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Fr. Carl E. Bauer

Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list in late 2018, Allegation in 2004 of incident(s) in 1969 or 1970. Educator. On school boards and taught at Wheeling Jesuit University. Spiritual director for the Christian Family Movement, Cursillo, Teens Encounter Christ, Engaged Encounter and Christ Renews His Parish. On Presbyteral Council, chair of Priests' Personnel and Continuing Education Committees. Bauer retired from active ministry in 2002 and moved to South Carolina, working in mission churches and helped out at others. Also, chaplain at a federal prison. He died 10/22/15.

Fr. Eugene R. Bowski

Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

M.S.s.A priest. Named publicly as credibly accused by the Wheeling-Charleston diocese in 11/18 for the alleged abuse of a child in 1982. The allegation was reported 3/25/82; he was removed the same day from the diocese. Also worked in dioceses including Santa Fe and Gallup. Faculties withdrawn in the Gallup NM diocese in 2014 after he allegedly solicited an 18-year-old male for sex, whom he was said to have been grooming while he was a minor. Added to Gallup diocese's list 12/10/18. Per list updated in 8/19, Bowski is deceased.

Fr. Victor A. Frobas

Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

Multiple complaints throughout ministry. Abused in Wheeling-Charleston in 1977; sent to House of Affirmation for treatment. Later assigned to St. Rose of Lima parish in Worcester diocese 1978-79. Reoffended. Said to have participated in sex ring. Convicted of child molestation in MO in 1988. Four-year sentence; served 25 months. Indicted on charges in MA. Died 7/11/93, before trial. Sued once in MA and twice in WV beginning in 1993-94. On Wheeling-Charleston list late 2018. On St. Louis list 7/26/19; noted to have been laicized. Lawsuit filed 5/15/20 claims abuse of a boy for three years, beginning when the boy was age 10 in 1980 and attending St. Paul's in Weirton, WV.

Fr. Charles E. McCallister

Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

A 19-year-old man filed civil suit in 2/08 against the diocese alleging abuse by McCallister for three years, beginning in 2003 when the accuser was 15. Complaint had been given to the diocese in 3/07; McCallister was placed on leave. Died 10/13/07. During his career, he held several high-ranking positions, including Vicar General. No church assignment 1991-2007. Another allegation made previously, with no action. Court dismissed suit 3/09 - matter "fully resolved." On diocese's list late 2018.

Fr. Felix C. Owino

Order: AJ
Ordained: 1992
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

From Nairobi, Kenya. Arrested 7/8/10 in Fairfax, VA; charged with inappropriate touching of an 11-year-old girl. Diocese removed his faculties 7/9/10 and told Order. He had been serving as associate pastor at a Weirton parish. Had also taught at Wheeling Jesuit University for two years. Previously worked in NH and Reading, PA. Pled guilty 9/29/10. Sentenced 2/19/11 to 5 years prison with all but 9 months suspended. Already served 7 1/2 months awaiting trial. On Wheeling-Charleston diocese's list late 2018. It notes there was also an allegation 7/5/10 of inappropriate touching of an adult, and that he was deported back to Africa.

Fr. David A. Pichette

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Ordained: 1967
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

On duty outside the [Syracuse] diocese per 1989 Catholic Directory. On 5/23/11, a man made public allegations that Pichette had fondled him on two occasions and made other sexual advances in 1981 when he was a teen volunteer at Nazareth Farm in WV. Pichette worked at Nazareth Farm 6/79-9/88. Accuser said he notified the Syracuse diocese in 2010. Diocese said Pichette's privileges were removed in 1993, that he was "formally removed" as a priest in 2005 and that the accuser told them in 2003. On Syracuse diocese's list 12/3/18. On Wheeling-Charleston diocese's list late 2018. It notes he left the diocese 9/88 and left the Syracuse diocese in 1994. Accused, along with two other priests, in a lawsuit filed in 6/20 under the NY Child Victims Act of abusing a Syracuse boy. The plaintiff claims he was a freshman at Seton Central Catholic High School in 1973 when Pichette began abusing him.

Fr. Robert Poandl

Order: GHM
Ordained: 1968
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

Dioceses assigned to included Jackson, MS; New Orleans, LA; Atlanta, GA; Savannah, GA; Owensboro, KY; Tyler ,TX; Tulsa, OK; Harrisburg, PA. Indicted 1/26/10 on 3 counts of abuse of 10-year-old boy in 1991, including rape. Removed 6/09 from Savannah diocese; moved to order's Cincinnati house. Pled not guilty 2/12/10. Charges dismissed with prejudice 8/27/10 for discovery violations. Reinstated 9/10. Removed 2/12 after new allegation. Third allegation 8/12. Indicted on federal charges 11/12. Convicted 9/20/13. Sentenced 2/12/14 to 7.5 years prison. Lost appeal 8/31/17. On Harrisburg, PA diocese's 8/1/18 list. On Atlanta archdiocese's list 11/6/18. On Savannah diocese's list 11/8/18. On Wheeling-Charleston list in late 2018. On Jackson list 3/19/19. On New Orleans' list in 6/19. On Glenmary list 9/27/19. Died 1/15/19. On Tulsa list 10/2/19.

Fr. John Rice

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Ordained: 2003
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

West Virginia Catholic High School principal John Golebiewski reportedly filed three misconduct reports with allegations that Rice inappropriately touched students over a year, beginning in 2018. The principal was fired and, in 9/20, sued the diocese, claiming he was let go for reporting Rice and for firing a football coach. The diocese stated that the allegations against Rice were investigated and deemed by the Review Board to be not credible.

Fr. Robert J. Rooney

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list in late 2018. First assignment in 1954. Accusation 6/13/62 of abuse in 1962. Accused 4/27/10 of abuse 1965-67 in NJ while on leave from Wheeling-Charleston. Noted to have been investigated by NJ diocese and NJ Prosecutor's office. Died 7/16/94.

Fr. Francis Roscetti

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Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Died: 09/5/1991
Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

Named publicly as accused on the Wheeling-Charleston diocese's list in late 2018. Allegation received 5/7/15 of abuse 1967-72 (Diocese of Richmond at the time). Added to the Baltimore archdiocese's list 4/24/19. Accused in 2013 of abuse in the mid-1980s. Assigned 1978-88 to St. Ambrose in Cresaptown. Roscetti died in 1991.

Fr. Richard J. Schaefer

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list in late 2018. Diocese noted to have received multiple allegations, beginning in 1986, of abuse by Schaefer throughout his career. Faculties suspended 4/10/86. Died 4/10/98. First assignment in the diocese started in 9/62. (May be the priest by the same name from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, also accused, whose last assignment in that diocese ended 5/15/62.)

Fr. Paul J. Schwarten

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Ordained: 1943
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list in late 2018. Accused in 1951 of abuse same year. Accused 1960 of abuse of a minor in Nebraska; arrested, convicted, served 18 months in prison. 'Leave of Absence' 5/1/51 - 9/65. Returned to parish ministry. Leave of absence 12/65, back in ministry 2/67. Retired 6/24/87. Died 12/5/95.