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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Fr. Charles A. Saalfeld

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1946
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fairbanks AK

Worked as a teacher in Tacoma and Yakima, WA as well as in the Diocese of Fairbanks, AK. One pending claim against Saalfeld shown in bankruptcy reorganization documents for Fairbanks diocese 1/25/10. On the Jesuits West Province list 12/15/18. It notes claims in 2009 of abuse 1974-78. Assigned during that time to Our Lay of the Snows in Nulato, AK. Died 03/05/78.

Fr. Joseph F. Sabadish

Ordained: 1945
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused of abuse of a young brother and sister in early 1960s. Also a suspect in the rape and murder of a young girl but never charged. He did pass a polygraph. Died 1999. Named in 2006 civil suit. Suit dismissed by lower court and dismissal upheld by 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals 11/07.

Fr. John Pascal Sabas

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Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Sabas was accused of having sexually abused at least one 14-year-old boy during the summer of 1964. Sabas's alleged victim reported the abuse to the diocese in 1974, during Bishop Joseph McShea's tenure. When Sabas's accuser discovered in 1989 that the priest was still assigned to parish work, he sued Sabas and the Allentown diocese; the case was settled out of court for $40,000 in 1991. The diocese reportedly had assured the man several times that he was only victim. Sabas died in 1996. Shown as still active in the 1993 Catholic Directory. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese's 8/19/18 list.

Fr. Robert J. Saccacio

Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Placed on leave and then "retired" in 5/02, after allegations he abused a teenager in the 1960s. Faculties removed. Named in one of two multimillion dollar suits filed against the diocese in 4/03, with claims he abused an altar boy in the 1970s. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 8/19 of abuse 1973-75 of a boy ages 12-14. The boy attended St. John of God in Central Islip. Included on the diocese's list in 3/21, which notes alleged abuse at parishes in Hicksville, Greenlawn and Central Islip, among other places.

Deacon Edward J. Sadowski, Jr.

Ordained: 1979
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Deacon. Arrested in MA in 2001 after arranging over the internet to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He wanted sex and to take pornographic photos of the girl. He also sent nude photos of himself. Diocese immediately placed him on leave. Sentenced 2002 to two years in prison and five years probation. Also arrested in RI on similar charges. Arrested again in RI 12/09 on internet solicitation and child porn. Convicted 5/10. In Prison 2/11. Case referred to Vatican. On diocese's list 7/1/19.

Br. Anthony Salamone

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Order: OFM Conv
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

Called Br. Francis Dominic. Five civil suits filed in 2002 alleged abuse 1972-73. Transferred to Chicago in 1980. Left Order in 1989. It is believed all five were settled in the massive 6/03 settlement with the archdiocese.

Bishop Alexander Salazar

Ordained: 1984
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Elevated to Auxiliary Bishop in 2004. Per news in 12/18, investigated by law enforcement in 2002 for an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor in the 1990s, when he was a parish priest. Salazar denied wrongdoing. The archdiocese said it didn't learn of the allegation until 2005. Vatican investigated and reportedly imposed precautionary measures. Archdiocesan oversight board reviewed the case and deemed the allegation credible. Pope Francis accepted Salazar's resignation 12/19/18.

Fr. John Anthony Salazar-Jimenez

Order: SchP
Ordained: 1984
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Sued 1986. Convicted 1987of molesting two boys in Los Angeles. Sentenced to six years; served four. Banned for life from L.A. Moved to Amarillo diocese in 1991. Two 2002 CA criminal charges dropped in 2003. Charged in 2003 with assault of 18-year-old in Dallas. Convicted 7/1/05. Life sentence. Laicization announced 2/05. New trial ordered 9/11. Accepted plea bargain 2013; released for time served. Claims settled in CA and TX 2007-08. CA personnel files released 1/13. Pled guilty 12/30/13 to more charges in TX; 10-year sentence. On Amarillo diocese's list 1/31/19; worked in diocese 7/91-7/02.

Fr. Jose Mario Saldana

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Dallas TX

Accused of abusing a 15-year-old boy in the mid-1980s in Ferris, TX. The boy's mother suspected abuse at the time and told diocesan officials. The boy wouldn't cooperate, so no action. In 1998, the then young adult alleged victim came forward to the diocese. His brother said Saldana would show altar boys sexually explicit films in his rectory bedroom, while lying on his bed in a robe or underwear. Saldana left his parish in Bonham, saying he was going to a clinic for treatment of medical problems. Diocese later admitted that he was in treatment center for sexually abusive priests in St. Louis, but that he still retained all his priestly faculties. Worked the dioceses of Dallas, Ft. Worth and Tyler. Was also a military chaplain. On Dallas diocese's list 1/31/19. Laicization pending.

Fr. Walter Dayton Salisbury

Order: SSJ
Ordained: 1959
Status: Convicted

Diocese:

Worked many years in Galveston-Houston archdiocese. Long-time TX Southern Univ Newman center chaplain. Taught at St. Tomas Univ., Alderian psychologist. Also worked in Washington DC and Mobile AL. Convicted twice on child sex charges. Pled no contest in 1979 to indecency with a child in Houston, TX, given three years probation. Kept in ministry. Surrendered to police in DC 4/93 after accusations that in 1/93 he had sex with a boy he was tutoring. Sentenced to one year prison, suspended, and one year probation. Removed from ministry. Had also been accused in AL. Returned after 1993 to his native Bar Harbor, ME. On Washington DC archdiocese's list 10/15/18. On Galveston Houston list 1/31/19.

Fr. John P. Salvucci

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Ordained: 1977
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 Salvucci sexually abused a boy, about ages 15-17, in 1977-79, while assigned to St. Mary's in Billerica. The abuse allegedly occurred in the rectory and in a NH cabin. The settlement was in the high five figures.

Fr. Jeffrey Salwach

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1984
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Accused along with another friar in a 2004 civil suit of abusing an elementary school boy 1974-78. Salwach was a Franciscan brother assigned to a New Lenox, IL parish at the time of the alleged abuse. After ordination he worked in Quincy IL, Galena AK, Parma and Cleveland OH, Joliet IL, San Antonio TX and Ruston LA. He was placed on leave in 5/03. The lawsuit settled. No criminal charges were filed. Still shown as an active priest per Catholic Times 5/10/09. Reportedly in 11/11, Salwach had recently been assigned to work at LaVerna Friary in a residential neighborhood in St. Louis, MO.

Fr. Francis L. Sammons

Ordained: 1947
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Syracuse NY

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 12/3/18. Noted to have had one allegation against him, after his death. Longtime pastor of St. Patrick's on Tipperary Hill. Monsignor. Per obit, was a founding member of the City-Couonty Youth Board, Director of the CYO and found of the CYO Basketball League. Also, Director for Lourdes Camp and Diocesan Athletic Director for Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School, Christian Brothers Academy, and Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High. Retired 1995. Died 7/10/07.

Fr. Tito Sammut

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Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

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

Fr. Manuel Ontiveros Sanchez

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Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Monsignor. Ordained in Spain. Working in the L.A. archdiocese in 1971; incardinated 1976. Sued in 2003. Accused of abuse of a minor 1978-81, per 2004 archdiocesan report. Archdiocese investigated, determined evidence did not support the charges. Sanchez consistently denied the allegations. Retired and returned to Spain in 2000. Claim included in 7/07 massive $660M settlement by L.A. archdiocese.

Fr. Raul N. Sanchez

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Ordained: 1974
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Gallup NM

Named as abuser in court pleadings filed 6/12. More than one accuser. Worked in one parish, Madre de Dios in Winslow, before teaching in a diocesan seminary program in Gallup and then becoming an Air Force chaplain. Gallup Chancellor 1979-11/86. Shown in Catholic Directory as absent in 2012; apparently living in Mexico. Sued 9/12 and 4/13 along with Clement Hageman with claims of abuse in the 1970s in Winslow, AZ. Named in new suit 6/13.

Fr. Patrick Sanders

Ordained: 1990
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Belle Chasse when placed on leave in 2004. Two men had come forward to allege that Sanders abused them on a trip to Biloxi Mississippi in 1993, when they were age 16. Placed on permanent leave in 4/05. Vatican ordered an administrative hearing for Sanders. Sanders not technically charged with abuse of a minor because church law at the time defined minors as those under 16. On archdiocese's list 11/2/18.

Fr. J. Joseph Sands

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Ordained for the Trappists. Incardinated 1973 into the Manchester diocese. Accused in 5/28/03 attorney's letter of sexual abuse at St. Bernard's in Keene in 1966-69. Age of the complainant at the time of the abuse is unknown. Sands was murdered 5/11/79 when he tried to negotiate a hostage situation in the rectory of St. Rose of Lima in Littleton, NH. He was taken hostage and killed by a couple who then shot and killed themselves.

Br. Lawrence Sandstrom

Order: CSC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Left order in 1997. Accused of abuse of five boys 1955-69, per 2004 archdiocesan report. Two filed civil suit in 12/03 alleging abuse 1967-69. Accusations involved children at Maryvale, which was a Catholic orphanage in Rosemead. Later went on to work at La Salle High in Pasadena and other Catholic schools in Hayward and New Orleans. Accused in 2003 of abuse at Rancho San Antonio in Chatsworth in the 1960s. Settlement with two men in 2007. Personnel file released in 2013.

Fr. Leonard Sanesi

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Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Greensburg PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 1992. Report to diocese in 2002 that in the early 1960s Sanesi repeatedly sexually abused a boy who was a student at St. Joseph's Minor Seminary. Another former St. Joseph's minor seminarian alleged in 2013 that Sanesi sexually abused him 1962-63.

Fr. John R. Sansonetti

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Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Bridgeport CT

Name included on the diocese's list 3/22/19 of clergy on whose behalf settlements were paid related to allegations of sexual abuse of minors. The allegations against Sansonetti were not determined to be credible. Per a 2019 report commissioned by the diocese, Sansonetti was accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy in 1976-77. He went on leave in 1984 and requested laicization in 1987.

Fr. John C. Santillan Hernandez

Order: SchP
Ordained: 1969
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Civil suit filed in 1998; dismissed. Removed in 2002. Accused of abuse of a boy, ages 12-17, in the 1970s. Police investigated in 2002. Per archdiocese's 2004 report, there were two accusers 1977-85. In active ministry in Bolivia from 1998.

Fr. Mark Santo

Order: OSM
Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau MO

Worked in a number of dioceses, including Chicago, Winona, Lansing, Miami, Los Angeles. Assignments included parishes, schools, and prison ministry. Named publicly as accused by the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese on its list updated 4/1/19. Alleged abuse in the 1960s reported in 2018. Per news in 1993, a friend of Santo's, who was staying with him at the rectory of a Diocese of Winona MN parish, was arrested for possession of child pornography. The Springfield-Cape Giradeau list notes that Santos died in 2013, but the Catholic Directory shows that he died in 2008.

Sr. Agnes Santomassimo

Order: MSC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Worked in hospitals in Chicago, New York, and Montreal Canada 1950-69. Served as her order's provincial office secretary treasurer 1969 - 2001. Retired in 2001 or 2002. Died 9/7/05. Very limited personnel file released 7/13 (2 pages). Reportedly she and others were accused in civil lawsuits of molesting children while working within the Los Angeles archdiocese.

Fr. Julian Sanz

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

From Spain. Arrived in the Tucson diocese in 1980. Incardinated in 1994. Placed on leave in 10/02 after a youth said he had been molested in 8/02. Another victim came forward later to say he was molested at age 11 during confession in 1982. Sanz was arrested in 2/03 on two counts of sexual abuse of a child. Pled no contest. Sentenced in 10/03 to five years in prison. Civil suit filed in 1/04 by the victim in criminal charges. Removed from priesthood in 2010.

Fr. John J. Sardina

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Ordained: 1960
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Retired, living in a residence for priests in Depew. Suspended in 9/18 after the diocese received an allegation they he sexually abused a 12-year-old girl in the late 1960s, while he was assigned to Coronation of the BVM in Buffalo. Sardina denied the allegation. He did admit to having been sent to counseling over 10 years previously due to "consensual" sex he had with women. Allowed to return to active ministry in 3/19 after the Diocesan Review Board deemed the allegation unsubstantiated.

Fr. John A. Sarro

Ordained: 1979
Status: Charged

Diocese: Diocese of Wilmington DE and MD

Credible allegation of abuse, stemming from early 1980s while working in Papua New Guinea. Diocese said it learned of this in 1997; removed from ministry 1998. Name first released by Bishop Saltarelli 11/16/06 on list of abusive priests. Living in monitored religious community in Maryland. As of 11/09 Diocese was still paying his pension and health benefits and paying $4,000/mo for his assisted living expenses. Personnel files released 2/12. Bishop said diocese applied for laicization in 2009, but Vatican did not approve. Sarro charged in 1/18 with fondling and rape of a girl under age 16 in the early 1991-1994, when he pastor of St. Helena in Bellefonte. Sarro stated it "happened by accident." Pled not guilty 2/9/18. Died in 7/23/18, six months before scheduled trial.

Fr. Martin J. Satchell

Ordained: 1993
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused in 1993 (year of ordination) of "credible allegations of misconduct involving a minor [boy]." Placed on administrative leave 1993 (after 4 months on job) through 2003. Laicized at his request 9/16/04. Taught in several prestigious schools between 1993 and 2004. Named in a lawsuit filed 2/14/11. Name included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) regarding priests in secret archives who were guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Br. Robert Satterthwaite

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Order: CFC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

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. No details provided as to when and where the alleged abuse occurred. Placing Satterthwaite in the Archdiocese of Newark, where the Irish Christian Brothers' North American Province is based. Satterthwaite is deceased.


Fr. Joseph E. Savage

Ordained: 1918
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as abuser in Chicago Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06. Forced to resign from an Illinois parish in 1936 for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy. Accused in 2002 and 2003 of having sexually abused numerous WI children, both boys and girls, in the 1950s. His victims were said to have been between the ages of 8 and 16. Shown as absent with leave from 1938-1960 and retired as of 1960. Died 6/74.

Fr. Dominic Savino

Order: OCarm
Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

Removed in 2002 from presidency of Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino CA after allegations of abuse of two brothers in 1979, and abuse of others in the 1970s. Police notified. He "acknowledged" some incidents and that he had sought therapy and counseling. Also accused of abusing five high school boys in Louisville, KY 1966-73. Named in a civil suit. Claims by seven individuals included in $10M settlement 10/06 with Order and LA Archdiocese. On Louisville archdiocese's list in 2/19.

Fr. Johnny S. Savoie

Ordained: 1995
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Mobile AL

Mobile archdiocesan VAC was contacted apparently in late 2013 by man alleging that Savoie had engaged in 'inappropriate sexual conduct' with him as a boy aged 16-18 in about 2005 at St Lawrence church in Fairhope. Archdiocesan lawyer contacted county DA in 12/13 and 1/14. DA did not investigate because at age 16, the accuser was beyond the AL age of consent. Archdiocese did not place Savoie on leave, and it is not known whether AL child protection officials were notified. The archdiocese reportedly investigated by 2/16/14, when Savoie announced to parishioners: he had been accused, he 'adamantly denied' the allegation, and as the archdiocese 'has determined that there is no evidence to support the accusation,' he 'will remain serving as pastor of St Pius X,' where the principal of the grammar school reports to him. In Savoie's 9/30/14 deposition in a case accusing him of ignoring bullying complaints at the school, he stated that the Fairhope boy was working part-time at St Lawrence.

Fr. William R. Savord

Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Included on list of priests with credible allegations as released by San Diego diocese 3/30/07. Transferred to San Bernardino Diocese in 1984. Removed from active priesthood in 10/88 without privileges and sent to the Servants of the Paraclete treatment center. Resigned in 8/90 because of problems in his "past life." Died 7/19/04. Personnel file released 10/24/10.

