Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States
     
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Total Individuals: 20         

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Last First Ord T Status D/O Notes Diocese Source/Assignments
Arbogast
Paul M. 1955 P Accused Diocesan Removed 9/03 from duties as teacher at Covington Latin School after accusations of abuse. He had been headmaster of school until he left priesthood in 1980s to marry. He was identified as "Priest 32" in pending litigation. In pleadings in other pending litigation against Covington and Lexington dioceses. Pleadings say he was part of a ring of priests in the 1970s who held parties to which they brought boys as their dates. Sent for treatment in the 1970s and disappeared until he came back as a teacher. Died 10/16/13. Covington, KY Source:
Cincinnati Enquirer 09.21.03; Kentucky Post 09.24.03; Cincinnati Enquirer 09.27.03; Kentucky Enquirer 10.18.13
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Bertke
Marlene   N Sued Erie Benedictine A former student nun filed a lawsuit 10/02 alleging that she was abused in 1959 in her first year at St. Walburg Convent by Sister Christopher, whose real name is Marlene Bertke. She was 18 at the time. In the same suit, the woman also alleged that she had been previously abused at Villa Madonna Academy (a girls' school) by another nun and that a third nun also fondled her. Still active nun in 2008. Lives in Erie PA area. Covington, KY Source:
Lexington Herald Leader 10.11.02; Cincinnati Enquirer 09.25.04
Assignments:
N/A
Bierman
Earl 1957 P Convicted Diocesan First complaints received in 1961. May have have abused 100s of boys. Long time faculty member of Covington Latin School; diocese knew when he arrived at the school in 1968 that he had abused at least 50 boys. In and out of treatment, including Jemez Springs, NM in the Santa Fe diocese, where he was allowed to work at a parish and minor seminary. Assigned 1975-76 to St. Francis Seminary in the Altoona-Johnstown, PA diocese. Convicted of abuse of 6 boys in 1993; received 20-year sentence. Died in prison 6/13/05. Sued in both KY and NM. One case in 1995 went to jury verdict of $700K in punitive damages after diocese was accused of failing to reveal abuse of other victims. Another suit settled in 2003. New suit filed in Albuquerque 5/16 re abuse 1963-64 by Bierman of 15-year-old boy. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17. Covington, KY Source:
Cincinnati Enquirer 12.12.92; Cincinnati Enquirer 02.23.93; Cincinnati Enquirer 02.27.93; Courier Journal 04.01.93; Cincinnati Enquirer 05.05.93; United Press International 06.24.93; Times-Picayune 07.03.93; Cincinnati Enquirer 11.10.95; Cincinnati Enquirer 11.18.95; Cincinnati Enquirer 11.22.95; Santa Fe New Mexican 01.11.96; Cincinnati CityBeat 08.15.02; Cincinnati Enquirer 02.28.03; Cincinnati Enquirer 09.20.03; Cincinnati Post 10.13.03; Kentucky Post 06.14.05; Lexington Herald-Leader 06.16.05; Cincinnati CityBeat 07.20.05; Cincinnati Enquirer 07.28.06; Lorenz Testimony 03.01.07; Albuquerque Journal 05.12.16; Archdiocese of Santa Fe list 09.12.17; Taos News 11.15.18; Archdiocese of Santa Fe List 03.08.19; Evansville Courier & Press 04.18.19; WJLA TV 07.12.19
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record; Archdiocese of Santa Fe List 03.08.19
Browne Joseph Aloysius 1956 P Sued Diocesan Also referred to as "James Aloysius" or "Jay" Browne. Sued 2003. Accused of rape of a girl ,ages 13-16, who was a resident of Diocesan Children's Home in Fort Mitchell 1963-1966. He allegedly gave her alcohol, impregnated her and and forced an abortion. He left the priesthood in 1970, married, and moved to Canada. Browne died 1/13/13. Covington, KY Source:
Associated Press 04.23.03; Cincinnati Enquirer 04.23.03; Cincinnati Enquirer 04.25.03; Cincinnati Post 04.25.03; The Toronto Star 01.16.13
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Ciangetti
Paul P. 1942 P Sued Diocesan Died 1995. Named in 2002 employment suit by father & son. Son also alleged that, as an altar boy, he was physically and sexually abused in 1971-72 by Fr. Ciangetti and also that, as an adult, he was abused by Bp. J. Kendrick Williams when he was a priest. Suit settled 2003. Diocese paid $50K re the abuse. Also named as abuser in two additional suits filed in 2003. Covington, KY Source:
Kentucky Post 5.5.03; Kentucky Post 5.6.03; Cincinnati Enquirer 06.24.02; Associated Press 06.25.02; Cincinnati Enquirer 04.23.03; Associated Press 06.17.03; Cincinnati Enquirer 06.18.03; Kentucky Post 12.24.03
