Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States
     
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Last First Ord T Status D/O Notes Diocese Source/Assignments
Aerts
Daniel C. 1977 P Accused Diocesan In 4/02 Aerts admitted to sexual misconduct with a teen in 1979 while assiged to St. Thomas and Holy Spirit parishes in Grand Rapids. Apparently the victim sent him a letter in 2002 and he forwarded it to the Diocese. He resigned from his position. The bishop said there was no prior knowledge of abuse. Grand Rapids, MI Source:
Associated Press 04.28.02; Grand Rapid Press 04.29.02; Grand Rapid Press 05.17.02; Detroit Free Press 04.14.03
Assignments:
N/A
Alvesteffer Eugene F. 1965 P Accused Diocesan Alvesteffer's name appeared on list of priests from the Grand Rapids diocese in 5/02. There apparently was a single allegation while Alvesteffer was working in Ludington in the 1970s. Per the 1988 Catholic Directory he was "on special assignment." Died 1/18/98. Grand Rapids, MI Source:
Findagrave 01.18.98; Grand Rapids Press 05.17.02
Assignments:
N/A
Antekeier
Charles 1962 P Accused Diocesan Retired in 2000. Alleged to have sexually abused a minor 1984-85 while pastor of St. James in Grand Rapids. Permanently removed from ministry in 8/15, ordered to lead a 'life of prayer and penance." Per 8/15 news report, also accused of abuse, including rape, of a prepubescent St. James altar boy in the early 1970s. The alleged victim's father said that, as a result of the abuse, his son was an alcoholic by age 14, became violent and spent time in prison. When he became sober in his 40s, he told his father of the abuse. The father said he told the D.A. and the church, but nothing happened. Grand Rapids, MI Source:
Diocese of Grand Rapids 08.14.15; WZZM 08.15.15
Assignments:
N/A
Baudone
Louis 1959 P Accused Diocesan Allegations deemed substantiated that Baudone molested two children in 1981 in Muskegon County. He "retired" from his duties in 1993 when allegations first surfaced. Privileges not removed until 2002. Additional allegations of old abuse became public in 3/08. Grand Rapids, MI Source:
Grand Rapids Press 05.17.02; Grand Rapids Press 06.05.02; Detroit Free Press 04.14.03; Muskegon Chronicle 03.07.08; WOOD 03.07.08
Assignments:
N/A
Beas
Shamaun 1994 P Convicted Diocesan Extern priest from Pakistan. Arrested in 5/04 in an internet sting and charged with soliciting sex over the Internet from someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. Had previously exhibited "questionable behavior" and was sent for therapy. Sentenced to 5 to 20 years in 3/06. Later sentenced to 1 year for abuse of a girl. Withdrew guilty plea to additional charges in another county in 7/08. The girl's sister also alleged abuse. Sentenced to another 16-24 months in 10/08 for abuse of both sisters. Grand Rapids, MI Source:
WOOD 05.25.04; Grand Rapid Press 05.26.04; Grand Rapids Press 05.27.04; Grand Rapid Press 05.28.04; Grand Rapid Press 06.11.04; Lansing State Journal 03.05.06; Grand Rapids Press 07.18.08; Muskegon Chronicle 08.28.08; WWMT 08.28.08; WOOD 08.29.08; Grand Rapids Press 10.16.08; SNAP 12.30.08; Grand Rapids Press 03.18.09
Assignments:
N/A
Bryce
Vincent W. 1957 P Accused Dominican A man accused Bryce in 4/02 of abusing him as a boy in about 1977. The complaint was made to the Chicago office of the Dominican Order who notified the Diocese of Grand Rapids, where Bryce was working. Bryce was immediately removed from his assignment and returned to the Order's headquarters. Apparently Bryce admitted to the abuse, which occurred in another (unspecified) state. Reportedly in 2007 he was still an ordained priest. Reported to be living at St. Louis U's Jesuit Hall, but the the Catholic Directories show him to be living at St. Dominic Priory in St. Louis 2003 through at least 2017. Grand Rapids, MI Source:
Grand Rapids Press 04.22.02; Associated Priest 04.27.02; Grand Rapids Press 05.07.02; Grand Rapids Press 05.17.02; Journal of Oak Park and River Forest 11.07.07; Voice from the Desert 08.17.08; SNAP Press Release 05.13.09; St Louis American 05.13.09; SNAP Letter to Cardinal George 04.30.13; SNAP Press Release 09.16.13
Assignments:
N/A
Bur
Stanislaus 1950 P Accused Diocesan Accused in 1992 of molesting an Ionia altar boy in 1958. Grand Rapids diocese found accusations credible; paid up to $1,000/month for the victim's therapy for several years. Bur, then in the Saginaw diocese, was removed from active ministry. Permanent suspension, assigned to life of prayer and penance in 11/05. Additional allegations of old abuse were made public in 3/08. Died 2/1/09. Grand Rapids, MI Source:
Detroit Free Press 04.24.02; Grand Rapids Press 05.17.02; Muskegon Chronicle 03.07.08; WoodTV 03.07.08; Grand Rapids Press 03.08.08; Church Militant 03.28.18; Diocese of Saginaw 04.14.18; MLive 04.14.18; Findagrave accessed 05.02.18; Huron Tribune 05.15.18
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record; Diocese of Saginaw
