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Fr. Richard J. Ahern

Order: CSS
Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Parish priest. Worked in Archdioceses of Boston and NYC and Dioceses of Richmond VA and Springfield MA. Director of a summer camp for boys in the 1960s in Wellesley, MA. Several lawsuits. At least four men have come forward alleging abuse by Ahern as children, three of them at the camp. Also accused of abusing a Richmond VA altar boy 1959-61. The Stigmatines knew of allegations as early as 1979. Ministry restricted by 1988. Ahern died 2/1/01. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database because he was an order priest. Settlement of $75K from Springfield diocese to one man in 2008. Added to Springfield diocese's list 6/2/21.

Fr. Scott A. Asalone

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1983
Status: None

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

Named publicly as accused by the Arlington diocese on its list in 2/19. Removed from public ministry in 1993. Dismissed from his order in 2007. Living in NJ when arrested in 3/20; charged with "carnal knowledge of a minor between 13 and 15 years old." The alleged abuse happened in VA in the 1985. His alleged victim reported the abuse to the church in the 1990s when he was in his early 20s, and received a settlement. Asalone to be extradited.

Fr. Raymond Barton

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Monsignor. Retired in 2011. The diocese announced in 2/14/20 that it had received an allegation that Barton sexually abused a child in the early-1970s. Suspended from active ministry pending investigation. The Diocesan Review Board presented its findings to Bishop Knestout, who determined that the allegation was credible, but could not be substantiated because the accuser was deceased and Barton could not be interviewed due to "health conditions." Therefore, Barton's name would not be added to the diocese's list of those with credible and substantiated allegations.

Fr. R. Dixon Beattie

Ordained: 1934
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Died 6/14/71. Accused in a complaint that resulted in a settlement in 2020 with the diocese's RICP program of sexually abusing a girl, including rape, beginning when she was age 9, during 1958-60. The abuse allegedly began after the girl's mother died and the priest befriended the family. Beattie would take the girl on rides in his car, where the abuse allegedly took place. Beattie was assigned to St. Ann's during the time in question. Beattie's name was added in 7/21 to the diocese's list of those with a credible and substantiated claim.


Fr. John Paul Blankenship

Ordained: 1963
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Admitted in 1988 that he sexually abused a 14-year-old boy in 1982. He apologized to the victim and paid for his college education and counseling. Worked at the Petersburg Federal Correctional Center as chaplain for many years. Per a 1989 note, the Catholic chaplain regional superintendent for prisons knew of history. Forced to retire 8/02 after victim came forward. Criminally indicted; pled guilty to sodomy 1/03 and sentenced to indefinite supervised probation. On Sex Offender Registry. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Laicized.

Fr. Francis C. Bourbon

Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Maryland Province on its list in 12/18. It notes a "single allegation of unwanted kiss." Incident alleged to have occurred around 1985 in Buckingham, VA. Bourbon died in 2007. On the Jesuits MD Province list 12/17/18. Included on the Scranton diocese's list 12/22/18. Added to Baltimore archdiocese's list in 2/19. On Richmond diocese's list 2/13/19 (with middle initial R.) On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19.

Fr. Robert C. Brooks

Ordained: 1961
Status: Sentenced

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

Ordained for the Diocese of Richmond. Incardinated into the Diocese of Arlington in 1974. Arrested in 2005, indicted on charge of possession of or attempt to possess child porn. Placed on leave. Pled no contest in 10/05. Sentenced in 12/05 to three years in jail, suspended in favor of two years probation. A man came forward just before sentencing to allege that Brooks had exposed himself to the man when the man was age 13. On the diocese's list in 2/19. It notes that Brooks was removed from public ministry in 2004 and retired with no active ministry or faculties in 2006.

