BishopAccountability.org has launched a project to gather and post the assignment records of every U.S. Catholic priest who has been accused of sexual abuse since 1940, so that vulnerable communities can be identified and bishops' transfer policies can be determined.

See below for a brief description of assignment records and their importance, easy ways that you can help with this project, and our initial list of assignment records. For a more detailed account of assignment record research and how you can volunteer, see our guide.

Assignment Records: Why They Are Important

An assignment record lists all the diocesan and parish appointments of a priest, including telltale periods of sick leave. A detailed assignment record, like this assignment record of John Geoghan created by the Boston Globe, identifies populations that have been placed at risk, and is also cross-referenced with a list of accusations, so that the transfer policies of the priest's bishops can be evaluated. By identifying a priests' seminary class and the colleagues with whom he has worked, an assigment record can also begin to identify the circle of colleagues who kept the priest's activities secret and who might even have been involved in the abuse themselves.

Assignment records are all around us:
Newspaper accounts of the crisis
Diocesan records
Investigative files
Obituaries and other old newspaper reports

But these records are dispersed and difficult to find, and complete assignment records for most accused priests are not publicly available. We urge the U.S. bishops to publish detailed assignment records with treatment episodes and accusation dates for every abuser. In the meantime, we are undertaking this work of research and collection ourselves. See our initial collection of assignment records below.

Volunteering for the Assignment Record Project

Please send us any assignment records that know about or come across:
* In your daily newspaper reading
* In your personal experience, if you are a survivor of abuse
* In the research that you've done, if you are a lawyer or a reporter working in this area

If you would like to join the Service Record Project as a volunteer -- for a few hours, or a few hours per week, or anything in between -- please read our guide to service record research, and email us to let us know you're interested. This is work that you can do at a local Catholic college library or at most central city libraries, and you can email, snail mail, or even phone us the results.

List of Assignment Records

The staff at BishopAccountability.org has begun to assemble a library of assignment records for accused priests and others who figure in the crisis.Some we have developed ourselves from the Official Catholic Directory, diocesan documents, and investigative reports. Others were created by lawyers and investigative reporters. Others were created by the dioceses themselves and relinquished under subpoena, or were prepared by the dioceses in response to investigation by law enforcement.

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Brother Leroy

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Order: OMI
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux Falls SD

Brother Leroy was one of several accused in a 2010 civil suit against the diocese, Oblates and Sisters of the Divine Savior. The suit alleged abuse of students at Tekakwitha Indian Mission in Sisseton SD. In the suit, one man said he was sexually abused by Br. Leroy 1964-70 when he was ages 6-12. He also alleged abuse by other students at Tekakwitha.

Fr. Jeffrey L’Arche

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

LaSalette Missionaries priest. Pastor of two parishes in the Diocese of Albany NY 6/2/21 when when placed on leave after the Diocese of Springfield MA released a list of accused which included L'Arche. He allegedly sexually abused a minor in MA 1976-81. L'Arche denied the allegation and his order deemed it not credible. Also worked in CT and FL.

Fr. Joseph P. Labbe

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Labbe's name was included on a list of priests placed on leave in 4/2002 by the Cleveland diocese because of recent allegations of past abuse. Reportedly, during the 1980s several teenage boys accused him of sexually abusing them. Labbe denied the charges. He was director of admissions at Borromeo Seminary College in Wickliffe (1981-91). Laicization announced 9/24/2010.

Br. Leo R. Labbe

Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Took first vows as a Brother of the Sacred Heart in 1959, final vows in 1965. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 11/02 of forcing an 11-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him in 1960-61, at Sacred Heart Academy in Andover, MA. Labbe was head of Bishop Guertin High School in NH at the time of the alleged abuse. Per the suit, Labbe, then known as Bro. Gerald, abused the boy on several occasions. Labbe denied the allegations but placed himself on administrative leave. Case settled in 5/04. Labbe was also accused of not reporting numerous abusers at Bishop Guertin. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database. Celebrated his 60th anniversary of entering the order in 9/19.

Fr. Ralph W. LaBelle

Ordained: 1978
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Removed in 2002 for non-sexual misconduct with two 15-year-old boys. Accused of molesting other boys before ordination and of giving alcohol to aboy, age 11. Laicized in 2005. Settlements in 5/17 and 10/17 via archdiocese's compensation program. On archdiocese's list 4/26/19. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 8/19 under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing a boy, about age 6, in 1979 at St. Clare's in Staten Island, "including during his first reconciliation and church services." A 2019 suit claimed abuse of a boy, ages 14-16, who attended St. Clare's. New civil complaint in 12/20, alleged abuse of a boy, ages 13-16, beginning in 1983. Suit in 2/21 claims abuse of a boy, age 11, in 1987, and continuing for two years. Per suit in 3/21, abuse of boy, 11-12, in 1980-81.

Fr. Laurier A. Labreche

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Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Accused in a lawsuit filed 5/17 of sexual abuse, along with Rev Edward Donelan, of an altar boy, ages 11-13, in the late 1980s at Church of the Ascension in Albuquerque. Living in Albuquerque in 5/17. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17. On Las Cruces diocese's list 11/8/18. Worked in diocese 1962-68 at St. Eleanor's in Ruidoso.

Fr. Daniel W. Lacroix

Ordained: 1988
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

Placed on leave in 11/19 pending an investigation into allegations of "misconduct" occurring decades prior. Lacroix denied the allegations. The diocese's review board deemed the allegations credible in 11/20 and recommended Lacroix's permanent removal from ministry. Included on the diocese's list of accused in 1/21. Lacroix filed a defamation suit against Bishop da Chunha on 2/29/21.

Fr. Robert G. Ladamus

Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Named in lawsuits in 12/11 by two men claiming Ladamus sexually abused them as boys while he was assigned to St. Mary's in Milford, CT. Settled. Ladamus was at St. Mary's 1983-96, after which he was transferred to Christ the Redeemer in Milford. Retired 7/1/98. Died 11/8/12. On the archdiocese's list 1/22/19.

Fr. Louis Wayne Ladenburger

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1963
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Spokane WA

Arrested 5/07 for sexual battery of teenage boys at ID school for troubled boys where he was a counselor. Admitted being a sex addict. Order revealed 2 past allegations of "inappropriate relationships." Sent to treatment both times. Placed on restricted leave in 1993. Laicized 1996. Pled guilty 11/07 just before trial. Sentenced to 5 years 3/08. Worked in dioceses of Stockton (twice), Tucson, Portland, El Paso, Spokane, Seattle, Sacramento, Reno, and Phoenix; aka Wayne 1963-74, aka Louie. Name included on Seattle archdiocese's list 1/15/16. Worked at St. George in Seattle 1980-84. New accusation 5/18 of 1973 abuse in Stockton. On Las Cruces diocese's list 11/8/18. On Las Vegas list 4/12/19. On Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/19. On Phoenix list 10/29/19.

Fr. Raymond H. Laferriere

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

"Retired" in 1995. Removed from part-time parish work in 2002. Named by diocese in 2002 as one of 14 abusers who had received treatment and were returned to work. Before ordination, seminary warned that he had "incipient schizophrenia with homosexual overtones." Per a 1963 complaint, he showed two boys pornography. No action taken. Other allegations received after retirement. Named in 3/3 report by AG's office. Three plaintiffs filed two civil suits in 2002. Given a life of prayer and penance, per the diocese's list 7/31/19.

Fr. Conrad V. LaForest

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Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Accused in 1990 of abuse of a boy, age 12-13. Reportedly involved sexually with adult men. Multiple treatments for "alcoholism." Name appeared on a list of 14 accused priests released by the diocese in 2/02. Had been on sick leave since 1996. Had been working part time since 1999. Privileges were removed in 2/02. One article says he (and all the other priests on the list) had been sent for treatment and had been cleared to return to duty. Deceased, per the diocese's list 7/31/19.

Fr. Ronald J. LaGasse

Ordained: 1969
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Arrested in 1984 on suspicion of molesting a 17-year-old boy at St. Raymond in Dublin. Sent to treatment. Placed on leave for a year then reassigned. Later became a chaplain in the Army Reserve. Last known to be serving as abbot of an independent Benedictine monastery in Hawaii. On Oakland diocese's list 2/17/19. Excommunicated 6/14/08.

Fr. George Lally

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Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Ordained for the Diocese of Providence RI. Transferred to San Diego diocese around 1970. Man filed civil suit August 2002 alleging abuse by Lally on several occasions in 1971, when Lally was assigned to St. Mary's in El Centro. Then 9 years old, the boy reported the matter to the church's pastor and Lally was transferred. The diocese agreed to pay college costs for the boy. By the mid-1970s, Lally was no longer listed in Catholic Directories. He left the priesthood in 1979, married a former nun, and was living in California.

Fr. Emile G. LaLonde

Ordained: 1941
Status: Sued

Died: 07/3/2011
Diocese: Diocese of Ogdensburg NY

First named publicly as accused by the diocese on its 11/13/18 list of priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or vulnerable adult. Died 7/3/11. Named in 8/19 lawsuit(s) under the NY Child Victims Act. By 4/21 there were six lawsuits claiming abuse by LaLonde in the 1960s and 1970s while he was assigned to parishes in Madrid and North Bangor.

Fr. Herman J. Lammers

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Ordained: 1932
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

Lammers was director of Catholic Charities 1939-76. Numerous suits filed 2002-2004 name him as an abuser. Accused of abuse by at least 34, much of it at St. Thomas-St. Vincent Home, an orphanage in Anchorage, KY. Retired 1982 and died in 1986. Included in a large settlement in 8/06 between the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, who ran the orphanage, and numerous victims. Included on the archdiocese's list of accused in 2019.

Fr. Francis Lamothe

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Ordained: 1933
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Died in 1995. At least 9 men filed suit in 2002 alleging abuse by Lamothe. Name on diocese's list in 2/02 of 14 priests against whom there were credible allegations of sexual abuse. Plaintiff's attorney described LaMothe as a "groomer." At least one claim included in 11/02 $5M settlement involving 62 alleged victims and 28 priests.

Fr. Michael V. LaMountain

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Ordained: 1976
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Suspended 3/95 after accusation. Indicted 10/97 on criminal charges that he molested five boys 1970s-1990s. Pled guilty 1/99 to nine counts. Sentenced to nine 12-year suspended sentences. At least two civil suits filed 12/95. Claims settled 9/02 as part of a $13.5M mass settlement involving 36 victims and the diocese. Seminary student in Baltimore1972-76. Accused in 2001 of abuse in Baltimore in mid-1970s. Died 8/25/10. On the Providence diocese's list 7/1/19.

