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Fr. Archie H. Adams

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Madison WI

First named publicly in a news article in 2/03 as one of four priests against whom documented and substantial allegations of serious abuse had been made. Adams was granted a medical leave and retired status in 1994. The 2002 Catholic Directory continues to list him as on sick leave. By 8/05 he was "no longer in the priesthood" and the diocese did not keep track of him.

Fr. Raymond J. Adamsky

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Assigned to 11 parishes in 34 years. Accused of molestation in 1961, 1964, 1965, 1971 and 1983. Name appears on Archdiocese's 4/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry because of credible allegations of abuse. Adamsky retired in 1993 and was fully restricted from priestly ministry. Case sent to the Vatican for review in 2004. Prayer and Penance requested. Died 10/3/14.

Fr. James L. Arimond

Ordained: 1965
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Placed on leave in 1/90 when allegations surfaced of abuse of a boy in 1988; privileges suspended in 7/90 when charges filed. Pleaded no contest in 7/90. Sentenced in 10/90 to 18 months probation and 45 days in a House of Corrections under a work-release program. Laicized in 1996. Began working in 1995 as a state-licensed professional counselor until ordered by the state to surrender his license in 7/03.

Fr. Thaddeus A. Augustyn

Ordained: 1944
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Superior WI

Arrested in 1966 and pled guilty to public indecency in a bus station. Frequently visited in the Miami archdiocese and worked in various parishes there. Died 8/10/81. Named in a 1992 civil suit against the Superior diocese. One man alleged abuse 1955-61 when he was a minor and Augustyn was assigned to St Joseph's in Shell Lake WI. Diocese said suit was dismissed due to the statute of limitations and no settlement was paid.

Fr. Bruce E. Ball

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Ordained: 1978
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

Pled no contest in 1993 to charge of sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy during therapy session. Four known victims. Sentenced to five years prison; released in 3/96. On parole through 12/97. Laicized at his own request as of 8/11/97. Settlement of $100K. In 1993, the La Crosse diocese told Baltimore of two claims against Ball during the time he was a seminarian for La Crosse in Baltimore in the mid-1970s. Per the diocese's list in 1/20, Ball died 9/15/02.

Fr. Ronald J. Bandle

Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Reportedly had a "relationship" with a 12-year-old in Waukesha in 1987. In 1993 ministry and contact with minors were restricted. Appointed in 6/96 as an assistant priest at St. Joseph and St. Kilian Parishes in Lyons and to nursing home ministry. Died in 1/01 after heart attack during Mass. Name on Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Personnel file released in 7/13.

Fr. James W. Beck

Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Name appears on Archdiocese's 7/9/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Case sent to the Vatican for review. List says that Beck "left priestly ministry" but no date. Shown as on "Special Assignment in the 1993 Catholic Directory. Not indexed in the Directories after 1995. The Archdiocese's assignment record for Beck in 2012 shows no assignments after 1989.

Fr. Franklyn W. Becker

Ordained: 1964
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Removed in 7/02 for alleged abuse. Arrested in 5/03 on charges he abused a teenage boy in San Diego CA in the late 1970s; case ended in 7/03 by Supreme Court's Stogner decision. Worked in Wheeling-Charleston WV (Marshall U. chaplain and at St. Joseph's in Huntington 1/75-8/1/76.) and St. Louis MO in the mid-1970s. Civil suit filed in 12/03 alleged abuse in 1982; dismissed on SOL; upheld by appeals court in 8/06. A claim included in 9/1/06 $16.65M settlement. Laicized in 11/04 per archdiocese. First allegation reported in 3/63 when Becker was a seminarian. New suit filed in 9/10. Personnel files released in 7/13. On San Diego diocese 9/14/18 list. On Wheeling-Charleston diocese's list in late 2018.

Fr. Michael C. Benham

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Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Complaint received by the Archdiocese in Fall 2003. Removed from ministry in 01/04 after a "substantiated" allegation that he sexually abused a boy multiple times in Racine 1976-80, starting when the boy was age 9. D.A'.s office determined that the statute of limitations had expired so it could not prosecute. Per the Archdiocese, Benham admitted abusing the boy. Laicized, per Archdiocesan list updated 11/26/07. Died 2/29/12. Personnel file released 7/13 shows 8/27/08 date for laicization.

Fr. Edward F. Beutner

Ordained: 1965
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Superior WI

Placed on leave in 2002 due to allegations. Accused by a man in 11/21/06 civil suit claiming abuse of 4 boys in late 1960s. Per plaintiff, his abuse occurred during an overnight trip to MN; suit filed in that state. Assigned to Cathedral of Christ the King 1966-68 and Holy Assumption Church 1975-78, as well as numerous other churches and colleges. A woman claimed she told Bishop Fliss in 2002 that Beutner had abused her 10 years prior. Beutner died 1/26/08. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19. Noted to have been assigned to the Christian Brothers' Mont LaSalle in Napa in 1987. Also resided with the Christian Brothers in Concord CA, Oakland diocese, 1982-86.

Fr. Martin Beyer

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Identified in 6/18/13 Capuchin audit report as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. Beyer's name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him except that he was the subject of confirmed reports of inappropriate sexual behavior at St. Lawrence Seminary. Died 1/2/99.

Fr. Frederick J. Bistricky

Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Multiple allegations of sexual abuse of boys. Complaints about Bistricky's behavior date at least to 1974, when parents of CYO teens wrote to the archbishop that Bistricky encouraged "mooning" and "streaking," appeared nude in front of the teens on a CYO trip and took a nude photo of a boy. Bistricky was reprimanded and sent to counseling. In 1997 the archdiocese received allegations Bistricky abused a boy, ages 13-16, in the early 1970s. Accuser said he was told Bistricky would have no contact with children, but in 2002 learned the priest was helping out at a local parish. Sklba was notified and immediately restricted Bistricky from active ministry. Allegations deemed credible but no prosecution due to SOL. In 2005 accused of abuse of an 11-year-old boy in 1968. Claim filed after 2011 archdiocesan bankruptcy of abuse including rape of an altar boy in the early 1970s. Bistricky died 12/17/06.

Fr. Raymond Henry Bornbach

Ordained: 1941
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

A woman told the diocese in 1/03 that Bornbach molested her for over a year and a half in 1971, beginning when she was age 8. Another person complained about Bornbach in 3/01 and the fact that he still visited sick patients at a hospital in Marshfield. He allegedly would grope and kiss women in the psychiatric unit. Board substantiated the 2003 claim in 2004 and his privileges as a priest were removed. Died 1/3/06. Accuser filed a civil suit 12/31/08 against the diocese. Dismissed by court in 2/12.

Fr. Dennis Bouche

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Ordained: 1945
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Named publicly as accused by the Green Bay diocese in its list 1/17/19. It notes a single substantiated allegation of abuse in about 1955-56. Bouche died 4/2/95. On the Fargo diocese's list 1/2/20, where he was assigned at some point. No known allegations of abuse there. On the La Crosse diocese's list 1/18/20.

Fr. David J. Boyea

Ordained: 1973
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Accused of abusing 9-12 boys over five years. A woman said she told Auxiliary Bishop in 1979 that Boyea had molested her son. A $12M civil suit was filed 11/86 on behalf of three victims; suit is believed to be sealed. In 8/85 Boyea pled guilty to one criminal charge and was sentenced to 10 years in jail. Petition to reduce sentencing denied 9/88. Released 1995. Lifetime listing on sex offender registry. Bishop Bornea withdrew from public ministry in 9/18 after admitting he failed to report Boyea's abuse in 1979. Boyea included on Green Bay diocese's list 1/17/19. It notes he went "on leave" in 1985, and was laicized in 1990. Also, multiple substantiated allegations of abuse in about 1977-85.

Fr. Floyd Brey

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Ordained: 1935
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list updated 2/21/20. It notes a single allegation of abuse, occurring in 1958, while assigned to Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. Also on the Memphis diocese's list 2/28/20. Brey worked at St. Mary's Hospital in Humboldt TN in 1971, and 1972-75 he was chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital in Monett, MO. Added to Springfield-Cape Girardeau list by 2/11/21. He died 12/14/96.