Br. Thomas Sawyer

Order: CSC
Status: None

Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Educator in schools across the U.S. Was IT director for Holy Cross HS in Waterbury, living at St. John Vianney in West Hartford when another clergy member reported to police he saw images of naked children on Sawyer's computer. Order moved Sawyer to upstate NY when police investigation started. Arrested in 4/16, charged with possession of child pornography. Sawyer may have downloaded thousands of photos of naked children, mostly pre-teen males.

Fr. John C. Sax

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Sax was archdiocesan director of priest personnel 1991-1999. Monsignor. Placed on leave in 2000 after allegation. Admitted that he molested an altar boy on numerous occasions 1980-1985 at St. Peter's in Reserve. Suit filed in 5/01 but it was not served until 2002. On archdiocese's list 11/2/18.

Fr. Severino A. Scala

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Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list in 3/21. Allegedly abused at St. Vincent de Paul in Elmont, where he was assigned 10/56-10/66. Appears to have begun his priesthood in the Archdiocese of Miami FL in 1953 or '54, arriving in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1955. Per the Catholic Directories, Scala was on sick leave 1973-79, then retired. He died 1/10/86.

Fr. Donald F. Scales

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Died: 12/12/2008
Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Named publicly as accused on 2/14/19 by the Diocese of Richmond after it received information from the Diocese of Charlotte. Charlotte's Review Board found credible an allegation against Scales. He had assignments in both dioceses. Accused in 2006 of sexually abusing a minor at St. Michael's in Gastonia, NC 1977-78. Removed from ministry. Denied the allegation. Died in 2008. Included on the Raleigh diocese's list updated 10/22/19, noting abuse occurring outside the diocese in 1966, reported in 2019. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19.

Fr. William J. Scanlan

Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

As early as 1987 one church official noted in personnel files that "he fools around with kids." Accused of raping a 12-year-old girl 1996-97. Sent for residential treatment. Assigned to prison ministry; reassigned to parish work. Moved to California in 1998 to work in a V.A. hospital in Menlo Park. Investigated by Feds because of statements made by Military Vicariate. Per 8/11 Boston AD database, Review Board found accusations unsubstantiated. He retired on permanent disability with no restrictions. Died 4/26/13.

Fr. William J. Scanlon

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1970
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 1994 of abuse of minors 1985-94. Scanlon admitted to the abuse. "Restricted" in 1994, "impeded" in 2011.

Fr. Leonard Scezney

Ordained: 1985
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Denver CO

Named publicly as accused in the CO A.G. report 10/22/19. In 3/07 the archdiocese received a report that Scezney had sexually abused a 16-year-old girl in about 1985. The girl was a member of the parish youth group at Spirit of Christ in Arvada, where Scezney was assigned. Scezney allegedly took the girl to dinner, was increasingly affectionate toward her, then fondled her breasts under her shirt on multiple occasions. Scezney's faculties were removed by the archdiocese in 1992.

Fr. Richard J. Schaefer

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

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

Fr. Richard J. Schaefer

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Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Accused of abusing a boy on many occasions. Schaefer was in charge in 1958-61 at St. Philip Neri in Northport of a group of young boys who wanted to be priests. His accuser alleged that Schaefer also abused five other boys in the group and that Schaefer was transferred after parents complained. Named in a lawsuit filed in 2003. Included in 3/21 on the diocese's list of accused. Absent on leave, per the Directories, 1962-69. Last assignment in the Rockville Centre diocese ended 5/15/62. (May be the priest by the same name, also accused) first shown in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV beginning 9/62.)

Fr. Thomas S. Schaefer

Ordained: 1953
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Abused at least 21 boys. Arrested 1995. Convicted 1996 of abuse of 5. Sentenced to 16-year sentence. Judge reconsidered after he had served about 4.5 months and reduced sentence to time served and treatment in MO. Sent to live at St. John Vianney in St. Louis. At least one claim included in $1.3M settlement with Archdiocese in 12/06. Died 7/22/09 in MO. On archdiocese's list 10/15/18. It noted abuse first reported in 1967 and that Schaeffer was sent for evaluation and treatment, then returned to ministry. Another report 1982; again evaluated and treated, then returned to ministry in 1983. Permanently removed from parish ministry in 1986, assigned as nursing home chaplain.

Fr. Charles J. Schaeflein

Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Monsignor. Accused of abuse of a minor some time prior to 1990. Retired in 1989. Placed on leave in 2005 when allegation first became known. Per news in 4/06, Schaefle (at age 86 or 87) agreed to a supervised life of prayer and penance. 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 with no conclusive evidence. Died 8/10/13.

Fr. Carl Casper Schaffer

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Lexington KY

Ordained for the Diocese of Covington. Retired in 1989. Opened a home for troubled teenage boys, Padre House, in southeastern KY. Died by suicide in 7/3/93, a day after he was questioned about a decades-old abuse allegation. Included on the Covington diocese's list 7/31/20 of those with substantiated allegation(s). On the Lexington diocese's list in 8/20. It notes credible allegations that Schaffer abused brothers at Good Shepherd in Frankfort in the 1960s and '70s.

Fr. John P. Schanz

Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

On diocese's list 4/6/18. Bulk of career until retirement at Gannon University and assistant at Holy Cross in Fairview. On Tribunal and Examiner of Junior Clergy. Retired 1996. At least 7 alleged victims. In 4/02 a man told diocese of sex assault by Shcanz when he was a 7th or 8th grade altar boy at St. Andrew and The Villa. Removed from active ministry 4/17/02. Allegation 5/02 of early 1970s abuse of a 12- or 13-year-old boy. Report to diocese in 1/07 of abuse of a boy at Camp Notre Dame in 1974. Report was from former camp life guard who said he witnessed an incident and told administrators, who said they would take care of it and to keep it quiet. In 4/02 report of 1974 abuse of a Holy Cross altar boy. Another allegation of abuse 1978 or 1979 of boy age 16 or 17, and another of abuse of a 15-year-old boy 1980-83. In 2/05, allegation of abuse of a 6th grade St. Andrew's altar boy. Shanz died 4/16/10.

Fr. David Scharf

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Ordained: 1985
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 12/02 the diocese received a complaint that Scharf had a foot fetish, and had massaged the feet of minor and adult males. He was admitted to St. Luke's Institute for treatment in 11/03, there until 7/04, then to a halfway house until leaving without completing his program in 2/05. He attended St. Luke's continuing care workshops 2005-2010, where he admitted to massaging the feet of minors then masturbating to the image of their feet. Living in 11/18 at St. John Vianney Manor.

Fr. Lawrence C. Scharf

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Placed on leave in 3/02 after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct with a minor in 1976. It was later learned that a similar offense occurred in 1981. Scharf admitted the conduct and was placed in inpatient therapy. As of 2004 he was barred from ministry because of credible allegations. Dismissed from the clerical state per 4/08 status report. Died in 1/08.

Fr. Maurus Schenck

Order: CP
Ordained: 1952
Status: Sued

Died: 05/20/1975
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 8/20 of sexually abusing a child, ages 12-17, during 1962-68, while assigned to St. Mary's in Dunkirk. Also accused of abusing a 13-year-old in 1965. Schenck died 5/20/75.

Br. Alan Scheneman

Order: SDB
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Professed vows as a Salesian brother in 1978. Left the order in 1982. Accused in a 12/16/13 lawsuit of repeated sexual abuse of a boy age 15 at the Salesian minor seminary in Goshen NY. The alleged abuse included masturbating the boy's penis skin-on-skin. The complaint also alleged abuse of the boy by Fr Joseph Maffei SDB and Fr Sean Rooney SDB at the same seminary. Scheneman was listed on the website of Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian on 10/31/14 after a settlement during the year previous. The Salesians confirmed that a monetary settlement had been reached. Included in 3/20 on the Salesians list of credibly accused.

Fr. Richard Scherer

Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. A woman told the diocese in 8/91 that when she was a student at St. Anne's in Castle Shannon 1957-61, she was sexually abused by Scherer. Scherer alluded to his "relationship" with the student in a 10/65 letter. In 1966 he was in treatment at Our Lady of the Snow/Clergy House Retreat in Minnesota. He was on Sick Leave 6/65-5/68, then worked as a hospital chaplain in Ft. Lauderdale and then Miami FL until his retirement in 1992. He died 12/21/07.

Fr. Edwin J. Scherzer

Ordained: 1950
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

Retired in 1995. Removed from ministry in 5/02 after lawsuit filed. Two more suits filed by 1/03. Chancellor 1966-82 admitted he had been approached by a parent claiming Scherzer had acted inappropriately with his son, but made no record of the complaint. A fourth suit filed in 4/03 alleged abuse 1963-64. Indicted 2005. Pled guilty 11/05 to abuse of four boys in late 1950s-early 1960s. Sentenced to five years house arrest. Claims included in 6/03 mass settlement with archdiocese. Ordered to life of prayer and penance. Died 8/13/17.

Fr. Albert E. Schetter

Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Retired in 1990. Died 5/5/02. Lawsuit filed in 2003 by two men accusing Schetter of sexual abuse when they were boys in the early 1960s. They also claimed the archdiocese knew and did nothing. One plaintiff had gone to the archdiocese in 1992 with his allegations. Archdiocesan officials offered the man counseling, which he declined. They also reviewed Schetter's personnel file and found that there had been complaints in the early 1960s of his "odd behavior" with children; officials' response in the early 1960s was to send the priest on a spiritual retreat. In 1992 Schetter was told to stay away from children.

Fr. Joseph E. Schieder

Ordained: 1935
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Monsignor. Civil suit reportedly filed in FL in late 2009 or early 2010 accuses Schieder of abuse in the Miami archdiocese. Dismissed. Included on 3/20/18 Buffalo diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Died in 1996. At least five alleged victims. Worked as parish priest and chancery official in Buffalo. National director of Catholic Youth of America in Washington DC and dean of theology at Marymount College in Arlington VA.There are several gaps in his assignment history. Died 6/12/96. Accused in lawsuit filed 8/19 of abuse of a boy at St. Andrew's in Tonawanda NY 1968-70.

Br. Anton Schik

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Order: OSC
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

Worked at Crosier Seminary and Monastery in Onamia, MN 1932-48. At Wawasee Prep in Syracuse, IN from 1948 until he died 12/22/71. Name included on 3/8/14 updated list of current, former and deceased Crosiers with one or more credible claims of sexual abuse of minors. He was deceased by the time the allegation of abuse was made. Unable to determine where he was assigned at time alleged abuse occurred. Diocese may be either Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN or St. Cloud MN.

Fr. David Schilder

Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

First named publicly as credibly accused by the diocese in 12/19. Alleged abuse in 1968 first reported to the diocese in 2004. Schilder retired and was barred from public ministry. Another allegation was reported in 9/19, of abuse 1981-83. The diocesan review board deemed this allegation credible and Schilder was placed on administrative leave. Included on the Youngstown diocese's list updated 3/5/20. On the Lexington diocese's list in 8/20, where he was chaplain 2001-04 the Ashland Federal Correction Institution.

Fr. Arnold Schinkten

Order: OPraem
Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

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

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

Fr. Carl Anthony Schipper

Ordained: 1968
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Arrested in 3/00 after he held a series of explicit sexual conversations with someone he thought was a 13-year-old boy in an internet chat room. He was immediately placed on leave from his position as academic dean at Menlo Park's St. Patrick's Seminary. Pled no contest in 8/00. Sentenced to six months in jail and three years probation. Ordered to register as a sex offender. Retired in 2003.

Fr. Austin Schlaefer

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Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Identified in 6/18/13 Capuchin audit report as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Schlaefer's name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. He died 6/19/92 in Saginaw, MI. Worked in Milwaukee, Detroit and Chicago. On the Saginaw diocese's list by 8/9/19.

Seminarian Bryan Schlager

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Seminarian. Accused of inappropriate communications with several children. Known to have been studying in 2010 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Name included on diocese's list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18.

Fr. Douglas L. Schleisman

Ordained: 1975
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of New Ulm MN

Abuse alleged by Schleisman in 1993 civil suit; went on Leave of Absence. Name included on New Ulm list released by Atty Jeff Anderson 08/04/14. Names came from deposition of Rev. Francis Garvey, a former top New Ulm Diocese official, taken in 1/14. Laicized 1994.

Fr. Robert Schleiter

Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Salina KS

Named publicly as accused by the Salina diocese on its list 3/29/19. Allegations of abuse occurring in the 1950s reported in 1957, 1980 and 2003. The diocese noted it did not respond to the 1980 allegation, but did so when the alleged victim again came forward in 2003. In 1957 Schleiter was dismissed by Salina after an investigation and moved to the Diocese of Wichita. On Wichita diocese's list of clerics with substantiated allegations 9/20/19. It notes "ministry ended" 1969. Died 1995.

Fr. Clemens M. Schlueter

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

Ordained for the Diocese of Steubenville. Moved to Diocese of Tucson in 1961. Name spelled variously as "Schleuter" and "Schlueter, " consistently "Schlueter" after 1965 in the Catholic Directory. Incardinated into the Tucson diocese in 1978. Retired in 1990. Announcement in 6/02 that Schlueter had been suspended from ministry in 1997 after the diocese learned of an allegation of child abuse dating to the 1960s. Died in 9/09.

Fr. Bernard Schmaltz

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux LA

A man filed lawsuit in 1992 alleging abuse by Schmaltz on a 1973 fishing trip to Slidell, LA and in a rectory. Suit says the boy told several people, including pastor. Schmaltz was placed on paid leave. In 8/95, trial judge ruled plaintiff had waited too long to file suit. Schmaltz retired in 1996, saying allegations of sexual abuse had dogged his priesthood with other allegation at an earlier assignment. Allegation of abuse in 1970s were also received. Schmaltz filed suit against the archbishop for slander in 2004. Died 2/5/10. On archdiocese's list 11/2/18. On Houma-Thibodaux diocese's list 1/11/19. (It was established in 1977, formerly part of New Orleans archdiocese.)

Fr. John P. Schmeer

Ordained: 1964
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Multiple allegations. Sued in 2004. Accused of abuse of three boys, in 1966-67 and 1986. First allegations found not credible in 2003; investigation in 2004 found latest allegation credible. Ministry permanently restricted. In 2/05 and still in 12/19 living supervised life of prayer and penance. Three men filed two new suits against Schmeer 9/18/12. Suit filed 12/19; per plaintiff, in 1981 Rev. Francis Trauger sexually abused a boy, age 11, so his parents sent him to speak with Schmeer, who then also abused him.

Fr. Joseph M. Schmelzer

Ordained: 1977
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

In 2002 a man alleged that Schmelzer abused him as a teenager 1983-85. He said Schmelzer began touching him when he was 16 and then molested him at age 19 after giving him alcohol. The man complained first in 1993; Schmelzer was counseled and moved. Civil suit filed in 2003. Schmelzer was permanently removed after the Review Board found the claims credible. Teaching certification revoked in 11/06. Another allegation was reported in 2004, not revealed until 2007. In 11/18 a man told news outlets that in 2005 he first reported to the diocese that, when he was age 13, Schmelzer fondled, drugged and raped him in the St. Wendelin rectory. He said he got no response. He told the diocese again in 2015. In 12/17 the Review Board found his allegations "not substantiated."

Fr. Eugene LeRoy Schmidt

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Ordained: 1956
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

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

Fr. Allen M. Schmitt

Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Multiple allegations of abuse of boys. Placed on leave in 3/02 after a man sent email to archdiocese saying Schmitt abused him in 1978 in Cedar Rapids. Schmitt admitted to the behavior when confronted by archbishop. A second report received 4/02 alleged abuse in 1974. At least one claim included in $2.6M settlement with archdiocese 3/07 and another in a $4.7M settlement concerning 9 priests in 3/08. Also at least one in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims. Schmitt died 1/5/16.