Fr. David J. Landry

Ordained: 1987
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

Landry's name appears on list released in 9/02 of 21 Fall River diocese priests investigated by the D.A'.s office after allegations of sexual misconduct. List shows one alleged victim, beyond the statute of limitations. Included in 1/21 on the diocese's list of credibly accused. It notes that Landry's faculties had been removed.

Fr. Leo P. Landry

Order: CSS
Ordained: 1958
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Pled guilty in 8/04 to sexual abuse charges in MA. Sentenced to lifetime probation. Allegations against Landry also in Springfield MA and Manchester NH. Multiple victims in 1the 950s,1960s and 1970s. Multiple civil suits. Also worked in Canada. Laicized in 1972. One claim was settled in Springfield MA in 2004 and two in 2008. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database.

Fr. Wesley Michael Landry

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Ordained: 1948
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Landry admitted to the Archdiocese in 1993 that he had had a sexual relationship for decades with a man. The man claims that Landry 'seduced' him when he was an altar boy at Incarnate Word Church in New Orleans in the 1950s and continued the relationship for over 45 years. Landry gave him money for sex, amounting to $80,000-$100,000 over the years. The Archdiocese gave the man $7,000 for a release and Landry "retired." Landry died in 2002. On archdiocese's list 11/2/18.

Fr. Francis M. Landwermeyer

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Dallas TX

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Accused of abuse in the 1960s and 1970s. First assignment was Jesuit College Prep in Dallas. Also worked in Shreveport LA, New Orleans, Tampa FL, Milwaukee WI, Biloxi MS, Charleston Heights SC, Saginaw MI, Columbia SC, and San Antonio TX. Removed from ministry in 2010. Died 9/2/18 in TX. On Charleston diocese's list 3/29/19. On Saginaw's list 4/10/19.

Fr. Bernard J. Lane

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Accused by dozens of boys of sexually abusing them at Alpha Omega facilities in Littleton MA and at Lane's NH cottage. Accusations included oral and anal rape. First accused 1978 by 2 boys and removed after admitting going to bed with residents. Treated at House of Affirmation and St. Luke's; at least 6 settlements including $200K in 1998. Worked unsupervised until 1999, including youth programs, pastor, priest home. Reprimanded in 2002 for false affidavit. Involuntary laicization in 2004 announced 2/05. Accused in a federal lawsuit in 10/16 of abusing a boy at a counseling facility in Malden in 1970; dismissed for lack of process in 3/17.

Fr. James H. Lane

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Chaplain for the Boston Police Department for 30 years, starting in 1972. Died in 7/07. Accused of abuse of an altar boy at St. Paul's in Dorchester 1966-67. Settlement of Claim by archdiocese was announced 4/12. Previously known as a whistleblower regarding allegations against other priests. Died before allegations could be investigated.

Fr. John J. Lane

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Ordained: 1925
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Accused in 2002 of sexually abusing two complainants, both at St. Theresa's parish in North Reading. One complainant also alleged abuse by Rev. William F. Maloney, who was assigned to the parish in 1967-68, when Msgr. Lane was pastor there. Died in 1971. The 8/11 Boston AD database reports no formal determination of guilt either because he died prior to canonical investigation or it was not complete at his death.

Fr. Cordell J. Lang

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Ordained: 1979
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Mobile AL

Accused in 1995 suit of engaging in immoral sexual acts with boy who was student at Catholic High school where Lang was counselor. Lang claimed that because of MS he was impotent and unable to walk or dress himself since mid-1980s. Trial verdict for Defendant Lang. AL Court of Civil Appeals ruling 5/2/97, 1997 Ala. Civ.App. LEXIS 358, affirmed. Lang reinstated (in 1997?) per 2003 article. Died 10/01. On archdiocese's list 12/6/18. Noted to have been removed, but civil court jury found in his favor.

Fr. Joseph J. Lang

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Name on 4/02 list of priests removed from assignments due to past allegations of abuse. Allegation against Lang was based on report of sexual activity with a minor in the U.S. In 1988 Lang was "loaned" to the Diocese of Prince George in Canada and continued to work there until 4/02 when his faculties were revoked by the Cleveland bishop. Lang had received treatment and was allowed to return to work, per the list. Vatican permanently removed him from active ministry as of 6/14/07. Died 4/2/13

Fr. Ronald Lange

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Chicago Province of the Society of the Divine Word on its list in 4/21. Abuse occurred in Ghana, Africa over "multiple years" and in Iowa in 1987. Worked in Ghana 1968-91 and 1996-2013, in the U.S. 1991-96. Living in Dittmer MO from 2013 at least through 4/21. Per his order, Lange is monitored and is prohibited from public ministry and contact with minors.

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. William A. Langlois

Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese:

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish pastor 1996 until retirement in 2016. In 2014 he admitted to an inappropriate relationship with a woman and took a 6-month leave. Laicization announced by the diocese in 5/21, due to an allegation deemed credible that Langlois sexually abused a minor beginning in 1999 and continuing into the victim's adulthood until 2006. He reportedly began grooming the girl when she was 12 or 13 in 1994 or '95, when she went to him for counseling after her mother died. The diocese received the allegation in 2018. He was removed from ministry during investigations by the diocese and MI Attorney General.

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. Tarcisio D. Lanuevo

Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

In 12/79, the parents of two girls, ages 7 and 2, reported to police that Lanuevo had molested their daughters at St. John the Baptist in San Lorenzo. Incardinated into the Oakland diocese 4/2/85. The girls filed civil suit in 1993. Suit claimed that Lanuevo's pastor had promised their parents that he would receive treatment and never be around children if they dropped the criminal charges. Suit eventually settled. Lanuevo continued to work in diocese until 1991. Removed from ministry 7/29/92. In 1993 he was working at V.A. domiciliary in Portland, OR. On Oakland diocese's list in 2019.

Fr. Kenneth LaPan

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Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

Member of T.O.R. Franciscan community in Hollidaysburg PA, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Worked in PA 1953-59, including as Boy Scout chaplain. In MN 1959-84, returning to PA 1984. Per the PA Grand Jury Presentment 3/15/16, LaPan was investigated in 1984 in MN for giving a car and money to an 18-year-old male; it was discovered LaPan sexually molested altar boys. Local church official told St. Cloud Bishop Speltz in a letter that the County Attorney would not press charges "out of respect for the Parish and Priesthood." LaPan's Order also received the letter. He was allowed to stay in ministry in PA. Retired. Living in 2016 at T.O.R. monastery in PA.

Fr. Ross A. LaPorta

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Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

LaPorta was on 9/25/02 Keeler list as having been accused by one person in 1999 of sexual abuse in 1960s. He denied but faculties removed. List has LaPorta recently retired when allegation made. The 1999 Directory is first that reports him as retired and also lists him as monsignor. Later Directories show him retired in Little River SC, not a monsignor, and pastor emeritus at St. Mark's in Catonsville; 5 other priests who worked there are accused. Still in SC in 2007; not in 2009 Directory. Per Baltimore list 7/23/19, deceased.

Fr. Stephen Charles LaPrad

Ordained: 1995
Status: Charged

Diocese: Diocese of Knoxville TN

Removed from ministry 11/21/2001. Indicted by Grand Jury in 4/02 on charges of "unlawful sexual contact" with a teenage boy at a Knoxville health club. Pled innocent in 6/02. Trial set for 3/03. LaPrad himself told the diocese in 11/01 and was placed on leave. He did not deny that the incident took place but alleged that he believed it to be consensual. Trial delayed when accuser was deployed with the National Guard. Per the diocese in 11/18, the case never went to trial. LaPrad died 7/8/14. On diocese's list 3/6/20.

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. Raymond E. Larger

Ordained: 1977
Status: Acquitted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

In 2003, Larger pleaded no contest to soliciting sex from a male undercover police officer. Also in 2003, a man filed a claim with the archdiocese's victim compensation fund, alleging Larger abused him as an altar boy at age 11, 1995-97. Larger's accuser was denied compensation. Criminal charges in this case were filed in 2005, then dismissed by the judge during trial in 11/05. The man next filed a civil suit, which failed. Larger was on administrative leave 2005-08. He was reinstated by the Vatican in 2/08 after ruling of no merit to the accusations of abuse. Given position at Chancery while in residence at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.

Fr. Dennis J. Laroche

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Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston TX

Named publicly as accused by the Galveston-Houston archdiocese on its list 1/31/19. Included on the Burlington VT diocese's list 8/22/19. LaRoche worked in the Philippines and East Africa, then the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, which he left in 1987. Assigned to VT parishes 11/87 until 8/92 when his assignment was "terminated" and he returned to his order. Left ministry by 2/1/93.

Fr. Marshall R. Larriviere

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Lafayette LA

Accused in a 9/03 civil suit of raping a 7-year-old girl in 1968. Later consolidated with another suit filed by a second woman. Both suits alleged Larriviere sexually abused them as children at his Vermilion Parish camp in the 1960s. Both matters settled for unknown amount 9/08. Retired to FL where he died 8/27/14 in Ft. Myers. On diocese's list in 4/19.

Fr. Robert K. Larson

Ordained: 1958
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Wichita KS

Former Director of Catholic Charities. Removed/retired from active ministry in 1988 for "stress-related problems." Accused of abusing more than 17 boys. Pled guilty in 2001 to abusing 4, including 1 felony count. Sentenced to 3-10 years prison; 5 others, whom Larson denied abusing, later died by suicide. Abuse included sodomy. Moved to St. John Vianney Renewal Center in MO after 3/06 release from prison. Listed on MO sex offender registry. Died 08/27/14; death not announced until 9/14, after his burial. On the diocese's 9/20/19 list of clerics with substantiated allegations.

Br. Ronald Justin Lasik

Order: CFC
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused in a suit filed on 4/26/13 of abusing two boys at St Laurence High School in Chicago. Convicted on 6/5/99 by a Canadian jury of sexually assaulting 6 boys at Mount Cashel Orphanage and assaulting a seventh. Lasik was convicted of anally raping two of the boys, one of them five times. That boy was between 9 and 12 years old during the abuse. Obtained early release from prison and was deported in 2003 to the US, to live in a Christian Brothers facility in NY. Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in 2014 as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Lasik died in 2020.


