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Fr. G.R. Keith Albrecht

Ordained: 1977
Status: Sued

Died: 11/10/2019
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Expelled by the Franciscans in the early 1970s prior to taking solemn vows; ordained for the priesthood in Cincinnati in 1977. Had assignments in Beavercreek, Dayton, Xenia and Coldwater. Placed on leave in 1993 after accusation of sexual abuse of a teen boy in the late 1970s-early 1980s. Another accuser then surfaced alleging abuse as an 8th grade boy by Albrecht on a trip to New York. Albrecht would target troubled adolescent males, two of whom were known to have lived with him in his rectory. Admitted to sexual behavior with four youths, saying he thought he was "acting out of love." Laicized as of 10/2005. A 2004 suit alleging abuse 1977-1981 was dismissed after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled victims must file before the age of 20. Died in 11/2019.

Fr. Richard A. Arko

Ordained: 1990
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Arrested 1/2004 on charges that he was growing marijuana in the church rectory and selling it. Police learned of the marijuana from an informant who also said he had been in a sexual relationship with Arko since he was 15 and that the priest would give him gifts, money and drugs in exchange for sex. In 7/2004 Arko also lost his state license to perform massage therapy, based on the felony conviction for growing pot. Resigned from ministry in 2005. Laicization announced 7/20/2015. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused in 6/2019.

Fr. Ronald J. Atwood

Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Died: 04/14/2016
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Removed 7/16/2013 without faculties after an allegation was received 7/15/2013 of sexual abuse at Bishop Ready High School and/or St. Stephen the Martyr and St. Peter parishes in Columbus between 1976 and 1979. Investigated. In 1999, Atwood was charged with public indecency in a park known for homosexual activity. Pleaded no contest in 2000 to urinating on a tree; paid fine. Included on Attorney Garabedian's list 3/28/2016 of accused clerics named in civil claims resulting in settlements or arbitration awards, regarding alleged abuse of a boy while assigned to Bishop Ready High School in Columbus OH, 1975-1980. Claim settled in 2/2015. Case sent to the Vatican. Died 4/14/2016.

Fr. Marian Babjak

Ordained: 1995
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

From Slovakia, where he was ordained. Spent early priesthood there and in Austria. Parish priest, religion and German teacher in parish schools. Arrived in the Youngstown diocese in 2006, assisting at St. Rose in Girard while studying at Youngstown State University. In 2016 returned to Youngstown, where he was in residence at St. Charles Boromeo in Boardman, then assigned to St. Paul in North Canton in 2017. Pastor of Christ Our Savior in Struthers when placed on leave in 11/2021 due to an allegation of inappropriate physical contact with a minor. Agreed to resign from his position at the parish 7/6/2022. On 7/17/2022 the diocese announced that its Review Board had determined that while there was inappropriate contact with a minor by Babjak, it "did not not rise to the level of sexual abuse." The Board recommended Babjak be returned to active ministry after a period of evaluation.


Fr. George F. Bailey

Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Died: 11/20/2020
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Left the priesthood in the late 1980s. Per 2002 news, at least 10 women had accused him of abusing them when they were grade-school students at St. Vincent School in Akron and St. Mary's School in Bedford. Apparently these accusations were made known to the Diocese before Bailey left the priesthood. Laicization announced in 3/2014. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused in 6/2019. Bailey died 11/20/2020.

Deacon Jerry Bals

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Ordained as deacon in 1973. Accused of fondling girls in counseling sessions at Lake Catholic High School, where he was was a guidance counselor and librarian. Bals also worked for several years beginning in the 1980s at St. Ignatius High School. Sued in 1993 by a woman who said Bals began sexually abusing her as a Lake Catholic student in the summer of 1973. Suspended by diocese. She went to Mentor police in 1984 and was told there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute. More women came forward in 1993. Bals was charged with abusing at least six Lake Catholic girls. Charges dropped in a plea deal; required to forfeit his teaching credentials. Six women filed suit, which settled. Permanently removed from ministry. The diocese paid Bals' wife $800/mo 2000-2003, while Bals was living with her, reportedly to help with their eight children. Included in 6/2019 on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Russell J. Banner

Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Died: 04/17/2023
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Placed on leave in 2002 pending review of past allegations. Previously underwent evaluation and treatment then returned to active ministry. In 2004 a second man alleged abuse for two years when he ages 12-14 and a resident at Parmadale Childrens' Home, where  Banner was a deacon counseling children. This man filed suit in 2004. Banner worked in Phoenix, AZ 1986-1987. Laicization announced 3/19/2015. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused. Said to have died in 4/2023 in Bradenton FL, where he had been living at least since 2004. 


Fr. Raymond B. Bartnikowski

Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Died: 11/16/2007
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Placed on leave in 2002. A woman claimed that he abused her in 1967 when she was age 12. Two other women came forward to allege abuse as girls in the 1960s. He is accused of spanking their bare bottoms. Died in 11/2007. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Thomas Joseph Beauregard

Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Died: 02/1/2005
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Accused publicly in 2002 of abusing at least three teenage girls 1964-1966, while a religion instructor at Central Catholic High School. He allegedly ordered girls to strip off their clothes during counseling sessions, took pictures of them, and fondled at least one. He also was said to sometimes take off his clothes and lie on top of the girls. Removed in 1994 from his parish assignment after a woman complained. Assigned to the Marriage Tribunal until at least 2002. Barred from public ministry. Allegations deemed substantiated. Died in 2/2005.

Fr. Nelson G. Beaver

Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Pastor of Resurrection Parish in Lexington and St. Mary of the Snows in Mansfield since 2010 when suspended in 10/2018 after an allegation he sexually abused a minor more than 25 years prior. Denied the allegation. Had been an ordained Lutheran minister 1969-1972 before converting to Catholicism. Retirement announced by the Diocese 7/1/2019. Still on administrative leave during diocesan investigation. Three more allegations surfaced after the first; the investigation into the first was closed in 3/2019, per the request of the alleged victim. Law enforcement closed their investigations due to the statute of limitations. The Diocese announced in 10/2019 that the review board deemed the allegations credible. Case to be sent to Vatican with recommendation for laicization. In 4/2022 the diocese announced that Beaver was sentenced by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance.


Br. Al Behm

Order: GHM
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Named publicly as credibly accused by his order on its list 10/11/2019. Worked in CT, NC, OH, KY, KY, TN, LA, CA and GA. Joined order 1960, left in 1993. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/2019. It notes that the Glenmarys said the alleged abuse occurred in the 1970s in KY. (KY location not specified; placing him in the Cincinnati archdiocese, where the Glenmary order is based.) In 12/2020 Behm appears to be working as a volunteer at a school in Myanmar. Per the school's website he had been there for about a year, and had worked previously with underserved children in Thailand. Accused in a 7/2021 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy in North Carolina. Per the lawsuit, Behm met the boy when he was age 9 in 1972, soon began grooming him and, when the boy was a teenager, began to perform sex acts on him. Behm also allegedly introduced the boy to alcohol, marijuana and amyl nitrates. The sexual abuse lasted through most of the boy's college years. The boy was from an unstable home and Behm insinuated himself as a father figure. The suit was denied, then appealed. Behm's name is included on the Diocese of Nashville's 11/2021 list of accused.

Fr. Thomas M. Bennett

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Died: 09/8/2008
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Assistant pastor St. Joseph Cathedral (1957-1960), Blessed Sacrament, Newark (1960-1963) and St. Thomas the Apostle, Columbus (1963-1964).Taught at Newark Catholic High School (1960-1963) and at St. Charles Prep High School 1963 until his death in 2008. Assisted area parishes. Also, Administrator Pro Tem at St. Catharine of Siena in Columbus (1978) and Ascension in Johnstown (1981-1982). Diocesan archivist 1988-2008. Named Monsignor in 1992. Died 9/8/2008. Bennett was accused in a 7/2018 lawsuit of sexually abusing a freshman boy multiple times in 2002-2003 at St. Charles Prep. Another former student came forward by 11/2018, saying Bennett molested him when he was a junior in 5/1981. Settlement of $1M announced by Diocese in 8/2020.

Fr. John B. Berning

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Ordained: 1934
Status: Sued

Died: 11/19/2004
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Suits filed in 2003 by at least 7 plaintiffs. Berning admitted in 2002 letters to abuse of one youth. May also have admitted abuse of others. One accuser said he told an archdiocesan employee in 1963 but nothing was done. Berning retired in 1970 and moved to Florida. Privileges removed in 2003. Died at age 97 in 2004.

Fr. Ronald William Bohl

Order: OFM Conv
Ordained: 1980
Status: Settled

Died: 01/19/2012
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Worked in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Diocese of Toledo, the Archdiocese of Louisville, and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Accused of a single incident in 1986 of making a sexual advance toward a minor in Carey OH. A 1993 settlement contained a confidentiality agreement. In treatment 1986-1987, then reassigned to parish work. Removed from a Louisville KY parish in 6/2002. Also worked in the Dubuque and Indianapolis archdioceses. Died 1/19/2012 in KY.

Fr. Kenneth P. Bonadies

Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Died: 08/16/2021
Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Ordained for the Diocese of Steubenville. Absent on leave for four years before assigned in 1980 to St. Bartholomew's in Manchester, CT. Retired in 2004. Settlement in the low six figures announced by attorney Garabedian in 5/2021 of claims that Bonadies sexually abused a boy, ages 14-17, 1981-1985 in CT. Bonadies was a teacher and director of theater and choir at East Catholic High School in Manchester during the time in question and the boy was a student. The abuse allegedly occurred at the school and in the St. Bartholomew parish rectory. Bonadies was reportedly removed from ministry in 2018. Name added to the diocese's list of credibly accused in 2/2021. Living in 5/2021 in FL. Included in 5/2021 on the Diocese of Norwich list, where he worked at some point. Died in 8/2021. By 12/2022 two more men had alleged abused by Bonadies, when they were Central Catholic High School students in Steubenville in the 1970s. A third man came forward in 5/2023 alleging abuse by Bonadies as a student the school.

Br. Paul Botty

Order: SM
Status: Convicted

Died: 12/27/2007
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Professed vows in 1980. Assignments included Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton, OH and St. Joseph's High School in Cleveland. Removed from public ministry in 1986. Convicted of sexual battery. In 3/1986 sentenced to 7 1/2 years for molesting four teenage boys; 12 felony counts dismissed. Case reported in State v. Botty, 1988 WL 86954 (Ohio App). Died 12/27/2007 in CA. Marianist Newsletter 1/8/2008 referred to him as a "former Marianist." Included on the U.S. Marianists list 6/24/2020, with the suffix F.X.

Fr. Denis G. Bouchard

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Order: FSSP
Ordained: 2000
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

Pastor of Queen of the Holy Rosary in Vienna. Member of the traditionalist Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. Placed on leave in 11/2018 after a man reported to the diocese 9/2026 that Bouchard sexually abused him as a boy, ages 9-11. A previous allegation was revealed soon after the first became known, by a person unwilling to cooperate with investigators. Bouchard filed a libel suit against his accuser, his accuser's mother and the diocese in 9/2019.

Br. Joseph Malloy

Order: OFM
Status: Accused

Died: 01/6/1992
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Named publicly as accused by the St. John the Baptist Franciscans on its list 6/18/2022 of those with substantiated allegations. No information as to when and where the abuse occurred, so we are placing him in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, where the Province is based. He died in 1992. Per his obituary, Malloy joined the Franciscans in 1938 and made his solemn vows in 1948. He worked in Southfield MI, Louisville KY, and in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH.


Fr. Donald P. Brickman

Ordained: 1981
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Assigned to St. Joseph's in Cuyahoga Falls 1981-1986, St. Bartholomew in Middleburg Heights 1986-1989. Canon Lawyer for the Marriage Tribunal from 1989. Placed on leave in 2002 due to an allegation that he abused a minor in the late 1980s. Underwent evaluation and treatment then returned to ministry. Placed on leave in 2002. Named in a 2003 civil suit. Laicization announced 12/26/2008. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Emmanuel Briffa

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Order: SJ
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Entered the Jesuits in 1948. From the Vice Province of Malta. Named publicly as accused by the Midwest Province on its list 12/17/2018. Noted to have a single allegation against him of abuse, occurring in Canton OH in 1957 while visiting friends. Briffa was dismissed from the order in 12/1963. Deceased. Allegation reported after his death.

Fr. Henry A. Brockman

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Order: SJ
Status: Accused

Died: 02/21/1973
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Entered the order 8/11/1900. Ordained in 1915. Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/2018. Multiple allegations of abuse occurring 1950s-1960s, while assigned to St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. Died 2/21/1973.

Fr. Joseph F. Brodnick

Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Placed on leave in 2002. Had previously been accused of an 'inappropriate relationship' with a girl in her late teens in the mid-1970s, while in Cleveland. Had been treated, evaluated and allowed to return to ministry in 1997 when transferred to the Rochester, NY diocese. Worked at St. Joseph's hospital since beginning 1/1997. Rochester diocese and hospital knew of past allegations. Permanently removed from ministry.

Fr. Robert C. Broome

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 04/17/2000
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/2018. Joined the order in 1930. Subject of a single allegation of abuse, occurring while assigned to St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland in 1956, reported after his death. Broome died 4/17/2000. Included on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's list in 1/2020. Included in the IL Attorney General's Report 5/23/2023; assigned to St. Ignatius College Prep Chicago 1949-1956.

Fr. Thomas J. Brosmer

Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Died: 06/22/2020
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Removed in 7/2012 from assignment at St. Cecelia in Columbus after a recent allegation that he had abused a boy, age 11, at St. Nicholas in Zanesville 1969-1973. Also a teacher at Bishop Rosecrans High School during that time. Police and review board notified. Review board found allegations credible. No criminal charges filed due to the statute of limitations. Diocesan investigation was to continue. Brosmer died 6/22/2020.

