Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States
     
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Last First Ord T Status D/O Notes Diocese Source/Assignments
Aurelio
John R 1966 P Accused Diocesan In 1993 Aurelio admitted to sodomizing 3 boys, ages 12-14, 15-20 yrs previously. Acted with another priest, Fr Bernard M Mach. Both suspended. Claimed boys seduced him. Admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking pot with young boys. Also accused of abuse of another youth. As of 2002, Aurelio was living in Florida and no longer functioned as a priest. Died 8/26/09. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 2009; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 12.21.93; Buffalo News 12.22.93; Buffalo News 12.22.93; Statement by Bishop Head in Buffalo News 12.22.93; Buffalo News 12.23.93; Buffalo News 12.27.93; Buffalo News 12.29.93; Buffalo News 12.30.93; Buffalo News 04.02.02; Buffalo News 02.28.18; WIVB 03.13.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Olean Times Herald 03.21.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Barszcz Benedict P 1990 P Charged Pallottines From Poland. Arrested in July 1999 and charged with public lewdness after he was accused of exposing himself to two girls, ages 14 and 15. Barszcz reportedly masturbated in front of the girls while sitting in a car. He was removed from public ministry. Barszcz was had been assistant pastor of St. Peter's in Lewiston since October 1998. Prior to that he assisted in two Brooklyn parishes. Last known to have been port chaplain in 2001 in Szczecin, Poland. Included on Buffalo diocese's list updated 11/5/18. Buffalo, NY Source:
Apostolatus Maris, No 74, 2001/III p 13; Buffalo News 07.22.99; Buffalo News 07.23.99; Buffalo News 02.28.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 06.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo List Updated 11.05.18
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Becker
Donald W. 1968 P Settled Diocesan Accused of sexually abusing two teenage boys and a boy age 10-11. Diocese confirms Becker was removed for allegations. Becker denied them. After those allegations were made public in 3/18 a news outlet reported hearing from "several more" accusers. One said Becker molested him twice in a North Java cabin in 1975. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. A third man, age 43, stated publicly 6/1/18 that he was sexually abused at age 13 by Becker when the priest was pastor of SS Peter and Paul in Hamburg. At least one alleged victim said to have died by suicide. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.16.18; WKBW ABC 7 03.16.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Daily News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo news 03.21.18; Daily News 03.24.18; WIVB 06.01.18; Buffalo News 12.07.18; Buffalo News 01.17.19; Buffalo News 01.27.19; Buffalo News 01.28.19
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Bialkowski
David W 1988 P Accused Diocesan Removed from assignment at St John Gualbert parish in Cheektowaga 2/11 after man came forward to allege that Bialkowski had touched his upper thigh and made suggestive statements to him 10 years previously when the accuser was a teenager. Diocese first said Bialkowski was on medical leave and then admitted that it was administrative leave 3/11. Two additional accusers had come forward as of 3/8/11. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. In 3/18 found working as organist for a Lutheran church in Tonawanda. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.03.11; WGRC 03.03.11; WIVB 03.03.11; WKBW 03.03.11; WKBW 03.08.11; Buffalo News 03.10.11; Buffalo News 03.04.18; WIVB 03.13.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; WGRZ 03.22.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Biesinger
Robert J 1956 P Settled Diocesan Lawsuit filed in Chicago in 1995 alleged Biesinger sexually assaulted and abused a 15 year-old girl on trip to Chicago for drill team competition as well as at other times. Biesinger was allowed to resign as pastor and later resigned. Diocese settled suit in 1996 for $125K. A second woman came forward to allege that he had abused her in 1965 when she sought counseling as a 'young adult.' Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.04.95; Buffalo News 03.12.95; Buffalo News 07.06.95; Buffalo News 11.17.95; Buffalo News 08.13.96; The Record 08.14.96; Buffalo News 05.10.02; Buffalo News 02.28.18; NIagara Gazette 03.13.18; WIVB 03.13.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Burson James 1963 P Accused null Ordained for the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists). First named publicly as accused by the diocese in 11/18. A man reported in 2018 that he was molested by Burson as a Cardinal Dougherty High School student in 1979. Burson was librarian and vocations director at the school 1973-79.There were multiple incidents, per the man's attorney. Burson was in residence at a Eudist facility in Lakeview NY 1980-81, affiliated with St. John's parish in Buffalo in 1983, assigned to parishes in the Lafayette LA diocese 1984-94. In 1996 he moved to San Diego CA, assigned to a parish and as chaplain at three hospitals. Retired 7/1/09. In residence at St. Patrick's in Carlsbad until moving to a "board and care facility" in 2017. On Buffalo diocese's list updated 11/5/18. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18; San Diego Union-Tribune 11.14.18; Buffalo News 04.03.19
Assignments:
N/A
Conlin
Robert P. 1956 P Accused Diocesan Accused on 3/23/18 of sexually abusing a boy age 15 in 1980 at St Mary's rectory in the small farming community of Pavilion NY. Conlin was pastor and sole priest at St Mary's from 1977 until his death on 12/9/97. The boy reportedly told his mother that evening: 'Mom, he was touching me everywhere, and he wouldn't stop.' The mother is said to have reported the abuse to the diocese. Conlin was not included on the list released by the Buffalo diocese on 3/20/18. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; WBEN 03.23.18; WBFO (NPR) 03.23.18; Buffalo News 03.27.18
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Conroy
J. Peter 1971 P Accused Jesuit Named publicly as accused by the Buffalo diocese on its list updated 11/5/18. Named as accused by Jesuits 1/15/19. Taught at Canisius High School 1965-68 and Canisius College 1981 for three years and again 1994-2002. Was at a retreat house in Syracuse 1985-1994. Removed 2002 after allegations to diocese of abuse of two girls, who were relatives,1972-75, while he was assigned to Fordham University. Reportedly also accused by a young woman who "encountered" him on a college campus. He acknowledged the abuse. Living at a retreat center since 2002 as of 1/19. Lawsuit filed in 2/19 by one of the two relatives Conroy admitted abusing. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18; WKBW 01.15.19; Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 02.28.19
Assignments:
N/A
Coppola
Paul R. 1951 P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list updated 11/5/18. Ordained a Franciscan priest. Began work in the Buffalo diocese in 1962. Taught and coached sports at Bishop Turner High School and assisted at St. Francis of Assisi parish. Incardinated into diocese in 1966. Pastored Sacred Heart in Portville and St. Anthony in Lackawanna. Retired in 1983. Musician. Involved in a number of organizations, including the Boys Club of America. Died 11/17/06. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18; Findagrave accessed 02.11.19
Assignments:
N/A
Cotter