Fr. John Harley Schmitt

Ordained: 1940
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Denver CO

Monsignor. Named publicly as accused in the CO A.G.'s report 10/22/19. In 2010 a woman told the archdiocese that Schmitt sexually abused her when she was ages 8-9 during 1963-64 and a student at All Saints in Denver, where Schmitt was assigned. The archdiocese's Conduct Response Team deemed the allegation not credible. The A.G. report noted the Team's" flawed" process and asserted that it reached the wrong decision. In 1993 a man told the archdiocese that Schmitt molested him in 1963 while assigned to All Saints, when the man was age 13. Schmitt denied the allegation. He died in 2003.

Fr. Urban Schmitt

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Order: OSC
Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Worked in IN, NE & MN. In 1994 Schmitt admitted to sexual abuse of girl in 1969. Crosiers offered counseling to woman, based on psychiatric evaluation. He was sent for evaluation to St. Luke's; early retirement in 1994 but then continued to work part-time in NE for several years. Died 07/20/99. Name is included on 3/8/14 updated list of current, former and deceased Crosiers with one or more credible claims of sexual abuse of minors. Name added 11/3/17 to St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese 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. John A. Schmitz

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Allegations first public in 2002. Sued 2005 by a woman claiming abuse as a child in 1959. Schmitz died 10/15/91. Parishioners had complained about his financial skills, his relationship with adult woman in 1982 and inappropriate behavior with minor girls. Sent to Paracletes for treatment. Archbishop did not accept him back as priest. Arrived in San Bernardino Diocese 1/83. Back in Iowa by 1985 without privileges; sued for relationship with married woman. Settleents in 2006 and 2007. San Diego and Dubuque personnel filed released 10/25/10. On San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/18.

Josephine Schmitz

Order: OSF
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Took vows in 1943. Accused of sexually abusing a boy in the early 1960s, starting when the boy was age 9. Schmitz, aka Sister Mary Philip, is accused of repeatedly keeping the boy after class at a Dubuque parish school, laying on top of him, and tongue-kissing him. She also worked in the Sioux City IA diocese and the Chicago IL archdiocese. The Dubuque archdiocese found the allegation not sustained (choices were: unfounded, exonerated, not sustained, sustained) although their investigator found it credible.

Fr. Roger W. Schneider

Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

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

Fr. Ronald H. Schneider

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

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

Fr. Clarence Schoeppner

Ordained: 1937
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Schoeppner became vice-chancellor of the archdiocese immediately after ordination, and later chancellor. Accused in a 1994 lawsuit of nonconsensual sexual acts and physical abuse of a girl in 1967, as part of 'cleaning ritual.' The girl and her sister lived at St. Anthony's Boys School, an orphanage run by the Poor Sisters of St. Francis Seraph of the Perpetual Adoration. Retired in 1980. Died prior to filing of the suit in 1994. Included on the Santa Fe archdiocese's list of accused 9/12/17.

Fr. Kenneth J. Schoettmer

Ordained: 1968
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Placed on leave after he admitted in 2001 that he had sexual encounters with boys between 1984 and 1999. Also downloaded porn and trolled Internet for boys. Pleaded guilty 2003 to one count of gross sexual imposition in exchange for the dismissal of additional charges of rape and sexual battery of a 17-year-old boy. Sentenced to 5 years' probation. Civil suit filed 2004. Still on payroll of archdiocese as of 4/07. Laicization announced 5/11/07. On Sex Offender Register 1/21/12.

Fr. Gerard M. Scholl

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Worth TX

One claim against Scholl included as part of settlement with Fort Worth Diocese 3/09 by five men who alleged abuse by James Reilly. Same man abused by Reilly and Scholl was also abused by James Hanlon. Scholl died in 2002. Worked as chaplain at UT Arlington, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish and on Diocesan Tribunal. Also spent time in Denver and Santa Fe.

Fr. James R. Schook

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

Removed 7/09 after allegation he sexually abused a male teen in 1985. Archdiocese said allegation did not involve parishes where he worked. Four more complaints of abuse in 1970s and 1980s. Permanent removal to life of prayer & penance 2/10 after review board found allegations credible. Former church worker sued 1/11 alleging termination when she turned him in. Suit dismissed 5/11. Appealed 6/11. Criminally charged 6/30/11 - two accusers. Convicted of 3 counts sodomy 4/16/14 in one case and one count of indecent or immoral practice in 2nd case. Formally sentenced 5/30/14 to 15 years prison; arrested. Terminally ill with skin cancer; to be housed at Kentucky State Reformatory in Oldham County which had nursing and hospice units. Appeal filed 5/12/14 included request he be allowed to stay out of jail during appeal. Early parole granted 11/17 due to medical status. Died 12/10/18.

Mark Schornack

Order: OFM
Status: Settled

Died: 01/16/2012
Diocese: Diocese of Gallup NM

Accused 5/10/13 complaint of touching &\and penetrating a girl at a Mission in St Michael's AZ in Navajo Nation. Plaintiff on claimants' committee in Gallup bankruptcy; came forward as Prudence Jones. Accused in 2015 complaint of abusing 2nd girl by sexual touching, fondling, frottage, intercrural sex and penetration at St Michael's. Settled 11/17. Worked in Navajo Nation over 20 years as bus driver, helper of poor and children's roller skate teacher. Trained as Maryknoll; no final vows; concerns about vocation. Treated by Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs NM; admitted to Franciscans while in treatment there; solemn vows 8/16/59. Worked at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Fort Defiance AZ and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Kayenta AZ. Later lived at Curia Juan Diego/OFM Friary in Albuquerque, per 2005-12 Directory. Worked at St. Felix Pantry in Rio Rancho NM. Dementia in last years; lived at South Valley Care Center in Albuquerque. Died 1/16/12. On diocesan list as of 4/28/17.


Fr. Clarence J. Schouten

Ordained: 1929
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

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

Fr. Arthur C. Schrenger

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Mobile AL

Accused of abuse and placed on leave 2003. Per 12/05 article, he appealed to Rome the archdiocese's finding that he had two instances of misconduct with minors prior to 1985. One 2003 article says he admitted abuse. No criminal prosecution because of statute of limitations. On archdiocese's list 12/6/18. "Misconduct" noted to have occurred late 1960s-1982. Prohibited from ministry in archdiocese.

Fr. Othmar H. Schroeder

Ordained: 1938
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Evansville IN

Died 2/16/88. Allegations of abuse by Schroeder 1947-75 at Holy Family parish were made public 8/18/07. Bishop Gettelfinger stated that he knew of allegations in 1996 but recently learned that the "scope is greater than we knew." By 8/31/07 there were claims of abuse of at least 10 boys and girls. Schroeder began as a priest of the then-diocese of Indianapolis. His first parish was in Lawrence IN, near Cincinnati, now in the archdiocese of Indianapolis. On the diocese's list 2/22/19.

Fr. Joseph J. Schuck

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Died: 04/22/2014
Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Placed on leave in 2003 from part-time work in the Albany diocese after the Brooklyn diocese said he may have abused someone more than 50 years prior. Had been working in the Albany diocese for 25 years after moving there to care for his aging parents. Named Albany Diocesan Scouting Chaplain in 1994. The alleged victim contacted the Brooklyn diocese in 2002; a preliminary investigation deemed the allegation credible. Schuck retired in about 2000 and died 4/22/14. His name was included on the Brooklyn diocese's list in 2/19.

Fr. Anthony Schuerger

Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Pastor of St. Malachi 1994-2019. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 6/21/19. Noted to be on administrative leave pending further investigation of the allegation against him by the Review Board. Schuerger's accuser stated publicly in 5/21 that the priest abused at St. Raphael's in Bay Village in 1990 when she was age 8. She said he would take her to his office, where he touched her inappropriately, and that she thinks he also abused other children. She first came forward in 10/18.

Fr. Earl Schuh

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Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

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

Fr. Daniel R. Schulte

Order: CM
Ordained: 1987
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Charged in 2006 with downloading child pornography from the internet. He had been removed from his position as hospital chaplain in 2005 and sent to St. Louis, MO for treatment. Pled guilty in 6/06. Sentenced to 7 years, 3 months in prison in 10/06 and ordered to register as a sex offender upon release. Remained a priest; faced possible laicization. On Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese's list updated 4/1/19. On the Vincentians list in 2020, which notes he died the same year.

Fr. Raymond T. Schultz

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Ordained: 1947
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Monsignor. Pastor of SS Peter & Paul in Beaver 1966-97, Administrator there 1997-99. Died in 1999. In 2009 a man told the diocese that he was sexually abused by Schultz in around 1978, when he was an altar boy at SS Peter and Paul and a student at the parish school. The man testified in 2017 before the Grand Jury that the abuse began around when he was in grade 4 and continued until the middle or end of grade 7. He said it included oral and anal copulation and Schultz ejaculating onto his face. In 2012 the man and his parents met with Bishop Zubik. He said Zubik offered college tuition for his children, money for counseling, and a little bit of money. He refused because a confidentiality agreement was required. Named in a 6/20 lawsuit.

Fr. George Joseph Schumacher

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Covington KY

Permanently removed in 1/03 due to a 1983 allegation that he plied a 13-year-old boy with alcohol, then sexually molested him during a campout. The boy was a resident of Campbell Lodge Boys Home (for troubled boys), run by Schhmacher. The alleged victim reported the abuse to police in 1983 and Schumacher was removed. By 1986 Schumacher was back at Campbell Lodge and in 1996 he was given a parish assignment. Included on the Diocese of Covington's list 7/31/20 of those with substantiated allegation(s). It notes a "Charter Suspension" 9/13/02.

Fr. Joseph A. Schuster

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Accused at 3:00 pm on 3/30/18, Good Friday, outside the cathedral in Buffalo, of sexually assaulting a boy age 13 in 1968. The survivor stated he understands he was the 'first of many victims.' He met Schuster at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Niagara Falls, where Schuster helped out. In 1968 Schuster was assigned to Holy Name of Jesus in Buffalo and then as faculty at the Preparatory Seminary in Buffalo. After an event relating to the Vietnam War, Schuster pressed the boy to stay overnight at the priest's apartment, rather than bike home in the dark. The boy told his mother about the abuse the next day. The diocese stated Schuster was not on its 3/20/19 list of 'diocesan priests who were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor' because the list only included deceased priests with 2 or more allegations. Schuster was granted a leave of absence in 1991; it is not known whether he was ever laicized. He died on 7/23/07.

Fr. Robert W. Schutte

Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

After ordination Schutte spent a year in a St. Augustine FL parish, after which he returned to his native OH. He taught high school and served in parishes as an assistant and then pastor in the Cincinnati archdiocese. He also was an assistant Air Force chaplain in FL.; the time-period for that is unclear. He retired in 1984. In late 2003 Schutte's privileges were removed after allegations arose that he sexually abused a minor several decades before. He died a little over a month later, in 1/04, at age 89.

Fr. Paul J. Schwarten

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Ordained: 1943
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV

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

Fr. John Schwartz

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1981
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Accused in 1997 of of abuse of a Jesuit High School student 1986-87 in Portland, Oregon. Reportedly left the Jesuits and became a San Francisco archdiocesan priest. Sued in 2005. Took voluntary leave. Suit settled for $95K in 11/05. Per 11/06 news, Schwartz was being returned to active ministry after the archdiocese deemed the accusations not credible. Chaplain at St. Anne's Home in San Francisco (a Home for the Aged of the Little Sisters of the Poor) 2007-11. Not indexed in the Catholic Directory past 2011.

Fr. William T. Schwartz

Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Allegation first public in 2003. Accused of abusing boys in the 1960s and 1970s. Laicized 11/05. A lawsuit filed in 2004 settled in 2005 for $100K. Three plaintiffs settled in 2/06 as part of settlement involving several priests. Settled with Schwartz in 4/06. At least one more claim included in $2.6M settlement with archdiocese in 3/07. Three cases were included in 1/08 settlement with archdiocese. At least one more included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.

Fr. George M. Scott

Ordained: 1925
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Monsignor. Accused of abusing both a boy and a girl, ages 7 or 8, during 1947-58. Named by two plaintiffs in a civil suit filed in 12/03. Died in 1986. Claims included in massive $660M settlement by L.A. archdiocese of over 500 claims 7/14/07.

Fr. Vincent Scott

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Order: SJ
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

As part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the Order agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the Province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the Bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Scott's name is included on this list. Per the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/18, claims against Scott were reported in 2009, of abuse in 2000. He was dismissed 6/12/00.

Fr. Stephen Scruton

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Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Arrested and convicted in 1984 and 1987 for lewd and/or indecent behavior at highway rest areas. Sued in 1991 on claims of abuse of an altar boy in 1986. Took sick leave in 1990. Removed from position at counselor for sex offenders at Essex County Jail in 1992 after name appeared on list of accused. Named in three suits in 2002. At least one claim in 11/02 $5M settlement involving 62 victims and 28 priests. Laicized and deceased, per diocese's list 7/31/19.

Fr. James F. Seculoff

Ordained: 1962
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend IN

High school principal. Head of Catholic Schools beginning 1970. Resigned and retired 1/14 after diocese received complaint of sexual abuse of minor alleged to have occurred about 44 years before. Review Board deemed allegation credible. Matter referred to Rome. As of 1/27/14 three more accusers had come forward with credible allegations. Removed from public ministry 10/13/15. On diocese's 9/18/18 list. Five known credible allegations.

Fr. Peter Sella

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Order: SDB
Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Died: 02/6/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Professed vows as a Salesian brother in 1957. Ordained for the order in 1968. Worked in FL, MA, LA, NJ, Rome Italy. Died in 2/6/20. Named publicly as accused in 3/20 by the Salesian order on its list of credibly accused. No details as to when or where the abuse occurred, or number of victims. (Placing him in the NY archdiocese for now, where the Salesians Easter Province is based.)

Fr. Joseph J. Seminatore

Ordained: 1969
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Placed on leave in 2002 from Parmadale Family Services home after a man alleged sexual abuse there as a minor. Parmadale offered treatment to children with emotional problems. Seminatore denied the allegations. Three accusers filed suit in 07/02. In 8/02 Seminatore filed a countersuit, alleging conspiracy. Plaintiffs' case dismissed on SOL; dismissal upheld by Appeals Court in 2006. Seminatore's claim dismissed by trial court; upheld by Appeals Court 12/04. In 10/15 the diocese announced Seminatore's administrative leave had ended, and he was granted retirement. This was after a tribunal of three canonists determined the charges were not confirmed. Included on the diocese's list 6/21/19 of clergy with substantiated allegations against them of child sexual abuse. Permanently removed from ministry.

Fr. Patrick O. Sexton

Ordained: 1977
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Complaint made in 1983; underwent counseling. A man filed a civil suit in 2001 alleging abuse as a minor 22 years prior. Total of three accusers known by 6/02. In a massive suit filed 10/1/03 in which 27 people alleged abuse by 24 priests, a male plaintiff alleged abuse by Sexton as a child around 1982-85. Placed on leave in 1990. Worked as a part-time parochial school teacher until 2000. Removed from ministry 6/25/04. Laicized 4/7/06. New suit filed in 7/21 under the NY Child Victims Act by a 52-year-old man alleging Sexton abused him as a 10-year-old altar boy at St. Cecilia's in Greenpoint.

Frances Seymor

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Order: OSU
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Helena MT

Three allegations of abuse by Mother Cecelia (also referred to as Sister Cecilia, given name Frances Seymor) at St. Ignatius Mission on the Flathead Indian Reservation are included in a 9/11 civil suit against the Ursuline order and Helena diocese, filed by 45 people against 4 nuns, 6 priests and 1 brother. On the Helena diocese's list 4/29/15.

Fr. Charles Joseph Sgueglia

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese:

Ordained for the Augustinians (O.S.A.). Per the Official Catholic Directory, arrived in the Diocese of Springfield MA in 1974, from the Diocese of Albany NY. Appears to have left the Augustinians by 1980. Removed from ministry in 2002, ordered to live a life of prayer and penance. Died in 2005. Named publicly as credlbly accused by the Springfield diocese in 8/11. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused (with a wrong ordination date on its 6/2/21 list.)