Fr. Robert A. Brown

Ordained: 1939
Status: Accused

Died: 10/7/1991
Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Accused in 2005 of abusing a boy during a rectory overnight in 1970. Brown allegedly gave alcohol to a group of boys and masturbated the boy as part of the abuse. Accused also of abusing three of the boy's cousins on other occasions. The Diocese announced in 2006 that it had received a credible allegation that Brown sexually abused a child 1976-1978, together with Mr. Paul Ditto, a lay volunteer. Retired in 1984. Died 10/7/1991. On the Steubenville diocese's list 10/31/2018. On Columbus diocese's list in 9/2019.

Fr. Allen F. Bruening

Ordained: 1951
Status: Sued

Died: 03/3/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Accused of abusing two brothers almost 20 years apart. Parents first complained in 1968 or 1969; Diocese said he would receive treatment but instead he was transferred to a new high school. After complaints in 1984 he was removed and assigned as chaplain at Community Hospital. Later given another parish assignment. Civil suit filed in 1991. Sent to work in Amarillo, TX diocese after treatment at Paracletes Center. Vatican ordered permanent removal from ministry as of 6/14/2007. Given "Life of Prayer and Penance" per 2010 Catholic Directory. Died 3/3/2015. On the Cleveland diocese's list in 6/2019 of those with substantiated allegations against them.

Fr. Thomas J. Brunner

Ordained: 1974
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Suspended in 2003. Sued. Case dismissed due to the statute of limitations. Accused of abuse of two girls at Mount Notre Dame High School in the 1980s. Sent for counseling and reassigned to a parish. Another woman complained in 1989 that he had 'romanced' her in the 1970s when she was in high school. Restrictions place on him in 1993. Not publicly identified until 2003 when he was placed on leave. Accusations deemed credible. Laicized in 3/2006.

Fr. Thomas R. Burg

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Died: 10/18/2002
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Diocese released names in 4/2002 of Burg and 11 other priests who were no longer in active ministry because of allegations in the past of abuse of minors. Accused of molesting at least one young girl during confession. Died 9/18/2002. Included on the diocese's list in 2019 of those against whom there were substantiated allegations. Included in 10/2022 on the Chicago archdiocese's list, where he was assigned as an extern priest at some point. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Robert M. Burns

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

Worked in the Diocese of Youngstown 1975-1981, where he sexually abused minors. Sent for treatment. Transferred to the Archdiocese of Boston. Youngstown told Boston not to allow Burns to be around children. Continued to abuse. Removed from active ministry in 1991. Pleaded guilty in 3/1996 in NH to molesting two youths. Served three years of an eight-year sentence. Admitted to abusing 42 boys and young men. Sued several times. Boston settled claims totaling more than $2.6M 1992-2002. Laicized in 1999. Convicted again in 2005. Given an 11-year sentence. Released from prison and living in Boston in 2015, per a 7/2017 news article. Included on the Youngstown diocese's list 10/29/2018.

Fr. Ignatius M. Burrill

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1937
Status: Settled

Died: 03/8/1987
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

In 8/2011 the Jesuit Province of Chicago-Detroit announced that a former St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH student had come forward to allege abuse by Burrill 1952-1956. In 4/2012, Attorney Mitchell Garabedian announced a recent settlement of one claim involving Burrill. On the Midwest Jesuit Province list 12/17/2018. It notes multiple allegations of abuse, occurring in the 1950s while assigned to St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland and in 1977 while at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL. Died 3/8/1987. Included on the Chicago archdiocese's list in 10/2022. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Daniel P. Cipar

Order: MSC
Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Died: 02/2/2018
Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Youngstown diocese when added to its list in 3/2020. Arrived in the diocese in 1993, incardinated in 2002. (Was ordained for the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.) Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in East Palestine 1993 until his 2010 retirement. Member of the diocese's Priests' Personnel Board, Priests' Council and Priests' Retirement Board. Died 2/2/2018. Added to the Diocese of Rockford's list 10/21/2020. Included on the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart U.S. Province list of credibly accused. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Neil P. Conway

Ordained: 1963
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Admitted to molesting at least eight boys 1968-1985. Caught in 1985 and sent for counseling. Left church on total disability in 1987; psych reports showed he could not function effectively. At least two victims sued him prior to 4/2002. Name released by diocese in 4/2002. A third suit was filed in 3/2004. No criminal prosecution. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. George Cooley

Ordained: 1976
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Archdiocese knew of complaints as early as 1971 when Cooley was in seminary, and again in 1978. Numerous male victims. Pleaded guilty in 1991 to abuse of four boys; spent three months in jail. Sent to jail for 15 months in 1994 for  stalking one of his victims. Arrested in 1996 for soliciting sex from a police decoy posing as a male prostitute. Given house arrest and three years probation. At least nine civil suits. Permanently removed in 1990. Laicized in 1998 after a church trial. Still had teacher's license as of 10/2006. License revoked in 12/2006. In 2019 was living near Sharonville, OH and working as a bartender for parties and receptions.

Fr. Ronald C. Cooper

Ordained: 1983
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Placed on leave in 1/2004 after a man came forward to allege that Cooper had touched him inappropriately several times in Bridgetown in 1983-1984 during Cooper's first assignment after ordination. Cooper admits contact with the youth but claims no sexual intent was involved. Referred to Review Board for further action. Laicization announced in 10/2014.

Fr. Thomas J. Crum

Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

Removed in 6/2009 after newly reported allegations of sexual misconduct with a teenage student more than 30 years prior. When confronted, Crum admitted the allegations were true and was sent to a treatment facility. Assigned to Cardinal Mooney High School as well as to St. James in Warren and St. John the Baptist during the relevant time period. Three additional allegations were received within one month. Laicization announced 07/19/2010. Included on the diocese's list 10/29/2018. Accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy, age 12, in 1981 while assigned to St. Christine's in Youngstown. The abuse allegedly occurred during a trip to Colorado and included Crum plying the boy with alcohol. The suit settled in 2020 in the low five figures.

Fr. James Csaszar

Ordained: 1999
Status: Accused

Died: 12/20/2017
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Pastor of Resurrection in New Albany, previously long-time pastor of St. Rose in New Lexington. Placed on leave 11/7/2017 by the diocese due to "excessive and questionable text and telephone communications with a minor and potential misuse of church funds." The minor was a 16-year-old boy. Police were investigating. Csaszar took his own life in 12/2017. In 4/2018 investigators said he left suicide notes. He denied sexual contact with any child or adult. The boy denied a sexual relationship, but said he felt manipulated and threatened by Csaszar. The diocese said text messages between the two referenced a nude photo of the boy.

Deacon Bernabe Romo

Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Assigned to St. James in Toledo's South End 1980-2005, then moved to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Worked at St. Mary's in Greensburg IN. Retired in 2006, died in 2019. Name quietly added in 2/2023 to the Toledo diocese's list of those with substantiated allegations, received after his death.


Fr. Anselm Deehr

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Order: ST
Ordained: 1990
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Was a religious brother for many years prior to his 1990 ordination. Founded the Our Lady of Fatima Center in Cleveland, OH, where he worked 1970-1987. Accused of abuse of a boy there 1983-1987, who sued in the early 2000s. Included in the Lost Angeles archdiocese's 10/2008 "Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God." Worked in Cleveland, Atlanta GA, Washington DC, Stirling NJ, Los Angeles and Adelphi, MD.

Fr. Stanley D. Doerger

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Died: 09/10/2005
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Accused in 2003 of abuse of a girl in the 1970s at St. Rita School for the Deaf. A group of former students alleged he physically, sexually and verbally abused up to 275 female students. One woman said that Doerger also abused her deceased brother from the late 1960s to 1980. Placed on leave in 3/2005. Investigation was discontinued after Doerger died in 9/2005.

Fr. Michael J. Doyle

Ordained: 1925
Status: Settled

Died: 03/31/1987
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Monsignor.  Director of Toledo Catholic Charities 1935-1974. President of the National Conference of Catholic Charities, elected in 1961. A woman filed suit in 10/2002 claiming Doyle sexually abused her as a child in his office at St. Anthony's Orphanage. She also alleged that at least two other orphans, including one he abused, knew of Doyle's alleged abuses. Doyle's accuser claimed she tried to tell the nuns at the orphanage but was punished and transferred to a residential school for girls for being defiant. She also tried to tell the diocese in 1973 but then-Bishop Donovan rejected her claims. One claim settled in 2004. Doyle died in 1987 at age 88.

Fr. Geoffrey Drew

Ordained: 2004
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

St. Ignatius in Green Township pastor since mid-2018 when placed on leave 7/23/2019. Accused of sending inappropriate text messages to at least one boy at the parish school. Had been complaints to church officials about his behavior toward boys at his previous parish in 2013 and 2015. Auxiliary Bishop Binzer knew of the complaints but did not inform Archbishop Schnurr. One parishioner said she wrote Schnurr and Binzer in 8/2018 about "red flags." Drew was was kept in ministry 'under monitoring;' St. Ignatius parish and school leaders were not told of the prior complaints or monitoring. In 8/2019 Binzer was a member of the USCCB committee on child protection. As of 7/2019, Drew was to be sent to treatment. Indicted in 8/2019 on 9 counts of rape of a boy, age 9-11, occurring 1988-1991 while a music teacher at St. Jude's in Green Township. Pleaded not guilty. In jail on $5M bond. Pope Francis accepted Binzer's resignation in Spring 2020. There are reportedly other alleged victims, including a second former St. Jude student who claimed abuse by Drew between 1985 and 1987.  In 2005 40 boys at St. Rita's Parish School in Dayton OH complained in a letter to school officials of Drew's touching them (shoulders, faces, whispering in their ears) and asked them to make him stop. No action; the boys were made to apologize to Drew. There were also complaints throughout the 1980s and in the 1990s. Drew pleaded guilty on 12/2/2021, just before trial. Sentenced in a plea bargain to 7 years in prison and required to register for life as a sex offender. The archdiocese stated that it would seek Drew's laicization. 


Br. Bill Early

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Order: GHM
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Glenmary order on its list 10/11/2019. Joined the order 1958, left in 1993. Worked in GA, IL, OH, KY, TN, CA, DC. No indication where or when alleged abuse occurred. (Placing him in the Cincinnati archdiocese, where the Glenmary order is based.) Included on the Atlanta archdiocese's list in 11/2020, where he was at the Glenmary Research Institute in 1991. Noted to be deceased. On the Nashville diocese's list in 11/2021. Included in the 3/24/2023 GA PAC Report.

Fr. Michael Ellifritz

Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Died: 11/27/2021
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Retired in 2002 for "health reasons." Ellifritz had acknowledged improper contact with a boy between late 1970s-early 1980s. Diocese had known of allegations for some time and Ellifritz had been under supervision for years. Laicization announced 2/18/2005. Died in Kissimmee, FL in 11/2021, where, per his obituary, he had lived since 2004.

Fr. Robert J. Erpenbeck

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1944
Status: Accused

Died: 12/6/1986
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/2018. Multiple allegations noted, occurring while assigned to the Jesuit Novitiate in Milford, OH in 1961 and while at the Milford Retreat Center in 1964. Erpenbeck died 12/6/1986. Included on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's list in 2/2014. On the Chicago archdiocese's list in 10/2022. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Richard C. Evrit

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

First named publicly as accused on the Youngstown diocese's list 10/29/2018. Allegations date to the early 1970s. (The Catholic Directories consistently spell his name 'Evrit'; it is spelled 'Evritt' on the diocese's list.) Assigned to St Paul in Salem, Holy Family in Poland, St Paul in Canton, St Patrick in Kent, St Pius X in Warren. Absent on Sick Leave 1985-1987, then assigned 1987-1989 to St Charles in Morganton NC in the Charlotte diocese, after which Youngstown again lists him as on leave. Reportedly died in 2019. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/2019.

Fr. Thomas F. Feldhaus

Ordained: 1976
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Removed in 2003 after an accusation of abuse of a youth in 1979. A civil suit filed in 3/2004 by a different man alleged he was abused as a boy by Feldhaus 1986-1991, at Our Lady of Victory. On administrative leave until laicization in 10/2014.

Fr. Philip S. Feltman

Ordained: 1966
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

A woman complained in 2002 that Feltman abused her when she was age 9 in 1972 at St. Thomas Aquinas parish. Diocesan review board found accusations to be credible and Feldman was placed on leave in 1/2003. He denied all charges. A disciplinary panel was scheduled. The woman refused to appear before the local church inquiry board, so the matter was forwarded to the Vatican. In 7/2003 Feltman was returned to ministry after a Vatican council found that there wasn't enough evidence to support the claims. He retired in 5/2009.

Fr. Leonard A. Ferrante

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Listed by the diocese in 4/2002 as as no longer in active ministry because of allegations in the past of abuse of minors. Assigned to Borromeo Seminary High School and College 1967-1976, and to Lake County Catholic High School 1972-1973. The Official Catholic Directory shows Ferrante to have been on leave 1976-1979, does not index him 1980-1986, and shows him as Absent on Leave 1986-1988. He is not indexed beyond 1988. Laicized, per the diocese's list in 6/2019.

Fr. Joseph N. Fete

Ordained: 1974
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Monsignor. Accused of the sex abuse of a teenage boy for four years, 1976-1979, ending when the boy reached adulthood. Fete apparently admitted the 'relationship' in 1999 after his accuser contacted the diocese. A financial settlement was negotiated in 1999. Removed from pastoral duties in 4/2002. Laicized in 2005 or 2006. Included on the diocese's list 3/1/2019.

Fr. John P. Finke

Order: SM
Ordained: 1937
Status: Accused

Died: 11/29/1983
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Priest of the Marianist Province of Cincinnati. Teacher, military chaplain, parish priest. Worked in Cleveland, Dayton, and Cincinnati, OH and Houma-Thibodaux, LA. Died in 1983. Named publicly as accused of child sexual abuse by the US Province Marianists on its list 6/24/2020. (The Catholic Directory and Finke's obituary show his middle initial as P.; the Marianist's list shows it as J.) Included on the Cincinnati archdiocese's list in 2/2022.

