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 Regis

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Order: SC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

A man filed a civil suit in 3/11 alleging that Br. Regis, also known as Raymond Richard, sexually abused him for several months when he was a 7th grader at Sacred Heart Boarding School in Sharon, MA in the 1950s. The man said he told a priest during confession at the school and was then confronted by the priest, Regis, and the school director. When he returned from Easter break, Regis was gone. Suit announced in 11/11. School has been closed for many years. Regis is deceased.

Fr. Charles J. Richard

Ordained: 1946
Status: Sued

Died: 02/7/2007
Diocese: Diocese of Ogdensburg NY

Accused in a 2020 lawsuit(s) of the sexual abuse of a minor(s). Per his obituary, Richard was assigned to a St. Mary's in Potsdam after ordination until 1951 when he became an Army chaplain. Worked in Korea 1952-53, Vietnam 1968-69, and in Europe, South America and Panama. Returned to the Ogdensburg diocese, assigned 1972-1996 to Sacred Heart, then chaplain of Mater Dei College and later of St. Joseph's Home. He died 2/14/07.


Fr. John F. Roche

Order: SSC
Ordained: 1956
Status: Indicted

Died: 05/8/2015
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

"Jack." Named publicly as credibly accused by the Columbans U.S. Province on its list in 2/22. Noted to have a single allegation against him, of abuse 1973-75. Per the Official Catholic Directory, Roche was assigned during the time in question to St. Patrick's in Stoneham, MA. He died in 2015.


Fr. John Steven Rabideau

Order: OMV
Ordained: 1990
Status: Convicted

Died: 05/30/2014
Diocese: Diocese of Saginaw MI

Accused in 1998 of abuse 1985-1987 of three boys, between ages 6 -14, when a seminarian. Rabideau was studying in Boston and Rome; the abuse occurred during visits home to the Saginaw area. A warrant for his arrest was  issued in 1998. He fled the country. Per his order, it suspended him in 1992 and dismissed him in 1997. Rabideau was an active priest in the Philippines in 2004. He was arrested in Colombia in 2006 and extradited to  Michigan. He pleaded no contest to three charges; other charges were dropped. Sentenced to 5-10 years in prison on child sex abuse charges in 10/06. Included on the Saginaw diocese's list 8/9/19; Rabideau was prosecuted in the diocese, although he had not served there. He died 5/30/14 at age 52 in a bicycling accident.


Br. Frederick Raehsler

Order: CSC
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau AK

Joined the Holy Cross Brothers in WI in 1960. Named among seven clerics by the Juneau diocese in 8/19 as having allegations of sexual misconduct against them involving minors or vulnerable adults. Allegedly involved in sexual misconduct with a minor 1988-93. Worked in AK as a Physician Assistant and was involved with a Skagway parish. Returned to his order in 1993. Worked as a Physician's Assistant and/or nurse also in Blanchard, MI; South Bend, IN; and Wilkes Barre, PA.

Fr. Hugh Rafferty

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 7/1/19. Removed from ministry 11/1/74. Died 1/11/01. Allegation(s) received after his death. Included in 3/21 on the Rockville Centre diocese's list of accused, noted alleged abuse at St. Aidan's in Williston Park, where he was assigned 1/69-6/71.

Fr. Thomas G. Rainforth

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Accused in 7/02 by a man of molestation in 1975. Placed on leave. Returned to ministry in 8/02 after diocese said Rainforth was drunk and behavior was inappropriate but did not meet definition of abuse. Sued in 2004 by another man. Claim included in 2/05 $5M settlement with 27 plaintiffs, most of whom were abused by Rev. James Hanley. Rainforth's accuser later died of a drug overdose. In a 12/19 suit Rainforth was accused of sexual abuse by another man, who also alleged abuse as a boy by Hanley. Rainforth is "recently" deceased, per the diocese in 12/19.


Fr. Michael J. Raleigh

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Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

A/K/A "Friar" Raleigh. May actually be accused priest Michael J. Raleigh. No evidence found in the Official Catholic Directory of Edmund Raleigh, but Michael is indexed and listed. There was a Rev. Edmond Bliven at the parish in question in 1956, per the Directory. "Edmund" Raleigh was accused in a lawsuit filed in 5/02 of abusing a boy, beginning in 1956 when the boy was age 12 or 13, at St. John the Apostle in Oregon City. Per the plaintiff, Raleigh and Rev. Martin Doherty abused him and also forced him to watch as they engaged in group sex with other minors. Michael Raleigh was accused by four men of forced sexual acts as children or young teens in the 1950s. Numerous parish assignments, Dean,Tribunal judge. Absent on Leave 1951-56. Died in 4/12/79.

Fr. Michael J. Raleigh

Ordained: 1936
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

May be the same individual as "Friar" Raleigh or "Edmund Raleigh" accused in 2002, based on assignments and date of death. Four men accused Rev. Michael Raleigh of forcing them to engage in various sexual acts when they were children or young teens in the 1950s. Michael Raleigh had numerous parish assignments, was a Dean and Tribunal judge. Absent on Leave 1951-56. Died in 4/12/79. There were 5 claims against Michael Raleigh by 4/07. No evidence found in the Official Catholic Directory of Edmund Raleigh. There was a Rev. Edmond Bliven at the parish in question in 1956, per the Directory. "Edmund" Raleigh was accused in a lawsuit filed in 5/02 of abusing a boy, beginning in 1956 when the boy was age 12 or 13, at St. John the Apostle in Oregon City. Per the plaintiff, Raleigh and Rev. Martin Doherty abused him and also forced him to watch as they engaged in group sex with other minors.

Fr. Luis Eduardo Ramirez

Order: OAR
Ordained: 2003
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Arrested 1/08 after he took a 17-year-old boy to a motel room to "counsel" him. His order bailed him out and in 6/08 he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and burglary; other misdemeanor charges were dismissed. Admitted to inappropriately touching the youth. His lawyer said it was "bad judgment." Sentenced to six months in jail in 8/08 and three years probation. Released from jail in 3/09. All privileges removed.

Fr. Robert C. Ramon

Ordained: 1982
Status: Sued

Died: 08/13/2014
Diocese: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston TX

Accused of sexual misconduct with a minor female in 1991. Parish personnel were notified immediately; the diocese investigated and determined there was no evidence. Per the girl's family's request, the diocese provided counseling. The family's contact with the counselor ceased within few months and the family threatened litigation in 2/92. Civil litigation filed 7/93. Ramon was removed from ministry and resigned from the priesthood in 2002. He died 8/13/14. On the archdiocese's list 1/31/19.

Fr. Eleuterio V. Ramos

Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Died: 03/24/2004
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Admitted to abuse of at least 25 boys. Los Angeles CA archdiocesan priest, later Diocese of Orange. In and out of treatment, kept in ministry. Placed on leave 1985. Sent to a Tijuana Mexico parish in 1985 and put in charge of a children's ministry. Removed 1991. Died 2004. Personnel file released 1/13. Wrongful death suit 3/17 vs Orange and L.A. dioceses by widow of alleged victim who died by suicide in 2015. Abuse said to have been at St. Joseph's in Placentia, 1975-78, and victim was altar boy who met Ramos at age 10.

Fr. John B. Ramsay

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Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Died: 07/26/1994
Diocese: Diocese of Norwich CT

Priest of the Diocese of Norwich. Named publicly as accused by the Hartford archdiocese on its list 1/22/19. Retired in 1977. Volunteered and taught religious ed at St. Adalbert's in Enfield 1978-79. Worked at a parish and school in St. Petersburg FL in 1983; dismissed in 12/83 for "unprofessional behavior related to boundary violations." Allegation received after his death. On the Norwich diocese's list 2/22/19. It notes that allegations were received sometime after his 1977 retirement. Died 7/26/94.

Fr. Henry J. Rancourt

Order: SM
Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Accused anonymously in 1992 of "kissing and molesting Haitian boys" in his Boston parish school in 1992. On 6/27/09 the archdiocesan website showed him to have active status with an assignment at Marist House in Framingtham. In 4/12, attorney Garabedian announced a recent settlement of at least one claim involving Rancourt. Also worked in MI, NY and OH. Included in 1/21 on the Fall River diocese's list of accused. Noted to have been assigned at some point to parishes in North Easton, New Bedford and Vineyard Haven.

Fr. Norbert B. Rank

Ordained: 1930
Status: Accused

Died: 10/22/1983
Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 1/17/19. Multiple substantiated allegations of abuse against him occurring in about 1950. Sick leave 1932-33, hospital chaplain 1933-35. Several parish assignments, including St. Matthew's in Green Bay 1948-72. The diocese's 4/19 list notes allegations also of abuse 1960-68. Died in 1983.

Fr. James F. Rapp

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1967
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Salt Lake City UT

Worked in PA, UT, NY, IL, MI and OK. Teacher, wrestling coach. Accused of abuse of at least 2 MI boys in 1987. Removed, sent to counseling. Transferred to OK; abused boys there. Convicted 1999 in OK; 40-year sentence. $5M settlement in OK civil suit. Accused in 2003 Utah suit by 2 brothers; dismissed on SOL. Laicized 9/21/09. Charged 5/15 with abuse in 1980s of boys at Lumen Christi High in Jackson MI. Six more counts added 6/26/15. Pled no contest 2/16. Sentenced to up to 40 years 4/29/16. On Salt Lake diocese's list 12/4/18. Accused 11/00-02 of abuse of 4 minors 1969-75. On Lansing list 9/27/19. On OK City list 10/3/19. On Joliet list (ord date wrong). New suit 10/20 in UT. New suit 11/20 v Salt Lake diocese alleges a nun walked in on Rapp abusing a boy, did nothing, threatened the boy.

Fr. Joseph Rappl

Ordained: 1978
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

In 4/18 a 48-year-old man stated publicly he was sexually abused at age 11 in 1981 by Rappl. He said it happened once, after confession at St. Peter's in Lewiston. After Lewiston, Rappl was assigned to parishes in West Seneca and Holley, before working into the late 1990s as a military chaplain in CA, NY, Washington DC and NC. Left priesthood 1999. Stayed in NC and was noted in 4/18 to be working as a "married Roman Catholic Priest," although he was no longer in "the clerical state." Also a volunteer counselor at an overnight camp for children run by the Buffalo diocese. Rappl's accuser filed a complaint with the diocese 3/19/18. Accused in a lawsuit 8/19 of abuse of another child, age 12-14 in 1978-80 at St. Peter's in Lewiston. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. James W. Rasby

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Denver CO

Monsignor. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception rector for 20 years. Co-founded the Samaritan House. Named as accused in the CO A.G.'s report released 10/23/19. In 1975 a 13-year-old boy told another priest at the Cathedral that Rasby fondled his genitals. Rasby wrote a note to the boy saying "You have every right to be mad at me." Kept in ministry. In 1990 a 16-year-old boy told this parents - who informed the archdiocese - that Rasby had been hugging him and kissing him on the cheeks, then later kissed him on the lips, despite the boy's protest. As pastor, Rasby had hired the boy as a Saturday receptionist at St. Vincent de Paul parish. Rasby denied kissing the boy on the lips. Sent to outpatient treatment, restricted access to boys. Kept as pastor, retired in 1995. Died 7/23/14.

Fr. Shawn Francis Ratigan

Ordained: 2004
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph MO

School principal complained of behavior 5/10. Not removed from St. Patrick until 12/10, after child porn found on laptop.Tried suicide. Police told of one picture but said not porn. Assigned to say mass for nuns. Reported to police 5/11. Arrested 5/19/11. Sued several times. Some civil suits settled, including one for $1.3M. Two more settled 2/14 for $1.8M. Pled guilty to federal pornography charges in 2013. Sentenced to 50 years 9/11/13. Sentenced to three 7-year sentences 10/13 on state charges. Laicized in 1/14. Federal Appeals Court upheld the 50-year sentence 07/24/14. On diocese's list 9/5/19.

Fr. Edward A. Rausch

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Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

Name appeared on list of 21 priests accused of abused released by District Attorney in 9/02. List says there was one alleged victim with claims beyond the SOL. Rausch left the priesthood in 1970 and was aicized in 1971. He married and raised a family. He denied ever having harmed anyone. Included in 1/21 on the diocese's list of credibly accused. Died 5/14/14, age 86.

Bishop James S. Rausch

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Former Secretary General of the NCCB. Bishop of the Phoenix diocese from 1977 until his death in 1981. In 11/01 a man gave a deposition in a case involving the Tucson diocese and Msgr. Robert Trupia, in which he stated that he was 17 when he began a sexual relationship with Rausch and over 18 when he was involved with Trupia and William T. Byrne. Trupia attempted to blackmail the diocese in 1992 by saying that he would release info on Bishop Rausch and the young man.

Fr. Redmond H. Raux

Ordained: 1982
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Accused in 1993 of molesting a boy in 1987. Allegations against Raux and Rev. James L. Wilson Jr. were settled in 1995 for $200K. Raux later denied the allegation. In a 1996 letter recommending Raux for a USAF chaplaincy in WY, Cardinal Law assured the military he knew of no reason why Raux would be unsuitable to work with children. Per the 8/11 Boston archdiocese's list of accused, the Review Board either found the allegations unsubstantiated or he was acquitted by canonical process. No restrictions on privileges. Appointed Archdiocese of Military Services, USA Dean for European Vicariate, per 8/17/12 announcement. 'Very Reverend.'

Fr. James M. Ray

Ordained: 1975
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Multiple allegations. Accused in 1990 of abusing a boy while assigned to St. Peter Damian parish 1984-89. Removed from parish work in 1991. Allowed to live 2000-02 at an Augustinian Friary in Hyde Park, near a day care center and a Catholic grade school. Removed from job in Office of Health and Hospital Affairs in 6/02. Permanently removed from active ministry 9/05. Resigned 3/09. Laicized 1/12. Claim 1/14 of abuse of boy in Wauconda 1989-91. Accusations of abuse of 3 others received 2009 and 2013. Per documents released 11/14 he was accused of sexually attacking 2 boys, starting when they were ages 10 and 11, while assigned to St. Anastasia in Waukegan 1975-82. In 2008 was living with 8 other accused priests at Stritch Retreat House in Mundelein. Laicized in 2012. Suit in 2020 alleged abuse and sexual torture 1983-87 of a boy while assigned to St. Peter Damian.

Fr. Samuel H. Ray

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1925
Status: Accused

Died: 11/22/1983
Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Jesuits' Central and Southern Province on its list 12/17/21. Noted to have more than one allegation against him. Abuse estimated to have occurred in the 1940s and 1950s. Ray died in 1983. Included in 6/22 on the New Orleans archdiocese's list, where he was assigned at some point; no known abuse there.


Fr. Terrence Andrew Raymond

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Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Gaylord MI

Ordained for the Diocese of Saginaw. Became priest of the Diocese of Gaylord when it was created in 1971. Left the priesthood in 1985. Died in 1986. First named publicly as accused by the Gaylord diocese on its list 11/10/18. On the Saginaw diocese's list by 8/9/19.