Fr. Christopher Buckner

Ordained: 1980
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

Placed on leave in 5/07 after allegations of inappropriate conduct with a minor 1992-94. Matter reported to police. Buckner denied the allegations. Working with Catholic Distance University when placed on leave from St. Veronica's in Chantilly. On diocese's list in 2/19. It notes that the allegation was deemed credible by the Diocesan Review Board. Buckner contested the finding, but waived his right to "further canonical recourse" due to poor health. Retired without faculties in 2018.

Fr. Gervase Cain

Ordained: 1957
Status: Charged

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

Taught in PA schools, pastor of PA and WV parishes, taught at St. Francis University in Loretto PA for 20 years, VP there 1976-83. Retired to Franciscan retirement facility in Frederick County VA. Arrested 7/26/17, charged with taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. Complaint was said to have first been filed in 2003 of abuse by Cain of a 15-year-old girl, at her home in Fairfax. First reported in 2004, later withdrawn, reopened in 5/17. Cain died 5/12/18.

Fr. William Dinga

Ordained: 1975
Status: Cleared

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Retired in 1990. Named publicly by the diocese in 6/20 as the subject of child sex abuse allegations, occurring in 1986 while assigned to Christ the King in Norfolk. His faculties were suspended sometime prior to the 2020 allegation. Dinga wrote in a bio in 2012 that he was on medical retirement and moved to ME in 2002, where he was invited in 2006 to help out at Richmond, ME parish, expanding in 2009 to 4-5 "worship sites." He denied the allegations. In 12/20 the Richmond diocese announced that Dinga's accuser had retracted their claim, and that Dinga was allowed to return to ministry.

Bishop Carroll Thomas Dozier

Ordained: 1937
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Ordained for the Richmond diocese. Appointed Bishop of Memphis, TN in 1970. Resigned 1982. Died 12/7/85. Named publicly as credibly accused by the Richmond diocese on its list 2/13/19. Allegation was reported after his death. Included in the Memphis diocese's report 2/28/20.

Fr. Michael R. Duesterhaus

Ordained: 1991
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

Parochial vicar at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Winchester when placed on leave 3/18 due to allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor, said to have occurred between 2001 and 2004. Fairfax County Police were investigating. Duesterhaus denied the allegation. Per diocese, assigned in past to parishes in Falls Church, Annandale, Ashburn, Stafford, Fredericksburg, Lake Ridge, Woodridge, South Riding. Also worked outside diocese as military chaplain 1996-99, 2004-06, 2008-09, 2011-12. Per the diocese, it was informed 1/17/19 that criminal charges would not be pursued by the Stafford County Commonwealth Attorney, after other jurisdictions decided the same. Also, the Diocesan Review Board determined that "a credible allegation....had not been made... ." Duesterhaus was no longer on administrative leave and he was allowed to complete graduate studies.

Fr. Ronald S. Escalante

Ordained: 1995
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

Pastor of St. Francis de Sales in Prucellville when placed on leave in 12/18 during investigation of possible boundary violations with a minor and adults. Denied allegations. Sheriff's Office investigated; no criminal charges filed, as announced 12/14/18. Diocese was to do an internal investigation in relation to its Code of Conduct for Clergy.

Fr. Frederick George

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Order: OSB
Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Named publicly as accused by the Richmond diocese on its list 2/13/19. Abuse allegedly occurring in the late 1970s at a Richmond parish was reported in 1987. Removed. Reportedly "permanently dismissed from ministry" in 2004. Included in 12/19 on the Diocese of Charlotte's list of credibly accused. 


Fr. George P. George

Ordained: 1980
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Priest of the Maronite diocese of Brooklyn. Arrested in Richmond in 1982, charged with molesting a youth. Convicted. Sentenced to 11 years in prison (10 years suspended). Ordered to never be around children and to therapy at St. Luke's. On HI sex offender register as of 5/15/11. On Richmond diocese's list 2/15/19. Noted to have been removed in 1988.

Fr. Julian B. Goodman, Jr.