Fr. Robert J. Fisher

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Ordained: 1980
Status: Guilty plea

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Convicted of a sexual offense committed against a 14-year-old girl in 1987 (referred to as misdemeanor charges of sexual imposition and contributing to sexual abuse of a minor). He served 30 days in jail in 1988 and underwent four years of therapy, after which he was reinstated. Placed on leave in 7/2002 after the Dallas Bishops' Conference. Permanently removed from public ministry in 2005.

Fr. Christopher Foxhoven

Ordained: 2004
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Pastor of Holy Cross and St. Mary of the Hill. Suspended in 10/2018 after admitting to "sexual contact with and abuse of a minor." Admitted to impregnating a 17-year-old girl, who was a Holy Cross altar server. Arrested, charged with eight counts of sexual battery. Prosecutor stated that Foxhoven had been grooming the girl for three years, and the sexual contact started in 8/2018. The baby was born in 6/2019. Foxhoven pleaded guilty. Sentenced in 11/2018 to twelve years in prison and required to register as a sex offender. On the diocese's list 10/31/2018. Appealed conviction in 4/2019, arguing that his sentence was excessive. Laicization announced in 6/2020. The victim filed suit in 3/2021. It was revealed that Foxhoven was suspended for a week in 2017 and ordered to counseling after a report that he had taken the girl to a wedding reception, where he was seen inappropriately touching her.

Fr. Kenneth France-Kelly

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Order: OP
Ordained: 1981
Status: Accused

Died: 06/21/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Named publicly as accused by the Columbus diocese on its list 3/1/2019. Abuse allegedly occurred elsewhere. Prior to ordination taught at Eastern Senior High School in the DC public school system 1968-1975. Worked in Youngstown OH, Nairobi, Kenya, New York City, Columbus OH, Washington DC, Jersey City NJ, Louisville KY. Died 6/21/2015 in Columbus. On the Dominicans St. Joseph Province list in late 2018. It notes removal from public ministry in 2008 due to a credible allegation in 1975, before ordination.

Fr. Mark J. Froehlich

Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Named a monsignor in 1987, retired on 1/31/2014. Accused in 1/2018 of sexually abusing a girl in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Reportedly in 6/2018, the alleged victim had tried since her teens to report abuse by Froehlich, but was told by priests and others in the diocese that it was her fault. Froehlich denied the allegation. In a letter to parishioners at Mass on 5/27/2018, the Steubenville diocese announced that it had received credible allegations of sexual abuse by Froehlich and had removed him from active ministry. In addition to many parish assignments, he was a teacher and official at Guernsey Catholic Central HS in Cambridge 1972-1977 and a chancery official, including a stint as dean and long tenure as a Tribunal judge. He was also finance officer of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Barnesville and prominent in the Rotary Club. On 3/3/2023 the diocese announced that Froehlich's name was added to its list of accused.


Fr. Henry M. Gallagher

Ordained: 1941
Status: Accused

Died: 03/23/1991
Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

Ordained in Boston for the Diocese of Kansas City. Assigned to a parish for three years. Moved to the Youngstown diocese in 1944. Worked in parishes for several years, then was "awaiting appointment." Assigned as chaplain to a hospice, then to a hospital. Sick leave 1958-1959, then assigned to a parish until 1964. Absent on sick leave 1964-1965. Retired in 1965. Died in 1991 in Charlestown, MA. First named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 10/29/2018. Allegations noted to have been reported after his death.

Fr. John J. Gallen

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Died: 04/17/2011
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

New York Province Jesuit. Accused publicly in 2004 of abuse of 16-year-old boy in 1980 in Toledo, OH and CA. Jesuit Provincial in NY wrote to the alleged victim in 1993 and enclosed a letter of apology from Gallen. Gallen sent another letter in 1994. Settlement in 1994 for $50K. Gallen remained active until 2003. Died 4/17/2011. On the Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/2018. On the Phoenix diocese's list where he was at some point Director of Liturgy. On the Northeast Province Jesuits list 1/15/2019. It notes allegations of abuse of minors 1970s-1980s. "Impeded" in 2001. Added to Baltimore archdiocese's list 4/24/2019. Worked in the archdiocese at Woodstock College 1968-1975. On the Toledo diocese's list. Mentioned in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Thomas M. Gannon

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Died: 12/19/2011
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/2018. Multiple allegations of abuse, occurring while assigned to St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH 1961-1964; St. James Church in Gary, IN in 1983; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Chicago, IL in 1993. Died 12/19/2011. The Province's 2/21/2020 revised list adds alleged abuse 1977-1978 while at Loyola University in Chicago and in 1998 while assigned to Holy Family Parish in Chicago. Included on the Chicago archdiocese's list in 10/2022. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report, which notes 6 "reported survivors." In 8/2023 a man publicly stated that Gannon sexually abused him when he was an 11-year-old altar boy in 1971, at St. Jerome's in Chicago.

Fr. Frederick A. Garand

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Died: 07/3/1982
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Murdered in 1982 in Florida. Toledo police interviewed two youths at the Child Study Institute who said they were abused by Garand and that there were other victims. As the investigation progressed a man came forward to say that Garand had abused him between 1954 and 1958. A policeman complained in 1958 and Garand was transferred to another parish. In 4/2020 the diocese included Garand on its list of credibly accused priests.

Fr. Gerald B. Garvey

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1934
Status: Accused

Died: 08/3/1960
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/2018. Abuse was alleged to have occurred while assigned to St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland in the 1950s. Died 8/3/1960. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report, noting at least two "reported survivors."

Fr. John A. Geiger

Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Died: 03/23/1995
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/1/2019. Allegation noted to have been made after his death. Died 3/23/1995. Per a eulogy posted online, Geiger had been a pastor, teacher, and editor of the diocesan newspaper. It alluded to his "struggle of the past nine years," and that he resisted the assistance offered by Bishop Griffin, which led to his suspension. It said the bishop lifted the suspension the day before Geiger died of cancer, at Geiger's request. Nicknamed "Gus" or "Buddy."

Fr. William Geiger

Order: CSsR
Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Died: 06/17/2007
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Suit filed by three men 5/1/2003 against the diocese alleging they were sexually abused as children in the 1970s by Geiger and another Redemptorist priest, at a Lima OH parish. The boys were ages 6-10 at time of alleged abuse. The identity of the second priest is not specified due to confusion as to his identity. When the suit was filed, Geiger was working near Charlotte NC, according to a Redemptorist source; the 2002 Directory shows him assigned to a Pennsylvania church in the Harrisburg diocese. St. James the Greater in Concord NC is a Redemptorist parish near Charlotte to the NE. The suit was settled in 2004. Geiger died 6/17/2007. Geiger's name was included on the Harrisburg diocese's 8/1/2018 list; no known allegations in that diocese.

Fr. Harold J. Goschke

Ordained: 1948
Status: Accused

Died: 01/5/1992
Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

First named publicly as accused on the Steubenville Diocese's list 10/31/2018. Noted to have been suspended from ministry in 1957. Per the Official Catholic Directory, Goschke was Absent on Leave from the Diocese of Steubenville after 1957, and by 1966 was working at parishes in the Diocese of Stockton, CA. He was in Stockton through 1976, after which the Directories show him as as a Steubenville priest Absent on Leave. He died 1/5/1992. Added to Stockton's list 11/12/2020, which notes he was chaplain at Deuel Vocational Institution 1962-1983. Included in 8/2021 on the Diocese of Fresno's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Dennis L. Gray

Ordained: 1974
Status: Sued

Died: 07/9/2019
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Sued in 2002 and 2003. Accused in at least 11 lawsuits of sexually abusing boys 1975-1987. Allegations deemed credible by the Diocese. Left the priesthood in 1987 and was voluntarily laicized in 1994. In 2002 Gray was working for Toledo Public Schools as dean of students at a high school. Surrendered his teaching certificate. As of 4/2012, SNAP reported he may have been attempting to join Blessed John Catholic Church in Perrysburg, OH. Died in 2019.

Fr. Oscar Gumucio

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Order: SJ
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/2019. From the Bolivia Province. Joined the order in 1947. A single allegation of abuse was reported after his death, occurring while assigned to St. Patrick's Parish and Lincoln Junior High School in Cleveland 1970-1972. Gumucio was dismissed 6/20/1975.

Fr. John E. Hammer

Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

"Father Jack." Removed in 2002 after admitting to abuse of an altar boy 1980-1983. Sent to St. Luke's Institute for treatment in 1985 then worked as a hospital chaplain in the Baltimore archdiocese. Faculties removed in Baltimore in 1990; Bishop Malone persuaded the Saginaw MI diocese to take him, and he worked there parishes there for the next 12 years, including as pastor. Lawsuit filed in 9/2002 by three plaintiffs from the Youngstown diocese and one from the Saginaw diocese, claiming church authorities knew of wrongdoing by Hammer as early as 1978. Name included on the Baltimore archdiocese's list of accused in 9/2002. Laicized in 2006. On the Saginaw diocese's list 4/25/2018. On the Youngstown diocese's list 10/29/2018. Included in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General's Report. 


Fr. Michael F. Hanrahan

Ordained: 1971
Status: Convicted

Died: 09/27/2007
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Resigned in 1993. Pled guilty in 1994 to molesting a boy in 1983-1984. Served three years in prison. Avoided prosecution in cases involving the boy's two older brothers. Civil suit filed by at least one man. Court ordered the diocese to produce Hanrahan's secret archive file. Diocese settled, file not produced. Court ruled in 1998 that procedural error meant Hanrahan no longer had to register as a sexual predator. Laicized in the early 1990s. Died in 2007. On the diocese's list of credibly accused 3/1/2019.

Fr. Kenneth L. Harris

Ordained: 1940
Status: Accused

Died: 06/22/1964
Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

First named publicly as accused on the Diocese of Steubenville's list 10/31/2018. Noted to have been suspended from ministry in 1963. Per the 1943 Official Catholic Directory, Harris was a priest of the the Natchez MS diocese. By 1950 he was Absent On Leave from Natchez, in San Bernardino, CA, back in MS by 1951, then Absent on Leave again in the 1952 Directory. By 1953 he was still on leave from Natchez, in the Diocese of Steubenville. He died 6/22/1964. On the Jackson diocese's list 3/19/2019. It notes alleged abuse in 1951 in Steubenville, reported in 1998 and 2003.

Fr. Ellis N. Harsham

Ordained: 1968
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Per news reports in 1993, Harsham had oral sex with two high school students in the 1970s. Accused of abuse of several boys. Said to have plied boys with alcohol, marijuana and pornography. Civil suit named Harsham and Cardinal Joseph Bernardin as abusers. Case withdrawn but plaintiff settled claims against Harsham in 1994. Placed on administrative leave in 1994, resigned from active ministry a few months later. Maintained administrative leave status until he was laicized in 2006.

Br. Robert E. Hayden

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Order: BGS
Status: Convicted

Died: 10/3/2009
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Bro. Robert a/k/a "Paul" Hayden a/k/a Bro. Declan. Entered the Order in 1966 in Albuquerque NM. Worked with the disabled at Good Shepherd Manor in Momence IL, with the homeless in Philadelphia PA, in Miami FL and in Columbus OH. Sentenced to one year in prison in 1986 for sexually abusing mentally retarded men at a group home in Columbus. One resident contracted AIDS and died. A civil suit filed in 1993 accused Hayden and Bro. Fintan Shaffer of abuse. Also named was Order, which ran the home, and other religious. Suit settled in Fall 1997. Mother of victim was to donate proceeds to charity to help other victims. Hayden died in NM 10/3/2009.

Fr. Norman L. Heil

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Sued

Died: 07/31/1988
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

In a lawsuit filed in 2004 a woman claimed sexual abuse by Heil in 1965 when she was age 16, which resulted in her becoming pregnant. She alleged in the lawsuit that Heil and a nun pressured her to give up the baby. Heil transferred to a Bismarck ND parish in around 1966, and left the priesthood around 1967. At some point he moved to CA. He died 7/31/1988, at age 51. The lawsuit was dismissed due to the statute of limitations by the OH Supreme Court in 1/2008.

Fr. David Heimann

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Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

On staff at Pontifical College Josephinum Seminary in Columbus OH 1958- 5/1961. Dismissed when found to be running a sex ring involving high school boys. Would have the boys take off their clothes and look at their bodies in mirrors, then tell them how good their bodies were and that Jesus loved them and their bodies. Reportedly laicized in 1963. On Columbus diocese's list 3/1/2019. Deceased. Added to the Rockford IL diocese list in 10/2020. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. John G. Hemstreet

Ordained: 1964
Status: Guilty plea

Died: 10/9/2007
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Left active ministry in 1987. Arrested in 1992 for sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy. The Diocese paid for Hemstreet's treatment at St. Luke Institute. Pleaded guilty. Sentenced to 90 days in jail in 1993. Per the Diocese, Hemstreet left ministry without requesting laicization. Absent on leave per the 1988, 1990 and 1995 Catholic Directories. Died in 2007.

Fr. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1991
Status: Charged

Died: 01/26/2022
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

"Brother Pius." Took vows in 1962 as a Franciscan brother in Cincinnati. Assistant Director of the Over-the Rhine Youth Club in 1966. Transferred to the Philippines in 1984. Left the Franciscans in 1986.  Ordained for the priesthood, worked in the Diocese of Naval, Philippines for 37 years. Would return to Cincinnati in the summers. Arrested in Naval, Biliran Province, Philippines in 12/2018. Accused of abuse of 10 boys there, as young as age 7; may be at least 50 victims. By 11/2019 around 20 had come forward. Some lived with him and were allegedly abused during baths with Hendricks. The Cincinnati Archdiocese denies authority over Hendricks, but says it did raise money for his Philippines mission. Died 1/26/2022, while on trial for the sexual abuse of two boys, who were brothers. Included on the St. John the Baptist Province Franciscans List in 6/2022.