Fr. Joseph A. Reade

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Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Pueblo CO

Named as accused in the CO A.G.'s report released 10/23/19. Diocese received a report in 1994 that Reade sexually abused a boy, ages 10-12, 1969-71, while assigned as chaplain to two Grand Junction hospitals. Diocese settled with the alleged victim, who told investigators there may have been other victims. In 2016 the diocese reported to Pueblo police an allegation of abuse by Reade in the mid-1950s. In 1986 a psychiatrist informed the diocese of a recent allegation that Reade kissed and fondled an 11-year-old boy at a social gathering. Reade was suspended, then reinstated after the allegation was deemed unsubstantiated. Reade denied the allegation. He died in 1990.

Br. Joseph Franklin Reagan

Order: CSC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in a 2003 civil suit against the Los Angeles archdiocese of abuse of a minor. Abuse alleged to have occurred in 1965 when he was working at Rancho San Antonio in Chatsworth, CA. Died in about 1989. Joined the order at age 18 and left in 1966 at age 22 to pursue a career in baseball. Included on the archdiocese's Addendum to the Report to the People of God in 2005. (Reagan's name is spelled "Regan" in the report, but is "Reagan" in his personnel file.)

Fr. Gerard J. Ream

Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Per the PA Attorney General's 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, in 1966 Ream "took special interest" in a female student at Bishop Carroll High School, where he taught religion. He counseled her and helped her get into college, including providing money. He visited her there and insisted she see him on visits home, during which time he engaged in sex with her. When she fell in love with a boy at school, he harassed her and she grew frightened. She reported Ream to the diocese in 2008. He died 4/18/08.

Br. Benedict Reams

Order: FSC
Status: Sued

Died: 05/23/1994
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Given name Joseph Ambrose Reams. Full religious name Ultanian Benedict Reams. Made final vows as a De Las Salle Christian Brother in 1939. Taught at Mont La Salle 1936-1946, then at St. Mary's College in Moraga 1946 until retirement in 1969. Continued at St. Mary's assisting in physics classes. Also operated a weather station throughout his time there. Played organ at St. Mary's college chapel and at St. Monica's Parish in Moraga. Died in 1994 in Napa. Accused in a lawsuit [s] filed sometime between 2020-2022 of the sexual abuse of minor[s].


Fr. Edward J. Reardon

Ordained: 1931
Status: Settled

Died: 05/23/1991
Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Monsignor. Died in 1991. Accused in a civil suit filed 3/04 of abuse of a 15- to 16-year-old boy 1971-72. Claims against Reardon were included in the 10/05 $22M settlement between the archdiocese and 43 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 14 priests. On the archdiocese's list 1/22/19. On Norwich diocese's list 2/22/19.

Fr. John D. Reardon

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

One of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for allegations involving minors. Last assignment was as pastor at St. John of the Cross Parish in Roslyn. Name is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) regarding priests in secret archives who were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. On 5/4/12 Archdiocese found allegations substantiated and that he was unsuitable for ministry. Canonical process pending.

Fr. Thomas M. Reardon

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Died: 01/16/2022
Diocese: Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph MO

First suits filed in 2004 by six who alleged abuse by Reardon and two other priests at a lake home or at church. The priests allegedly would give the kids drugs and alcohol. Reardon left active ministry in 1989 and resigned from the priesthood. Worked as substance abuse counselor. Suit against Reardon and one other priest settled in 4/07. Other claims settled in 8/08 as part of a $10M settlement involving twelve priests. Named in 2/11, 4/11 and 11/11 suits claiming abuse of boys. At least 24 accusers. Suit filed in 7/18. On diocese's list 9/5/19; multiple substantiated allegations noted. Laicized. Credible allegation announced 10/20 of abuse of a child in 1972 at Camp Little Flower; Reardon was camp director. Settlement in 2021. Died 1/16/22 at a senior living facility in south Kansas City.

Fr. Hubert John Reason

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Died: 07/10/1984
Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

In 8/02 the diocese announced that "several individuals" had come forward with credible accusations that they had been abused by Reason as minors. Per a 12/02 news article, two brothers had come forward to allege abuse by Reason and Fr. Gerry Appleby, and by an Episcopal priest and an Episcopal seminarian. The men said that, in effect, the four traded them around. They said that Reason would also give them and other altar boys money and alcohol and take them to Tampa for professional wrestling. Reason left the diocese in 1978 and died in 1984, at age 60. Accused in 2005 of child sexual abuse at an Altamonte Spring parish in the early-to-mid-1960s. Three claims settled for $1.5M in 7/05. Included on the St. Petersburg diocese's list of credibly accused. Included in 10/21 on the Orlando diocese's list. 


Fr. Anthony J. Rebeiro

Ordained: 1956
Status: Sued

Died: 02/15/2017
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Native of Goa (off the coast of India). Ordained at the Vatican. Worked in Italy and Paris before arriving in the U.S. in 1965. Incardinated into the Boston archdiocese in 1977. Removed in 8/02 from Quigley Memorial Hospital after the archdiocese received an allegation of an incident involving a 12- or 13 year-old girl in the early 1970s. Accused of molesting at least half a dozen teenage girls, as well as boys and adult women. On leave as of 6/14, per the archdiocese. Died 2/15/17. Accused in a 3/22 lawsuit of the sexual abuse, including rape, of a boy at the rectory and school of St. Joseph's in Holbrook. Per the suit, the abuse caused injury to the boy, and Rebeiro told the boy's mother that he caused his own injuries. 


Fr. John W. Rebel

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Leave of Absence 5/73-8/74. In 2009 the diocese received a report from the parents of an alleged victim that Rebel molested their 10- to 12-year-old son in the 1970s. They said their son told them years later about the abuse. By 2009 he was deceased. The abuse allegedly happened in their son's bedroom after a mass in their home. Further, they said that Rebel would drive their son home after CCD, and that their son would sob and beg them not to make him go to CCD. Rebel denied the accusations. He died 3/17/13.

Fr. Donald J. Rebokus

Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Worcester MA

In 2003 a man alleged that he was molested in the mid-1970s by Rebokus while a student at Holy Name High School, where Rebokus was headmaster. The abuse allegedly would involve wrestling, showers and massages, and continued at a parish after Rebokus left the school. Rebokus' accuser said the abuse stopped when the he bested Rebokus in wrestling. Rebokus died in 1983. He had also been a state police chaplain.


Fr. Anthony Rebol

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Died: 11/7/2017
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Retired in 1998. Evaluated and treated after allegation in 1992 of abuse in 1963. Returned to ministry. Placed on leave along with 9 other priests in 4/02 due to allegations, pending further review of their cases. Died in 2017. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. John Rebovich

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Ordained for the Oblates of St. Joseph (O.S.J.), assigned in the Dioceses of Scranton and Harrisburg PA. First allegation in 1975 involved soliciting an altar boy for oral sex. Boy told officials of the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Passaic in 1978 but nothing done. A few months later Rebovich transferred to the Byzantine Catholic diocese of Parma. A 1990 civil suit (settled in 1991) alleges Rebovich raped an altar boy in 1980 in the Parma diocese. Suit also alleges church officials covered up the incident when notified in 1984. In 1992 three more plaintiffs filed suit. On leave beginning in 1990. On Harrisburg diocese's list released 8/1/18, accused of sex abuse of a child. Worked in the diocese in the early 1970s. Deceased. Added to Scranton diocese's list 12/18.

Fr. Louis J. Reczek

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Order: MS
Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Died: 05/12/1986
Diocese: Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee FL

Priest of the LaSalette Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas Missionaries. Permanently removed by the order in 1974. Assigned in Peoria IL early career, including as a hospital chaplain. Active priest in FL 1970s and '80s until his death. Died in 1986, age 57. Named publicly as credibly accused by the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese on its list in 2020.

Fr. Donald Redmond

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Placed on leave in 2/02 after allegations that he abused at least one child in IA in the 1960s. At least three more victims from a parish in the Kansas City KS archdiocese came forward after his suspension. Complaints involved inappropriate touching of elementary school children 1961-64. Sent to live at St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison. Included on the Davenport diocese's list in 7/08. It notes allegations of the sexual abuse of five male minors. On the Kansas City KS archdiocese's list 1/25/19. It notes multiple allegations of abuse, occurring 1960-68.

Fr. Lawrence Redmond

Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Died: 02/17/2006
Diocese: Diocese of Orlando FL

Parish pastor, vicar general. In 8/95 the diocese settled with at least six men who claimed abuse by Redmond when they were boys. After allegations became public in 12/94, Redmond was placed on leave and later retired. In 8/95, another man's suit was dismissed due to the statute of limitations. Other victims were expected to file. Died in 2/06. New suit filed in 10/11. Included on the Orlando diocese's 10/6/21 list of credibly accused.

Fr. Sean Redmond

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Ordained: 1990
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Lincoln NE

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 4/2/19. Removed from public ministry in 2009 after an allegation of child sexual abuse. Laicized in 2010. Per the NE A.G. report released in 11/21, Redmond sexually abused a girl, ages 13-15, in the early 1990s. He admitted the abuse to law enforcement in 2019.

Fr. John T. Reed

Ordained: 1949
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Multiple allegations of abuse of boys. At least one claim against Reed included in a 3/08 $4.7M settlement with the archdiocese involving claims against 9 priests. Abuse allegedly occurred at St. Mary's in Dubuque in 1963-64. Reed died 4/16/76. At least one more included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.

Fr. Henry J. Reel

Ordained: 1934
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Monsignor. Pastor of St. Aloysius in Great Neck 1961-84, then Pastor Emeritus until his death in 2/90. Included in 3/21 on the diocese's list of accused. Abuse allegedly occurred at St. Aloysius, Jones Beach, a boys' camp, Reel's car and at Immaculate Conception Seminary, where he was assigned 1939-57.

Fr. Michael J. Regan

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Died: 05/4/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Accused in a lawsuit that settled in late 2021 in the high five figures of sexually abusing a girl, ages 14-17, multiple times during 1977-1980. The girl was a student at Pope John XXIII high school in Everett, where Regan was an economics teacher. His accuser said Regan told her that if she didn't comply with his sexual demands he wouldn't allow her to graduate. Regan died 5/4/20.


Br. Rajnal Rehmat

Order: CJD
Status: Charged

Diocese: Diocese of Madison WI

From Pakistan. Working in the Madison diocese since 6/22. Criminally charged in 12/22 for the sexual assault of a girl, age 17, occurring between 9/5 and 10/1. The girl was a participant in a Bible study he led at a DeForest parish. The incidents allegedly involved kissing and touchingin a vehicle. There were also incidents via video contact in which the girl would disrobe and Rehmat would masturbate.


Fr. Francis R. Reid

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Crookston MN

On 1/24/14, the Crookston diocese released a list of accused persons, including Reid, who previously was not publicly known to be accused. The diocese provided no information about the allegations against him. He was trained at Mount St Bernard Seminary in Dubuque IA and St Procopius Seminary in Lisle IL. Reid was ordained in Omaha but worked in the Crookston diocese his entire career as a parish priest. He was reportedly removed from ministry on 7/1/92 but is subsequently listed in the Official Catholic Directory as in residence at St Michael's in Mahnomen 1992-1997, after which he is listed as living in Park Rapids. After the USCCB's Dallas meeting, he was dropped from the Directory in 2003, only to reappear with his death on 11/15/07.

Fr. David F. Reilly

Ordained: 1975
Status: Cleared

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Placed on administrative leave in 8/06 after a man alleged that Reilly had improper contact with him in the 1970s when he was age 13 or 14. Reilly admitted contact but says it was not what it was alleged to be. On 02/21/14 the archdiocese announced that a three-priest Tribunal had cleared Reilly of the charges (confirmed by the Vatican) and restored him to active ministry. Status changed to retired.

Fr. James Joseph Reilly

Ordained: 1945
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Worth TX

Ordained for the Dallas diocese, incardinated into Ft. Worth diocese when it was formed in 1969. Retired in 1987. Died in 1999 of Alzheimer's. Accused in the 2000s of abuse of four youths about 30 years prior. One accuser came forward in 2002; Diocese waited three years to tell him about other accusers. Suit filed by eleven men; settled in 11/06 for undisclosed amount. Building named after Reilly at former church was renamed as part of settlement. Seven more victims later came forward and settled without litigation in 2009 and 2010. More claims settled in 5/11, 6/11, 6/12, 4/13 and 3/14. About thirty known accusers as of 2014. On Dallas diocese's list 1/31/19.

Fr. Joseph P. Reilly

Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 06/4/1992
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Died in 6/92. According to documents released from his personnel file, Reilly was accused in 1999 of kissing and groping a 10- or 11-year-old altar boy and a 16-year-old altar boy one time each. Also accused of digitally raping a pre-pubescent girl once between 1961-1963. He was assigned to St. Agnes Parish in Milton during the relevant times. The 8/11 Boston archdiocese list reported no formal determination of guilt either because he died prior to canonical or criminal investigation or it was not complete at his death.

Fr. Patrick Reilly

Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Died: 04/4/2018
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Monsignor. Accused in a 2003 lawsuit of abuse of a minor 1980-84. In late 2004 the archdiocese deemed the allegations unfounded; Reilly was allowed to continue in active ministry as a retired priest. Died 4/4/18.

Fr. Terence John Reilly

Order: OP
Ordained: 1959
Status: Sued

Died: 08/30/2016
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in 2002 of abuse in 1976. Civil suit filed 12/03. Per LA archdiocesan report, there were 4 accusers claiming abuse 1959-76. Reilly was reportedly in residence for several years at St. Dominic's in San Francisco, which had a school. Also worked in Oakland diocese. On San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/18. Worked there at Notre Dame High School in Riverside 1988-93. SB diocese list notes abuse took place in Eugene OR in 1983, that it was made aware in 5/93 and that Reilly left the diocese 5/93. Died in 2016. On Dominicans St. Joseph Province list in late 2018. It notes transfer in 1974 to the Province of the Holy Name. On the Holy Name Province list in 10/21.

Fr. Nicholas Reina

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Named publicly as accused on the Los Angeles archdiocese's updated list 12/6/18. Report to archdiocese in 2018 of incident(s) in 2000. Removed from ministry in 2018. The Salesians reportedly had received an allegation in 2000 that Reina molested a child in 1975, prior to ordination. In 2012 an adult told the order Reina made an "improper advance" toward him in 2000. In 2013 Reina was awarded Salesian High School in Richmond's Educator of the Year.

Fr. William Thomas Reinecke

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Died: 08/11/1992
Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

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

Fr. Gerald L. Reinersman

Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Covington KY

Reinersman, the Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese and former Moderator of the Curia, was placed on leave in 5/04 after a man alleged that Reinersman molested him repeatedly as a young boy in 1979, at Mary Queen of Holy Rosary in Lexington. Reinersman denied all allegations. A special civilian review board handled review of this case. Reinersman was cleared and reinstated as an active priest in 2/05. The board said that "it couldn't rule out that his accuser simply accused the wrong priest."

Fr. Robert J. Reiss

Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Accused of abuse of boys in the 1970s. Laicized in 9/97. Died in Mexico 2/3/05; apparently murdered. Claims were including in the 2/06 settlement by the diocese. At least one claim included in $4.7M 3/08 settlement with archdiocese involving abuse by 9 priests. At least one more claim included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.

Fr. Robert Reitmeier

Order: OMI
Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Duluth MN

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list updated in 12/15. Assigned to Sts. Jean and Clement in Duluth 6/22/71-9/1/75. Also worked in Sisseton SD, St. Paul MN, St. Louis MO and Chicago IL. Left the Order in 1992. Laicized 9/8/07. Name included in 10/22 on the Chicago archdiocese's list of credibly accused. 


