Compiled by Bill Dunn
Arrested / Charged
Jody Sambrick, 58, W. Lampeter Township, PA: 4 counts of dissemination or possession of child pornography and 2 counts of criminal use of a communication facility. Multiple devices were seized in a search at his home. Sambrick is pastor at Hopeland United Methodist Church in Lititz. Source: Penn Live, 10-24-18
Paxton D. Singer, 24, Sugar Grove, IL: Sexual exploitation of a child and disorderly conduct. Singer, youth director pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel, “knowingly enticed a person under 17 years of age to remove their clothing for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification of the defendant or the child” between October 2016 and August 2017, a press release said, adding that there was no known physical contact. Source: Daily Herald, 10-23-18
Hernan Toro, 90, San Jose, CA: 6 counts of child molestation. Toro is one of 15 priests named recently by the Diocese of San Jose as being credibly accused of abusing children. He was convicted in 1983 and registered as a sex offender but went on to serve several parishes before retiring in 1990.
“Bishop McGrath is saddened and infuriated that additional innocent children are the recent victims of horrific acts by Hernan Toro,” the diocese said in a statement. Spokeswoman Liz Sullivan said such cases were handled differently in the past. “We now know, based on the current psychological best practices, that returning these men to ministry was a misguided attempt at rehabilitation.” Source: Mercury News, 10-20-18
Gary J. Ray, 56, Arlington, WA: 3 counts of aggravated theft by a person in a position of trust. Ray is accused of stealing about $40,000 in donations for families devastated by a 2014 mudslide that killed 43 people while he was pastor at Oso Community Chapel. At least $6,000 was also reported missing from Restoration Church Camano, where he worked after leaving Oso. Source: Daily Herald, 10-17-18
Abednigo Mongo, 28, Hazyview, S. Africa: Assault and 2 counts of rape. Mongo, pastor of the Prophetic Ministry of the Nations, is accused of assaults in August on a 15-year-old girl who was a church member. He allegedly told her on social media to come to the church so they could pray together. Source: IOL News, 10-17-18
Rigoberto Gamez, 52, Chicago: Misdemeanor battery and 2 counts of criminal sexual abuse involving force. Gamez, pastor at Our Lady of Tepeyac Parish and liaison for Hispanic charismatic renewal for the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, is charged with assaults on women ages 17, 18 and 27 starting in 2016. Source: WLS, 10-12-18
Betty Lou Wheaton, 79, Belpre, OH: Grand theft. Wheaton, treasurer at Bethel Lighthouse Baptist Church for the past 41 years, is accused of stealing $515,000 from the church. Prosecutor Amy Graham said she doesn’t know how long Wheaton could have been stealing from the church. “[Bank] records only go back seven years. I think she sent a lot to her family and they didn’t know.” Source: Marietta Times, 10-11-18
Curtis W. Abbott, 47, Nixa, IL: Unauthorized practice of medicine or surgery and 2 counts of child endangerment. Abbott, who has a ministry called Restore Bible Culture, is accused of illegally circumcising 2 teens in May. Documents filed by Abbott in his recent divorce said his wife decided to end the marriage after his “decision to officially go back into the ministry after having multiple prophetic communications.” Source: News-Leader, 10-10-18
Mitchell R. Fields, Montgomery, AL: Rape. Fields, pastor of True Grace Fellowship Community Church, was indicted by a grand jury. The alleged victim, to whom Fields is related, was a teen at the time of the alleged assault. Source: The Advertiser, 10-4-18
William Townsend, 28, East Point, GA: Theft by taking and fraud. Townsend, a youth pastor at unidentified churches, is charged with stealing about $20,000 as a leasing consultant for an apartment complex. Four underage girls have also come forward with allegations of inappropriate touching, sexual text messages and cash in exchange for sexual favors, a court employee said, but charges haven’t been filed in those cases. Source: WXIA, 10-4-18
Jonathan L. Jenkins, 57, Riverside, CA: Aggravated sexual assault of a child. Jenkins, a youth pastor at Starlight Baptist Church, allegedly assaulted a 13-year-old congregant in a church bathroom in March.