Fr. Robert E. Hill

Ordained: 1957
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

Arrested and convicted in 1991 on charges of compelling prostitution by paying to perform sex acts on a 17-year-old boy. Served two years in prison. Suspended by the diocese and sent for treatment. Found in 2002 living at a retirement home for priests, in the same building as a pre-school. On the diocese's list 10/29/2018. Noted to be deceased.

Fr. William H. Hohman

Ordained: 1938
Status: Accused

Died: 03/19/1988
Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

Ordained for the Marianists. Taught high school in Cincinnati and Cleveland OH, and at Trinity College in Sioux City IA. Arrived in the Diocese of Youngstown in 1943. Assigned to parishes in Niles, Alliance, East Liverpool and Aurora. Chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Canton. Retired in 1980. Died in 1988. Named publicly as credibly accused by the Youngstown diocese when added to its list in 3/2020.

Fr. Thomas R. Hopp

Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Died: 12/21/2014
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Suspended in 2002 due to accusation of abuse of a boy in 1980. Had been warned in 1997 by the Archdiocese after an anonymous complaint that he showed "odd" behavior toward a boy; was kept in ministry. Permanently removed from ministry by the Vatican in 10/2005 but not laicized. Civil suit filed in 2004. Suit dismissed by OH Supreme Court on statute of limitations 6/2006. Another suit alleging abuse of a boy, age 13-14, in the 1980s was withdrawn after OH Supreme Court ruling. Died 12/21/2014.

Fr. Bernard L. Horst

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Order: SM
Ordained: 1945
Status: Accused

Died: 02/15/2001
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Joined the Marianists, Province of Cincinnati, in 1931. Made perpetual vows in 1938. Ordained in 1945. Worked in OH, NY, PA, MI. Died 2/15/2001. Included on the Order's list of accused 6/24/2020. On the Cincinnati archdiocese's list in 2/2022.

Fr. George T. Hovanec

Ordained: 1929
Status: Accused

Died: 02/20/1965
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

In 4/2002 a woman wrote to Archbishop Pilla that she was abused as a child by Hovanec 47 years before. She said she was in 7th grade when Hovanec touched and patted her in a very sexually inappropriate way before inviting her to the basement to count Sunday envelopes. She fled. He was unassigned 1961-1965 and died in 2/1965.

Fr. Matthew A. Ischay

Ordained: 1975
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Removed from position as parochial vicar at St. Paul in Akron as of 8/26/2011 and placed on administrative leave after a civil suit was filed in Cuyahoga County. Complaint alleged that Ischay was involved in 'misconduct' with a minor in the late 1970s. Assigned to St. Richard parish in North Olmsted from ordination until some time in 1981. Civil suit dropped in 10/2011 at plaintiff's request due to the statute of limitations. At least four other accusers came forward after the suit was filed. Per the diocese's list 6/21/2019, Ischay was on administrative leave pending the Vatican's decision regarding laicization. The list in 8/2022 shows Ischay to have been laicized.

Fr. Philip J. Jacobs

Ordained: 1974
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Removed from ministry in the Columbus OH diocese in 1993 after reports that he had sexually abused as many as 10 children. Sent to treatment, then went to work as a priest in the Victoria diocese in Vancouver, B.C. Removed from ministry there in 2002 after news of allegations in OH. Subsequently is said to have worked in a "non-church" job in Europe. Arrested 8/2010 as he disembarked from a plane in Victoria, BC upon his arrival from San Francisco. Charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, and sexual exploitation involving children under the age of 14. Found guilty at trial in 2/2013 of sexually touching as boy. Sentenced in 9/2013 to two years' probation with a five-month conditional sentence. Ordered to register as a sex offender. On the Columbus diocese's list 3/1/2019. Laicized.

Fr. John O. Jacoby

Ordained: 1953
Status: Settled

Died: 04/19/2017
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Accused of abusing at least six girls in the 1960s St. Mary High School in Akron. Transferred after two girls reported abuse. Jacoby left the diocese and the priesthood in 1982 and later married. Five claimants settled with the diocese in 2003. In 2005 the women said that the diocese failed to satisfy the terms of the settlement that stipulated each would receive a written apology and the diocese would make a public apology. Jacoby died in 2017. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused in 6/2019.

Fr. Vaclovas Katarskis

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Ordained: 1942
Status: Accused

Died: 12/20/1993
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

From Lithuania where he was ordained in 1942. Emigrated to the U.S. in 1948. A woman filed a police report in 6/2010 accusing Katarskis of abusing her on several occasions 1960-1961, when she was ages 10-11 and he was assigned to St. Albert the Great in Kettering. She had reported the abuse to the Archdiocese in 2002. Katarskis died in 1993.

Fr. David J. Kelley

Ordained: 1974
Status: Sued

Died: 06/6/2009
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

At least 38 men have filed suit alleging forced oral sex, rape, and other abuse by Kelley when they were minors. At least four complaints in 1983 prompted transfer to a new parish. After complaints in 1986, Archbishop Pilarczyk sent Kelley to the Paracletes for treatment, then assigned him to a hospital chaplaincy with parish residence and ministry. Allegations 1993-1994. Removed in 2002. Allowed to be a counselor until suits in 2003 were reported. Suit withdrawn after 5/31/2006 ruling by Ohio Supreme Court. Kelley died in 6/2009.

Fr. Edward Kickel

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Ordained: 1922
Status: Accused

Died: 12/13/1972
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Monsignor. Several complaints in the 1950s -1960s. Nothing done. Nicknamed "The Feeler" for molesting girls during religion class. In 1969 faculty and parents at St. Francis de Sales in Parma held a meeting about allegations against Kickel. The pastor barred Kickel from hearing confessions and teaching religion classes, and told parents to keep quiet or they would be guilty of a mortal sin and go to hell. One woman was denied counseling in 2000 because the Diocese said it could not find facts to support her claim. After a 2002 news report, almost a dozen women called the news outlet to say they too had been abused by Kickel. He died in 12/1972. Included on the diocese's list 6/21/2019.

Fr. James G. Kiffmeyer

Ordained: 1985
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

In 2002 a man accused Kiffmeyer of abusing him when he was senior in high school and later. County prosecutors said the statute of limitations had expired. The church said the man was over 18 at the time in question. After this allegation was made, it was revealed that Kiffmeyer had been accused in 1997 of a similar offense, again by a male who was at least 18. Archdiocese paid to settle the claim. Vatican ordered Kiffmeyer returned to ministry as of 12/2006. Appointed as pastoral administrator of Holy Family Parish 4/30/2008. Remained in active ministry until 7/2012 when he requested personal leave. He told Archbishop Schnurr that he did not intend to return to ministry.

Br. Walter A. Klick

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Order: SM
Status: Accused

Died: 05/18/1979
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Marianist brother of the Cincinnati Province. Professed vows in 1931. Assigned to high schools in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton OH, Puerto Rico, Covington KY, Washington DC, Pittsburgh PA, San Francisco CA, Brooklyn NY, Baltimore MD. Also assigned to the University of Dayton. Died in 1979. Included on the Marianists 6/24/2020 list of accused. Added to the Baltimore archdiocese's list 11/3/20. Mentioned in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General's Report.

Seminarian Thomas Kloppenborg

Order: CM
Ordained: 1991
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Colorado Springs CO

Entered the Vincentians as a novice in 1969. Ordained a deacon in 1978. Ordained for priesthood in 1991. In preparation for religious life, admitted early on that he had a "consensual" relationship as an older teen with a youth in mid-teens while in seminary in the 1970s. In 2002 removed by superior from assignment in CO. Stayed at Order's headquarters until 2004 when he moved to Nairobi. Worked there until his death in 2007.

Fr. Bernard Kokocinski

Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Sued twice in 2002. Accused of raping a boy in 1975 and of abusing the boy's brother. Arrested at least three times for improper sexual activity. Suits settled at mediation in 6/2004. Barred from active ministry as of 2004. Included in the diocese's status report of 2/2005. Teaching certificate revoked in 11/2006. Dismissed from the clerical state in 2007.

Fr. Thomas A. Kuhn

Ordained: 1967
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Assigned to Elder High School for over twenty years, as teacher, vice-principal, then principal. Left in 1988. Next assigned to a Dayton, OH parish and Alter High School for twelve years. Reports in 1994 and 1997 to the Archdiocese of inappropriate touch of boys. Kept in ministry. Placed on leave in 2002 after deputies confiscated several parish computers to look for inappropriate material. Indicted on eleven courts of public indecency and providing alcohol to minors 11/2001-1/2002. Claims involved four boys and one girl. Convicted in 2004. Sentenced to five years probation. Violated probation in 1/2005; spent thirty days in jail. Laicization announced in 10/2014. Living in 2019 in an Oak Hills home with a former archdiocesan priest personnel director.

Fr. Joseph P. Labbe

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Labbe's name was included on a list of priests placed on leave in 4/2002 by the Cleveland diocese because of recent allegations of past abuse. Reportedly, during the 1980s several teenage boys accused him of sexually abusing them. Labbe denied the allegations. He was director of admissions at Borromeo Seminary College in Wickliffe (1981-1991). Laicization announced 9/24/2010. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused in 6/2019.

Fr. Joseph J. Lang

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Died: 04/2/2013
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Name on 4/2002 list of priests removed from assignments due to past allegations of abuse. Allegation against Lang was based on report of sexual activity with a minor in the U.S. In 1988 Lang was "loaned" to the Diocese of Prince George in Canada and continued to work there until 4/2002 when his faculties were revoked by the Cleveland bishop. Lang had received treatment and was allowed to return to work, per the list. Vatican permanently removed him from active ministry as of 6/14/2007. Died 4/2/2013. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Raymond E. Larger

Ordained: 1977
Status: Acquitted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

In 2003, Larger pleaded no contest to soliciting sex from a male undercover police officer. Also in 2003, a man filed a claim with the archdiocese's victim compensation fund, alleging Larger abused him as an altar boy at age 11, 1995-1997. Larger's accuser was denied compensation. Criminal charges in this case were filed in 2005, then dismissed by the judge during trial in 11/2005. The man next filed a civil suit, which failed. Larger was on administrative leave 2005-2008. He was reinstated by the Vatican in 2/2008 after a ruling of no merit to the accusations of abuse. Given position at Chancery while in residence at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.

Fr. Raymond E. Lavelle

Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Died: 12/31/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Retired in 2000. Allegation received 9/2013 that Lavelle sexually abused a minor 1971-1980, while pastor of St. Agnes in Columbus. Worked at multiple parishes and schools during his career. The diocese's review board found the allegation credible and that it warranted further investigation. Living at an extended care nursing home in 2013. Died 12/31/2015. In 2/2021 a man reported that Lavelle raped him when he was a 14-year-old altar boy in 1997 in the sacristy of St. Joan of Arc in Powell. Diocesan officials reportedly told the man that his was the fourth credible allegation against Lavelle.

Rev. John A. Leahy

Ordained: 1957
Status: Sued

Died: 03/29/2005
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Accused in a 3/2023 lawsuit of sexually abusing a girl in the mid- 1970s at Parmadale Children's Village. The girl resided there for several years, beginning when she was age 7. Leahy was administrator of Parmadale 1973-1981. Per the lawsuit, Leahy abused the girl at his cottage on Parmadale property while other men watched. Further, he would force her and another child to perform sexual acts. The alleged victim also claimed physical and emotional abuse by the nuns, especially Myra Wasikowski. Leahy died in 2005.


Fr. Joseph J. Lieberth

Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

On a 4/2002 list of priests in the Cleveland diocese who had been accused in the past of sexual abuse. Had received evaluation and treatment and was returned to ministry. Admitted molesting the 17-year-old son of a church deacon, during a trip to CA in 1986. Lieberth referred to it as an "isolated incident" and auxiliary bishop Quinn persuaded the victim and family not to call police. Another accuser came forward in 2002 alleging abuse on trip in 1985. A civil suit was filed in 7/2002 by the first accuser. Still on leave 2009. Diocese announced in 3/2015 that Lieberth was given "a life of prayer and penance." Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Richard S. Liston

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Died: 01/12/1994
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Accused of raping a teenager in Norwalk in 1978. Diocese quietly transferred him at least twice. Toledo police investigation in 1985 into priest's financial interest in two gay bars uncovered the allegation from his past. Diocese sent him to treatment center in VA; he walked away from the center. Removed from public ministry in 1989. Died in 1/1994. The diocese added his name to its list of credibly accused in 4/2020.

Fr. Martin J. Louis

Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

In 1990 a 20-year-old woman accused Louis of molesting and raping her several times when she was age 10. Diocese forced Louis to resign and sent him to counseling. Girl filed civil suit in 1991; settled in 1992. Louis indicted on rape charges in 1992; sentenced in 1993 to 5-25 years in prison. Still in prison 8/2011. Other victims came forward when charges filed. He admitted in therapy to abusing as many as 90 (diocese said really 14-16). In 2001, a civil suit was filed alleging Louis also abused a young man. Laicized, per the diocese's list in 6/2019.

Fr. Frederick A. Loyd

Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Report to the Columbus diocese in 11/2008 that Loyd sexually abused a 15-year-old boy for two years, beginning in 1985, while assigned to St. Francis de Sales in Newark, OH. Bishop Campbell ordered Loyd to refrain from all public ministry pending investigation. In 12/2008 the review board found the allegations credible. Campbell began the process to remove Loyd permanently. His last assignment was in 2004. Retired from active ministry in 2006. The Diocese stated this was the first allegation against Loyd. On the diocese's list 3/1/2019. Laicized.

Fr. C. Neil Lucas

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Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Died: 11/3/2007
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Placed on leave in 12/2002 after allegations that he sexually abused more than one boy in the mid-1970s. Review board recommended his removal. Lucas did not deny the allegations. Per a 3/2004 report from the diocese, Lucas was one of 10 priests permanently removed from public ministry because of credible or substantiated allegations. Died in 11/2007.