Fr. Robert Renggli

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Seattle WA

A woman sought counseling in 1988, alleging abuse by Renggli when she was in high school; she was referred by the Seattle archdiocese to a counseling agency. In 2005 she filed suit, alleging she did not understand the relationship between the counseling agency and the archdiocese. Renggli left the priesthood, married, and went to work with a group called Rent-a-Priest. Name included on Seattle archdiocese's list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at St. Martin's Abbey in Lacey 1971-76.

Fr. Rudolf John Renteria

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Ordained: 1979
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Worth TX

Accused of sexual abuse of a 14-year-old boy in 1981. Bishop confronted him but he said could not admit or deny because of alcohol. Reassigned several times. After a "series of incidents involving disruptive behavior and alcohol abuse" at one parish, he was sent for treatment to Southdown and then assigned as hospital chaplain, beginning in 1987. Barred from ministry in 2002. Bishop asked Vatican to laicize him. Suit filed 3/09 claiming 1981 abuse. Settled 6/30/10. Laicized 12/10/10.

Fr. Joaquin V. Resma

Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Died: 05/1/1983
Diocese: Diocese of El Paso TX

From the Philippines. Pastor of Our Lady of Health in Las Cruces NM 1978-83. (El Paso diocese until Las Cruces NM diocese formed in 1982.) Member of Society of St. John Vianney. Died 5/1/83. Accused in a 6/18 lawsuit of sexually abusing an altar boy in 1978 at Our Lady of Health. Four alleged victims joined the suit, which settled. Per the parish's website, Resma and his brother, also a priest, were magicians who "worked very well with young children and youth." A lawsuit filed in 12/18 claimed Resma raped a 10-year-old girl on multiple occasions in the late 1970s. His accuser said that when she age was 8 or 9, Resma would kiss her "like I was an adult." She said he would have girls sleepover three or four at a time in the rectory living room, then take them one at a time to his bedroom.  Another suit was filed in 2021 and was set to go to trial as of 8/21.


Fr. Emmeran Rettger

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1938
Status: Accused

Died: 06/10/1999
Diocese: Diocese of Covington KY

Named publicly as accused by the St. Vincent Abbey Benedictines in 8/18. Multiple allegations of abuse dating to his time at St. Benedict's in Covington, KY 1965-67. Per the Archabbey, the allegations were received in 1993, and Rettger was removed from active ministry. Included on the Diocese of Covington's list 7/31/20 of those with substantiated allegation(s). Died 6/10/99.

Fr. M. Lawrence Reuter

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

President of Loyola Academy 1975-90. Removed from active ministry in 2010 after admitting to an "inappropriate relationship" with a senior at the school after the boy turned 18. Settlement in the 1990s. A second man came forward in 2010, alleging abuse at Loyola Academy as a student in the late 1980s. On the Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/18. It noted that he was living in a Jesuit Community 2010- to the present. Included in 10/22 on the Chicago archdiocese's list of credibly accused.

Br. Paul F. Reycraft

Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

One of 10 religious brothers and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in a 5/13 civil suit claiming abuse at three Chicago schools run by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers' (Irish Christian Brothers) North American Province. Order agreed to $16.5M settlement with 400 plaintiffs in 5/13 with claims of abuse by multiple priests and brothers. Included on the order's list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014.

Fr. Lonnie C. Reyes

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Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Austin TX

Longinus "Lonnie" Juventius Reyes. Vice Chancellor of diocese 1973-75, Chancellor 1975-86. Admitted in 2004 to sexual 'relationship' with a girl, ages 16-18, in the 1970s. Resigned from ministry. Placed on permanent leave. Given retirement status. The woman had recently reported the matter. Diocese investigated possibility of two more victims and said that there were also inappropriate relationships with adult women. On Austin diocese's list 1/31/19.

Fr. Bradley R. Reynolds

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fairbanks AK

Reknowned photographer and writer. Frequently visited AK to visit and take photos, not formally assigned there. Often quoted as a spokesman for the Oregon Province. Worked at Seattle U. 1983-90. Suit filed 8/08 alleges Reynolds abused two boys, ages 9 and 11, at Toksook Bay at some point. Placed on leave in 8/08, investigated by the Order. Review Board deemed the allegations not credible. In 2004 another Jesuit, Rev. Dave Reynolds, SJ, had alerted leadership to sexual wrongdoing by Reynolds with young men and boys in the AK village. Sent for a psych eval. Two or more pending claims shown in bankruptcy reorganization documents for Fairbanks Diocese 1/25/10. Subsequently assigned to Gonzaga U. as Assistant Director of Campus Ministry. Requests made to Seattle Archbishop and Tacoma Bishop to remove his privileges. Quietly left Gonzaga at the end of the 2019 school year.

Fr. Francis J. Reynolds

Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Died: 02/13/1988
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Named in civil suit filed 12/93. Alleged to have sexually abused a teen-age girl from about 1972 through 1984 while she was a parishioner and student at the St. Francis Xavier parish and school in Buffalo, MN. Permanently removed from ministry in 1987. Died in 1988. Name included in 12/13 on the archdiocese's list of credibly accused.

Sr. Eileen M. Rhoads

Order: IHM
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

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

Fr. Raymond R. Rhoden

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Ordained: 1976
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 2002 the diocese received a report that Rhoden sexually abused a 16- to 17-year-old boy in 1976-77. Rhoden had been a family friend. The boy's parents said they told Bishop McDowell about the abuse years before and he said he would "take care of [it]." Rhoden admitted to the abuse. He would go into the boy's room after the boy had gone to bed, massage his back, fondle his genitals and perform oral sex on him. Rhoden was placed on leave 5/17/02 and sent to St. Luke Institute for an evaluation. He withdrew from ministry 7/5/02 and retired to Sarasota, FL. He died 11/4/06 at age 56. Lawsuit announced 11/18. Another suit 1/19 alleged abuse of a 5th-grade boy 1978-80.

Fr. Michael S. Rhodes

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Ordained: 1984
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Per news in 2004, Rhodes was accused of sexually abusing two boys in the late 1970s, when he was a seminary student. One of the alleged victims came forward in late 2003 and the second was located by church investigators. Rhodes left the ministry in 1993. In 2004 he was possibly living in Florida and working as a clinical hypnotherapist. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Charles A. Ribaudo

Ordained: 1967
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Monsignor. Placed on leave, then "retired" in 2002 after allegation that he had molested Michael Hands as a high school student. Hands went on to become a priest and in 2002 pled guilty to abusing a teenage boy. Hands claimed that a church official offered him cash if he promised to keep quiet about charges against Ribaudo, one of the diocese's best fund-raisers. Ribaudo, Priest O in the Suffolk County Grand Jury Report, admitted in therapy that he had abused "at least 12 boys." Died 8/13/16. Lawsuits filed in 8/19: claims of abuse of a 17-year-old, who was a student at Holy Trinity in Hicksville, 4/69-6/69; claims of abuse of a child, ages 15-16, at Holy Trinity High School in 1977. Included on the diocese's list of accused in 3/21.

Fr. Arthur A. Ribeiro

Ordained: 1950
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

On sick leave in 1982. Removed from ministry/retired 1/1/92. Confronted in 1996 by two priests about his sexual misconduct. As of 1/03, three men had filed suit alleging Ribeiro sexually abused them in 1960s at All Saints in Concord. Per 7/04 article, four plaintiffs in two lawsuits. One plaintiff said he told his pastor during confession within two weeks of abuse and that Ribeiro was then transferred and promoted. Died 10/18/00. On diocese's list 2/17/19.

Fr. Jose F. Ribeiro

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Died: 10/18/2000
Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

From Portugal. Worked in Santa Clara (1975-81), Sacramento (1982-91) and San Francisco, CA (1991-94). Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits West Province on its list 12/7/18. It notes an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, without specifics as to time or place. Dismissed from the order and returned to Portugal.

Fr. Joseph P. Rice

Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Removed in 2002. Accused, along with two other priests, of abuse of teenage girl. No criminal charges filed, due to statute of limitations. Church found allegations credible. Allegations against Rice included in 10/04 settlement with Archdiocese. Living without restrictions at St. John Vianney Residence for Retired Priests in Rutherford, NJ for several years as of 11/13. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Died in 2014. New suit in 7/20 alleges abuse 1978-81 at St. John the Apostle in Linden. Accused in a claim settled in 2020 in the low six figures of sexually abusing an altar boy, ages 12-18, during 1978-85, while assigned to St. John the Apostle. The abuse included forced oral sex and forced sodomy.

Fr. Edward D. Richard

Ordained: 1968
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Placed on leave in 4/02 after the diocese learned that police were investigating Richard due to allegations of child sexual abuse. Two men filed suit in 6/02 alleging the priest abused them while he was assigned to Our Lady of Mercy in Merrimack 1973-82. Richard retired in late 5/03. The criminal investigation was still ongoing at the time. Claims likely part of 5/03 settlement involving 61 plaintiffs. Assigned to a life of prayer and penance and deceased, per the diocese's list 7/31/19. Accused in a lawsuit that settled in 4/20 in the low five figures of fondling a boy, age 17, in 1987, in the St. John Neumann Parish rectory in Merrimack.

Fr. Lucien J. Richard

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Order: OMI
Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Sued in 11/05. Accused of abuse of the twin daughters that he admittedly fathered. "Affair" began when the girls' mother was a student at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge in the late 1970s and he was her professor. It continued for several years until the girls were born in 1985. He become a professor at Boston University. He said he paid child support regularly and never abused the girls. Order knew of the girls from the time of their birth.

Fr. Franklin T. Richards

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Nashville TN

Principal of Knoxville Catholic High School. Confronted by parents of three children in 1984. The diocese and Richards say they paid them settlement. Sent for treatment. Left priesthood in 1989. He and Edward McKeown abused many of the same boys. Richards confessed to molesting 25 boys. No legal action due to SOL. Living in FL at last report. In deposition, he admitted homosexual relationships with two priests. On Nashville diocese's list 11/21/18, which notes he was dismissed from the priesthood in the diocese 3/1/89. On Knoxville diocese's list as of 3/6/20.

Fr. James Edward Richardson

Ordained: 1965
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Wilmington DE and MD

Placed on leave in 6/09 after accused by an anonymous plaintiff in a newly-filed civil suit. Plaintiff said he was abused on two occasions in the 1960s. Richardson denied all accusations. Worked since 1982 as a drug and alcohol counselor. In 1989 he was assigned to Center for Pastoral Care. Part-time chaplain of St. Edmond's Academy. Faculties restored by Diocese 11/19/09 after investigation could not find credible evidence. Died 02/14/14.

Fr. Peter Raymond Richardson

Order: GHM
Ordained: 1986
Status: Accused

Died: 03/26/2014
Diocese: Diocese of Jackson MS

Named publicly as accused by the Jackson diocese on its list 3/19/19. Removed from ministry in 2010, died 3/26/14. Per list, abuse 1987-90 in Aberdeen reported in 2014. Also accused in of abuse of a minor in 2005 in West Liberty, KY. On Glenmary list 10/11/19. It notes that he left the order in 2007. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19. On the Lexington diocese's list in 8/20. On Cincinnati's list in 1/20. Included in 11/21 on the Nashville diocese's list.

Fr. Herbert M. Richey, Jr.

Ordained: 1978
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Accused of abuse of several youths. At least seven known victims in two parishes from the 1980s. Confidential settlements pre-1992. Forced from priesthood in 1992 and laicized in 1997. Allegations substantiated. Later turned up working as a music director/organist in another Toledo parish. Banned in 2002. Found working in Detroit area in 1/11 as church organist. Removed. Included on the Detroit archdiocese's 6/10/19 list of credibly accused. Died in 7/21/20.

Fr. Theodore L. Richlin

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Died: 12/23/2019
Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

In 10/20 the archdiocese announced that it investigated recent claims against Richling of the sexual abuse of minors, and deemed the allegations substantiated. Richling retired in 1997 and continued involvement in ministry until at least 2006. Died 12/23/19. Per the NE Attorney General in 11/21, Chancellor Rev. Michael Gutsgell knew in 1980 of allegations against Richling, and did nothing. Included in 10/21 on the Omaha archdiocese's list. Abuse noted to have occurred 1978-81 and 1990-92. Multiple allegations of abuse of boys.

Fr. Charlie Richmond

Ordained: 2015
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of La Crosse WI

Criminally charged in 6/15/20 with repeated sexual assault of a girl. In 3/20 his victim told police that between 9/16 and 5/17 Richmond would inappropriately touch her, have her sit on his lap and hug her, and was in constant communication via social media. The incidents occurred at McDonell Area Catholic High School, where Richmond was chaplain. He admitted to three to four incidents of sexual contact. Removed from public ministry. Pleaded no contest in 11//21 and, in a plea deal, found guilty of fourth-degree sexual assault. Sentenced in 12/21 to 12 months probation.


Fr. Thomas Richstatter

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Member of the Franciscan Friars, Province of St. John the Baptist. Retired. Accused in 9/19 of sexual abuse occurring over 30 years prior in the Cincinnati area. Included on the Franciscans' list of those with substantiated allegations against them. Noted to have been removed from ministry. Included on the Cincinnati archdiocese's list in 2/22.

Fr. Loren Riebe

Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Died: 08/4/2018
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

After ordination, Riebe spent four years at St. Anne's Parish in Santa Monica. Moved to Mexico in 1974 and spent next 21 years ministering to Indians. Expelled by the Mexican government in 1995. L.A. archdiocese began notifying dioceses throughout the country in early 2008 that it had several credible allegations against him of sexual misconduct with minors dating from the early 1970s. Worked in Diocese of Phoenix in 1996-97 (on its list as "Lawrence" Riebe). As of 2008, incardinated in the Diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Died in 2018.

Fr. Donald W. Rieder

Ordained: 1955
Status: Convicted

Died: 05/18/2013
Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

Admitted in 2002 to molesting three girls in the 1980s and one in the 1990s. Sentenced in a plea bargain in 6/03 to one year in jail in the 1990s case. She filed suit 1in 2/02. Settled in 2003 for $500K. A woman told the Vicar General in the early 1990s Rieder had molested her daughter. V.G. promised Rieder would never minister publicly again. Retired in 1996; privileges not removed until 2002. Another civil suit settled in 10/05 for $17.5K. At least 9 accusers in all. Named on St. Cloud list issued 1/3/14. Died 5/18/13. Two more suits filed 8/25/15 by women claiming sexual abuse as girls in the 1960s by Rieder. Assignments included parishes in Alexandria, Randall, Kimball, Morris, Roscoe, Paynesville, Little Falls, Sobieski and St. Cloud.

Fr. George Rieffer

Ordained: 1939
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Msgr. Rieiffer (misspelled "Reiffer" in media reports) was accused in a lawsuit filed in 5/16 of sexually abusing and raping a girl beginning in 1952, when she was 6-years-old. The abuse allegedly occurred many times in the rectory of Immaculate Conception parish, Las Vegas. The girl was said to have been a parishioner and student of the parish school. Rieffer died 9/7/91.

Fr. Claude Riffel

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Order: OFM
Ordained: 1940
Status: Sued

Died: 01/1/1977
Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

A suit filed in 2/09 alleged abuse of a youth at St. Francis Minor Seminary in Troutdale, OR in the early 1960s. Riffel was dean of discipline for the school and would allegedly call the teenager out of class to abuse him. Also believed to have abused in Santa Barbara, CA 1941-42 and 1975-76. Died in 1977. On the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans' list 5/31/19. On the Las Cruces diocese's list 6/24/19, where he was assigned in 1968.