James H 1950 P Settled Diocesan Cotter worked for Buffalo diocese until he retired in 1978 and moved to San Diego. Allegations of abuse in Buffalo did not surface until mid-1990s. His name was on list of priests with credible allegations in San Diego diocese 3/30/07. Civil suit filed 2003 in CA named San Diego & Buffalo dioceses; alleged abuse for 4 years prior to 1991 death. Buffalo did not participate in payment of settlement with San Diego (but was released from suit). At least 2 other victims in CA. Personnel file released 10/25/10. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 1991; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of San Diego List 03.30.07; Lompoc Record 03.30.07; San Diego Union Tribune 03.31.07; Buffalo News 08.03.07; UPI 08.03.07; Buffalo News 01.27.08; Documents Released by San Diego Diocese 10.25.10; Buffalo News 02.28.18; WIVB 03.13.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Post-Journal 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Olean Times Herald 03.21.18; Buffalo News 04.29.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Dewey Denman 1956 P Accused Diocesan Ordained for the Oblates of Mary (O.M.I.). Became a diocesan priest in 1963. Assigned to Buffalo, Aurora, Jamestown and Batavia parishes. In 2018 it was reported publicly that Dewey was accused of having sexually abused 12-year-old a boy in Batavia, where the priest worked 1964-65. After the parents of another child alleged abuse by Dewey, he was moved to an Aurora parish. He is deceased. Buffalo, NY Source:
WKBW 04.27.18; WKBW 07.31.18
Assignments:
N/A
Fafinski
Donald S 1966 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Working at St John Vianney in Orchard Park NY in 1988. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Post-Journal 03.20.18; Buffalo Nwes 03.21.18; Olean Times Herald 03.21.18; Post-Journal 03.25.18
Assignments:
Post-Journal 03.21.18; Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Faraci
Douglas F 1969 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Working at NY General Hospital in Buffalo in 1987-1988. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Fingerle
Fred G 1963 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Died 1/25/02; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Sole priest at both St. John's in Whitesville and Blessed Sacrament in Andover 1983-2002. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Buffalo News 04.29.18
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Freeman
Michael R 1972 P Accused Diocesan Buffalo priest. First named publicly as accused in 3/20/18 diocesan list. Worked in Erie diocese in 1980s, in both NY and PA. Admitted to "violating children" in five of his six assignments. Treated twice at Southdown in Canada. Died 2010; list included deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Working at St Mary of the Assumption church in Lancaster NY in 1987-1988. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Faculties revoked 3/89. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Niagara Gazette 03.27.18; Union-Sun and Journal 04.08.18; Buffalo News 05.27.18; PA Grand Jury Report Profile 08.14.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History; PA Grand Jury Report Profile 08.14.18
Friel
Joseph P 1957 P Sued Diocesan Accused in 1970 of repeatedly molesting a teen boy at a West Seneca church. When the boy and his parents reported abuse to their pastor, he accused them of lying and threatened to excommunicate them. Civil suit filed 1994; dropped due to SOL. Friel died in 1995. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list. Died in 1995. Diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation against them. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 07.27.94; Buffalo News 04.02.02; Buffalo News 02.28.18; Niagara Gazette 03.13.18; WIVB 03.13.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Post-Journal 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Olean Times Herald 03.21.18; Post-Journal 03.25.18; Buffalo News 09.04.18; Findagrave accessed 10.31.18
Assignments:
Post-Journal 03.21.18; Legacy com 08.19.95; Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Friel
Mark M 1963 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed in 1988 Official Catholic Directory as in residence at St Mary of the Cataract in Niagara Falls NY; the 1988 Directory index does not provide his year of ordination, although the ordination year was routinely provided in the Directory beginning in that year. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Post-Journal 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Post-Journal 03.25.18; Buffalo News 10.14.18
Assignments:
Post-Journal 03.21.18; Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Fronczak
Dennis A. 1975 P Accused Diocesan Pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii in Lancaster when placed on leave in 10/15 for unspecified reasons. Fronczak denied misconduct. After a 6/18 news report regarding the situation, a 37-year-old woman told the Buffalo News that Fronczak fondled her repeatedly when she was ages 9-12 in the 1990s at St. Stephen's on Grand Island. Also per news in 6/18, a couple told the diocese in 2003 that Fronczak showed inappropriate behavior toward their 3-year-old daughter. They said the diocese responded that they would look into it, and they heard nothing more. Diocese said in 6/18 that the allegations were substantiated. To remain on leave pending Vatican decision. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 06.11.18; Buffalo News 06.17.18; Arizona Republic 06.18.18; Spectrum Local News 06.18.18; Arizona Republic 06.19.18; Buffalo News 06.28.18; Diocese of Buffalo 06.28.18; Spectrum News 06.28.18; WBFO 06.29.18
Assignments:
N/A
Gould James C. 1974 P Accused Jesuit Named publicly as accused on the Buffalo diocese's list updated 11/5/18. Assigned there to St. Ann's 1975-83. Named publicly by Jesuits 1/15/19. Order knew of allegations in at least 2012, reportedly of abuse of a male minor in the late 1970s. Prefect of the Marshall Islands 4/93-12/07. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18; WKBW 01.15.19
Assignments:
N/A
Green
Gerard Leo 1956 P Accused Diocesan Monsignor. "Jerry." Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list updated 11/5/18 (name misspelled "Gerald.") Bishop Turner High teacher, Boy Scout camp chaplain. Parish priest, including pastor of St. Barnabas 1976-90, and of SS. Peter and Paul in Hamburg 1990-99. Retired 1999. On diocese's Cemetery Board, Finance Council, Priests' Retirement Board. Board member Daybreak TV Productions and St. Francis High School in Athol Springs. Died 8/14/12. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18; Findagrave accessed 02.11.19
Assignments:
N/A
Gresock
Thomas G 1985 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed in 1988 Official Catholic Directory as working at St James church in Depew NY. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Haggerty
James Cairnan   ? P Accused O.F.M. Named publicly as accused in a 4/19 news report. Joined the Franciscan Order in 1950. Former principal of Archbishop Walsh High School. Died in 1991. Buffalo, NY Source:
Olean Times Herald 04.11.19; Olean Times Herald 04.11.19
Assignments:
N/A
Hajduk
John P 1976 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed in 1988 Official Catholic Directory as working at Holy Family church in Buffalo NY. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Post-Journal 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Post-Journal 03.25.18; Buffalo News 04.29.18; Buffalo News 05.27.18
Assignments:
Post-Journal 03.21.18; Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Harrington
Michael J 1942 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 1989; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Listed in 1988 Official Catholic Directory as a retired monsignor. Listed in 1985 Directory as working at Immaculate Conception church in Buffalo NY. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Hatrick