Fr. Theodore Lucas

Ordained: 1984
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

On 'medical leave of absence' beginning in 3/2014. The Diocese announced 5/16/2018 that Lucas was being placed on administrative leave due to a credible allegation of "sexual misconduct involving a minor." Pending further investigation, Lucas was not "to function in any capacity as a priest anywhere." Assigned 1984-1989 to St. Bartholomew's in Middleburg Heights, 1989-1997 to Resurrection of Our Lord in Solon and St. Mary Magdalene's in Willowick 1997-2014. Per the diocese's list 6/21/2019, Lucas was on administrative leave pending the Vatican's decision regarding laicization.

Fr. Thomas J. Luckay

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Name appeared on a 4/2002 list of Cleveland priests no longer in active ministry because of allegations in the past of abuse of minors. Not indexed in the Official Catholic Directory after 1991. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused in 6/2019, noted to have been permanently removed. The list updated in 2022 shows that Luckay had been laicized.

Fr. Joachim Lux

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Died: 12/11/2019
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Priest of the Order of St. Francis, Province of St. John the Baptist. Named publicly as accused by the New Orleans archdiocese on its list in 12/2020 (with an incorrect ordination year). It notes allegations of abuse, which did not occur in the archdiocese, were reported to the archdiocese in 2020.  Lux died in 12/2019. Included in 2/2022 on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's list of those with substantiated allegations against them. A news article in 4/1991 shows that Lux abruptly left his parish assignment in the Diocese of Peoria "for personal reasons" and for "a program of renewal." Added to Peoria's list in 6/2022. On the Franciscans' list in 6/2022. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report. 


Fr. Daniel J. Mangen

Order: CPPS
Ordained: 1980
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Reportedly in 3/2002 a woman accused Mangen of sexually abusing and raping her for three years in the early 1980s, when she was ages 16-18. Lawsuit filed in 1999. Mangen had acknowledged being sexually active with adults and minors but denied the woman's claims. He did admit that he had been sexually active with two parishioners during the time in question. Worked in Chile in 1984 and later in Peru. Believed to be in Valdivia, Chile as of 11/2010 (not as a priest).

Fr. Charles Robert Manning

Ordained: 1997
Status: Acquitted

Diocese: Diocese of Colorado Springs CO

Also known as Robert Manning. Priest of St. Louis Archdiocese, transferred to CO. Removed 1/21/2012 by the Colorado Springs diocese from St. Gabriel the Archangel after an allegation of abuse of a youth. Arrested 5/22/2012 on charges of abuse of a 15-year-old boy. 'Retired' 2/23/2012 due to declining health. More charges filed 5/31/2012 in CO regarding the same boy. Living in MO. Denied charges. Jury trial 7/2013. Acquitted on sexual assault and porn; found guilty of two counts of giving the boy marijuana and alcohol. Given four years probation as of 9/2013.

Fr. Francis A. Masserella

Ordained: 1941
Status: Accused

Died: 05/3/2014
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Ordained for the Glenmary Home Missioners, left in 1945. Became a Trappist monk in KY for six years. Joined the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Parish priest until 1956, hospital chaplain, high school faculty member. From 1956 on was a retirement community chaplain. Removed in 2003. Accused of abuse of girls about 50 years prior. The Archdiocese admitted it knew in the 1950s of his history. Permanently removed from ministry by the Vatican in 10/2005; not laicized. Still under care of the Archdiocese as of 4/2007, with ill health. Died 05/03/2014, age 98. On the Glenmary Home Missioners list 10/11/2019.

Fr. Frederick F. Mathues

Order: SM
Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Died: 08/18/1972
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Professed vows for the Marianist Order, Province of Cincinnati, in 1943. Ordained in 1952. Worked as an educator in OH and PA. Died in 1972, age 51. Named publicly as accused on the Marianists' list 6/24/2020. Included on the Cincinnati Archdiocese's list in 2/2022 of those with substantiated allegations against them.

Fr. Daniel R. McBride

Ordained: 1951
Status: Convicted

Died: 01/12/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Placed on leave in 2002 when charged with the recent abuse of a 17-year-old boy, who was part of prostitution ring.  Pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor. McBride was age 75 when the incident occurred. Sentenced to three years probation in 6/2003. Charges resulted from an investigation of Parmadale residential treatment facility, operated by Cleveland Catholic Charities for children with histories of delinquent behavior and emotional problems. On Administrative Leave until his death 1/12/2015. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Thomas Bertrand McCarthy

Order: OP
Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Died: 03/23/1986
Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

First named publicly as accused on the diocese's updated list 11/9/2018. Noted to be deceased. the On Dominicans' St. Joseph Province list in late 2018. It notes McCarthy died in 1986, and allegation established in 2018. Added to the Columbus diocese's list 12/3/2019.

Fr. John William McCool

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Died: 02/26/2017
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Named in 2002 among 12 Cleveland priests no longer in active ministry due to past allegations of abuse of minors. McCool left the priesthood in the early 1990s and went on to marry. Died 2/26/2017. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.


Fr. John L. McCullen

Ordained: 1944
Status: Accused

Died: 11/24/2013
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Named publicly as accused by the Toledo diocese on its list in 3/2004. Allegations surfaced after McCullen moved to FL in 1960; the abuse apparently occurred in FL. Assigned until 2004 to St. Ambrose Parish in Deerfield Beach. Barred from public ministry. Matter sent to Rome. McCullen died 11/24/2013 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Included on the Orlando diocese's list 10/6/2021.

Br. Howard J. McDonough

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Order: SJ
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

According to a 2002 news report, McDonough was sued in 1993 for allegedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old student 20 years prior. Documents produced during the case show that McDonough had been accused of sexual abuse by others at the time and that school officials were going to quietly transfer him. Suit dismissed in 1995 due to the statute of limitations. Per a 1993 article, McDonough was no longer a member of the Order. Included on the Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/2018. It notes a single allegation of abuse, occurring in 1973 while assigned to Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls. Dismissed from the Order in 1975.

Fr. James McGonegal

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Named publicly as credibly accused of child sexual abuse by the diocese on its list 6/21/2019. Noted to be on administrative leave pending the Vatican's decision regarding laicization. Per the list in 2022, McGonegal was laicized. In 2014 McGonegal pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a Cleveland park ranger - a felony because he was HIV positive. In a plea agreement he was to participate in a yearlong intervention program and to serve 50 hours of community service. He was also ordered to stay out of Cleveland's Metroparks. 


Fr. Michael P. McLaughlin

Ordained: 1977
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Sued in 2003. Accused of abuse of an 11-year-old boy in 1980 in a church rectory. Another man alleged he was abused by McLaughlin as a child in 1987. McLaughlin worked in four parishes before he was barred from ministry in 1990. A 3/2004 statement from the diocese said McLaughlin and two other accused priests left the ministry without requesting laicization. Allegations against them range from credible to substantiated to admitted. Laicization in process in 2020.

Fr. Thomas L. McLaughlin

Ordained: 1956
Status: Convicted

Died: 02/6/2013
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Sentenced in 1989 to 18 months in prison for sexually molesting a 12-year-old boy. Pleaded guilty; charges involving six other boys dismissed. Spent a year at Hocking Correctional Facility. After his release from prison in 1990 he "complied with [Bishop] Griffin's request" that he be laicized. Civil suit filed by two victims and settled in 1992. Died 2/6/2013.

Fr. J. Brendan McNulty

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Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Placed on leave in 2003 after allegations that he sexually abused "several" of the seven brothers in a family that had befriended him shortly after his ordination. Review board deemed the allegations credible. McNulty wrote a letter of apology in 1982 to one of the brothers, and mentioned that the older brothers had been hurt as much. Abuse covered about 10 years. Laicization announced in 11/2007. Name included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Robert D. McWilliams

Ordained: 2017
Status: Convicted

Died: 02/4/2022
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Working at St. Joseph's Parish and Sts. Joseph and John School in Strongsville when arrested 12/5/2019, charged with sending and receiving child pornography. Placed on administrative leave. Posed as a teen girl to get teen boys to send him nude photos. Investigators discovered in McWilliams' possession "substantial" amounts of pornographic photos and videos of children. Pleaded not guilty 1/22/2020. New charges in 2/2020 included sex trafficking of a minor. Prosecutors said he paid a 15-year-old boy for sex on several occasions. Indicted 7/2/2020 on federal charges of child porn and exploitation of children. Pleaded guilty in 7/2021. Knew some of his victims from his assigned parishes. Sentenced in 11/2021 to life in prison. On 12/21/2021 the Diocese announced that the Vatican had laicized McWilliams. He died 2/4/2022 of suspected suicide at the Allenwood federal prison in PA. A 19-year-old man filed suit in 3/2022 against the Diocese, claiming McWilliams abused him for two years, from age 14. Name included on the Diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Thomas E. Meiring

Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Died: 04/15/2022
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

A man filed a civil suit in 2/2006 alleging abuse by Meiring 1967-1969, when he was age 15 and Meiring was a Toledo priest. Meiring denied the allegations. Asked to be laicized in 1983; not granted until 2016. Worked as a licensed counselor and clinical supervisor with transgender people and youths with gender-identity issues. Case dismissed in 3/2008 due to the statute of limitations, but the diocese and parish remained as defendants. Still licensed and working in 10/2019. Died 4/15/2022.

Fr. Richard G. Miller

Ordained: 1950
Status: Sued

Died: 03/30/2009
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Reportedly in 9/2003 a man had recently filed suit alleging that he was molested from ages 8-14, during 1967-1973, by a Father Miller at at SS Peter and Paul in South Toledo. The Catholic Directories show that Rev. Richard G. Miller was pastor of the parish during the time in question. Per a court document, the case was dismissed with prejudice in 4/2004. Miller died 3/30/2009. In 2/2023 his name was quietly added to the diocese's list of those with substantiated allegations; the allegations were noted to have been received after Miller's death.

Fr. Nicholas Francis Monaghan

Ordained: 1907
Status: Accused

Died: 09/28/1967
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Monsignor. Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo in Parma 1923-1967. Died in 1967 at age 85. A woman approached the Ft. Worth, TX diocese for help in early 2008, claiming that Monaghan had groped and kissed her as a girl at the rectory where she worked after school and on Saturdays. Ft. Worth helped her with therapy until she could approach Cleveland in 6/2008. At least six other women then came forward with same allegations. Diocese removed plaque and his name from church building 6/15/2011. On the Cleveland diocese's list 6/21/2019.

Br. Michael Montgomery

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Order: OFM
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Two incidents of "improper contact" with male students were known to Franciscan authorities in the 1980s, but Montgomery was allowed to continue working as an athletic trainer at Roger Bacon High School. He said the touches were accidental. Removed from active ministry in 2002. Another man made similar allegations in 2003 or early 2004 of abuse when he was 15. Included on the Cincinnati archdiocese's list in 2/2022 of those with substantiated allegations against them. Noted to have left the Order and to be deceased. Included in 6/2022 on the St. John the Baptist Province Franciscans list, which notes that Montgomery was ordained a deacon 6/25/1983. Laicized at some point. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. John J. Mueller

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Placed on leave in 7/2002 due to allegations that he sexually abused a 16-year-old girl in 1962. Mueller denied allegation and was allowed to retire 3/2003. Review Board said that evidence showed Mueller engaged in conduct defined as sexual abuse of a minor, but could not be removed from the priesthood because, at the time of the abuse, 16 was recognized as adult under church law. Mueller also allegedly abused a woman in 1977. Deceased, per the diocese's list in 6/2019.

Fr. Frederick James Mulica

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Accused of molesting a 14-year-old altar boy in 1981. Diocese settled with family for $45K, on condition that Mulica not be allowed to work near children. Sent to alcohol treatment center, then reassigned in 1983 to a parish with a school. Reassigned to non-parish work in 1987 after newspaper investigation and charges against other priests. Given disability leave in 1989. Reportedly left the priesthood in 1991, yet placed on administrative leave in 2002 due to the allegations against him. Mulica's victim and family sued the diocese in 2003 for defamation. Settled for possibly $500K in 2006. Per diocese's list in 6/2019, Mulican is deceased.

Fr. Anthony J. Muzic

Ordained: 1963
Status: Sued

Died: 03/29/2010
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Accused in a 1993 civil suit of providing liquor to plaintiff and other youths and taking advantage of their drunken state to abuse them. Took leave when suit filed. Per a 4/2002 article, the Diocese did not include Muzic's name on its list of accused clerics because officials did not believe the allegations against him were credible. Plaintiff dropped the suit because of the statute of limitations issues. Muzic retired. Died 3/29/2010.

Fr. John B. Nadzam

Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Died: 02/18/2005
Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

The Diocese announced 4/2009 that it had received a substantiated allegation that Nadzam abused a minor in the 1970s. Civil authorities were notified. Nadzam was assigned to several parishes over the years and taught at Catholic Central High School. He was Absent on Leave 1974-1978 in the Diocese of Erie PA. He died in 2/2005. Included on the diocese's list 10/31/2018. Noted to have been suspended from ministry in 2004.

Fr. Donald O. Nastold

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Died: 04/12/2007
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/2018. An allegation was reported after his death, of abuse occurring while assigned to St. Francis Xavier in Cincinnati 1999-2000. Nastold died 4/12/2007. Included on the Cincinnati Archdiocese's list in 1/2020. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Daniel J. Nealon

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Ordained: 1981
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Name released in 4/2002 as a priest no longer in active ministry because of allegations in the past of abuse of minors. He had been accused of abusing a deaf boy of about age 13 in the late 1980s. Nealon denied the allegation at the time and said that he had been exonerated after an investigation. He was absent on leave 1992-1995. Left the priesthood, married, became a lawyer.

Fr. Frank Nieset

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Died: 03/7/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Parish priest, high school teacher. Name quietly added in 2/2023 to the diocese's list of those with substantiated allegations, received after Nieset's death. Nieset went on sick leave in 1982-1983. He went on leave of absence in 1994 and retired in 1995. Per his obituary, during retirement Nieset helped out in parishes in AZ and CA, returning to the Toledo area in 2004. He died in 2015.