Seminarian Leonard Riforgiato

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Order: SJ
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Seminarian. Named publicly as accused on the Jesuits Northeast Province list 1/15/19. It notes a report in 1969 of abuse of minors 1964-66, and that he admitted to the abuse. Riforgiato left the Jesuits in 1972. Taught for 27 years at Penn State's Shenango Valley campus and reportedly "focused on youth activities." Died in 1999. Two lawsuits filed in 8/19 alleged sexual assault of a child and rape of another. One was filed on behalf of a victim who died by suicide at age 32.

Fr. Dennis A. Rigney

Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Director of Catholic Charities for over 36 years and other prominent chancery positions. Diocese received a report in 4/87 that Rigney fondled a 12- or -13-year-old girl. Complaint in 1989 that Rigney fired a Holy Family Manor nurse's aid because she resisted his sexual advances. In 4/02 a woman told diocese that Rigney molested her over one year, 1966-67, when she was age 9 or 10 and he was assigned to St. Peter's in Reading. She said Rigney also molested her sister. Rigney requested early retirement in 4/02 for 'medical reasons.' Sued in 1/04 for alleged abuse of a 9-year-old girl. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.

Fr. Leo P Riley

Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Accused on 12/10/14 of sexually abusing a 4th grade altar boy in Dubuque IA starting in 10/85 at morning Mass. A 2/18/15 letter by Dubuque Archbishop Jackels about allegation was reprinted in the 3/1/15 bulletin of the parish where the abuse is alleged to have been committed, after archdiocese received the accuser's lawsuit on 2/10/15 and the review board deemed the allegation "not manifestly false or frivolous" on 2/11/15. Preliminary investigation began then. Riley worked in 16 Dubuque parishes since 1982; transferred to Venice FL diocese in 2002. Placed on temporary leave by Venice Bishop Dewane sometime between 1/4/15 and 1/11/15, pending the results of Dubuque's investigation. Riley "strenuously denies" the allegation. Jackels announced 7/12/15 that his investigation did not find the allegation to be true; survivor stated inquiry was incomplete. Riley reportedly passed a polygraph test. He was reinstated, took a leave, and then returned to St Peter the Apostle in Naples in 10/15.

Fr. Leo Thomas Riley

Order: CSS
Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

A man said in 2002 he was abused by Riley over a four-year period in the late 1950s at the Elm Bank Minor Seminary. The alleged victim told the Stigmatine's head at the time of the abuse; Riley was transferred. When the man brought the matter to the order's attention again in 2002, they admitted knowledge of the original complaint and said the information was not shared with anyone and was not entered into Riley's records. Riley died in 1995. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database.

Fr. Miles O’Brien Riley

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Author, actor, and former spokesman for the church. Well-known for his radio ministry and as a fixture on the old God Squad TV show. Target of a complaint by a female parishioner who accused him of having consensual contact short of intercourse with her in the early 1970s, beginning when she was 16. Matter referred to DA's office 8/02 and Riley was allowed to "resign."

Fr. Claudio Riol

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Ordained: 1930
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

Riol, a native of Peru, was added 12/04 to the Diocese's list of priests with "credible allegations." He worked in the Diocese between 1960 and 1966. Also named in 4/05 civil suit re abuse at Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary convent in Tucson.

Fr. Brendan P. Riordan

Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Monsignor. A child molestation suit settled in 1995 named Riordan and three other priests. Plaintiff alleged abuse at House of Affirmation in the Worcester diocese. Riordan denied any sexual involvement with the plaintiff. He served on the board of Community Organization for Parents and Youth (COPAY), a Long Island nonprofit that counseled drug-addicted teens. COPAY denied current affiliation. Riordan was appointed pastor of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Great Neck in 1998, where he remained until his retirement in 2015. Moved to Florida.

Fr. Louis J. Rios

Order: AA
Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Accused in 2/26/04 suit of forcing a 16-year-old girl to have intercourse and, when she got pregnant, offering her money from the NY parish collection and urging her to get an abortion. Rios knew the girl from catechism class, offered her GED tutoring, and then used a confidence about her violent father to begin the abuse and coerce her silence. Another priest promised to help her but didn't. Rios also worked in the dioceses of Worcester MA, San Juan PR, and possibly Boston MA.

Fr. Dennis R. Riss

Ordained: 1984
Status: Accused

Died: 05/30/2009
Diocese: Diocese of Rapid City SD

In 5/02 Bishop announced he had removed Riss from his assignment at St. Mary's in Lemmon after Riss admitted that he had sexually abused a 17-year-old boy in the early 1980s, prior to entering the seminary. Review board had not yet evaluated the case as of 2/03. Laicize 5/7/04. Died 5/30/09. On diocese's list in 3/19. It notes multiple allegations, the first received by diocese in 1984. Reported abuse occurred 1980 and 1990.

Fr. Samuel E. Ritchey

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Accused in 12/05 of 1977 abuse of a youth. Review board deemed allegations credible. Placed on leave. A second man alleged in 2/06 that Ritchey gave him drugs and alcohol in 1978 when he was senior in high school and attempted to molest him. Teaching certificate revoked by state in 11/06. In 2016 a man spoke publicly about being molested at age 16 by Ritchey in 1974. He said he asked Ritchey how many other kids he did that with, and Ritchey told him "I have several 'special friends' from my parish." The man's mother was a cousin of newly ordained and later Bishop Nienstedt, who introduced Ritchey to him. Nienstedt reportedly was told of the abuse, and did nothing. On diocese's list 3/1/19. Noted to have been laicized and to be deceased.

Fr. Dennis G. Riter

Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Suspended 3/26/18, accused of abuse of two altar boys at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the 1990s. One accuser said he was 10-13 when abused, and that he witnessed the abuse of the other boy, now deceased. Also, Riter would invite him to play games in the rectory after mass, then abuse him. He told his aunt in 2007; she took notes. The other boy's mother said her son told her at age 12 in 1997 that Riter tried to "play with" him underneath his robe on the altar during mass. Also said she told a cousin who worked for the diocese, who said "we'll look into it." The cousin claimed in 2018 not to remember. A third alleged victim was discovered by a news outlet in 5/18. A former seminarian said that in 1992 he walked in on Riter sexually abusing a 6-year-old boy, and told Bishops Head and Grosz in a letter. He said they told him to keep it quiet. Per diocese in 6/18 claims unsubstantiated; Riter reinstated. New lawsuit 8/19 by first accuser under Child Victims Act. Riter died 2/8/20.

Sr. Rosaria Riter

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Order: OSB
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

In 11/03 the Diocese of Tucson announced credible sexual abuse allegations against Sr. Riter dating back to 1949-1953 when she served on faculty of Sacred heart School. Riter died in 1996. Allegations were reported to police. Complainant was a boy at the time of the abuse but no other specific information as to age.

Fr. Bruce Ritter

Order: OFM Conv
Ordained: 1956
Status: Sued

Died: 10/7/1999
Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Established Covenant House in Greenwich Village in the early 1970s as a shelter and foundation for homeless and troubled youth. Complaints of sexual abuse of teen boys date back as far as the 1950s. Complaints documented in book, "Broken Covenant" by C. Sennott, 1992. Civil suit. Forced to resign in 1990 after allegations. Refused counseling, resigned from the order in 1991, reportedly joined an overseas diocese. Died in 1999. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 7/21 in Manhattan of sexually abusing a boy, ages 13-16, beginning in 1981. His accuser, who was a Covenant House resident, said that Ritter gave him gifts and clothing, and that the abuse included forcing him to have sex with other men, including Covenant House donors. 


Fr. Joseph J. Rives

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Ordained: 1920
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

In lawsuits filed in 5/03 and 6/03, three women claimed Rives abused them as girls 1962-64. Rives died in 1971. His name was originally shown as "Joseph Reeves." At least two suits were dismissed in 12/03 for being filed too late (more than one year after 4/02 Louisville notice date).

Fr. John C. Rizzo

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Named publicly as accused on the archdiocese's list 11/30/18. Reports to the diocese in 1993, 2002 and 2010 of abuse 1962 and 1972. Two victims. The 1972 allegation was disputed. Rizzo was removed in 2002 and retired in 2003. Per the NE A.G. report in 11/21, Rizzo admitted in 2002 to sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl in 1962. The girl was a family member. The alleged 1972 abuse was of a 13-year-old girl, also a relative. In 2018 Rizzo was living at a retirement community for priests. 


Fr. William A. Roach

Ordained: 1945
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Sued in 2004. Accused of abuse of two boys in Cedar Rapids in 1962 and one in Key West in 1967. Roach was former vicar general and former chancellor of the archdiocese. Died 4/9/86 in alcohol-related auto accident. Claims settled by archdiocese in 2/06 as part of $5Ml settlement with 20 individuals.

Fr. Armour R. Roberts

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Died: 12/8/1989
Diocese: Diocese of Marquette MI

Ordained for the Diocese of Marquette MI. Named publicly as accused by the Bismarck diocese on its list in 1/2/20. Substantiated. Died 12/8/89. In the late 1960s or early '70s Roberts took three boys, who were high school freshmen, to visit Rev. John Owens in New Leipzig. The two priests allegedly plied the boys with alcohol and sexually abused them. Included in the MI A.G. Marquette report in 10/22, which reveals multiple allegations against Roberts. His personnel file shows "trouble" when assigned to a Norway MI parish in 1961. Several transfers, then in trouble in 1965 with police due to "morals charges." Bishop Noa asked Roberts to leave Marquette. Went to treatment, sought work in other dioceses; only Bismarck accepted him. Report in 2002 and 2014 from a man that Roberts sexually abused him and other teenage boys at St. Mary's in Norway in the late 1950s; he said he told Msgr. Pelessier in Iron Mountain, who allegedly violated the boy's confidentiality. Accused in 1965 by a man of abuse of his son. Another allegation in 2007 of abuse of a boy in 1960, who also alleged abuse by Fr. Michael Hale.

Fr. Daniel F. Roberts

Ordained: 1945
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Burlington VT

Named publicly as credibly accused by the diocese on its list 8/22/19. Allegation first received in 2002. In 1/21 a woman told a news outlet that Roberts sexually assaulted her at age 10 in 1949, at St. Anthony's in White River Junction. She told her parents; her father called the police and the head of the parish. Roberts was transferred. He became a girls' school chaplain in Burlington, worked in a number of parishes and schools and as chaplain at a psychiatric facility for children in Brandon, VT. Retired 10/1/80. Died 12/281.

Fr. Kenneth J. Roberts

Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Dallas TX

From England. Author of book "From Playboy to Priest." Well-known conservative multi-media evangelist. First assignment at St. Andrew's in Ft. Worth. Sent to a Dallas parish after the mother of two Ft. Worth boys reportedly told a Monsignor that Roberts abused her sons. Sent to MO treatment center in 1968; allowed to work there on a temporary basis until 1994. Also worked in Belleville Diocese. Lived at some point in the Jefferson City diocese. At one time was national head of Catholic Youth Organizations. Faculties suspended in 1998. Several civil suits filed naming St. Louis and Dallas and/or Belleville Dioceses. At least seven known victims. Some cases settled; one in Peoria. Died in 2018. On Dallas list 1/31/19. On St. Louis archdiocese's list 7/26/19. On Peoria's list by 1/20.

Fr. Mark Thomas Roberts

Ordained: 1983
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Las Vegas NV

First known incident of abuse occurred in 1996. Removed from ministry in 2002. Accused in a 2002 civil suit of abuse of at least nine teenage boys. Criminally charged with the abuse of five boys. Convicted in 2003. Sentenced to three years probation. Removed from formal probation by court in 8/04. Ordered to treatment at RECON, a church-run center in MO, despite the fact that one of his victims lived within a 20 minute drive of the site. On Las Vegas diocese's list 4/12/19.

Fr. George H. Robichaud

Ordained: 1970
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Placed on leave 4/02. Arrested 7/02, charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault of a boy between ages 13-16 in 1984 and 1985. Victim went to police, then taped conversation with Robichaud in which Robichaud admitted he had been in recovery for 10 years. Also admitted abuse of another youth. One criminal mistrial. Retrial stopped 7/03 and charges later dropped on age issues and SOL. Civil suit filed 5/02 regarding abuse in 1982-1983. Settled in 2003. Deceased, per the diocese's list 7/31/19.

Fr. James P. Robichaud

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Order: OMI
Ordained: 1979
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Moved to ME in 2000; incardinated into the Portland ME diocese in 2003. In 2008 allegations arose that he had sexually abused a girl around 1979 when he was working at St. Jean-Baptiste parish in Lowell, MA. Allegations known for five months before he was placed on leave 6/26/08. He died by suicide the same night. Portland refused to pursue investigation after his death. Omitted from the 2011 Boston AD database. In 4/12 Attorney Garabedian announced a recent settlement of at least one claim regarding Robichaud.

Fr. Franz Robier

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Ordained: 1936
Status: Settled

Died: 04/22/1994
Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

From Austria. Missionary priest in Brazil for 18 years prior to arrival in San Diego in 1955; incardinated 1957. In Jemez Springs NM for treatment in 1957, returned to ministry. Several suits filed in 2003. Accused of abuse, including rape, of as many as 24 girls in late 1950s-early 1960s. Area was part of the San Diego diocese at the time, later San Bernardino. Died in 1994. First suit set to go to trial in 3/07 involved allegations by four sisters who were orphans from Germany when allegedly abused in the 1950s. Trial suspended when the San Diego diocese filed bankruptcy in 2/07. Name on list released by San Diego in 3/07. Claims settled 9/07 as part of $198.1M settlement. Personnel file released in 10/10.


Fr. Raymond A. Robillard

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Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

Name appeared on a list of 21 priests accused of abuse released in 9/02 by the District Attorney. The list showed two alleged victims with claims beyond the statute of limitations. In 1995 Robillard left his position as chaplain at Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Home to become assistant diocesan archivist, effective immediately. One 1999 website celebrating the anniversary of a former parish refers to Robillard as "retired." The 2002 Catholic Directory shows him as absent on leave. Included in 1/21 on the diocese's list of credibly accused. It notes that his faculties had been removed.

Fr. Barry Robinson

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

From Australia. Worked in East Melbourne and in Santiago Chile. In Boston around 1994. Personnel file released in 1/04. Fled to Australia in 1994 after admitting to a therapist that he had sexual relations with a 16-year-old boy in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood, and that he had engaged in sexual misconduct in Chile. He was an active priest in Australia for many years before being placed on leave. Later found living in a "special house for priests with problems" next to a school. Reassigned as supply priest 4/10. Omitted from the 2011 Boston AD database. Died 10/10/14.

Fr. Edmund J. Robinson

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Great Falls-Billings MT

At least one of the plaintiffs in a civil suit filed by 10 accusers in 2/12 alleged abuse by Robinson when he was assigned to St. Paul's Mission in Hays, MT. Also accused of abuse of at least one girl in 1963 at St. Ignatius Mission in the Helena diocese. Last known to have lived at Regis Community in Spokane, WA. Died 5/22/14. 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. By 2017 Robinson had been accused in lawsuits of the sexual abuse, including rape, of 9 children - boys and girls - on Indian reservations in the 1950s and 1960s. On the Great Falls-Billings diocese's list 8/21/18. On the Jesuit West list 12/7/18.