He was arrested while going into a liquor store in Santa Ana. Jenkins has a “long criminal history,” said police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, including convictions for robbery, burglary, criminal threats and narcotics violations. Source: KTLA, 10-3-18
John Praveen, aka John Praveen Kumar Itukulapat, 38, Rapid City, SD: 2 counts of sexual contact with a child under 16. Praveen, a native of India serving as a Catholic priest at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, is accused of sexual contact with a 13-year-old on Sept. 3 and Sept. 28. Source: Rapid City Journal, 10-3-18
Andrzej Skrzypiec, 63, Salt Lake City: Patronizing a prostitute. Skrzypiec, pastor at St. Ambrose Catholic Parish and chaplain at J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School, allegedly offered an undercover officer $30 for oral sex in August and arranged to meet her at a nearby hotel. He denied he was looking for sex and told police he was there to get food from a taco stand. Source: Salt Lake Tribune, 10-1-18
Scott Patschke, 53, Wausau, WI: Child enticement. Patschke, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, allegedly shared a photo of his genitals with members of a citizens group posing as a 15-year-old boy and arranged to meet at a Walmart in Rib Mountain, where he suggested they could “go into the bathroom and see what happened.” Group members met Patschke and recorded the interaction, then shared it with police, who discouraged the group’s actions but charged Patschke. Source: WSAW, 9-28-18
Allen Price, 58, Quarryville, PA: Over 100 counts of child abuse, assault and sex offense. Charges stem from Price’s time as a volunteer at Grace Bible Chapel in Rising Sun, MD, from 1987 to 2001. He’s accused of molesting 5 girls ages 11 to 16 who attended youth group meetings. Source: WBOC, 9-28-18
John E. Harris, 41, Prattville, AL: Sexual assault, enticing a child for immoral purposes and facilitating the travel of a child for an unlawful sex act. Harris was a student pastor at Glynwood Baptist Church before resigning in September 2017. The alleged victim is a teen boy. Source: The Advertiser, 9-27-18
Ryan Mutchler, 30, Beaverton, OR: Online sexual corruption of a child and luring a minor. Mutchler, youth pastor at Mountain Park Church in Lake Oswego, allegedly met a 14-year-old girl at church camp in June and started exchanging text messages, which were seen by her parents. An undercover officer later used her phone to text with Mutchler, who allegedly expressed a desire to have sex with her. Source: Oregonian, 9-24-18
Pleaded / Convicted
Timothy L. Reddin, 67, Fayetteville, AR: Pleaded guilty to attempted online enticement of a minor. Reddin, part-time pastor at Turner Street Baptist Church, was charged with messaging an undercover agent in July to have oral sex with someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy. He sent the agent a photo of his penis and said he could “coach” him to perform oral sex.
Reddin also taught classes at Ecclesia College, a Christian school, and was chaplain for the Singing Men of Arkansas choir. He was sentenced to 27 months in prison in 2000 after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. Source: KFSM, 10-18-18
David L. Poulson, 65, Oil City, PA: Pleaded guilty to indecent assault, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children. Poulson was charged with multiple assaults on boys as young as 8 while serving as a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Erie. Source: Daily Record, 10-17-18
Meally Morris Freeman, 56, Brooklyn Center, MN: Guilty by jury of 2 counts of criminal sexual conduct. Freeman, a Liberian immigrant and pastor of Grace Mountaineer Tabernacle, was found guilty of drugging a female congregant, 28, and violating her under the guise of performing a religious “deliverance.” Source: KMSP, 10-3-18
Otho Schilling, 59, Mount Hermon, LA: Pleaded guilty to theft of government funds. Schilling, while he was pastor at New Beginning Baptist Church in 2005-2016, received over $200,000 in Social Security benefits he wasn’t entitled to. He’d arranged to have the church pay his personal expenses in lieu of getting a direct salary, concealing his earnings and employment, prosecutors said. Source: Times-Picayune, 10-3-18
Hafiz A. Pirzada, 76, Northolt, UK: Guilty by trial of 8 counts of sexual assault with a female under 13 and 2 counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity. Pirzada, an imam, was accused of molesting sisters between the ages of 9 and 11 in 2007-09 while teaching them about Islam and the Quran. Source: Newham Recorder, 10-2-18