Fr. Drake R. Shafer

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Sued in 2003, when he was vicar general. Accused of sexually abusing a male minor in 1973 or 1974. Denied the charge, but wrote an email to the victim in 2002 that was an "admission of serious misconduct." Suit settled 4/05. Claims against diocese were settled in 2004 as part of large settlement. He asked to be reinstated as VG. Name not on diocese's 7/08 list of credibly accused priests. Review board found him not guilty of abuse 11/08. Reinstated.

Fr. Wendelin Shafer

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1946
Status: Accused

Died: 10/9/2005
Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

"Leslie." Worked as a missioner in Central America for 52 years. Joined the Central American Vice Province. Retired and returned to Wisconsin. Died 10/09/05. Identified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Shafer's name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him.

Br. Fintan Shaffer

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Order: BGS
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Brother Fintan. Given name was Guy Dale Shaffer. Administrator of home for mentally handicapped, run by the order. In 1985 there were allegations that Shaffer and other religious had abused residents of the home. One resident died of AIDS. No criminal charges. Civil suit filed in 1993, settled in 1997. Left order in the mid-1980s and died in 1989. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese's list of accused 9/12/17.

Fr. Herbert J. Shank

Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Name included on the diocese's list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/19. Multiple allegations against him of sexual abuse of boys. One alleged victim said he was a 12-year-old altar boy at St. Patrick's in Carlisle in the 1980s when Shank began sexually abusing him, and that it went on for a year and a half. Another claimed abuse 1971-74. Also took pornographic photos of altar boys and videos of himself assaulting boys. Sent to Institute of Living for treatment in 1994. Shank told a news outlet in 8/18 that he was involved with not "more than very few" and that he had been in treatment. He said, too, that the diocese told him to resign in 11/94. The diocese said it turned the case over to DA's office in 2/95.

Fr. Paul R. Shanley

Ordained: 1960
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Involuntarily laicized in 2004. Convicted in 2005 of sexually abusing a young boy in the 1980s. Dozens of complaints; many settlements. Abuse included oral and anal rape. Reportedly abused boys, girls and adults. First complaint in 1961 from parents of a 12-year-old boy. Earliest complaint in file in 1967 from priest alleging Shanley abused a 16-year-old boy. Shanley denied abuse and was assigned to parish work, special ministries, and parish work again until 1989. Transferred to NY and San Bernardino CA, where he was accused of abusing a 17-year-old boy. Sentenced in 2005 to 12-15 years in prison. Released 7/28/17 on probation; ordered no have no contact with children under age 16. Not required to wear a GPS bracelet. Ordered to register as level 3 sex offender. Moved to a Ware MA apartment. On San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/18. Died 10/28/20, age 89.

Fr. Patrick J. Shannon

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Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wilmington DE and MD

In 11/05 an allegation of sexual abuse in 1973 in the Wilmington diocese were made against Shannon. Shannon's alleged victim said that the abuse occurred when he was age 16 and a camp counselor in training in MD. The order found the allegation credible. Shannon was placed on leave and reportedly sent to the Oblates' retirement community in Childs, MD. Name included on Harrisburg diocese's 8/1/18 list. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/19.

Fr. Joseph F. Sharpe

Ordained: 1943
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Sued in 2003. Accused in 1971 of abuse of a high school boy 1958-64, per 2004 archdiocesan report. Sharpe was the boy's confessor. Also on the Diocese of Orange's list of accused clergy. Died 11/2/99. Personnel file released in 1/13.

Fr. James C. Shaughnessey

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Ordained: 1937
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Ordained for Harrisburg PA diocese. Began working in Boston archdiocese in 1945. Included on a list of accused priests and religious posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian 01/19/11. Per Garabedian, at least one claim was settled with the Boston archdiocese concerning allegations against Shaughnessey. Retired in 1977 and died 12/89. Criminal or canonical proceedings not complete when he died, per 8/11 Boston archdiocese database. On Harrisburg diocese's list released 8/1/18; no known allegations there.

Sr. Eileen Shaw

Order: SC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused in 1994 of sexually abusing a girl, beginning in 1968 when the girl was age 15 and continuing until 1992. Shaw's alleged victim said that the nun plied her with drugs and alcohol. Order provided therapy and settled with the woman for $70K. Shaw was removed as principal of elementary school. In 2004 she was working as administrator of the Caritas Community in Jersey City, a retirement home for nuns. In 1/19 she reportedly was still with the Sisters of Charity and restricted from outside ministry. Shaw's accuser also alleges sexual abuse by her uncle, Fr. Daniel Millard, for 8 years beginning when she was age 5.

Fr. Francis S. Shea

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Ordained: 1932
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Included on a list of accused priests and religious posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on 01/19/11. Garabedian said he had settled at least one claim with Boston Archdiocese involving allegations against Shea. Died in 10/72. Worked at St. John's Seminary 1934-50. Spent much of his later career as diocesan tribunal judge. Criminal or canonical proceedings not complete when he died, per 8/11 Boston AD database.

Fr. Leo Alfred Shea

Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

In 1994 Shea pled guilty to assaulting a 14- year-old; sentenced to 3-6 years prison. Released on parole 1997 and "retired." Multiple other accusers. A man filed a civil suit in 1993. Accused in 2002 civil suits of abusing two boys. Claims by six people included in 10/02 settlement with the diocese. Another settlement in 11/02 included at least one claim. Privileges were permanently removed. Per diocese's list 7/31/19, assigned to a life of prayer and penance. Died in 10/08.

Fr. Louis C Shea

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Added on 6/18/19 to the Springfield IL diocese's list of accused priests, as a 'substantiated case of sexual abuse of a minor.' No abuse facts given. Two survivors contacted BA. One stated Shea visited her home and took her to her room at bedtime to 'pray over me,' molesting her weekly 1962-65 at age 7-10, touching her sexually skin-to-skin. She informed the diocese in 2002, 2004, 2019. Shea was already abusing her sister, who stated he sexually touched her 60-100 times in 1960-64 at age 6-9, until she pushed him out of her bed. A therapist suggested she call Shea. She did so circa 1985. He said, 'I have no recollection.' The girls were abused during Shea's 2nd and 3rd assignments and while he started work as a Catholic Charities official. Shortly after the abuse ended, Shea was temporarily pulled from his Catholic Charities position and worked as a hospital chaplain, then back at Catholic Charities and as a pastor. One sister has been contacted by other Shea victims. Died 11/15/96.

Fr. Thomas F. Shea

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused of abuse of six boys in the 1970s. Admitted molesting two altar boys from 1972 to 1977. Placed on leave in 1994 and retired with restrictions in 1995. Further restrictions added in 2004; Shea agreed to permanent restriction of ministry and to live a supervised life. Documents regarding his history were introduced in trial of Msgr. Lynn in Philadelphia in 4/12. He admitted paying hush money to at least one other victim.

Fr. Thomas W. Shea

Ordained: 1946
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Norwich CT

Removed from ministry in 1984, per diocese's list 2/22/29. Accused in 2004 of molesting at least 16 girls in 11 parishes in the diocese over 30 years. The abuse was often referred to in church records as "prolonged kissing" and not as sexual abuse. Parents would complain and Shea would be transferred. Vatican refused to laicize in 2005. Died in 2006. One woman's civil suit settled 12/08. Another woman's 11/08 suit settled for $1.1M in 9/12 just before trial was to begin.

Fr. William B. Shea

Ordained: 1946
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Included on a list of accused priests and religious posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on 01/19/11. Garabedian says he has settled at least one claim with the Boston Archdiocese involving allegations against this priest. "Awaiting Assignment" 1985-96. Retired in 1996. Died in 2/05. Criminal or canonical proceedings not complete when he died ,per 8/11 Boston AD database.

Fr. John A. Sheahan

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Accused of abuse of four 1961-65, per archdiocesan report. Civil suit filed in 12/03 includes allegations that he abused three during the relevant time frame. Note that name is spelled Sheehan in the civil suit. Sheahan had brain surgery in the early 1970s and then medical retirement.

Fr. Augustine J. Sheehan

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

From Ireland, where he was ordained. Arrived in the Rockville Centre diocese in 1964. Included on the diocese's list of accused in 3/21. Abuse allegedly occurred in Sheehan's car in Suffolk County, Long Island. No time frame shown. Sheehan was suspended in 2002 after a woman alleged that he raped her in his car in 1965, when she was a young adult. The woman went public with the allegation in 2004. Sheehan died 8/2/16.

Br. George Sheehan

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Order: SDB
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Professed vows 9/8/54. Worked in NJ, IN, NH, NY, MA. Died 11/17/06. Included on a list of accused priests and religious posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on 01/19/11. Garabedian says he has settled at least one claim with the Boston Archdiocese regarding allegations against Sheehan. Included in 3/20 on the Salesians list of credibly accused.

Fr. James T. Sheehan

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Died: 01/1/2008
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Jesuits Northeast Province on its list 1/15/19. It notes allegations received in 2002 of abuse of a minor 1979-80. Sheehan admitted to the abuse. He was assigned at the time of the abuse to Boston College High School. "Impeded" in 2002. Apparently lived at the Campion Center in Weston, MA until his death 1/1/08.

Fr. John J. Sheehan

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Order: SM
Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Professed vows in 1950 as a Marianist, New York Province, ordained in 1961. Worked in MD, NY, NJ, PA. Laicized in 1997. Included on the Marianists' 6/24/20 list of those "found to have sexually abused a minor." Added to the Baltimore archdiocese's list in 2020. A lawsuit filed 1/6/21 alleges abuse by Sheehan and Bro. Al Koch of a girl, age 14, in summer 1974. The girl was a volunteer camp counselor at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point.

Fr. Edward Augustine Sheehy

Order: CSP
Ordained: 1940
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Ordained for the Diocese of Portland, ME. Joined the Paulists in 1950. Died in 1988. Named publicly as accused by the Paulist Order on its list 3/19/19. Allegation received in 2003 of abuse in San Diego 1955-57. Worked in Boston, San Francisco, Johannesburg, S.A., Los Angeles, New York and Baltimore. On Baltimore archdiocese's list 5/7/19.

Fr. Donald E. Shelander

Ordained: 1970
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Cincinnati OH

Retired in 2002. In late 2005 a man told the archdiocese that Shelander sexually abused him in the late 1970s-early 1980s, when he was ages 14-18 and Shelander was pastor of St. Mary's in Urbana. Archdiocese said it found "the semblance of truth" in the allegations and placed Shelander on leave in 3/06. He was returned to active status in 2/09 after church tribunal found the allegations could not be proven.

Fr. Jonathan P. Shelley

Ordained: 1995
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Allegations made in 10/3/13 hearing that archdiocese possessed images of child porn retrieved from Shelley's former laptop. Computer purchaser found porn in 2003 and told church officials. Church allegedly hid evidence. He took sabbatical from St. John the Baptist in Hugo, MN 6/15/12. Placed on leave 3/13 after police were told of evidence and went to Archdiocese to get it. Police received CDs of adult porn. Also possible inappropriate emails with boy. No prosecution for possession of porn as of 1/29/14. Former high-ranking archdiocesan official turned whistleblower, Jennifer Haselberger, told police in 2013 that documents she had seen re the case said the porn included a pre-pubescent boy appearing to engage in oral sex with another male, and searches such as "naked boy pics." Leave of absence 2014. Archbishop Hebda announced in 1/18 return to limited ministry as a prison chaplain.

Fr. John R. Shepherd

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Died: 10/23/1991
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Named publicly as accused on the Los Angeles archdiocese's updated list 12/6/18. Report to the archdiocese of incident(s) in the 1970s or 1980s. Included on the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/18. It notes sexual abuse of a minor in 1978 and the 1980s, reported in 2007 and 2015. Assigned to Jesuit high schools in CA and AZ until 1958. Assigned 1959-91 to Manresa Retreat House in Azusa, CA. Died 10/23/91.

Fr. Gregory Sierra Sheridan

Ordained: 1935
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

From Spain. Ordained for the Augustinians. Worked in KS, TX, NE, CA. Arrived in San Diego in 10/48; incardinated there in 1952. Monsignor. Retired 1983 with letter of recommendation to Spanish diocese. Died in 2/91. Name appears on list of priests with credible allegations released by San Diego diocese 3/30/07. A woman reported 1/06 that Sheridan abused her at age 8 in 1969. Personnel file released 10/24/10. Two more women came forward in 5/19 alleging abuse as girls by Sheridan over 30 years prior, at St. Jude's Shrine of the West in Southcrest. Three women filed suit in 10/19 against the diocese alleging Sheridan abused them as young girls in the early 1960s. Lawsuit filed 1/20 by five men and women claiming abuse by Sheridan at St. Jude's Shrine 1957-70. One man said he was violently raped at ages 11-13. At least one previous claim settled.

Fr. Patrick Sheridan

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Order: CSsR
Ordained: 1949
Status: Sued

Died: 05/28/1992
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 2020 under the NY Child Victims Act. Spent many years as a priest in Brazil. Per the Official Catholic Directory, Sheridan was assigned 1972-81 to St. Mary's in Buffalo (Broadway and Pine St.), where he was Rector 1975-81. Died 5/28/92.

Fr. J. Alex Sherlock

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Mobile AL

Placed on leave in 2/03. First complaint received by Archbishop Lipscomb in 1997 regarding abuse in the 1970s. Sherlock admitted the incident; Lipscomb transferred him to another parish. At least three further credible allegations were received between 2000 and 3/03. Sherlock admitted 'relations' with at least three students at McGill-Toolen High school. Resigned in 2003. Died in 2005. On archdiocese's list 12/6/18. Misconduct noted to have occurred 1966-82.

Fr. Edward F. Sherry

Ordained: 1968
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Suit filed in 1/03 by a man alleging he was fondled and raped by Sherry from ages 13-16, beginning in about 1968. Sherry was allowed to remain as active priest until 8/03 when new Archbishop O'Malley placed him on leave. Claim settled in 2003. Sherry was allowed to return to active status at old parish in 6/05 after review board was unable to substantiate the claims. Died 3/8/11. See 8/11 Boston AD database.

Fr. William J. Shields

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Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

A ciivil suit was filed in 3/04 against the diocese alleging that Shields abused a 12-year-old altar boy in 1972. Shields allegedly invited the boy back to the rectory of St. Ann's in Lansford after bingo night and began to molest him. The boy reportedly fled and never let himself be alone with the priest again. He said he told his mother and a deacon at the parish. Shields was moved 3 months later. Another man reported in 3/04 that Shields sexually abused him at St. Ann's 25-30 years previously. Shields retired in 1995 and died 8/00. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese's 8/19/18 list.

Fr. John C. Shiffler

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Ordained: 1978
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

A lawsuit filed in 2002 alleged abuse of a boy by Shiffler in 1987 and by Rev. Dennis Gray 1983-87. Their accuser complained to the diocese in 1995; Shiffler admitted to abusing him and another youth in the mid-1980s. He was sent for therapy and returned to limited duty as chaplain at a home for the aged in 7/97 and as administrator of two parishes. Permanently removed from active ministry in 2006 because of credible allegations.

Fr. Stephen F. Shigo

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Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

First named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese's 8/19/18 list. Parish priest, Catholic Scouting chaplain, CYO and Youth Ministry director, Family Life Bureau director. Died 1991, age 38. Diocese received a report on 11/17/11 that Shigo sexually abused an 8th-9th grade altar boy at St. Ambrose, where Shigo was assigned in 1981.

Fr. Edward E. Shimmaly

Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse of a minor 1961-63, per Los Angeles archdiocesan report addendum. Named in at least one civil suit. Military chaplain late 1960s-early 1970s, then absent on sick leave. Retired and still absent on sick leave in 1984. Appears to have moved to the Boise diocese by 1985. The Official Catholic Directory begins to index Shimmaly as Edward E. in L.A. (absent on leave) and Edward G. in Boise in 1985. The 1988 Directory continues to index both, and each ordained in 1961. Died 5/2/99. (The 2000 Directory shows the same death date for both Edward E. in L.A. and Edward with no middle initial in Boise.)

