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Fr. Robert Allgaier

Ordained: 1998
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Report to police in 10/01 that Allgaier had viewed child porn on his computer. Archbishop knew of allegation in 2001 but reassigned him to a middle school after evaluation. Removed in 2/02 just prior to charges being filed. Pled guilty to attempted possession of child pornography for using computers to view internet photos of children involved in sex acts. Sentenced to two years probation. Left priesthood in 2005. On sex offender registry. On diocese's list 11/30/18.

Fr. James F. Benton

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Lincoln NE

Placed on leave, then retired 2017. In 8/18 Benton's 37-year-old nephew stated publicly that the priest sexually abused him as a child during a sleepover at the rectory. Benton denied the allegations. Case reported to the diocese then sent to the Vatican. In 5/18 the Vatican responded that any further action was up to the bishop. Bishop Conley imposed restrictions on Benton's ministry. The nephew said he knew of another victim, allegedly abused at age 14 when Benton was a seminarian. He said the boy told another priest, who did nothing. Benton was reportedly also accused of the sexual abuse of another child in 2000 and may have been sent away for treatment. In 8/18 Benton was living at a home for retired priests. On diocese's list 4/2/19.

Fr. Richard Colbert

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Order: CPPS
Ordained: 1969
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Per news reports in 2003, Colbert was accused of abuse of a boy in 1988 at Boys Town. The priest reportedly left Boys Town for MO abruptly and quietly in 1988 during an investigation of the allegation. He had been a Boys Town teacher and counselor for three years. Per his order, the case was reviewed in 2002; Colbert was allowed to remain in ministry after a determination that the incident was not sexual misconduct. A civil suit filed in 10/05 claimed Colbert sexually abused a boy in the mid-1980s at Boys Town, and that he also abused other boys there. Placed on leave by the Jefferson MO diocese where he was working. The suit was dismissed by court in 5/06 after the plaintiff's attorney withdrew. [Some earlier news articles had Richard as first name; others had Robert. Richard is correct, per 1989 Official Catholic Directory].

Fr. Willard J. Dressel

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Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/18. Multiple allegations of abuse, occurring while assigned to Creighton Prep in Omaha in the 1970s and 1980s. Died 8/28/07, age 84. The Province's revised list 2/21/20 notes incident(s) also alleged to have occurred in 1998.

Fr. Franklin Dvorak

Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Dvorak, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Parish in Omaha since 2007, was removed 4/12 after allegations he had sexually abused a female student 1970-1972. He was assigned to Sacred Heart/St. Mary's Parish in Norfolk, NE 1970-1974. Dvorak denied the allegations. Review board found evidence met "credible" standards. No criminal charges due to SOL. In 4/13, Vatican ordered church trial in Omaha. Sentenced 11/22/13 to life of prayer and penance. On archdiocese's list 11/30/18.

Fr. John M. Fiala

Order: SOLT
Ordained: 1984
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Ordained for Omaha. Joined SOLT Order 1996. Worked in NE, MO, KS, TX. Privileges removed 10/08 after allegations of abuse in San Antonio archdiocese. A 4/10 TX suit alleged Fiala raped a 16-year-old boy at least twice in 2007-08. In 4/10, Omaha said it knew in 2002 of his advances toward a minor in mid-1980s. Indicted 8/10 in TX. Arrested 9/3/10 in KS; returned to TX. Released on bail. Settlement of lawsuit with San Antonio and Omaha archdioceses, Corpus Christi diocese and Order 01/2011. Arrested in Dallas 11/18/10 for trying to hire hit-man to kill accuser. Convicted in Dallas on solicitation of murder 5/17/12. Sentenced to 60 years prison. Died in 7/17. On Omaha archdiocese's list 11/30/18. It notes two victims. On Kansas City KS list 1/25/19. On Corpus Christi and San Antonio list s1/31/19.

Fr. Joseph Finch

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Named publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 11/30/18. Reports to the archdiocese in 1996 and to Law Enforcement 2002 and 2010 of abuse for several years, beginning in 1971. Finch left Omaha in 1963 for military chaplaincy. Moved in 1969 to Diocese of Phoenix. In 1992 became chaplain to cloistered convent in the Diocese of Albany. He left there in early 2018. Added to Albany's list 12/3/19.