Fr. Edward J. O’Brien

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1945
Status: Accused

Died: 02/16/1983
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/2018. Joined the Order in 1932. Multiple allegations of abuse occurring while assigned to Xavier University in 1958 and 1971-1982. O'Brien died 2/16/1983. Included in 2/2022 on the Cincinnati Archdiocese's list.

Fr. Patrick J. O’Connor

Ordained: 1985
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Removed in 9/2003 after the Diocese's review board found credible a recent claim that O'Connor had sexually abused a child in the late 1980s at St. Joseph's in Cuyahoga Falls (first assignment after ordination). He denied the allegation. Teaching at Borromeo Seminary in 2003. Cleared by the Vatican and returned to active status in 9/2007 with restrictions. "Resigned from priesthood" in 6/2008 after allegations of abuse of a 15-year-old boy in 1997. Indicted in 8/2009. Pleaded guilty in 9/2009. Sentenced to 90 days in jail in 12/2009. Sued by accuser in 7/2011. Laicized, per the diocese's list in 6/2019.

Fr. Henry B. “Hugh” O’Donnell

Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Died: 11/21/1982
Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Accused 12/8/2005 of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in 1950 in Washington DC. The girl's mother allegedly discovered O'Donnell in the act of forcibly kissing her daughter as well as touching the girl's breasts and genitals beneath her clothes. O'Donnell was was diocesan secretary or chancellor at the time. The kissing was allegedly repeated by then-Msgr. O'Donnell when the girl was age 18, and he is accused of verbally abusing her at age 27 in a sexual manner. He was then Steubenville's vicar general. He died in 1982.

Fr. Michael Paraniuk

Ordained: 1981
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

A man told Archdiocesan officials in 1995 that Paraniuk abused him in 1983. The Archdiocese investigated and deemed the allegations unsubstantiated. The man complained again in 2004. Paraniuk was placed on leave in 3/2005 after was payment made to his accuser from the Archdiocese's victims' compensation fund. He was reinstated in 10/2005 after the Archdiocese investigated and again deemed the allegation unsubstantiated. Paraniuk denied all allegations and said he had himself been fondled by two Franciscan priests when he was in his 20s in the 1970s.

Fr. Carter Partee

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1947
Status: Accused

Died: 01/10/2010
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Named publicly as accused, with substantiated allegations, on the Franciscans' St. John the Baptist Province's list 10/9/2020. It notes that Partee had left the order and was laicized. It does not reveal where or when the abuse took place. (Placing Partee in the Cincinnati archdiocese, where the province is based.) Died in 2010. Added to the New Orleans archdiocese's list in 2020. On the Gallup diocese's list in 11/2021.  Included on Cincinnati's list in 2/2022. On Peoria's list in 6/2022. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Daniel Pater

Ordained: 1979
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

In 1992 a woman told the Archdiocese Pater sexually abused her beginning when she was age 14 in the early 1980s at St. Charles Borromeo in Kettering. Pater left for Rome to study in 1982 and became a Vatican diplomat in Africa, Australia, Vatican City and India. He admitted the abuse, which continued until late 1991 or early 1992 on his trips back to the U.S. His victim and a second woman accusing Pater of abuse as a teen in the early 1980s sued in 2004. The suit was withdrawn after a 6/2006 ruling by Ohio Supreme Court. On 2/21/2014 it was announced that the Vatican sentenced Pater to life of prayer and penance as of 1/21/2014. Soon hired as a bus driver for the county and by an Episcopal church in Lincoln Heights as music director. Fired from that church in 10/2019 after inquiries by a news outlet.

Fr. Carl Peltz

Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Died: 12/26/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Ordained for the Diocese of Steubenville. Navy chaplain 1984-1987, including in Iceland in 1985, where Peltz allegedly forced a 12-year-old boy to drink whiskey, then raped him. Transferred many times. Federal suit filed in 1991 alleged the Steubenville diocese should have known that Peltz had a drinking problem, yet it certified him as fit for service. Suit settled by the diocese in 1993 for $25K. Although Peltz's obituary states that he was incardinated into the Kalamazoo diocese in 1990, the Official Catholic Directory indicates he was incardinated there in 2002. "Exonerated" in 2003 by the Kalamazoo diocesan review board, which cited it found no credible evidence. Died 12/26/2015.

Fr. Edward L. Pigott

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Died: 12/27/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Allegations were made public in 2/2020 of psychological and sexual abuse by Pigott while assigned to St. Xavier High School between 1992 and 1994. Per the school, an independent investigation showed the allegations to be "established." Pigott was part of the St. X community 1969-2018. The allegations surfaced after the school released in 2018 a list of Jesuits with established allegations. Added to the Jesuits Midwest Province list 2/21/2020. It notes multiple allegations of abuse, occurring 1992-1995 while at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. The Order's list updated 1/30/2023 shows abuse alleged to have occurred 1973-1977, 1982-1983, 1986-1990, 1992-1997. Included on the Cincinnati archdiocese's list in 2/2022. Pigott died 12/27/2020.


Fr. Alexander Pinter

Ordained: 1943
Status: Sued

Died: 11/15/1978
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

From Hungary. First assigned in the Toledo diocese in 1946, where he was incardinated in 1955. Accused of abuse 1956-1960 at St. Stephen's in Toledo. Sent to Canada for treatment and later assigned there. Became parish priest in Louisiana in 1974. Died in New Orleans 11/15/1978. Also worked in the Diocese of Oakland. Included on the Oakland diocese's list in 2019. Accused in a 1/2020 lawsuit filed under the CA Child Victims Act of abusing an altar boy in 1964 at St. Francis in Vista, CA. Included in 4/2020 on the Toledo diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Walter J. Plimmer

Ordained: 1934
Status: Accused

Died: 09/16/1968
Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Actor on Broadway prior to ordination. Indexed in the 1943 Official Catholic Directory as a U.S. Army chaplain and with the suffix s.s., indicating he was a priest of the Society of St. Sulpice. In 1944 was assigned to a Diocese of Trenton parish. In 1946-1947 Plimmer was at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. By 1948 he is shown as a priest of the Diocese of Steubenville, apparently having left his Order. Was a College of Steubenville (run by the T.O.R. order) faculty member and public relations director. First named publicly as accused by the Diocese of Steubenville on its list 10/31/2018. Noted to have been suspended from ministry in 1956. A 1959 news article states he was on leave from a Bohemia, NY parish. Died 9/16/1968 in Brooklyn, NY. Per his obituary, he resigned in 1959 from active parish work and did mission work in CA, AZ and NM. Included in 3/2021 on the Rockville Center diocese's list of accused, name misspelled "Plimner." It notes he wasn't assigned there and that abuse allegedly occurred in a private house, a motel, and on a boat.


Fr. Thomas J. Powers

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Died: 05/31/2019
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Named publicly as accused by the Province on its list 12/17/2018. Multiple allegations of abuse, occurring in the 1970s at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, in 1973-1978 while at John Carroll University, in 1985-1986 at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, and in 2000 while at the Colombiere Center in Clarkston, MI. Powers was dismissed 7/6/2001. He died 5/31/2019 at age 74. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report, which notes at least four "reported survivors."

Fr. Joseph J. Pucci

Order: OMI
Ordained: 1941
Status: Settled

Died: 10/12/2000
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Worked in the Archdioceses of Seattle, Indianapolis and Newark, and the Dioceses of Trenton, Richmond, Youngstown, Toledo and Palm Beach. Accused by two women of molesting them when they were young teenagers in the 1950s. One woman came forward in 2002; Oblate representatives acknowledged the complaints. Per news in 6/2002, a man reported that Pucci molested him as a child in 1980 at a rectory in Palm Beach, FL. He told his family in 1993 and they reported it to Palm Beach Bishop Symons and to police. No record of complaint at either place. Pucci retired in 1994 and died in 2000 in West Palm Beach. (In 1998 Symons resigned after admitting that he abused a boy early in his priesthood; he later admitted to abusing four other boys.) Subject of settlement(s). Included on the Diocese of Richmond's list of those with allegations of abuse occurring in the diocese.

Fr. Samuel Punnoor

Ordained: 1996
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

From the diocese of Pathanamthitta, India. Placed on leave 5/22/2015 after the Toledo diocese received an allegation against him of child sexual abuse. Punnoor was visiting his native India when the report was made 5/6/2015; suspended upon his return to Ohio. Had been working in the Toledo diocese since 4/2011. Sent to back to his home diocese in 2015. Per Toledo, Punnoor abandoned ministry in 2016.

Fr. Anthony Rebol

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Died: 11/7/2017
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Retired in 1998. Evaluated and treated after an allegation in 1992 of abuse in 1963. Returned to ministry. Placed on leave along with nine other priests in 4/2002 due to allegations, pending further review of their cases. Died in 2017. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. John Rebovich

Order: OSJ
Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Assigned in the Dioceses of Scranton and Harrisburg PA. First allegation in 1975 involved soliciting an altar boy for oral sex. The boy told officials of the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Passaic in 1978 but nothing was done. A few months later Rebovich transferred to the Byzantine Catholic diocese of Parma. A 1990 civil suit (settled in 1991) alleges Rebovich raped an altar boy in 1980 in the Parma diocese. The suit also alleges church officials covered up the incident when notified in 1984. In 1992 three more plaintiffs filed suit. On leave beginning in 1990. On the Harrisburg diocese's list released 8/1/2018, accused of sexually abusing a child. Worked in the diocese in the early 1970s. Deceased. Added to the Scranton diocese's list 12/2018.

Fr. Robert E. Reidy

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Ordained: 1962
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

Monsignor. After two brothers came forward in 2002, Reidy admitted abusing them as children in the 1960s. They claimed Reidy had taken advantage of them while their father was dying. After their father died, Reidy would take them on extended trips and sexually abuse them. Reidy was "removed from the ministry" and "retired" as of 4/2002 and sent for counseling. Civil suit filed in 2002. Trial was set for 3/2004. Included on the diocese's list 10/29/2018.

Fr. David F. Reilly

Ordained: 1975
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Placed on administrative leave in 8/2006 after a man alleged that Reilly had improper contact with him in the 1970s when he was age 13 or 14. Reilly admitted contact but says it was not what it was alleged to be. On 02/21/2014 the archdiocese announced that a three-priest Tribunal had cleared Reilly of the charges (confirmed by the Vatican) and restored him to active ministry. Status changed to retired.

Fr. Herbert M. Richey, Jr.

Ordained: 1978
Status: Settled

Died: 07/21/2020
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Accused of abusing several youths. At least seven known victims in two parishes from the 1980s. Confidential settlements pre-1992. Forced from the priesthood in 1992 and laicized in 1997. Allegations substantiated. Later turned up working as a music director/organist in another Toledo parish. Banned in 2002. Found working in the Detroit area in 1/2011 as a church organist. Removed. Included on the Detroit archdiocese's 6/10/2019 list of credibly accused. Died 7/21/2020.

Fr. Thomas Richstatter

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Member of the Franciscan Friars, Province of St. John the Baptist. Retired. Accused in 9/2019 of sexual abuse occurring over 30 years prior in the Cincinnati area. Included on the Franciscans' list of those with substantiated allegations against them. Noted to have been removed from ministry. Included on the Cincinnati archdiocese's list in 2/2022.

Fr. Samuel E. Ritchey

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Accused in 12/2005 of abuse of a youth in 1977. Review board deemed the allegations credible. Placed on leave. A second man alleged in 2/2006 that Ritchey gave him drugs and alcohol and attempted to molest him in 1978, when the man was senior in high school. Teaching certificate revoked by the state in 11/2006. In 2016 a man spoke publicly about being molested at age 16 by Ritchey in 1974. He said he asked Ritchey how many other kids he did that with, and Ritchey told him "I have several 'special friends' from my parish." The man's mother was a cousin of newly ordained and later Bishop Nienstedt, who introduced Ritchey to him. Nienstedt reportedly was told of the abuse, and did nothing. On diocese's list 3/1/2019. Noted to have been laicized and to be deceased.

Fr. Gerald J. Robinson

Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Died: 07/4/2014
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Placed on leave 2003 or 2004. Accused in 2003 of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in 1978 at Mercy Hospital; his accuser claimed ritual abuse by several priests. Accused in 2005 of the ritual abuse of a girl in 1968-1975. Convicted 5/11/2006 of the  ritual murder in 1980 of a nun at Mercy Hospital; sentenced to 15 years in prison. Case appealed. Ohio Supreme Court refused to hear appeal in 12/2008. A civil suit claiming abuse was dismissed in 1/2007 due to the statute of limitations. Court reinstated the suit in 10/2007. Dismissed again in 1/2010. Dismissal upheld 12/2010 and 4/2011. Believed to be terminally ill (debilitating heart attack) in prison as of 6/3/2014. Was seeking early release; denied 7/3/2014. Died in prison 7/4/2014. Was to be buried as a priest.


Fr. Stephen G. Rogers

Ordained: 1995
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Religion teacher at Central Catholic High School. Placed on leave in 12/2002 after being caught with internet child pornography. Convicted in 2003 and sentenced to 21 months prison. Served 18 months. Diocese paid his salary while he was in prison. Teacher's certificate was been revoked as of 11/2006. Permanently removed from public ministry in 2006. Still a registered sex offender as of 1/2/2010. Not found in the registry in 11/2020.