Fr. James R. Laudwein

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fairbanks AK

Accused in a 2005 lawsuit of molesting a 14-year-old Eskimo girl in 1980. Laudwein denied the accusations. He was working in the Archdiocese of Portland in a ministry for the poor when the lawsuit was filed. Placed on leave. Claims included in 11/07 settlement with Jesuits. One pending claim shown in bankruptcy reorganization documents for Fairbanks Diocese 1/25/10. On the Anchorage archdiocese's list 1/16/20, noting sexual misconduct with vulnerable adults in 1989.

Fr. Joseph R. Laughlin

Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Jesuit Northeast Province on its list 1/15/19. It notes allegations in 1990 and 1996 of abuse 1975-76. Restricted by his order in 1990. Appears to have lived at the Jesuits' Campion Center in Weston MA until his death. Died 5/27/13.

Fr. Thomas B. Laughlin

Ordained: 1948
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Accused of sexually abusing 20-40 boys during 1967-96. Numerous civil suits filed; several settled. Convicted at least once. Sentenced to 1 year in jail in 1983. Abused on way to treatment in New Mexico. Laicized in 1988. Ten men each sued Laughlin in 2004. Additional suit filed in 8/07 by a man alleging abuse beginning in 1960. Laughlin died 3/1/13 in Omaha. Another claim filed in 2007, of abuse in 1979; this person was later convicted of filing at least 4 false claims in Portland, Spokane, Covington and Tucson and was sentenced 6/11/14 to 33 months in prison.

Fr. Richard Lauinger

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

On 3/28/16 the archdiocese announced credible allegations that Lauinger sexually abused minors while in ministry. A woman disclosed publicly that Lauinger raped her when she was 10 years old in the 1950s and attending Our Lady of Sorrows in Farmington MI, where Lauinger was a priest. She filed a police report in 2/16; no prosecution due to statute of limitations. Lauinger also worked at parishes in Detroit, Royal Oak, Scotland, and St. Clair Shores. Left priesthood in 1975 and moved from MI 1985. Per the archdiocese on 4/1/16, several victims had come forward since 1/16. Included on the archdiocese's list 6/10/19. Laicized.

Fr. Anthony J. Laurano

Ordained: 1950
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Retired in 1995. Sued. Placed on leave in 2002. Accused of abuse of a boy in 1991. Indicted on two counts of child rape in 2005. Also accused of abuse of mentally disabled man and, in 1970, the abuse of a 25-year-old seminarian. Name dropped from the 2003 Catholic Directory because of allegations, per Boston Globe in 3/03. Involuntary laicization announced in 3/07. Died 5/27/07 just prior to criminal trial.

Fr. Richard L. Lause

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Order: CM
Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Accused in a suit filed in 8/04 of abuse of a boy in the 1980s at St. Vincent de Paul High School. The boy's mother had taken him to a seminary in IL in 1985 and the priests agreed to raise him. The boy later transferred to the school in St. Louis. The Vincentians were told of the abuse in 1988, sent Lause to counseling, then reassigned him in 1989. He was placed on leave in 2003 after victim again complained. Claim settled by order in 1/05. On the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese's list updated 4/1/19. On the Vincentians list in 2020.

Fr. Kenneth LaVan

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Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Sued by a woman in the late 1980s who claimed abuse by him 1960-65 when she was ages 12-17. Case settled in 1992. Another woman alleged abuse as a teenage in the 1980s. Also known for relationships with adult women. Diagnosed with compulsive sexuality disorder in 1989 but not removed. Retired in 1997. Name revealed on 2/17/14 on Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis' revised list of credibly accused priests. Removed from all active ministry 11/30/13. Information from his files released 3/31/14. Personnel files released in 8/14. Archbishop Flynn was told of his boundary violations with women in 2005. The allegations from the two girls were barely mentioned and it was said that there were significant doubts about their stories. Flynn decided no further investigation was necessary. A third teenage victim was later identified in his personnel files.

Fr. Francis Patrick Lavelle

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

Two men filed suit in 7/02 alleging abuse by Lavelle when they were teens. One said his abuse occurred in 1972 and the other said he was abused in 1980, when Lavelle was working as secretary for the Bishop. Four brothers filed suit in 12/03 claiming abuse by Lavelle and four other priests 1967-83. Permanently barred from ministry in 2/04. Two plaintiffs were included in a 7/04 settlement for $7M. Named in a 2004 civil suit. Two more claims settled in 2008. Outcome of administrative process needed Vatican approval. Assigned life of prayer of penance in 2010. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Raymond E. Lavelle

Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Died: 12/31/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Retired in 2000. Allegation received 9/13 that Lavelle sexually abused a minor 1971-80, while pastor of St. Agnes in Columbus. Worked at multiple parishes and schools during his career. Review board found allegation credible and warranted further investigation. Living at extended care nursing home in 2013. Died 12/31/15. In 2/21 a man reported that Lavelle raped him when he was a 14-year-old altar boy in 1997 in the sacristy of St. Joan of Arc in Powell. Diocesan officials reportedly told the man that his was the fourth credible allegation against Lavelle.

Fr. Richard Roger Lavigne

Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

Arrested and charged in 1991, accused of abuse of 5 boys. Convicted in 1992 of assaulting 2 boys; jail time of 4-6 years, suspended; 10 years probation. In 1993, 11 new accusers surfaced, a day after Lavigne was released from treatment at St. Luke's in MD. Claims with 17 plaintiffs settled in 1994 ($1.4M). Other plaintiffs included in 7/04 settlement. As many as 48 known victims; law enforcement estimated over 250 victims. "Official tally" 43, per plaintiffs' attorney in 6/21. Laicization announced 1/04. Prime suspect in 1972 murder of altar boy Danny Croteau. Lavigne died 5/21/21, hours before he was to be arrested for the murder. The D.A. stated that Lavigne implicated himself during interviews in the weeks before his death. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Victor C. LaVoie

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Placed on leave in 7/02 after recent allegation that he abused a 15-year-old boy 20 years previously, while assigned to St. Thomas Parish in Wilmington. A second accusation of abuse in the same time period surfaced in 2003. LaVoie denied all allegations. Remained unassigned, per Archdiocese website 5/4/09. Still on administrative leave as of 8/11 per Boston AD database. Canonical court found charges "not proven" 11/11 and he was granted retired status. Died 06/26/14.

Fr. James Lawbaugh

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Order: CM
Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph MO

Accused in a civil suit filed in 2/08 of abusing a 10-year-old boy at St. Vincent's in Kansas City in 1968. Left the priesthood in 1969 to marry. Living in FL at time of lawsuit. Denied the allegations. Claim settled in 8/08 as part of $10M settlement involving 12 priests. On the Kansas CIty-St. Joseph diocese's list 9/5/19.

Fr. Thomas F. Lawler

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Accused of the sexual abuse of multiple boys throughout his priesthood. Moved frequently until his last 16 years at Sacred Heart in Lewisburg. Name included on the diocese's list released 8/1/18. Included in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. One man told the diocese in 2002 that Lawler molested him at age 10 in 1963. In 2014 another man reported that Lawler sexually abused him from age 13 in 1985 until Lawler died in 1987.

Fr. Fergus Lawless

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1933
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

From Ireland. Arrived in CA in 1934, assigned to a parish in Burlingame in the SF archdiocese. Later worked in Los Angeles, CA and Hermiston, OR, returning to Our Lady of the Angels in Burlingame, CA in 1961 as pastor, where he remained until his death 6/18/91. Named Capuchin Custos Provincial in 1962. Accused in 2004 or 2005 of abusing a minor 1952-53. Named in a civil suit.

Fr. Michael S. Lawrence

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Concerns about Lawrence's behavior as early as 1970 while in seminary. In 2002 a man alleged that Lawrence molested him at age 12 during a tutoring session in 1982 at St. Catharine of Siena in Mount Penn. He said told his parents immediately when he returned home, sobbing, and that his father called the church. The next day his father met with the diocese's top administrator. Lawrence admitted to molesting the boy and was gone the next day, sent to St. John Vianney in Downingtown for treatment. He was back in a parish assignment within a year. The boy's father complained again to Bishop Welsh in1986 and 1994; Welsh removed him from parish work but assigned him to the Diocesan Tribunal. Welsh retired in 1998. Lawrence wasn't removed until 2002. A civil suit was filed in 2004. In 11/09 a reported to the diocese that Lawrence sexually abused him at age 13. Lawrence died in 4/15. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.

Fr. Ralph Lawrence

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Ordained: 1916
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

First named publicly as accused on the archdiocese's list 11/2/18. It noted an allegation received in 1935 of abuse in the early 1930s. Went on leave of absence in 1935. Died in 1992. On Baton Rouge diocese's list in early 2019.

Fr. Fidelis G. Lazar

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Lazar's name was added 5/18/18 to the diocese's list of credibly accused priests, lay employees and volunteers. Noted to be no longer in ministry. Died 3/18/18 in CT. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. It revealed that Pittsburgh diocese received report in 1986 from a male teen that Lazar sexually abused him in 6/86. Sent to Diocesan treatment facility; admitted to sexual activity with children. Went on leave of absence. Withdrew from active ministry 9/89. Another allegation 9/94 of repeated abuse in early 1980s of a male teen. In 3/02 a man alleged abuse in the 1960s by Lazar at St. Vincent's Prep School in Latrobe. Lawsuit in 7/20 claims abuse in 1975 of a 7-year-old.

Fr. Peter Tan Van Le

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

From Vietnam, Vinh Long diocese. Retired in 2011 to his home diocese. Named publicly as accused by the Charlotte diocese on its list 12/29/19. The diocese received an allegation in 2013 that Le sexually abused multiple minors at St. Joseph Vietnamese Catholic Church. Faculties removed in 8/13, home diocese notified.

Fr. Jerome Leach

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Ordained: 1976
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Leach was accused in 1993 of molesting an altar boy in 1976, when he was a deacon. Placed on leave. Incident not reported to police until 5/02. Arrested in 2002 and charged with molestation of a separate altar boy in 1979. Those charges dropped because of a U.S.Supreme Court ruling declaring the CA law invalid. Other allegations have also surfaced. Leach died 10/15/17.