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Fortner
Douglas F. 1970 P Accused Diocesan Placed on leave in 11/06 after "credible allegation" of sexual abuse of a child dating back at least 25 years. Fortner died January 30, 2015. Per his obituary, he was a "retired" priest of the diocese. Covington, KY Source:
WCPO 11.19.06; Cincinnati Enquirer 11.20.06; Kentucky Enquirer 02.01.15
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Frazier Richard 1996 P Accused Diocesan Removed 1/06 after allegations of abuse by Frazier in late 1970s-early 1980s prior to his ordination. Allegations were made as part of settlement of class action suit against Diocese. Frazier denied all the allegations. Initial reports show that at least one allegation occurred in late 1990s after his ordination. Covington, KY Source:
Community Recorder 01.12.06; WCPO 01.12.06; Cincinnati Enquirer 01.13.06; Kentucky Post 01.13.06
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Fritsch Edward J. 1965 P Settled Diocesan Accused in 2002 suit of raping a girl age 13 in 1966. Complainant demanded release of diocesan file and 12/04 settlement revealed Covington diocese hospitalized Fritsch in 1965 after he had "contact with about 9 to 10 girls," one age 15. Behavior continued in treatment. Fritsch was returned to work then suspended. Sent to Owensboro diocese. Complainant alleges abuse there and Evansville IN diocese. Left priesthood; married 1969. Then worked in NJ with delinquents and on school board. Covington, KY Source:
Lexington Herald Leader 08.10.02; Courier-Journal 08.17.02; Courier-Journal 04.23.03; Montgomery Statement 06.21.03; Lexington Herald Leader 01.14.05; NJ Herald 01.18.05; Daily Record 01.19.05
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Glockner
David 1966 P Accused Glenmary Home Missioners Removed from ministry in 8/19 and recalled to Glenmary headquarters in Cincinnati, after two teenage girls said Glockner "made inappropriate contact" with them at Emmaus Farm in Vanceburg on 8/6/19. The girls were volunteering on a construction project at the farm. Glockner had been assigned since 2012 to Holy Reedemeer parish in Vanceburg. A grand jury in Lewis County chose not to indict. Glockner's order to hire an "independent investigator" and findings to go before a review board. Covington, KY Source:
Glenmary Statement 08.08.19; WSAZ TV 08.09.19; Fox 19 09.19.19; Journal News 09.23.19
Assignments:
N/A
Goeke
John ""Jack"" 1959 P Settled Diocesan Arraigned 8/94 on charges he abused two girls in early 1960s; removed by diocese. Criminal charges dropped when women did not want to pursue charges. 3rd woman filed a civil suit which claimed he took advantage of her when she sought marriage counseling. This suit settled in 1997. Permanently removed 2002 after Dallas Bishop Conference. Two women filed complaints 12/04 as part of class action alleging abuse in 1963 and 1971 when they were 11 and 15. Covington, KY Source:
Cincinnati Enquirer 03.16.02; Kentucky Post 12.24.03; Cincinnati Post 11.24.04
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Holtz Louis J. 1958 P Settled Diocesan Man told Diocese in 1995 that he had been abused in 1974-1975 by Holtz. Claims settled 1997 and Holtz agreed to be laicized. Another man filed suit 12/02 re 1970 abuse. One plaintiff alleging abuse by Holtz joined a 2003 class action suit against the Diocese but later withdrew and settled. Laicization announced 8/12/03. Covington, KY Source:
Cincinnati Enquirer 06.15.02; Cincinnati Enquirer 07.10.02; Cincinnati Enquirer 01.23.03; Cincinnati Enquirer 02.13.03; Cincinnati Post 02.27.03; Cincinnati Enquirer 02.28.03; Kentucky Post 03.13.03; Detroit Free Press 04.14.03; Cincinnati Enquirer 04.23.03; Kentucky Post 04.23.03; Cincinnati Enquirer 08.13.03; Kentucky Post 05.22.04; Cincinnati Post 11.24.04
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Klein Robert P. 1953 P Sued Diocesan 12/03 civil suit allged Klein abused one youth at Sacred Heart Parish in 1964, just 3 yrs after Klein was told to investigate allegations against Earl Bierman. Klein told only then-Bishop Ackerman and nothing else done. Believe Klein was removed from active status in 2002. Died 6/05. Covington, KY Source:
Kentucky Post 12.23.03; Kentucky Post 12.24.03; Cincinnati Enquirer 06.23.05
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Kleman James E. 1955 P Sued Diocesan In 12/03, one woman joined class action suit against Diocese and alleged that she was abused by Kleman in Northern Kentucky in 1959 when she was 10. She also alleged that Kleman abused her (now) deceased older brother when the boy was 12. 7/10 story reveals abuse of a teenage male at least 50 times between 1968-1971. This claimant was also included in the settlement. Kleman died 3/74. Covington, KY Source:
Kentucky Post 7.2.10; Kentucky Post 12.24.03
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
MacPherson David M. 1967 ? P Settled Diocesan In 2003 two women settled "claims" with Covington Diocese over allegations that MacPherson had molested them in 1960s at St. Patrick's Parish. Diocese paid total of $750,000 to the two women and to a man who alleged abuse by Fr. Earl Bierman. Both women were part of a class action suit filed against the Diocese of Covington. Diocese said MacPherson left active ministry in 1978 and was laicized six years later. Covington, KY Source:
Cincinnati Enquirer 10.14.03; Cincinnati Post 10.14.03
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Meyer David   D Accused Diocesan Ordained as a permanent deacon in 1999, Meyer was placed on leave in Feb. 2007 after recent allegation of abuse of a minor which occurred prior to 1999. He was at Blessed Sacrament Church in Fort Mitchell when he was removed. Covington, KY Source:
Cincinnati Enquirer 03.01.07; Kentucky Post 03.01.07
Assignments:
N/A
Muench
Joseph N. 1981 P Convicted Diocesan Removed 7/09 after Lexington diocese received complaint 3/09 from three men who alleged abuse in 1980s when Muench was at Good Shepherd in Frankfort. Indicted 10/09 re abuse of 2 f the accusers 1980-81 & 84-85. Frankfort was part of Covington at the time but has been part of Lexington since its creation. Named in 11/09 civil suit by one victim in criminal case. Entered Alford Plea 3/10. Sentenced to 2 1-yr terms in prison. Released 9/30/10. Covington, KY Source:
Lexington Herald-Leader 07.12.09; WTVQ 07.12.09; State Journal 10.22.09; State Journal 11.14.09; State Journal 03.19.10; Lexington Herald-Leader 03.22.10; Catholic Culture 03.23.10; Lexington Herald-Leader 03.23.10; State Journal 05.20.10; Lexington Herald-Leader 05.21.10; WYKT 05.21.10; WKYT 09.23.10; WKYT 10.01.10
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Reinersman
Gerald L. 1979 P Sued Diocesan Reinersman, the VG and Chancellor of the Diocese and former Moderator of the Curia, was removed 5/04 after man alleged Reinersman had molested him in 1979 at Mary, Queen of Holy Rosary Church in Lexington when he was a youth. Reinersman denied all allegations. Special civilian review board handled review of his case. He was cleared and reinstated as active priest in 2/05. Board said "it couldn't rule out that his accuser simply accused the wrong priest." Covington, KY Source:
Cincinnati Enquirer 05.23.04; Courier Journal (AP) 05.24.04; Cincinnati Enquirer 05.25.04; Cincinnati Enquirer 02.19.05; Cincinnati Post 02.19.05; Courier-Journal (AP) 02.20.05; Kentucky Post 02.26.05
Assignments:
N/A
Schuhmacher George J. 1957 ? P Accused Diocesan Permanently removed 1/03 because of 1983 allegation that he provided alcohol to a 13 yr old boy and then sexually molested him during a campout. Boy was a resident at Campbell Lodge Boys Home (for troubled boys) run by Schuhmacher. He reported abuse to police in 1983 and Schuhmacher was removed. By 1986 he was back at the home and in 1996 he was given a parish assignment. Covington, KY Source:
Cincinnati Enquirer 10.09.03; Kentucky Post 05.22.04
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Steidle Mark A. 1993 P Accused Diocesan Removed 5/04 after allegations received that he had inappropriately touched a minor in the fall of 1994 at Marydale Retreat Center. Steidle had replaced Gerald Reinersman (who was also just been placed on leave by the Diocese) as chaplain at Marydale.Steidle was placed in a parish in 2003 but the 2002 Catholic Directory shows him on a "leave of absence." He denied all allegations. Covington, KY Source:
Cincinnati Enquirer 05.23.04; Courier-Journal (AP) 05.24.04; Cincinnati Enquirer 05.25.04
Assignments:
N/A
Terrance (nun) unknown   N Sued Benedictine Nun. In 10/02 former student nun filed a lawsuit alleging that she was fondled in 1959 or 1960 at St. Walburg Convent by a Sister Terrance, whose real name was unknown. In same suit, woman also alleges that she had been previously abused at Villa Madonna Academy (a girls' school) by another nun and that a third nun also fondled her during her first year at St. Walburg. Plaintiff left the convent in 1971. Covington, KY Source:
Lexington Herald Leader 10.11.02; Cincinnati Enquirer 09.25.04
Assignments:
N/A


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