Fr. Ernest E. Robinson

Ordained: 1979
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Name released by law firm 3/1/18. Likely "Priest K" in the 2003 Suffolk County GJ report, who admitted to a victim in a secret recording in 1998 to abusing him as a boy during his first assignment. Victim sued, received $160K settlement. "Priest K" was later accused of abuse of another boy, whose father complained to the diocese. Claims settled in 2/18 through the IRCP. Accused of abuse of an altar boy in about 1980, when assigned to a Greenlawn, NY parish. Abuse reported to diocese the day it happened and multiple times thereafter. Robinson remained in ministry until 2006. Thought to be "many other" victims. Convicted in 2007 of sexually abusing a male minor in MA in 2006. On CT sex offender registry in 2/18. On Rockville Centre diocese's list in 3/21.

Fr. Gerald J. Robinson

Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Placed on leave 2003 or 2004. Accused in 2003 of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in 1978 at Mercy Hospital; accuser claimed ritual abuse by several priests. Accused 2005 of ritual abuse of a girl in 1968-75. Convicted 5/11/06 of 1980 ritual murder of nun at Mercy Hospital; sentenced to 15 years in prison. Case appealed. Ohio Sup. Court refused to hear appeal 12/08. Civil suit involving abuse dismissed 1/07 on SOL. Court reinstated lawsuit 10/07. Dismissed again 1/10. Dismissal upheld 12/10 & 4/11. Believed to be terminally ill (debilitating heart attack) in prison as of 6/3/14. Seeking early release but state authorities opposed it. Early release denied 7/3/14. He died in prison 7/4/14. Was to be buried as a priest.

Fr. John Allen Robinson

Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Associate pastor of Queen of Rosary parish in Elk Grove Village 1994-2003. Removed from public ministry in 1/03 after a summer 2002 accusation that he had been involved in sexual misconduct with a teenage boy in the late 1970s while assigned to St. Priscilla's in Chicago. Included in a 10/05 settlement with the Archdiocese involving multiple plaintiffs and 14 priests. Permanently removed from public ministry in 9/05. Died in 3/16, per archdiocese's 11/28/18 updated list.

Fr. Perry L. Robinson

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Assigned in 2/11 to St. Gerald in Ralston, NE when removed after allegation of abuse in the 1980s in Milwaukee. Church bulletin said the Jesuits gave him a sabbatical for health reasons. Robinson had been accused while working at Marquette University High School in 1990 of having nude photos of students. He was then sent to treatment and transferred to NE. Name included on the Omaha archdiocese's list 11/30/18. (It notes his removal was early 2012.) On the Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/18. Per the NE A.G.'s Report in 11/21, Robinson was accused of inappropriate touching, sexual overtures to a minor and inappropriate sexual discussions with minor boys, all in the mid-1980s. He was sent after his removal to live in the Jesuit Community at Creighton, with no faculties to minister.

Fr. Joseph James Rocha

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Order: OP
Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Worked in dioceses/archdioceses of Washington DC, Boston, Nashville, Providence. Left priesthood 1986, laicized 1988. Per 9/01 article, pled guilty to 1999 sexual assault of a 21-year-old mentally disabled man; sentenced to 10 years probation, counseling. Ordered to register as sex offender. Died in 2009. Included on Attorney Garabedian's list 3/28/16 of accused clerics named in civil claims resulting in settlements or arbitration awards. Settlement with Order 11/15 re alleged abuse of minor 1968-69 at St. Stephen's Priory in Dover MA. On Dominican Province of St. Joseph's list in late 2018. On Providence diocese's list 7/1/19.

Fr. Allan E. Roche

Ordained: 1946
Status: Settled

Died: 08/10/1997
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Roche's niece told archdiocese officials in 1992 that he had abused her in the 1950s when she was ages 5-12. He denied the allegations and the church took no action. Per personnel records released in 2/03, church officials knew in 1992 about prior sexual misconduct, including 4-5 relationships with women in MA and NC. Before his 1997 death, Roche admitted to abuse of his niece and reached a financial settlement with her. Criminal or canonical proceedings not complete when he died per 8/11 Boston archdiocese list.

Fr. Joseph A. Rock

Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Assigned to parishes, Catholic Scouting and CYOs. Two reports to diocese in 1986 of 'sexual contact' with three boys, one age 9, in the early 1980s. On 'sick leave' 2/86, sent to Paracletes in NM for treatment. Assigned 10/87 to nursing/retirement home for priests. Resigned 11/01 after accused of sex abuse of two elderly residents. Another allegation 1/92; Admitted to feeling boys' genitals. Lawsuit filed by 20-year-old man in 1994 claiming Diocese failed to prevent him from abuse at ages 9-12 by Rock in Mount Carbon. Rock denied the allegation. Settlement for $305K in 2000. Report in 3/00 of past abuse of a boy beginning in 5th or 6th grade. Named in suits filed by five alleged victims in 2004. Laicized in 2005. Accused in 2007 of abuse of 6th- to 8th-grade boy 1979-81. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On diocese's 8/19/18 list. Per 12/19 lawsuit abused girl, age 13, continuing for 11 years.

Fr. Louis G. Rodakowski

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Ordained: 1942
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Accused in 2005 by a woman of sexually abusing her as a girl. He denied abuse, admitted to 'improper touch'. Placed on leave. Per a news report in 11/06, two individuals had accused Rodakowski, one of abuse in 1948 and the other 1961-63. Retired in 1977. Continued to guest-preach in two parishes as late as 1997 and 2002. Was honored for 61 years as a priest and 90th birthday in 2003. Personnel documents released in 11/08. Died 1/24/10.

Fr. Edward Anthony Rodrigue

Ordained: 1962
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Admitted to abusing 150 children, "four or five" boys every year of his 22-year career. Sentenced to probation in 1979 for abuse of a boy. Sentenced in 1998 to 10 years' prison for abuse of boy in 1997. Civil suits filed in 2003 by at least 19. Laicized in 1992. Released from prison in 1/06. Name on 3/30/07 list of San Diego/San Bernardino priests accused of abuse. Died in 2009. One suit settled 4/10. Personnel file released 10/10. On San Bernardino list 10/9/18. Suit filed in 1/20 under newly expanded SOL on behalf of five men claiming abuse as children in the 1960s and 1970s by Rodrigue.

Fr. Antonio L. Rodriguez

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Ordained: 1949
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 2020 under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually assaulting a boy for two years, starting in 2001 when the boy was 11. Assigned at the time in question to Immaculate Conception Parish. In 9/20 a relative of Rodriguez said the priest was age 94, had dementia, and was living in a nursing home.

Fr. Antonio Munoz Rodriguez

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Stockton CA

Visiting priest from Mexico. Cardinal Mahony stated in a 2004 deposition that he removed Munoz Rodriguez after parents met with him and alleged that the priest sexually abused several high school students during a 1981 trip he organized to Tijuana. When Mahony testified in the 1998 O'Grady trial, he had stated that O'Grady was the only accused priest with whom he dealt in Stockton. Included on list of claimed abusers attached to Stockton diocese's 5/9/14 filing in bankruptcy court. Assigned as associate pastor of St. George/s Parish, Stockton:12/12/77 - 5/19/79 and St. Anthony's Parish, Hughson 5/19/79 - 9/18/81.

Fr. Carlos Rene Rodriguez

Order: CM
Ordained: 1986
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

First abuse report in 1987. Placed on leave in 1993. Convicted in 2004 of abuse of 2 teen boys 1988-93. Sentenced to 8 years' prison. Accused of abuse prior to 1994 in civil litigation. Laicized 1993 (or 1998 per L.A. Archdiocese). Included in 12/06 $60M settlement involving 22 priests, which covered all of the cases that occurred since Mahony was named head of the diocese in 1985. Laicized in 5/98. Released from prison 1/08. Personnel file released 1/13. Order file released 9/9/13. Found in 10/16 ministering at an L.A. church not affiliated with the archdiocese, using the name Carlos Ramirez. Removed after publicity. Lawsuit filed 10/18 by 2 brothers alleging abuse in the 1990s in Riverside, when they were ages 12 and 7. Settled in 10/21. Warning in 6/19 from archdiocese that Rodriguez was reported to be saying mass in homes, that he is not a priest and is convicted abuser. Included on the San Bernardino diocese's list in 2/19. On the Vincentians' list in 2020.

Fr. Jose H. Rodriguez

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Gallup NM

In 2003 the Diocesan Review board said Rodriguez was accused in 1999 of sexual abuse occurring more than 20 years prior. Settlement reached with the alleged victim and Rodriguez. Removed from active ministry in 1999. Had assignments in a number of churches in AZ and NM. Shown as "retired" in 2002 Catholic Directory. Per diocese, was at Assumption parish in Overgaard AZ as of 6/20/05.

Fr. Carl M. Roemele

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. A woman told the diocese in 6/67 that Roemele sexually abused her son and 3 young boys while assigned to St. William's. He stayed in ministry until going on leave in 2/76 and resigning in 8/76. Laicized 2/78. Report in 8/04 that the priest molested 3 St. Joseph's altar boys; the man who alleged the abuse also said that when he was in 6th grade he saw Roemele molest a boy at night during a trip an Aleo Lake cabin. A 2008 report allegeded abuse of an 11- or 12-year-old St. Joseph's altar boy in 1968. The abuse allegedly occurred after every mass for a year, and at a camp. In 10/10, a woman alleged, abuse of a a 10-year-old boy and others in 1969 at St. Joseph's and a camp. She said her son started drinking at age 10 and died an alcoholic in 2003. In 2009 Roemele denied any abuse. Civil suit filed against Bishop Zubik and Cardinal Wuerl in 10/18. Two more in 12/18.

Fr. Donald Patrick Roemer

Ordained: 1970
Status: Convicted

Died: 09/22/2019
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Convicted in 1981. Privileges removed. Sentenced to two years in a state mental hospital and ten years probation. Abused boys and accused of abuse of at least one girl. Suits filed 1984, 2003, 2004. Admitted to at least 30 victims. Still on CA Sex Offender Register as of 1/2/10 and shown to be living in Anaheim. Personnel file released 1/13. Laicized 5/9/06. Died 9/22/19.

Fr. Elmo J. Rogero

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1944
Status: Accused

Died: 08/17/1959
Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Died 1959. Allegation received after his death of abuse in the 1950s. Unclear as to where. Worked in New Orleans, LA and Mobile, AL.

Fr. Francis J. Rogers

Ordained: 1981
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wilmington DE and MD

Credible allegation of abuse of a minor in 1981. Removed from ministry 2003. Name appears on list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli 11/16/06. Fighting release of personnel files in 2/12.

Fr. Francis P. Rogers

Ordained: 1946
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused of abuse of numerous young boys, beginning just after his ordination and continuing for decades. Retired 1995. One man complained to Archdiocese in 1998 and Rogers was moved to a retirement home. Died 2005.

Fr. Stephen G. Rogers

Ordained: 1995
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Rogers, a religion teacher at Central Catholic High School, was placed on leave in 12/02 after being caught with internet child porn. Convicted in 2003 and sentenced to 21 months prison. Served 18 months. Diocese paid his salary while he was in prison. Teacher's certificate was been revoked as of 11/06. Permanently removed from public ministry in 2006. Still a registered sex offender as of 1/2/10. Not found in the registry in 11/20.

Fr. Thomas W. Rogers

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Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Ogdensburg NY

Diocese of Greensburg, PA priest. First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Allegation 8/62 of attempted sexual assault by Rogers of an adolescent boy near Lake Saranac in NY. Diocese of Ogdensburg NY notified Greensburg's Bishop Connare. Alleged victim told police in the Lake Saranac area that the attempted assault occurred after he was picked up hitch-hiking. The boy escaped and was able to give detailed information to police. The car was traced to Rogers, who was in the area visiting his mother. The boy's description of the man in the car matched Rogers "perfectly." Police confronted Rogers at a local church rectory; he denied the incident. The boy's father, "a good Catholic," was called to the rectory. He agreed not to press charges if Rogers stayed away from the area and admitted guilt. Police agreed. Rogers left town the same day. Rogers remained in parish ministry. Retired 11/98. Removed from public ministry after review of file in 2002. Died 2005.

Fr. Louis P. Rogge

Order: OCarm
Ordained: 1954
Status: Convicted

Died: 08/8/2007
Diocese: Archdiocese of Atlanta GA

Pled guilty in 1974 to child molestation charges in Athens GA. Sentenced to six years probation. Returned to active ministry in 1976. Abused two brothers in Joliet diocese 1996 and 1999. Removed from public ministry in 2002. Indicted on criminal charges in 12/06, pled guilty in 4/07. Was expected to receive 60 day sentence and probation. Died 8/07 before sentencing. On Atlanta archdiocese's list 11/6/18. Added in 2/21 to the Joliet diocese's list.

Fr. Norman J. Rogge

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1956
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Pled guilty in FL in 1967 to one count of contributing to delinquency of minor. Sentenced to three years probation and psychiatric counseling. Charged in FL in 1985 with one count of sexual battery or lewd and lascivious act on boy under 14 in 1984. Sentenced to one year in jail. Also worked in TX, CA, KS, AL, LA. Living in LA in 2002. Complaint in 2004 of 1962 abuse. Died 2/04/09. On Mobile archdiocese's list 12/6/18. On Alexandria diocese's list 2/6/19. On Jesuits Central and Southern Province's list 12/7/19.

Fr. Joseph A. Rohlinger

Order: OPraem
Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 09/13/2002
Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Named publicly as credibly accused by St. Norbert Abbey in WI, on its list 7/19/19. One allegation noted. Athletic Director at Southeast Catholic 1945 until assigned same role in 1950 at Central Catholic. Activities Director for 26 years until 1955 at Camp Tivoli. Counselor and manager of the cafeteria at Premontre High School 1955-86. Died 9/13/02.


Fr. John F. Rohrich

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Resigned in 6/75. Accused of abuse of a 16-year-old girl. Claims settled in 2004 for $125K. Victim released copies of settlement. Newly identified as abuser in Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06. Laicized 1/20/16.

Fr. David Roll

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Name included on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse released by San Diego diocese 3/30/07. Faculties withdrawn in 6/86 and placed on medical leave in 7/86. Treated at St. Luke Institute in 1986 and at Paraclete Center in 1987. Disability retirement in 3/93. Personnel file released 10/25/10, containing allegations in 1976, 1986-87 through 1993/94 and in 2002.

Fr. Russell Lawrence Romano

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Died: 02/21/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as abuser in Archdiocesan Report of 3/20/06. Resigned from priesthood in 10/91. At least one claim included in 7/09 settlement involving 4 priests and 6 claims. Laicized in 5/09. In 2013, was working as a licensed counselor in Illinois for a healthcare provider. The health care provider began an investigation. Had "retired" as of 6/13. Personnel file released 01/14. Died in 2/20.