Fr. Kenneth H. Shiner

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Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 2001 of abusing a boy 1980-84, beginning when the boy was age 14. Shiner allegedly would take the boy out for dinner and drinks before molesting him at the rectory. Shiner denied the abuse. Removed from ministry 6/25/01. Claims included in 10/05 $22M settlement with Archdiocese involving 14 priests. Laicized 4/29/16. On the archdiocese's list 1/22/19.

Fr. Edward J. Shoback

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

Multiple alleged victims. Removed in 2004 after admitting to sexual abuse of a minor more than 20 years prior. A few days later another man came forward alleging abuse as a boy by Shoback. In 2006 a man told the diocese that Shoback abused him at age 13. This person received funds deducted from Shoback's pension every month for 4 years as reimbursement for lost wages. No criminal charges due to SOL. More complaints in 2007 and 2009. Laicization announced 7/17/09. (Shoback's brother Thomas was accused of abuse 11/11, arrested 6/12.) Included in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Sued for alleged abuse in 1975 of an altar boy, age 12, on a trip to Hawley, PA; settled in 1/20 in the high five figures

Fr. Thomas P Shoback

Ordained: 1977
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

Diocese notified 11/11 of allegations of sexual misconduct with a boy 1991-97, when pastor of St Mary and St Andrew in Blossburg. Suspended. Arrested 6/14/12, charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors, for repeated sexual assault of the altar boy. Convicted 4/13, sentenced to 5-10 years in state prison. Removed from ministry 11/14. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. It showed there was a report 5/06 to diocese of sex assault of an 11-year-old altar boy. Report to D.A. Investigated. Shoback denied abuse. Alleged victim named another boy he said Shoback abused; that person denied it to investigators. Sent for eval. In 11/11 the man who first denied abuse by Shoback said the priest actually had abused him when he was age 11. This led to Shoback's arrest and conviction. On diocese's list 8/19/18.

Fr. Anthony J. Short

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Central and Southern Province on its list 12/7/18. Removed from ministry in 2008. Allegation of abuse alleged to have occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. Unclear as to where. Worked or resided in St. Louis, MO; St. Stephen's, WY; Centennial, CO; Sedalia, CO; Denver, CO. Noted to be living in a skilled nursing facility under supervision. On the Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/18.

Fr. Dwight Edward Shrader

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Ordained: 1982
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

In 5/03 a person came forward to allege abuse as a teenager by Shrader. The Review Board deemed the allegation credible. Placed on leave in 6/03.By late 2003 four men and one woman had come forward with allegations of abuse (all but one as minors) by Shrader, occurring within the previous 5 or 6 years. Diocese said Shrader did not engage in sexual intercourse but that there was physical contact or verbal misconduct, such as sexual jokes or propositions. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Laicized. Died in 2012.

Deacon Glen Shrimplin

Ordained: 1974
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Deacon. Two men filed a civil suit in 10/03 claiming abuse as boys by Shrimplin in the 1970s. Shrimplin said he left the active diaconate of his own accord in 1987. He denied the allegations. Late Bishop Hoffman acknowledged that Shrimplin was "removed from active diaconal ministry." A third man settled in 2004 and fourth man filed a civil suit in 2/08, claiming abuse on trip to Florida in 1975 or 1976. Laicized 11/30/07. Civil suit dropped due to SOL 6/08. Shrimplin died in 12/17.

Fr. David C. Sicoli

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused of abuse of at least 12 boys in their mid-teens. Placed on administrative leave in 2004. Further restrictions added in 2/05. Case was referred to the Vatican for review. Laicization announced in 2/08. Named in new Grand Jury report 2/10/11. 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 with no conclusive evidence.

Fr. Charles J. Siegele

Ordained: 1953
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused of abuse of 6-7 boys in the 1950s -60s. One claim settled in 1990s. Named in civil suit filed 2004. Named in 2006 class action suit. Dismissed by lower court, then by Third Circuit Court of Appeals 11/07. Died 1/28/89. Name (as Siegle) is included on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) regarding priests in secret archives who sexually abused minors. At least one accuser, who alleged he was plied with alcohol and sodomized by Siegele as a boy, received funds in 2019 via the archdiocese's time-limited compensation fund.

Fr. Frank Sierra

Order: SF
Ordained: 1946
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Las Cruces NM

Ordained in 1946. Teaching high school in Buenos Aires by 1951. Arrived in Pueblo CO diocese in 1951 to replace his brother, John Sierra. Worked in El Paso and several parishes in the 1950s and 1960s, later part of Las Cruces NM diocese. Working by 1970 in the San Diego CA diocese. Retired 1988. Accused in 1994 civil suit of abuse of girls in Santa Cruz NM; settled. Included on San Diego list of credibly accused 3/07. Status was 'removed.' Personnel file released 10/25/10. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17. On Las Cruces diocese's list 11/8/18. On El Paso's list 1/31/19.

Fr. Lawrence Sievers

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Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pueblo CO

Left the priesthood in 1973. Laicized. Named as accused in the CO A.G.'s report released 10/23/19. In 2014 a woman told a diocesan employee that Sievers sexually abused her in 1969, when she was age 17. In 2018 she reported her alleged abuse to the Denver archdiocese. In 1969 Sievers was assigned to St. Joseph's in Grand Junction, temporary chaplain at St. Mary's Hospital and the diocese's Youth Moderator of the Grand Junction District.

Fr. Jason E. Sigler

Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Ordained for the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, Canada. In Detroit and Lansing dioceses from 1968. Sent to Paracletes in NM for treatment 1960s-70s; worked in NM parishes; abused again. Named by 45 victims in lawsuits. In NM 17 men settled for $13M in 1993. Pled guilty 1983 to abuse of child; got probation and counseling. Laicized 1999. Many new allegations in MI in 2002. Arrested and convicted twice in MI in 2003. Included in new civil suits. Released 5/12 from jail and 11/13 from probation. Living in Albuquerque NM 2014; said in 8/14 to be living with his wife in Taylor Ranch. On sex offender list. Named in at least one new civil suit filed 8/14. Another suit filed 5/16 re alleged abuse of 10- or 11-year-old Fort Sumner NM altar boy in 1974. Suit filed 7/17 re abuse of boy in Las Vegas NM parish late 1970s for 2 years. On Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17. On Lansing diocese's list 9/27/19. On Detroit's list 6/10/19.

Fr. Francis A. Siler

Ordained: 1963
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Per the GJ, a St. Bernadine Clinic report alluded to "sexual problems with adolescents" in 1972, which prompted Siler's transfer to another parish. In 1974 letter to the House of Affirmation Bishop Leonard wrote, "in the last three years the problem arose about which I spoke to you... .: A 1985 memo to Bishop Bevilacqua from a priest mentioned Siler making a pass at a young boy whose father was a policeman, which lead to Siler's removal from the parish. In 1994 a man confronted Siler about molesting him as a boy; Siler was hospitalized for feeling suicidal then sent to St. Luke Institute Continuing Care Workshop. Notes from St. Luke said Slier had relapsed. Allegation in 1995 of sex abuse of a 2nd or 3rd grade St. Catherine's altar boy (there 1975-76). Allegation in 12/02 of abuse of a boy 1972-73. Another allegation 11/11 of abuse of a boy 1972-74.Withdrew from active ministry 2002. Died 12/10/15. Suit filed 11/18.

Fr. Fidencio Simon Silva-Flores

Order: MSpS
Ordained: 1978
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

From Mexico. Left archdiocese without privileges 5/1/95. Sued by many in 2002. Accused of abuse of as many as 28 boys 1979-85. Criminal charges dropped due to Supreme Court ruling. Likely returned to Mexico. LA archdiocese referred to him as Fidencio Flores Silva. As part of 2007 $660M settlement with 508 plaintiffs, archdiocese released personnel file 1/31/13. One alleged victim filed suit in 10/18 against the Vatican. On San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/18. Assigned 1998 to St. Philip Neri in Lynwood. Removed 11/98. Reported in 5/19 to be working at a church in Mexico.

Fr. George S. Silva

Ordained: 1997
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Prior to his 1997 ordination, Silva was a Christian Brother for 17 years. Assigned as a Christian Brother to O'Dea HS in Seattle 1991-94. Studied in CT. Fr. Silva was placed on leave in 2005. Arrested 2006, charged with abuse of a 14-year-old boy in 2005, during a trip to France and Portugal. Civil suit filed 3/06. Pled guilty 6/1/06. Sentenced to 5 years prison and 5 years probation 9/06. Civil suit settled 11/06. On Seattle archdiocese's list 1/15/16. On Santa Fe archdiocese's list of accused 9/12/17.

Fr. James M. Silva

Ordained: 1967
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

Removed from ministry 3/1/93. Two men filed suit 1994. Seven more men filed civil suits alleging abuse by Silva 1960s-1980s. Criminal charges also filed in 1994. Silva admitted in court that he sexually abused a young man. Received 7-year suspended sentence and ordered to undergo counseling. Eight claims settled by diocese as part of $13.5M mass settlement 9/02 (one may have settled earlier). Multiple transfers after initial notice. On diocese's list 7/1/19.

Fr. Vincent A. Silvestri

Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

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

Fr. William Q. Simms

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Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Removed from parish work in 1985. Two separate civil suits filed in 1988 accused Simms of forcing altar boys to dress in skimpy, sexually provocative briefs, act out religious fantasies and wrestle with him. One suit claimed abuse in 1982, the other in 1984-85. Police investigated in 1985 but agreed not to press charges if Simms received counseling and was removed from contact with minors. Allowed to serve on the Archdiocesan Tribunal. Received therapy at St. Luke Institute in Suitland, MD. Both cases settled in 1989 or 1990. In 1988 the archdiocese acknowledged Simms molested boys, saying there were "only two" victims. Cardinal asked Simms to resign/retire from his administrative job with the archdiocese in 5/02. Died in 9/05.

Fr. Gilbert J. Simoes

Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

Suspended and faculties removed in 3/86 after diocese learned of allegations against him. Absent on leave per 1993 Catholic Directory. Lived in the Falmouth area and worked as a regular substitute teacher at Falmouth High School from 1989 until the 1997-98 school year. School denied any knowledge of his history. Name linked with Jose Avila and Bernard Kelly, other abusers. Six allegations known by 9/02. Included on the diocese's list in 1/21 of credibly accused. Died in 2009.

Fr. Francis R. Simon

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 12/18/1995
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accusations against Fr. Francis (Raymond E.) Simon were discovered in the personnel file of Fr. Mathias Faue released in 7/13. In 2002 a man alleged he was abused by Faue and Fr. Simon 1963-67 at St. Benedict's Church in Montebello, CA. Simon died 12/18/95.

Fr. Frederick E. Simoneau

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1941
Status: Sued

Died: 04/21/1984
Diocese: Diocese of Great Falls-Billings MT

Named in a lawsuit against the diocese in 2017 by five plaintiffs as having repeatedly abused them as children during 1955-74 at St. Paul Mission in Hays, on the Fort Belknap Indian reservation. Born 1/21/1908. Died 4/21/84. Buried in Mt. St. Michael Cemetery in Spokane WA. On the Great Falls-Billings diocese's list 8/21/18. On the Jesuits West list 12/7/18.

Fr. Gerald J. Simonelli

Ordained: 1990
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Simonelli's name appeared on the diocese's 6/24/15 list of "Diocesan Priests With A Credible Allegation(s) of Sexual Abuse of Minors Made Against Them While Serving in the Joliet Diocese." The list notes a continuing canonical process. Simonelli was removed from ministry in 5/10 after a 21-year-old man accused him of "inappropriate conduct" that occurred more than two years prior. Bishop Sartain stated Simonelli's removal was due to "homosexual activity" and that he was "unfaithful to his vows on more than one occasion." As of 12/18, process still pending and status was "on leave." Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused in 2/21, and shown to have been laicized in 2020.

Fr. Roger A. Sinclair

Ordained: 1974
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Greensburg PA

Per 8/14/18 PA GJ report, diocese knew 5/81 of abuse 9/80 of two 14-year-old boys. Had been reported to St. Mary's in Kittanning pastor, but no action. One mother deterred by Rev. Klinzing from going to police. Indications 2/83 from St. Mary's mothers that other boys victimized. They told Chief of Police, who said he'd heard rumors and had spoken with their pastor. No action. Possible previous incident with a Latrobe boy. Sick leave 6/83-6/84, sent to House of Affirmation in MO, then Military chaplain in CA, FL, KS VA and MA. Fired 11/91 from Topeka State Hospital after he "managed to gain access to a locked unit deceitfully" to try to take male teen patients to movies. Report 2/02 of abuse of boy, age 9 - early teens, at first assignment. Faculties revoked 2002, sent to Anodos Center for treatment. Accused 4/02 of 1979 abuse of 13-year-old Latrobe altar boy. Removed for life 2002. Left priesthood 1/05. Arrested in OR 2017 for abuse of young disabled male. Convicted. Imprisoned.

Fr. James A. Sinnerud

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1972
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Suspended in 11/18 from Creighton Prep in Omaha NE after an allegation of sexual misconduct occurring prior to his time as a teacher there 1987-2008. He remained involved in the school beyond his 2008 retirement. Accused in a lawsuit filed by a man in 9/20 under the AZ Child Victims Act of sexually abusing him as a Brophy Prep student in the 1980s. Sinnerud was a Brophy Prep teacher and coach 1980-87.

Fr. Carmen Sita

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Ordained: 1976
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Arrested 1982; pled guilty 1983 to abuse of a minor and providing him with drugs. Got five years probation and treatment at Paracletes in NM. Legally changed name to Gerald Howard. Incardinated into Jefferson City MO diocese; assigned to parish with school. Reportedly had no clerical assignments since removal from active ministry in 1984. Accused 2007 of abusing another boy. Claim settled 2009 for $600K and agreement to laicize. Other victims in NJ and MO. Arrested 4/10 in NJ and later in MO. Jaied until MO criminal trial. Settlement of five claims in 2013 for $650K. Pled guilty 6/17/14 to two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of attempted forcible sodomy against three teen boys. Other counts dropped. To serve three concurrent twelve-year sentences and register as sex offender when released. Laicized 9/24/12, announced 6/18/14. On Jefferson City diocese's list 11/8/18. On Newark list 2/13/19,

Mary Carmel Skeabeck

Ordained: 2021
Status: Accused

Died: 05/7/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Sister of St. Joseph of Northwestern PA (SSJ) since 1941. Died in 2015. A.K.A. Charlotte Skeabeck. First named publicly as accused by diocese in 10/18. Order said it received a report in 5/18 that Skeabeck sexually abused a student numerous times in the late 1950s when she was a teacher at Villa Maria Academy, an all girls school. The Order knew of reports of the abuse during the time it was happening.

Seminarian Joseph Skelton, Jr.

Ordained: 2001
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Accused in a 2008 civil suit, along with Fr. George Stallings, of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in the summer of 1984. Skelton was a seminarian at the time. The boy was helping Stallings remodel the St. Teresa of Avila rectory and was and staying in the rectory's attic to avoid a long commute. Case settled 10/09 for $125K. Skelton resigned from the seminary in MI in 1988 after pleading guilty to abusing a 15-year-old boy in a seminary room. Ordained for the Tagbilaran diocese in the Philippines. Still in ministry on the island of Bohol in 2019. Included on the Detroit archdiocese's 6/10/19 list of credibly accused.

Fr. Wilton L. Skiffington

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1936
Status: Settled

Died: 09/25/1988
Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused in a 2003 lawsuit of abusing a boy at Loyola Academy in Wilmette in 1962. The boy's parents found a letter from Skiffington to their son in 1968 and told the archdiocese. Transferred to Los Angeles/San Diego in 1965. Died 9/25/88. Civil suit settled in 10/05. On Jesuit Midwest Province list 12/17/18.

