Files of 24 Priests with Substantiated Claims of Child Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Released Today

Jeff Anderson & Associates
November 5, 2014

New files released as part of the Doe 1 settlement and child protection action plan

(St. Paul, MN) – The files of 24 priests who are the subject of substantiated claims of sexual abuse of minors in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis were publicly released today. This disclosure of files was agreed upon as part of the settlement of the Doe 1 civil lawsuit and is an early step in the child protection action plan announced October 13, 2014.

At least six of the priests* whose files were released worked in the Diocese of New Ulm. To date, the Diocese of New Ulm refuses to release their list and documents pertaining to clerics credibly accused of child sexual abuse. In a hearing today at 3:00PM in Ramsey County, the Diocese of New Ulm and Diocese of Duluth will seek a protective order in a sexual abuse case involving Fr. Vincent Fitzgerald.

The list of files released today includes the following priests:

John Brown Ralph Goniea Paul Palmitessa Robert Thurner

Edward Beutner *Rudolph Henrich Joseph Pinkosh Roger Vaughn

*Robert Clark *Reginald Krakovsky Charles Potocki Clarence Vavra

Thomas Erickson *Harry Majerus Robert Ruglovsky Raymond Walter

*Ambrose Filbin *William Marks James Stark Adalbert Wolski

Kenneth Gansmann James Nickel Michael Stevens Francis Zachman

“This release brings more sunshine and disinfectant to a long standing problem,” said attorney Jeff Anderson. “Today’s disclosure was possible because of the courage of Doe 1 and all the survivors who came before him. Because this information has been made public, our children and communities are now safer.”

Contact Jeff Anderson: Office/651.227.9990 Cell/612.817.8665 Contact Mike Finnegan: Office/651.227.9990 Cell/612.205.5531


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