Wayland Y. Brown, 76, Baltimore: 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to 9 counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in Georgia between 1978-88. Brown, a now-defrocked priest, was accused of assaulting 2 students at St. James Catholic School in Savannah between ages 11 and 13. He was convicted in 2003 and served 5 years in Maryland after pleading guilty to performing sex acts on a teen boy and his younger brother between 1974-77. Source: Island Packet, 10-24-18
Anthony Mauro, 45, Beachwood, NJ: 180 days in jail and lifetime probation after pleading guilty to 2 counts of possessing child pornography. When arrested in August 2017, he was a volunteer Youth Team leader for St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Bayville. Source: nj.com, 10-19-18
Ralphael J. Robinson, 41, N. Aurora, IL: 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated criminal sexual assault of a minor while in a position of trust and authority and failure to report an address change. Robinson, pastor of Kingdom Church, was required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life after a 2004 conviction for molesting a 16-year-old girl. He’ll have to serve at least 7 years. Source: Daily Herald, 10-9-18
Juan M. Riojas Martínez, Piedras Negras, Mexico: 15 years in prison without parole and unspecified compensation to victims after a 3-judge court convicted him of sexual assault of a minor when Riojas was director of a Catholic seminary and the boy was in his care. Another boy later came forward to allege abuse when he was 15. Source: Mexico News Daily, 10-5-18
Felix D. Broussard, 52, Breaux Bridge, LA: 5 years’ hard labor after pleading guilty to possession of pornography involving juveniles. Broussard, pastor at St. Bernard Catholic Church and chancellor of the parish school, was charged in July 2016 with 500 child porn counts. A repair technician discovered the images on Broussard’s personal computer. Source: KLFY, 10-4-18
James R. Martin, 68, Hot Springs Village, AR: 5 years in prison and $137,658 in restitution after pleading guilty to theft of property over $25,000 while he was secretary at Leonard Street Baptist Church. Pastor Jimmy Holland said the church reached out to Martin several times before his arrest in July 2017 but got no response. Source: Sentinel-Record, 10-4-18
Fernando Sayasaya, 53, a Catholic priest extradited from the Philippines, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to 2 counts of gross sexual imposition involving 2 boys under 15 when he served parishes from 1995-98 in Fargo, ND.
The boys alleged he touched or tried to touch their penises when they visited his apartment. One told police Sayasaya showed pornographic movies and served him alcohol. Source: Fargo Forum, 10-1-18
James F. Talbot, 80, a defrocked Jesuit priest living in a Missouri treatment facility, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but 3 suspended after pleading guilty to gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact for molesting a boy between the ages of 8 and 9 in 1997-98 in Freeport, ME. He served 6 years in Massachusetts after pleading guilty in 2005 to sexually assaulting 2 of his students at Boston College High School in the 1970s.
The Maine victim, now 30, told the court Talbot stole his childhood. “What was supposed to be a man from God . . . turned out to be a disgusting animal.” Talbot had married his parents. “I hope you rot in hell and I hope you die in jail,” the boy’s father said at sentencing. “How can the Catholic Church allow this stuff to go on?” Source: WGME, 9-24-18
Civil Lawsuits Filed
The Vatican Holy See is being sued in San Francisco for alleged failure to stop sexual abuse of children. Kathy Stonebraker alleged she was molested by Stephen Kiesle, pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Pinole, CA, in the early 1970s when she was about 11. Once he took her into the confessional and pushed himself against her with his pants down, the suit alleged.
Plaintiff Jim Keenan, St. Paul, MN, alleged he was abused as a child by an unidentified priest and that he was later offered a settlement by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Source: KTVU, 10-24-18
Zia Ul-Haq Sheikh, former imam of the Islamic Center of Irving, TX, is accused by plaintiff “Jane Doe” of grooming her for sex starting when she was 13 in 2010 while seeing him for mental health counseling. She alleges he “offered himself as a potential husband” even though he was more than twice her age and already married.