Fr. Richard Francis Skluzacek

Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

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. Retired in 1998. Permanently removed from ministry in 2005. Accused of fondling a 16-year-old boy in 1975. Died in 2/25/12.

Fr. Michael G. Skoblik

Ordained: 1939
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of New Ulm MN

Ordained for St. Paul archdiocese; incardinated 1957 into New Ulm diocese when it was formed. Civil suit 1993 claimed sexual abuse by Skoblik of a grade school student 1976-80. Pastor of St. Joseph's in Sliver Lake 1965-88. Died 1989. Name included on New Ulm list released by Attorney Jeff Anderson 08/04/14. Names from deposition of Rev. Francis Garvey, a former top New Ulm Diocese official, taken 1/14. Two men filed new suit 9/10/14 claiming abuse 1967-71; tried to force New Ulm diocese to disclose names of accused priests. At least 14 alleged victims. Diocese released 16 names 3/29/16 of credibly accused priests, including Skoblik. Two new suits filed 5/16 vs New Ulm diocese; one alleged abuse by Skoblik at St George in Glencoe 1953-66, the other at St. Joseph in Silver Lake. In 3/16-5/16. Three suits filed accusing Skoblik of abuse at Holy Family and St. Pius X. Name added 11/3/17 to St. Paul-Minneapolis list.

Fr. Thomas D. Skotek

Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

Relieved of ministerial duties 4/02 after diocese announced he had admitted to 'some improper conduct' that occurred over 30 years prior. Bishop Timlin said Skotek had come under scrutiny several years before when a different misconduct complaint was made. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report, which showed Skotek abused a girl 1980-1985 when he was pastor of St. Casimir's in Freeland. She became pregnant and he arranged for an abortion. Resigned 1986. Sent to MD for treatment, then reassigned to a Wilkes-Barre parish in 1/87. On diocese's list 8/19/18.

Fr. Raymond Francis Skriba

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of abuse of at least two girls while assigned to St. Gertrude Parish in Franklin Park in the 1960s. Took administrative leave 6/02; removed from public ministry in 7/02, several months after review board found reasonable cause to believe the allegations were true. At least one claim included in 10/03 $8M settlement with 15 adults alleging abuse by 11 priests. Permanently removed from public ministry 9/05. Brother of Richard, also an accused abuser. Personnel files released 1/14. Died in 1/14.

Br. Francis Skube

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Order: OSF
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Name appears on the Davenport diocese Creditors Committee website in 2007 as having credible allegations of abuse against him. Two men say they were students, ages 17-18, in Skube's small order when he sexually abused one and beat the other. Both personally told Bishop O'Keefe in 1977, but no action. Included on the diocese's 7/08 list of credibly accused. It notes allegations of sexual abuse of one male minor and one male adult.

Fr. James F. Skupien

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Skupien was principal of Bishop Guilfoyle High in 1981 when police found him naked in his car with a youth. Per the PA Attorney General's 3/1/16 Grand Jury report, the police officer was told by the DA to "let it go." Bothered, the officer informed Msgr. Saylor, who told him they "knew about him" and "they even have a retreat that they sent these priests to." Skupien was kept in ministry. Bishop Hogan's "Secret Archives" note "Chief M. was thanked for his discretion." In 2008 victim told the diocese Skupien would pay him for oral sex, including at the St. Joseph's rectory in Williamsburg PA. Also in 2008 a man reported that when he was a boy 1968-71, Skupien forced him into oral sex. Skupien was removed from ministry in 1984 due to "alcoholism." Retired 1995. Died 2/11/96.

Deacon Matthew J. Skurat

Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Bridgeport CT

Deacon. Name included on the diocese's list 3/22/19 of clergy on whose behalf settlements were paid related to allegations of sexual abuse of minors.The allegations against Skurat were not determined to be credible. Per a 2019 report commissioned by the diocese, Skurat was accused of abuse of a boy, age 10, 1983-91. In 2003 Skurat resigned and his faculties were removed. He was reinstated in 2004. Died 9/4/13.

Fr. Herbert Skurski

Order: OFM Conv
Ordained: 1944
Status: Settled

Died: 01/16/1996
Diocese: Diocese of Ogdensburg NY

In a letter to Bishop LaValley, a woman reported that Skurski sexually abused her as a child when he was assigned to the Ogdensburg diocese. The diocese provided financial assistance for counseling and, in 12/18, a $100K offer from the IRCP. Per his obituary, Skurski was assigned to parishes in CT, PA, MD, NY, MA, Nova Scotia, ME. Died in Shamokin PA 1/16/96.

Bishop William Skylstad

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Spokane WA

Proof of Claims was filed in 2006 as part of the Spokane Diocese's bankruptcy. Accused of abuse of a teen girl at St. Patrick's Parish and at Gonzaga University 12/61-12/64. He denied the allegations and later said an investigation found no evidence that the allegations were true. Retired in 6/10.

Fr. Richard Slavish

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Peoria IL

Slavish and six other priests were placed on leave by the bishop in 5/02 after allegations of abuse involving minors. Privileges were revoked. Slavish was scheduled to retire in summer of 2002 but he reportedly retired in April. Slavish apparently held parish assignments during his entire career except 1969-71, when he was chaplain at East Moline State Hospital. Died 2/18/16. Included in 2018 on the diocese's list of accused.

Fr. Samuel B. Slocum

Ordained: 1980
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Taught at diocesan high schools, parish priest. Arrested 4/11 for 'inappropriate relationship' with a 15-year-old boy. Would give the boy gifts and take pictures of him and other boys. The boy's parents forbade him to contact their son, but he did not stop, lying to the mother and encouraging the boy to be secretive. Admitted to police to inappropriate relationships with boys. Found guilty in 1/12 of concealment of the whereabouts of a child and corruption of minors; got 2 years' probation. Laicization announced 11/16. In 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Slocum testified that the diocese knew in 1980 of 'inappropriate relationship' with a 14-year-old girl. Also involved with a 17-year-old girl. Said relationship with 16-year-old boy same year. Treatment 1991 at diocese's Ecclesiastic Center. Diocese knew in 1995 of involvement with a high school senior boy. Sent to St. Michael's in MO for treatment. Returned to ministry.

Fr. Joseph S. Slowik

Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

Ordained for the Diocese of Lafayette, IN. Incardinated into the Diocese of Richmond in 1979. Named publicly as accused by the Richmond diocese in 6/20. Alleged to have sexually abused a child in the early 1990s while assigned to St. Paul's in Portsmouth. Removed from public ministry in 2006. Status in 6/20 was "retired without priestly faculties." Added in 7/21 to the Richmond diocese's list of those against whom there is a credible and substantiated allegation.

Fr. Raymond W. Smart

Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

The archdiocese announced in 1/19 that Smart had been deemed "not suitable for ministry" after an internal investigation into claims that he had sexually abused a minor in the 1980s. Had been on health leave since 1995. Retired in 2002. Had been accused twice previously of inappropriate conduct. The review board said in 2011 accusations of sexual abuse of a minor were unsubstantiated. In 2017 review board said there was evidence he had engaged in misconduct with an adult and restricted his access to church facilities.

Fr. Wilson F. Smart

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Helena MT

Diocese knew of Smart's attraction to boys by 1959. Received treatment in 1959 and 1969. Admitted molesting more than 30 boys 1957-78. A 1990 civil suit alleged Smart abused plaintiff at age 12 in 1967, and that the abuse continued until 1975. Settled in 1993, possibly for $1.7M. Named in at least three other suits which later settled. In 1993 the bishop admitted removing two letters from file which documented abuse. Named as abuser in amended suit in 10/11. Died 9/10/06. 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.

Fr. Gerard C. Smit

Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Lafayette LA

Ordained in the Netherlands. In Lafayette LA diocese by 1957. Report to police 1982 of abuse of a boy 1965-70 in Youngsville. Said Smit stalked him. Complaint to bishop 1986 of sex abuse of girls. Fathered two children in Cankton LA. To Jemez Springs NM for treatment. Still of Lake Charles diocese (est. from Lafayette diocese 1980) sent to Wilmington DE diocese 1987. Removed 1996. Name first released on list by Wilmington bishop 11/16/06. Was teaching at U of Delaware's Academy of Lifelong Learning, for adults over 50. Lafayette bishop removed Smit from public ministry and contact with minors in 2011, informed DE. Personnel files released 2/12. Allegedly abused at least eight in LA. Report to diocese 2010 of abuse of altar boy in Cankton in 1970s. Complaint to police 2015 of abuse of altar boy in 1961 in Youngsville. Sentenced 2013 to Life of Prayer and Penance. Living in PA.

Fr. Alphonsus M. Smith

Ordained: 1956
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

In 1995 Smith admitted 'affair' with a youth 1988-93. A civil suit filed in 1995 was dismissed on statute of limitations. Sentenced in 1995 to 16 years for abuse of five. Judge reduced sentence to five years supervised probation in 1996. Sent to live at St. John Vianney treatment center in St. Louis. Died in 2005. At least one claim included in $1.3M settlement with archdiocese 12/06. On archdiocese's list 10/15/18.

Fr. Anthony Smith

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Order: CSsR
Ordained: 1984
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

A man filed civil suit in 2003 alleging abuse by Smith in the mid-1980s, at Holy Redeemer Church in Portland. The abuse allegedly occurred on multiple occasions, and included sodomy, oral sex and fondling. At the time the suit was filed, Smith was working as chaplain at Newman House at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. He was immediately placed on leave. He had been in Stockton for two years. Smith's personnel file shows that in 4/86, he admitted to his superiors that he had "problems" with young boys, had solicited two minors the previous summer and was strongly attracted to a 14-year-old boy. Treatment was recommended and he was sent to his Order in San Francisco, who relayed that they knew of Smith's problems. Added to Stockton diocese's list 11/12/20.

Fr. David G. Smith

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

In 7/02 Smith was charged with perverted practice after a man claimed that Smith abused him at age 16 at a parish rectory, 1973-76. In 10/02 Smith pleaded guilty to engaging in sex acts with the the boy. Smith had taken an unrelated leave of absence in 2000 and had no faculties to perform ministry.

Fr. Edward P. Smith

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Order: CSSp
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

A woman sued diocese and both current and former bishops in 2004 alleging that she was abused at age 16 by Smith when she went to him for counseling at Sacred Heart in Emsworth. Smith died in 1956 or 1957. Claims included in Diocese's 9/07 $1.25M settlement with 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.

Fr. Edward William Smith

Order: GHM
Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 05/31/1975
Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Glenmary Home Missioners on its list 10/11/19. Worked in Bogota, Colombia; NC; OH; VA; GA. Died in 1975. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19. The Charlotte diocese noted that it received a report in 12/14 that Smith abused a boy in the 1960s on Boy Scout camping trips. Also, it said the Glenmarys told them in late 2019 that it had received an allegation in 1993 of abuse in the 1960s at Buck Creek, which had a summer youth camp, and an allegation in 2001 of abuse in 1963 in Boone, NC, when Smith was pastor of St. Elizabeth parish. On the Raleigh diocese's list updated 2/7/20 (erroneously as a CICM priest).

Fr. Gregory M. Smith

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Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Bridgeport CT

Monsignor. Placed on leave in 2002. Accused of becoming sexually involved with two teenage girls in late 1960s-early 1970s. One girl told Bishop Genuario in 1969. The other filed repeated complaints with church officials over many years but nothing done. She filed suit in 1997; dismissed on SOL. Bishop Lori explained that he kept Smith working because allegations involved "people who were very near attaining the age of majority... ." Per diocese's list updated 3/22/19, Smith had a single allegation against him.

Fr. James G. Smith

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Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Became a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre when it was created in 1957. Named publicly as accused by the Rockville Centre diocese on its list in 3/21. Allegedly abused at a private home on Long Island. No time frame shown. Assigned to St. Brigid's in Westbury 7/51-1/69, St. Mary in East Islip 1/69-3/74 and to Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington beginning in 4/75.

Fr. Leland J. Smith

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Winona-Rochester MN

Following a recent court order, on 12/16/13 Bishop Quinn released a list of 13 names of priests who had "credible" accusations against them of abuse involving minors. Smith's inclusion on this list is the first public notice that he had been accused of abuse. Diocese updated information on its list 6/23/14. Ministerial privileges indefinitely suspended in 1994 after Diocese received several complaints that he molested minor males. Completed treatment and was allowed to minister to elderly adults until a new allegation was received in 2002. All of his privileges were removed again. Laicized 4/11/14.

Fr. Richard E. Smith

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Removed from active ministry in 3/07 after allegations by two women that he sexually abused them when they were teens between 1966-67, at former Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Woodlawn. Smith confirmed some of the allegations. Claims reported to State Attorney's office. Prior allegations of abuse a youth 1979-83 were made in 5/06 but not publicized. On the archdiocese's list 7/23/19. Deceased.

Fr. Robert Gordon Smith

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Ordained: 1945
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Gaylord MI

Ordained for the Diocese of Gaylord. Became a Saginaw diocese priest when it was created in 1971. First named publicly as accused by the Gaylord diocese on its list 11/10/18. Died in 6/24/80. On the Saginaw diocese's list 4/10/19. It notes that he was previously removed from publicly ministry.

Fr. Robert J. Smith

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Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Died in 1987. At least six civil suits filed in 1993-94 against Smith's estate. Smith apparently abused a fellow high school seminarian in 1946. Expelled in1959 from Christ the King Seminary in the Buffalo NY area for molesting three children. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe accepted Smith in 1970. After ordination, Smith molested children at various parishes in NM in the 1970s and 1980s. Sent for treatment on at least three occasions. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused 9/12/17.

Fr. Thomas E. Smith

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Bishop Murphy knew of allegation of abuse in 1984 of 17-year-old boy. Health Leave 2/84-10/84. Residential treatment 3/85 - 8/85. Treated 12/86-4/87 at Ecclesia Center in Girard, then St. Luke's in MD until 11/30/87. Facility said he had "driven, compulsive, and long standing obsession with sexually assaulting children" and the sexual assaults continued after his first treatment in 1984. Admitted in treatment to abuse, including rape, of at least 15 boys, as young as age 7. Returned to parish ministry. Active in a ministry program for Catholic children. Report to diocese in 9/93 of abuse of a 9-year-old boy. Suspended in 2002 after report of abuse 1968-70 of a boy, ages 10-12. Settlement (less than $100,000) reached in early 2002. Criminal charges filed in 3/08; dropped due to statute of limitations. Laicized in 2006.

Fr. Thomas J. Smith

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused in 2002 and 2005 of abuse of at least three 12- and 13-year-old boys in the 1970s-1980s. First investigation found allegations to be not credible. Later, more allegations were all found to be credible. Laicized 3/29/07, announced 4/07. One man testified in Msgr. Lynn trial 4/12 that Smith took him and another boy on trip in RV, that that they spent the night in a hotel and Smith played strip poker with them. The witness said Smith assaulted him during the night.

Fr. Thomas W. Smith

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Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Accused in 1993 of molesting a 10-year-old boy in 1983. Smith was scheduled to leave parish and go for evaluation and treatment but killed himself with shotgun the day before. He denied the allegations and left a note referring to depression from his mother's death. Smith did admit to molesting several other boys at another assignment in the 1960s. After his death five men came forward accusing him of molesting them when they were in 7th-8th grades.

Fr. Gerald F. Smola

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/18. Joined the order in 1938. A single allegation was received after his death, of abuse occurring while assigned to U. of Detroit Jesuit High School in the 1950s. Smola was dismissed 11/14/69. Included on the Detroit archdiocese's list of credibly accused 6/10/19.

Fr. Gerard A. Smyczynski

Ordained: 1980
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Faculties were removed in 1985. Died in 1999 (age 45 or 46); diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Reportedly, there was a small settlement with an alleged victim. Lawsuit filed 1/20 claims abuse of an altar boy, age 10, in the mid-1980s, and cover-up by then Vicar General and later Erie PA Bishop Donald Trautman. Erie diocese dropped from suit, as reported in 7/20.