Fr. Joseph A. Romansky

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Died: 06/3/2004
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Arrested in 1985, accused of playing strip poker with boys, offering them money for oral sex, fondling them, and masturbating in front of them. The mother of one of them said the diocese gave her a condo, a car and a job, and that when she refused to sign an agreement not to sue, they fired her and took everything away. Romansky pleaded guilty. Received probated sentence; sent to St. Luke's for treatment. Invited in 1988 by Biloxi MS Bishop Howze to work in a parish; Howze was aware of his abuse history. Howze sent him back to Cleveland after four years. At least two civil suits filed; settled in 1991. Was a nursing home chaplain until 2002 when placed on leave. Three more suits filed in 9/02. Said to have likely abused dozens of teen African American boys and girls 1975-1995. Two priests said in 2002 that they had reported him to the Cleveland diocese in 1975. Died in 7/04. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Michael C. Romero

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 1/12 the diocese was told that a man alleged that Romero sexually abused him when he was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception in Washington PA, where Romero was assigned 1978-82. In 6/12 a woman told the diocese that Romero had sexually abused her son and given him alcohol when he was an altar boy at Immaculate Conception. The alleged victim later told the diocese that he was an altar boy at the parish from grade school until he was a high school freshman. He said Romero gave him gifts and that he and Fr. John Bauer gave him alcohol and talked a lot about masturbation. Romero went on Leave of Absence in 3/90, which was his status until his death in 2000.

Fr. Oswald E. Romero

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Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 4/06 a 53-year-old man told the diocese that when he was ages 13-14 in 1966 or 1967, Romero sexually abused him. Romero was assisting at the time at St. Regis in Oakland, PA. The man said the abuse occurred under the guise of driving lessons, and that Romero fondled and performed oral sex on him. Romero retired in 1993 and died in 1997.

Fr. Roy K. Ronald

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Died: 10/28/2013
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

First publicly accused when included on diocese's list of accused 3/20/18. Died in 2013; list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Official Catholic Directory shows he was 'absent on leave' 1995-98, 'retired' 1998 on. Accused in a suit filed in 8/19 under the NY Child Victims Act of "unpermitted sexual conduct" 1982-86 of a child, ages 11-14. Plaintiff was involved with youth programs at St. Mary's in Belmont. In 1995 another priest told chancery officials that Roy abused five siblings around 1984. Put on sick leave. Continued public ministry. By 12/20, accused in four lawsuits.

Fr. Andrew M. Ronan

Order: OSM
Ordained: 1951
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abuse of a seminarian in Ireland. Sent to the U.S. Accused of abuse of male high school students in Chicago in 1963-64. Sent to Portland OR; abused in the mid-1960s. Suit filed in 2002 in OR claiming abuse in 1966. Laicized in 1966. Died in 1992. Documents released by Portland AD in 11/08 (see last page). Plaintiff sued Holy See; US Supreme Court said suit could go forward in 6/10. Vatican posted some files on its website in 8/11. Judge ruled in 8/12 that Vatican was not employer. Name included in 10/22 on the Chicago archdiocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Julian Edward Rondeau

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Order: SM
Ordained: 1945
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Rondeau admitted in 1992-93 correspondence with a victim that he had sexually abused her and her sister. The victim was about age 10 in 1966 when the abuse started. The girls were from a family that was financially and emotionally dependent on him. Ordination year was apparently adjusted from 1945 to 1971 starting in the 1993 Catholic Directory (this was after the allegation was made). Died in 1999. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database.

Fr. David E. Rondou

Order: OPraem
Ordained: 1928
Status: Accused

Died: 11/22/1977
Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Named publicly as credibly accused by St. Norbert Abbey in WI, on its list 7/19/19. Multiple allegations noted. Counselor at Camp Tivoli 1926-1940 . Assigned 1934 to Southeast Catholic High School, then in 1945 to Central Catholic. Pastor 1955-74 of St. Willibrord in Green Bay. Died 11/22/77.

Fr. David A. Roney

Ordained: 1945
Status: Settled

Died: 01/27/2003
Diocese: Diocese of New Ulm MN

Ordained for St. Paul, incardinated into the New Ulm diocese when it formed in 1957. Lawsuits in 8/03 by two women claiming abuse as children by Roney 1967-80. Two more filed suit in 9/03. Diocese said two previous lawsuits settled. Diocese learned of Roney' s conduct in 1987; sent for evaluation and therapy. Allowed to minister at San Lucas Toliman Mission in Guatemala beginning in 1994. Removed from active retirement in 2002. Died in 1/03 in Guatemala, age 82. Two women settled in 2005. Case of four more women dismissed by MN Court of Appeals 8/31/10. More suits pending in 9/13. More than 30 accusers, at least one as young as age 7. Name included on New Ulm list released by Attorney Jeff Anderson 8/04/14. Names were from deposition of Rev. Francis Garvey, a former top New Ulm Diocese official, taken in 1/14. Name added 11/3/17 to St. Paul-Minneapolis list of "priests and religious brothers who have served or spent time in the archdiocese and have substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor against them."

Fr. Donald Rooney

Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Died: 04/4/2002
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Died by suicide in 4/02 after being asked to come to diocesan offices to discuss an allegation that he had sexually molested a girl in 1980. Four more women and the father of another came forward with similar charges. One woman filed a class action suit in 6/02 alleging that Rooney abused her and about 20 of her female classmates after the 1984-1985 school year. Another woman filed suit alleging that Rooney had groped and kissed her. Court denied suits and Court of Appeals agreed. Rooney's name is included on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Robert J. Rooney

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

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

Fr. Sean Leo Rooney

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Joined the Salesians in 1958, ordained in 1966. Accused in a 12/13 suit of sexual abuse of a boy, age 14, at the Salesian minor seminary in Goshen NY, where Rooney taught theology and physics and was the financial administrator. The alleged abuse included removing the boy's clothing, touching and fondling the boy's buttocks and genitals skin-on-skin, and masturbating on the boy. The boy was also allegedly abused by Rooney on a school bus trip from Don Bosco Technical High School in Boston to Sacred Heart Retreat House in Ipswich. The complaint also alleged abuse of the boy in 1978 by Fr Joseph Maffei SDB and in 1981 by Bro Alan Scheneman SDB. Rooney was listed on the website of Boston attorney Garabedian 10/31/14 after a settlement during the year previous. The Salesians confirmed a monetary settlement had been reached. Rooney worked in the Boston, Gary, Paterson, New Orleans, New York, Newark, and Birmingham (arch)dioceses. Laicized in 2008. Lawsuit 2/20 in NJ. On Salesians list in 3/20. New suit in 3/22, also with claims against Sr. Alvin Marie Hagan, SSND. Rooney was living in 3/22 in Arizona.


Fr. Richard H. Roos

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Jesuits Northeast Province on its list 1/15/19. It notes allegations received in 2001 of abuse of a minor in the 1980s, and that Roos admitted the abuse. "Restricted" in 2001, "impeded" in 2019. Included in 1/21 on the Diocese of Fall River's list of accused, where he was assigned at some point to Bishop Connolly High School.

Fr. William C. Roper

Order: CMF
Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in 2002 of abuse of a girl 1968-69. Named in a civil suit and in archdiocesan report. Worked in the Gallup diocese 1964-65. Requested leave of absence then laicization in 6/73. Married and raised a family. Last known to be living in Seattle WA. His accuser said she met with him in the late 1980s and he admitted abusing her and two others. Also, she said he told her he had been sent to AZ for treatment. Included on Gallup 12/14 list of clerics credibly accused of abuse of minor(s). Deceased.


Fr. Francis Roscetti

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Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

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

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

Fr. James J. Rosch

Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Albany NY

Parish priest. Diocesan Chaplain for Scouting 1981-94. Rosch was removed in 2002 after credible allegations that he abused a teenage boy 20 years prior. There was a payment by the Diocese. Rosch claimed that his removal was because he fondled a 17-year-old girl when he was 23 and had not yet been ordained. The Diocese refuted his claim, saying that that would not have been cause for his removal. May have appealed dismissal to Vatican. Settlement in 2020 in the low six figures of a claim that Rosch sexually abused an altar boy, ages 13-15, in 1975-77, while assigned to St. Joseph's in Scotia, NY. Accused in two lawsuits current in 9/21, filed under the NY Child Victims Act, of abuse 1992-93 at St. Madeleine Sophie in Schenectady, and of abuse 1975-76 at St. Joseph's in Scotia. 


Br. Charles A. Rose

Order: FSC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

"Bro. Raimond." Accused in a 2003 CA suit of abuse of a 14-year-old boy in early 1982. Settled late 2004 for $1.1M. Rose moved back to MN in 1983 when allegations first surfaced. Suit filed in MN in 2/09 alleged the order and school knew of abuse of a boy but allowed Rose to continue working and to abuse 1966-67. Eight new suits in MN in 2009 claimed abuse after transfer to MN. Was living in Chicago without ministry from 2002. Other suits in ND and WI in 2010. One settled 9/10, 16 settled 12/10. Died in 2015. On Oakland diocese's list in 2019. On Fargo diocese's list 1/2/20.

Fr. Donald W. Rose

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Died: 09/14/2020
Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Monsignor. Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse in 1962. The updated list in 4/19 shows allegations of abuse occurring also in 1970, 1981-82 and 1984. On leave since 1992. Ordered by the Vatican to live a life of prayer and penance. Died 9/14/20. Nephew of accused priest Francis D. Rose.

Fr. Francis D. Rose

Ordained: 1939
Status: Accused

Died: 02/1/1983
Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse, occurring in 1943-44, reported after his death. Rose died in 1983. Uncle of accused priest Donald W. Rose.

Fr. George J. Rosenkranz

Ordained: 1962
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Name sometimes spelled Rosenkrantz. Sued in 2000 for abuse in the 1970s. Other suits filed in 3/02 and 1/03. Suits claim the Archdiocese knew of his history as far back as the 1960s but did nothing except transfer him. Placed on leave in 1989 because of multiple allegations of the abuse of minors. Name on the 3/5/03 Boston Globe list of 48 priests dropped from the 2003 clergy directory because they had been suspended from ministry after facing abuse allegations. Involuntary laicization announced in 2/07. Included in 8/11 on the Archdiocese's list.

Fr. William A. Rosensteel

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Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Per PA AG's 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, Rosensteel was accused in 2006 of 1970s "almost constant" sex abuse of boy, ages 9-15, at St. Patrick's in Johnstown. Fr. Dennis Coleman and Rosensteel played sex comedy albums for victim and other boys. Victim refused to join him and other men in sauna at Seminary, so Rosensteel told boy's parents he was bad and needed drugs. An older boy in special Rosensteel group raped victim who said, "this is for Fr." In 2007 a man told diocese he and 8 other boys were abused by Rosensteel at St. Patrick's. Boys slept in rectory and went with Fr on trips; all would sleep in underwear, one boy chosen to sleep with Fr. Boys showered with him. Abuse included deep tongue kisses and fondling. Victim's mother told Msgr. Finn in mid-90s of abuse. Finn kept no record of it. After a 4th victim emerged in 2007, Rosenteel committed suicide. Bishop Adamec said after the death, he might have retired "with some type of ministry."

Fr. Walter F. Rosensweig

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Ordained: 1953
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

Former Chancellor. Placed on leave in 1996. In 3/96 a man sued Rosensweig and the Diocese alleging abuse by the priest as a teen on at least two occasions in 1981. Suit settled out of court in 8/97 without an amount disclosed. Retired in 2001. Removed from public ministry in 6/02. Named in a second lawsuit filed in 11/03. Named in a federal lawsuit against the Diocese of Tucson and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as molesting a boy in 1980, after the boy told him he had been raped by Rev. Carlos Cocio.

Fr. Anthony J. Ross

Ordained: 1972
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Ordained for the Joliet diocese. News in 2002 that Ross molested a 15-year-old boy twice in 1981. His victim had letters he had received from Ross, which the boy's parents found in 1983. They confronted the bishop. Ross admitted the abuse, was sent to treatment, then returned to Joliet. The victim's family discovered in 1993 that Ross was still in ministry. Ross subsequently moved to the Santa Rosa diocese and worked as a prison chaplain. Incardinated into Santa Rosa 8/1/97. Permanently removed in 4/02 by the Santa Rosa diocese when allegations became known. Included on the Joliet diocese's list in 4/06 of credibly accused. Sued in  2006. The Joliet diocese agreed to release personnel files in 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19.

Fr. Joseph D. Ross

Ordained: 1969
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Pled guilty 1988 to sex assault of 11-year -old boy in 12/86. Sentenced to 2 years probation and treatment. Admitted then he had been accused of molesting a youth in the 1970s, and had been arrested for propositioning a police officer and public indecency. Allowed to return to work. Removed 3/02. Civil suit filed 11/02 alleged abuse of a 14-year-old boy in 1977. Laicization announced 8/02. Arrested 9/08 on new charges from 2000. Charges dropped 8/10. Living in AR. Suit filed 10/11 claiming abuse of girl. Case settled 07/06/14 under confidential terms. Possibly living in St. Charles, MO as of 7/15/14. On archdiocese's list 7/26/19.

Fr. Joseph Rossell

Ordained: 1930
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

From Spain, where he was ordained as for the Sons of the Holy Family. Arrived in CO in 1947 and in San Diego in 1953. Incardinated in the Diocese of San Diego in 1954. Frequent transfers first three years, then assigned to St. Anthony in National City 1956-72. Retired to Spain in 1972. Died in 1982. Name appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse released by San Diego diocese 3/30/07. Personnel file released 10/25/10. Named in a number of lawsuits. Accused in a suit filed in 1/20 under the CA Child Victims Act of molesting two girls in catechism class.

Fr. Mark T. Rossetti

Ordained: 1985
Status: Accused

Died: 04/24/2018
Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Allegation 11/95 that Rossetti sexually abused a 13-year-old boy, who was in eighth grade. Police report made, Rossetti suspended and sent for psych eval and treatment. The victim and family agreed to end the criminal investigation 11/21/95. In 11/97 Bishop Timlin asked the Archbishop of New York to allow Rossetti to minister there; permission granted. Rossetti released back to the Diocese of Scranton from New York in 2002. Laicized 2007. Died 4/24/18. Included on the diocese's list 8/19/18 (name spelled Rosetti.)

Fr. Christopher Rossman

Ordained: 2007
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

Pastor of Annunciation parish in Baldwin City and St. Francis of Assisi in Lapeer when suspended 9/16 after reports to the archdiocese that he had visited "inappropriate websites, including those depicting minors." Archdiocese said it notified the FBI immediately. On the archdiocese's list 1/25/19. It notes ongoing law enforcement investigation. Charged in federal court in 7/19 with child porn possession. Pled guilty. Per investigators, Rossman's sister tried to destroy his computer by running it over. Archdiocese deemed allegations substantiated and laicization was pending as of 3/6/20. Sentenced in 7/20 to 37 months in federal prison.

Fr. Stephen A. Roszel

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

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

Fr. James H. Roth

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1995
Status: Accused

Died: 02/11/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

In 1/15 a man reported to Roth's order sexual abuse multiple times by the priest when he was a 9- or 10-years-old, fourteen years prior. Roth was removed from position on a Toronto school board. Police informed. Roth died 2/11/15 of suspected suicide; left a note admitting to the abuse. Was an O.S.F.S. brother for about 20 years prior to his 1995 ordination. Worked at St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo OH 1976-87, and 1995-2004 as a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator. Filled in at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception parish in Monroe MI. Also assigned to schools in UT and Ontario, Canada. Victim was younger brother of a St. Francis de Sales High student. On the Detroit archdiocese's list of credibly accused 6/10/19.

