Joined seminary at age 17. Left religious life in 1983. Age 46 in 2005 when named as abuser "Br. Jorges Acosta" by two men in a civil suit against the Salesians and Mary Help of Christians School in Tampa. Admitted in a 02/07 deposition to sexual relations with three students in 1983 when he was teacher and cleric at school. He told the principal about two of the incidents but was never reported to law enforcement. A second suit was filed in 4/07. One settlement announced in 7/08. Amount confidential. No criminal charges due to the statute of limitations. Included in 3/20 on the Salesians list of credibly accused.
First named publicly as accused by the New Orleans archdiocese on its list 11/2/18. Received allegation from Salesians in 2011 of abuse in the archdiocese late 1950s, early 1960s. Died 7/31/08 in NJ. Per his obituary, he was director-principal of Salesian high schools in Sherbrooke, Quebec and Marrero, LA. Reportedly also worked at Hope Haven in Marrero. Also, director of Salesian High in New Rochelle NY, and superintendent of New Rochelle Province schools. Master of novices at Don Bosco College Seminary in Newton NJ. Spiritual advisor for 18 years of Salesian Cooperators unit in Paterson and the Don Bosco Volunteers. Assistant for two years of St. Anthony's in Paterson, and guidance director and P.R. director at Don Bosco Tech in Paterson.
Originally from Costa Rico. In 2002 lawsuit 9 men alleged that Blanco abused them when they were teens. May have been ordered out of the Diocese in 1973 after an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse. At least 1 settlement in 1991. By 1/04 at least 17 men had accused him of abuse. Civil trial set for 7/05 but 16 cases settled just prior to trial. Name included on the Archdiocese of Seattle's 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
Accused on 2/28/02 of groping a 7-year-old boy at the Salesians' Don Bosco Camp in East Barrington NH in 1970. Allegation became public when NH AG released the demand letter on 3/3/03. The Union Leader's 3/4/03 article incorrectly identifies Br. Dennis a
Named in a 2005 civil suit. One of several religious accused of abuse at Madonna Manor, a Catholic home for troubled children. At least one claim included in an almost $5.2M settlement with Archdiocese in Fall 2009.
Made his profession as a Salesian brother in 1967. Withdrew from the order in 1976. A plaintiff's attorney notified the Boston DA in 3/02 that his client had been abused in 1970 by Burgess and another Salesian brother. The abuse by Burgess allegedly occurred on a trip back from a camp in NH and in Burgess' room at rectory in Boston. Documents were included with the Manchester AG report in 3/03 and the NH AG Audit Report of 3/7/09. Lawsuit settled. Allegations referred to Suffolk DA. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database because he was a member of an Order. Included on the Salesians list of credibly accused in 3/20.
Suspended in 11/00 after found in a car with 17-year-old boy. Sentenced to 3 years probation and community service. Named in a 2003 civil suit which alleged he was part of a ring of child molesters at Salesian High School 1969-73. Allegation said to have been reported to Province in 1959 of abuse at the Salesian seminary in Richmond. Dabbene went on to be a high school teacher and principal at Salesian schools, and an official with the SF archdiocese. Allegations reported to the Diocese of Oakland (formerly part of SF archdiocese) also in 1971. Lived at the Salesian provincial headquarters for years. Died 9/9/10. On the Oakland diocese's list in 2019.
Associate pastor at Saints Peter and Paul parish in 2005 when accused in a lawsuit of child sex abuse. Denied the allegations. Claims may have been investigated in 2004 by the archdiocesan review board and deemed unsubstantiated, which corroborated the Salesians' findings that the claims were "unsubstantiated." Still active priest at same parish per website accessed 7/11/11.
Fagione or Faggione. Died 6/14/06. At least one claim included in almost $5.2M settlement with New Orleans archdiocese in Fall 2009. Included on archdiocese's list 11/2/18. Noted that allegation received in 2006 of abuse in the 1950s and 1960s. Worked at Archbishop Shaw High School, Hope Haven in Marrero and St. John Bosco in Harvey. Also worked in MA and NY, NJ, IN, FL. Included on the Salesians list of credibly accused in 3/20.