After “sexting on a daily basis” and engaging in other sexual behavior online, Sheikh had intercourse with her at a Motel 6 in Grapevine in December 2016 after she turned 18, the suit claims. Source: Star-Telegram, 10-19-18
The Catholic Conference of Illinois and all 6 state dioceses are being sued by 3 men and a woman alleging sexual abuse by priests decades ago. The suit filed by attorney Jeff Anderson seeks to compel dioceses to provide names of all priests accused of child molestation. Source: AP, 10-18-19
Catholic dioceses in Rockville Centre, NY, and St. Petersburg, FL, and their respective current bishops John Barres and Gregory Parkes are defendants in a suit alleging deceased priest Robert Huneke molested Mark Cattell, then age 9, in Tampa in 1981 after Huneke was transferred there from New York. The abuse occurred even though John Salveson repeatedly warned church officials in writing that Huneke had abused him for years starting in 1969 while he was pastor at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Oyster Bay, according to the suit and Salveson. Source: Newsday, 10-17-18
Trinity Life Baptist Church in Garland, TX, failed to report sexual abuse by youth pastor Dalton Lanphier, a suit filed by Julia Davis, mother of an alleged 2014 victim, asserts. Lanphier is serving 30 years for multiple felony convictions involving at least 5 boys. Source: Morning News, 10-16-18
The Vatican Holy See is being sued by Manny Vega, 52, Oxnard, CA, who seeks the release of the names of all sexual offenders within the church worldwide. The suit alleges Fidencio Silva-Flores, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, abused Vega between 1979-84.
Silva-Flores was charged with 25 counts of molestation in 2003 but the case was dismissed because of the amount of time that had passed. Although Vega reached a settlement with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2007, that doesn’t release the Vatican from responsibility, the lawsuit says. Source: AP, 10-3-18
The California Catholic Conference, all 12 California dioceses and the Archdiocese of Chicago are being sued by Thomas Emens, Camarillo, CA, who alleges he was molested for 2 years starting in 1978 when he was 10 years old by Msgr. Thomas J. Mohan. The priest, now deceased, came to Anaheim in the early 1970s from the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Attorney Jeff Anderson said the suit’s goal is “to abate the continuing nuisance” of abuse by ordering each diocese to name all accused priests, detail their history of alleged assault and identify their last known addresses. Source: AP, 10-2-18
James Grear, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish and the Catholic Diocese of Layfayette, IN, are defendants in a suit filed by “John Doe 1,” who alleged Grear molested him in 1982 at a youth rally. Grear was ordained in 1970 and left the ministry in 2007.
Doe alleges he told then-Bishop Raymond Gallagher during confession at a different parish that he was molested and that Gallagher “instructed John Doe to forget about the abuse, to ask God to forgive him, and not to disclose the abuse to anyone else.” Gallagher resigned as bishop in 1982 and died in 1991. Source: Journal & Courier, 9-25-18
The Diocese of Greensburg, PA, is being sued by “John Doe,” who alleges sexual abuse in the 1970s by Catholic priest Joseph Tamilowski, who died in 1994. Doe alleges the diocese knew about abuse accusations against Tamilowski at least a decade before he met Doe when he was 13 or 14 and was an altar boy at St. Hyacinth Parish in Monessen. Source: WPXI, 10-16-18
Civil Lawsuits Settled
The Court of Appeals ordered the Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago, Chile, to pay 3 victims of predator priest Fernando Karadima 450 million pesos ($663,000). James Hamilton, Juan Carlos Cruz and José Andrés Murillo accused Archbishop Emeritus Francisco Errázuriz and Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati of covering up Karadima’s abuses.
Pope Francis defrocked Karadima, 88, in September for serially molesting minors while he was pastor at a Santiago parish. Source: Santiago Times, 10-21-18
A witness in the case of Indian Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkal, 54, accused of raping a nun 13 times between 2014-16, died several weeks after testifying at pretrial hearings. The death of Kuriakose Kattuthara, 62, also a Catholic priest, is being investigated. Mulakkal is free on bail. Source: CNN, 10-22-18
Arthur J. Perrault, 80, had his bail motion denied by a federal judge. Perrault, a Catholic priest who fled New Mexico in 1992 and was arrested in Morocco in 2017, is charged with aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact for alleged assaults decades ago at Kirtland Air Force Base and Santa Fe National Cemetery while he served a Catholic parish. Source: AP, 10-17-18
Kenneth Kauchek, a Michigan Catholic priest ordained in 1976, had his libel and defamation claims filed in 2017 dismissed against 2 newspapers and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Kauchek claimed SNAP, the Detroit Free Press and the Macomb Daily wrongly reported he had molested a 16-year-old girl in 1976.