Fr. Stanley Thomas Browne

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Ordained: 1981
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Per diocese, report received in 2002 that Brown was accused of abusing one minor in the early 1980s. May also be another victim. Browne assigned to Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Green Bay when the alleged abuse occurred. On diocese's list 1/17/19. It notes a single substantiated allegation of abuse, occurring about 1982-2000. Also, on leave 2002, ordered in 2009 by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance Died 10/5/18 in Florida.

Fr. Daniel A. Budzynski

Ordained: 1956
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Known abuser as of 1969. Admitted abuse of at least 30 boys, accused of abusing at least 50. Name included on Milwaukee archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry because of credible allegations of abuse. Retired in 1994. Laicized 10/29/04. At least one civil suit underway in 7/13. Included on La Crosse diocese's list 1/18/20.

Fr. Peter A. Burns

Ordained: 1986
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

A woman complained to police and church in 1987 that her son had been abused during sleepovers at the St. Peter Claver Parish rectory in Sheboygan during Burns' first and only assignment. Burns pleaded no contest in 1992 to charges he molested another youth and was sentenced to 9 months in jail and 10 years probation. Civil suit filed in 1993; settled in 1994. One victim died by suicide in the 1990s. At least one other victim known. Laicized per Archdiocese website list updated as of 11/26/07. On Sex Offender Registry.

Fr. James Buser

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1970
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Buser, (a freshman counselor at St. Lawrence Seminary), Gale Leifeld and Jim Wolf are accused of molesting a boy in 1978 while he was a student in a Capuchin-run high school and later at a boarding house. A civil suit filed in 1993 was rejected by court in 1995 as beyond the statute of limitations. Numerous victims reported abuse but no action by Leifeld, his supervisor. Buser died 12/21/79. Name included on Capuchin list of friars with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors released 6/18/13.

Fr. Donald J. Buzanowski

Ordained: 1968
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Suspended in 1992. Convicted in 2000 on child porn charge; sentenced to 21 months in jail. Admitted in a 2002 letter (made public in 2003) to molesting 14 boys ages 14-17 in 1969-88. Laicized in 3/05. Convicted in 7/05; sentenced to 32 years in prison. Claimant rejected a proposed settlement but lost jury trial in 2007. Case dismissed. In 9/08, WI Supreme Court declined to hear appeal. Released in 5/12 due to conflict regarding changes to appellate law. Got court permission to live in Green Bay. Used loophole to live near park. In 2014, he was found living one block from victim's grandmother; was moved to state-run facility for criminal offenders on Green Bay's west side. On diocese's list 1/17/19. It notes he was on leave in 1989 and resigned from the priesthood in 1992.

Fr. J. Michael Cannon

Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

Named publicly as accused by the Midwest Province on its list 12/17/18. Single allegation alleged to have occurred while assigned to Campion High School in Prairie du Chien 1967-71. Dismissed from the Jesuits 3/6/97. Added to the La Crosse diocese's list 2/5/20.

Fr. Michael R. Carroll

Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Placed on leave in 2002 after accusations he abused a boy more than 20 years prior. Carroll denied the allegation. The Vatican found him guilty and in 9/16 he was sentenced to a life a prayer and penance. On diocese's list 1/17/19. Noted to have had multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse in about 1978-85.

Fr. Joseph Gibbs Clauder

Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Madison WI

Placed on leave without privileges in 1999 after an allegation of sexual misconduct with an adult woman. She sued the diocese for negligent supervision for not monitoring his conduct after misconduct with another woman. In early 2009, a 20-year-old woman alleged that Clauder sexually abused and threatened her in 2003-04. In 8/10 the diocesan review board found her allegations "credible and probable." Rome ordered a canonical trial at the conclusion of civil matters. Acquitted in 12/11 criminal trial.

Fr. S. Joseph Collova

Ordained: 1976
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

A 1993 civil suit claims "hundreds of occasions" of abuse of a youth 1980-87. Collova was barred from public ministry in 1994. Still "on leave" per 2002 Catholic Directory. Fully restricted from ministry per 2004 list. Collova cut his ties with the Catholic Church by joining another denomination or sect. He was "excommunicated" per Archdiocesan website updated after 11/26/07. In 6/09 the Chicago-based American Apostolic Church installed Collova as a bishop in Milwaukee. Died 1/4/13.

Fr. John F. Conrad

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Admitted in 2002 to a sexual 'relationship' with a teenage girl more than 25 years prior. Resigned his parish position. Placed on leave. On the diocese's list 1/17/19. It noted he was ordered to live a life of prayer and penance after a canonical trial. He died 2/12/17.

Fr. Thomas A. Conway

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Order: CPPS
Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Superior WI

Placed on leave in 6/02 after the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph received a complaint from a woman who accused him of inappropriate behavior in another state in the 1970s when she was age 14 or 15. Conway was assigned to parishes through the 1970s, until 1979, in the Diocese of Superior, WI. By 1979-80 he was working in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO. Conway died 10/6/10.

Fr. Robert DeCock

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Order: ISSS
Ordained: 1996
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Madison WI

Placed on leave in 12/02 after allegations of sexual impropriety involving a young woman. He had been working as Parochial Vicar at St. Paul University Catholic Center since 6/02. Was working in Corpus Christi TX as of 2002 Directory.

Fr. Thomas F. Dempsey

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

Worked in La Crosse Diocese off and on 1955 -75 (15 parishes in 15 years). Incardinated into Boston in 1976. Pled guilty in 1997 in WI to one count of indecent behavior with a boy during the 1960s. Sentenced to community service and to pay up to $6K for counseling for victims. "Senior Priest/Retired" in 1989. Died in 1998. Also abused in Boston and NH. Named in at least three suits.

Fr. Patrick J. Doherty

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Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Madison WI

Named publicly by the diocese as accused in 9/19 after it received a report of "an incident" over 40 years prior. Diocese to investigate. "Retired" in 1993 due to struggles with alcoholism and "disreputable behaviors with adult men." No longer living in WI in 9/19. The diocese announced in 1/20 that its Review Board found the allegations credible. Case to be sent to the Vatican. Added to the diocese's list of credibly accused 1/17/20. Categorized as having left or been removed from the diocese, in 1993. The diocese announced in 3/20 that it had received a second credible allegation, dating to 45 years prior when he was pastor of a Boscobel parish.

Fr. John T. Donovan

Ordained: 1944
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

A woman sued in 1992 alleging Donovan used his position as a priest to coerce her into a sexual relationship 1959-65. She said the grooming started when she was in high school. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that one could not accuse a religious entity with negligent hiring or training. US Supreme Court refused to revive the case (2/96). Retired in 1993 and died 6/2/10.

Fr. Andrew P. Doyle, III

Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Multiple allegations of abuse surfaced in the 1990s. Leave of absence without privileges in 1995. Name on Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Per the list, Doyle was laicized. Personnel files released in 7/13 seem to show him voluntarily laicized as of 11/30/96. He died 6/17/10.

Fr. William Eberhardy

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 1/17/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse, occurring in about 1983-86. On leave in 1992. Laicized 2002. In 7/18 the Salvatorian Provincial informed the Milwaukee County D.A. that a man had come forward, alleging sexual abuse by Eberhardy sometime during 1978-81, when he was about 11- to 14 years-old and an altar boy at St. Mary's in Chilton. He said the incident involved fondling and masturbation, and occurred during a trip to Six Flags amusement park, overnight in a camper at the priest's parents' home in Milwaukee. Eberhardy reportedly would take such trips with other altar boys, too.

Fr. William J. Effinger

Ordained: 1960
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Accused of molesting numerous boys and girls from first assignment to last. Transferred multiple times. At least one incident of abuse reported to the Archdiocese in 1979 - there was a psychological report on Effinger addressed to Archbishop Weakland. Seven men and two women settled out of court with the Archdiocese in 1994. Sentenced to 10 years in jail in 1993 for molesting a 14-year-old boy in 1988. Died of cancer in prison in 12/96. Some of personnel file released in 7/13.