At least one claim included in almost $5.2M settlement with the New Orleans archdiocese in Fall, 2009. Kita died in 2008. On New Orleans archdiocese's list 11/2/18. Allegation received 2006 of abuse in the 1960s and 1970s. Worked at Hope Haven in Marrero. Also worked in NY, MA, Tampa, NJ. Included on the Salesians' list in 3/20 of credibly accused.
Born in Italy 5/12/1923. Joined the Salesians in 1939 in the U.S. Taught 1957-67 at Salesian high schools in the Los Angeles archdiocese in Bellflower, San Gabriel and Los Angeles. Also worked in parishes. Lectured at Southern IL University 1966-71. Worked in Rome 1985-90 as Director of Documentation for Caritas Internationalis, and later at the Salesian Provincial Office. Per 1/06 article, worked at Vatican Press Office for four years in the 1990s. Accused in 2002 of abuse in 1957-58 of a student; his accuser sued the Order. Another former student publicly alleged abuse by Lorenzoni when he was a high school student during 1959-60 in Watsonville CA. Lorenzoni died 9/5/17.
From Italy. Arrived in the U.S. in 1952. Attorney Garabedian announced a settlement in 9/13 on behalf of a plaintiff who alleged abuse by Maffei as a 12-year-old boy, when Maffei was assigned to Sacred Heart Retreat House in Ipswich, MA. The abuse allegedly took place at the Marian Shrine in New Rochelle, NY. Died 12/29/09. Included on the Salesians list of credibly accused in 3/20.
Accused of abuse of a minor 1965-66, per 2004 archdiocesan report. Assigned to St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower at the time of alleged abuse. Named in at least one civil suit. Last known to be at Salesian provincial headquarters in San Francisco.
High school teacher, boys' camp director, parish priest. Salesians' Eastern US Provincial 1985-91. Worked in MA, IN, NY, LA, FL, OH. Removed from St. Petersburg FL Catholic HS in 2002 after accusation of sexually harassing girl. Active at Marian Shrine, Stony Point NY by 2005. Order settled in the 2000s with a man alleging rape at age 14 on trip to Rome in 1975. Order announced in 8/09 settlement with 3 men alleging abuse in the late 1970s at Salesian Junior Seminary in Goshen, NY. Three others then came forward. At least 16 civil suits. Arrested 8/12 in NY, charged with rape of boy ages 9-10 in 1981-82 at Ipswich MA camp. Convicted 11/14. Sentenced to 8-10 years in prison. Convicted 8/15 of abuse of boy, ages 6-8, at the camp in early 1980s; sentenced to another 8-10 years' prison, to run concurrently with term already serving. Added to New Orleans archdiocese's list 12/19 (AP asked why it was missing). On Salesians list in 3/20. Added 2/20 to Columbus diocese's list. Died 4/2/20.
Taught briefly at Salesian High School in New Rochelle, NY, later assigned to St. Thomas More School in Montville. First allegation received there in 2000. School began an investigation and sent out letters to alumni and parents. Allegations found credible. Another accuser came forward in 2004. McGrath died in 1998 at age 62 of cirrhosis and liver cancer. Norwich diocese's list 2/22/19. Included in 3/20 on the Salesians' list of credibly accused.
Former teacher at Salesian High in Richmond. Accused in court documents in two depositions taken in 2006. He allegedly abused youth at a Salesian camp. Also worked in the Oakland diocese. In 1998 and in 2005 he was working in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Last known to be working at Our Lady Help of Christians in Watsonville as of 2011.
