Assignment Record – Rev. David J. Malsch


Ordained: 1967

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Bishop of Superior was George Albert Hammes (1960-1985)

1974 Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Medford WI

Malsch worked under Very Rev. Joseph Miller, and, for a short time, with Rev. Andrew Berthold.

Parish had a school with 299-471 students.
1968 1971 Taylor County Teachers College Medford WI Chaplain  
1972 1984 Diocesan Boy Scouts   WI Chaplain


1972 1974 Wisconsin State University Branch Campus, Stevens Point Medford WI Chaplain  
1974 1975 St. Joseph's Rhinelander WI


Malsch worked under Rev. Richard Burzynski.

Parish had a school with 453 students.

1976   Cathedral Junior High School Superior WI religion teacher This assignment. is per news reports.

January 1984

St. Patrick's


• In 1979 Malsch plied two 12- and 13-year-old brothers with alcohol, showed them pornography, and tried to pull the pants off of the 13-year-old. In 1982 or 1983, Malsch sexually assaulted the younger brother.

• Malsch "Indecently touched" a 14-year-old boy in the rectory of St. Patrick's in Jan. 1984.

WI 1/1  
January 1984 August
Absent on Leave




Indexed in the Official Catholic Directory as absent on leave, yet still listed in diocesan pages as Boy Scout Chaplain.

Malsch was sent to a church-sponsored inpatient treatment center in Minnesota.


Raphael Michael Fliss replaced Hammes as Superior Bishop (1985-2007)

1986 St. Joseph's





Malsch worked under Rev. Allan Bradley.

Parish had a school with 291 students.
1986 1992 St. Mary's


• Malsch was allowed to counsel children with emotional and learning problems.

• Malsch was accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy with learning disabilities in 1991.


2/2, 2/3

Malsch is listed second after Rev. Robert O'Connell 1987-1989, then second under Rev. Gerald P. Harris 1990-1992. A third priest, Rev. Michael Tupa, is listed after Malsch 1991-1992.

Although he is listed in the diocesan pages of the Directory for 1991-1992, Malsch is indexed as absent on leave for that time period.

Malsch was removed from ministry in May 1991 and sent to a counseling program on the East Coast as a result of the accusation involving the 14 year-old learning disabled boy. He was charged in this case in 1993, pleaded no contest, and was sentenced to a year in jail.

1992 1993 Absent on Leave       Malsch is not indexed in the Directories beyond 1994.
1993 1994 Jail   IN   Per news reports, Malsch "served time in an Indiana jail, with work release, and was allowed to participate in outpatient sex offender treatment."

November 1994

April 1995 Jail   WI   In custody in Wisconsin.
April 1995 May 1997     WI   Released to community supervision.
1997 1999? Oshkosh Correctional Institution Oshkosh WI    
1999 Dec. 2000?   Oshkosh WI   "Held in a secure mental health facility".
2001 2003 Wounded Brothers Recon Facility


• In 2003 Malsch was arrested when found to have child pornography in his room.


Malsch was committed to this facility for "troubled priests" as a sexually violent person.

Malsch pleaded guilty to the child porn charge and was sentenced in 2005 to nine years in prison.

Malsch was removed from the priesthood in June 2005.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1968-1994).

$10,000 Bond Ordered for Priest in Sex Case, Chicago Tribune, November 6, 1992
Ex-Priest Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Boy, Chicago Tribune, October 6, 1993
Suit Focuses on Ex-Priest, By Gary Borg, Chicago Tribune, November 10, 1995
Ex-Priest a Sex Predator, Malsch Will Go to Treatment Center for Former Clergy, By Peter J. Wasson, Wausau Daily Herald,
December 23, 2000
With Church's Help, State Priest Dodged Abuse Claims, By Mary Zahn and Tom Kertscher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 2, 2002
Bishop Regrets Handling of Case, In Letter, Fliss Says He Should Have Dealt with Priest Sooner, By Tom Heinen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 4, 2002
Special Reports, Dallas Morning News, June 12, 2002
Priest Indicted over Child Pornography, He Was Committed to Treatment Facility in 2001 As Sexual Predator, By Tom Kertscher and Mary ZahnMilwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 8, 2003
Retired Priest Pleads Guilty in Child Porn Case, By Jim Salter, Associated Press, carried in Duluth News Tribune, February 28, 2005
Priest in Halfway House Had Child Porn, Courts: Case Involving Ex-Superior Priest Raises Concerns about Church's Handling of Sexually Abusive Priests, By Jim Salter, Associated Press, carried in Duluth News Tribune, March 2, 2005
Former Priest Sentenced to Nine Years on Child Porn Charge, By Jim Salter, Associated Press, carried in Duluth News Tribune,
December 09, 2005
Former Priest Sentenced in Child-Porn Case Dec 10, WAOW, December 12, 2005
Suspended Pedophile Priests Committing Subsequent Crimes Recently, SNAP, December 30, 2008

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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