Fr. Tom Eichenberger

Ordained: 1976
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Pastor St. Francis Borgia, Cedarburg when placed on leave 9/4/15 during an investigation of alleged sexual abuse of a 7th-grade boy in 1977, when assigned to Holy Assumption in West Allis. Eichenberger denied the allegations. Claim had been filed as part of the archdiocese's 2011 bankruptcy; Archbishop Listecki stated the priest was not identified until recently. Report made to DA, but no prosecution due to the statute of limitations. Listecki announced 11/15/15 that the Review Board found the accusations "unsubstantiated" and Eichenberger would return to ministry.

Fr. Ronald Engel

Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Placed on leave in late 4/04 after the Archdiocese learned that Engel was being investigated by police for possession of child pornography on a computer. Still on leave as of 8/04. Per Archdiocesan website accessed 2/25/11 and again 2/11/21 Engel was "fully restricted from ministry."

Fr. Thomas Edward Ericksen

Ordained: 1973
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Superior WI

Accused of molesting three boys in 1983 while assigned to St. Peter's in Winter, WI. Two accusers sued; settled in 1989 for nearly $3M. Removed from priesthood 1988. In 6/10 two men claimed rape. Efforts underway 7/10 to extradite him from MO. Left WI in 1983. Lived in MN, MO and Indonesia. Denied allegations. "Partially confessed" in 2016. Charged 11/16/18 with sexually assaulting altar boys at St. Peter's 1982-83. In 12/18 judge ordered trial. Three new accusers 1/19 alleging abuse late 1970s-early 1980s. Pled not guilty 3/19 to four open cases. Convicted. Sentenced in 9/19 to 30 years in prison. Parole hearing scheduled for 4/20. Accused of abuse of a boy, age 9, in the hospital in the late 1970s.

Fr. Ryan Erickson

Ordained: 2000
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Superior WI

Accused of abuse of at least one young boy and possession of child porn in about 1992. Identified as a murder suspect in a double homicide in 2002. Died by suicide during investigation in 2004. Special hearing in 2005 found there was probable cause to rule he was probably the murderer. Parents filed two suits (one naming ALL bishops) and a separate wrongful death suit against the diocese. Suit against diocese dismissed in 9/08.

Fr. George A. Etzel

Ordained: 1942
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Etzel retired in 1984 and died in 2003 at age 85. His name appears on the Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse.

Fr. William J. Farrell

Ordained: 1947
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Farrell retired in 1990 and died in 9/99. His name appeared on the Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. At least one claim filed during the Archdiocese bankruptcy 2011-12. The plaintiff alleged abuse in 1973 when he was an 11-year-old boy.

Fr. John Patrick Feeney

Ordained: 1952
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Accused of sex abuse of many boys and girls. Removed 1986. Assigned to 18 parishes in 30 years. Convicted 2004. Sentenced 15 years prison; served 8. Released 11/11. Laicized 8/05. Also worked in NV, CA, NE. Claim in $660M L.A. archdiocese settlement 7/07. Suit filed in NV 1/08. Brothers from criminal case filed fraud case against Diocese 1/08. WI trial held 5/12. Jury found Diocese committed fraud and awarded plaintiffs $700K. They dropped punitive damages claims. New Trial set for 5/13; settled 3/13 for $700K. Another trial in NV 10/12. $500K against Green Bay. Diocese appealed; NV Supreme Court reversed ruling 05/15. On Omaha archdiocese's list 11/30/19, noting abuse 1962-63 as an extern priest. On Green Bay diocese's list 1/17/19. On Las Vegas diocese's list 4/12/19.

Fr. James M. Flynt

Ordained: 1985
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Parishioners and staff at Flynt's first two parish assignments complained to the bishop about Flynt's behavior. Known for inappropriate expressions of affection for young men. Known in 1992 to be legal guardian of a 6th-grade boy. Name included on the Archdiocese's 7/9/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry because of credible allegations of abuse. Shown as laicized per the Archdiocese's list updated 11/26/07. Laicization date 6/24/04 per personnel file released in 7/13.

Fr. Camillus Frigo

Order: OPraem
Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Accused of molesting several children over at least 30 years. Church had knowledge for many years and continued to transfer him from place to place. Two civil suits filed 1986 and five in 1989. On the Saginaw diocese's list 4/10/19; assigned to an Essexville parish in 1968. On St. Norbert Abbey's list of credibly accused 7/19/19. It notes that Frigo left the abbey and ministry.

Fr. John M. Furdek

Ordained: 1984
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Priest of the Joliet Diocese. Arrested in WI in 2/00 on charges of using the internet to set up a meeting with a 14-year-old boy - the "boy" was actually an undercover police officer. Privileges removed. Pled guilty in WI in 3/03. Sentenced to 15 years in prison on attempted sexual assault. Served three years. Paroled in 5/06. Forced in 2/07 to move from a condo because a daycare was on the first floor and a school was next door. On Sex Offender Registry. Permanently removed from ministry.

Br. Thomas J. Gardipee

Order: OFM Cap
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Accused in 12/92 of sexual misconduct with St. Lawrence Seminary High School students. Charged in 1/93 with enticing a child for immoral purposes and intimidation. Judge dismissed case, noting evidence Gardipee disrobed in front of boy. Suit in 4/93 said he abused, harassed and stalked teen; expanded in 1994, accusing Capuchins of coverup. Suit said to have settled and Gardipee was barred from teaching and ministering to minors. WI teaching license denied. Left Capuchins in 2001; taught in private Hawaii High School from 2002. Leave in 9/09; resigned in 11/09.

Fr. Thomas Garthwaite

Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

Accused in 1991 of 'sexual misconduct' with a 14-year-old girl in Marshfield beginning in 1963 and lasting through 1966. Trial set for 1992. Dismissed on statute of limitations. Included on the diocese's list 1/18/20. Multiple substantiated allegations noted. Removed from ministry 1/12/04.

Sr. Norma Giannini

Order: RSM
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Removed from ministry by order in 1992 after archdiocese reported complaints. No report to police. Sent for treatment and assigned to office work. Retired. Publicly accused in 2006 of abusing two male students multiple times in the 1960s at St. Patrick's Elementary School in Milwaukee. Transferred in the 1970s to an all-girls school in the Chicago area. Indicted on two felony counts in 12/06. Admitted to other victims. Sentenced in 2/08 to 1 year in jail, 9 years probation. Released in 4/09. Civil suit filed in 5/09. Died 4/18/11 in Omaha.

Br. Leonard Gibeault

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Order: OFM Cap
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Identified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as a former friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Gibeault's name is included on this list without any additional information on cl

Fr. Daniel C. Gilsdorf

Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Removed from ministry in 7/02 after admitting to an incident of sexual abuse of a minor that occurred almost 40 years previously. On the diocese's list 1/17/19. It notes a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse occurring in about 1973-89. Ordered to live a life of prayer and penance. Died 5/7/12.

Fr. James M. Godin

Ordained: 1979
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Godin resigned in 2002 and acknowledged involvement in "inappropriate behavior" with a 17-year-old boy 19 years before, when he had a drinking problem. Facts became known during a 5/02 review of personnel files. Was fully restricted from priestly ministry per 2004 Archdiocesan statement. Had been laicized by time list was revised in 11/07. Granted a license to practice social work by the state in 2011.

Fr. Matthew Gottschalk

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Gottschalk co-founded House of Peace in 1968. Per claims filed as part of Milwaukee bankruptcy, three individuals accused Gottschalk of abusing them as minors in the 1970s and in 1993. He admitted to committing "inappropriate" act against a minor. Order says most of the actions were not criminal acts per DA's office. Retired as head of House of Peace and was moved to Order's headquarters in Detroit.