Brian M. 1979 P Accused Diocesan First accused publicly on 3/20/18 diocesan list. In the early 1980s a woman told the diocese Hatrick molested her altar-boy son, age 14. They were Blessed Sacrament in Depew parishioners, where Hatrick was assigned. He was moved to another parish in West Seneca, allowed to work with youth. Listed in 1988 Official Catholic Directory as working at St. Vincent's pairsh in North Evans NY. The woman complained in 2003 to the diocese when she learned Hatrick was still in ministry. He continued in parish ministry until 2007, when he was "quietly removed." Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Buffalo News 10.01.18; Buffalo News 10.03.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Hayes James P 1929 P Accused Diocesan Monsignor. First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. First erroneously id'd as James F. Hayes. Died 11/30/88; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; WGRZ 03.22.18; WIVB 03.22.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Hendricks
Louis J 1963 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Died in 1990 at age 53; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Listed in 1988 Official Catholic Directory as working at St Patrick's church in Randolph NY. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Hennessy
Linus < 1949 P Accused OFM Franciscan Born Michael P. 6/28/1918 in Ireland and ordained there. Taught at St. Bernardine College in England until 1951, then retreat ministry in Australia. Is first indexed in1955 U.S.Official Catholic Directory, so may have arrived in U.S. (Buffalo NY) 1954. Had radio ministry, "Comfort My People" on Christian Broadcasting Network per 1979 news article. Accused publicly in 2015 of sexual abuse of boy beginning 1973 when boy was 10-years-old and lasting 5 years. Abuse said to have included oral sex, masturbation and attempted intercourse. Accuser said Hennessy was father figure who stepped in to help his single mom with her 3 children. Reportedly lawsuit vs Buffalo diocese rejected due to statute of limitations and man rejected 50k settlement offer. Accuser asked Pope Francis to investigate his case. Hennessy died 5/9/83 in Buffalo. Buffalo, NY Source:
Findagrave 05.05.14; WBFO 01.27.15; WSAV 09.18.15; Buffalo News 12.07.18
Assignments:
N/A
Herberger
Roy 1968 P Reinstated Diocesan Retired 2017. Placed on leave in 6/18 after an allegation that he had sexually assaulted a boy in the 1980s. Herberger strongly denied the allegation, saying he knew the boy because he would help the boy's alcoholic and, at times, homeless, father. He said he was never alone with the boy. Returned to ministry in 12/18 after the diocese determined the allegations "have not been substantiated." Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 06.28.18; Buffalo News 06.28.18; Diocese of Buffalo 06.28.18; WBFO 06.29.18; WKBW 12.14.18; Buffalo News 12.15.18; Spectrum 02.04.19
Assignments:
N/A
Higgins
J. Grant 1956 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 2016; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Listed in 1988 Official Catholic Directory as working at Most Precious Blood church in Angola NY. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Buffalo News 04.29.18; Buffalo News 03.24.19
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Hogan
Francis T 1946 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 2010; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Listed in 1988 Official Catholic Directory as retired. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Post-Journal 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Olean Times Herald 03.21.18; Post-Journal 03.25.18
Assignments:
Post-Journal 03.21.18; Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Holbel
Sylvester J. 1928 P Accused Diocesan Monsignor. Assigned to St. Mary of the Angels, Olean, All Saints in Buffalo, then named pastor of Nativity of Our Lord in Orchard Park in 1960. Superintendent of Diocesan schools 1941-1961. Retired 1978. Died 9/10/83, age 80. Accused publicly in 3/18 of sexually abusing a male minor. Not on the diocese's 3/20/18 list of 'removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.' Diocese included deceased clergy only if they were the subject of more than one accusation. Accuser said he was invited by diocese to participate in reconciliation and compensation program. Buffalo, NY Source:
WBFO 03.21.18; WBFO 03.21.18; Findagrave accessed 04.03.18; Buffalo News 02.19.19
Assignments:
N/A
Idziak
Stanley Dominic 1962 P Settled Pallottine Member of Pallotines in NY, in Buffalo area. Moved to GA in 1977, following a family with two young boys, initially living with them. Left Pallotines, became Atlanta archdiocesan priest. Worked in Dunwoody, Stone Mountain, then Gainseville parishes. Accused in late 1980s of abuse of a boy at a Stone Mountain church. Interviewed by law enforcement but no charges due to statute of limitations. More accusations surfaced of abuse of boys by Idziak, including of the two brothers, beginning when they lived in NY. Sent to treatment in DC, then to the Paracletes in NM. Civil suit settled in 1992 for more than $500K. At least four known victims. One allegation of abuse of a boy at a WI high school in 1964. Laicized in 1992, living in Albuquerque. Died in 1/17. Another lawsuit Spring 2017 re alleged abuse of 12- to 15-year-old boy at Corpus Christi; settled 1/18. On Atlanta archdiocese's list 11/6/18. Buffalo, NY Source:
Atlanta Journal and Constitution 02.20.91; Georgia Bulletin 06.18.92; Atlanta Journal and Constitution 06.23.92; Atlanta Journal and Constitution 07.26.92; Atlanta Journal and Constitution 04.17.93; Georgia Bulletin 04.04.02; Atlanta Journal Constitution 04.21.02; Atlanta Journal-Constitution 07.07.17; Atlanta Journal-Constitution 01.03.18; Buffalo News 03.09.18; National Catholic Reporter 03.09.18; Archdiocese of Atlanta List 11.06.18; Reporter Newspapers 11.07.18; WSB TV 11.07.18
Assignments:
N/A
Ingalls
Fred D 1974 P Convicted Diocesan In 2/04 Ingalls was placed on leave after being charged by federal authorities with receiving child pornography and storing it on a computer in the parish rectory. Charges said he paid for access to child pornography sites on 13 occasions between 7/02 and 6/03. In 6/04 he pleaded guilty to possession of 144 pornographic images of children which he had downloaded in the rectory. Sentenced 2005 to 3 years 1 month in federal prison. Released 12/07. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 02.27.04; Buffalo News 06.18.04; Buffalo News 06.19.04; Buffalo News 03.12.05; Buffalo News 02.28.18; Niagara Gazette 03.13.18; WIVB 03.13.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Buffalo News 06.20.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Ipolito
Pascal D. 1970 P Accused Diocesan Retired. Diocese announced 6/28/18 that Ipolito's name was added to its list of accused, and that he was on leave pending investigation. No other details. Our working assumption is that the allegations are of child sexual abuse, since the list Ipolito's name was added to was that of those accused of the sexual abuse of minors. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 06.28.18; Diocese of Buffalo 06.28.18; Spectrum News 06.28.18; WBFO 06.29.18
Assignments:
N/A
Jasinski
Florian A 1957 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 1983; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Jasinski