Fr. John P. Leary

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1951
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Spokane WA

First allegations in 1966. In 1969, police ordered Leary, then President of Gonzaga University to leave Spokane in 24 hours or be arrested for sexually abusing teenage boys. Jesuits approved and Leary left. Reassigned to posts in Massachusetts, Utah, Nevada, New York and California. Died 12/21/1993. Jesuit officials admitted in 2006 to two recent settlements with victims. There may have been as many as 12 victims. On the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/18. It notes reports in 2006 and 2009 of abuse 1965-66.

Fr. Maurice T. Lebel

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

Ordained for the Jesuits. Left the Order in 1991 and became a priest of the Diocese of Portland ME. Retired in 2003. Remained active in ME until he was placed on leave in 6/07 pending an investigation of allegations in the Fall River, MA diocese that he sexually abused a youth in the early 1980s, while still a Jesuit. Reinstated to public ministry in 3/11 after canonical trial found accusations "unproven."

Fr. Etienne LeBlanc

Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux LA

Placed on leave in 8/07 from assignment at Annunziata in Houma after accusation by a 26-year-old man that LeBlanc sexually abused him, including rape, when he was a 9-year-old altar boy Holy Cross in Morgan City in the early 1990s. LeBlanc denied the allegations; was sent for counseling 1986-87. Accuser filed civil suit in 2007 and made a criminal complaint. In 7/11, court ordered the diocese to turn investigative report over to plaintiff. Diocese objected. Other alleged victims known. Documents to remain sealed as of 8/11. Case settled in 10/12. On diocese's list 1/11/19. It notes "diocese stripped LeBlanc of his ability to perform priestly duties."

Fr. Kenneth A. LeBlanc

Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Placed on leave in 2/09 while the Archdiocese investigated allegations of sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl approximately 25-30 years prior,. Assigned at the time of the alleged abuse to Most Blessed Sacrament in Wakefield. On her personal website, the accuser claimed that there were also other victims. LeBlanc died in 1/10. The 8/11 Boston AD database reports no formal determination of guilt either because he died prior to canonical investigation or it was not complete at his death.

Fr. Paul Francis LeBrun

Order: CSC
Ordained: 1983
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend IN

Arrested in 2002. Accused of sexually abusing boys in the Ft. Wayne-South Bend IN diocese and the Phoenix AZ diocese. Denied the allegations. Transferred to AZ in 1986. Returned to IN in 1993. Resigned from parish in 1999. Convicted in 2005 in AZ; sentenced in 2006 to 111 years in prison. Five lawsuits which name LeBrun as an abuser settled by Phoenix Diocese for a total of $75K. Conviction upheld by AZ Court of Appeals 7/09. Included on Ft. Wayne-South Bend diocese's 9/18/18 list. One known allegation there. On order's list 6/12/19.

Fr. M. Duane Leclercq

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Retired in 2008. Removed in 11/18 from public ministry due to allegations deemed credible of sexual misconduct 30 years prior. Among assignments were Holy Trinity in Bloomington 1964-1969 and St. John in Clinton and St. Patrick in Wapella 1983-1989. On diocese's list in 12/18.

Fr. Michael Dominic Ledoux

Ordained: 1986
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Accused in 1/03 of sexually abusing a boy in 1987 or 1988 at St. Thomas Aquinas in Derry. Oral sex alleged with attempts in NH and MA. Claim settled. Order found accusations credible. Diocese learned that Franciscans knew of allegation in 2002 but didn't tell the diocese. Ledoux was at parish 4/86 to 9/89. Worked as dean at Widener University for 9 years until summer 2012, when officials learned of earlier accusation. He resigned rather than being placed on leave. Denied allegation. Also worked in Pittsburgh.

Fr. Micheál Ledwith

Ordained: 1994
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Seattle WA

From Ferns diocese in Ireland. Accused of sexual abuse of boys in Ireland. Ferns report details concerns re Msgr. Ledwith's sexual behavior. Lived in Rainier WA 1994-2000s. Name included on the Seattle archdiocese's 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.

Fr. Conan Lee

Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pueblo CO

Named publicly as accused by the Franciscans' Santa Barbara Province on its list 5/31/19. It notes an allegation reported in 2010 of the sexual abuse of a minor 1957-61. Assigned to Holy Family in Pueblo, CO 1956-58, and to St. Anthony's in Tigard, OR 1958-62. Lee died 8/3/78. On the Oakland diocese's list in 2019.

Fr. Paul Henry Leech

Ordained: 1980
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Removed from ministry 5/4/84. Convicted of molesting 3-4 boys 1982-1984. Sentenced in 1985 to 86 years in prison, but ordered to serve 3 years and then 12 years probation. In 1994 a civil suit was filed on behalf of one youth. Per the suit, prior to 1980, Leech was known to the bishop to have a habit of making advances on young boys. Another suit may have been filed in 1985. On diocese's list 7/1/19. Said in 2020 to be living in Rochester, NY.

Fr. Francis J. Lefevre

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Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Faculties removed in 1987 after an allegation of abuse. LeFevre admitted to having engaged in sexual misconduct with numerous minors in the 1970s and 1980s. He continued to work as a statistics expert for the archdiocese until 1995, when a lawsuit alleged LeFevre abused a minor, age 11 until high school. This abuse was reported to the archdiocese in 1992.

Fr. Gerhardt B. Lehmkuhl

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1974
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Arrested in 1995 for receiving child pornography through the mail. Checked himself into St. Luke's Institute for treatment after he pled guilty, before sentencing. Sentenced in 1996 to one year in prison. Also ordered to get mental health treatment after release from prison. Per 2009 news, he worked at Jesuit Community Corporation at St. Louis University--Jesuit Hall. Died 3/9/12. On the Province's list 12/7/18. It notes that he was removed from ministry in 2002.

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. Jack J. Leipert

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Saginaw MI

Named publicly by Saginaw bishop Cistone in 4/18 as a former priest having been permanently removed from ministry due to credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Faculties withdrawn 6/01. Laicized 2006. Per news source 5/2/18, Leipert was investigated after being accused in 11/00 of the sex abuse of 21-year-old male.

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. Deslisle Lemieux

Ordained: 1926
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Denver CO

Named publicly as accused in the CO Attorney General's report 10/22/19. In 6/17 a man told the archdiocese that Lemieux orally and anally raped him when he was a 13-year-old altar boy. Lemieux was retired, and a family friend. He allegedly invited the boy on a four-day fishing and golfing trip, during which the abuse occurred. Lemieux died in 1977.

Fr. Edmund Lemire

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Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

On 10/10/02 the Manchester diocese settled with 16 claimants. One of them, John Doe 12, alleged that Lemire, an extern from the Sherbrooke diocese in Quebec assigned to St Edmund's parish in Manchester, abused him in the early 1960s. Lemire exploited a common interest in magic and stamp collecting and fondled the boy under his bathing suit during an outing. The NH AG's audit documents revealed two allegations of abuse committed at St Aloysius of Gonzaga parish in Nashua in the late1950s. One boy was fondled twice at age 16. The other boy was forced to hold Lemire's penis and was 'abused many times.' He was later abused by Fr Roland Veilette and (as an adult) by Fr Karl E Dowd. Lemire was deceased as of 2003.

Fr. Frederick A. Lenczycki

Ordained: 1972
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Removed in 2002. Convicted in 2004 for abuse of three boys. Sentenced to five years prison. Also worked in MO and CA. Admitted to abusing up to 30 boys over 25 years. Deemed too dangerous to release. Released 9/09 on parole. On IL sex offender registry. New lawsuit 5/13. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Named in at least one new suit 4/30/14. Named as 1 of 5 priests in $4.137M suit settled 4/15. Laicized 2016. New charge 2/19 of assault of a boy in the early 1990s in St. Louis. Living in Berkeley, IL. Pled guilty 5/19 to abusing two boys in MO in the early 1990s. On St. Louis archdiocese's list 7/26/19. Sentenced in 8/19 to 10 years in prison.

Fr. Joseph Lendacky

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Order: OSC
Ordained: 1945
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

Worked mostly in MN but some in NE. Most of his career was spent at Crosier Community and Seminary in Onamia. Died 5/31/89. Name is included on 3/8/14 updated list of current, former and deceased Crosiers with one or more credible claims of sexual abuse of minors. Allegation was not received until after his death.

Fr. Raymond O. Leneweaver

Ordained: 1962
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused of abuse of at least 12 youths 1966-80. Several transfers after Archdiocese first learned of abuse. Left active ministry in 1980. Taught in public schools. Requested reactivation in the late 1990s. Msgr. Lynn denied his request in 1998. Laicized 3/21/05. On 1994 secret list memo.

Fr. James W. Lennon

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Winona-Rochester MN

Following a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bishop Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had "credible" accusations against them of abuse involving minors. Lennon's inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. Voluntarily left active ministry in 6/84. Diocese updated information on its list 6/23/14 to say he was laicized. Had relationships with two adult women after leaving ministry. Admitted to Diocese that he had sexually abused a 17-year-old girl for several years but denied abusing any other person. Died 8/8/00.

Fr. John W. Lennon

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Ordained for Maryknoll order; in Philippines 1956-67. Left order around 1975. Pastor of St John the Baptist in Yonkers NY when suspended 4/02 due to allegation he fondled a Cardinal Hayes High School student in mid-1970s during trips to Maine; Lennon was teacher, administrator, and athletics moderator at Cardinal Hayes 1970-81. Denied the allegation, which first surfaced in 1997 when a priest reportedly told the archdiocese about the alleged abuse. Cleared in 1998 after archdiocesan investigation. Accuser not informed of the decision. 'Dismissed from the clerical state,' per 4/08 Catholic New York newspaper, 'in accord with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People ... having had his case presented to the CDF.' Died 12/16/12. Included in 4/26/19 New York archdiocesan list of 'clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.'

Br. Modesto Leon

Order: CMF
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse of a boy, ages of 14-16 in 1996-99, per civil suit filed 2008. Archdiocesan report said abuse occurred 1995-96. Leon was the incorporating executive director of Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA). Abuse allegedly took place during retreats at Camp Unity in the Angeles National Forest. Civil case settled at some point between 2006 and 2010.

Fr. Albert Leonard

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Ordained: 1980
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Complaints to the diocese in 1989 and 1993 about Leonard's behavior toward children, including parents who were worried about the priest's relationship with their 14-year-old son and concerns that he swam naked with boys. Took leave of absence in 11/93. Went on to work as a licensed counselor for a short time at a residential treatment facility for children, then at an agency for crime victims.