Fr. Joseph Haas

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Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Placed on leave in 2/04 due to allegations that he molested a young girl in 1977. Haas told his parish that he was taking leave on doctor's orders; the archbishop sent a letter clarifying the situation. D.A. ruled that the 1977 incident was too old to prosecute. A previous allegation of less serious inappropriate behavior was received in 2000; no action. The Review Board determined that the allegations were unsubstantiated. Retired in 9/04.

Fr. Edmund H. Haen

Ordained: 1940
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Per a 4/02 news report, Haen abused at least three men when they were boys in the 1940s. One man said at least two priests failed to report the molestations when they occurred. He told Archbishop Weakland in 1989. Haen was forced to retire in 1990. Auxiliary Bishop Richard Sklba told the victim in 1992 that Haen had admitted the abuse and had been placed on severe restrictions. Haen died in 1997. Several other victims known.

Fr. Jude Clarence Francis Hahn

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Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Madison WI

Accused of sexually abusing a minor boy in 1976. Civil suit filed in 2/94. Hahn admitted in a deposition to having sexual contact with four teenage boys, including the plaintiff, in the 1970s and '80s. A teacher at St. Lawrence Seminary High School told the Order in 1981-82 that Hahn, a dormitory supervisor, was having inappropriate contact with students. Left priesthood in 1993 and requested laicization. Pope approved the request.

Fr. Thomas R. Haller

Order: SJ
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

Entered the Jesuits in 1940. Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/18. Multiple allegations of abuse, occurring in 1950 while assigned to Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, WI and in the 1960s while assigned to Creighton Prep in Omaha. Dismissed from the Jesuits in 8/92, laicized in 1983. Added to the La Crosse diocese's list 2/5/20. Reportedly died in 2001.

Fr. Charles T. Hanel

Ordained: 1983
Status: Charges Dropped

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Assigned to Queen of Apostles in Pewaukee when arrested 9/18, charged with second degree sexual assault of a child. Accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year-old girl during confession on 12/17/17. He denied the allegation. Pled not guilty in 1/19. Mistrial in 3/20 after publicity that the alleged victim's mother was attempting to gain legal status to stay in the U.S. The D.A. decided not to seek new charges. The archdiocese announced in 8/20 that it found the allegations to be "unsubstatiated and false" and that Hanel would be returned to ministry.

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Fr. Harold Herbst

Ordained: 1941
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Name included on Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Retired in 1971 and died in 1979. At least two settlements totaling $150K in 2004 and 2005 with various accusers.

Fr. Mel W. Hermanns

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Pastor of Our Lady Gate of Heaven in Chicago 3/18/12. Removed 9/12; living under supervision. Identified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as current friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. First incident in 1969 involved St. Lawrence Seminary student. Reported in 1993. Order paid for student's counseling. Hermanns sent to Paracletes. Also reported in 1990 for suspect conduct involving physical activities with minor males.

Fr. Philip A. Hoffmann

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Parish priest until 1989 when he was assigned to the Marriage Tribunal. Resigned in 7/02 after admitting to an incident of sexual abuse of a minor nearly 30 years prior. Director of Diocesan Housing 1969-71. On diocese's list 1/17/19. It notes multiple substantiated allegations of abuse occurring in about 1977-78. Ordered by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance.

Fr. Leroy Jerome Hogan

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Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Placed on leave in 1993 after accusation he abused a boy in the mid-1980s. The boy was 7-9 when abuse was alleged to have occurred and 14 when he notified authorities. Civil suit filed. Suit settled out of court. Diocese paid $65,000 ($25,000 in cash and $40,000 annuity to provide funds for the victim "in case he needs continued treatment"). Hogan retired in 1997. Died 10/05. On diocese's list 1/17/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse in about 1982-1992.

Fr. George S. Hopf

Ordained: 1949
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Placed on sick leave in 1/76 after a 1975 stroke. Several allegations from the 1960s made in 2002. One settlement in 2004. Name on Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Died 10/16/04. Personnel file released in 7/13.

Fr. James N. Jablonowski

Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

In 5/02 two people separately came forward to the archdiocese with allegations that they had been sexually abused as minors by Jablonowski in the 1970s. The complaints were referred to D.A.'s office. Jablonowski was placed on leave. The D.A. did not pursue charges due to the statute of limitations. The Archdiocese had an independent investigator look into matter who substantiated the claims. Another alleged victim came forward in 9/02; again, no prosecution due to SOL. Name appeared on Archdiocese's list in 7/04. Fully restricted from ministry. Laicized 6/30/06, per personnel files released in 7/13.

Fr. Robert J. Joda

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Campion Jesuit High School teacher in Prairie du Chien WI 1952-55, prior to ordination. Marquette University faculty member for 50 years. Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/18. It notes a single allegation of abuse, occurring while assigned to Marquette University in 1970. Permanently removed from public ministry. Known in 2016 to be living in a Milwaukee retirement community.

Fr. Phillip C. Keyes

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Ordained: 1958
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Ordained for the Diocese of Madison. Left in 1976. Became a priest the breakaway, traditionalist Society of St. Pius X. Convicted of first degree sexual assault of 10-year-old boy in 1993. Sentenced to one year in jail, with privileges to get out to feed cats and take care of home. Sued in 1994 by the youth and an adult alleging abuse when he was a minor in 1982-84. Suit settled in 1994. Keyes paid some to both parties. Diocese and order had settled earlier. Died in 1998.

Fr. Irving Frederick Klister

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Ordained: 1944
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Superior WI

Accused of abuse of a 14-year-old boy in Superior in the early 1950s. Chancellor. Founder of the diocesan newspaper. After allegation, transferred to the Diocese of El Paso. Named in civil suit filed in El Paso in 1995. At some point, he was convicted on child pornography charges. Died 4/19/97. A man from OR filed claim in 2013 in NM alleging abuse by Klister at St Vincent de Paul parish in Maxwell in the early to mid-1980s. Case settled in 4/14. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17. On Las Cruces diocese's list 11/8/18. On El Paso's list 1/31/19.

Fr. Kenneth E. Klubertanz

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Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Madison WI

Placed on leave in 6/02 after an allegation that he had abused a boy, age 13, 27 years prior. Placed on leave pending investigation by Review Board. A second man came forward in 8/02, alleging the priest abused him at age 16 in 1968. Klubertanz denied all allegations. In 1/03 a third man filed suit alleging he was abused as a boy by Klubertanz in 1969-70 on weekend trips to a cabin. The Diocese denied that it knew of any allegations against Klubertanz before 2002. Found guilty by Church trial per 6/07 news release. Sentenced to life of prayer and penance.

Fr. Marvin T. Knighton

Ordained: 1975
Status: Acquitted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Charged in 6/02 with sexual assault of a teenage boy more than 10 years prior. In 1993 the alleged victim's father complained to Knighton who went to the diocese and asked for investigation. Jury found him not guilty in 8/03 but Review Board later deemed allegations credible. In 4/04 Bishop asked Vatican to laicize him. Two other allegations were made against Knighton. Laicized in 2011. Claimed Milwaukee owed him about $450K in past wages and benefits. Personnel files released 7/1/13. Worked in AZ schools for almost 20 years.

Fr. John T. Knotek

Ordained: 1938
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Assigned to St. James Parish in Menomonee Falls 1968-72, where he was later accused of 'involvement' with young girls. Other allegations dated to the 1950s. He denied the allegations. Retired in 1988. Name included on Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry because of credible allegations of abuse. Living life of prayer and penance as of 11/6/04. Died 1/6/06. Personnel file released in 7/13.

Fr. Jerome Koerner

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Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Went on leave of absence in 1972, resigned from priesthood in 1973. In 2012 the diocese received an allegation that Koerner had sexually abused a child in the 1960s in Kaukauna. He denied the allegations. Police notified. Civil suit filed 7/5/13. Laicized in 2013. On diocese's list 1/17/19. Abuse noted to have occurred in about 1960-67.