Fr. James Smyka

Order: OFM Conv
Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

First named publicly as accused by the Diocese of Buffalo on its updated list 11/5/18. Chaplain at St. Joseph's Hospital and living at a parish in Syracuse 11/14-10/18. Taught at St. Francis High School in Hamburg for 11 years early in his career, then worked in Johnstown PA, Chicopee MA and Bridgeport CT. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 8/19 of sexually abusing a 7-year-old boy, along with Revs. Aurelian Brzezniak and Patrick Mendola, at St. Francis High School in the Buffalo diocese in 1977. The accuser claimed the abuse occurred in front of a group of priests in a shower room, and that it continued until he was age 8.

Fr. Benjamin Smylie

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1985
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Dallas TX

Named publicly as accused by the Dallas diocese on its list 1/31/19. Taught at Jesuit College Prep for many years. Retired in 2002. Died in 2004. Added to the Jesuits Central and Southern Province list 2/27/20. It notes the the allegations against Smylie were received after his death and that the abuse was said to have occurred in the 1980s. Included in a lawsuit by multiple former Dallas Prep students, filed in 8/19, of abuse of a student in 1981. Allegedly the boy went to Smylie for counseling while his mother was dying, and the priest plied him with alcohol then sexually assaulted him on an overnight at a Jesuit retreat center.

Fr. Brendan Smyth

Order: OPraem
Ordained: 1951
Status: Convicted

Died: 08/22/1997
Diocese: Diocese of Providence RI

From Ireland. Full name John Gerard Brendan Smyth. Worked in RI, ND and MA in the US. Likely abused over 50 boys and girls, in Ireland and the US. Sentenced to 4 years jail in Ireland in 1995 on 17 counts of assaulting 5 girls and 4 boys 1964-88. Sentenced 7/97 to 12 years for abusing 20 boys and girls. Died in prison 8/97. Two sued order 6/10. Settlements 1998-99 to 3 Dublin relatives who sued Kilmore bishop after finding the diocese knew Smyth abused children prior to his abusing them. Denied by a court of appeals 11/15; appealed 2/16. Suit 6/08 in Providence RI re 1968 abuse of a boy and girl. RI court denied damages. In 9/16 one of the 2, a RI lawyer, filed a complaint with the RI State Ethics Commission against Supreme Ct judge Francis X. Flaherty, who oversaw the ruling denying them damages; Flaherty had not disclosed his leadership role with a Catholic nonprofit. The Commission ruled "probable cause" in 4/17. On Providence diocese's list 7/1/19. On Fargo's list 1/2/20.

Fr. Marion Joseph Snieg

Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Accused of sexual abuse of at least one boy in 1959 while at St. Jane de Chantal parish. The boy told his father who notified the archdiocese. Archdiocese reportedly said it would "take care of" Snieg. Accuser came forward again in 2001. Removed 2002. Snieg died in 6/05. At least one claim included in a 10/03 settlement involving 15 accusers and 12 priests. At least one other claim included in 10/05 settlement with Archdiocese.

Fr. Thomas Snyderwine

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Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Monsignor. First named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. DuBois Central Catholic and Erie Prep faculty member. Parish priest, pastor. On Presbyteral Council. In 1996 a fifth-grade girl at St. Boniface school told the principal, Sr. Steff, that five years prior her godfather, Msgr. Snyderwine, took a shower with her and touched her in ways that made her feel uncomfortable. Sr. Steff spoke with the girls' parents who said they knew of the incident and told their daughter to stay away from him. Sr. Steff said she confronted Snyderwine. In 2002 Sr. Steff told Bishop Trautman of the incident. Per Trautman, the parents did not want to pursue the matter. Snyderwine retired in 8/12. Remained active in 2018.

Fr. Peter D. Snyers

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

On 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Snyers, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on where or when the abuse occurred. Held multiple assignments within the diocese, including chaplain for Boy Scouts. Retired 7/2/01. Died 1/19/12.

Fr. Alfred B. Soave

Ordained: 1948
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Named in one of two 2003 lawsuits against the diocese. Believed to be Priest T in the 1/03 Grand Jury report, which said he had a number of victims. Died in 1999. Accused of fondling a 13-year old altar boy in the late 1970s. Sent for therapy. Given title of Vicar for Senior Priests in 1988 when it was recommended that he not return to active ministry. Accused in lawsuits 8/19: of abuse of a St. Hugh's in Huntington Station altar boy, ages 10-14 in 1979-83; of abuse, along with Rev. William Burke, of abuse at St. Andrew's in Sag Harbor of a child, ages 8-14, 1974-79. Included in 3/21 on the diocese's list of accused.

Fr. David A. Soderlund

Ordained: 1965
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Accused 1980 of abuse of three boys, ages 12-13. Photos found of Soderlund in sex acts with boys. Admitted to 'sexual activity' with them. Sent to St. John Vianney for treatment. Assigned as a parish pastor in 1981, restricted to no contact with minors, sent to another parish the next year. Abused another boy. In 1986 made Director of Pastoral Care at Good Samaritan Med Center in Pottsdale. Removed 1989 for violating restrictions by having an 8-year-old altar boy and calling him on the phone. Soderlund appealed to the Vatican which agreed his rights were violated. Bishop Welsh offered him housing and income, but no job. Lawsuit against diocese in 2004. Laicized 2005. Arrested 2009 in WY on child porn charges; convicted. Sentenced 2-5 years' prison. Registered sex offender in WY. In 8/14/18 PA GJ Report. Settlement 4/20 with man alleging abuse at age 12 in 1971. Accused in 5/20 lawsuit of abuse of boys in early 1970s.

Bishop Lawrence D. Soens

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused in 2002 of abusing 3 boys in the 1960s. One claim settled for $20K in 2004. Two suits pending as of 5/06. Seven new suits filed 5/06. Apparently a new suit with 13 plaintiffs filed 8/06 alleging abuse 1959-67. In 2/06 the diocese investigative panelf ound behavior may have been inappropriate, but did not appear to be sexual. Review Board found him guilty of sexual abuse 11/3/08. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused in 5/09, noting accusations of abuse of 31 male minors. Twelve cases dismissed in 5/09.

Fr. Edward W. Sokol

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1987
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Miami FL

Professed vows as a Marianist brother in 1962, Province of New York. Left the Order in 1986. Ordained for the Franciscans in 1987. Arrested in 4/01 in a police sting after arranging over the internet to meet a 15-year-old boy for sex. Pled no contest to computer pornography in 12/01; judge allowed him to continue running a group home for disabled adult males. Ordered to leave the home in 3/02 by social services. Also worked in Boston archdiocese, at Perkins School for the Blind, and in NH. Briefly had privileges in Miami after Franciscans withdrew his privileges. Included on the Marianists 6/24/20 list of accused. Noted to be deceased.

Fr. Joseph Sokol

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Order: SDB
Ordained: 1936
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Named publicly as accused by the Archdiocese of New Orleans on its list 2/14/20. (The archdiocese had initially named Alfred Sokol, SDB, which was a mistake.) Allegation received in 2010 of abuse in the 1940s. Sokol worked at Hope Haven in Marrero. Per the Salesian order on its list in 3/20, Sokol also worked in NJ, and left the order in 1957. He died in 1970.

Fr. James E. Somma

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Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

Retired as Air Force chaplain in 1984. In 1988 woman said she was abused as a child by Somma 25 years earlier. Claim judged "not credible" by the diocese; court later dismissed case due to statute of limitations. Remained in ministry until his death in 2002. Per his obit, he had "a passion for children" and adopted two Vietnamese children in 1970. Second allegation in 2002. Civil suit filed by a man in 2004. Claims included in Diocese's 9/07 $1.25M settlement with 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. It showed concerns in 1988 of four "potential male victims."

Fr. Bartley A. Sorensen

Ordained: 1976
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

Arrested 12/10/11 when employee at St. John Fisher saw child porn on his computer at rectory and told Diocese. Computer contained 100+ images of prepubescent males. More charges after additional porn found during search. Had been at parish three weeks. Was chaplain at West Penn Hospital 2004-2011. Prior to assignment at St. John Fisher, he served 9 months at St. Anne Church in Castle Shannon. Federal Indictment. Pled guilty 5/23/12. Sentenced to 8 yrs prison 1/13. Required to register permanently as a sex offender and pay $25,000. fine. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.

Br. John Sorisio

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Order: SJ
Status: Sued

Died: 07/20/1957
Diocese: Diocese of Helena MT

One woman alleged abuse as a child by Bro. "Seoriso" on multiple occasions at St. Ignatius Mission on Flathead Indian Reservation. Allegations are included in 9/11 civil suit against Ursuline Order and Helena Diocese filed by 45 people against multiple nuns, 6 priests and 2 brothers. Bro. "John Sorisio" named as accused by the Helena diocese on its list 4/29/15. Worked at St. Ignatius Mission 1915 until his death 7/20/57. On the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/18.

Fr. Ronald A. Soutiere

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Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Burlington VT

Named publicly as credibly accused by the diocese on its list 8/22/19. It notes he worked in the diocese 1974-83 and 1999-02. Listed in the 1985 Catholic Directory as a military chaplain. Resigned as pastor of St. Ann's in Milton in 4/02. Placed on leave in 6/02. Faculties revoked 11/2/04.

Fr. Maurice Souza

Ordained: 1939
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

Fall River diocese says it first learned of allegations against Souza in 2012. Plaintiff's attorney said he attempted to settle in mediation but efforts fell through. Civil suit filed 1/4/14 in CT accused Souza of abusing two boy, ages 9-17 while assigned to St. Anthony's in East Falmouth 1977-86. He also allegedly would take the boys to various areas of MA and CT for athletic events and abuse them there. Died in 1996 at age 83. Suit also names former Fall River Bishop Cronin for his failure to properly supervise Souza. Suit was not made public until 5/12/14. Settled 1/19. Included on the diocese's list of accused in 1/21 (as Maurice de Souza).

Fr. D. George Spagnolia

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Took leave of absence in 1973 (after a disagreement with the archdiocese) and returned to priestly duties in the early 1990s. Placed on leave without privileges in 2/02 after being accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in 1971. Spagnolia denied the allegations. He later admitted to relationships with two men during his 20-year leave of absence. No criminal charges because of SOL. Died 5/6/08. Canonical proceedings not complete when he died, per 8/11 Boston AD database.

Fr. Nicholas J. Spagnolo

Order: CSS
Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Personnel files released in 2/03 show that Spagnolo was accused of molesting teenage girls in the 1960s. One accuser went to the Archdiocese and Order in 1993 and he admitted he "violated boundaries" while counseling females in the 1960s. Ordered not to minister without supervision. Continued to try to organize retreats for lay and religious women. Working in Lexington MA in 2002. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database. Died 12/25/13. Included in 1/21 on the Diocese of Fall River's list of accused. Noted to have had "limited faculties to assist in charitable work on Cape Cod."

Fr. William D. Spain

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Name included on list of priests with credible allegations released by the San Diego diocese 3/30/07. Retired in 1986 due to "ill health" and died in 7/93. San Diego personnel file released10/25/10.

Fr. Leon C. Spalding

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Ordained: 1959
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

A woman filed suit in 4/03 alleging that she was molested as a minor by Spalding after confession in the early 1970s. Spalding denied the accusations. Reportedly Spalding retired in 3/03 after facing an unrelated accusation involving an adult woman. This information came from a letter that Archbishop Kelly read to Spalding's parishioners in 3/03. Shown as retired in the 2009 Catholic Directory.

Fr. Leonard P. Spanburgh

Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused in a claim filed with the NJ Independent Victim Compensation Program of sexually abusing an altar boy, about ages 9-13, in 1970-73. Spanburgh was assigned to St. Catherine of Sienna in Cedar Grove during the time of the alleged abuse. Settled in the high five figures in 2/20. Spanburgh had been a Boy Scouts chaplain. Died in 1983.

Fr. Robert E. Spangenberg

Order: CSSp
Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

Worked in PA, MI, NC, IL, FL. First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Retired 2003. Died 12/23/06. Allegations of abuse of at least two minors. Diocese contacted 1988 by woman who said her son had been abused by Spangenberg. Spiritans moved Spangenberg to FL1989 due to the allegations. Kept in ministry. In 2009 a man reported that when he was a 15- to 16-year-old runaway and involved in prostitution, he had many "sexual encounters" with Spangenberg. He said the priest paid him to bring him other "young hustlers" for sex. He said Spangenberg liked to sniff glue while orally copulating the boy, and that he was a "really sick guy-he would have person urinate and defecate on him." On Raleigh diocese's list in 10/18, for abuse in 1988 and subsequently, reported in 2018. On Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19 where he worked in the 1990s.

Fr. Anthony Spano

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Assigned to Salesian schools in NY and NJ. Died in 2008. Named publicly by the Salesian order in 3/20 on its list of credibly accused. No details given as to when or where the abuse occurred, or number of victims. (Placing him for now in the NY archdiocese, where the Salesians' Eastern Province is based.)

Fr. John D. Spaulding

Order: SC
Ordained: 1971
Status: Indicted

Died: 02/25/2020
Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Removed without faculties 6/11 when accused of sexual misconduct with a minor in the mid-1980s at St. Maria Goretti in Scottsdale. Review board found allegation credible. County Attorney did not investigate because alleged victim was deceased. A second man filed a complaint 8/11; no prosecution due to SOL. Two more accusers came forward. Father of original victim filed suit 6/12; dismissed. Special Tribunal in Rome 1/14 recommended laicization. In 6/19 a man alleged Spaulding abused him as a boy. Indicted in 1/20 related to accusations he abused two boys under age 15 in 2003-07, while assigned to St. Gabriel's in Phoenix and St. Timothy's in Mesa. Per Spaulding's attorney in 2/20, the priest was too ill to appear in court for his arraignment. Rescheduled for 3/6/20, but Spaulding died 2/25/20.

Fr. Terry W. Specht

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Ordained: 1996
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington VA

Spent 20 years in the Navy prior to priesthood. Complaint made in 1/12 that he had been involved in sexual misconduct with a teenage boy in the late 1990s; not removed until 4/12 from position at Holy Spirit Church in Annandale. Was parochial vicar at St. Mary of Sorrows Church in Fairfax at the time of the alleged sexual misconduct. Director of the Office of Child Protection and Safety 2004-2011. Denied the allegations. Reportedly in 2/19, the diocese was unable to decide whether the allegations were credible, and Specht was granted a medical retirement shortly after he was placed on leave.

Fr. Stephen Emmett Speciale

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1985
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse 1985-86. Settled in 1993 for $60K. Another suit filed 2003. Named in 2004 L.A. archdiocesan report. Included on the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/18. It notes a report in 1991 of sexual abuse of a minor, occurring "TBD." Dismissed from the order in 12/89.

Seminarian Phillip G. Speers

Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

Speers, a former seminary student and teacher at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Yuma, was accused of abusing at least five girls in a second grade class in 1999-2000 and with possession of child pornography. Settlement of $1.8M in 2003 with the girls and their families. Convicted in 2002 and 2003 but decisions reversed by AZ court of appeals. Retried in 8/07 and found guilty. Sentenced to 34 years in prison. Possession of child porn charges dropped.

Fr. Michael A. Spegele

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Order: CPPS
Ordained: 1941
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Bismarck ND

Named publicly as accused by the Bismarck diocese on its list 1/2/20. Allegations made after his death. Substantiated. Died 3/16/98. Added to the La Crosse diocese's list 2/5/20, where he was assigned at some point to St. Francis Hospital. Added to KC-St Joseph list as of 4/21, one substantiated allegation in the diocese noted.

Fr. Allan P. Speiser

Ordained: 1948
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

On 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Speiser, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. Held multiple assignments at parishes within the diocese and also for the diocese itself. He retired in 1992 and died 10/5/01.

