Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States
     
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Last First Ord T Status D/O Notes Diocese Source/Assignments
Calhoun
James R. 1955 P Accused Diocesan Permanently removed from ministry 3/93. Died 5/26/96. Believed to have abused several youths. One man said he was forced to "lure sex partners" from local park for Calhoun and another priest 1981-1983. Also claimed Calhoun was part of a homosexual ring of abusive priests. Named as abuser in 7/94 civil suit. Another suit said he covered up abuse by Robert Vonnahmen. On diocese's list 12/19/18. Belleville, IL Source:
St Louis Post-Dispatch 03.19.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 07.24.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 07.29.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 08.20.93; Chicago Tribune (AP) 05.20.94; St Louis Post-Dispatch 05.22.94; St Louis Post-Dispatch 07.02.94; St Louis Post-Dispatch 01.14.95; St Louis Post-Dispatch 05.29.96; Belleville News-Democrat 07.14.02; Belleville News-Democrat 03.07.03; Belleville News-Democrat 04.24.07; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18
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Chlopecki
Robert 1974 P Sued Diocesan Multiple complaints of sexual acts with boys in early 1980s. Suspended from active ministry 3/93. Accused of being part of sex ring involving Fr. James Calhoun and other priests. In original petition, name was spelled "Kolpecki." On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave." On diocese's list 12/19/18. Belleville, IL Source:
St Louis Post-Dispatch 04.27.93; Pantagraph 07.24.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 07.24.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 07.29.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 03.03.02; News-Democrat 07.14.02; News-Democrat 03.07.03; News-Democrat 04.24.07; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18
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Crook
David G. 1981 P Accused Diocesan Placed on leave 3/93. Permanently removed from active ministry 1/95 over allegations of sexual misconduct with a teenager "some years ago." As of 2002, he had left the Illinois area. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave/Retired." On diocese's list 12/19/18. Belleville, IL Source:
St Louis Post-Dispatch 03.31.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 07.24.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 07.24.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 01.14.95; Belleville News Democrat 03.07.03; Belleville News Democrat 04.24.07; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18
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Friedman
Daniel L. 1972 P Sued Diocesan Accused of sexual advances towards boy at summer camp in 1986. Vicar General recommended removal in 1988 but no action taken until 1994 after further investigation. He was later reinstated to parish but not to camp duties. A woman sued him in 2/02 alleging that he had fondled her during counseling sessions; suit dropped in 6/02. Removed 9/02 pending review of 1986 allegations. Again allowed to return to active ministry 4/03 after review by Fitness Review Board. Belleville, IL Source:
St Louis Post-Dispatch 09.03.94; Chicago Sun Times 09.04.94; St Louis Post-Dispatch 01.14.95; Belleville News Democrat 02.06.02; St Louis Post-Dispatch 02.06.02; Belleville News Democrat 02.09.02; St Louis Post-Dispatch 03.03.02; St Louis Post-Dispatch 06.11.02; Belleville News Democrat 06.12.02; Belleville News Democrat 09.21.02; Dallas Morning News 09.21.02; St Louis Post-Dispatch 09.21.02; Belleville News Democrat 03.07.03; Belleville News Democrat 04.25.03; St Louis Post-Dispatch 04.25.03
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Hechenberger
Gerald R. 1996 P Convicted Diocesan Arrested 1/08/18. Charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography, and possession of methamphetamine. Associate pastor of Holy Childhood parish and school in Mascoutah, St. Pancratius in Fayetteville and St. Liborius in St. Libory. Had taken leave in 2011 for "very serious personal, pastoral and legal challenges." In 2004 pled guilty to trespassing at a truck stop "holding his pants in his hand and [with] no shirt on." Charged in 1983 and 1989 with DUIs. It was announced 1/19 that he would undergo a psych evaluation to determine if he was mentally competent to stand trial. Pled guilty in 11/19. Sentenced to nine years in prison. On diocese's list 12/19/18. Died in jail 3/6/20. Belleville, IL Source:
Belleville News-Democrat 01.08.18; KMOV 01.08.18; KMOV 01.08.18; FOX2Now 01.09.18; Daily Mail 01.10.18; Kansas City Star 01.10.18; Belleville News-Democrat 01.26.18; Belleville News-Democrat 01.29.18; Associated Press via WLS-AM 01.31.18; Belleville News-Democrat 03.01.18; Belleville News-Democrat 07.12.18; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18; News Democrat 01.24.19; News Democrat 11.12.19; Belleville News-Democrat 03.07.20
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Kastner
Edwin G. 1951 P Accused Diocesan Removed 9/93 pending investigation of allegation that he had been involved in sexual misconduct with male youth about 20 years prior. Charges not specified. Permanently removed from active priesthood 6/94. Per diocesan website 1/24/09, his status was "Administrative Leave/Retired." Died 5/1/12. On diocese's list 12/19/18. Belleville, IL Source:
St Louis Post-Dispatch 09.14.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 05.22.94; St Louis Post Dispatch 06.08.94; Belleville News Democrat 03.07.03; Belleville News Democrat 04.24.07; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18
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Kownacki
Raymond F. 1960 P Settled Diocesan Accused in a suit filed in 3/95 of past abuse and rape of a teenage girl over several years, resulting in a pregnancy which ended in miscarriage. Kownacki was permanently removed 11/95. HIs accuser had reported her abuse to the bishop in 1973. The suit was dismissed on SOL. Two men filed suits in 2002 and 2003 claiming abuse in the 1970s. Jury award of $5M to 2002 plaintiff in 8/08 trial. Decision appealed. Diocese paid $6.33M (with interest)) 8/11. The 2003 suit settled in 10/09 for $1.2M. Two men sued in 4/09. Two suits settled 3/12. New suits 10/11 and 8/12. Laicized 1/11/13. On diocese's list 12/19/18. Belleville, IL Source:
St Louis Post Dispatch 01.14.95; Post Dispatch 03.01.95; Post Dispatch 11.25.95; Post Dispatch 06.05.99; Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 06.08.99; Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 08.21.00; Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 10.06.00; Post Dispatch 10.26.02; Belleville News Democrat 09.26.03; Belleville News Democrat 05.02.04; Belleville News Democrat 07.02.05; Belleville News Democrat 07.04.05; St Louis Post Dispatch 08.01.08; News Democrat 08.05.08; News Democrat 08.09.08; News Democrat 08.28.08; National Catholic Reporter 07.25.11; News-Democrat 03.21.12; News Democrat 02.02.13; News-Democrat 02.02.13; National Catholic Reporter 10.24.13; Waiting for Godot to Leave 10.26.13; Belleville News-Democrat 01.20.17; Belleville News-Democrat 03.01.18; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18; Madison - St Clair Record 08.08.19
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Kreher
Albert E. "Gene" 1965 P Accused Diocesan Diocese said it learned in 1997 of allegations that Kreher sexually abused a boy for one and a half years in the early 1980s, starting when the boy was age 14. Kreher admitted to regularly sleeping with the boy, but denied abuse. The boy, Steven Poole, said he told another priest in the early 1990s. Poole went on to become a priest of the diocese. Poole said Kreher slept naked, kissed, fondled, and rubbed his genitals against him. In 2010 Bishop Braxton made Kreher write Poole a letter of apology, but allowed Kreher to continue as head of Boy Scouts Council. The letter was leaked to media. The Boy Scouts removed Kreher in 2016. Police launched an investigation. Belleville, IL Source:
Belleville News-Democrat 01.20.17; St Louis Post-Dispatch 01.21.17; Belleville News-Democrat 03.01.18
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Linnemann
Eugene G. 1980 P Accused Diocesan Linnemann had just taken a health leave for "stress and depression" when he was removed in 5/93 from duties as pastor of St. Patrick Church in Ruma. Permanently removed from active ministry in 1/95. Per diocesan records, he sexually abused a minor more than ten years previously. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave." Died 3/1/11. On diocese's list 12/19/18. Belleville, IL Source:
St Louis Post-Dispatch 05.11.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 07.24.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 01.14.95; Belleville News-Democrat 07.14.02; Belleville News Democrat 03.07.03; Belleville News-Democrat 04.24.07; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18
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MacPherson