Fr. Edward J. Konat

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Accused several times while assigned to the Salt Lake diocese of sexual advances toward 'young men.' On Harrisburg diocese's list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. No known accusations during his brief time in Harrisburg. On Salt Lake City diocese's list 12/4/18. It notes abuse of two minors in 1984, reported 11/4/02 and 12/15/10. His faculties were removed and he left UT in 3/85. Expelled by the Jesuits in 1981. On the Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/18. Per the province's revised list 2/21/20, there was a single allegation of abuse occurring in 1974 while assigned to Marquette University HS in Milwaukee, WI.

Fr. Michael J. Krejci

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Admitted to inappropriately touching two teenagers in 1979. He told the teens' parents shortly after the incidents and apologized. The parents did not want to report the incidents to authorities. In 1986 and again in1994 Krejci told the archdiocese's Vicar of Clergy of the 1979 incidents. He sought treatment in 1991. After his 1994 disclosure he was removed from his parish. The archdiocese sent him to two years of inpatient and outpatient treatment for sexual issues and alcohol. He was reassigned to ministry (with monitoring) in 1996, and again placed on leave in 2002. Laicized, per the archdiocese's list accessed 7/1/13.

Fr. Eugene T. Kreuzer

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Allegation of abuse in 1969 became public in 2004. Kreuzer confirmed that the abuse took place during a fishing trip and involved alcohol consumption. Says that he went to the bishop at the time and asked for a leave of absence. He underwent testing and it was decided he could continue in ministry. He was on sick leave 10/58 through 3/71 before being given a new parish assignment. Retired in 1992. Archbishop decreed life of prayer and penance 3/14/05. Died 5/16/07.

Fr. Oswald G. Krusing

Ordained: 1926
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Name included on the Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Krusing retired in 1970 and died in 1995 at age 96. Per his obituary, he spent a year in Rhode Island in the early 1940s as a Trappist monk, then returned to his role as a Milwaukee archdiocesan priest. Served as a Tribunal judge.

Fr. Nicholas John Langenfeld

Ordained: 1926
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 1/17/19. It notes a single substantiated allegation of abuse, occurring in the 1940s. Assigned 1926-29 to St. Mary's in Menasha. Acquired advanced degrees in Rome, Belgium and the Hague. Professor in the Graduate School of Social Services at Fordham University in NY 1934 until he retired in 1967. Died 8/25/94.

Fr. Jerome E. Lanser

Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Accused of sexually assaulting a boy, ages 8-13, during 1964-69. Civil suit filed in 1992. In 6/97 the WI Supreme Court ruled that victims of repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse only have two years after becoming adults to file suit and thus dismissed seven suits against four priests, including Lanser. There was later a settlement in the case. Retired in 2000. Numerous allegations reportedly surfaced after his retirement. Remained fully restricted from ministry until his death 3/12/12. Archdiocese allowed his burial in full vestments in Belgium.

Fr. James LaReau

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Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Accused in 1992 of performing oral sex on a 16-year-old student at St. Lawrence Seminary Preparatory School in the 1970s, where he was a Latin teacher. The same student was abused on multiple occasions at the same school by Gale Leifeld. LaReau is not listed in the 1979-82 Catholic Directories. The Saginaw diocese, where it notes he was assigned 1981-85, included him on its list 8/9/19. He died in 1987.

Fr. Gale Leifeld

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Principal of St. Lawrence Seminary until 1982, then academic dean at Sacred Heart School of Theology until 1993. A civil suit alleges Leifeld, Jim Buser and James Wolf molested a student at St. Lawrence. Plaintiff went on to be a counselor for men abused by clergy and claims his therapy in 1992 revealed flashbacks. Suit tried in 1995 but jury found it was too late under the statute of limitations. Leifeld admitted in a deposition to abuse of at least seven, but not of plaintiff. He died in 6/94.

Fr. William E. Lemanski

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Order: SAC
Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Lemanski had lived under supervision at a rectory close to a school for 11 years after admitting he abused a minor (possibly in 1990). In 3/02, Fr. Robert Carney, a former Provincial, wrote a letter apologizing to the victim and said that Lemanski had received therapy and was not assigned to any priestly ministry except saying mass for nuns at a convent. In 9/04, SNAP asked the Order to move him.

Fr. Eldred B. Lesniewski

Ordained: 1953
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

As priest and religious instructor, Lesniewski abused minor altar boys at St. Joseph's Orphanage. He abused one boy 1961-90 (age 11-40). Civil suit filed in 1992. Lesniewski's name was included on the Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of allegations of abuse. He retired in 1992 and died in 1996.

Fr. J. Roger Lucey

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/18. Multiple allegations of abuse, occurring while assigned to Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI 1962-63, and while in Jesuit community in St. Paul, MN, 1970-72. Took Sabbatical in 1984 in Berkeley, CA. Remained in CA, assigned to numerous parishes in the Oakland diocese. Died in Richmond, CA 4/7/02. Added to the La Crosse diocese's list 2/5/20.

Fr. Benjamin T. Mackin

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Added to the Norbertine's list in 4/21 of those with substantiated allegations of the sexual abuse of minors. Per the Order, it received report(s) in late 2020 or early 2021 that Mackin abused minors in the 1980s. Mackin was on faculty at St. Norbert High School and Abbot Pennings High School, was St. Norbert College parish pastor, then was abbot of St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere 1982-94. He died 12/20/05.

Fr. David J. Malsch

Ordained: 1967
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Superior WI

Bishop didn't investigate 1984 claims that Malsch molested three boys. Accused in 1991 of molesting a 15-year-old boy with emotional, learning and behavioral issues. Criminal charges 1992. Convicted 1993. Received 5-year suspended sentence; violated parole 1997, sent to prison. Civil suit filed 1995. Sent to Wounded Brothers after release. Indicted 2003 for child porn while at the facility. Reportedly removed from priesthood in 6/05. Pled guilty 2005, sentenced to 9 years federal prison. Released 9/9/11. Per MO Sex Offender Register 12/11, incarcerated in WI. To be released 6/19/19, under commitment in WI. To have intensive supervision and GPS monitoring.

Fr. James E. Mason

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Ordained: 1967
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

Accused in 2000 by a man of making sexual advances toward him when he was junior in high school and at University. The diocese did not tell him that Mason had been found guilty in 1981 of sexually assaulting a student and had been placed on probation for 18 months. Absent on sick leave 1987-1992 per the Catholic Directory; "On duty outside the diocese" 1993-2003. Believed to be drug abuse counselor in WI. Laicized 1/19/04. Included on the diocese's list 1/18/20, with multiple substantiated allegations.

Fr. Daniel J. Massie

Ordained: 1980
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Associate Pastor at St. Mary Parish 1980-86. Multiple allegations that he abused young girls there. At least one settlement in 1992. Treatment in 1992 for alcoholism and sexual issues. Removed in 8/02 without privileges from current parish because of history of inappropriate sexual behavior with minors. Laicized per Archdiocese's list of accused priests dated 11/07. Actual laicization date was 8/3/09 per personnel file released in 7/13. Allowed to work for the state as a social worker and substance abuse counselor 2006 until 2/17, when he stepped down.

Fr. Eric R. Middlecamp

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Accused in the early 1990s of sexually abusing boys and girls in the late1950s-70s. Allegations substantiated to Salvatorians by Middlecamp's acknowledgment. Reportedly removed from ministry and not allowed to function as a priest, working and living in a monitored setting. Spent much of his career in WI. Assigned to Mackin High School in DC 1957-58 and Trinity College Minor Seminary in Sioux City IA 1958-59. Director of Athletics at Salvatorian Seminary in St Nazianz WI 1959-68 and coach of the basketball team. Worked in Oakland CA 1984-85; St Mark's church in Phoenix 1985-94. Also worked as a hospital chaplain and raised money for the Salvatorians and their Tanzanian missions. Died 3/6/11. Added to Sioux City list 9/24/19.

