Names of Buffalo Diocese priests accused of abusing minors

By Aaron Besecker
The Buffalo News
March 20, 2018, updated March 28, 2018

Bishop Richard J. Malone, pictured March 1 when he announced the creation of a fund for victims of clergy sex abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo, on Tuesday released a list of priests accused of sexual misconduct with minors. (Robert Kirkham/News file photo)


Bishop Richard J. Malone on Tuesday released the names of priests who have been accused of sexual misconduct with minors.

"The following list identifies diocesan priests who were removed from ministry, were retired or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor," the diocese said. The list includes deceased priests with more than one allegation made against them. Priests who are deceased have their year of death listed next to their name, the diocese said.

John R. Aurelio (2009)
Donald W. Becker
David M. Bialkowski
Robert J. Biesinger (2012)
James H. Cotter (1991)
Donald S. Fafinski

Priests accused of sexual misconduct with minors

Douglas F. Faraci
Fred G. Fingerle (2002)
Michael R. Freeman (2010)
Joseph P. Friel (1995)
Mark M. Friel
Thomas G. Gresock

John P. Hajduk
Michael J. Harrington (1989)
Brian M. Hatrick
James P. Hayes (1988)
Louis J. Hendricks (1990)
J. Grant Higgins (2016)

Francis T. Hogan (2010)
Fred D. Ingalls
Florian A. Jasinski (1983)
Gerald C. Jasinski
Richard P. Judd (1988)
Timothy J. Kelley

Thomas L. Kemp
Richard J. Keppeler (2011)
John D. Lewandowski (1982)
Bernard M. Mach (2004)
Loville N. Martlock (2014)
Thomas J. McCarthy

Basil A. Ormsby (1997)
Norbert F. Orsolits
Martin L. Pavlock
Roy K. Ronald (2013)
Joseph E. Schieder (1996)
Gerard A. Smyczynski (1999)

James A. Spielman
Chester S. Stachewicz
Edward J. Walker (2002)
William G. Ward (2008)
William F. J. White (2016)
Robert W. Wood

The list includes 27 priests who have not been previously linked to allegations of sexual abuse. Some of the priests have already been publicly identified.

Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone said Tuesday: "It was time to put those names out."

But some sex abuse victims say the list doesn't go far enough.

See where the 42 priests worked.

Contact Aaron Besecker at or 716-849-4602.












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