Fr. John E. Leonard

Ordained: 1965
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

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

Fr. Thomas P. Leonard

Ordained: 1956
Status: Sued

Died: 10/18/2018
Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Monsignor. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 6/21 under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing a boy, age 10 or 11, in about 1976, while assigned to Church of the Incarnation in New York. Leonard is alleged to have abused the boy at the church on one occasion after choir practice, along with Fr. Thomas J. Thompson and Mr. Dennis O'Driscoll. Leonard died in 2018.


Fr. Roland M. Lepire

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Suit filed 2/96 alleged that Lepire abused a young man on several occasions in 1978. Suit also claimed that the pastor of the church helped to cover it up. Claims against Lepire were settled 9/02 as part of $13.5M mass settlement involving 36 victims of priest abuse in Providence Diocese. The 2002 Catholic Directory shows him "absent on leave." Another suit filed 2003 alleged abuse in early 1980s; settled 8/08 as part of $1.326M settlement by Providence Diocese. Laicized in 2004.

Fr. Francis M. Lesniak

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Ordained: 1943
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Greensburg PA

Retired in 1987. Died in 1991. Per 8/14/18 PA G.J. Report, diocese received report in 3/04 of sex abuse by Lesniak of a boy, age 13, in about 1977. The alleged victim said Lesniak invited him to a sleepover for altar boys, found he was the only boy there, and Lesniak fondled him. Sued. Settled in 1/06 for $5K and 90 counseling sessions. Allegation 9/04 of sex assault of a boy in 1962 during an overnight at the rectory. Settled for $5K and 90 counseling sessions. Allegation 5/05 of fondling a boy on an overnight rectory stay; in 1/06, same settlement as the previous two. Report in 2007 of abuse of a boy over 4 years, beginning 1983 when the boy was age 7 or 8. Accuser said Lesiak took him for a walk to his car during a picnic , then forced him to perform oral sex. He said he became an altar boy, and the abuse continued including anal rape. He said Lesniak gave him wine and that by the age of 12, he was an alcoholic. The diocese offered him $5K and 90 counseling sessions.

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. Joseph P. Lessard

Ordained: 1952
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Admitted in 2002 to sexually abusing 12 boys in three parishes in the 1970s. Allegedly threatened victims with a gun; older victims coerced younger ones. Used camper in abuse. After a 1976 complaint Lessard was transferred to a new parish, then treated in MN. Went to NM Paraclete halfway house in 1979 and was a hospital chaplain afterward. Was parish priest again before retiring in 1993. Archdiocesan lawyers settled two complaints 1996-97. New suit filed 6/05 alleged abuse from 1985-92. May have settled 7/08. On archdiocese's list 7/26/19. Died in 2014.

Fr. James E. Leu

Ordained: 1971
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused in 1989 of systematically abusing two altar boys 1985-89. Pled guilty, convicted 1989, sentenced to two years in prison. Worked with credibly accused priest Francis Bass. Bishop O'Keefe was deposed. Included on diocese's 7/10/08 list of credibly accused. Died 2/4/13.

Fr. Marvin Francis Leven

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Oklahoma City OK

Named publicly as accused by the diocese in 1/20 after allegations in two cases were substantiated by the diocese's review board. In 1993 the diocese received an allegation that Leven sexually abused a minor, age 15, and again when the alleged victim was a young adult at St. John the Baptist in Edmond. In 1995 Leven was sent to St. Luke Institute for evaluation; outpatient therapy was recommended along with no unsupervised contact with minors. Returned to ministry. A second allegation surfaced at some point. Leven retired in 1999; worked in retirement as a hospital chaplain until 2013. Faculties removed 1/15/20.

Fr. John D. Lewandowski

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Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

First named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/20/18. Noted to have died in 1982; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Accused in a 10/19 lawsuit of abuse of a boy, ages 13-14, at Ss. Peter and Paul in Jamestown, where Lewandowski was assigned in the early 1960s. Suit filed in 7/20 claims abuse 1962-63 of another child, ages 13-14. New suit in 12/20, claiming abuse of a boy, age 14, in 1960.

Fr. Michael M. Lewandowski

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Taught at St. Francis High School in Hamburg and Cardinal O'Hara High in Tonawanda variously during 1976-1991. Worked in Altoona diocese beginning 1997. In 5/14, the order told Altoona that Lewandowski was the subject of an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor in the 1980s [likely in Buffalo]. Removed by Altoona from St. Anne's in Davidsville, pending an investigation. Civil authorities notified. At some point, he also worked in the Springfield, MA diocese. A 2019 lawsuit claims abuse by the priest of a St. Francis High student starting in 1979. Plaintiff said the priest would fondle him while they wrestled and would ply him with alcohol. The man said he told the principal of the abuse at the time, but no action.

Fr. Walter J. Lezuchowski

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Barred from parish ministry in 1991 after the archdiocese deemed credible allegations that he had sexually abused a girl over age 16. Sent for treatment. In 2002 another criminal complaint was made. Lezuchowski had at that point been actively ministering for five years at St. Ronald's in Clinton Township; the archdiocese said it had no idea he had been still working. Immediately suspended. Permanently banned from ministry in 2005. Died 12/29/06.

Bishop Peter Anthony Libasci

Ordained: 1978
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Ordained for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Named Bishop of Manchester NH in 2011. Accused in a lawsuit filed July 14, 2021 of sexually abusing an altar boy in 1983 and 1984, while a Rockville Centre priest. Libasci was pastor of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Deer Park NY at the time in question, and the boy was a 12- or 13-year-old student at the parish school. Libasci denied the allegations. He continued in active ministry during an investigation launched by Boston's Archbishop O'Malley.


Fr. Albert M. Liberatore, Jr.

Ordained: 1989
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

In 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report (name misspelled "Libertore.") Bishop Timlin informed 11/96 by of close relationship Liberatore had with a young adult male, under drinking age. Concern to Timlin 2/97 of behavior with a young seminarian. No action. Letter in 12/02 to Timlin from American College in Louvain, Belgium that Liberatore was seen drunk, taking a male in his teens or early 20s into his bedroom. Sent for eval 1/03. Complaints 1/04 he had abused two young men. Arrested 7/04 on charges in PA of sex abuse of and giving alcohol to an altar boy 5/99-5/04. Charged by NYC police with sex assault of same minor. Pled guilty to both. Sentenced in 2005 to 10 years' probation. Laicized 7/06. Arrested 11/06 for parole violation. Per 2004 federal civil suit, bishop was informed. Settled for $3M. On sex offender registry in PA 6/11. On diocese's list 8/19/18.

Fr. Joseph J. Lieberth

Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

On 4/02 list of priests in Cleveland diocese who had been accused in the past of sexual abuse. Had received evaluation and treatment and was returned to ministry. Admitted molesting the 17-year-old son of a church deacon, during a trip to CA in 1986. Lieberth referred to it as an "isolated incident" and auxiliary bishop Quinn persuaded victim and family not to call police. Another accuser came forward in 2002 alleging abuse on trip in 1985. Civil suit filed 7/02 by first accuser. Still on leave 2009. Diocese announced in 3/15 that Lieberth was given "a life of prayer and penance."

Br. Christopher Lieby

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Professed vows as a Salesian brother in 1988. Worked in Boston MA and Tampa FL. Left the order in 1995. Named publicly as credibly accused by the Salesian order on its list in 3/20. No details given as to when or where the abuse occurred, or the number of victims. (Placing him in the NY archdiocese for now, where the Salesians' Eastern Province is based.)

Fr. Mark A. Liening

Ordained: 1941
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Named publicly as accused by the Franciscans' Santa Barbara Province on its list 5/31/19. It notes an allegation reported in 2007 of the sexual abuse of a minor 1943-44. Assigned at the time to St. Mary's in Phoenix, AZ. Died in 1985. First assignment in San Diego in 1941. On the Oakland diocese's list in 2019. On the Las Cruces diocese's list (misspelled Leining) 6/24/19, where he worked 1951-53, 1962-64, 1979-85.

Fr. Ronan Charles Liles

Ordained: 1969
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

A/K/A Charles R. or Charles B. Liles. Placed on leave in 1982. Dispensed from Vows 1985. Sued in 1999. Accused of abuse of two brothers in the early 1970s. Plaintiffs say they met Liles at boy scout camp. He would shower with them and hug and kiss them. They often stayed overnight at the rectory, sleeping in the same bed as Liles. Also worked in New Orleans 1979-82. Case dismissed on statute of limitations. Appealed to MN Court of Appeals which upheld the dismissal in 8/00. Living in TX in 8/20.

Fr. Jose Afonso Lima

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Ordained: 1991
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Bridgeport CT

From Brazil; naturalized U.S. citizen. Member of Missio, a Brazilian bishops-sponsored community of priests sent to the U.S. to minister to ex-pat Brazilians. Had been working at St. Francis Xavier in Hyannis and other churches in the Fall River diocese since 1998. Placed on leave in 8/08 after allegations that he sexually assaulted a minor in Bridgeport CT. Fled to Brazil after being notified of investigation by Department of Children and Families, and that the allegation was substantiated. Included in 1/21 on the Fall River diocese's list of accused.

Fr. Jesse S. Linam

Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston TX

Removed from ministry in 1993 after archdiocese learned of allegations of sexual misconduct with a boy occurring in 1973-74. Faculties removed in 6/02. Civil suit filed in 2002 alleged Linam abused one plaintiff and possibly many more between 1961 and 1993. Suit dismissed in 8/02 on statute of limitations. Included on archdiocese's list 1/31/19. It notes that Linam retired in 1998.

Fr. Alfred John Lind, Jr.

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Wilmington DE and MD

Accused of abuse of two boys in their early teens between 1963-65. The first boy Lind allegedly abused was at St. Catherine of Siena.The second boy was allegedly abused after Lind was transferred in 1965. Removed from active ministry in 1966. Died in 1997. One man received a $68K settlement in 2004. Diocese was negotiating with the second man in 2005. Named on the diocese's 1/06 list of abusive priests. Named in new civil suit by a man in 1/09. Personnel files released in 2/12.