Fr. Patrick Henry

Ordained: 1981
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Placed on leave 6/07 after complaint that he sexually abused a minor in the 1970s, prior to ordination. Review board deemed allegation credible. Matter forwarded to the Vatican. Worked at Boy's Town prior to ordination; at least one man says Henry abused him when he was a Boys Town resident. Henry also worked in the Omaha Diocese 1981-84, in Bolivia 1984-89, again in Omaha 1990-1992, and then in Peru. He transferred to the Diocese of Cleveland in 1994. On Omaha archdiocese's list 11/30/18. It notes report to Cleveland in 2008 of abuse 1970s-80s. (Says his transfer to Cleveland was 1997, but Catholic Directory shows 1994.) Laicized, per the Cleveland diocese's list in 6/19.

Fr. Daniel P. Herek

Ordained: 1971
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Pled no contest in 1998 to allegations of sex abuse of a youth. Served 2 1/2 years in jail. Named by eight in subsequent civil suits. A 2002 jury award of $800K to one. Other suits then settled. Convicted of exposing himself in mall parking lot in 9/05. Request for new trial denied. Sentenced 120 days in jail. Verdict appealed. Sent to jail in 7/08. He had requested house arrest. Judge also added four months for probation violation when caught masturbating in public. On archdiocese's list 11/30/18. It notes multiple reports to diocese and law enforcement, of child porn and sex abuse 1970s through 1990s. Laicized in 2006.

Fr. Joseph Hiepvan Ho

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Extern priest from the Archdiocese of Sydney. Named publicly as accused on the Omaha archdiocese's list 11/30/18. Reports to Omaha in 1990 of boundary violations and in 2010 of sex abuse. Left Omaha in 1992. Omaha informed Sydney in 2010. Per list, Ho still active in Sydney. Per list updated 3/1/19, Ho no longer in active ministry as of 12/18.

Fr. Robert C. Hrdlicka

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Lincoln NE

Navy chaplain. Court martialed in 1993 and sent to prison after pleading guilty to indecent acts with minors in South Carolina and Sicily, Italy. Released from prison and from Navy in 1999. Reportedly, he was removed or dismissed from the priesthood. Sued in 2002 by four brothers in the Lincoln diocese who accused him of abuse in 1978. Laicized in 2005. On the diocese's list 4/2/19.

Fr. Leonard Kalin

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Lincoln NE

Monsignor. Named publicly as accused by the diocese in 8/18. Died in 2008. Chaplain of the U. of Nebraska-Lincoln Newman Center 1970-98. Two former seminarians alleged that in 1998 he made sexual advanced toward them; diocese launched an investigation in 2018. In 4/20 the diocese announced that their investigation found that Kalin did make advances toward seminarians and college students.

Fr. Daniel J. Kenney

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Named publicly as accused by the Omaha archdiocese on its list 11/30/18. Report noted to have been received in 2012 of abuse 1985-87. Removed in 2002. Included on the Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/18. Multiple allegations of abuse, occurring while assigned to Creighton Prep 1980-87. Permanently removed from public ministry. Living in a Jesuit community from 2003. The province's list revised 2/21/20 shows years of alleged abuse while at Creighton Prep as 1978-87. Laicized 11/3/2020.

Fr. Jay L. Kruse

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Ordained: 1991
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Kruse was charged in 10/04 with two counts of possession of child pornography. Investigation had been ongoing since at least 8/04. Pornography was found on a computer at St. Wenceslaus parish. Kruse was placed on leave in 8/04 "for personal reasons" from his assignment in O'Neill, NE. That parish did not find out about the reason for his leave until late 9/04. Pled guilty. Sentenced to one year probation. Voluntarily left priesthood in 5/05. On archdiocese's list 11/30/18. Noted to have been laicized in 2006.

Fr. Larry Toms Kulangara

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Ordained: 1988
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Named publicly as accused on the Omaha archdiocese's list 11/30/18. Worked in the archdiocese 1997-2000. Reports in 2000 of the abuse of two minors 1995-2000. Reports to law enforcement in 2004 and 2017. Toms returned to his Order in 2000. Noted to be presumed active in the Pauline's Nigeria-India Province. Matter referred to Holy See in 2017.

Fr. Duane W. Lukes

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Ordained: 1957
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Lukes (incorrectly referred to as Lucas) was named in 4/07 civil suit as having abused a boy for several years, beginning in 1978 when the boy was age 12. Luke's accuser told a priest in 1990 about being abused, but nothing done. He told another priest in OR in 2003; the Portland archdiocese reported the abuse to Omaha. Diocese arranged for counseling but failed to tell the alleged victim of his rights until after the SOL had run. Lukes died in 1998. Second suit filed 1/08. On Omaha archdiocese's list 11/30/18. It notes reports 1985, 2004 and 2005 of abuse of multiple victims 1964-1990s. Its updated list 3/1/19 notes reports in 2015 and 2019 of abuse.