Gerald C 1968 P Arrested Diocesan Arrested 6/7/86 and charged with sexually assaulting two boys age 15 and 18 at a cabin. Charges included sodomy, sexual abuse, and unlawful dealing with a child. Jasinski pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of first-degree attempted sexual abuse in 8/86 and was sentenced in 12/86 to five years probation. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Buffalo, NY Source:
United Press Internation 06.07.86; Associated Press 06.08.86; Buffalo News 03.13.18; WIVB 03.13.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 06.20.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Judd
Richard P 1964 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 1988; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Listed in 1988 Official Catholic Directory as at St Mary's Manor in Niagara Falls NY. Perhaps the same priest as the Servant of the Paraclete, Rev Richard Judd sP, in the Tucson diocese; see that entry in this database. Per 3/27/18 news article, a Buffalo man publicly accused Judd in 2002 of sexually abusing him as an elementary school child in the summer of 1975. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Niagara Gazette 03.24.18; Buffalo News 03.27.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Juran
Michael P. 1976 P Accused Diocesan Placed on leave in 10/18 due after allegations of two cases of sexual misconduct with children. Living in FL when removed; had been assigned 2006-2011 to St. Stephen's parish in St. Petersburg. Buffalo, NY Source:
WKBW 10.31.18; AP via Niagara Gazette 11.01.18; Bradenton Patch 11.20.18
Assignments:
N/A
Keeling Paul M. 1975 P Accused Barnabite Named publicly as accused on the Buffalo diocese's list updated 11/5/18. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18
Assignments:
N/A
Kelley
Timothy J 1978 P Sued Diocesan Kelley was on leave from priesthood 1986-2002 before asking for and receiving permission to return to active priesthood. Named in civil suit filed 9/03 in Florida. Accused of abuse of a 13-year-old youth in 1983 during trip from Buffalo to Florida. Some dispute as to whether Kelley was part of Buffalo diocese at time of abuse or St Petersburg FL diocese. A 2nd man made complaint in 11/03 alleging abuse before Kelley left Buffalo. He resigned after 2nd allegation. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Buffalo, NY Source:
St Petersburg Times 09.03.03; Tampa Tribune 09.03.03; Buffalo News 10.13.03; St Petersburg Times 11.22.03; Buffalo News 08.03.07; Buffalo News 02.28.18; WIVB 03.13.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Kemp
Thomas L 1952 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed in 1988 Official Catholic Directory as working at St Mary's in Silver Springs NY. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Post-Journal 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Post-Journal 03.25.18
Assignments:
Post-Journal 03.21.18; Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Keppeler
Richard J 1954 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 2011; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Listed in 1988 Official Catholic Directory as working at St Bridget's in Bergen NY. In 4/18 a 68-yr-old man alleged publicly that Keppeler abused him and other boys throughout his high school years at Notre Dame High School, where the priest was Dean of Boys. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; WGRZ 04.27.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Kocian Theodore   ? P Accused Pallottine Named publicly as accused on the Buffalo diocese's list updated 11/5/18. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18
Assignments:
N/A
Kopczewski
Linus E. 1965 P Accused OFM Franciscan Named publicly as accused on the Buffalo diocese's list updated 11/5/18. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18; Assumption BVM Province: Kopczewski accessed 01.12.19
Assignments:
N/A
Leising
Frederick D. 1971 P Reinstated Diocesan Monsignor. Former president-rector of Christ the King Seminary. Suspended in 11/18, six months after the diocese received an allegation that Leising sexually abused a girl in the 1980s. His accuser also claimed abuse by Fr. Fabian Maryanski. She said was at a party in the rectory with Maryanski when Leising hugged her goodby then shoved his tongue down her throat. Leising denied the allegation and said it was the girl who put her tongue in his mouth. Leising returned to ministry in 12/18 after the diocese determined that the allegations had "not been substantiated." Buffalo, NY Source:
WKBW 11.04.18; WKBW 12.14.18; Buffalo News 12.15.18
Assignments:
N/A
Lewandowski John D 1954 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 1982; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Lewandowski
Michael M. 1975 P Accused OFM. Conv. Taught at St. Francis High School in Hamburg and Cardinal O'Hara High in Tonawanda variously during 1976-1991. Worked in Altoona diocese beginning 1997. In 5/14, Order told Altoona that he was the subject of an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor in 1980s [believed to have occurred while he was assigned to Buffalo Diocese]. After notification by the Order, Altoona removed him from St. Anne's parish in Davidsville pending an investigation. Civil authorities notified. At some point, he also worked in Springfield, MA diocese. Buffalo, NY Source:
Daily American 05.18.14; Tribune-Democrat 05.18.14; We Are Central PA 05.18.14; WJAC 05.18.14; Centre Daily Times 05.19.14; SNAP Statement 05.19.14; Tribune-Democrat 05.19.14; Washington Post (AP) 05.19.14; Road to Recovery Media Release 05.20.14; iObserve 05.21.14; The Republican 05.21.14; WGGB 05.21.14; WWLP 05.21.14; Buffalo News 04.09.18; WGRZ 04.10.18
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Mach
Bernard M (Corky) 1964 P Settled Diocesan Accused of fondling a 12-year-old boy in Fall 1991. Parents met Mach in 1/1993 and with Chancellor of Diocese 3/93. Civil suit filed 1993 when Diocese failed to pay for counseling. Placed on leave 12/1993. Also accused, along with Fr John Aurelio, of abuse of 3 others. Civil suit was settled confidentially in 1998. Lived in Florida without privileges. Died 2/17/04. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 2004; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 12.09.93; Buffalo News 12.14.93; Buffalo News 12.20.93; Buffalo News 12.21.93; Buffalo News 12.22.93; Buffano News 12.22.93; Buffano News 12.23.93; Buffalo News 12.27.93; Buffalo News 03.26.94; Jane and James Doe Complaint 04.25.94; Buffalo News 11.08.94; Buffalo News 10.16.98; Buffalo News 04.02.02; Buffalo News 02.28.18; Niagara Gazette 03.13.18; WIVB 03.13.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.21.18; Olean Times Herald 03.21.18; Union Sun-Journal 04.08.18; Buffalo News 05.27.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Martlock
Loville N. 1963 P Accused Diocesan Placed on "medical leave" in 10/93 after accused of sexually abusing a boy, age 8-12, beginning in 1974, when a religion teacher at Notre Dame High School. In 2002, Martlock was retired, living out of state, and not functioning as a priest. Died in 2014. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list. List included deceased priests only if they had more than one allegation. In 9/18 a Buffalo deacon said that he was sexually abused by Martlock at age 16, in 1970. He said Rev. Mark Friel also abused him. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 10/14/18; Buffalo News 04.21.94; Buffalo News 04.02.02; Buffalo News 02.28.18; NIagara Gazette 03.13.18; WIVB 03.13.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Buffalo News 03.24.19
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Maryanski