A woman told the Salesians in 1994 that Nugent abused her and two of her brothers. Nugent was sent for therapy, then reassigned. The woman complained again to the order in 1998 after she discovered that Nugent was working at a youth camp. The order settled with her in 1998 for $250K. Per the woman, she was part of a group of up to 8 children Nugent regularly abused in the 1970s. Another suit was settled in 2008, claiming abuse of a male Don Bosco Prep student 1977-76. Named in a suit filed by four former junior seminary students. Died at 89 on 1/20/11 in Italy, where he had lived for many years. Included in 3/20 on the Salesians list of credibly accused.
A suit filed in 3/05 claimed sexual misconduct by O'Brien in 1978 and 1979 with a student at Mary Help of Christians School, where he was principal. He also worked in Boston MA. Died in 1981. Included in 3/20 on the Salesians' list of credibly accused.
Sued in 2003 and 2004. Accused by three people of abusing them at a boarding school in Tampa, Mary Help of Christians, in the early 1990s. When parents complained, he was reassigned to Salesian Boys and Girls Club in Boston, and the Salesian Provincial House in New Rochelle. Placed on leave in 2003 after suit filed. Had been investigated in 1993 by Florida's Dept of Health and Rehabilitation Services for allegations. No charges filed. Included in 3/20 on the Salesians list of credibly accused.
From India. Arrested in 6/04; charged with sexual assault of a young boy in 1990-91 in Milwaukee. Working at time of arrest in South Amboy, NJ, Metuchen diocese. Left WI 1991 and lived in India for some time before living and working in several U.S.states 1993-2004. Diocese knew in 1993 when youth testified about abuse by his uncle, Fr. Dennis Pecore, and by Palathingal. Also abused in LA. Sentenced to 16 years prison in 2004. Released 12/11. Noncompliant on Sex Offender Registry 1/12. On Lake Charles diocese's list 4/11/19. Multiple victims noted of abuse in 2000. Allegations received 2000 and 2002.
First named publicly as accused on the New Orleans archdiocese's list 11/2/18. Allegation received in 2006 of abuse in the 1940s and 1950s. Worked at Hope Haven in Marrero. Also worked in NY and NJ. Died in 1981. Included in 3/20 on the Salesians' list of credibly accused.
Sued. Peralta had a history of allegations of sexual misconduct beginning in Seminary in Chile in 1980s. Other allegations in Guatemala and Peru; Order transferred him to Chicago. There he was accused of abusing several children in one family in 1999. Order transferred him before any investigation could begin, first to NJ to monitored residence and then to his home province. In 2004 he was working as priest in Mexico. Laicized in 2006, per the Salesians list of accused in 3/20.
Named publicly as credibly accused by the Sacramento diocese on its list in 4/30/19. Worked in the diocese 1969-73. Allegations of sexual abuse of 20 boys, occurring 1968-81. Earliest reports to the Sacramento diocese in the 1980s. Porras died in 2008.
Admitted in 2003 that he abused a 14-year-old boy in 1973. The boy immediately told his parents and the archdiocese; Presenti was kept in active ministry. Sued by three men alleging abuse as teenagers. Remained the provincial's treasurer, entrusted with directing the order's financial affairs until 7/05, when he stepped aside. Sued by another in 6/07. Appeals court ruled in 1/08 that the Salesians didn't know he presented a risk of sexual abuse prior to his assault of the victims. On the Oakland diocese's list in 2019.
From Colombia. Professed vows as a Salesian brother in 1967. Three men filed suit in 9/02 alleging abuse by Puello when they were students at Salesian Jr. Seminary in Goshen, NY 1969-73. One man says he told the seminary director (who went on to become Auxiliary Bishop in Boston) but the director only dismissed the victim, saying he was "not priest material." Suit also says others at the seminary knew what was going on and that there were other abusers at the school. Puello left the order at some point. Very active for decades in Westchester County, NY theater community, including with youth. Died 8/21/19. Included in 3/20 on the Salesians list of credibly accused. It notes that Puello left the order in 1971.