Hartwig Lawrence N. 1967 P Accused Diocesan Reportedly in 5/02, the Grand Rapids diocese had substantiated allegations against Hartwig and seven other priests. Hartwig was named in single allegation of abuse occurring in Muskegon in 1982. Per the Official Catholic Directory, Hartwig was "on duty outside the diocese" beginning in 1987. It shows him as: chaplain at St. Francis Hospital/Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT 1987-90; chaplain at St. Mary Hospital in Springfield, MA 1990-91; Director of Pastoral Ministry fo Santa Rosa Health Care in San Antonio, TX 1991-94.His whereabouts 1994-98 are unclear. Hartwig died 9/21/98. Grand Rapids, MI Source:
Grand Rapids Press 05.17.02
Assignments:
N/A
Heydens
Donald J. 1970 P Settled Diocesan In the early 1990s, the diocese substantiated four allegations of abuse involving young girls in the early 1970s. The diocese made out of court settlements in 1989 and 1994. Heydens remained active as a priest until he was removed from position as of 8/02. He was on restricted duty running the diocese's program for deacons. Grand Rapids, MI Source:
Grand Rapids Press 4.6.02; Mlive.com (AP) 1.9.07; Grand Rapids Press 03.23.02; Grand Rapids Press 05.17.02; Grand Rapids Press 05.18.02; Grand Rapids Press 06.05.02; Grand Rapids Press 07.05.02; Holland Sentinel 07.06.02; Detroit Free Press 04.14.03; Grand Rapids Press 01.08.07
Assignments:
N/A
Host
Richard J. 1974 P Sued Diocesan In a civil suit filed in 11/88 a woman accused Host and her ex-husband of molesting her four- and six-year-old boys over a two-year period. The suit also included claims against the USCC and NCCB (catholic conferences). Host was still an active parish priest per 2002 Catholic Directory and the Diocesan website accessed on 5/28/04. Grand Rapids, MI Source:
UPI 11.17.88
Assignments:
N/A
Kenshol
Joseph W. 1973 P Settled Diocesan Accused in a 1995 civil suit of giving adolescent boys full body oil massages in the rectory of Sacred Heart Parish. Claims were later settled for undisclosed amount after underlying suits were dismissed by Court and Appeals Court. Diocese said behavior was "immature and inappropriate, indicating poor judgment but nothing more." He was allowed to return to ministry. Still active as of 1/11, per Grand Rapids website. Grand Rapids, MI Source:
Grand Rapids Press 03.23.02; Grand Rapids Press 03.25.02; Grand Rapids Press 04.06.02
Assignments:
N/A
LeBlanc
David E. 1961 P Accused Diocesan LeBlanc resigned from his parish in 1/07 after admitting to Bishop Hurley that he had abused a pre-teen boy in 1971. The accusation was brought to the diocese in 1993 and LeBlanc admitted it then. Apparently then-Bishop Rose did nothing. Matter brought to light in 1/07 when the bishop reviewed personnel files. In 4/19 a man stated publicly that LeBlanc molested him at a Caledonia parish in 1999, when he was age 12. No prosecution due to the statute of limitations. Grand Rapids, MI Source:
Grand Rapids Press 01.08.07; WOOD 01.08.07; Grand Haven Tribune 01.09.07; Mlive (AP) 01.09.07; Muskegon Chronicle 01.09.07; Grand Rapids Press 01.10.07; Grand Rapids Press 01.10.07; Grand Rapids Press 01.10.07; LeBlanc Letter as Printed in Grand Rapids Press 01.10.07; Grand Rapids Press 01.19.07; WOOD TV 04.25.19
Assignments:
N/A
McKenna
Michael 1973 P Accused Diocesan Permanently removed from all ministry in 12/06 after allegations he abused a child in the 1970s. Took sabbatical in 2002. Placed on medical leave in 2003 before allegations arose. Diocese deemed accusations credible. Multiple transfers throughout his career. Apparently there are "several" victims per the bishop. Prosecutors said evidence shows abuse but statute of limitations prohibits criminal prosecution. Additional allegations of old abuse became public in 3/08. Grand Rapids, MI Source:
WOOD 01.08.06; Muskegon Chronicle 01.13.06; Wood 12.11.06; Grand Rapids Press 12.12.06; Wood 12.12.06; WWMT 12.12.06; Daily News 12.13.06; Muskegon Chronicle 03.07.08; WOOD 03.07.08
Assignments:
N/A
Wagner
Dennis A. 1978 P Convicted Diocesan Pled guilty in 1983 to assault and battery of a 13-year-old boy during a tubing trip. Given two years probation and received counseling. Apparently admitted in 1983 that he had molested more than one boy. A man told the diocese in the early 1990 that Wagner raped him in a lake in 1985. No criminal charges due to SOL. Diocese gave the man money for therapy. Wagner was allowed to work as a canon lawyer in Diocesan Tribunal Office. Suspended in 5/02. Diocese received six substantiated allegations. Agreed to ask for laicization. Grand Rapids, MI Source:
Grand Rapids Press 03.23.02; Associated Press 05.07.02; Grand Rapids Press 05.07.02; Grand Rapids Press 05.09.02; Grand Rapids Press 05.09.02; Grand Rapids Press 05.11.02; Grand Rapids Press 05.14.02; Grand Rapids Press 05.17.02; Grand Rapids Press 05.17.02; Grand Rapids Press 06.05.02; Grand Rapids Press 07.05.02; Detroit Free Press 04.14.03; Grand Rapids Press 01.07.04; Grand Rapids Press 01.08.07; WOOD TV 02.14.19
Assignments:
N/A


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