Archive information sheds light on clergy accused in sexual abuse

By Cristen Manion
Youngstown Vindicator
October 31, 2018

The Youngstown Diocese released a list of priests who have been removed from their ministries over what the diocese calls credible allegations of sexual abuse spanning 75 years.

Bishop George Murry of the diocese announced Tuesday that 31 men have been found to have had credible inappropriate incidents. A number of them are deceased. 

Our print partner, The Vindicator, combed through their archives to find information on where the ten living priests served. 

Information provided by the Vindicator can be found here: 

Robert Burns
St. Columba Cathedral
St. Paul Church, North Canton
named faculty at St. Aquinas High School
Diocesan Regional Board of Education for Trumbull and Ashtabula counties
St. Rose Church, Girard
Burns reportedly served in the Youngstown diocese from 1975 to 1981 when he was removed from ministry following a sexual abuse complaint involving a young boy, according to filings in a 2002 lawsuit filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. In 1996, a New Hampshire court sentenced Burns to prison for luring and molesting two boys.

Thomas Crum
St. Columba Cathedral
Cardinal Mooney High School
St. James Church, Warren
St. John the Baptist Church, Campbell
St. Christine Church, Youngstown
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Youngstown
St. Charles Borromeo Church, Boardman
Immaculate Conception Church, Ravenna
Our Lady of Peace Church in Canton
Crum served in the diocese from 1975 to 2009 and was defrocked in 2010 after admitting to having sex with a student while teaching at Cardinal Mooney High School between 1975 and 1976.

The Rev. Anthony Michael Esposito
St. Aloysius Church, East Liverpool
St, Rose Church, Girard
YU Newman Club
Newman Apostolate
Columbiana Deanery of Priests

Richard Evritt
St. Columba Cathedral
St. Paul, Salem
Holy Family, Poland

Deacon Ernest Formichelli
Ordained in 2008 as a permanent deacon
St. Christine School
Cardinal Mooney High School deacon
Formichelli reportedly taught at the above schools between 1971 and 2013. In 2013, the Ohio Board of Education revoked Formichelli¹s teaching license after two people came forward with abuse complaints.

Father John Hammer
Church of St. Mary in Alma, Mich.
Mount St. Joseph Church in St. Louis, Mich.
St. Louis Parish in Louisville in Stark County
St. Aloysius Parish in East Liverpool in Columbiana County
An abuse complaint against Hammer surfaced in 2002, after he was transferred from the Youngstown diocese to the Diocese of Saginaw, Mich. The complainant claimed he was abused by Hammer while Hammer was serving at the St. Louis Parish. Hammer was removed from the Youngstown diocese in 1985 after abuse allegations arose during his time at St. Aloysius Parish.

Monsignor Robert E. Reidy
St. Columba Cathedral
St. Mary¹s Church, Conneaut
St. Nicholas Church in Struthers
St. Peter Church, Canton
chaplain in the Navy for 26 years.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church of Niles.
Two Austintown brothers sued Reidy and the diocese in 2002, alleging Reidy repeatedly abused them during a three-year span in the 1960s and the diocese failed to report it to authorities. Reidy retired from the diocese that year.

Louis Santucci
St. Columba
St. James Church, Warren
St. Stephen, Niles
Theology faculty of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Louisville
St. Joseph Parish, Suffield
Regina high School, Cincinnatti
St. Barbara Parish, Massillon
St. Patrick Church, Kent
St. Catherine Church, Lake Milton

The Rev. William B. Smaltz
Attended St. Rose School, Girard; Immaculate Conception and St. Ann schools,
Youngstown; Ursuline High School, Youngstown; St. Vincent College in
Latrobe, Pa.; St. Mary¹s Seminary, Cleveland
St. Mary Church, Massillon
St. Edward Church, Youngstown
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Austintown
St. Mary Home for the Aged
Walsh College, Canton
St. Anthony Parish, Canton
Westwood Rehabilitation Center, Boardman

John Warner
St. Patrick Church, Kent
chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital in Warren
chaplain at Walsh College
Stark County coordinator for pre-marriage seminar program
St, Peter Parish, Canton
St. Mary, Warren
St. Edward Parish, Youngstown
St. Juan of A.C. Church, Canton
St. Vincent DePaul Church, Vienna
Sts. Philip and James Parish, Canal Fulton
Warner, who moved to the Youngstown area in 1959, resigned in 2011 after allegations of his sexual misconduct with a minor more than 30 years prior. 

The full list of accused Valley laypeople can be found here.

On Tuesday, 21 News reached out to the diocese for a list of parishes where the individuals served and the years in which they served there. 

Bishop Murry tells 21 News that legal counsel advised the diocese to only release the names of the priests, and not what parishes they worked at, or when they served there. 

However, Murry says he has since chosen to defy legal counsel and will furnish a list of the parishes each priest or clergyperson served at. 

That list is expected to be released by Friday afternoon. 21 News will be providing an update once those parishes are made public.


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