Named publicly as accused on the Los Angeles archdiocese's updated list 12/6/18. Report to archdiocese in 2018 of incident(s) in 2000. Removed from ministry in 2018. The Salesians reportedly had received an allegation in 2000 that Reina molested a child in 1975, prior to ordination. In 2012 an adult told the order Reina made an "improper advance" toward him in 2000. In 2013 Reina was awarded Salesian High School in Richmond's Educator of the Year.
Joined Salesians in 1958, ordained 1966. Accused in a 12/13 suit of sexual abuse of a boy age 14 at the Salesian minor seminary in Goshen NY, where Rooney taught theology and physics and was the financial administrator. The alleged abuse included removing the boy's clothing, touching and fondling the boy'sbuttocks and genitals skin-on-skin, and masturbating on the boy. Boy was also allegedly abused by Rooney on a school bus trip from Don Bosco Technical High School in Boston to Sacred Heart Retreat House in Ipswich. The complaint also alleged abuse of the boy in 1978 by Fr Joseph Maffei SDB and in 1981 by Bro Alan Scheneman SDB. Rooney was listed on the website of Boston attorney Garabedian 10/31/14 after a settlement during the year previous. The Salesians confirmed a monetary settlement had been reached. Rooney worked in the Boston, Gary, Paterson, New Orleans, New York, Newark, and Birmingham (arch)dioceses. Laicized in 2008. Lawsuit 2/20 in NJ. On Salesians list in 3/20.
Worked in NY, FL LA. Died in 1969. Named publicly as accused in 3/20 by the Salesians order on its list of credibly accused. No details given as tho when or where the abuse took place, or number of victims. (Placing him in the NY archdiocese for now, where the Salesians' Eastern Province is based.)
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Professed vows as a Salesian brother in 1966. Worked in FL, LA, NJ. Left the order in 1979. Included in 3/20 on the Salesians' list of credibly accused. No details given as to time or place of abuse, or number of victims. (Placing him in the NY archdiocese for now, where the order's Eastern Province is based.)
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.)
In 2/08 a woman alleged Vas molested her for nearly seven years, beginning in the 1960s when she was age seven. Vas was a Salesian brother and the band instructor at Salesian High School, where the girl's brother was a student. Vas is last known to have been living in Florida with his wife. This is reportedly the second public accusation against Vas.
Accused in 3/02 during AG investigation of repeated sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy in 1982 at Camp Don Bosco in NH. Voglio was a counselor at the camp. Abuse included oral sex. Later in 1982, Voglio wrote to the alleged victim from OH, saying that he was going on to become a priest. A John Voglio was ordained a Salesian priest in 1987 and worked in a Salesian HS and a parish in NY archdiocese. Investigative memo does not confirm that brother and priest are the same person. John Voglio is included on the NY archdiocese's list 4/26/19. The Salesian and NY priest appear to be the same. The list notes Voglio was removed from ministry and laicized. Included in 3/20 on Salesians list.
Civil suit filed 2/24/11 accuses Wertz of abuse of a 15-year-old boy at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower 1993-94. Wertz was a teacher and counselor at the school at the time of the alleged abuse. The boy reported the abuse at the time; Wertz was not disciplined. Said to be to be living in 2011 at the Salesian Provincial Residence in San Francisco (1 block away from Cathedral school). On Los Angeles archdiocese's updated list 12/6/18. It notes report to the archdiocese in 2018 of incident(s) 1993-94.
Editor of Salesian Bulletin in 1997. Civll suit filed in 2003 by a man alleging abuse, including rape, by Whelan when he was a student at Salesian High School 1969-early 1970s. Whelan's accuser said Bro. Sal Billante witnessed the abuse and said nothing, that he told a counselor and was then chastised and threatened by the school principal. Also, that school administrator Rev. David Purdy tried to get him to commit suicide. Whelan still active in 8/05. Civil trial started 7/7/06. On 7/19/06 jury awarded plaintiff $600K. Whelan was removed from his position after the verdict and resided at the provincial house. CA Appeals Court upheld verdict 8/08. Removed from ministry. On the Oakland diocese's list in 2019.