Walter E. 1955 P Accused Diocesan Removed in 2/94 from position as pastor of St. Martin of Tours in Washington Park after allegations of sexual misconduct with a boy in his early teens "more than 20 years ago." In 1/95 the Diocesan review board permanently removed him from active ministry and he retired. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave/Retired." Died 7/16/11. On diocese's list 12/19/18. Belleville, IL Source:
St Louis Post-Dispatch 02.05.94; Chicago Tribune 02.07.94; St Louis Post Dispatch 05.22.94; St Louis Post Dispatch 01.14.95; Belleville News-Democrat 07.14.02; Belleville News Democrat 03.07.03; Belleville News-Democrat 04.24.07; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18
Assignments:
N/A
Peterson
Louis P. 1974 P Accused Diocesan Accused of molesting a teenage boy sometime 1992-94. Stepped down voluntarily in 1/94 while investigation conducted. Permanently removed in 11/95 from active ministry by Fitness Review Board. Not enough evidence for police to prosecute. By 7/02 he had requested a "third stage review" by Bishop Gregory, who found no reason to return him to active ministry. Peterson appealed to the Vatican. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave/Retired." On diocese's list 12/19/18. Belleville, IL Source:
St Louis Post-Dispatch 01.25.94; Post-Dispatch 02.26.94; Post-Dispatch 08.18.94; St Louis Post Dispatch 11.25.95; NY Times 03.03.02; Belleville News-Democrat 07.14.02; Belleville News-Democrat 03.07.03; Belleville News-Democrat 04.27.07; Belleville News-Democrat 08.21.08; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18
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N/A
Ratermann
Jerome B. 1957 P Settled Diocesan Accused of abusing youths in 1960s while princicpal of a Catholic High School. First investigated in 1987. Suspended in 3/93 from position as pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church and then permanently barred from the ministry by review board. Denied all charges. Appealed his case to Rome in 2002 when Bishop refused to reinstate him. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave / Retired." Suit filed 4/09 settled 3/12. On diocese's list 12/19/18. Belleville, IL Source:
St Louis Post-Dispatch 03.09.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 03.20.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 07.24.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 07.29.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 05.22.94; Belleville News-Democrat 07.14.02; Belleville News-Democrat 07.17.02; Belleville News-Democrat 10.22.02; Belleville News-Democrat 03.07.03; Belleville News-Democrat 04.24.07; Belleville News-Democrat 08.09.08; Belleville News-Democrat 08.21.08; News-Democrat 04.15.09; WJBD 04.16.09; KMOX 03.21.12; News Democrat 03.21.12; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18
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Rensing
William F. 1955 P Accused Diocesan Removed in 10/02 on recommendation of Review Board after accusation that he abused a minor three decades before. Accusation received in 7/02 but delayed because the man told the Diocese that he himself was under investigation for child abuse (he was later convicted). Matter referred to Rome and then returned to Diocese in 2003. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave/Retired." Died 3/13/17. On diocese's list 12/19/18. Belleville, IL Source:
Belleville News-Democrat 10.22.02; St Louis Post-Dispatch 10.22.02; Belleville News-Democrat 03.07.03; Belleville News-Democrat 04.08.03; St Louis Post-Dispatch 04.09.03; Belleville News-Democrat 05.03.03; Belleville News-Democrat 05.20.03; Belleville News-Democrat 04.24.07; Belleville News-Democrat 08.21.08; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18
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Ruppert
E. Alan 1978 P Accused Diocesan Removed in 10/98 from duties as pastor of St. Clement in McLeansboro and St. John Nepomucene in Dahlgren due to an allegation he engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor in 1990. On 1/24/09 the diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave/Retired." On the diocese's list 12/19/18. Belleville, IL Source:
St Louis Post-Dispatch 10.20.98; Belleville News-Democrat 07.14.02; Belleville News Democrat 03.07.03; Belleville News-Democrat 04.24.07; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18
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N/A
Schoenhofen