Fr. Paul Margand

Ordained: 1985
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Lincoln NE

Assistant priest at St.Teresa's in Lincoln. Accused of molesting at least 3 boys, ages 11 and 12, on separate occasions within 2 years of ordination. Criminal charges filed 7/87 after one of the boys came forward. In 1988 Margand was found guilty. Served approximately 3 years. Released 1/91. Diagnosed in prison as pedophile with "obsessive-compulsive personality disorder with paranoid and schizoid features." A 4/02 story said he was a graduate student in criminal justice at Temple Univ. in Philadelphia. Said to be using an assumed name. Laicized 2004. On diocese's list 4/2/19.

Fr. Jerome C. Murray

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Ordained: 1949
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Lincoln NE

Retired in 1999. Faculties revoked, public ministry restricted 2002-05. Two men filed separate suits in 2003 alleging that Murray abused them in the 1970s. Murray denied all the charges and asked that one of the suits be dismissed on SOL. In 3/04 the diocese settled with one plaintiff. No disclosure as to whether diocese paid anything in settlement. The other case remained open. Died in 2016. On diocese's list 4/2/19.

Fr. Francis A. Nigli

Ordained: 1997
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Sent to treatment in 2013 after allegations of inappropriate touching of an 18-year-old male (a minor, per diocese). Returned to ministry. Removed 6/18 after allegation of sexual assault of a a 21-year-old man in 5/18. Not made public until 10/18. On diocese's list 11/30/18. It notes " After professional assessment, was not prohibited from ministry."

Fr. Anthony D. Palmese

Order: OAR
Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Accused of sexual abuse of a boy while at Holy Ghost Parish 1984-85. Archdiocese said it received accusation 12/30/13 and informed law enforcement. Assignments included parishes in New York NY, Topeka KS, Omaha NE and Orlando FL. Retired in 2009. Died 2/2/12. On Omaha archdiocese's list 11/30/18. Added to Kansas City KS archdiocese's list as of 3/6/20.

Fr. Anthony Petrusic

Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Retired in 1994 from the Omaha archdiocese. Working as part-time priest in FL when he was placed on leave in 2002 after allegation that he had sexually abused a teenage boy in Omaha in the 1970s. His accuser said Petrusic would take nude photos of him when he was showering or changing at a lake cabin and groped him. A second man also made allegations of abuse during the same time period. Placed on permanent leave 8/02. Died 2/10. On Omaha archdiocese's list 11/30/18.

Fr. Alfred J. Salanitro

Ordained: 1989
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Removed from St. Bernadette's in Bellevue 12/11 after allegation that Salanitro abused a boy 1991-94, beginning when he was 11 and Salanitro was assigned to Holy Cross in Omaha. He denied the allegations and took voluntary leave. Matter was reported to DA's office and police. Review Board found allegation credible and referred to Vatican. Canonical trial ordered in Omaha. Laicization announced 11/22/13. On archdiocese's list 11/30/18. It notes reports in 2011 and 2012 of abuse 1990-94. Three victims.

Fr. Thomas Sellentin

Ordained: 1965
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Removed 4/02 after allegation. Admitted sexually abusing boys as far back as 30 years. People from two parishes said church authorities knew about abuse for many years. Sellentin was transferred in 1960s after allegations. Matter discussed at meeting with church pastor in 1960s. Transferred again about 1980 after complaints. Allegations of abuse in at least four parishes between 1968 and 1974. Civil suit(s) filed 3/03. On archdiocese's list 11/30/18. It notes reports 1968-present of abuse 1968-89, and 20-35 victims. Its 3/1/19 updated list notes 20-38 victims.

Fr. John C Starostka

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Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Starostka retired in 6/02 citing health problems. 'Administrative dismissal' announced 8/16/02. 'Information had been gathered that included an admission of past sexual abuse or misconduct or allegations that were established as credible.' Died 12/24/12. On the archdiocese's list 11/30/18. It notes reports received 2001 and 2002 of abuse 1972-74 and 2000.

Fr. Andrew Syring

Ordained: 2011
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Resigned in 10/18 after archdiocesan review of clergy. Accused in 2014 of "significant boundary violations" with young adults and minors. He denied the allegations. Sent for evaluation and treatment, returned to ministry. On diocese's list 11/30/18. Reportedly resigned from ministry in 11/18. Syring filed a defamation suit against the archdiocese in 8/20.