Fr. Joseph F. Mika

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Accused in 2004 of abusing a girl at a Catholic school in Pulaski. As of 2008, Mika was still with the Franciscans, "under appropriate restrictions." The Order had paid nearly $16K for counseling for the alleged victim. In 1/09, however, they declined to pay for additional counseling, citing the "downturn" in the economy. Mika died 11/17/09.

Fr. Mark L. Molling

Ordained: 1980
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Removed from assignment at St. Paul Parish in Genesee Depot, WI 3/17/12 after allegations of sexual molestation of a minor dating back to the 1990s. Chaplain for many years at Ethan Allen School for Boys. The claim was filed as part of the archdiocese's bankruptcy proceedings. D.A. would not prosecute. Molling denied the allegations. Review Board deemed the allegations not credible in 5/12 and Molling was returned to ministry.

Fr. John N. Morfin

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Entered the Jesuit order in 1954. Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 2/21/20. It notes a single allegation of abuse, occurring 1970-71 while assigned to Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. Morfin was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in 1983.

Fr. Lawrence C. Murphy

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Resigned as director of St John School for Deaf in 1974 after complaints by students. Reassigned to parishes in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Diocese of Superior (where he abused at least two). Suit filed in 1975; settled before trial. Murphy told the Archdiocese he sexually abused 34 boys at the school. He died in 1998. Suit filed in 7/08. Documents released in 5/09 and 7/13 show he abused over 200 youths. New suits filed in 8/09 and 11/09. Suit filed in 2010 against the Vatican, dismissed in 2/12.

Fr. Donald T. Musinski

Ordained: 1962
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

A woman notified the Archdiocese in 1997 that Musinski abused her from ages 7 to 13 when she was a parishioner at St. Adalbert's in Milwaukee. No action. Musinski retired in 1999 and died in 2006. In late 2012, his name was quietly added to Milwaukee's list of priests with substantiated allegations posted as part of federal bankruptcy proceedings. Personnel file was to be released in 2013.

Fr. Michael T. Neuberger

Ordained: 1962
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Accused in a 1993 civil suit of sexually abusing a boy 1964-66. The plaintiff also sued two insurance companies. Accused in a 1994 suit of abusing a boy in 1968. In 6/97 the WI Supreme Court dismissed the suits and five more against other priests after ruling that victims with repressed memories of sexual abuse have just two years after reaching the age of majority to file complaints. Dismissed from the clerical state in 1998. Neuberger appealed. In 2008 the archbishop, with the Vatican's authorization, gave Neuberger the status of "fully restricted from public ministry."

Fr. Richard W. Nichols

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Parish priest, child psychologist. In 2009 a man stated publicly that Nichols raped him at age 13 in 1966 when he was an altar boy at SS. Peter and Paul, where Nichols was assigned. He said he told his parents who felt they couldn't challenge the Church. In 1980 two boys told their parents they were abused by Nichols as altar boys at St. Aloysius in West Allys in the 1970s. The parents went to the pastor, who suggested the boys write a letter to Archbishop Weakland. At least one did. The Archdiocese offered counseling but allowed Nichols to continue in ministry. One of the two in 2002 said the abuse started in 1974 and included rape. Nichols admitted in 1984 to sexual abuse of a boy, who was his patient, in 1978. Complaints filed in 1983 and in 1985. After publicity, Nichols surrendered his psychology license and was removed from ministry. He died in 1996 at age 63.

Br. David J. Nickerson

Order: BGS
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Known as "Brother Dave" while ministering in Milwaukee in the 1980s, Nickerson confessed in 2007 to abuse of a 9- or 10-year-old boy in the mid-1980s at St. Vincent De Paul school. This was only after another "Brother Dave" (David Sanders) had been arrested, convicted at trial, and given a 15- year sentence as of 1/07. The real Brother Dave was arrested in 6/08 in MO and was being returned to WI. In treatment at RECON in MO as of 7/08. Sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Br. Rudolph Stefan Nocinski

Order: OFM
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Arrested in 7/04, charged with felony possession of child pornography after a computer technician found a screen saver with pornographic images, including some child pornography. The technician alerted police, who found more than 2500 images at Nocinski's residence. Had been with order for 35 years. Was not currently involved in public ministry. Received 18 month prison term (suspended) and 5 years probation.

Fr. William A. Nolan

Ordained: 1985
Status: Acquitted

Diocese: Diocese of Madison WI

Police report filed in 4/18 said Nolan repeatedly sexually assaulted a boy 2006-10, when the boy was ages 13-17 and Nolan was assigned to St. Joseph's in Fort Atkinson. Nolan retired at age 64 in 2007, citing a heart condition. In residence at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Madison when arrested 5/17/18. Previous assignments included parishes in Watertown, Madison and Cambridge; also St. John Vianney in Janesville under Rev. Gerald Vosen, who was later successfully sued for child sex abuse. New investigation reported 5/22/18 of sexual misconduct toward an adult male in Janesville in 2009. Janesville police contacted the diocese about Nolan in 2015 after a friend of the man alleging misconduct in 2009 contacted them with concerns. Pled not guilty in 7/18. Found not guilty at trial in 9/19. In 3/18 Review Board deemed allegations not credible. Returned to status as a retired priest in good standing.

Fr. Michael E. Nowak

Ordained: 1997
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Pastor at St. Theresa of Liseiux Parish in Kenosha when removed in 5/11 after a 14-year-old girl's parents complained to police that he had recently made inappropriate telephone call(s) (containing sexually-explicit language) to the girl. No physical contact took place per the archdiocese. A second girl, age 17, also filed a complaint saying she received the same type of calls from him. Charged. Pled guilty in 7/11. Sentenced to 30 days in jail and one year probation. A former nurse, Nowak was granted a partial registered nurse license in 2012 and a full license in 2013.

Fr. George A. Nuedling

Ordained: 1948
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

As of 2002 Nuedling, who died 1/29/94, had been accused of abuse by five people. The first complaints surfaced in 1986 when a man said that Nuedling had abused him and possibly his brother as boys in the 1960s. Bishop Sklba confronted Nuedling who acknowledged misconduct. Another complaint was received in 1993 and Nuedling was forced to resign. At least ten suits were filed in 2002 and 2003. All were dismissed due to the statute of limitations. Most later settled.

Fr. John A. O’Brien

Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Pleaded no contest in 11/00 to 4th degree sexual assault. Sentenced to 18 months' probation, a $1,000 fine, and ordered to undergo 6 months of psychiatric counseling for indecently touching a 17- year-old boy. He was permanently restricted from ministry in 2000 and laicized 4/3/09. Multiple allegations received against him.

Fr. James V. O’Connor

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Died: 05/29/1981
Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/18. Joined the order in 1946. One allegation of abuse reported after his death, occurring while assignedt to Campion High School in Prairie du Chien 1968-71. O'Connor died 5/29/81. Added to the La Crosse diocese's list 2/5/20.

Fr. Simon Palathingal

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Order: SDB
Ordained: 1972
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

From India. Arrested in 6/04; charged with sexual assault of a young boy in 1990-91 in Milwaukee. Working at time of arrest in South Amboy, NJ, Metuchen diocese. Left WI 1991 and lived in India for some time before living and working in several U.S.states 1993-2004. Diocese knew in 1993 when youth testified about abuse by his uncle, Fr. Dennis Pecore, and by Palathingal. Also abused in LA. Sentenced to 16 years prison in 2004. Released 12/11. Noncompliant on Sex Offender Registry 1/12. On Lake Charles diocese's list 4/11/19. Multiple victims noted of abuse in 2000. Allegations received 2000 and 2002.

Fr. Donald R.A. Peters

Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Retired in 1993 shortly after the Sheboygan County D.A. received an anonymous report of sexual abuse by Peters. He denied the allegation but the Archdiocese prohibited him from unsupervised contact with minors. Admitted in 2002 that he took graphic sexual photos of at least four teenage boys. One also accused him of fondling. Name included on the Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry. Laicized 10/6/07 per personnel files released 7/13. Died in 12/18.