The newspapers based their stories in part on a 2016 Archdiocese of Detroit press release that said the sexual misconduct allegation made in 2009 had been “deemed substantive.” The court ruled that a libel plaintiff has to establish a statement is false and that a defendant has no burden to prove it’s true. Source: Cincinnati Enquirer, 10-16-18
The Catholic Diocese of Winona-Rochester, MN, may not be off the hook after all after the state Court of Appeals overturned a district court judge’s ruling there wasn’t enough evidence that the diocese knew priest Richard Hatch was dangerous. The plaintiff’s suit alleges he was about 14 when Hatch, now deceased, molested him at St. Mary’s Parish School in Winona in 1962.
A 1961 letter from Bishop Edward Fitzgerald chastised Hatch for taking 2 teens with him on a Florida vacation. The appeals court affirmed the judge’s decision to dismiss claims against the parish due to lack of evidence it had access to the bishop’s letter or knew about Hatch’s alleged misconduct. Source: Winona Post, 10-8-18
Florida Catholic clergy who may have sexually abused victims are the subject of an investigation launched by state Attorney General Pam Bondi, who said more than 15 persons have contacted her office after announcement of the probe. A confidential tip site — myfloridalegal.com/priestabuse — has been established.
“As far as how widespread this is, frankly we have no idea right now,” Bondi said. “We love the Catholic Church, we love youth organizations and we love schools. But abuse is abuse.” Source: WUWF, 10-8-18
The Archdiocese of Detroit and Michigan Catholic dioceses in Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Marquette and Saginaw were served search warrants from state Attorney General Bill Schuette as part of a probe into clergy sex abuse. The AG’s website said the investigation will be “independent, thorough, transparent and prompt” and will “find out who knew what, and when.” Source: CNN, 10-4-18
The Society of Christ Fathers in Poland was ordered by an appeals court to pay 1 million zlotys ($270,000) to a woman who alleged she was abducted and sexually abused when she was 13 by a Catholic priest identified only as Roman B., 42. He was arrested in 2008 and convicted of pedophilia. Source: AP, 10-2-18
Basil J. Hutsko, pastor at St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Merrillville, IN, was not beaten at the church as he claimed, said a statement from the Eparchy of Parma, OH. The eparchy “has recently verified with a member of Father Basil Hutsko’s immediate family that the incident Father Basil Hutsko reported on Aug. 20, 2018, did not occur,” the statement said. Police had called in the FBI to investigate it as a hate crime.
Hutsko has also been placed on leave in response to a credible accusation of sexual misconduct involving a minor that allegedly occurred 35 years ago, the statement said. Source: WGN, 10-24-18
The Catholic Diocese of San Jose, CA, released a list of 15 priests “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children from 1961-2006. Five are still alive. The list includes their current whereabouts. The diocese said more names could be added as certain criteria are met.
Joey Piscitelli of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests provided the names of 6 more priests whose names do not appear on the diocese’s list. He suspects there are others yet to be named who may still be working in ministry. “It sounds way short,” Piscitelli said.
Several days later, Minnesota plaintiffs’ attorney Jeff Anderson released a list identifying 212 priests in the Dioceses of San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco as being accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Anderson called the diocese’s San Jose list “deficient.” Source: Marin Independent Journal, 10-23-18
William MacCurtain, 84, Bournemouth, UK, a Jesuit priest accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy at a homeless shelter in 1989 in South Africa, should be extradited, William Segodisho said at a Johannesburg press conference. Segodisho detailed sex acts MacCurtain allegedly had him perform in exchange for clothing, meals and schooling.
A statement by the British Province of the Society of Jesus said Segodisho had received a sincere apology and an ex-gratia payment (made out of a moral rather than legal obligation). Source: BBC, 10-10-18
The Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, CA, released a list of 34 priests accused of sexually abusing children since 1978, when the diocese was formed. Six were ultimately convicted. Fourteen of the 34 are dead, 14 are listed as having been permanently banned by the diocese and 5 as having been “removed from the priesthood.” Source: San Bernardino Sun, 10-8-18
Sogyal Rinpoche, 71, a Buddhist teacher whose The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying has sold more than 3 million copies, is accused by ex-devotees of sexual, physical and emotional abuse and of using donations to fund a lavish lifestyle. His organization includes 130 centers in 30 nations.
