New Mexico Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse and Descriptions of the Charges against Them

Associated Press [Albuquerque NM]
January 2, 1993

Earl C. Bierman

Kentucky authorities last month charged Bierman, 61, of Erlanger, Ky., with having had deviate sexual intercourse with a juvenile in 1974.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is investigating an Albuquerque man's claim that he was sexually abused by Bierman 30 years ago at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Santa Fe.

He reportedly was treated at the Servants of the Paraclete Center in Jemez Springs.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Covington, Ky., said Bierman would not be available for comment.

David A. Holley

A lawsuit filed in New Mexico claims Holley, 65, of Denver, sexually abused 10 people during the 1970s while he was a parish priest at St. Jude Mission Church in Alamogordo, N.M. Holley allegedly forced three boys to engage in repeated sexual acts while serving as assistant pastor between 1960 and 1972 at St. Denis Church in East Douglas, Mass.

He was ordered by the diocese in Worcester, Mass., to seek medical treatment for pedophilia in 1971 at the Servants of the Paraclete Center, The Boston Globe has reported.

He has refused to comment.

Robert Kirsch

A woman has sued Kirsch, 68, of Santa Rosa, N.M., claiming he sexually abused her, beginning in 1973 when she was 15, while Kirsch was pastor of St. Thomas Apostle Church in Abiquiu, N.M.

Kirsch admitted in a deposition that he had intercourse with the woman when she was about 19.

He was placed on leave about 18 months ago from St. Rose of Lima Church in Santa Rosa. He reportedly was treated at the Servants of the Paraclete Center.

Vincent Lipinski

Lipinski, 31, pleaded innocent in state district court to charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly gave alcohol to and engaged in sex acts with a teen-age boy. He is pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Questa, N.M.

Arthur J. Perrault

Five people contend in a state district court lawsuit that they were sexually abused by Perrault during the 1970s. An earlier lawsuit contends he sexually abused a brother and sister, now in their 30s, when they were teen-agers.

Perrault, 54, resigned as pastor of St. Bernadette church in Albuquerque in October, and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe says he is on sabbatical leave.

Perrault, once mentioned as a candidate for bishop, was treated in the late 1960s at the Servants of the Paraclete Center for pedophilia.

James R. Porter

Porter, 57, of Oakdale, Minn., was convicted last month in Minneapolis of sexually molesting a 15-year-old babysitter in 1987. He faces up to 30 years in prison and a $ 60,000 fine when sentenced Jan. 28.

He also faces possible criminal charges involving 32 people in Massachusetts, as well as civil lawsuits by alleged victims in Minnesota and New Mexico from his time as a Roman Catholic priest in the 1960s and 1970s.

The diocese of Fall River, Mass., recently reached a settlement with 68 alleged victims there, reportedly for as much as $ 5 million.

Porter was treated twice for pedophilia at the Servants of the Paraclete Treatment Center before leaving the priesthood in 1974.

He also was assigned to a church in Bemidji, Minn.

Jason Sigler

Seventeen people have claimed in six lawsuits that they were molested by Sigler, now 54.

A letter submitted as part of the court record says Sigler was spared prosecution for similar offenses in 1973 while serving the diocese in Lansing, Mich., on the condition that he leave the diocese there and never return.

A lawyer for many of the plaintiffs alleges Sigler was sent to the Servants of the Paraclete Center for treatment three times between 1976 and the time he left the priesthood in the early 1980s.

He worked at the Immaculate Conception Church in Las Vegas, N.M., in 1976 and at the St. Therese Little Flower Church in Albuquerque from June 1979 to April 1980.


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