Fr. Jerold W. Lindner

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1976
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

A civil suit alleging abuse of two brothers in 1975 settled for $625K in 1998. Named in at least one more civil suit in 2003 with two accusers alleging abuse 1973-83. Article references ten victims; the three youngest were five years old. Also abused nieces and nephews. Living at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center at Los Gatos from 2001. Beaten 5/10 at Los Gatos by one of his accusers. Accuser was acquitted of felony assault and elder abuse at trial 7/5/12. Lindner's testimony stricken. On the Oakland diocese's list 2/17/19. On the Jesuits West list 12/7/18.

Fr. David Anthony Linehan

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Ordained: 1956
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Seattle WA

Retired in 1995. Barred permanently from ministry by the Vatican in 2004. Worked in seven parishes. Accused by two men of sexual abuse as boys; one said Linehan abused him for a year, beginning when he was 10 in 1969. Accused in a civil suit filed in 1/05. Included on the archdiocese's list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.

Fr. Paul H. Linssen

Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fairbanks AK

Native of Holland. Pastor in Hamilton before becoming assistant pastor in Tununak in 1956. Worked in Alaska at least from 1952-1960. Died 9/21/1960 when his boat was caught in off-shore storm after leaving Bethel to make a supply trip to Nelson Island. One pending claim against Linssen shown in bankruptcy reorganization documents for Fairbanks diocese 1/25/10. On Jesuits West list 12/7/18. It notes claims in 2008 of abuse in 1959.

Fr. Vincent A. Lipinski

Ordained: 1987
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Confronted by Archbbishop Sanchez in the early 1990s after two allegation that Lipinski abused a youth after getting him drunk. Lipinski denied; nothing done. Working at St. Anthony Parish in Questa, NM when criminal charges filed 10/92. Pled guilty in 1993 to two charges of molesting a 14-year-old boy after giving him alcohol. Sentenced to jail, suspended for 5 years. Civil suit filed by boy in 1993 and settled in 1996. Per a6/02 article, Lipinski was laicized at some point. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17.

Fr. Alexander Lippert

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Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

In 8/14 the archdiocese deemed credible accusations that Lippert had sexually abused a minor in the early 1970s. No details were released by the Review Board except that Lippert had died in 4/2000, prior to the allegations, and that officially the allegations were deemed "credible though unsubstantiated" because he could not defend himself. Notes on his assignments indicated he was on leave of absence in 1970 while residing at St. Paul the Apostle in Pine Lawn. In 7/88, Lippert took sick leave. He was then relieved of priestly duties and granted retirement in 1/91. Per the archdiocese's list 7/26/19, allegations were substantiated.

Fr. Richard S. Liston

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Accused of raping a teenager in Norwalk in 1978. Diocese quietly transferred him at least twice. Toledo police investigation in 1985 into priest's financial interest in two gay bars uncovered the allegation from his past. Diocese sent him to treatment center in VA; he walked away from the Center. Removed from public ministry in 1989. Died in 1/94. The diocese added his name to its list of credibly accused in 4/20.

Fr. Anthony M. Little

Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Monsignor. Removed as pastor of St. Patrick in Newry in 3/13 pending investigation of an allegation that he sexually abused a boy in the 1990s. Had been pastor in Newry since 2002. DA's office received notice from bishop on 3/21/13. Little admitted to the PA Grand Jury that he provided the boy many "amenities" for years, including a home, electronics and money. The GJ called Little a "master manipulator" who attempted to keep the victim from his family and friends, and in whose life he was a "near constant presence."

Fr. Gregory J. Littleton

Ordained: 1990
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Per Metuchen bishop, Littleton gave info to diocese in 1993 that implicated him in sexual abuse of 2 minors. Removed and sent for evaluation and 3 years' therapy. Allowed to return on limited basis; returned in 1997 to full time ministry. Transferred in 1997 to Charlotte diocese, which was told of his past. In 10/02 allegations were reported to Metuchen and passed to Charlotte. Not removed by Charlotte until 2/04 when allegations deemed credible. Per news in 8/18, Littleton claimed he was a victim of sexual misconduct by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Littleton was included on the Metuchen diocese's list 2/13/19. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19.

Fr. Theodore Llanos

Ordained: 1974
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Turned himself in to police after arrest warrant in 11/95; faced 38 counts of molesting five boys since 1990. Had been in treatment at St. Luke's in MD. Sued by six in 1996. Cases dismissed due to SOL in 1996. Died by suicide in his Washington DC home in 12/96, age 50. Another civil suit filed in 1997. Two more in 2003. At least 21 victims of abuse, spanning 20 years. All included in massive LA archdiocese $660M settlement in 7/07. A suit claiming abuse 1988-92 of a boy, ages 8-12, settled in 2020 in the low six figures.

Fr. Segundo Llorente

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1934
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fairbanks AK

From Spain. Spent 40 years working in remote Alaskan villages. Later worked in the Yakima diocese, then in the Boise City diocese. Accused in a 12/04 lawsuit of abuse 1956-1957 by one plaintiff. Another plaintiff added to suit 8/05. Died 1/26/89. Claims included in 11/07 settlement with the Jesuits. Two or more pending claims shown in bankruptcy reorganization documents for Fairbanks Diocese 1/25/10. On the Jesuits West list 12/7/18. It notes reports in 2005, 2008 and 2009 of abuse 1962-63, and the mid-1960s.

Fr. Robert J. Lochner

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Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

First named publicly as accused by the Baltimore archdiocese on its list 4/16/19, where it is stated that multiple allegations of abuse were received starting in 2002. But in the 4/24/19 list, that account has been revised to state that multiple allegations began arriving in 1993. Abuse alleged to have occurred in the 1950s and 1960s. Assigned to archdiocesan parishes 1956-1967. Died on 12/9/67.

Deacon James Lockwood

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Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Deacon. First named publicly as accused by the New Orleans archdiocese on its list 11/2/18. Allegation noted to have been received in 1978 of abuse in the late 1970s. Removed from ministry in 1978. On Baton Rouge diocese's list in early 2019. Had worked as a lay teacher for five months at St. Aloysius School in Baton Rouge.

Fr. Charles M. Loeffler

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1941
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Sent to Iraq as a missionary within 2-3 years of ordination. Spent 20 years there, returning to the U.S. in 1969. One of 12 new priests named in 1/03 lawsuits. A 71-year-old woman in 2003 said he abused her and her sister in 1941. Loeffer died in 1992 at age 80. A woman who filed suit wanted people to know that abuse within the Archdiocese did not begin just in 1950s. Omitted from the 2011 Boston AD database.

Fr. James D. Loeffler

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province 2/27/20. Multiple allegations of abuse occurring in the 1950s and 1960s. Worked in Miami, FL; West Palm Beach, FL; El Paso, TX; Albuquerque, NM; San Antonio, TX; Augusta, GA; Grand Coteau, LA; Key West, FL. Died in 1984.

Fr. Robert Loftus

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Laicized in 1977. Name appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse of minors released by Archdiocese 12/5/13. Archdiocese qualifies inclusion by saying that he was credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a "young woman" in the early 1970s, but an independent investigation failed to determine if the woman was a minor. Was living in Coon Rapids, MN.

Br. Patrick Logan

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Status: Accused

Diocese:

Professed vows as a Salesian brother in 1965. Worked in Tampa FL and Boston MA. Left the order in 1983. Named publicly as credibly accused by the Salesian order on its list in 3/20. No details given as to when or where the abuse occurred, or number of victims. (Placing him in the NY archdiocese for now, which is where the Salesians' Eastern Province is based.)

Fr. William R. Logan

Ordained: 1969
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Accused of abuse of two girls 1970s-1980s. Placed on leave in 3/06. One woman tape-recorded a conversation with him just before his suspension. He denied all allegations. A parent came forward to say she had complained about his behavior to the Diocese in the early 1980s. Reinstated in 9/06 after review board could not substantiate complaints. Suit filed in 9/06. Both women filed criminal complaints in 2/07. Included in 3/21 on the diocese's list of accused. Abuse allegedly occurred at St. Lawrence the Martyr in Sayville, where Logan was assigned 6/69-2/75 and at St. James in Seaford, where he worked 6/80-6/85.

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Deacon Robert Logue

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Deacon. Name included on diocese's list released 8/1/18. Accused of inappropriate communications with a child. A 1968 memo in Logue's personnel file noted that Logue was accused by a 13-year-old boy and his father of asking the boy in to expose his genitalia. Logue "admitted his tendencies." Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18.

Fr. Samuel J. Lombard

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Ordained: 1946
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Retired and died in 1998. Accused in a 2001 pro se lawsuit of sodomizing a 9-year-old altar boy in a sacristy in 1968. Suit dismissed on SOL. In 6/02 a woman came forward to say that Lombard had sexually assaulted her as an adult. Youth Minister Christopher Reardon (later convicted of abuse) was an altar server as a boy under Lombard and Fr. Jon Martin. Under fire for his sexual habits and his supervision of Reardon, Martin said he was recruited into the priesthood by Lombard. See 8/11 Boston AD database.

Fr. Thomas C. Lombardi

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend IN

Former principal of Huntington Catholic High School. Placed on leave 12/11 from assignment at St. Joseph Hessen Cassel parish in Fort Wayne after recent allegation that he had had "contact with a minor" about age 16 in approximately 1997. Lombardi was assigned to St. Louis Besancon from 1986 to July 1997. Police unable to investigate because no victim has come forward. Accuser wanted to remain anonymous. On diocese's 9/18/18 list. Noted to have been removed from public ministry 8/9/15, with one credible allegation against him. Died 12/28/17.

Fr. Hubert C Lomme

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Ordained: 1934
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Ordained in Valkenburg, Holland. Monsignor. Accused in a 2014 lawsuit of sexual abuse of a 6- or 7-year-old boy in the early 1960s when pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows in Las Vegas NM. Another suit filed in 12/16 claimed Lomme sexually abused 7 preteen boys at Our Lady of Sorrows 1959-64. Died 10/22/86 at age 79. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17.

Fr. Alfred Longley

Ordained: 1939
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

On list of priests with credible allegations of abuse of minors released by the St Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese 12/5/13. Parish priest. Military chaplain 1942-52. Permanently removed from ministry in 1968. Died in 1974. Included in the Memphis diocese's report 2/28/20. It notes that St. Paul and Minneapolis reported that Longley was at Christian Brothers College 1965-66 in TN, but neither the Nashville diocese nor the Christian Brothers have a record that he served in West TN. Per the 1965 Official Catholic Directory, Longley was on duty outside the diocese, at Christian Brothers College.