Former followers said Rinpoche surrounded himself with young women he called “dakinis” (angels), whose duties included wiping his backside. A woman in her 40s alleged “Sogyal and the girls thought everything that went into him and came out of him was holy. So the girls wiped his ass.”
In a report commissioned by the organization, a student told of his “abject humiliation” when Rinpoche grabbed his testicles in front of a group. Rinpoche stepped down in 2017 as spiritual leader after students went public with allegations. Source: The Sun, 9-22-18
Removed / Resigned
James W. Clark, Uniontown, PA, put on leave by the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg in June, will not be returning to active ministry. The diocese announced that an allegation about an incident before Clark was ordained in 1984 “has been found to be both credible and substantiated.” At the time he was working as a janitor at St. James Parish in Apollo. Source: Post-Gazette, 10-21-18
The termination of Steven M. Fink as rabbi by trustees at Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore was upheld by a 515 to 91 vote of congregants. Fink, temple rabbi since 1999, denied unspecified allegations of misconduct and ethical violations that arose in May, the same month the Central Conference of American Rabbis suspended him for alleged ethical violations.
Fink’s attorney, Andrew Graham, said Fink wants Oheb Shalom to honor its contracted financial obligations and to recognize how its public comments have damaged his reputation. Source: Baltimore Sun, 10-21-18
John Schouten resigned as pastor of VGF Church (formerly Vineyard Grace Fellowship) in Heath, OH, because of a “sexual sin” committed over 30 years ago before he was a minister, said a statement by church elders. It called Schouten’s actions “wrong, evil and illegal.” Source: Newark Advocate, 10-18-18
Bill Coates, 63, resigned as pastor of First Baptist Church in Gainesville, GA, due to sexual misconduct with a female former church staff member, said an email to the congregation. It allegedly occurred in 2005 or 2006, said executive pastor Kent Murphey, claiming it was neither a criminal nor a civil offense. Source: Gainesville Times, 10-15-18
Nelson Beaver, Lexington, OH, was placed on leave as pastor of 2 Diocese of Toledo Catholic parishes due to an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor over 25 years ago when he served Sacred Heart Parish in Montpelier, announced Bishop Daniel Thomas. Beaver was ordained into the Lutheran ministry in 1969 but 3 years later became a Catholic. Source: WKYC, 10-15-18
Joseph Reschick, 67, Greenfield, PA, was placed on leave as pastor at St. Rosalia’s Catholic Church due to an allegation of abuse of a minor from nearly 3 decades ago. Source: KDKA, 10-15-18
Jason Wasserman, 53, resigned as president of Temple Beth Hillel in S. Windsor, CT, after it was revealed he pleaded guilty and received probation in 2008 for his attempt to commit enticing a minor by computer and attempt to commit risk of injury to a minor. Jeffrey Glickman, 58, rabbi at Beth Hillel for 24 years, was aware of Wasserman’s sex offender registration but chose to keep it from the congregation. He has resigned from the town council and as a fire department chaplain.
Wasserman, now 53, had been caught in a sting after he went to Glastonbury to engage in sexual activity with a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl but was a detective. Source: The Forward, 10-14-18
Archbishop Emeritus Francisco José Cox Huneeus and Bishop Emeritus Marco Antonio Órdenes Fernández, retired Chilean clerics, were defrocked by Pope Francis “as a consequence of manifest abuse of minors,” the Vatican announced. Source: NPR/AP, 10-13-18
Robert Witkowski, 83, has been restricted from public ministry after credible allegations of sexual abuse involving minors during the early years of his priesthood, the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit announced. Most recently he was pastor at St. Faustina Parish in Warren, MI. Source: Detroit News, 10-10-18
Justin Langille, 65, San Diego, is no longer allowed to function publicly as a Catholic priest. Langille was accused of inappropriate contact with a female teen in the early 1990s but the Diocese of San Diego dismissed the allegation in 1995 and 2002. The case came before the diocese’s Independent Review Board again in September.
