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Fr. Mario Arbelaez Olarte

Ordained: 1994
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Salt Lake City UT

Arrested 5/03, charged with enticing a minor over the internet. Claimed he was doing research. Posed as a 20-year-old. Agreed to meet a 15-year-old boy ; the "boy" was a police officer. Placed on leave, his computer seized. In 9/03 he pled no contest to the criminal charges. Did not show up for sentencing 11/03. Defense attorney said Olarte had returned to his native country of Colombia as part of plea agreement. Prosecutors denied.Judge issued an arrest warrant. On sex offender registry. Laicized 3/31/06. On Salt Lake diocese's list 12/4/18.

Fr. William Cody Bressler

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Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Salt Lake City UT

Named publicly as accused by the Salt Lake City diocese on its list 12/4/18. Allegations reported to diocese 2/13/04 that Bressler put his hands up the legs of a minor 1955-56. He was a visiting priest. Salt Lake informed the Diocese of Arlington VA. Faculties removed. On Alexandria LA diocese's list 2/6/19. It notes multiple credible allegations of abuse of male and female minors in the 1960s, brought to the Review Board in 2004 and 2005. Died in 1990. Settlements with victims in 2006 and 2017.

Fr. George F. Davich

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Ordained: 1962
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Salt Lake City UT

Monsignor. Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 12/4/18. Parish priest, Vicar General 1982-86. Allegations reported 5/2/02 to the diocese that Davich slept in bed with a minor 1979-85. He retired without faculties 8/02 and was ordered by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance. Reported in 2012 to be living in CA.

Fr. Raymond A. Devlin

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Salt Lake City UT

In 1/90 the family of a boy, age 14, told Salt Lake diocesan officials that Devlin molested their son in CA while there for a track meet in 12/89. Devlin was a teacher and the boy's track coach at St. Joseph High School in Ogden. The family agreed to keep silent if Devlin went to counseling and was removed from contact with children. No prosecution. Sent to the Jesuit Community in Los Gatos, CA, received three months' counseling. The family went to the press in 8/93 after learning that Devlin was in active ministry at a parish in Virginia City, NV, with access to minors. Removed. Sent back to Los Gatos where he lived until his death 2/6/11. The Catholic Directory 1995-97 shows him in Los Gatos and at the Cathedral in Stockton, CA. On Salt Lake City diocese's list 12/4/18. On Las Vegas diocese's list 4/12/19. On Jesuits West Province list 12/7/18, noting a parish assignment in Paradise, CA 1991-93. On Stockton's 11/12/20 list.

Fr. David R. Gaeta

Ordained: 1980
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Salt Lake City UT

Allegations reported to archdiocese in 8/18 of abuse by Gaeta in 1981 or 1982 at St. Joseph's Catholic High School in Ogden. Placed on leave 8/24/18. Military chaplain and hospital chaplain in his native Massachusetts during 1984-2017. Returned to UT 2017. On Salt Lake diocese's list 12/4/18. Retired without faculties.

Fr. Charles LaPenta

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Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Salt Lake City UT

Named publicly as accused on the Salt Lake City diocese's list 12/4/18. Noted to have been accused in 11/06 of kissing a minor 1972-1976+. LaPenta worked in the diocese 1970-96. LaPenta was living in a nursing facility run by his Order in 2006, diagnosed with dementia. Died in OH 8/1/09. Per his obituary he was a high school teacher, guidance counselor and administrator. He worked at his Order's schools in DE, PA, NY and UT. Chaplain to the Royal family of Monaco in the 1960s. Also U.S. Army chaplain in UT and pastor of two parishes.

Br. Neil McMenamin

Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Salt Lake City UT

Named publicly as accused on the Salt Lake City diocese's list 12/4/18. Diocese noted it received a allegation 3/13/07 that McMenamin sexually abused a minor in 1962. Reported to Order 3/07. McMenamin died 4/7/15. Per his obituary, he joined his Order in 1958. Assigned to Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia 1959-62, Judge Memorial High School in to Salt Lake City 1962-71, then St. Mary's High School in Stockton CA 1971. There until 2010. Lived in Order's community in Childs MD 2010 until his death.

Fr. Thomas P. O’Neill

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Salt Lake City UT

Accused 4/25/02 of sexually abusing a boy 1963-67 in the early 1960s, while assigned to Judge Memorial School in Salt Lake City. O'Neill was at the school 1957-70, principal 1962-70. Principal of St. Mary's HS in Stockton CA diocese 1970-78. Removed 5/02 from St. Francis de Sales HS in Toledo OH diocese where he moved in 1978. Taught at Father Judge HS in Philadelphia PA in late 1950s. Named in 2003 suit as having knowledge of abuse by James Rapp. Suit dismissed on SOL 8/03. Died 09/21/15. On Diocese of Salt Lake City's list 12/4/18. Added to Stockton's list 11/12/20.

Fr. James F. Rapp

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1967
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Salt Lake City UT

Worked in PA, UT, NY, IL, MI and OK. Teacher, wrestling coach. Accused of abuse of at least 2 MI boys in 1987. Removed, sent to counseling. Transferred to OK; abused boys there. Convicted 1999 in OK; 40-year sentence. $5M settlement in OK civil suit. Accused in 2003 Utah suit by 2 brothers; dismissed on SOL. Laicized 9/21/09. Charged 5/15 with abuse in 1980s of boys at Lumen Christi High in Jackson MI. Six more counts added 6/26/15. Pled no contest 2/16. Sentenced to up to 40 years 4/29/16. On Salt Lake diocese's list 12/4/18. Accused 11/00-02 of abuse of 4 minors 1969-75. On Lansing list 9/27/19. On OK City list 10/3/19. On Joliet list (ord date wrong). New suit 10/20 in UT. New suit 11/20 v Salt Lake diocese alleges a nun walked in on Rapp abusing a boy, did nothing, threatened the boy.

Fr. Lawrence M. Spellen

Ordained: 1946
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Salt Lake City UT

"Bud." Spellen told Bishop Weigand in 1993 that he was being accused of sexual misconduct during the mid-1980s. Diocese investigated and found some merit in accusations. Spellen was placed on leave. Matter reported to CPS. Apparently the misconduct was still going on because Vicar General offered the youth counseling when he said he wanted to break off the "relationship." Spellen died 2/18/03. Worked in Honolulu at Damien High at one point. Named in 10/13 civil suit in Hawaii. On Salt Lake CIty diocese's list 12/4/18. It notes allegations received 1992, 5/02 and 10/12 of abuse of three minors 1958-69 and 1980s.