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Goodman admitted when confronted by the diocese in 1994 to sexually abusing a teenage boy at St. John Vianney Prep Seminary and at a parish in 1976-79. He was sent to St. John Vianney Hospital in PA for treatment. His victim came forward again in 2002 and demanded the story be made public. Goodman was forced to retire without privileges 8/02. Other alleged perpetrators at the school were Steven Rule and John Leonard. In 3/19 a man stated publicly that he told the diocese in 2016 that Goodman abused him 1966-67 as a teenage altar boy at Holy Cross parish in Lynchburg. The Review Board reportedly deemed the allegation credible and sent the case to the Vatican, which declined to laicize Goodman. Police began an investigation, then dropped it due to the priest's "mental condition." On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. John Beaman Hesch

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Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Accused in 1995 of abusing several youths in his role as a sex education teacher. Teachers complained about Hesch's physical handling of children. Church investigated; said they would sent him to counseling, but did not. In 1994 a 21-year-old man died by suicide. Parents asked church to keep Hesch away from funeral. Weeks later Hesch killed himself after confronted by church officials about abuse. He claimed he was innocent. Bishop said to have ignored information on other victims in 1994. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Andrew Willam Paul Krafcik

Ordained: 1959
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Ordained for the Richmond diocese. Requested transfer to the Arlington diocese in 1984. Convicted in 1984 of a misdemeanor charge involving a 12-year-old girl. Sentenced to counseling. Served in "limited ministry" 1985-96. Retired in 1996. Laicization requested by Bishop Loverde in 2002 and announced in 7/04. Name included on the the Arlington diocese's list in 2019. Died 6/23/21 in Hudson OH, age 93.

Fr. Michael Kuhn

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Ordained: 1997
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

Ordained for the Diocese of Fall River MA. Left Fall River in 2004 to work in the Diocese of Arlington VA and Archdiocese of Baltimore MD as a member of the Youth Apostles Institute. Suspended in 10/18 pending investigation of allegation he had engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor in about 1975, decades prior to ordination, when Kuhn was age 18. He denied the allegation.

Fr. John E. Leonard

Ordained: 1965
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Allegations in 1996 resulted only in evaluation. Removed 5/02 after recent allegations of old abuse when he was at St. John Vianney Seminary; reinstated by Bishop Sullivan 6/02 after he overruled the review committee. Big outcry over the decision. Civil suit 10/03 later dismissed on SOL. Criminal charges in 2003; sentenced 3/04 to two consecutive 12-month jail terms (suspended) and probation. Removed again 1/04. Resigned from priesthood. Died in 2015. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Thomas Lawrence Long

Ordained: 1981
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Named publicly as accused by the diocese in 6/20. Subject of allegations child sexual abuse, occurring in 1986 while assigned to Christ the King Catholic School in Norfolk. Took leave of absence in 1988 and had not ministered in the diocese since. Went on to a career as an English professor. Faculties were suspended at some point prior to the allegations. The diocese announced in 1/21 that it had determined that the allegations were not credible.

Fr. Dennis Paul Murphy

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Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Placed on leave 4/04 due to complaints about his interaction with teenage youths. Had been in his current parish assignment for two years, having replaced Fr. J. Goodman, an admitted abuser. Sent for evaluation. The previous nine years, Murphy was on loan to the Military Archdiocese, working in Providence, RI at the VA hospital "to care for his mother." "Retired from ministry" per the diocesan website on 12/20/07, but also shown as affiliated with the Univ. of Virginia in Charlottesville. Worked in Boston. On Richmond diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Tran Dinh Nhi

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Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

From Vietnam. Arrived in the U.S. in 1975, assigned to the Arlington diocese. Incardinated into the diocese in 1980. Placed on leave in 5/06 after allegations he abused two girls 1975-1980. Diocese deemed allegations credible. Nhi contested the finding. On the diocese's list in 2/19. Final determination of his canonical status pending.