A professional investigator hired by the board found new information that “substantially undermined the credibility of Fr. Langille and his denials,” the diocese said. Source: NBC San Diego, 10-9-18
Francis Boyle, former pastor at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in W. Brighton, NY, “has been suspended and may not function or present himself as a priest” due to “credible and substantiated” allegations of sexual misconduct, said a notice from the Archdiocese of New York. The statement added that the Holy See will decide on an appropriate penalty. “However, it is certain that Msgr. Boyle will never serve as a priest again.” Source: silive.com, 10-9-18
Patrick Doyle, Indianapolis, was suspended as pastor at Nativity Catholic Parish, said a statement from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis: “The single allegation from decades ago involved a vulnerable female adult, age 18, who was an adolescent when at least the emotional aspects of the relationship began.” Source: WTHR, 10-8-18
Robert Gerl, a Michigan Catholic priest, had his priestly permissions removed due to a “credible allegation of sexual assault of an adult male” which occurred decades ago, said a statement from the Diocese of Lansing. Source: State Journal, 10-8-18
John J. Lynch, Woodbourne, NY, was placed on leave as pastor at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church after a complaint was filed with the New York Archdiocese for “improper conduct with a minor” about 30 years ago. Source: Sullivan County Democrat, 10-4-18
Mark Cyza, Nebraska City, NE, chief administrative officer of Lourdes Central Catholic School and pastor of St. Benedict Parish, was placed on leave due to inappropriate conduct with a woman, said a statement by Bishop James Conley. “Father Cyza has repented of his failings,” the statement said. Four priests have been removed by the diocese since August. Source: Journal Star, 10-3-18
Louis S. Dolinic, 77, Depew, NY, was the 15th priest placed on administrative leave by the Buffalo Catholic Diocese since March. He retired in 2010 from Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish. No details were given about the alleged abuse. Source: Buffalo News, 10-3-18
Thomas Kreiser, Bronxville, NY, was removed as pastor at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church due to an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a minor. Kreiser pleaded guilty in 2011 to stealing about $25,000 from St. Gregory Barbarigo Church and was sentenced to 5 years’ probation. Source: NBC New York, 10-2-18
William Breslawski, pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Rocky Point, NY, has “agreed to step away from the ministry” while the Diocese of Rockville Centre investigates allegations of sexual abuse involving a teen in 1980 and 2 adults in 1984. The Nassau and Suffolk County district attorney’s offices have been notified about the complaints, first lodged in 2002 and recently renewed. Source: WLNY, 10-1-18
Gerald Baker, a Kentucky Catholic priest on temporary suspension since 2016, was permanently suspended by the Diocese of Owensboro. Three juveniles have accused him of abuse. A State Police spokesman said investigators have determined criminal charges won’t be filed. Source: Courier Journal, 10-1-18
Francis Aning Amoah, a Catholic priest serving since July at Sacred Heart Parish in Chariton, IA, will return to his home diocese in Ghana. The Diocese of Des Moines suspended Amoah in August due to a “serious violation of boundary issues” involving allegedly unwanted advances toward an adult woman. Source: KCCI, 9-27-18
Andy Dwyer, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Theresa’s parishes in Windsor, Ontario, has been removed from his duties while the Catholic Diocese of London investigates allegations of inappropriate conduct from “many years ago,” a statement said. Source: Catholic Register, 9-27-18
Gerald Moran, Danville, CA, was put on leave as pastor of St. Isidore Parish by Diocese of Oakland Bishop Michael Barber after he learned Moran let a priest who was removed from ministry over a child abuse accusation celebrate Mass and sacraments at St. Isidore.
“Father Patrick Foley was removed from priestly ministry due to inappropriate behavior with children,” Barber said in a letter to parishioners. Although Foley was removed by the Diocese of San Diego in 2015, he continues to represent himself as a priest and maintains a website that describes himself as an “itinerant papist preacher” based in Sacramento. Source: Mercury News, 9-25-18
Pierre-Yves Fumery, 38, Gien, France, hanged himself in the Catholic church where he served after being questioned but not charged by police about allegations of sexual assault of a child under 15. In a similar incident in September involving a Rouen Catholic priest, Jean-Baptiste Sebe, also 38, hanged himself in his church. A woman had alleged he assaulted her adult daughter but at the time of his death no formal complaint had been made. Source: BBC, 10-22-18
Louis Brouillard, 97, a retired Catholic priest accused in more than 130 lawsuits of molesting children on Guam, died in Minnesota. Brouillard, a Minnesota native, was ordained on Guam in 1948 and served as a pastor, teacher and Boy Scout leader until 1981. The most recent suit was filed Oct. 4. Source: Pacific Daily News, 10-11-18
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