Fr. Ronald W. Roth

Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Worked in Peoria IL diocese 1966-68. Worked in NM 1968-72, returning to IL 1972-91. Peoria bishop placed him on leave 3/93 after civil suit filed in NM which alleged he abused at least three boys and one girl there, beginning in 1968. One mother complained to Santa Fe archdiocese in vain. By 6/97 news articles referred to Roth as a spiritual healer and former priest. Died 6/1/09. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17. New suit 5/21/18 alleging abuse by Roth of a 14-year-old NM boy in 1971. On Peoria diocese's list by 1/20.

Fr. Forrest W. Rouelle

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Burlington VT

Rouelle's name is mentioned in 8/08 trial against Burlington Diocese and Fr. Edward Paquette. Former Vicar General Searles was questioned about Rouelle and other priests in connection with diocese's concern about sexual misconduct allegations. Rouelle retired in 1/98 and died 3/25/98.

Fr. George Roulier

Order: OMI
Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Died: 05/13/1986
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Accused in 2002 in MA of repeatedly hugging a boy and of putting his hands in the boy's pants once in 1983. Alleged victim says he was about 11, but he was 15 when Roulier first came to the parish. Assigned there 1983-87. Also accused in 8/04 of sexual abuse of a youth, about age 10, at Immaculate Conception in Nashua NH in 1979. In 12/05 a woman told the diocese that Roulier molested her in 1979-80. Possibly a third accuser in NH. Roulier died 5/13/86. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database.

Fr. Emilio Roure

Status: Accused

Died: 08/4/1964
Diocese: Diocese of El Paso TX

Ordained in 1920 in Barcelona, Spain. The Official Catholic Directory indicates he may have arrived in the U.S. in 1931. First worked in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, then in the Dioceses of Tucson and Gallup. Assigned to parishes in the Diocese of El Paso 1945 until his death in 1964. Named publicly as accused by the Diocese of El Paso on its list 1/31/19. Included on the Las Cruces diocese's list of credibly accused 6/24/19.


Fr. Charles Rourke

Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Died: 04/14/1993
Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

Rourke was suspended from ministry in 1984 for alcohol-related medical reasons. Diocese became aware of allegations of child abuse against him. On leave of absence 1969-1973 and assigned to Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Returned to Tucson diocese 1973-1975 and 1981-1984, with another leave of absence 1975-1981 between those assignments. Died by suicide 4/14/93 while under investigation for alleged abuse of children in Albuquerque. Named in civil suit which settled in 2006 as part of Tucson bankruptcy. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17. On Diocese of San Bernardino list 10/9/18. Diocese aware in 1979 of alleged abuse in 1979.

Fr. Charles O. Rouse

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Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Rouse admitted in 1995 that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with minors in the 1970s. Facts came out in 1995 during Rouse's second leave of absence for treatment of alcoholism; the Attorney General's office was notified. His privileges were removed as well. A 7/97 news article referred to him as a priest on leave from the archdiocese doing graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis.

Fr. Ivan M. Rovira

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Brownsville TX

Ordained for the Rockford, IL diocese. Incardinated into Brownsville 6/6/77. In 2002 two brothers gave detailed written complaints to the diocese alleging abuse by Rovira in the late 1970s-early 1980s. Their ages at the time ranged from 9 to early teens. He admitted to abusing one but not the other. Faculties removed. Two other men made complaints in 2003. Although still a priest of Brownsville Diocese, as of 2005 Rovira had been living in Mexico since 2002 and was working as an active priest, until 2005. On the Brownsville diocese's list 1/31/19. Added to Rockford's list 10/21/20.

Br. Francis Rowles

Order: OSF
Status: Accused

Died: 11/12/2019
Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

"Brother Fran." Entered the OSF order in 1961. Taught at Bishop Ford HS and Our Lady of Angels School in Brooklyn, St. Anthony's HS. Music Director for several parishes, local college teacher and faculty of NY archdiocese's School of Liturgical Music. Directed community and high school musicals. Named publicly as accused on the Rockville Centre diocese's list in 3/21. Allegedly abused at St. Joseph's in Kings Park, Franciscan Friary in Kings Park, St. Anthony High on Long Island, Philadelphia PA, Washington DC, CA, FL, VT, Bahamas. Died 11/12/19.

Fr. Christian F. Roy

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

On personal leave in 1993 when accused of abuse of a boy 1983-90. Privileges removed. At least two other complaints received. A woman sued him in 1994 claiming that Roy was counseling her and her husband and that he entered into a homosexual relationship with her husband during the counseling. Later settled. Laicized in 2006. A man sued the diocese in 2016, claiming abuse as a boy by Roy and Rev. Raymond Lauzon in the late 1970's to 1981. The man said Roy abused him during trips to Red Sox games and took him to Lauzon's home where he was also abused by that priest.

Fr. Gerald J. Royer

Ordained: 1947
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Transferred 8 times during first 8 years of priesthood. Leave of absences 11/55-2/56 and 4/60-7/61. Chaplain at St. Joseph Manor until 1964, then left active ministry the same year. Laicized in 2/65. Died 12/20/03. In 2009 a man in his 60s reported sexual abuse as a boy by Royer. In 5/16 an 81-yr-old man stated publicly that Royer sexually abused him in 1947, when the man was an 11-yr-old altar boy at Ss. Simon and Jude in West Bethlehem. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Included on Allentown diocese's 8/19/18 list.

Fr. Efrain Rozo Rincon

Ordained: 1953
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Confessed under oath in 2/06 to sexually abusing nephew and showing him porn in 1967-69 while working in L.A. parish and studying at Loyola Marymount. Also confessed to fondling a 14-year-old seminarian in Colombia previously. When the taped confession was broadcast on 9/28/06 in Bogota, the seminarian claimed that Rozo had raped him, and that other priests and a bishop had abused him too. Colombian church tribunal cleared Rozo on canonical SOL grounds on 7/23/07, commending his youth apostolate.

Fr. Nicholas J. Ruba

Ordained: 1951
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Accused in a 10/10 civil suit of abuse 1968-76 of a girl, ages 14-21, while he was assigned to St. Michael's in Sioux City and she was working at the rectory. She companied to the diocese in 2006. He denied the allegations, and she apparently dropped the matter. Ruba retired in 1996. Died at age 89, 6/20/15, at a nursing home in Remsen, IA. On the diocese's 2/22/19 list. It notes two allegations received, of abuse of a female and a male, 1970-71.

Fr. George Neville Rucker

Ordained: 1946
Status: Settled

Died: 05/16/2014
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Record of abuse began shortly after ordination. First investigated by police in 1967. First civil suit filed in 1994. Arrested in 2002 on charges involving 12 girls. Criminal charges dropped in 2003 due to Supreme Court ruling. Named as #1 on list of top 10 abusive priests in the L.A. archdiocese with 38-41 known accusers. Some claims settled in 12/06 $60M settlement involving 22 priests. Other claims settled in 7/07 $660M settlement. Laicized 2/8/08. Personnel file released 1/13. Died 5/16/14, age 93.

Fr. Remy Rudin

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1949
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Accused by at least eight people in lawsuits filed in 2004 of abuse when they were minors at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in OR. On the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/19. It notes alleged sexual abuse of minors 1965-75, reported in 2004 and 2017. Rudin died in 1991.

Fr. James Arthur Rudisill

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Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Died: 02/8/2008
Diocese: Diocese of Nashville TN

First named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 11/2/18. Retired 2/10/95. Died 2/8/08. Per news in 2/19, at a meeting with his accuser, Bishop Kmiec and the diocesan chancellor in 1994, Rudisill admitted that he had molested his accuser when she was a 12-year-old girl in the 1950s. The abuse was said to have occurred in a closet at a Catholic school gymnasium. Included in 11/18 on the Nashville diocese's list.  On the Knoxville diocese's list as of 3/6/20.

Fr. John W. Rudy

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1977
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph's in Winsted, CT 1993-98. Removed from ministry by his order in 1998. Arrested in 7/98, accused of improperly touching an 18-year-old male. Arrested again in 9/98, accused of improperly touching a 9-year-old boy two years before, when the boy was age 7. Pleaded no contest to charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct in 11/99; the plea kept him out of jail and off sex offender registry. Sentenced to one year suspended prison term, two years probation. Sent to treatment. On the Hartford archdiocese's list 1/22/19. Included in 10/21 on the Holy Name Province Franciscans' list of those against whom there are substantiated allegations.

Bishop George E. Rueger

Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Worcester MA

Sued in 2002. Accused of abuse of a boy, ages 13-14, in the 1960s. Rueger denied the allegation.The suit was dropped in 2003 by the plaintiff. Diocesan investigation found no proof of charges; pope's representative to the US agreed with the findings. Rueger retired in 2005. Died 4/6/19.

Fr. Sylvio L. Ruest

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Ordained: 1942
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

In 9/20 attorney Mitchell Garabedian announced that in 2/20 he settled a lawsuit which claimed that Ruest sexually abused a boy, age 13-14, in 1957-58, while assigned to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bellingham. The settlement was in the high five figures. The abuse allegedly occurred at least five times, in the church and rectory. Ruest died 11/22/69, age 61.

Fr. Jude Ruetten

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Given name is Charles. Named publicly as accused by the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans on its list 5/31/19. It notes an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in 1963 received in 1993. Ruetten was assigned to St. John's in Komatke, AX 1960-63, the to Pueblo, CO in 1964. He left the order in 1967. Added to the Stockton diocese's list 11/12/20, where he worked 1956-59.

Fr. Richard M. Ruffalo

Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Died: 02/21/1997
Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Died in 1997. Accused in 2002 by at least two men of abusing them when they were boys. He allegedly gave them beer and wine, took them on trips to Las Vegas and molested them. Ruffalo was also accused of stealing from collections. He was over $95K in debt when he died. One man filed a civil suit 1998 which later settled. Two more plaintiffs filed suit in 2003. A fourth man came forward in 2006. Ruffalo's name was included on the diocese's 4/06 list of credibly accused.

Fr. Charles J. Ruffenach

Ordained: 1930
Status: Accused

Died: 07/4/1980
Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

First named as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On the Allentown diocese's 8/19/18 list. Retired in 1979. Died in 1980. A man told the diocese in 8/01 that Ruffenach sexually and physically abused him beginning in about 1945, beginning when the man was a St. John the Baptist school first-grader and continuing through eighth grade.

Fr. Kenneth Charles Ruge

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Died: 05/25/2002
Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abuse said to have occurred prior to 1985. Received treatment and reassigned. Removed 1991. Died 5/2002. Included in 2003 settlement by Archdiocese. New suit filed 4/06 alleges abuse by Ruge and another priest. Archdiocese settled at least one claim in 5/07 $6.65M settlement with 14 people alleging abuse by 12 priests. At least 1 more claim included in 8/08 $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests. Another settlement 7/09. Personnel file released 01/14.

Fr. Robert Ruglovsky

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Ordained: 1961
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Byzantine Rite Catholic. Accused of molesting at least seven boys. First abuse occurred in Ohio and Michigan. Moved to Minnesota where he abused six other boys. Criminal charges were filed in Minnesota in 1987. Sentenced to 15 years probation and 1 year in jail, with participation in a sex offender program. One civil suit was filed in 1994 in California. Two other suits filed in Minnesota in 1988. Per a 1990 news report, Ruglovsky admitted to molesting numerous boys over a 20-year period. Name first appeared on Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis list of accused priests 5/22/14. He died in 2006. 


Fr. John Edward Ruhl

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Order: CM
Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Died: 04/17/2018
Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Ordained for the Vincentians. Incardinated in 1983 into the Diocese of Orange. Diocese knew of one allegation in 1992. Accused of abuse of at least three minors 1970-82. Named in archdiocesan report. On list of abusers in Orange diocese. Named in at least one civil suit. One $500K settlement in 2005. Personnel file released 9/9/13. Also worked in Cape Girardeau and Perryville, MO. Personnel file released 10/26/13. Per Orange diocese website 8/12/16, Ruhl's status was "Life of Prayer and Penance." Named in 10/18 lawsuit. Died 4/17/18. On Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese's list updated 4/1/19.

Fr. Lorenzo T. Ruiz

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1967
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

In a 1995 lawsuit filed in NM, a woman claimed Ruiz started a 'girls club' at church to find victims; he allegedly sexually abused her and others in 1978 after taking them on outings and giving them money and presents. Suit included charges against the Archdiocese of Denver and the Franciscans. Ruiz transferred from Albuquerque to Denver in 1987 and became head of Hispanic Affairs. He was abruptly removed from the post in 11/04 and his faculties were revoked. Included on the Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17. On the Franciscan Friars, St. John the Baptist Province list. Noted to have left the order and been laicized. Added to the Diocese of Gallup's list in 11/21. On the Cincinnati archdiocese's list in 2/22.

Fr. Steven R. Rule

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

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

Fr. Conran Runnebaum

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Order: OFM
Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Died: 05/5/2007
Diocese: Diocese of Gallup NM

Name included on the Gallup diocese's 12/14 list of credibly accused clerics. Assignments included parishes in Grants, Farmington and San Fidel NM. Accused in 2009 of abuse of 8-year-old boy in 1961 at Sacred Heart in Farmington. Accuser said Rev. Miguel Baca OFM also abused him. Diocese settled. Attorney said there had been previous complaints about both priests. Runnebaum died 5/5/07.

Fr. Edward F. Rupp

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

In a 1994 civil suit, a man claimed Rupp abused him several times as a teenager in the late 60s-early 70s, and that Rupp was an alcoholic who had committed sexual improprieties with other parishioners. Rupp had received counseling for alcoholism. He resigned from his assignment and was sent for evaluation and counseling after the allegation. The suit was dismissed by a court in 1998. The Vatican ordered permanent removal from active ministry as of 6/14/07, and sentenced him to a life of prayer and penance. Deceased, per the diocese's list 6/19. In 2020 another man came forward, alleging Rupp sexually abused him beginning when he was a 13-year-old altar boy at St. Ignatius of Antioch in the late 1970s. Rupp's accuser said he told another priest about the abuse, who told him not to tell anyone.

Fr. Nelson Daniel Rupp

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Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Marquette MI

Named publicly as accused in the MI A.G. 10/22 report. Rupp's personnel file shows he was relieved of his duties with the Charismatic Renewal in 1982. In 1991 there were concerns of his inappropriate behavior with teenagers during sleepovers at the rectory, including nudity. Allegedly gave teens alcohol. Complaints in 1995 about his behavior with "server boys." Confronted by Bishop Garland, denied inappropriate sexual contact. In 4/96 ordered by Bishop not to be alone with minors. Resigned from parish in 5/96 and sent to St. Luke's Institute. Would not comply with treatment. Apparently never returned to ministry. Report in 2007 that Rupp sexually abused boys after plying them with alcohol sometime 1985-87 at his camp in Alger or Marquette County. Rupp was a real estate manager in CA as of 2007, still there in 2014. Whereabouts in 10/22 unknown.


Deacon James Rush

Ordained: 1979
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Deacon. Name included on Harrisburg diocese's list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. Affiliated with the NY archdiocese prior to 2001. Accused in 2015 by two women of inappropriate behavior "that crossed boundary lines." Confronted by diocese, retired. Allowed to minister only with "explicit permission." Report to Children and Youth Services and to diocese in 2016 of a recent inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl. Behavior allegedly included hugging and kissing the girl, holding her hand, and telling her she was his "girlfriend." Harrisburg diocese determined the behavior was "grooming," not abuse.