Fr. Joseph Thang Xuan Pham

Ordained: 1985
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Chair in 2006 of Federation of Vietnamese Catholics in the U.S.A. Removed from active ministry at St. John parish, Dinwiddie, in 7/11 after recent complaint of sexual abuse of a minor more than 30 years prior, reportedly while attending St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict, LA. Diocese investigated. Pham "admitted the accusation is true and the incident did occur." There is a possible gap in his assignments between 1988 and 1991.On Richmond diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. William Thomas Reinecke

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

Chancellor from 1980; vicar general from 1986. In 1992 a man accused Reinecke of sexually abusiing him when he was a 13-year-old altar boy in 1967-68, on an overnight trip to Williamsburg. Reinecke allegedly performed oral sex on the boy. Reinecke apologized and died by suicide in 1992. Another man then alleged fondling during an overnight trip to Williamsburg in 1969. In 2007, the Review Board deemed credible a woman's 2006 allegation of abuse in the late 1960s, when she was a minor in the Richmond diocese. Included on Richmond and Arlington diocese's lists in 2/19.

Sr. Eileen M. Rhoads

Order: IHM
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Entered the convent in 1957. "Sr. M. Frances Therese". Dismissed from her vows in 1974 for "familiarity," yet allowed to teach in Catholic schools for 21 years; continued to abuse boys and at least one girl. Abuse included intercourse with at least one boy, starting at age 12. Also gave children pornography and encouraged them to be sexual with each other. Convicted 7/13/04 of felony sexual abuse of a 10-year-old boy in 1969-70. Sentenced in 9/04 to 6 months in jail. Sued in 2004 in VA and PA. Living in Drexel Hill, PA as of 1/09.

Fr. Oscar A. Rodriguez

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Oscar Alexander "Paul" Rodriguez abused an altar boy, age 11 or 12, 1966-67. The boy's mother told church authorities. Removed and sent for treatment, first to a KY mental hospital, then to the Servants of the Paraclete in NM. Never reinstated. His victim filed a police report in 1993. Rodriguez pled guilty to fondling. Sentenced to 4 months in jail (with balance of five-year sentence suspended) and 10 years probation. Admitted abuse of others during trial. Working as clinical psychologist at CA Men's Colony, a prison, at time of arrest. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17. On Richmond diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Stephen A. Roszel

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

Accused in a 1993 civil suit of sexually abusing a girl 1977-1992, beginning when the girl was age 13. He wrote her letters, sent flowers, "courted" her, etc. Girl kept a diary. Placed on leave by diocese in 1994 pending investigation. Suit settled under undisclosed terms. Per June 6/02 article, he had been returned to ministry (in 1997) and was serving at an Alexandria, VA parish. On the diocese's list in 2/19. It notes that he was removed from active ministry and his faculties were removed in 2003.

Fr. Andrew Roy

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Ordained: 1936
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Also known as Andres Rodriguez. Ordained for the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Moved to Virginia 1956. Retired 1981. Sued in 2003. Accused of abuse in the Richmond, VA diocese. As of 2004 Roy, at age 92, was living in Spain and had Alzheimers disease.

Fr. Steven R. Rule

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Accused 8/02 of abuse in 1976 at St. John Vianney Seminary. Removed; sent out of state for psychological evaluation. Cleared by diocesan commission 1/02; reinstated after it ruled that the "inappropriate" conduct that took place did not warrant removal. Removed again 4/11 for inappropriate behavior which did "not involve a minor." On diocese's list 2/13/19. Status listed as "suspended."

Fr. Robert M. Rutledge

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1989
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

While a teacher at a Catholic high school, Rutledge was accused of assaulting and emotionally battering a male student beginning in 9/95. The boy became so emotionally upset, particularly after school officials became aware of the abuse and refused to remove Rutledge, that he had to be withdrawn from school. Rutledge left the school in 1996 and began teaching at a College in PA. Civil suit filed in 1997. Settled. Still residing in the diocese per 2008 directory accessed on 7/21/08. In 3/18 noted to be pastor of a parish in the Raleigh NC diocese.