Fabian 1971 P Settled Diocesan Retired 2014. Per 5/18 news, investigated by diocese and placed on leave in 1995 for alleged abuse of a teen girl in the 1980s. 'Absent on Leave' for 5 years yet resided and said mass at St. Mary's in Medina. Assigned in 2000 to St. Philip's in Cheektowaga, then pastor of St. Andrew's in Sloan. Suspended the day after news report. Bishop said he would reopen the investigation. Abuse was said to have occurred when Maryanski was pastor of St. Patrick's in Barker, and the girl was ages 15-22. She said he gave her gifts, promised to marry her, and threw her to the ground when she said she was going to tell another priest. He acknowledged sex with her but denied it was when she was a minor. Settlement offered 12/18. Per 6/18 news, Maryanski recently investigated by DA after a complaint from a schoolgirl in 1/18. Behavior found to be "creepy," not criminal. Name not on diocese's list released in 3/18. In 12/18 diocese said allegations substantiated. Added to list 1/7/19. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 05.06.18; Spectrum 05.07.18; The Buffalo News 05.07.18; WGRZ 05.07.18; WKBW 05.07.18; Buffalo News 05.08.18; Church Militant 05.10.18; Buffalo News 06.25.18; WIVB 10.29.18; Buffalo News 12.05.18; WGRZ 12.10.18; WKBW 12.14.18; Buffalo News 01.07.19; WGRZ 01.07.19; Buffalo News 02.18.19
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Maynard Rene   ? P Accused OFM Franciscan Named publicly as accused by the Buffalo diocese on its list updated 11/05/18. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18
Assignments:
N/A
McCarthy
Thomas J 1980 P Accused Diocesan McCarthy retired suddenly in 2003 following a meeting with diocesan officials. He reportedly told some parishioners that he was retiring because Bishop wanted him to move to larger parish and because of health problems. In early Sept. 2003, an anonymous flier circulated in the neighborhood around the church where McCarthy served in 1990s urging parents to check with their children to see if they had been abused by McCarthy. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 09.10.03; Buffalo News 09.11.03; Buffalo News 09.12.03; Buffalo News 02.28.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Olean Times Herlad 03.21.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
McKenna
Francis 1927 P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list updated 11/5/18. It notes his death as having been in 1997. This appears to be an error. No Buffalo priest by that name found in the Official Catholic Directory in the years just prior to 1997 or in Necrology. A Francis W. McKenna was ordained for Buffalo in 1927 and died in 1977. Pastor of All Saints and Holy Family in Buffalo. Pastored St. John de LaSalle in Niagara Falls from 1944 until his retirement in 1972. Died 1/3/77. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo List Updated 11.05.18; Findagrave accessed 02.11.19
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N/A
Mierzwa Ronald 1976 P Accused Diocesan Suspended 9/18 after an unspecified complaint of abuse. Pastor of Holy Name of Mary in Ellicottville since 1994. Was "unnamed priest" reported by news outlet 9/12/18 who was accused by a woman in 2002 of "making her sons parade around in their underwear." The Diocesan Review Board determined that the claims were substantiated in 3/19. Case to be reviewed by the Vatican. Buffalo, NY Source:
Olean Times Herald 09.25.18; Post Journal 03.22.19; Olean Times Herald 03.23.19
Assignments:
N/A
Mooney
Vincent 1956 P Accused Jesuit In 2018 a woman told the diocese that Mooney raped her in the 1960s, when she was age 16 and he was assigned to Canisius High School. She was a Mt. St. Joseph's Academy student, grieving her father's death. She said she was sent to Mooney by a nun for counseling, and that Mooney attacked her after hearing her confession. She said she became pregnant as a result and her mother sent her for an abortion, which was illegal and almost killed her. Mooney was president of Canisius for most of the 1960s and 1970s. He died in 1981. The Jesuits offered the woman a settlement and counseling. Buffalo, NY Source:
WKBW TV 01.14.19
Assignments:
N/A
Moss Robert D. 1969 P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list updated 11/5/18 of those with substantiated claims of abuse of a minor. In 5/18 a woman told a news outlet that in the 1990s, when she was in her early 20s, Moss kissed her and exposed himself to her. She said she told the diocese years later, but nothing was done. Another woman said he "sexually attacked" her when she went to him for counseling. Moss died in 2018. Buffalo, NY Source:
WKBW 07.10.18; Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18; WIVB 11.08.19
Assignments:
N/A
Ormsby
Basil A 1942 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as 'removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.' Listed as having died in 1997; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. In addition to the two or more allegations indicated by Ormsby's inclusion on the diocesan list, he reportedly molested a boy age 12 during a pastoral visit in 1960 to the boy's home after the death of his father. He also allegedly touched and kissed an altar boy in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Ormsby was at St Teresa's in South Buffalo 1957-1987, after working in 10 parishes in his first 15 years as a priest. Retired 1987. Monsignor 1988/1989. Died 6/14/97. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; WGRZ 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18
Assignments:
Buffalo News Obituary 06.16.97; Detailed BA.org Assignment History
Orsolits
Norbert F. 1965 P Settled Diocesan Removed from ministry 2003. Admitted to a reporter in 2/18 to having sexually abused "probably dozens" of adolescent boys in the late 1970s-early 1980s. A man alleged publicly that Orsolits had abused him during a ski trip in 1979 or 1980 when he was age 13 or 14 and Orsolits was his parish priest at St. John Vianney in Orchard Park. He said the priest plied him with marijuana and alcohol. Orsoiits said he was sent to Canada for treatment in the 1980s by Bishop Head, then reassigned, including as a teacher at Walsh High School in Olean. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Buffalo, NY Source:
The Buffalo News 02.27.18; Buffalo News 02.28.18; Buffalo News 02.28.18; The Buffalo News 02.28.18; WGRZ 02.28.18; Buffalo News 03.01.18; Buffalo News 03.01.18; Buffalo News 03.01.18; Buffalo News 03.02.18; Buffalo News 03.02.18; Church Militant 03.02.18; Olean Times Herald 03.02.18; Olean Times Herald 03.02.18; Buffalo News 03.03.18; Buffalo News 03.04.18; Buffalo News 03.04.18; Spectrum News 03.04.18; WBFO 03.04.18; WKBW 03.04.18; WKBW 03.05.18; National Catholic Reporter 03.09.18; Buffalo News 03.11.18; NIagara Gazette 03.13.18; WIVB 03.13.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Olean Times Herald 03.21.18; Buffalo News 03.24.18; Buffalo News 03.28.18; Buffalo News 05.27.18; National Catholic Reporter 07.16.18; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 07.26.18; Columbia Journalism Review 09.17.18; WIBV TV 12.20.18; Buffalo News 02.27.19; WBFO Radio 02.27.19; Olean Times Herald 04.16.19
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Palys
Daniel J. 1969 P Accused Diocesan Retired. Diocese announced 6/28/18 that Palys's name was added to its list of accused, and that he was on leave pending investigation. No other details. Our working assumption is that the allegations are of child sexual abuse, since the list Palys's name was added to was that of those accused of the sexual abuse of minors. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 06.28.18; Diocese of Buffalo 06.28.18; Spectrum News 06.28.18; WBFO 06.29.18
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N/A
Pavlock