Br. Francis A. Russell

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Order: SM
Status: Accused

Died: 06/19/1991
Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Professed vows in 1939. Worked in OH, Puerto Rico, KY, Washington DC, NY, PA. In 11/19 an anonymous former Purcell High School teacher told a news outlet that Bro. Frank Russell was known to sexually abuse students. He said that in 1978 a student told him and another teacher that Russell raped him; the former teacher said he immediately reported the abuse to the school. As vice-principal, Russell was in charge of detention and would allegedly take students who were in trouble to a motel and sexually abuse them. The Marianists denied receiving the 1978 report and said they did not receive another until 1994, after Russell's death. Russell left Purcell in 1978, was assigned to the Diocese of Covington's Office of Religious Ed then to Holy Cross High School in Latonia, KY. Retired in 1983. Died in 1991. On Marianists' list of accused 6/24/20. On the Covington diocese's list 7/31/20.

Fr. John R. Russell

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Died: 07/28/2019
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

In 2004 a woman claimed that she was the subject of inappropriate sexual advances and sexual assault by Russell when she was in high school between 1968 and the early 1970s. Russell left the Catholic priesthood in 1970 and later became a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande. The Springfield diocese deemed the accusation credible and informed the Episcopal church. Russell left the Episcopal priesthood in 2001. He was also accused of abuse in New Mexico. Russell died in Albuquerque 7/28/19. Included on the Springfield diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Paul Fitzpatrick Russell

Ordained: 1987
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Accused in a lawsuit filed 8/1/22 of sexually abusing a boy, age 12, multiple times in 1989 and 1990 at St. Mary of the Sacred Heart in Lynn. The plaintiff said he met Russell when he volunteered at the parish food bank. Russell later worked as Cardinal Law's secretary and for the Vatican's diplomatic service. In 5/22 he was named auxiliary bishop of Detroit MI. He denied the allegations. Detroit's archbishop Vigneron placed Russell on limited ministerial duty.


Fr. James E. Russo

Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Sued in Brooklyn in 2003 by a man alleging abuse as a boy there in 1973. Russo resigned as pastor of his parish in the St. Petersburg, FL diocese in 1/97 because of "emotional items." Within week Bishop Lynch told the parish that "an episode of misconduct occurred many years ago" between Russo and an unidentified minor. Other victims came forward. Russo left ministry. Laicized 9/9/16. On the Brooklyn diocese's list in 2/19. Included on the St. Petersburg diocese's list.

Fr. John D. Rutledge

Order: CM
Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Died: 03/23/1998
Diocese: Archdiocese of Mobile AL

Rutledge was named publicly as accused on the Mobile archdiocese's list 12/6/18. 'Misconduct' noted to have occurred 1968 while assigned to St Michael's in Auburn, an African-American parish. Rutledge trained at the Vincentian's Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton PA and after ordination there in 1951 was assigned to missionary work at St Mary's in Balboa, Panama.Transferred after his Auburn assignment in 1971 to Our Lady of the Immaculate Medal/St Mary's church in Greensboro NC, in the newly formed Charlotte diocese. Rutledge was pastor there 1972-75, then began graduate studies at Catholic University in Washington DC. In 1978, he was assigned again to St Mary's in Balboa. He died there on 3/23/98. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19.

Fr. Robert M. Rutledge

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1989
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

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

Fr. Edward Rutowski

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Ordained: 1945
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Accused in two 1994 civil suits of molesting minors. Was priest in St Anthony of Padua Province in Chicopee MA; requested transfer to Santa Fe for "health reasons." Apparently incardinated into Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 1956 or 1957. Alleged to have abused one boy in 1967. Abuse alleged of another boy in 1971 by Rutowski and church custodian. Retired in 1991. Facilities were restricted to private celebrations of mass after accusations by one youth. Accused in suit filed 12/17/15 of abusing various boys, one 1975-79, beginning when boy was age 9 and Rutowski was at St. Jude Thaddeus in Albuquerque. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17.

Br. C.P. Ryan

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Seattle WA

Deceased. In a civil suit filed in 1/08, the plaintiff alleged he was abused in 7th grade by Ryan and Bro. Duffy in the 1950s at Briscoe School in Kent. He also alleged abuse by Fr. Leonard Feeney at O'Dea High. Believe all claims included in 11/08 and 1/09 settlements with Archdiocese and Order. Another civil suit filed 8/26/10 by three men. One of the men alleged abuse by C.P. Ryan in 1966. Name included on Seattle archdiocese's list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe School 1956-62, 1965-68. (Also listed is a Bro .D.P. Ryan, C.F.C., at Briscoe 1949-56).

Fr. Cornelius J. Ryan

Order: CSC
Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend IN

Worked in Uganda and Kenya 1967-2002, where he was a well-known soccer coach. Returned to Provincial House in South Bend in 2001. Removed without privileges 6/10/13 from Saint Joseph's in Hessen Cassel after recent credible allegation that he had sexually abused a boy in Africa about 20 years previously. When confronted by the diocese, Ryan admitted the allegations were true. On order's list 6/12/19. It notes multiple allegations of sex abuse occurring in the 1980s in Africa, received in 2013. In a long-term treatment facility without access to minors.

Bishop Daniel L. Ryan

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Died: 12/31/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Chancellor and auxiliary bishop of the Joliet diocese. Elevated to Springfield IL bishop in 1983. Named as a co-defendant in a 1999 suit by three men who alleged he failed to act against sexual misconduct by clergy because he was involved in homosexual relationships. Resigned as Bishop of Springfield when the suit was filed. Suspended from all public ministry in 2002 amid allegations that he had abused a minor in 1984. Died 12/31/15. On Springfield diocese's list 11/29/18. Added to Joliet diocese's list 12/12/19.

Br. Daniel Peter Ryan

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Order: CFC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Included on the order's list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014. Referred to as Bro. D.P. Ryan in a lawsuit filed in WA State, and is included as such on the Seattle archdiocese's list 1/15/16 of credibly accused. He worked at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent WA 1949-56. In the early 1960s and mid-1970s he was in Chicago IL, on staff at Brother Rice High School and Leo High School. He was reportedly also principal of Brother Rice High School in MI in the 1960s.


Fr. David F. Ryan

Ordained: 1979
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish and School in Lake Zurich when suspended in 11/20. Accused of sexually abusing minors about 25 years prior, while assigned to Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. Ryan began working at Maryville in 1985 and became acting executive director in 2003. Had also been director of the Catholic Children's Home in Alton. In 9/21 the archdiocese announced that Ryan was being reinstated, due to "insufficient evidence" that he abused a minor. A week later Cardinal Cupich announced that Ryan was not to return to ministry, pending the result of an investigation of new information received. In 11/21 he was again reinstated, for "insufficient reason to suspect" he had abused minors. Ryan denied ever abusing a child. In 9/22 he was suspended again after the archdiocese received two more allegations.

Fr. Donald L. Ryan

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

Two men filed separate suits in 4/03 alleging that they were abused as children by Ryan in the 1960s. Claims settled as part of massive 6/03 settlement. Diocesan Review board said that charges could not be substantiated and Archbishop Kelly returned Ryan to active duty in 10/03. Retired in 2008.

Fr. Edmund K. Ryan

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Order: OP
Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Accused of abusing in Eugene, OR. In 2005 the Order acknowledged a single credible allegation that Ryan had touched a high school boy over his clothing 22 prior. Removed from public ministry. Also worked in the Oakland CA diocese. Last known location was St. Albert's Priory in Oakland. Included in 10/21 on the Dominicans Holy Name Province list. Noted to have been removed from public ministry in 2003. Died in 2020.

Fr. F. Lee Ryan

Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Died: 09/2/2016
Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Removed from St. Edmund in Watseka in 5/10 after he was accused of abuse on multiple occasions of a boy at Providence H.S., about 30-35 years prior. The same man also alleged abuse by Fr. McBrien once at Joliet Catholic H.S. On 'special assignment' per the 1989 Catholic Directory. Denied the allegation. In summer 2012, the Vatican said he could not be permanently removed. Diocese said he would return to limited ministry, but a week later, on 9/18/12, his privileges were again withdrawn. Canonical process was still pending in 4/14. Named in new lawsuit against Joliet filed on 4/30/14. Included in 4/14 on the diocese's list of credibly accused. Died 9/2/16.

Fr. Frederick J. Ryan

Ordained: 1964
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Former Vice Chancellor of the archdiocese, often responsible for receiving complaints about other priests. Personnel file contained memo from the late 1970s calling him 'very dangerous and deceptive.' Not placed on leave until 3/02 after a lawsuit alleged sexual misconduct with a minor. A police officer came forward also in 3/02 to accuse Ryan of abusing his brother at Most Precious Blood in Hyde Park in 1970. In 1971 the victim told his father, who refused to let his other sons become altar boys. The abused boy, previously an excellent student, became troubled and died in a car crash. Second suit filed by a third man claimed abuse of two in the 1970s-80s. Also other allegations of abuse at Catholic Memorial High School. Voluntary laicization in 2005 announced in 2006. Reportedly in 2/22, Ryan was living in Iowa.

Br. John I. Ryan

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Order: SJ
Status: Sued

Died: 08/3/1986
Diocese: Diocese of Great Falls-Billings MT

Named in a lawsuit against the diocese in 2017 as sexual abusing minors 1955-66 at St. Paul Mission in Hays, on the Fort Belknap Indian reservation. On the Great Falls-Billings diocese's list 8/21/18. On the Jesuits West list 12/7/18. Died 8/3/86.

Fr. John R. Ryan

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Des Moines IA

Removed from ministry in 1993 due to allegations that he molested boys in the 1980s. Previously taught at diocesan high school. Laicization requested 9/19/03 and granted 10/13/06. Diocese settled two complaints as of 11/06. Died 11/11/10. Per his obituary, Ryan spent 29 years as a National Guard chaplain. Included on the diocese's list 4/4/19, with six substantiated allegations of the abuse of boys, occurring early 1950s-1980s.

Fr. Martin P. Ryan

Ordained: 1976
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Bridgeport CT

Monsignor. In 2002 a woman claimed Ryan sexually abused her when she was a teenager in 1970s. She said she told the diocese about it but they didn't suspend him because he had an unblemished record and had not abused boys. She said there were at least two other victims. Her claim settled 10/03 as part of $21M settlement with 40 people. Ryan was only active priest named in settlement. Remained active until 5/11 when removed for sexual harassment of adult female. Later worked as administrator of new parish before becoming pastor in 1/14. In 3/19 still pastor of Our Lady of Grace in Stratford.

Fr. Patrick Joseph Ryan

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Ordained: 1919
Status: Accused

Died: 05/22/1965
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Name appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse of minors released by the Archdiocese 12/5/13. Accused in 2002 of sexually abusing a minor in 1961. The Archdiocese qualified Ryan's inclusion on the list by saying that a subsequent extensive and wide-ranging investigation took place, and that no evidence was found to validate the accusation of sexual abuse. Ryan died in 1965.

Br. Robert Ryan

Order: FMS
Status: Settled

Died: 04/19/2017
Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Died in 4/17. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 10/27/20 of sexually abusing a boy 1975-77. The boy was a student at Marist High in Eugene OR and Ryan was a vice-principal. His accuser said Ryan also abused other students. Transferred around 1978, per another suit, to Marist High in Chicago IL. This suit was filed in 3/21 by a man alleging abuse as a student in the early 1980s at St. Mary's College Prep in Manhasset, NY, where Ryan was assigned around 1979. The abuse allegedly began when the man was age 13, went on for two years, and included sodomy and plying the boy with drugs and alcohol. Numerous other students were also allegedly abused. Abuse is said to have included sadomasochism. Per the plaintiff, he told the order in the early 1990s, yet Ryan was allowed to continue to work at Camp Marist in NH. The plaintiff received settlements from the school in 1993 and in 2006. The suit seeks to void the earlier settlements, and claims fraud. 


Fr. Robert F. Ryan

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Ordained: 1947
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused in a claim settled in 2020 in the low five figures of sexually abusing an altar boy, age 14, in 1962-63, while assigned to Holy Cross in Springfield, PA. The alleged abuse occurred in the parish school, where the boy was a student. It involved making the boy strip off his clothes, whipping the boy's back and buttocks with a belt, then placing his hand on the boy's body where he had been whipped. Ryan died in 12/05.

Fr. William J. Ryan

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1933
Status: Accused

Died: 02/6/1967
Diocese: Diocese of Spokane WA

Spent much of his career at Indian schools and reservations in Montana, Idaho and Washington. Per statement released by Diocese of Spokane 11/07, Ryan was named in accusation that was found to be credible or proven. On the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/18. It notes sexual abuse of a minor 1960-63. Assigned during that time to St. Michael's Mission in Inchelium, WA. Died 2/6/67.

Fr. Thomas A. Rydzewski

Ordained: 1998
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Arrested for possession of child pornography and internet child pornography in 12/01. Sent to St. Luke's Institute for treatment. Pleaded guilty in 7/02. Sentenced to 27 months in prison in 11/02. Released 11/15/04. Caught in "Operation Candyman" sting. Name appeared on Baltimore Archdiocese's 9/02 list of priests accused of abuse. On MD sex offender registry as of 1/12.

Fr. Robert Ryer

Ordained: 1943
Status: Settled

Died: 04/30/1967
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Ryer died 4/30/67. He was one of 40 priests named in several lawsuits filed in 1/03 by 70 plaintiffs who alleged sexual abuse by the priests. A 2010 news report references three claims settled regarding abuse by Ryer 1958-1960. The Boston archdiocese's list in 8/11 reported no formal determination of guilt because canonical or criminal investigation was not complete at his death.

Fr. Gerald J. Ryfinski

Ordained: 1990
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Charleston SC

Arrested in 6/01 after a computer repairman found child pornography on Ryfinski's computer. Pleaded guilty in 3/02 to one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Received a five year suspended sentence with three years probation. Laicized in 4/07. On SC Sex Offender Registry as of 1/3/10. On diocese's list 3/29/19.

Fr. John J. Rynish

Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 09/23/2001
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau MO

Monsignor. Retired in 1993. Died 9/23/01. First named publicly as accused by diocese in 10/18. Allegedly sexually abused a minor in the early 1970s. Included on the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese's list 9/5/19.

Fr. Paul P. Rynne

Ordained: 1956
Status: Sued

Died: 10/3/2001
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Personnel file released in 2003 shows allegations that Rynne engaged in inappropriate behavior with a 17-year-old in 1986; received therapy and was reassigned. Admitted in 1994 that he abused and/or raped a boy in the 1960s. Two other claimants came forward. One filed suit in 1/03. Rynne had a collection of nude photos of boys. Placed on leave after 1994 allegation; retired in 1996. Died in 2001. Criminal or canonical proceedings not complete at death per 8/11 Boston archdiocese list. New allegations in 5/17 by a man of abuse as a boy by Rynne at St. Patrick's in Lawrence.

Sister Rosemarie

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Order: OSF
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin. Accused in a 6/19 court filing of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl in the early 1960s at Mount Loretto on Staten Island. Her accuser said she was a resident of the facility at ages 6 -11, during 1960-66. She said she was also physically abused almost daily by the nun and Sisters Agnes, Helen, Juanita and Philip-Marie, and a Mrs. Hartman.