Fr. Joseph A. Romansky

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Died: 07/3/2004
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Arrested in 1985, accused of playing strip poker with boys, offering them money for oral sex, fondling them, and masturbating in front of them. The mother of one of them said the diocese gave her a condo, a car and a job, and that when she refused to sign an agreement not to sue, they fired her and took everything away. Romansky pleaded guilty. Received a probated sentence; sent to St. Luke Institute for treatment. Invited in 1988 by Biloxi MS Bishop Howze to work in a parish; Howze was aware of his abuse history. Howze sent him back to Cleveland after four years. At least two civil suits filed; settled in 1991. Was a nursing home chaplain until 2002 when placed on leave. Three more suits filed in 9/2002. Said to have likely abused dozens of teenage African American boys and girls 1975-1995. Two priests said in 2002 that they had reported him to the Cleveland diocese in 1975. Died 7/3/2004. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Donald Rooney

Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Died: 04/4/2002
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Died by suicide in 4/2002 after being asked to come to diocesan offices to discuss an allegation that he had sexually molested a girl in 1980. Four more women and the father of another came forward with similar charges. One woman filed a class action suit in 6/2002 alleging that Rooney abused her and about twenty of her female classmates after the 1984-1985 school year. Another woman filed suit alleging that Rooney had groped and kissed her. Court denied the suits and Court of Appeals agreed. Rooney's name is included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. James H. Roth

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1995
Status: Accused

Died: 02/11/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

In 1/2015 a man reported to Roth's order sexual abuse multiple times by the priest when he was a 9- or 10-years-old, fourteen years prior. Roth was removed from position on a Toronto school board. Police informed. Roth died 2/11/2015 of suspected suicide; left a note admitting to the abuse. Was an O.S.F.S. brother for about 20 years prior to his 1995 ordination. Worked at St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo OH 1976-1987, and 1995-2004 as a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator. Filled in at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception parish in Monroe MI. Also assigned to schools in UT and Ontario, Canada. Victim was younger brother of a St. Francis de Sales High student. Included on the Detroit archdiocese's list of credibly accused 6/10/2019.

Fr. Francis J. Rothbauer

Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Died: 02/17/2011
Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Removed from active ministry in 1988. A lawuit filed in 1989 claimed Rothbauer sexually abused a girl during counseling 1968-1972, starting when she was age 14. Bishop Mussio allegedly learned of the abuse in 1972 and transferred Rothbauer to another parish. Rothbauer died 2/17/2011 at age 83. Included on the diocese's list 10/31/2018. It notes that he was suspended from ministry in 1998.

Fr. Robert Ruglovsky

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Ordained: 1961
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Byzantine Rite Catholic. Accused of molesting at least seven boys. First abuse occurred in Ohio and Michigan. Moved to Minnesota where he abused six other boys. Criminal charges were filed in Minnesota in 1987. Sentenced to 15 years probation and 1 year in jail, with participation in a sex offender program. One civil suit was filed in 1994 in California. Two other suits filed in Minnesota in 1988. Per a 1990 news report, Ruglovsky admitted to molesting numerous boys over a 20-year period. Name first appeared on the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis list of accused priests 5/22/2014. He died in 2006. 


Fr. Edward F. Rupp

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Died: 03/29/2019
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

In a 1994 civil suit, a man claimed Rupp abused him several times as a teenager in the late 1960s-early 1970s, and that Rupp was an alcoholic who had committed sexual improprieties with other parishioners. Rupp had received counseling for alcoholism. He resigned from his assignment and was sent for evaluation and counseling after the allegation. The suit was dismissed by a court in 1998. The Vatican ordered permanent removal from active ministry as of 6/14/2007, and sentenced him to a life of prayer and penance. Died in 3/2019. In 2020 another man came forward, alleging Rupp sexually abused him beginning when he was a 13-year-old altar boy at St. Ignatius of Antioch in the late 1970s. Rupp's accuser said he told another priest about the abuse, who told him not to tell anyone.

Br. Francis A. Russell

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Order: SM
Status: Accused

Died: 06/19/1991
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Professed vows in 1939. Worked in OH, Puerto Rico, KY, Washington DC, NY, PA. In 11/2019 an anonymous former Purcell High School teacher told a news outlet that Bro. Frank Russell was known to sexually abuse students. He said that in 1978 a student told him and another teacher that Russell raped him; the former teacher said he immediately reported the abuse to the school. As vice-principal, Russell was in charge of detention and would allegedly take students who were in trouble to a motel and sexually abuse them. The Marianists denied receiving the 1978 report and said they did not receive another until 1994, after Russell's death. Russell left Purcell in 1978, was assigned to the Diocese of Covington's Office of Religious Ed then to Holy Cross High School in Latonia, KY. Retired in 1983. Died in 1991. On the Marianists' list of accused 6/24/2020. On the Covington diocese's list 7/31/2020.

Fr. Francis R. Schaefer

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Accused of abusing six boys at a parish in 1962. In 1966 families met with Msgr. Applegate, who promised Schaefer would get help. No action taken for months, then transferred. Bishop was informed in 1970 of Schaefer's misdeeds, but no action. In 1970 Schaefer moved to new parish where he allegedly abused again 1970-1975. Two civil suits filed in 1993. Included on the diocese's list 3/1/2019. Deceased.

Fr. Lawrence C. Scharf

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Placed on leave in 3/2002 after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct with a minor in 1976. It was later learned that a similar offense occurred in 1981. Scharf admitted the conduct and was placed in inpatient therapy. As of 2004 he was barred from ministry because of credible allegations. Dismissed from the clerical state per 4/2008 status report. Died in 1/2008.

Fr. Albert E. Schetter

Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Died: 05/5/2002
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Retired in 1990. Died 5/5/2002. Lawsuit filed in 2003 by two men accusing Schetter of sexual abuse when they were boys in the early 1960s. They also claimed the archdiocese knew and did nothing. One plaintiff had gone to the archdiocese in 1992 with his allegations. Archdiocesan officials offered the man counseling, which he declined. They also reviewed Schetter's personnel file and found that there had been complaints in the early 1960s of his "odd behavior" with children; officials' response in the early 1960s was to send the priest on a spiritual retreat. In 1992 Schetter was told to stay away from children.

Fr. David Schilder

Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

First named publicly as credibly accused by the diocese in 12/2019. Alleged abuse in 1968 was first reported to the diocese in 2004. Schilder retired and was barred from public ministry. Another allegation was reported in 9/2019, of abuse 1981-1983. The diocesan review board deemed this allegation credible and Schilder was placed on administrative leave. Included on the Youngstown diocese's list updated 3/5/2020. On the Lexington diocese's list in 8/2020, where he was chaplain 2001-2004 at the Ashland Federal Correction Institution.

Fr. Joseph M. Schmelzer

Ordained: 1977
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

In 2002 a man alleged that Schmelzer abused him as a teenager 1983-1985. He said Schmelzer began touching him when he was 16 and then molested him at age 19 after giving him alcohol. The man complained first in 1993; Schmelzer was counseled and moved. Civil suit filed in 2003. Schmelzer was permanently removed after the Review Board found the claims credible. Teaching certification revoked in 11/2006. Another allegation was reported in 2004, not revealed until 2007. In 11/2018 a man told news outlets that in 2005 he first reported to the diocese that, when he was age 13, Schmelzer fondled, drugged and raped him in the St. Wendelin rectory. He said he got no response. He told the diocese again in 2015. In 12/2017 the Review Board found his allegations "not substantiated."

Fr. Kenneth J. Schoettmer

Ordained: 1968
Status: Convicted

Died: 07/23/2014
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Placed on leave after he admitted in 2001 that he had sexual encounters with boys between 1984 and 1999. Also downloaded porn and trolled the internet for boys. Pleaded guilty in 2003 to one count of gross sexual imposition in exchange for the dismissal of additional charges of the rape and sexual battery of a 17-year-old boy. Sentenced to 5 years' probation. Civil suit filed in 2004. Still on payroll of archdiocese as of 4/2007. Laicization announced 5/11/2007. On Sex Offender Register 1/21/2012. Died in 7/2014.

Fr. Anthony Schuerger

Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Pastor of St. Malachi 1994-2019. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 6/21/2019. Noted to be on administrative leave pending further investigation by the Review Board of the allegation against him. Schuerger's accuser stated publicly in 5/2021 that the Schuerger abused her at St. Raphael's in Bay Village in 1990 when she was age 8. She said he would take her to his office, where he touched her inappropriately, and that she thinks he also abused other children. She first came forward in 10/2018.

Fr. Robert W. Schutte

Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 01/17/2004
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

After ordination Schutte spent a year in a St. Augustine FL parish, after which he returned to his native OH. He taught high school and worked in parishes as an assistant and then pastor in the Cincinnati archdiocese. He also was an assistant Air Force chaplain in FL.; the time-period for that is unclear. He retired in 1984. In late 2003 Schutte's privileges were removed after allegations arose that he sexually abused a minor several decades before. He died a little over a month later, in 1/2004, at age 89.

Seminarian Paul F. Rodgers

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Order: SJ
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Named publicly as the subject of multiple allegations by the Jesuits Midwest Province in 1/2022. Entered the Jesuits in 1974. Allegedly sexually abused minors 1979-1981 while assigned to St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH. Dismissed from the order 6/13/1982.


Fr. Joseph J. Seminatore

Ordained: 1969
Status: Faculties removed

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Placed on leave in 2002 from Parmadale Family Services home after a man alleged sexual abuse there as a minor. Parmadale offered treatment to children with emotional problems. Seminatore denied the allegations. Three accusers filed suit in 07/2002. In 8/2002 Seminatore filed a countersuit, alleging conspiracy. Plaintiffs' case dismissed due to the statute of limitations; dismissal upheld by Appeals Court in 2006. Seminatore's claim dismissed by trial court; upheld by Appeals Court in 12/2004. In 10/2015 the diocese announced Seminatore's administrative leave had ended, and he was granted retirement. This was after a tribunal of three canonists determined the charges were not confirmed. Included on the diocese's list 6/21/2019 of clergy with substantiated allegations against them of child sexual abuse. Permanently removed from ministry.

Br. Fintan Shaffer

Order: BGS
Status: Settled

Died: 05/16/1989
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Brother Fintan. Given name was Guy Dale Shaffer. Administrator of home for mentally handicapped in Columbus OH, run by his Order. In 1985 there were allegations that Shaffer and other religious had abused residents of the home. One resident died of AIDS. No criminal charges. Civil suit filed in 1993, settled in 1997. Left the order in the mid-1980s and died in NM in 1989. Per his obituary, Shaffer was married and had a son (with a different last name). Included on Santa Fe archdiocese's list of credibly accused 9/12/2017.

Fr. Donald E. Shelander

Ordained: 1970
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Retired in 2002. In late 2005 a man told the archdiocese that Shelander sexually abused him in the late 1970s-early 1980s, when he was ages 14-18 and Shelander was pastor of St. Mary's in Urbana. The Archdiocese said it found a "semblance of truth" in the allegations and placed Shelander on leave in 3/2006. He was returned to active status in 2/2009 after the church tribunal found the allegations could not be proven.

Fr. John C. Shiffler

Ordained: 1978
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

A lawsuit filed in 2002 alleged abuse of a boy by Shiffler in 1987 and by Rev. Dennis Gray 1983-1987. Their accuser complained to the diocese in 1995; Shiffler admitted to abusing him and another youth in the mid-1980s. He was sent for therapy and returned to limited duty as chaplain at a home for the aged in 7/1997 and as administrator of two parishes. Permanently removed from active ministry in 2006 because of credible allegations.

Deacon Glen Shrimplin

Ordained: 1974
Status: Settled

Died: 12/5/2017
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Deacon. Two men filed a civil suit in 10/2003 claiming abuse as boys by Shrimplin in the 1970s. Shrimplin said he left the active diaconate of his own accord in 1987. He denied the allegations. Late Bishop Hoffman acknowledged that Shrimplin was "removed from active diaconal ministry." A third man settled in 2004 and a fourth man filed a civil suit in 2/2008, claiming abuse on trip to Florida in 1975 or 1976. Laicized 11/30/2007. Civil suit dropped in 6/2008 due to the statute of limitations. Shrimplin died in 12/2017.

Fr. William B. Smaltz

Ordained: 1956
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

First named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 10/29/2018. Noted to have been assigned to St. Mary's in Massillon, St. Edward's in Youngstown, Our Lady of Lourdes in E. Palestine and St. Mary's in Conneaut. Left the priesthood after 18 years, married and raised a family. In 5/2020 the diocese announced that Smaltz's name would be removed from its list because the allegations were "no longer deemed to be credible and substantiated." Smaltz and his wife filed a defamation suit in 10/2020 against the diocese.

Fr. Alan M. Sprenger

Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Died: 04/15/2006
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/1/2019. Noted to have been accused after his death. Prior to ordination, Sprenger was a Marianist brother and taught at Chaminade High School in Dayton, OH and North Catholic High in Pittsburgh, PA. Co-founder of Youth Homes for teenage wards of the court and county children's services. Retired in 2001. Died 4/15/2006.

Fr. Charles F. Stephney

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Order: CPPS
Ordained: 1980
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Ordination date unclear - may have been 1980, possibly earlier. In 1981 Stephney was assigned to a Cincinnati parish and was chaplain at a Cincinnati jail. Several boys accused him of making sexual advances and jail officials asked him to leave. His Order sent him for treatment in Brooklyn NY and he was assigned to a parish there. In defiance of his Order, he left for Baltimore and went to work in DC for accused priest Rev. George Stallings in 1987. Stallings broke away from the Roman Catholic Church and started his own "Imani Temple." In 1990 Stephney was known to be assisting Stallings there.

Fr. Robert A. Stricker

Ordained: 1948
Status: Accused

Died: 03/22/2017
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Stricker, age 84 and retired, was placed on leave by the archdiocese 5/01/2008 pending an investigation of claims that he sexually abused a boy in the 1950s at St. William'a in Price Hill. The Archdiocese had investigated the same man's allegations in 1993 but nothing conclusive was found. The man provided new information in 2008 which Bishop Pilarczyk said had "a semblance of truth." Stricker was restored to ministry in 7/2008 when the Archdiocese's investigation determined the claim could not be substantiated. Died 3/22/2017.

Fr. Lawrence Strittmatter

Ordained: 1957
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Former Elder High School principal. Sent for treatment in 1988 after allegations of child abuse in 1983. Placed on leave in 2002 after allegations he abused 2-3 youths in the 1970s. Named in numerous 2003 civil suits, with at least 28 plaintiffs. Most suits dropped because of the statute of limitations. May have abused nearly 100 minors, ages ranging from 4th grade through high school. Laicized in 3/2006. In 11/2018 was living in Beavercreek, OH. Deceased, per the archdiocese's list updated in 1/2020.