Roger 1966 P Sued Oblates of Mary Immaculate Accused in a 1995 civil suit of sexually abusing a student at St. Henry's Preparatory Seminary. Per the lawsuit, Schoenhofen was among three Belleville priests, a deacon and two O.M.I. priests who abused the plaintiff. The lawsuit claimed a ring of homosexual priests lured young men and wined and dined them in exchange for sex. Schoenhofen was assigned to the Preparatory Seminary 1967-84. He was still an active priest in Afton, IL in 2008. He died 2/25/09. Belleville, IL Source:
Mohr v Fr Calhoun, et al ; 12 Circuit, St Clair Cty, IL; # 95-L579; Belleville (IL) News-Democrat 04.06.95; St Louis Post-Dispatch 02.17.05; Belleville News-Democrat 02.26.09
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N/A
Schwaegel
Joseph R. 1965 P Settled Diocesan Former Vicar General. Monsignor. The "singing priest." Civil suit filed 8/99 alleging abuse of an 8-year-old boy in 1973. Refiled as federal case 2001. Some charges dismissed on SOL in 2003. Case settled 2/03. Admitted to being "a sex addict." At least two arrests for solicitation. Left ministry 1994 due to his sex addition, not his alleged abuse of minors. Other alleged victims have come forward. Testified in Kownacki trial 8/08. Diocesan website gave his status 1/24/09 as "Administrative Leave/Retired." Died 7/13/16. On diocese's list 12/19/18. Suit 7/19/19 claims abuse 1987-89 of a boy, beginning when the boy was a 6-year-old kindergartener at Cathedral Grade School. Belleville, IL Source:
St Louis Post Dispatch 12.08.94; Post Dispatch 08.24.99; NY Times 03.03.02; Belleville News Democrat 07.14.02; News Democrat 07.16.02; News Democrat 09.15.02; Post Dispatch 01.30.03; News Democrat 01.31.03; Post Dispatch 02.21.03; Belleville News-Democrat 03.07.03; Belleville News Democrat 04.24.07; News Democrat 08.21.08; News Democrat 08.22.08; Post Dispatch 08.22.08; Testimony in Kownacki Trial 08.22.08; The Messenger 10.10.16; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18; Belleville News-Democrat 07.29.19; Madison - St Clair Record 08.08.19; News Democrat 10.07.19
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Sebescak
Gary 1994 P Accused Diocesan Removed from assignment as associate pastor of St. Mary's in Mount Vernon by Bishop Gregory 4/95 after an allegation that Sebescak had sexually abused a minor six years previously while at St. Meinrad Catholic Seminary. Bishop Gregory deemed the allegations credible. No criminal charges filed. On diocese's list 12/19/18. Belleville, IL Source:
St Louis Post-Dispatch 04.26.95; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18
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N/A
Theis
Francis 1980 D Accused Diocesan Deacon. Removed in 1993. In 1/95 the Diocesan Review Board deemed Theis unfit to continue in the employment of the diocese. In a 1995 civil suit, Theis and four priests were named as abusers of a youth 1981-83. In original petition, name is spelled "Theiss." The suit also alleged that Theis was part of a sex ring of priests. Died 7/13/10. On diocese's list 12/19/18. Belleville, IL Source:
Pantagraph 07.24.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 07.24.93; St Louis Post-Dispatch 05.22.94; St Louis Post-Dispatch 01.14.95; St Louis Post Dispatch 03.07.03; Belleville News-Democrat 04.24.07; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18
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Vonnahmen
Robert J. 1956 P Settled Diocesan Accused of abusing boys and girls, spanning most of his career. Investigated by Diocese in 1983 or '84 but no action taken. Named in civil suits in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Removed from active ministry without privileges in 1993. Laicization announced in 4/07. In 10/13 was in charge of San Damiano Shrine in southern IL and was running ads for the Shrine in the archdiocesan newspaper. Accused in new lawsuit 3/17/14 of abuse of a child at summer camp in 1970 and 1971. Died 5/8/16, at a Highland IL nursing home. On diocese's list 12/19/18. Belleville, IL Source:
St Louis Post Dispatch 03.20.93; St Louis Post Dispatch 05.01.93; St Louis Post Dispatch 07.29.93; St Louis Post Dispatch 08.20.93; St Louis Post Dispatch 11.02.93; Chicago Tribune 02.07.94; Chicago Tribune 03.11.94; St Louis Post Dispatch 05.03.94; St Louis Post-Dispatch 05.22.94; St Louis Post Dispatch 06.22.94; St Louis Post Dispatch 03.03.95; Belleville News Democrat 05.08.02; Belleville News Democrat 01.26.03; Post Dispatch 01.08.06; Belleville News Democrat 04.24.07; Belleville News Democrat 04.24.07; Washington Post (AP) 04.24.07; Berger's Beat 10.16.13; Belleville News Democrat 04.01.14; SNAP Statement 04.02.14; SNAP 06.27.16; The Southern 07.24.16; The Southern 03.23.17; The Southern 04.25.17; Diocese of Belleville List 12.19.18
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