Martin L 1966 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Per Directories, 'awaiting assignment' 1985-1986, 'absent on leave' 2002-2003, then 'retired.' Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Post-Journal 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Post-Journal 03.25.18
Assignments:
Post-Journal 03.21.18; Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Peter
David J. 1966 P Accused Diocesan Retired in 2002. Died 4/17/17. In 2018 a man reported to the diocese that Peter sexually abused him in the 1970s, when he was an 8-year-old altar boy at St. Edmund's in Tonawanda. The abuse allegedly first occurred on a boat ride for altar boys on the Niagara River, with another man present. The man said Peter also abused him after mass when the priest insisted they take a shower together, and that the pastor knew and did nothing. He also alleged that Peter threatened to harm his brother if he told. Peter's accuser said Bishop Grosz told him his complaint wasn't valid, that he was the only person to complain, and "Let's be real: he's dead, he can't defend himself." Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News Obituary 04.19.17; WKBW TV 03.17.19
Assignments:
N/A
Rappl
Joseph 1978 P Accused Diocesan In 4/18 a 48-year-old man stated publicly he was sexually abused at age 11 in 1981 by Rappl. He said it happened once, after confession at St. Peter's in Lewiston. After Lewiston, Rappl was assigned to parishes in West Seneca and Holley, before working into the late 1990s as a military chaplain in CA, NY, Washington DC and NC. He stayed in NC and was noted in 4/18 to be working as a "married Roman Catholic Priest," although he was no longer in "the clerical state." He was also a volunteer counselor at an overnight camp for children run by the Buffalo diocese. Rappl's accuser filed a complaint with the diocese 3/19/18. Buffalo, NY Source:
WBFO 04.04.18; WBEN 04.05.18; WKBW 04.05.18; WIVB 04.06.18; Buffalo News 01.27.19
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Riter
Dennis G. 1971 P Reinstated Diocesan Suspended 3/26/18 after allegations of sexual abuse of two altar boys at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the 1990s. One accuser said he was ages 10-13 when abused, and that he witnessed the abuse of the other boy, who had since died. He said the abuse occurred after Riter would invite him to play games in the rectory after mass. He told his aunt in 2007; she took notes. The other boy's mother said her son told her at age 12 in 1997 that Riter tried to "play with" him underneath his robe on the altar during mass. Also said she told a cousin who worked for the diocese, who said "we'll look into it." The cousin claimed in 2018 not to remember. A third alleged victim was discovered by a news outlet in 5/18. A former seminarian said that in 1992 he walked in on Riter sexually abusing a 6-year-old boy, then told Bishops Head and Grosz in a letter. He said their response, months later, was to keep it quiet. Diocese said in 6/18 claims unsubstantiated; Riter reinstated. Buffalo, NY Source:
WGRZ 03.26.18; WIVB 03.26.18; WKBW 03.26.18; Buffalo News 03.27.18; Daily News 03.27.18; WIVB 03.27.18; WKBW 05.30.18; WKBW 06.01.18; WGRZ 06.26.18; Buffalo News 06.28.18; Spectrum News 06.28.18; WBFO 06.29.18; Buffalo News 07.01.18; Spectrum News 07.01.18; Daily News 07.03.18; Buffalo News 07.30.18; Spectrum Local News 07.30.18; WGRZ 07.30.18; WIVB 07.30.18; WKBW 07.30.18
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Ronald
Roy K. 1960 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 2013; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Official Catholic Directory shows he was 'absent on leave' 1995-98, 'retired' 1998 on. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Olean Times Herald 03.21.18; Buffalo News 03.23.18; Buffalo News 03.24.19
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Sajdak Ronald 1996 P Ret'd to Duty Diocesan Suspended in 11/18, over six months after the diocese received an allegation that Sajdak had sexually abused a boy. The abuse allegedly occurred over a 10-year period, beginning when the boy was ages 13 or 14. Per the diocese, his accuser is two and a half years younger than the priest and the "conduct" ended 15 years prior to his ordination. On recommendation of the Review Board 12/20/18, Sajdak was returned to active ministry. Buffalo, NY Source:
WKBW 11.04.18; Diocese of Buffalo 12.21.18
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N/A
Sardina John J. 1960 P Ret'd to Duty Diocesan Retired, living in a residence for priests in Depew. Suspended in 9/18 after the diocese received an allegation they he sexually abused a 12-year-old girl in the late 1960s, while he was assigned to Coronation of the BVM in Buffalo. Sardina denied the allegation. He did admit to having been sent to counseling over 10 years previously due to "consensual" sex he had with women. Allowed to return to active ministry in 3/19 after the Diocesan Review Board deemed the allegation unsubstantiated. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 09.13.18; Diocese of Buffalo 09.13.18; WIVB 09.13.18; Post Journal 03.22.19
Assignments:
Buffalo News 09.13.18; WKBW 7 09.13.18
Schieder
Joseph E 1935 P Accused Diocesan Civil suit reportedly filed in FL in late 2009 or early 2010 accuses Schieder of abuse in the Miami archdiocese. Msgr Schieder was included in 3/20/18 Buffalo diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 1996; the Buffalo list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Worked as parish priest and chancery official in Buffalo. Was also national director of Catholic Youth of America in Washington DC and dean of theology at Marymount College in Arlington VA. There are several gaps in his assignment history. Died 6/12/96. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 06.14.96; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Schuster
Joseph A. 1966 P Accused Diocesan Accused at 3:00 pm on 3/30/18, Good Friday, outside the cathedral in Buffalo, of sexually assaulting a boy age 13 in 1968. The survivor stated he understands he was the 'first of many victims.' He met Schuster at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Niagara Falls, where Schuster helped out. In 1968 Schuster was assigned to Holy Name of Jesus in Buffalo and then as faculty at the Preparatory Seminary in Buffalo. After an event relating to the Vietnam War, Schuster pressed the boy to stay overnight at the priest's apartment, rather than bike home in the dark. The boy told his mother about the abuse the next day. The diocese stated Schuster was not on its 3/20/19 list of 'diocesan priests who were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor' because the list only included deceased priests with 2 or more allegations. Schuster was granted a leave of absence in 1991; it is not known whether he was ever laicized. He died on 7/23/07. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 07.27.07; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Niagara Gazette 03.30.18; WBFO 03.30.18; WIVB 03.30.18; Buffalo News 04.04.18; Buffalo News 12.07.18
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Sheehan
Gerald P. 1964 P Accused Diocesan Worked in South Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Orchard Park and Sheridan parishes. On leave 1976. In 3/18 a woman reported to the diocese that Sheehan sexually abused her when she was ages 7-14 in the late 1970s-early 1980s when he was assigned to Nativity of Our Lord in Orchard Park. She said the abuse took place in the parish rectory, in various cottages and at her home. She said her brother told the diocese in 1994, but Sheehan was kept in ministry. Buffalo, NY Source:
WKBW 08.03.18
Assignments:
N/A
Silverio
