abuse of a boy 1973-76 at Sacred Heart Catholic Mission in Wadesboro, NC.

Seminarian John Brian Kaup

Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Accused in a lawsuit filed 2/2/17 of the sexual abuse and assault of a 17-year-old girl on 12/25/13 in the parking lot of Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury, NC. Kaup, age 27, was a seminarian and youth minister at the parish. The suit alleges also that Kaup continued to have sex with the girl until mid-2014. A police investigation in 2016 did not result in charges. Kaup left the seminary in 5/14 and was hired to work as a youth minister at a Huntersville parish. Diocesan officials maintained that the pastor, for whom Kaup had worked at Sacred Heart, did not know of the allegations. Kaup left the Huntersville job in summer 2016. Kaup countersued, saying the two had been in a dating relationship and that her parents approved.

Fr. Michael Joseph Kelleher

Ordained: 1953
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

From Ireland. Trappist monk in Ireland and New Zealand for many years prior to leaving Order. Incardinated into Raleigh diocese in 1966, then Charlotte diocese when it was created in 1971. Retired 7/99. Removed 7/10 from assignment as chaplain at Bishop McGuinness High School after accusation of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old boy in 1977 in Albemarle, NC. Assigned there 4/73 - 8/77. Police notified 9/09 and told diocese shortly thereafter. Charges filed 7/10. Arrested, released on bail 7/8/10. Second accuser a week later. No criminal charges filed. Both men sued 9/11. Kelleher admitted to 1977 abuse. Multiple other accusers. Two more men filed suit 2012; dismissed on SOL 6/20/14. Criminal charges to which Kelleher had confessed were dismissed 7/1/14 due to his dementia. Died 8/20/14. Charlotte bishop was to preside at memorial mass. On Raleigh diocese's list in 10/18. On Charlotte list 12/29/19. Suit filed 4/13/20.

Fr. William J. Kuder

Ordained: 1933
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Accused in 1995 of sexually abusing a boy, ages 9-13, beginning in 1952, at St. Joan of Arc in Asheville. The abuse included oral and anal rape. Kuder was said to have driven the boy to rectories 20 and 50 miles away, where he made the boy go to the door alone to seek confession for "sex with a priest." He said Kuder threatened him with eternal damnation if he broke the seal of confession. The boy's two brothers said Kuder similarly abused them at ages 9-13. In 1995 he persuaded Bishop Curlin to apologize to the parish. Curlin acknowledged the abuse of many children by Kuder, who has been referred to as a serial pedophile. Kuder died 8/31/60, before the Charlotte diocese was created from the Raleigh diocese, which until 1971 comprised all of NC. On the Raleigh diocese's list in 10/18. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19.

Fr. Peter Tan Van Le

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

From Vietnam, Vinh Long diocese. Retired in 2011 to his home diocese. Named publicly as accused by the Charlotte diocese on its list 12/29/19. The diocese received an allegation in 2013 that Le sexually abused multiple minors at St. Joseph Vietnamese Catholic Church. Faculties removed in 8/13, home diocese notified.

Fr. Damion Jacques Lynch

Ordained: 1991
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

A 1998 civil suit alleged Lynch abused twin brothers 1991-95, when the boys were in their early teens. Lynch apparently reported an "indiscretion" to Bishop Curlin in 1995 who attempted to resolve the matter with the family. Sent to residential treatment. Reassigned to parish in Charlotte in 1997 but asked for leave 2/98. Diocese paid $77,489 in 1996 and undisclosed amount as result of 1999 suit. Reported in 2002 to have left priesthood. Laicized in 2009. In 2017 working as a registered nurse at MedStar Washington Hospital and living in Alexandria, VA. A man filed a police report 3/5/19, alleging Lynch and Fr. Cornell Bradley, S.J. each sexually abused him as a teen in the 1990s. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19.

Fr. James E. McSweeney

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Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Former chancellor and vicar general. Accused in 2004 of molesting a boy for three years, beginning when the boy was 11 in 1970. The abuse allegedly occurred on trips, in the rectory, and in a car. McSweeney died in 1999. McSweeney was a financial expert who had amassed nearly $1M at the time of his death. Claim settled for $120K in 3/04. A second accuser known. Bishop said claims were credible. On the diocese's list in 10/18.

Fr. Kenneth R. Parker

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Ordained for the Diocese of Raleigh. Worked in parishes that later became part of the Diocese of Charlotte when it was formed in 1971. The Raleigh diocese learned 11/13/09 of an allegation that Parker abused a minor in 1982. Parker retired in 1993 and continued to provide limited ministry. He denied the allegations. Faculties removed 1/19/10 after review board investigation. On the Raleigh diocese's list in 10/18. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19.

Fr. Francis Andrew Perry, III

Ordained: 1998
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

"Drew." Ordained at age 53 in 1998. Placed on leave 4/02 for lying on application, after diocese learned he had been accused of abuse of a 4-year-old female relative when he was a teenager in 1961. He also had been accused by a teenage boy of taking indecent liberties with him about 15 years prior. Charges dropped when boy refused to testify. Admitted abuse of girl; denied other charges. Appealed to Vatican for review of case. On diocese's list in 10/18.