Fr. Paul David Ryan

Ordained: 1976
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Australian. Sent to the U.S. for treatment twice related to his behavior with boys, returned to ministry each time. Allowed to work in a parish in Virginia Beach, VA. Abused at least two boys in Virginia Beach 1978-79. Australian diocese and Richmond paid settlements to at least two U.S. men. Also abused at least three youths in Australia in 1989-90, one known to have died by suicide. Pled guilty 9/10/06. Sentenced to 18 months in jail in Australia. The two U.S. victims also wanted him prosecuted in their country. On the Richmond VA diocese's list 2/13/19. Pled guilty in 2019 to abuse of three boys in the 1980s and '90s; sentenced in 7/19 to 26 months in jail. Indicted in 5/21 by a grand jury for abuse of a boy in VA in 1979.

Fr. Dwight Edward Shrader

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Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

In 5/03 a person came forward to allege abuse as a teenager by Shrader. The Review Board deemed the allegation credible. Placed on leave in 6/03.By late 2003 four men and one woman had come forward with allegations of abuse (all but one as minors) by Shrader, occurring within the previous 5 or 6 years. Diocese said Shrader did not engage in sexual intercourse but that there was physical contact or verbal misconduct, such as sexual jokes or propositions. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Laicized. Died in 2012.

Fr. Joseph S. Slowik

Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Ordained for the Diocese of Lafayette, IN. Incardinated into the Diocese of Richmond in 1979. Named publicly as accused by the Richmond diocese in 6/20. Alleged to have sexually abused a child in the early 1990s while assigned to St. Paul's in Portsmouth. Removed from public ministry in 2006. Status in 6/20 was "retired without priestly faculties." Added in 7/21 to the Richmond diocese's list of those against whom there is a credible and substantiated allegation.

Fr. Oliver Joseph Smalls

Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Working in Belize in 2/19 when publicly accused by the Richmond diocese on its list 2/13/19. Subsequently removed 2/20/19 from public ministry in the Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan. Per Small's attorney, the allegation was of abuse in 1970. Smalls denied the allegation. He reportedly worked at the Virginia Home for Boys for eight months in 1975. He filed a defamation suit against the diocese 7/29/19.

Fr. Terry W. Specht

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Ordained: 1996
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

Spent 20 years in the Navy prior to priesthood. Complaint made in 1/12 that he had been involved in sexual misconduct with a teenage boy in the late 1990s; not removed until 4/12 from position at Holy Spirit Church in Annandale. Was parochial vicar at St. Mary of Sorrows Church in Fairfax at the time of the alleged sexual misconduct. Director of the Office of Child Protection and Safety 2004-2011. Denied the allegations. Reportedly in 2/19, the diocese was unable to decide whether the allegations were credible, and Specht was granted a medical retirement shortly after he was placed on leave.

Fr. Thomas M. Summers

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Ordained: 1943
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

A man filed suit in 8/03 alleging he was raped and battered by Summers and molested by another priest at separate times at St. James Catholic School in the 1960s. Per the suit, Summers coerced the victim by threatening to remove him from his parents' home and to stop church support of his needy parents. Also used drugs and alcohol. Two other men came forward in support of allegations. Courts ruled only individuals, not corporations, could be sured for sexual abuse. Summers died in 1992.

Fr. Eugene John Teslovic

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

"Retired" in 9/02 after allegations of past sexual abuse of minors. Asked a priest in 8/02 to tell the bishop that he had been approached about a past incident with an adult when he was a deacon. The bishop investigated and learned of several incidents of sexual misconduct with minors during the late-1970s and mid-'80s. There had been rumors about 10 years previously. Bishop Sullivan investigated at the time, but could not substantiate. There may have been complaints in the '70s and '80s that were overlooked during the review of priest filesin mid-2002. On diocese's list 2/13/19.