Fr. Paul J. Radetski

Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Removed and placed on administrative leave in 10/10 after a "credible" allegation that he abused a minor "many years ago" in an unspecified part of the diocese. Radetski denied the allegation. He was working at St. John's, St. Mary's and St. Patrick's parishes in Menasha when removed. Had previously worked in Green Bay, Peshtigo, Little Chute and Phlox. Determined in 9/17 by a Vatican tribunal to be "not guilty." Granted senior priest status by the diocese, restrictions were lifted, and was to "serve the diocese in a limited capacity."

Fr. Norbert Rank

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Ordained: 1930
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 1/17/19. Multiple substantiated allegations of abuse against him occurring in about 1950. Sick leave 1932-33, hospital chaplain 1933-35. Several parish assignments, including St. Matthew's in Green Bay 1948-72. Died in 1983.

Fr. Charlie Richmond

Ordained: 2015
Status: Charged

Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

Criminally charged in 6/15/20 with repeated sexual assault of a child. In 3/20 his victim told police that between 9/16 and 5/17 Richmond would inappropriately touch her, have her sit on his lap and hug her, and was in constant communication via social media. The incidents occurred at McDonell Area Catholic School, where Richmond was chaplain. He admitted to three to four incidents of sexual contact. Removed from public ministry.

Fr. Perry L. Robinson

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Assigned in 2/11 to St. Gerald in Ralston, NE when removed after allegation of abuse in the 1980s in Milwaukee. Church bulletin said the Jesuits gave him a sabbatical for health reasons. Had been previously accused while working at Marquette University High School in 1990 of having nude photos of students. Sent to treatment and transferred to NE. On the Omaha archdiocese's list 11/30/18. (It notes his removal was early 2012.) On the Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/18.

Fr. Tito Sammut

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Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/17/19. Multiple substantiated allegations of abuse, occurring in the 1960s. Worked in Malta 1952-60, incardinated 1960 into Diocese of Amarillo TX, moved to Green Bay diocese 1979, where he was incardinated 1988. Ministry restricted at some point in Green Bay diocese. Moved to Malta in retirement. Green Bay sent Malta "multiple cautions." Died in 9/29/17.

Fr. Arnold Schinkten

Order: OPraem
Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 12/14/1976
Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Added in 4/21 to the Norbertine's list of those with substantiated claims against them of the sexual abuse of minors. Per the Order, it received allegations(s) against Schinkten in late 2020 or early 2021, of abuse in 1962. Long-time instructor of psychology at St. Norbert College. Taught high school in Philadelphia PA, and in Green Bay. He was also a counselor and horseback riding teacher at Camp Tivoli in Cecil in the summers of 1942-69. Died 12/14/76, age 61.

Fr. Eugene LeRoy Schmidt

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Ordained: 1956
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

In 1992 a woman claimed in a lawsuit abuse by Schmidt when was ages 13-17 during 1968-72. The abuse allegedly included his taking pornographic pictures of her, forcing her to drink from a dog bowl, having a dog urinate on her, and assaulting her with a broom stick. Neighbors of the church at the time notified the Green Bay archdiocese about a young girl spending too much time at the rectory. The woman herself tried to inform the archdiocese in 1982 and she wrote to Archbishop Weakland in 1983. The suit was dismissed due to the statute of limitations. Schmidt retired in 1991 without faculties. He died in 10/05. On the diocese's list 1/17/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse occurring 1968-79.

Fr. Roger W. Schneider

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Last known assignment was at St. Francis Seminary 1966-71. Name included on the Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Per the list 7/9/03, Schneider "left priestly ministry" (no date given). Per the Archdiocese's list 1/26/07, he had been laicized.

Fr. Ronald H. Schneider

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Police investigated allegations in 1992 that Schneider had sexually assaulted two young boys some time before 1985. He was never charged but Diocese placed him on leave in 1993. Allegations included voyeurism and asking children to take their clothes off in front of him. Lots of transfers. On diocese's list 1/17/19. Multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse occurring in the 1970s. Ordered by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance.

Fr. Clarence J. Schouten

Ordained: 1929
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Pastor of St. Joseph's in Milwaukee/Wauwatosa 1955-69. Name included on the Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Schouten died 1/14/79. He was accused of molesting three girls, who were sisters, in the 1950s while assigned to St. Joseph's. One of the women settled for $125K in 2004.

Fr. John P. Schreiter

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Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

A man told the Archdiocese in 3/04 of sexual abuse in the early 1980s. Schreiter said that the person was an adult at the time and denied all claims. Matter referred to AG's office which said statute had expired. Archdiocese continued investigation. In 8/04 the Review Board deemed the allegation unsubstantiated and Schreiter was reinstated. Removed again 6/10/12 due to a different sexual abuse allegation, involving a minor. He was scheduled to retire in two weeks and did so. Quietly reinstated again in 1/13.

Fr. Earl Schuh

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Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse occurring in the 1970s. The diocese's updated list in 5/20 notes multiple substantiated allegations, with abuse occurring 1959-60. Died in 2005.

Fr. Vincent A. Silvestri

Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Name on Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Last assignment was at St. Dominic Parish (Brookfield) 1983-1993. Suffered a stroke in 2/93 and retired 10/30/93. Under restrictions as of 5/95. Died in 2000 at age 63. Personnel file released in 7/13. Allegations in late 1960s-early 1970s. Settlement with at least one.

Fr. James W. Stein

Order: OPraem
Ordained: 1986
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Pled no contest in 1991 to touching a man in a sauna. Charged 9/03 with 3 counts of felony second-degree sexual assault of a boy at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay. Victim said that in 1988 Stein groped him several times in a swimming pool and hot tub at the Norbertine Abbey. Pled no contest 8/04. Sentenced to 1 year in jail (work release) and 10 years probation in 12/04. On WI Sex Offender Register 2/5/12. On Jackson diocese's list 3/19/19. On St. Norbert Abbey in WI list 7/19/19. In notes multiple allegations, and that he left the abbey and ministry. Accused by another man of abuse as a boy in 1989, including forced oral sex. He alleged abuse by two other Norbertines as well. The order agreed in 2009 to provide monthly payment to the man for counseling and medicine. They stopped payment in 5/19. The man died by suicide at age 45 in 3/20. Reportedly in 9/21, Stein was working at a Milwaukee-area restaurant as a dishwasher.

Fr. Thomas Ronald Stocker

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

A 5/94 suit alleged that Stocker and Fr. Robert Thompson assaulted four boys 1963-67, with Stocker perpetrating most of the abuse, and Thompson watching and assaulting one boy. Lower court dismissed on SOL and that the First Amendment shielded the Diocese etc. from liability. Affirmed by Court of Appeals. Placed on leave by the Diocese in 1995. Stocker admitted in deposition that he had sexual contact with at least some of the victims. On diocese's list 1/17/19. Multiple substantiated allegations of abuse occurring 1960s, 1970s, 1980s. Resigned from priesthood in 1999, laicized in 2003.

Fr. Timothy E. Svea

Order: IC
Ordained: 1992
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

U.S. Superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Pled guilty in 2/02 to exposing himself to and molesting teenage boys. Sentenced to 1.5 years jail and 20 years probation. Bishop Burke brought Svea and his group to La Crosse to run a parish. Last known to be living in Marathon County, WI. On WI Sex Offender Registry 2/5/12. Included on the La Crosse diocese's list 1/18/20, with multiple substantiated allegations.

Fr. David Szatkowski

Order: SCJ
Ordained: 2002
Status: Charges Dropped

Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

Assistant Professor at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Milwaukee. Accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl who was with friends outside a hotel in LaCrosse where he was attending a canon law conference. One of the girl's friends took a picture of him after he grabbed the girl's breast. Admitted to having a few drinks but denied the assault. Arrested 8/9/11. Resigned from Seminary after arrest. Charges reduced in 9/11 and dropped in 12/11. Order was still investigating. Also spent time in Houston TX. Per the Diocese of Jackson MS website in 2/21, Szatkowski was a Pastoral Team Moderator for six parishes in the diocese.