Ronald T. 1970 P none Diocesan In an essay published in July 2018, a man wrote that Silverio molested him and his two brothers in the 1970s, beginning when Silverio was assigned to Holy Family parish in South Buffalo. Another man told a news source that he was abused between ages 7 and 9 by Silverio in the 1970s at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Niagara Falls. Silverio was assigned there 1975-79. In 1980 Silverio was on 'leave of absence', after which he left the priesthood. He went on to be executive director of AIDS Community Services then President and CEO of the nonprofit Evergreen Association, retiring in 2017. Buffalo, NY Source:
The Public 07.17.18; WKBW 07.20.18; Buffalo News 07.25.18; WKBW 07.31.18
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N/A
Slack Howard B. 1959 P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 2/11/19. It notes he died in 1976. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18
Assignments:
N/A
Smith
Arthur J. 1971 P Accused Diocesan Suspended by Bishop Kmiek in 2011 after complaints of inappropriate behavior toward a St. Mary of the Lake school boy in Hamburg. Refused to stay away from the school. Principal told the diocese Smith was a "predator." Sent to St. John Vianney in Philadelphia for treatment. New bishop Malone returned Smith to ministry, at a nursing home, in 11/12. Reports in 10/13 that he inappropriately touched two young men there. Malone wrote glowing recommendations on behalf of Smith in 2015 and 2016 for work which would put him in contact with children. In res at Blessed Mother of Calcutta in Depew when placed on leave in 4/18 after allegation of child sex abuse. Assignments in parishes across the diocese, campus minister at Alfred University, program development director at Catholic Telecommunications Network of America in Staten Island, cruise ship chaplain. To remain on leave pending Vatican decision. Nephew said in 2/19 Smith abused him at age 9. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 04.23.18; Diocese of Buffalo 04.23.18; WGRZ 04.23.18; WKBW 04.23.18; Buffalo News 06.28.18; Diocese of Buffalo 06.28.18; Spectrum News 06.28.18; WBFO 06.29.18; WKBW 08.22.18; America Magazine 08.24.18; WKBW 10.25.18; WIVB 10.29.18; WGRZ-TV 02.05.19
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N/A
Smyczynski
Gerard A 1980 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 1999 (age 45 or 46); diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Findagrave accessed 05.18.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Smyka
James 1973 P Accused Capuchin Franciscan First named publicly as accused by the Diocese of Buffalo on its updated list 11/5/18. Chaplain at St. Joseph's Hospital and living at a parish in Syracuse 11/14-10/18. Taught at St. Francis High School in Hamburg for 11 years early in his career, then worked in Johnstown PA, Chicopee MA and Bridgeport CT. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18; Syracuse website 11.12.18
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N/A
Snyder Clatus E. 1934 P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list updated 11/5/19. Snyder died in 2001. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18
Assignments:
N/A
Spielman
James A. 1970 P Settled Diocesan Bishop Head knew of allegations of abuse at a Jamestown parish in 1989. Spielman sent for treatment 6 mos. later. Returned to ministry. Accused 1993 of abusing altar boy over a 4-yr period in the 1970s; in 1994 Diocese paid the accuser $150K settlement. Spielman resigned from the priesthood after abuse reported 1993; moved to AK. Possibly living in Naalehu HI as of 2011. Worked in HI parishes at some point. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list of those accused of sexual abuse of a minor. Settlement in 2016 for $1.5M with another man claiming abuse by Spielman, including intercourse, ages 14-17. Man was Walsh High School student; said abused at the school, other places in Buffalo, and in Honolulu diocese. Said other students also abused, were plied with alcohol and porn, staff at school were informed, nothing done. Suit was v Buffalo and Honolulu dioceses Walsh HS, and Southdown Institute in Toronto, where Spielman was treated 12/89-5/90 and in 1993. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 05.10.02; Buffalo News 02.28.18; WIVB 03.13.18; Buffalo News 03.18.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Post-Journal 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Olean Times Herald 03.21.18; Olean Times Herald 03.28.18; WKBW 04.26.18; Spielman Documents WKBW 05.10.18; WKBW 05.10.18; WKBW 05.10.18; Buffalo News 05.27.18
Assignments:
Jeff Anderson & Associates Assignment History
Splawski Bernard 1963 P Accused Franciscan Accused in 1986 of fondling a student at Bishop Timon High School in South Buffalo. Underwent inpatient treatment for 6 months and two years of outpatient treatment, then reassigned to Paterson, NJ. Removed from NJ assignment after 17 years in 2/03. Was to remain a Franciscan and live in a friary doing "internal work" after renewed complaints from family of the student. On Buffalo diocese's list updated 11/5/18. Buffalo, NY Source:
The Record 02.26.03; Buffalo News 02.27.03; Buffalo News 02.28.18; Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18
Assignments:
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Stachewicz
Chester S 1972 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Per obit, joined the 'Orthodox-Catholic Church of America' (OCCA ) in 1989, via whom he worked as priest in NM. Died 4/10/10 in Albuquerque, NM. Buffalo, NY Source:
Albuquerque Journal Obit 04.17.10; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18; Post-Journal 03.21.18; Post-Journal 03.25.18
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Stanton
William George 1949 P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list updated 11/4/18. Stanton died 1/7/04. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18; Findagrave accessed 02.11.19
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Stolinski
Robert A. 1970 P Ret'd to Duty Diocesan Retired. Diocese announced 6/28/18 that Stolinski's name was added to its list of accused, and that he was on leave. No other details. Our working assumption is that the allegations are of child sexual abuse, since the list Stolinski's name was added to was that of those accused of the sexual abuse of minors. Allowed to return to active ministry in 3/19 after the Diocesan Review Board deemed the allegations unsubstantiated. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 06.28.18; Diocese of Buffalo 06.28.18; Spectrum News 06.28.18; The Post-Journal 06.29.18; WBFO 06.29.18; Post-Journal 03.22.19
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Strassberger
Harry Richard 1950 P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list updated 11/5/18. Died 12/16/99. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Buffalo Updated List 11.05.18; Findagrave accessed 02.11.19
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Terese, O.S.F. Pauline   N Accused Franciscan Sisters In July 2018 a woman stated publicly that Sr. Pauline Terese abused her in 1955 when she was age 5 and a student at Christ the King School in Snyder. She said Terese told her she was retarded, and that she was terrified and wet her pants. She says that's when the nun took her to the convent next door and raped her with a crucifix, saying it would cure her "from defiling God's property." Terese's order, the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, said she left the congregation in 1982 and is deceased. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 07.12.18; WBEN 07.12.18; WGRZ 07.12.18; WKBW 07.12.18; WKBW 07.31.18
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Townsend, C.J.M.