Fr. Richard A. Loomis

Ordained: 1976
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Monsignor. Prior to ordination, Loomis was known as Brother Beckett. Sued 2003. Accused of abuse of 1 1968-71. Another incident in 1974 alleged in 2004. Placed on leave 2/04 but still shown as pastor of Saints Felicitas and Perpetua Church in San Marino, CA thru 6/30/09. Loomis served as canonical investigator for allegations of abuse beginning 2001. In a 2009 deposition, Loomis revealed how Cardinal Mahoney failed to properly deal with abuser Michael Baker. Personnel file released 1/13. Archdiocese announced in 11/14 that a Vatican Tribunal determined that allegations of sexual misconduct against Loomis had not been proven. The archdiocese lifted its restrictions on Loomis and called him a priest of the archdiocese "in good standing."

Br. Jorge Ortiz Lopez

Order: OFM
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Entered the Franciscans in 1975. A man filed suit in 1994 alleging that Lopez molested him in the rectory of Sacred Heart in Prescott when he was an altar boy in 1975. Police report at the time indicated that the victim was intoxicated when he entered Lopez's room, and that Lopez admitted full responsibility for the abuse. He promised to pay for victim's counseling but did not. Suit settled 1996. Also worked in the Oakland diocese. On the Franciscans' Santa Barbara Province's list 5/31/18. It notes an allegation reported in 1992 of the sexual abuse of a minor 1975-76. Lopez died in 2004. On Oakland diocese's list in 2019.

Fr. Fernando Lopez Lopez

Ordained: 2000
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

From Colombia. Sent from Rome, Italy to St. Thomas the Apostle parish in LA in 2001. Arrested in 2004 for abuse of a minor. Other victims found. Convicted in 2005. Conviction/prison sentence overturned 4/06 by appeals court. In 1/08 the CA Supreme Court overturned the appeals court decision and returned case to the court which upheld conviction 4/08. CA Supreme Court refused to hear appeal. Suit filed by 20-year-old man in 5/09. Lopez was deported, per CA Sex Offender Registry. News reports 6/11 say he was convicted in Rome in 2000.

Fr. John Lord

Ordained: 1983
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Named by the Diocese of Orange as one of six priests accused in 2003 of the sexual abuse of minors. Lord died from complications of AIDS in 2/89 at age 46. Also known as Father "Jack". He had been at St. Columban Church for 6 years before his death. Shown as absent on sick leave per 1988 Catholic Directory. Civil suit was filed in 12/03 by one plaintiff. No date given for alleged abuse or info on parish where it occurred. $3,739,842 settlement in 2005.

Fr. Louis H. Lorei

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Ordained: 1947
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Monsignor. Died 1986. Pastor of Our Lady of Peace in Erie 1981-85. Name added to the diocese's updated list 7/18/18. Noted that ministry may have been restricted and that the records are unclear as to his final status. Updated list 4/5/19 states he died 4/86. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Report to diocese in 12/09 that Lorei sexually abused an 11- to 13-year-old altar boy and student at Our Lady of Peace in the early 1980s. Another allegation in 3/07 of past abuse of a boy.

Fr. Larry Lorenzoni

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1951
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Born in Italy 5/12/1923. Joined the Salesians in 1939 in the U.S. Taught 1957-67 at Salesian high schools in the Los Angeles archdiocese in Bellflower, San Gabriel and Los Angeles. Also worked in parishes. Lectured at Southern IL University 1966-71. Worked in Rome 1985-90 as Director of Documentation for Caritas Internationalis, and later at the Salesian Provincial Office. Per 1/06 article, worked at Vatican Press Office for four years in the 1990s. Accused in 2002 of abuse in 1957-58 of a student; his accuser sued the Order. Another former student publicly alleged abuse by Lorenzoni when he was a high school student during 1959-60 in Watsonville CA. Lorenzoni died 9/5/17.

Fr. George B. Loskarn

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Accused in 2002 of sexual abuse in the late 1960s of a teenage boy. Admitted the abuse, placed on leave. Abuse occurred during Loskarn's first assignment after ordination and apparently took place during an out-of-state trip. Name appears on the Baltimore archdiocese's 9/02 list. Per the archdiocese's updated list 7/23/19, Laskarn is deceased.

Fr. Robert V. Lott

Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

A man alleging abuse as boy by Lott 1975-85 received $500K settlement from archdiocese compensation fund in 8/17. The man said that when he was age 14, Lott ministered to his dying father; after his father died, Lott invited the boy to the rectory for sleepovers, and abuse began. Accuser went on to become priest. Lott became known for starting charities, with several named after him. Died 2/27/02. On archdiocese's list 4/26/19.

Fr. Martin J. Louis

Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

In 1990 a 20-year-old woman accused Louis of molesting and raping her several times when she was age 10. Diocese forced Louis to resign and sent him to counseling. Girl filed civil suit in 1991; settled in 1992. Louis indicted on rape charges in 1992; sentenced in 1993 to 5-25 years in prison. Still in prison 8/11. Other victims came forward when charges filed. He admitted in therapy to abusing as many as 90 (diocese said really 14-16). In 2001, a civil suit was filed alleging Louis also abused a young man. Laicized, per the diocese's list in 6/19.

Fr. Lawrence Joseph Lovell

Order: CMF
Ordained: 1951
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Convicted in 1986 in Los Angeles for abuse of a boy, age 14. Got three years probation. Convicted in 2004 for abuse of several boys in the 1970s-80s in Phoenix. Sentenced to 14 years prison. Placed on leave in 1985. Laicized 1992. Married a woman with three boys in 1995. She knew he had been a priest but not of past allegations until his arrest in 2003. He was a counselor and worked for U. of NM health center. Civil suits filed 1996 and 12/03. Limited personnel files released 1/13. Suit filed under the CA Child Victims Act, settled with LA archdiocese, Lovell and Claretians in 1/20 for $1.9M. Plaintiff alleged abuse as an altar boy, ages 9-11, in 1982-84. He said he told church officials when he was age 15-16. Released from AZ prison in 5/21.

Fr. Lawrence Low

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Seattle WA

Died 12/12/00. Low's name was included on the archdiocese's list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of the sexual abuse of a minor. Worked in the archdiocese until 1987 in Tacoma, Longview, Seahurst, Seaview, Vashon, Seattle and Arlington.

Fr. Richard T. Lower

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a young man in 1989. He denied that accusation, underwent a psychological evaluation, and was cleared to return to work. Another man came forward in 12/02 to allege abuse by Lower as a minor in 1973 at St. Rose of Lima Parish. When advised of new allegations and decision to place him on leave, Lower disappeared and was found dead along a hiking trail two days later. Likely suicide.

Fr. Emmett F. Lowney

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Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Helena MT

Accused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese's list, posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non-monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Assignments included St. Paul's, Anaconda 1949­-51; St. Peter's, Anaconda 1951­-54; Chancery and Sacred Heart Mission, Wolf Creek 1954­-56; St. John's, Butte 1956­-57; St. Catherine, Boulder: 1957­-64; St. Michael's, Drummond 1964­-67; Retreat House, Deer Lodge 1967­-68; St. Mary's Mission, Stevensville 1968­-69; leave to Michigan 1969. Died 7/31/75.

Fr. C. Neil Lucas

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Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Placed on leave in 12/02 after allegations he sexually abused more than one boy in the mid-1970s. Review board recommended his removal. Lucas did not deny the allegations. Per a 3/04 report from the diocese, Lucas was one of 10 priests permanently removed from public ministry because of credible or substantiated allegations. Died 11/07.

Fr. Christopher D. Lucas

Ordained: 1985
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Ordained for the Conventual Franciscans. Incardinated into the Philadelphia archdiocese as a diocesan priest in 2002. Allegations received by the archdiocese in fall 2018 were made public in 9/19. Accused of sexually abusing a minor prior to ordination in the early 1970s, while Lucas was also a minor. Deemed by the archdiocese to be unsuitable for ministry. Ministry restricted, faculties withdrawn in 9/19.

Fr. Theodore Lucas

Ordained: 1984
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

On 'medical leave of absence' beginning 3/14. The diocese announced 5/16/18 that Lucas was being placed on administrative leave due to a credible accusation of "sexual misconduct involving a minor." Pending further investigation, Lucas was not "to function in any capacity as a priest anywhere." Assigned 1984-89 to St. Bartholomew's in Middleburg Heights, 1989-97 to Resurrection of Our Lord in Solon and St. Mary Magdalene's in Willowick 1997-2014. Per the diocese's list 6/21/19, Lucas was on administrative leave pending the Vatican's decision regarding laicization.

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. Justin Joseph Lucio

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Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Dallas TX

Accused in 1989 of abuse of two immigrant youths in the late 1980s, and financial misconduct. Lucio denied the allegations. Removed from parish ministry by Bishop Grahmann and assigned, unsupervised, to Casita Maria, an organization whose mission was to help undocumented migrants. Bishop told Lucio to retire after the allegations were publicized in 2003, but he kept working. Died 11/06.

Fr. David H. Luck

Ordained: 1987
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Family alleged abuse in 12/88 of their sons while a deacon at St. Paul's in Annville. Sent in 2/89 to St. Luke's in MD. Removed from ministry by diocese in 1990. Laicization announced 6/06. Name included on the diocese's list released 8/1/18. Per news in 2/19, allegedly raped a 15-year-old boy and fondled an 11-year-old boy in the late 1980s. Also said to have told people he fantasized about sex with boys and was a pedophile. Went on to work for more than two decades for York County as a caseworker in the Human Services Department for Mental Health/Intellectual and Development Disabilities. Fired in 9/18 after the 8/18 release of the PA Grand Jury Report. Living in 2/19 in a residential neighborhood.

Fr. Ralph Luczak

Order: CSC
Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend IN

A woman said in 2003 that Luczak molested her at age 10 on several occasions in the summer of 1969, at her grandmother's lake house near a Holy Cross retreat house. She told her mom, who told doctor and police. Nothing done. Mom then told a priest; Luczak was sent to CA. Alleged victim thought he was going to a monastery, but he was placed at a high school. Luczak died at age 38 in 1970. Order says there was nothing in his personnel file regarding abuse. Added to diocese's list in 6/19.