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Fr. Robert Bruce Thompson

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

A 5/94 suit alleged that Thompson and Fr. T. Stocker assaulted boys 1963-67. Per the suit, Stocker did most of the abuse while Thompson watched. Thompson allegedly assaulted one boy. Lower court dismissed on SOL. Affirmed by Court of Appeals. Thompson worked in the Green Bay diocese until he moved in 1984 to Tucson's St. Joseph Hospital. In 1987 he moved to the Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. Placed on administrative leave by diocese in 1995. Died in 1999. On Green Bay diocese's list 1/17/19. It notes a single substantiated allegation of abuse occurring in about the 1970s.

Fr. Lawrence M. Trainor

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Madison WI

A man claimed that in 1971 he was sexually abused by Trainor at Holy Name Seminary in Madison and by other priests over a period of several years. Trainor was named by Diocese of Madison in 2003 as an abusive priest; diocese admitted to a settlement with a victim. Removed from ministry in 1989, laicized in 2009. Settlement in 1992 with a woman who claimed abuse, including rape, by Trainor when she was age 7 in 1965. She and her family attended Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Monona, where Trainor was assigned.

Fr. Michael G. Trainor

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Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Madison WI

Trainor was the subject of at least three lawsuits filed by up to 18 plaintiffs beginning in 1994. Accused of the sexual abuse of boys, some as young as age 9. Diocese admitted paying settlements on behalf of Trainor and other priests. Trainor left Wisconsin in 1984 after two parents complained. Sent to New Mexico for treatment. Worked in Montana parishes 1985 until 1991 when he left the priesthood. New allegations surfaced in 12/02 of abuse in 1980.

Fr. Thomas A. Trepanier

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

In 1998 a man told the archdiocese he was abused at ages 15-18 in 1977-79 by Trepanier, at St. Robert Parish in Shorewood. Trepanier resigned from his position in 5/02 after old allegations were investigated by the archdiocese. He wrote a letter telling his parishes of his background. As of 5/02, he was one of six priests with credible allegation of past abuse who were still working in active ministry. He remained fully restricted from ministry as of 3/12, per archdiocese website. Archbishop Dolan tried to have him laicized.

Fr. Joseph Turner

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Order: SDS
Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Auxiliary Bishop Sklba admitted in a 2002 letter that he believed Turner had sexually assaulted a youth in the 1960s at St. Pius parish in Wauwatosa. Turner became a military chaplain in 1966 and served two tours in Vietnam. Left military after 10 years and returned to WI. He died in 2001. When the 2002 letter was written, the victim was serving a life sentence in prison.

Fr. Patrick A. Umberger

Ordained: 1980
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

Arrested 7/13/10 for possession of child pornography. Assigned to St. Patrick's Parish in Onalaska, WI, and taught at parish school. Served as diocese's webmaster. In 2009 he was caught following young boys into restroom at a water park. Park revoked his annual pass and local police reported him to Onalaska police, who told State Justice Department. Admitted attraction to boys in early teens. Worked in Milwaukee. Pled not guilty 7/28/10. Resigned from parish 7/29/10. Died of cancer 11/30/10.

Fr. Robert M. Urban

Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Superior WI

Urban retired in approximately 1997. Assisted parishes in retirement. Placed on leave in 4/10 after a report of "inappropriate conduct" with an unnamed individual who may or may not have been a minor. Urban was accused of paying young men for sex. Diocese waited two weeks to reveal his name. D.A.'s office very slow to investigate. Not complete as of 1/1/11. Deceased, per the diocese's website in 2/21.

Fr. Arthur O. Verdieck

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Died: 10/16/1980
Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Died in 1980. Allegation received after his death of abuse in the 1950s. Unclear as to where. Worked or resided in Prairie du Chien, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Centennial, CO; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT.

Fr. Gerald P. Vosen

Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Madison WI

Accused 9/18/03 by a woman at a state SOL hearing of sexually abusing her brother at age 14 in the early 1970s. The brother denied the allegation. Vosen was removed. The Diocesan Review Board assessed at least three allegations and unanimously recommended leave 2/15/04. In 5/04 Vosen sued a man who alleged fondling and anal rape at age 11-12 by Vosen in 1989-91. A jury rejected the defamation claim 8/4/05; found abuse claim substantiated. Church tribunal of three judges ruled against Vosen in 8/07. Vosen appealed to Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. The CDF upheld the diocese's decision, as announced 7/16/15.

Fr. Jerome A. Wagner

Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Removed in 8/02. Was on Priest Placement Board and worked in a parish. Had been accused in 1985 of getting a 15-year-old boy drunk and molesting him. The boy's mother confronted Wagner and went to police. He stayed in his parish for eight months during the investigation before being transferred to another parish. Church said he would have no further contact with youths. Laicized after 11/26/07. Received $20K to seek laicization. Police were to receive personnel file in 2013 to investigate 2001 allegation. Went on to work as a licensed Funeral Director in Fon du Lac.

Fr. John C. Wagner

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Name included on the Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. He is shown as "awaiting assignment" per 1993 Catholic Directory and "On leave" per the 2002 Directory. Remained fully restricted from ministry as of 3/3/12. Laicized in 12/12. Personnel files released 7/13.

Fr. Charles W. Walter

Ordained: 1974
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Included on Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Last assignment was at St. Francis Cabrini Parish (West Bend) from 1987-93. Settlement paid to survivor in 1993. Was "on leave" 1993-94 and on "sick leave" 1994-99. Retired in 1999. Worked as supply priest. Privileges restricted in 2002. Remained fully restricted from ministry per 3/3/12 statement.

Fr. Laurin J. Wenig

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Removed from St. Mary's Visitation Church in Elm Grove in 2/11 after a new allegation surfaced that he sexually molested a minor in the 1970s. Wenig denied all allegations in a letter to parishioners. No criminal charges filed due to the statute of limitations. Archdiocese was conducting its own investigation. Additional accusers came forward. Matter sent to Vatican for review. Voluntarily laicized in 6/15.

Fr. Justin N. Werner

Ordained: 1958
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Retired in 2010. Had been assisting at St. Bernard Parish in Appleton when temporarily removed without privileges in 4/13 after allegation that he had abused a minor while at St. Edward Parish in Mackville in the 1970s. He denied the allegations. County authorities were notified and the diocese investigated. Allegation determined to be unsubstantiated. Restrictions removed in 6/13.

Fr. Siegfried Francis Widera

Ordained: 1967
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Convicted in 1973 in MIlwaukee for the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy. Other charges dropped. Sent to Orange, CA; they knew of his behavior. Indicted in 2002 on 33 felony accounts. Died by suicide in Mexico in 2003. There were 9 civil suits filed in CA and 3 in WI. WI cases dismissed on SOL; upheld by Court of Appeals in 8/06. Milwaukee settled with 9 CA Plaintiffs for $16.65M on 9/01/06. Church knew of history from ordination. Another CA case settled with Milwaukee in 3/09. Personnel file released in 7/13.

Fr. Henry V. Willenborg

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Superior WI

Accused in 2009 of a 5-year affair in IL with a woman beginning in the early 1980s. Another woman came forward during that time to allege a long relationship with him when she was in high school. Order sent him to Paraclete facility for treatment for 7 months. The first woman gave birth to his son after his return. She received support from the Franciscans over the years, and made the matter public in 10/09 because the 22-year-old son had terminal cancer and she also had cancer. Diocese placed WIllenborg on leave pending investigation. Son died 12/09. On the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese's list updated 4/1/19. Worked in New Orleans 1988-93.

Fr. Luke Zimmer

Order: SSCC
Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Worked in NH, MA, HI, MN, CA and WI. Given permission to operate a Christian Renewal center in WI. As such, he participated as a priest at various churches. Plaintiff in a 1993 suit alleged that Zimmer abused her 1979-80 at one of these churches in WI. Zimmer was still active in 1993 as an instructor for Catholic Seminars. Died in 1/97.