Fr. Lawrence M. Spellen

Ordained: 1946
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Salt Lake City UT

"Bud." Spellen told Bishop Weigand in 1993 that he was being accused of sexual misconduct during the mid-1980s. Diocese investigated and found some merit in accusations. Spellen was placed on leave. Matter reported to CPS. Apparently the misconduct was still going on because Vicar General offered the youth counseling when he said he wanted to break off the "relationship." Spellen died 2/18/03. Worked in Honolulu at Damien High at one point. Named in 10/13 civil suit in Hawaii. On Salt Lake CIty diocese's list 12/4/18. It notes allegations received 1992, 5/02 and 10/12 of abuse of three minors 1958-69 and 1980s.

Fr. Timothy Sperber

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Name included on diocese's list released 8/1/18. Accused in 2004 of the sexual abuse of a 9- to 10-year-old girl around 1979, at St. Joan of Arc in Hershey, PA. She said she told the school principal who became angry and called her "a demon-child." Sperber transferred in 1992 to the Archdiocese of Miami. Went on leave in 1998, left priesthood in 2000. Living in Port Charlotte FL in 8/18, music minister at a Congregational United Church of Christ in Punta Gorda.

Fr. James A. Spielman

Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Bishop Head knew of allegations of abuse at a Jamestown parish in 1989; sent to treatment 6 months later. Returned to ministry. Accused in 1993 of abusing altar boy for 4 years in the 1970s; $150K settlement in 1994. Left priesthood after abuse reported 1993; moved to AK. Possibly in Naalehu HI as of 2011. Worked in HI parishes at some point. On 3/20/18 diocesan list. Settlement in 2016 for $1.5M with former Walsh High student claiming abuse by Spielman at ages 14-17. Said abused at school, other places in Buffalo, and in Honolulu diocese, and that other students were abused; also plied with alcohol and porn. Said staff at school were told, nothing done. Suit was v Buffalo and Honolulu dioceses, Walsh HS, and Southdown Institute in Toronto, where Spielman was treated 12/89-5/90 and in 1993. Named in 8/19 suit in NY.

Fr. Michael J. Spillane

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Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

A person came forward in 1991 to allege abuse by Spillane. Spillane acknowledged the abuse and admitted to molesting at least six youths 1975 -86. Church may have settled with this person. Privileges removed in 1991. In 2002 Spillane was director of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions which advised the USCCB. He had been employed for 16 years by the Commission. Another allegation was made in 2002 of child sexual abuse in the late 1960s.

Fr. William J. Spine

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Worked in Peru, Brooklyn NY, Moline IL, Chicago IL, and Lexington KY. Spent time 1990-91 in Berkeley, CA. He was a teacher, parish assistant and pastor, and associate director of a diocesan hispanic ministry office. Removed from active ministry in 2/06, several months after the Jesuits received a credible allegation that Spine sexually abused a teenage boy while assigned to Peru in the mid-1970s. The boy was Spine's student.The Official Catholic Directory shows that Spine was living in Rome from 2007 to at least 2010. Included on the Diocese of Lexington's list in 8/20, where he worked 2001-06 at St. Paul's.

Fr. Paul G. Spisak

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 10/98 parish staff found gay and sadomasochistic porn in Spisak's room, along with questionable pics of Spisak with two different teen boys. Pics were from vacations he would take high school age boys on between 1981-90. Sent to St. Luke's in MD for eval 11/98. Kept in ministry. Alleged in 2002 to have abused a boy 15 years prior on a trip. Removed in 5/30/03. Arrested 4/06 after caught at a mall secretly videotaping a man using a urinal. Spisak admitted to police to the act and said he had a " sexual fixation with the male buttocks." Living in 11/18 at St. John Vianney Manor.

Br. Philip Spoelker

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Order: CFX
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Brother Jude. Joined the Xaverians in 1960. Named publicly as accused by the order on its list 7/12/19. Accused in 1982 of abuse of a minor in Leonardtown, MD; sent to the Paracletes in NM for treatment, then returned to ministry. Placed on a safety plan in 2003. Pled guilty in 2007 to abuse in 1979, sentenced to 18 months in prison. Accused in 2009 of abuse in the late 1980s in Birmingham, AL.

Fr. Michael Sprauer

Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Accused of abusing as many as 20 teenage boys at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility 1972-75. Sued in 2002 and 2003. Sprauer denied the charges. Archdiocese settled with 15 plaintiffs for total of $600K. Suit(s) going to trial in 5/07 against Sprauer and the State of Oregon. Found guilty of abuse of two of three plaintiffs 5/17/07; jury awarded $1.4M in damages. In 7/07 the state agreed to pay $1,050,000 to 14 plaintiffs. Ethics complaint were filed against plaintiff's attorney in 2012 over his handling of cases; his license was suspended in 8/14 for 90 days.

Fr. William Sprigler

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Antonio TX

Ordained for the San Antonio archdiocese. Accused in 1976 of abuse of two boys. Sent to treatment at Paraclete's in NM. Granted indefinite leave in 1978 to join the Paraclete Fathers. Did not finish process of joining Paracletes. Moved to New Ulm MN diocese 1983, incardinated there in 1988. Director of Priest Personnel 1984-89. Retired in 2016, worked as fill-in priest two FL dioceses and New Ulm. Removed from ministry in 12/18, permanently removed 1/19. On San Antonio's list 1/31/19.

Fr. Christopher Joseph Springer

Order: CSsR
Ordained: 1952
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Baton Rouge LA

Cristoff/Christopher. Worked in Corpus Christi, TX and Baton Rouge. Incardinated into the Baton Rouge diocese in 1973. Faculties removed in 1985. Laicized in 1990. First sued in 1994. Accused of abuse 1968-80 in several suits. Ten suits filed in 2006. Some settled. As many as 30 alleged victims. On Baton Rouge diocese's list in early 2019. On Corpus Christi diocese's list 1/31/19. Left the diocese in 1971. On Galveston-Houston list 1/31/19. On New Orleans archdiocese's list in 6/19.

Fr. Matthew Michael Sprouffske

Order: OCarm
Ordained: 1954
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in 1986 of abuse in the 1950s of a female relative under age 14. Arrested in 12/02. Criminal charges dropped in 7/03 due to CA Supreme Court ruling. Died in 1/05. At least one claim included in 11/06 $10M settlement with Order, L.A. archdiocese and 7 people alleging abuse by 5 priests. Archdiocese was to release personnel files as part of 2007 $660M settlement with 508 plaintiffs. Personnel files on 25 priests (including his) to be released in Fall 2012 after CA Supreme Court rejected appeal by the priests. Addedin 2/21 to the Joliet diocese's list, where he was assigned in 2002 to Carmelite Carefree Village.

Fr. Joseph L. Sredzinski

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Greensburg PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 2015. Found in 5/91 by police with a young boy in a car parked at night in a cemetery. Mayor of Everson met with Fr. Roger Statnick about the incident, and concerns from the community about Sredzinski spending too much time with boys. Allegation 6/91 of misconduct while swimming with a boy, and of inappropriate touch with the boy on a drive to Cleveland. Father of boy forbade Sredzinski's contact with his son. Call in 4/02 to diocese from woman who said Sredzinski abused her relative in 1985 in Brownsville, PA. Accused in a 6/20 lawsuit of raping and sexually abusing a boy 1991-97, beginning when the boy was age 11. Per the suit, Sredzinski invited other priests to the rectory to rape the boy during orgies, and that the abuse also occurred at church-sponsored events in Washington DC. The suit was filed in DC.

Fr. Jocelyn St. Arnaud

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Order: OSB
Ordained: 1952
Status: Sued

Died: 09/22/1992
Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Also known as Fr. Pacome St. Arnaud. Accused in 2002 by three men of sexually abusing them as minors in the 1970s. In a civil suit filed in 5/02, the plaintiff said he told other priests in 1971 that he had been abused. After that disclosure, St. Arnaud was transferred to another parish where he allegedly abused the other two plaintiffs. These men filed suits in 11/02. Also history of abuse in Canada before transfer to Portland. Another suit filed in 2005. St Arnaud died 9/22/92 (spelled St. Arnoud the 1993 Directory.)

Fr. Bernard St. Hilaire

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Ordained: 1951
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

File on known child sex offender Ronald Paquin released in 2/02 confirms a long-standing sexual relationship between Paquin and St. Hilaire, who died in 1977. St. Hilaire took Paquin under his wing when Paquin was about age 14 and counseled and molested him. One of Paquin's victims said Paquin admitted that he and St. Hilaire slept in the same bed for 30 years. Per files released in 1/04, one of Paquin's victims said he was also abused by St. Hilaire. This man settled for $20K before 2002. See 8/11 Boston AD database.

Fr. Theodore J. St. Hilaire

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

As part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the Order agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the Province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the Bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. St. Hilaire's name is included on this list. On the Jesuits West Province list. It notes claims in 2009 of abuse 1971-72.

Fr. Lawrence H. St. Peter

Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Denver CO

Monsignor. Superintendent of Catholic schools, Vicar of Priests, parish priest. One complainant settled with the archdiocese 7/1/08 as part of 7/08 $5.5M settlement of 18 people alleging abuse by 3 priests. Per CO A.G.'s report released 10/23/19, the archdiocese received allegations against St. Peter as early as 1970. Church files show reports he abused children, including rape, from the 1960s through the 1990s. Absent on leave 1993-2002. Died 8/18/03. Said to have been living and working at Queen of Peace parish in Denver at the time of his death. In 2/19 a man stated publicly that St. Peter sexually abused him for years, leading to rape age 8 twice in 1982. St. Peter was the boy's father's best friend.

Fr. Roland H. St. Pierre

Order: OMI
Ordained: 1952
Status: Sued

Died: 02/3/2010
Diocese: Diocese of Ogdensburg NY

Accused, along with Rev. Joseph Conti, in a lawsuit filed 4/1/21 of sexually abusing a boy, beginning when the boy was age 4 in 1968 and ending in the early 1970s when the boy was 8. St. Pierre was pastor of St. Peter's in Plattsburgh during the time in question. Per the plaintiff, the abuse included sodomy and took place in a wooded area. The priests are said to have taken turns abusing the boy while the other would watch. St. Pierre was mayor of Plattsbugh 1972-77. He died 2/13/10.

Fr. Chester S. Stachewicz

Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Per obit, joined the 'Orthodox-Catholic Church of America' (OCCA ) in 1989, via whom he worked as priest in NM. Died 4/10/10 in Albuquerque, NM.

Br. William Stadtfeld

Order: CP
Status: Settled

Died: 08/23/2001
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse of two sisters between 1958 and 1966. Temporary profession 7/9/44; perpetual profession 7/9/47; died 8/23/01. Last name spelled as per personnel file. His L.A. archdiocesan obit misspelled name. The 2/17/04 archdiocesan report states one civil suit filed. Both sisters settled as part of $660M settlement in 7/07.

Br. Wellington Joseph Stanislaus

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Order: SJ
Status: None

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Entered the Jesuit order in 1965. Moved from San Jose to Phoenix in 1971 after he was accused of molesting teenage boys at a boys' home. Allowed to work with youth programs in Phoenix while order was working to have him dismissed. Arrested 2003 on two felony accounts of abusing a 16-year old-boy in 1969 who was a resident of a Los Gatos home for troubled boys. Charges dismissed 6/03 after ruling by Supreme Court. On the Jesuits West Province list 12/7 /18. It notes sexual abuse of a minor 1968-70, reported in 2002. Assigned to Juvenile Hall in San Jose, CA at the time of the alleged abuse. Dismissed from order in 1972.

Fr. Stanley Staniszewski

Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Gary IN

Ordained for the Diocese of Warsaw, Poland. Worked in the Gary diocese 1974-83, Kalamazoo MI diocese 1994-98. Also worked in Sioux Falls, SD diocese. Accused of sexual abuse per 7/07 news article. Reportedly was living in FL, no longer in active ministry. Named in a civil suit in Gary with claim of abuse of boy at Casimir Catholic Church's grade school 1979-81. On Gary diocese's list released 8/27/18. Noted to have died 4/2/16. Per his obituary, he had been living in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Fr. John A. Stankiewicz

Order: SSE
Ordained: 1941
Status: Accused

Died: 01/12/2000
Diocese: Diocese of Burlington VT

Accusations "quietly" made public by the Edmundites on a list posted to its website around 9/19. Retired 1989. In 1992 two people reported to the order abuse in the 1950s by Stankiewicz. Allegations substantiated. The order paid for the victims' counseling. Stankiewicz was inducted in 1994 to the order's St. Michael's College Athletic Hall of Fame. Died 1/12/2000.

Fr. Leonard F. Stanton

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Ordained: 1943
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Ordained for Boston, transferred to Sioux Falls SD after several years, where he had long career and leadership positions, including Director of Catholic Boy Scouts. Died 4/3/97. One of 12 priests named as abusers in a 9/02 civil suit filed by 27 plaintiffs. Archdiocese accused of cover-up. On Sioux Falls diocese's list in 3/19. It notes that his faculties were removed 4/93.

Fr. Verne Stapenhorst

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Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Named publicly as accused by the Sioux City diocese on its list 2/22/19. Accused of abuse in 1976 of a male minor. Retired 2004. Faculties removed in 2011. Living in 2019 outside of IA. On Las Vegas diocese's list 4/12/19 due to allegation in Iowa. Worked at some point in Overton and Mesquite NV.

Fr. Charles Stark

Ordained: 1944
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of New Ulm MN

Ordained for St. Paul archdiocese, incardinated 1957 into New Ulm diocese when it was formed. Named publicly by diocese in 2/16 as credibly accused of sex abuse at St. John's in Darwin 1965-69. Worked in St. Paul, Faribault, Winsted, Vesta, Tyler, Gaylord, Darwin, Granite Falls, Clements, and Sanborn. Retired in 1986. Died in 1991. Suit filed in 3/16 claimed sex abuse 1969 of an 11-year-old boy who was a CCD student at St. John's in Darwin. Another suit was to be filed claiming abuse by Stark at St. John's 1967-68. A third suit pending in 3/16 claimed abuse by Stark at another parish. Named added 11/3/17 to St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese's list of credibly accused .

Fr. James P. Stark

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Permanently removed from ministry in 1986. Died in 1999. One of nine new names included on revised Archdiocesan 2/17/14 list of clergy with substantiated claims regarding abuse of minors. No details of abuse were revealed. Name found by an independent group during review of personnel files.

Fr. John C Starostka

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Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Omaha NE

Starostka retired in 6/02 citing health problems. 'Administrative dismissal' announced 8/16/02. 'Information had been gathered that included an admission of past sexual abuse or misconduct or allegations that were established as credible.' Died 12/24/12. On the archdiocese's list 11/30/18. It notes reports received 2001 and 2002 of abuse 1972-74 and 2000.

Fr. James Frederick Stauber

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Priest of the La Crosse diocese, transferred to San Bernardino in the early 1980s. Resigned in 1993 without admitting wrongdoing after he was accused of having had sex with a minor in St. Louis, MO 22 years prior. Bishop Straling placed him on leave. Stauber admitted to being a recovering alcoholic. Died 8/14/10 in CA. Buried as priest in WI. On San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/18. On St. Louis archdiocese's list 7/26/19. On the La Crosse diocese's list 1/18/20, noting multiple substantiated allegations.

Fr. Donald L. Stavinoha

Order: OMI
Ordained: 1970
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston TX

Worked in dioceses of Corpus Christi, San Antonio and Galveston-Houston in TX and in the Tehuantepec diocese in Oaxaca, Mexico. In 1986 a police officer caught Stavinoha performing a sex act on a young boy in a church van in Houston. The boy said it had happened before. Diocese removed Stanihova's privileges and sent him to therapy. Pled guilty in 1988. Sentenced to 10 years in jail; released 3/14/91 and put on probation. Civil suit filed, settled, and sealed. Returned under supervision to order in San Antonio. In 2002 was known to be living in a MO treatment center. Died 3/27/07 in Houston, per Oblate newsletter. On Galveston-Houston archdiocese's list 1/31/19.