Fr. Joseph P. Tedesco

Order: SM
Ordained: 1983
Status: Accused

Died: 12/2/2016
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Professed first vows as a Marianist in 1971, Cincinnati Province. Ordained in 1983. Worked in OH and FL. Died 12/2/2016. Named publicly as accused by the Marianist Order on its list 6/24/2020. Included in 2/2022 on the Cincinnati archdiocese's list of those with substantiated allegations against them.

Fr. Robert Ronald Thomas

Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Placed on leave in 7/2002 due to an allegation of abuse of a minor in the Toledo diocese while assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help 1982-1984. Admitted the abuse, sent for therapy, reassigned to Holy Trinity in Bucyrus. Status in Toledo was Retired/Senior status in 1986. Moved to the Diocese of Tucson in 1986, where he was in active ministry. Permanently removed from public ministry in 2007. Died in 6/2018.

Fr. Randolph Ernest Thompson

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Order: OFM
Ordained: 1948
Status: Accused

Died: 12/3/1991
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools prior to joining the Franciscans in 1942. Died 12/3/1991. Allegation of sexual abuse made public in 8/2019. Archdiocese referred the allegation to the Butler County prosecutor's office in the summer of 2018. The Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist acknowledged receiving a complaint about Thompson in 1967 and said that he was removed from ministry. Included on their list. Added to the Archdiocese of New Orleans' list in 2020, where he was assigned at some point. Included in 2/2022 on the Cincinnati Archdiocese's list of those against whom there are substantiated allegations.

Fr. Ronald B. Tomicky

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Died: 02/12/2020
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Reportedly in 4/2002, Tomicky was not in active ministry because of allegations in the past of the abuse of minors. Worked in parishes in Akron, Strongsville and Cleveland. Per the Official Catholic Directory, he was absent on leave 1984-1987 and 1988-1989. Died in 2/2020. His obituary states that in 1980 he became an Air Force chaplain; the Directories show him as a missionary in El Salvador 1980-1983. The obituary also shows that in 3/1987 he was a Huron Road and University Hospital chaplain, then assigned as resident chaplain 7/1988 at St. John's Hospital. He retired in 1989. Noted on the diocese's list 6/21/2019 to be retired with total and permanent disability and no faculties for public ministry; ministry restricted due to an allegation which had not yet been substantiated. The main celebrant at his funeral mass was Auxiliary Bishop Roger Gries. 


Deacon J. Michael Tynan

Status: Guilty plea

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Tynan, a 45-year-old ordained deacon, was two days away from becoming an ordained priest in 6/2004 when he was placed on leave after the Diocese learned that he was being investigated by US Customs for possession of child pornography. His name had appeared on a child porn web site based in a foreign country. The reason he was not ordained for priesthood was not announced until 10/2004, when he was criminally charged. Laicized in 2006. Sentenced to three years in prison. Included on the OH sex offender registry.


Fr. Richard M. Unwin

Ordained: 1979
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Assisted at parishes in Forest Park, Hamilton, Oxford, Springfield and McCartyville, then pastored in Piqua and Tipp City. Unwin was also an educator, teaching at Badin High School in Hamilton, serving as principal of Catholic Central High in Springfield and, briefly, at Lehman High School in Sidney where he was also religion department chair. Placed on leave in 2004 after an allegation that Unwin sexually abused a boy more than 15 years previously. Unwin acknowledged the abuse. His teaching certificate was revoked by the state in 11/2006. Laicization announced 5/11/2007.

Fr. Lawrence F. Varney

Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

The Diocese announced in 10/2008 that Varney, who retired in 2002, had been placed on leave and barred from public ministry after the Review Board found credible recent allegations that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor in the late 1970s. Varney was an instructor at Toledo Central Catholic High School at the time of the alleged abuse. He was permanently removed from public ministry in 2009. Matter referred to Rome.

Br. Gino Vertassich

Order: GHM
Status: Accused

Died: 08/17/2003
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Glenmary order on its list 10/11/2019. Joined Glenmary in 1960, left in 1975. Worked in GA, NC, OH.  No indication as to where or when alleged abuse occurred. Died in Cincinnati in 2003. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/2019. It notes an allegation that Vertassich abused a minor in Connecticut in 1969, without further specifics. (Placing him in the Cincinnati archdiocese, where the Glenmary Home Missioners are based.) Included in 11/2020 on the Atlanta archdiocese's list. Included in the 3/24/2023 GA PAC Report.

Fr. James A. Viall

Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Died: 06/18/2018
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Placed on leave 7/2002 for allegations of misconduct with minors. A former altar boy filed suit on 7/20/2002. Another adult male came forward to allege abuse as an altar boy. One of the men said he was abused in the mid-1950s; the other alleged abuse in the 1970s. As of 9/11/2002, Child Protection Services found no evidence to support abuse allegations but the Diocese continued its investigation. Retired in 2005, still without privileges. On Leave of Absence until his death 7/18/2018. Included in 6/2019 on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. David P. Vincent

Ordained: 1964
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

In 2004 a man alleged abuse in the 1980s by Vincent. The alleged victim refused to cooperate with the Archdiocese, so no action. Placed on leave in 3/2005 after accused of abusing an Elder High School student in 1970. Denied all allegations. Returned to ministry 10/12/2005.

Fr. John F. Warner

Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

Bishop Murray removed Warner from his assignment as pastor of Saints Philip and James Parish in Canal Fulton in 10/2011 after allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor more than 30 years previously. Warner was assigned to Saint Edward Parish in Youngstown at the time in question. The diocesan review board found the allegation credible. Warner denied the allegations. In 2013, the Diocese said he was living in another state under supervision. Included on the diocese's list 10/29/2018.

Fr. Chester John Warren

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

"Chet." Accused of abusing more than 10 girls, in what Bishop Blair in 2005 called "grievously sinful and criminal acts." Ritual abuse alleged. Settlements exceed $1.2M. Expelled from order in 1993. Barred from a parish and school by court order in 8/2006 after families complained that he was showing up at all hours, sometimes in clerical garb, despite an agreement to attend at only certain hours. Laicized in 2007. Included on the Detroit archdiocese's list of credibly accused 6/10/2019, where he worked 1974-1978. Reportedly died in 2021.

Fr. Jeffrey M. Weaver

Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Per news in 2012, a 1997 diocesan memo said that Weaver engaged in "sexual exploitation" of teen boys, waiting until they were 18 years old to make sexual advances toward them. He would talk to the minors about sex in the seminary he attended, admit he was gay and that he was available to them in a sexual way. A 1996 memo showed that a youth reported to the diocese that Weaver plied him with alcohol, tried to french kiss him, rubbed his legs above the knee toward his penis, and so on. Weaver admitted to "one regretful advance" toward the youth. His accuser was interviewed in 2012, saying the incident happened just after he turned 18, and that Weaver had been grooming him for sex. Weaver asked for a leave in 2002. Bishop Lennon decided in 2012 to return Weaver to ministry. As of 2018, he is last indexed in the Official Catholic Directory in 2001. In 2/2021 the diocesan website shows Weaver as "Awaiting Assignment."

Fr. David C. Weber

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Weber, a member of Bishop Pilla's "inner circle," was placed on leave in 4/2002 because of past allegations that he sexually abused a 16-year-old boy. His name was not released on a public list until the Diocese was pressured by the press. He was one of several priests who asked a judge to block the Diocese from turning past medical records over to the prosecutor's office. Charges against Weber were investigated by a grand jury in 2002. Laicization announced 8/19/2016. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused in 6/2019.


Fr. Martin Weithman

Ordained: 1980
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Placed on leave in 7/2002 after an allegation that he molested a teenage boy over a 6-year period in the late 1980s. Denied the allegation and threatened to sue his accuser. Case settled for $115K in 2002. Review board found the  allegations credible. In 2003 Weithman was told to ask for laicization or the Bishop would ask the Vatican to laicize him without consent. Weithman did not consent until 2004. Laicized in 2005.

Fr. Leo Patrick Welch

Ordained: 1952
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Accused in a 2002 lawsuit of abuse of at least two boys 1959-1961, while assigned to Immaculate Conception in Bellevue. Said to have abused boys at his cabin with a pond in Bono, OH. One victim said Welch abused him when he was ages 12-14, and that when he was 15 he told the pastor. Welch reportedly was transferred after other victims came forward. Left active priesthood in 1965. Became a certified social worker in 1974. Admitted the abuse in 2002. Fired in 2002. Died in 1/2016.

Fr. Carl C. Wernet

Ordained: 1932
Status: Sued

Died: 04/27/1980
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

In 1992 a woman came forward to allege abuse as a child by Wernet. She said father had confronted Wernet and he admitted the abuse. Diocese denied everything. She tacked up posters and seven other women came forward. The eight women filed suit in 9/2003, alleging abuse 1953-1967. Suit dismissed in 2/1997 on statute of limitations. Twenty-one more accusers, women and men, came forward. Wernet's personnel file was destroyed when he died in 1980. At least one parent had complained to the Diocese earlier. Included on the Diocese's list 6/21/2019.

Fr. Joseph N. Williams

Ordained: 1969
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Left the priesthood in the late 1970s. Became an attorney. Sentenced to life in prison without parole 12/30/2008 on charges he raped an 8-year-old boy in 1992. Rape occurred at a nursing home where the boy had gone to visit family. While a priest, Williams also served as chaplain at Lorain Catholic High School. He also sexually molested a 12-year-old boy for 3 years, beginning in 1984. At trial Williams admitted to "sexual trysts" with other men and that some were with children. Lost appeal in 5/2016. On the diocese's list 6/21/2019. Noted to have been permanently removed from ministry.

Fr. Dennis T. Wirks

Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Wirks' name was included on a list released by the Cleveland diocese in 4/2002 of priests no longer in active ministry because of allegations in the past of abuse of minors. One of three accused priests who had been assigned to St. Josephs of Avon Lake. Laicized, per the diocese's list in 6/2019.

Seminarian Joel A. Wright

Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Seminarian at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus OH. Arrested by federal agents in San Diego 1/29/2016 on charges related to seeking to travel to Tijuana, Mexico to adopt and have sex with multiple female infants. Per court documents, Wright tried to adopt a baby from Mexico in 2014. His mother told news media that at least 40 dioceses and religious orders rejected his applications prior to his admission to Pontifical College. The college dismissed him after his arrest. Pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court 2/25/2016. Pleaded guilty in a plea agreement 4/13/2016. Sentenced 7/1/2016 to 16 years in federal prison and lifetime supervision. On diocese's list 10/31/2018.

Fr. Robert J. Yeager

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Reportedly in 2004, attorneys for the diocese reached a settlement with one person alleging abuse. Yeager continued as a major fund-raiser for the diocese. Not placed on leave until 5/2006 when the diocese's investigation was completed and allegations were deemed credible. At least one other alleged victim also came forward. Retired in 2005. Teaching certificate revoked in 11/2006. Permanently removed from public ministry.

Fr. Michael J. Zacharias

Ordained: 2002
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Pastor of St. Michael's in Findlay when arrested 8/18/2020 by the FBI on multiple charges of sex trafficking. He allegedly "manipulated and coerced drug-addicted boys and men into sex." Per court records, Zacharias made a "confession video" in 2015 in which he performed oral sex on a then-adult victim. He admits to first meeting the victim when he was a seminarian and the boy was in 6th grade St. Catherine's in Toledo. The boy became drug-addicted as a teen, and Zacharias offered him money for sex to feed his habit. A second young man told the FBI he met Zacharias in first grade at St. Catherine's and that the priest began sexually abusing him as a teen, when he was drug-addicted. Zacharias was placed on leave by the Diocese. Convicted 5/12/2023 on charges related to three victims, all of whom he began grooming as young boys for "commercial sex acts." All three developed addictions to opiates; Zacharias waited for them to become destabilized enough to propose the commercial sex involvement for money to purchase drugs. One told his parish pastor of the abuse while in 8th grade in 1999-2000, who told the boy "it was all in your head." Sentenced in 11/2023 to life in prison. Vatican decision on laicization pending.


Fr. Gary Zalenski

Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Suspended 11/17/2007 after an allegation deemed credible that he sexually assaulted girl, age 9-11, 1989-1991 in Lore City, OH. She told her parents and church; he was transferred. Denied the allegations. Matter sent to the District Attorney and to Rome. In 10/2008 a Grand Jury did not indict, citing lack of probable cause. A second accuser came forward in 10/2008. Zalenski's attorney threatened to sue if she spoke publicly. She sued in 1/2009 for release of records. The OH Supreme Court ordered the 5th District Court of Appeals to release records 7/2010. Sent to three treatment centers. Laicized in 2014. Included on the diocese's list 10/31/2018.

Fr. Francis Zapitelli

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Ordained: 1962
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

Ordained for the Diocese of Youngstown. Incardinated into the Diocese of Phoenix in 4/1983. Removed from public ministry in 11/2018 after an allegation that Zapitelli engaged in "sexual misconduct" with a minor in the mid-1970s as a Youngstown priest. Included on Youngstown diocese's list 10/29/2018. Included on the Phoenix diocese's list 10/29/2019.

Sr. Lisa Zuccarelli

Order: OP
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, formerly the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, Columbus OH. First assigned in 1975. In 7/2018 a woman alleged that Zuccarelli molested her in 1982 when she was a student at Fisher Catholic High School in Lancaster. The Order removed Zuccarelli from ministry and restricted her from unsupervised contact with minors and former students. Zuccarelli taught at Fisher High 1980-1985. Prior to that she was a teacher at Desales High 1975-1977 and Catholic Central High in Steubenville 1978-1980. Taught at Georgetown University's School of Nursing 1995-1999, chaplain there at St. Mary's Hall and Darnall Hall 1996-2002. Director of academic enrichment and student life until 2003. Professor at Salve Regina University in RI from 2003 until her 2018 removal. The Order deemed the allegation credible.