Fr. Francis E. Luddy

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Two brothers filed separate civil suits in 1980s alleging abuse by Luddy, their godfather, as early as 1978. Other brother awarded $1.5M in 1994 trial. Multiple appeals but final ruling for plaintiff in 3/06, who died in 4/12. One suit dropped in 1992; in response, Bishop Adamec put out a press release calling the dropped claims "baseless," despite knowing Luddy had admitted abusing at least 10 youths. More suits filed. In 5/04 diocese paid $3.71M to settle claims against several priests, including Luddy. Per AG's 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, "Luddy molested, groped, masturbated, sodomized and performed oral sex on at least 10 children" ages 10-17. The report harshly criticizes the diocese's mishandling of the Luddy case, and calls the lack of response to it by law enforcement "concerning." Admitted he had been abusing children since ordination.

Fr. Ronald John Luka

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Order: CMF
Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

In two 2002 civil suits Luka is accused of abusing three male students in the late 1970s at St. Helen's Catholic school in Lauderdale Lakes. Luka left the school in 1978 after one mother went to the parish pastor. Luka's order, the Claretians, claimed they received their first allegation against him in 1999, of abuse occurring in NY state around 1979. Sent St. Luke's in MD for treatment. Permanently removed from ministry. Living in 2002 at Wounded Brothers Project in MO. Judge ruled in 2/03 that the latest suit against Luka could go forward. At least one claim settled in 9/04 for $150K. Included in 3/18 on the Rockville Centre diocese's list of accused. Reportedly died around 2011.

Fr. Raymond Lukac

Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Greensburg PA

First named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Accused of abuse of multiple teenage girls while assigned to Greensburg diocese in the 1950s. Impregnated a 17-year-old girl in 1956. Married her in 1/57. In 7/57 sent to Servants of the Paraclete in NM for treatment. Divorced in 12/57. In NM until 1961. Accepted into Gary IN diocese on "trial basis." Taught at a high school in Hammond IN 1961-63, where there were more concerns re his behavior with girls. Removed. In a Chicago rectory 1963-64. In 2006 accused of abuse of 11-year-old girl while in Chicago. Accepted into Wheeling WV diocese 1/64, transferred to VA 8/64. Died 6/4/2000. Gary bishop in 8/18 stated the diocese received an allegation in 2012 against Lukac, and that the diocesan review board said there wasn't enough evidence to deem it credible. Not on Gary list released 8/27/18. On Wheeling-Charleston list late 2018.

Fr. William L. Lupo

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Alleged in early 1990s to have had inappropriate relationships with three teenage girls 1979-1986 while assigned to St. Mary's Parish in Des Plaines. He denied charges. After treatment and evaluation by Fitness Review Board he was allowed restricted ministry at St. Damian Peter. There he was to be monitored by a retired priest and was never to be in presence of minors without another adult present. Restrictions were lifted in 1995, but back in place in 1998. New investigation late 2001 after woman claimed sexual relationship in 1984 when she was age 23. He denied it, saying he only gave her "slight pecks on the cheek." Resigned from priesthood 12/02, writing to Cardinal George that he feared continuing to fight the allegations would harm his health. Laicized 12/14.

Fr. Peter H. Luque

Ordained: 1962
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

Placed on leave in 4/02 due to old allegations of sexual abuse. Criminally in charged in 04/03 with sexually assaulting two teenage boys in the 1960s. Luque's name included on a list of 20 priests turned over to police in 4/02. Other accuser later came forward. Criminal charges dismissed in 7/03 after Supreme Court ruling. Civil suit filed in 12/03. Name included in list released by San Diego diocese in 3/07.

Fr. Henry M Lutgen

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Ordained: 1947
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

On 1/03/14 the Diocese of St Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Lutgen, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information was provided on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. He worked at St Mary's in Melrose; St Mary's in Alexandria; St Columbkille's in St Wendel; and Community Hospital and Pine Villa in Melrose. He also served as Superintendent of St Cloud Children's House and as assistant Director and Director of Catholic Charities in St Cloud. He is deceased.

Fr. Donald Lutz

Ordained: 1970
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help when accused in a lawsuit filed 7/30/20 of "unpermitted sexual contact" with a girl, ages 13-14, 1975-76. The alleged victim was a parishioner during the time in question of St. Leo the Great in Amherst, where Lutz was assigned. Lutz denied the allegations. Reportedly in 9/20, Lutz was allowed to remain in ministry despite the allegation. A second woman also claimed abuse as a minor in the 1970s. In 10/20 Lutz was placed on leave pending investigation of the allegations. In 8/21 the diocese announced that the allegations were substantiated and that he would be on permanent administrative leave.

Fr. Frederick J. Lutz

Ordained: 1973
Status: Charged

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau MO

First named publicly by diocese as accused in 10/18. It notes that Lutz allegedly sexually abused a minor in the early 1970s. In 2006 a man told the diocese that Lutz abused him at age 17 in 1972 at St. Mary's in Cape Girardeau. On leave 1981-87 and 2009. Retired 2011. After a MO A.G. investigation, Lutz was arrested and charged 2/18/20 with multiple counts of child sex abuse, including forcible sodomy, of a 17-year-old boy in 2000, in the rectory of St. Joseph's in Advance. A Catholic school teacher was reportedly told about the abuse a few days after it allegedly occurred, and Lutz apologized to the boy's father. The diocese admitted in 2/20 that it knew in 2002 of the allegations. Lutz pled not guilty.

Fr. Salvatore P. Luzzi

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Name included on Erie diocese's list released 4/6/18. Faculty member, Venango Christian High 1962-68. Pastor 1979-1995 of St. Joseph's in Warren, PA. Sick Leave 7/94-2/95; sent to St. Luke's in MD. Faculties removed 9/15/95. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Eight known male victims, from early teens to early twenties. One, a former student, died by suicide. Accused in a lawsuit of abuse of a young man, ages 18-19, in 1978 or '79, while assigned to St. Mark's Seminary. The young man was a seminarian and Luzzi was his spiritual director. Settled in 11/19 in the low six figures.

Fr. Bernard J. Lynch

Order: SMA
Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Lynch and Marist Bro.Timothy Brady were accused in 1987 of abuse of boys at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx. Lynch was the school's chaplain, Brady was acting principal. Lynch returned to Ireland when the investigation began. Indicted in 1988. Brady was convicted. Lynch was tried in 1989 on charges he fondled one former Mount St. Michael's student; Lynch's lawyer said it was the boy who made a pass at the priest. Lynch claimed he was subject of witch-hunt because of his AIDS ministry. Found not guilty. Moved to London in 1992; started ministry for closeted gay priests. Order expelled him in 11/11. Not laicized. Lynch announced in 2012 memoir he married a man 14 years earlier. In 2017 working as counselor and spiritual director in London. Lawsuit 11/19 claiming abuse of another boy, age 16, in the Bronx 1978-79. Reportedly in 9/21 the lawsuit was dropped.

Fr. Damion Jacques Lynch

Ordained: 1991
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

A 1998 civil suit alleged Lynch abused twin brothers 1991-95, when the boys were in their early teens. Lynch apparently reported an "indiscretion" to Bishop Curlin in 1995 who attempted to resolve the matter with the family. Sent to residential treatment. Reassigned to parish in Charlotte in 1997 but asked for leave 2/98. Diocese paid $77,489 in 1996 and undisclosed amount as result of 1999 suit. Reported in 2002 to have left priesthood. Laicized in 2009. In 2017 working as a registered nurse at MedStar Washington Hospital and living in Alexandria, VA. A man filed a police report 3/5/19, alleging Lynch and Fr. Cornell Bradley, S.J. each sexually abused him as a teen in the 1990s. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19.

Fr. Patrick J. Lynch

Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Dallas TX

Diocese knew in 1966 that Lynch sexually abused a student at St. Pius X Church in Dallas. Diocese settled with one victim in 1995; a third victim came forward in 1995. Lynch retired in 1995 (because of allegations) and moved to England. Other allegations in 1997; privileges removed. Died in 2014. Several settlements. On diocese's list 1/31/19.

Fr. Richard D. Lynch

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Bradford Central Christian High faculty 1963-72, headmaster 1972-83. Pastor Holy Rosary in Erie 2/83-8/99. Died 2000. Allegation to diocese from man alleging sexual and physical abuse by Lynch in 1978-79 when he was a Bradford Central student.

Fr. Clive Lynn

Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

From Ireland. Dismissed from seminary in Scotland, accepted into seminary in the Diocese of Austin TX in 1968. Very involved with catechetical and CYO groups. "Clashed" with priests, then was recommended for and accepted into the Santa Fe diocese, where he was ordained in 1969. Multiple complaints by individuals and social services of abuse by Lynn, with subsequent transfers by Archbishop Sanchez. Privileges revoked in 1986. In 1989 the Archdiocese of Santa Fe paid a $554K settlement to one person claiming abuse in the late 1970s. Four civil suits were filed in 1994 alleging abuse of altar boys in the early 1980s. Per the suits, Lynn was no longer a priest and no longer in the United States. He left for Great Britain after 1989. Lawsuit filed in 11/14 by a Las Vegas man claiming abuse as a boy by Lynn in 1977. On Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17. On Las Cruces diocese's list 6/24/19.

Fr. Denis Lyons

Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Removed in 2002 after allegations of abuse in 1979. Arrested in 2003; charged with abuse of teens. Charges dropped in 2003 after Supreme Court ruling on SOL. Sued several times. On both L.A. and Orange diocese lists of accused priests. Suit in 3/08 claimed abuse in 1994/1995; settled 2/09. Prior to this settlement, Orange had already paid $4M plus in settlements. Arrested on new charges 7/09. Plea bargain of guilty 3/23/12. Sentenced 8/24 to 1 year jail, 5 years probation and to register as sex offender. New suit 3/27/12. Status per Orange diocese website 8/12/16 was "Life of Prayer and Penance."

Fr. John P. Lyons

Ordained: 1955
Status: Acquitted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Placed on leave in 6/02 after two men filed suits alleging he abused them as altar boys during the 1970s and early 1980s. One man's mother said she complained at the time to a priest who told Bishop D'Arcy. Arrested in 9/02 and charged with abuse of a boy, age 8-10, between 1987 and 1989. Acquitted by jury in 2005. No information on resolution of civil suits. Still on administrative leave and canonical proceedings still in process as of 10/15, per Boston AD database. In 9/20 the archdiocese announced that Lyons had been "dismissed from the clerical state" by the Vatican.