Fr. John Aquinas Powers

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Order: OP
Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Died: 10/19/2010
Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Named publicly as accused by the Dominicans' St. Joseph Province on its list in late 2018. It notes Powers became a part of the Province of St. Martin de Porres when it was formed in 1979. Allegation established in 2009. Died 10/19/10. Per his obituary, Powers was a Marine chaplain in China, Japan and Pacific Islands 1955-59. Worked in variety of parish and special assignments 1960-96, including Ohio, Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North and South Carolina and New Orleans. On the Raleigh diocese's list in 10/18, for allegations around 2002 of abuse in 1966 in the Raleigh diocese. On the Providence diocese's list 7/1/19. On Columbus diocese's list 12/13/19. On the Fall River diocese's list in 1/21 of credibly accused.

Fr. Donald F. Scales

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Died: 12/12/2008
Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Named publicly as accused on 2/14/19 by the Diocese of Richmond after it received information from the Diocese of Charlotte. Charlotte's Review Board found credible an allegation against Scales. He had assignments in both dioceses. Accused in 2006 of sexually abusing a minor at St. Michael's in Gastonia, NC 1977-78. Removed from ministry. Denied the allegation. Died in 2008. Included on the Raleigh diocese's list updated 10/22/19, noting abuse occurring outside the diocese in 1966, reported in 2019. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19.

Fr. Raymond Francisco Schulte

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Per the Abbey Abuse Disclosure Project, one alleged victim made a 9/02 statement that Schulte sexually molested him 10/88. Also accused of knowing about abuse by Dunstan Moorse and John Kelly. Supposedly living a restricted lifestyle at St. John's, but traveled frequently, including to Italy. Named in new suit 5/18/10 by two brothers claiming abuse in 1984-86. Suit settled 3/11 with other claims against Abbey. New suit in Puerto Rico 4/11. Name on Abbey list 12/9/13 and St. Cloud list 1/3/14. On the Raleigh diocese's list in 10/18. It notes report in 1992 of abuse in 1985 in Raleigh diocese.

Fr. Edgar Sepulveda

Ordained: 1989
Status: Charges Dropped

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Native of Colombia. Removed 9/09 after accusations of sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy in 5/09 in Brunswick Co. Matter did not make news until he was arrested 1/8/10 and charged with two counts of sex crimes against a juvenile. He denied allegations. Former pastor of Maria Reina Parish in Mt. Olive, Santa Teresa Mission in Beulaville, and Santa Clara Mission in Magnolia. Prosecutors dropped criminal charges as of 7/12. On the Raleigh diocese's list in 10/18. Noted to be suspended, and Vatican trial in progress. Laicized by 2/7/20.

Fr. Edward William Smith

Order: GHM
Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 05/31/1975
Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Glenmary Home Missioners on its list 10/11/19. Worked in Bogota, Colombia; NC; OH; VA; GA. Died in 1975. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19. The Charlotte diocese noted that it received a report in 12/14 that Smith abused a boy in the 1960s on Boy Scout camping trips. Also, it said the Glenmarys told them in late 2019 that it had received an allegation in 1993 of abuse in the 1960s at Buck Creek, which had a summer youth camp, and an allegation in 2001 of abuse in 1963 in Boone, NC, when Smith was pastor of St. Elizabeth parish. On the Raleigh diocese's list updated 2/7/20 (erroneously as a CICM priest).

Fr. Thomas F. Watkins

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Order: SM
Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Raleigh NC

Placed on leave in 4/02 after diocese received an allegation that Watkins had proposed sex to an 18-year-old seminary student 26 years before. Watkins denied the allegation. Ordained as a Marianist; became diocesan priest in 1996. Had been accused of sexual misconduct and had undergone psychological treatment before coming to Diocese in 1991. New allegation in 1995 involved an adult. Granted indefinite medical leave of absence 6/02 after refusing counseling.

Fr. Robert Yurgel

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1996
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Arrested in 4/08. Charged with sex abuse of a 14-year-old boy in 1999 at St. Matthew's in Charlotte, where he was assigned 1997-99. Transferred out of diocese in 10/99. At time of arrest, was chaplain at St. Mary's in Passaic, NJ. Extradited to Charlotte and released on bail. Victim filed civil suit vs diocese and Capuchins 10/08, saying diocese knew before transfer to NJ and case covered-up. Pled guilty to 1 count 2/09; sentenced to 7 years 8 months to 10 years prison. Suit settled 5/10 for $1.23M ($1M from Diocese and $230K from the Order). Released from prison 8/16. Moved from NC to NJ in 11/16. Per Capuchins, defrocked in 2010. Suit in 12/20 claimed abuse of a boy ages 5-7, at St. Matthew's, beginning in 1997.