Edward   ? P Accused null Priest of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists). Taught at Cardinal Dougherty High School 1963-1969. A man stated publicly in 3/18 that Townsend sexually abused him over 5-years in the 1960s, beginning when the man was age 5. He said that he reported the abuse to the diocese in 2006. A second man told a news outlet in 3/18 that Townsend also abused him, at ages 7 and 8. In 2008 the Diocese of Manchester NH received a report that Townsend sexually abused a child, ages 6 and 7, in a rectory parking lot in Farmington NH in Fall 1975 through early 1977. The diocese said he did not serve there. His name could not be found in the Official Catholic Directory. Townsend died in 1998. Buffalo, NY Source:
Diocese of Manchester report 01.28.08; WBFO 03.21.18; Buffalo News 07.22.18
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Venne
Samuel J. 1978 P Accused Diocesan Retired, in residence at St. Stephen's on Grand Island when placed on leave in 4/18 due to allegations of past child sexual abuse, dating to 1980 at Our Lady of Pompei in Depew. Other assignments included parishes in Buffalo, Batavia, South Buffalo, Niagara Falls, a Pendleton nursing home and Boy Scouts chaplain and scoutmaster. Per the diocese in 6/18, the allegations against Venne were substantiated. To remain on leave pending determination by Vatican. Venne denied the allegations. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 04.23.18; Diocese of Buffalo 04.23.18; WGRZ 04.23.18; WKBW 04.23.18; Daily News 05.01.18; Buffalo News 06.28.18; Diocese of Buffalo 06.28.18; Spectrum News 06.28.18; WBFO 06.29.18; WIVB 07.17.18; WIVB 12.08.18
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Vogel
Joseph J. 1933 P Accused Diocesan Army Chaplain 1942-45. Pastor of St.Mary's in Strykersville and Annunciation in Elma. Established Queen of Heaven parish in West Seneca in 1955. Monsignor. In 2018 a woman alleged that when she was age 12 in 1970 Vogel sexually abused her in the rectory of Queen of Heaven. She said she told a nun, who was the school principal and that her parents told the assistant pastor. She said nothing was done. Vogel died in 1/19/88. Not on the diocese's 3/20/18 list, which only included deceased clergy if they were the subject of more than one accusation. His accuser was offered $75,000 through its compensation program. Buffalo, NY Source:
WKBW 07.12.18; WKBW 07.31.18; Findagrave accessed 08.01.18; Buffalo News 02.19.19
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Walker
Edward J 1936 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 2002; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Listed in 1988 Official Catholic Directory as a retired monsignor. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18
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Ward
William G 1950 P Accused Diocesan First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 2008; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Listed in 1988 Official Catholic Directory as working at Our Lady of Fatima church in Elba NY. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18
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Werth
Charles M. 1953 P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list updated 11/5/18. Died 12/9/17. Pled guilty to exposure in 9/94 after he was arrested during a crackdown on lewd behavior in a park. Fined. Placed on leave. Died 12/9/17. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 09.09.94; Diocese of Buffalo List Updated 11.05.18; Buffalo News 03.24.19
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White
Gervase 1954 P Accused O.F.M. Named publicly as accused in a news report 4/11/19. Worked at St. Bonaventure University for 47 years. Died in 2002. Buffalo, NY Source:
Olean Times Herald 04.11.19; Olean Times Herald 04.11.19
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White
William F J 1968 P Accused Diocesan Accused by 11 men of abuse between 1961 and 1993 when they were teens. Placed on leave in 1993. Diocese had complaints in 1979. In 1987 the Church received more complaints when family reported he had tried to molest 2 brothers on the night of their father's wake. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Listed as having died in 2016; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 03.08.94; Buffalo News 03.09.94; Buffalo News 03.11.94; Buffalo News 03.31.94; Buffalo News 05.29.94; Buffalo News 05.29.94; Buffalo News 04.02.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Buffalo News 02.28.18; WIVB 03.13.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18
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Wolski
Mark 1967 P Accused Diocesan Placed on Administrative Leave 5/10 after complaint that Wolski sexually abused a 15- to 17-year-old boy 1968 -1970. Much of the abuse was said to have occurred at St. Barnabas in Depew, and at Wolski's cottage in Angola. Wolski had been a member of Diocesan Review Board and Children's Hospital chaplain. He retired in 2012. Allegations substantiated, per diocese in 12/18. On diocese's list 1/19. Buffalo, NY Source:
WIVB 05.31.18; WKBW 05.31.18; WKBW 05.31.18; WKBW 12.14.18; Buffalo News 01.07.19; WGRZ TV 01.07.19
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Wood
Robert W 1974 P Accused Diocesan Wood was removed from his parish assignment in August 2003. He wrote in the parish bulletin that his removal was due to an alleged incident 16 years prior. Wood had previously served as parochial vicar at another parish for 13 years before being transferred in 2001. No information provided as to victims or type of abuse. Included in 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Buffalo, NY Source:
Buffalo News 09.10.03; Buffalo News 09.11.03; Buffalo News 09.14.03; Buffalo News 02.28.18; Buffalo News 03.20.18; Buffalo Stories 03.20.18; Diocese of Buffalo 03.20.18; Buffalo News 03.21.18
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