Wednesday, May 11, 2016

71 USA priests accused of sexually abusing/raping/torturing children "Names Released"

Wed May 11, 2016 8:27PM

A church in the United States (file photo)
A church in the United States (file photo)

The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Baltimore has released the names of 71 priests accused of sexual harassment of children.

The archdiocese in the US state of Maryland released the names of the clergy men on their website, saying they faced “credible” accusations of sexual abuse.

The move was made as part of the fallout from the Boston Globe daily investigations portrayed in the Oscar-winning film Spotlight.

According to the archdiocese, the initiative was aimed at calling on victims of sexual harassment in US churches to speak up.

“The primary motivation in publicly disclosing an allegation is to encourage anyone else who may have been a victim of that individual to come forward,” archdiocese spokesman Sean Caine said. “We’ve heard from victim-survivors that one main obstacle is the sense that they’re alone. They’re the only one. They won’t be believed.”

With the priests exposed, other victims are “empowered to find out that other people have alleged against the same person,” Caine added.

Victims and advocates have demanded a permanent and updating list, he further noted.

In January, 57 names plus 14 more, named in press releases in the past 14 years, were exposed.
According to the Washington Post, “elsewhere, many dioceses do not have such a webpage, even if they might publicly disclose individual accusations of abuse when they are verified.”

Approximately 6,900 US Roman Catholic priests were accused of sexual abuse with at least 16,900 young victims between 1950 and 2011, according to data from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The US Catholic Church is facing severe financial difficulties over settlement payments to victims and other costs. 


List of Accused Priests and Religious Brothers

In September of 2002, the Archdiocese of Baltimore published a list of priests and religious brothers who had served in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and who had been accused, in their lifetime, of child sexual abuse. The 57 men on that disclosure are listed below. As was noted at the time by Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore, the disclosure did not include priests and brothers who were accused after their deaths, nor did it include a few instances where an investigation concluded that the facts did not indicate sexual abuse had occurred. For greater context, the information accompanying the 2002 disclosures can be found by hovering over the names listed below. (FireFox is the recommended browser to use).

Also listed below are those priests of the Archdiocese of Baltimore who, after September 2002, were accused of child sexual abuse during their lifetimes along with information from the public disclosures that were made. All allegations of child sexual abuse are reported to authorities and to the Archdiocese's Independent Child Abuse Review Board. If such reporting and investigation determined that an allegation was not credible, the alleged perpetrator is not listed here. We also provide names with information from the public disclosures made by the Archdiocese regarding some priests from religious orders or other dioceses who were accused after 2002, although the Archdiocese's information about such non-Archdiocesan priests is often limited. The information from the public disclosures can be found by hovering over the names listed below. (FireFox is the recommended browser to use).

Priests of the Archdiocese of Baltimore have no parenthetical after their names. Priests and brothers from religious orders or other dioceses have that noted in parentheses after their names. None of the individuals listed here are in ministry in the Archdiocese of Baltimore; some have died and some have been laicized--all have had their faculties to function as a priest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore removed.

Priests and Religious named in the September 2002 Disclosure (listed in alphabetical order):

Avant, James (Capuchin)

LeFevre, Francis
Ball, Bruce E. (Diocese of La Crosse, WI)

Lorento, Anthony (Pallotine)
Banko, John (Diocese of Trenton/Metuchen, NJ)

Loskarin, George
Bauernfeind, Thomas

Mardaga, Ronald
Blackwell, Maurice

Martin, Kenneth (Diocese of Wilmington)
Brett, Laurence (Diocese of Bridgeport)

Maskell, A. Joseph
Brinkmann, Frederick (Redemptorist)

Maurer, Arthur (Josephite)
Bugge, Gerald (Redemptorist)

McGrath, Francis(Diocese of Trenton)
Carney, John

Melville, Raymond (Diocese of Portland, Maine)
Carroll, Douglas (Pallotine)

Michaud, Ronald
Cox, Brian

Mike, John
Deakin, Richard (Capuchin)

Murphy, Timothy (Trinitarian)
Dimitroff, Donald (Christian Brother)

Newman, Robert (Sons of Charity)
Dowdy, James

O'Toole, Henry (Redemptorist)
Duggan, John (Jesuit)

Pecore, Dennis (Salvatorian)
Duke, Frederick

Rochacewcz, Thomas (Redemptorist)
Emala, Walter (Diocese of Memphis)

Rouse, Charles
Farabaugh, Kenneth

Rydzewski, Thomas
Gallagher, Joseph

Simms, William
Gerg, Joseph (Benedictine)

Smith, David
Haight, Mark (Diocese of Albany)

Smith, Thomas
Hammer, John (Diocese of Youngstown and Saginaw)

Spillane, Michael
Helowicz, Marion

Stroup, Edmund
Hopkins, Robert

Sweeney, Francis (Paulist)
Knapp, Paul (Redemptorist)

Toohey, Jerome
Kruse, Joseph

Toulas, James (Redemptorist)
LaMountain, Michael (Diocese of Providence)

Tragesser, Gerald
LaPorta, Ross

Wehrle, William (Jesuit)
Lee, Thomas B. (Archdiocese of Seoul, Korea)

Additional Allegations (listed in alphabetical order):

Barnes, Michael
Bevan, Thomas
Bonacci, Louis (Jesuit)
Coyle, Charles (Jesuit)
Cristancho, Fernando (Diocese of Istmina-Tado, Colombia)
Dean, Alfred (Josephite)
Girard, Steven
Kolodziej, Michael (Franciscan)
Lentz, Robert
Lippold, John
Murray, J. Glen (Jesuit)
Salerno, Michael (Pallotine)
Smith, Richard
Wielebski, John