Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States
     
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Last First Ord T Status D/O Notes Diocese Source/Assignments
Carley
Edward B. 1948 P Settled Diocesan Accused of abuse of boys in 1960s-1980s. Parent complained in 1957; nothing done. Another complained 1995. Suit filed 1997; dismissed on SOL. Name publicly released when one man settled for $65K in 2005. Retired in 1993; died 1998. Name on list of abusive priests released 11/16/06. More suits filed 12/06 & 7/08. 2006 suit settled 4/09 for $1.5M. Plaintiff died day after signing settlement. At least 3 other settlements 2010 & 2011. Personnel files released 2/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
CBS 3 / KYW 02.14.05; News Journal 02.16.05; News Journal 11.20.05; News Journal 11.21.05; The Dialog 11.16.06; NBC 10 12.28.06; News Journal 12.28.06; Daily Times 12.29.06; News Journal 12.29.06; News Journal 07.20.08; News Journal 04.09.09; News Journal 04.24.09; News Journal 10.28.09; News Journal 04.12.10; News Journal 01.06.11; Diocese of Wilmington Personnel Files 02.16.12; Diocese of Wilmington list of Acused Priests 02.19.12; News Journal 02.19.12; Houston Chronicle 11.19.13; News Journal 07.30.14; Delaware Law Weekly 08.01.14
Assignments:
Assignment Record from News Journal 11.16.06
Clarahan
Eugene F. 1952 P Sued Diocesan Name released by Bishop Saltarelli on 11/16/06 list of abusive priests. At that time, a woman said she reported to his associate pastor in 1967 that Clarahan had abused a male friend of hers on a school trip. He did nothing and told her no one would believe her. Clarahan transferred to another parish in 1978 and then to MD in 1983. Removed from ministry in 1993. Died in 5/99. Three separate suits filed in 10/08 alleged abuse in the 1950s and 1960s. Two brothers filed suit in 12/08. Personnel files released in 2/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
Obituary May 1999; Obituary from findagrave 05.28.99; The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 11.18.06; Denver Post 10.03.08; News Journal (AP) 10.03.08; News Journal 10.04.08; WDEL 10.10.08; News Journal 10.12.08; AHN 10.13.08; AHN 10.18.08; News Journal 10.19.08; News Journal 12.19.08; WDEL 12.19.08; Personnel Files released by Diocese of Wilmington 02.16.12
Assignments:
Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 2.16.12; News Journal 11.16.06; BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
Cornely
Francis P. 1949 P Accused Diocesan Credible allegation of abuse. Name first released on list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli on 11/16/06. Died 1975. Personnel file released 2/12. On new list of accused priests 2/16/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 11.17.06; News Journal 11.07.09; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12
Assignments:
News Journal 11.16.06; BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
Daleo
Paul 1977 P Settled Capuchin Franciscan Accused of molesting two youths. Confronted with allegations in 1993 and sent for treatment. Reassigned to an office job but left the order in 2003. One confidential settlement for $100K in 1995; another in 1996. Two new civil suits filed in 2008 and two other accusers known. Living in Jersey City 11/08 and performing baptisms, funeral rites and weddings. Another civil suit filed 3/09. 9 accusers settled 11/11 as part of $7M total settlement. Reportedly in one case, Daleo abused a 4th grade boy in the 1970s, continuing for 4 years. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 12.15.06; News Journal 12.15.06; CBS 3 (AP) 05.07.08; News Journal 05.07.08; Daily Times (AP) 05.08.08; News Journal 07.20.08; WDEL 11.20.08; Jersey Journal 11.22.08; News Journal 03.16.09; News Journal 03.17.09; Philadelphia Daily News 02.14.11; News Journal 12.01.11; Reuters 12.01.11; News Journal 12.02.11; News Journal 02.19.12; Philly website 06.05.16
Assignments:
News Journal 5.08.07
DeLuca
Francis G. 1958 P Convicted Diocesan Barred from ministry, sent for counseling & retired after multiple accusations in 1993 of abuse in 1960s. Criminally charged in 10/06 with abuse of 12-13 year old youth in Syracuse, NY around 2000. Name on list released 11/06. Pleaded guilty 6/28/07. 60 days in jail and 6 yrs probation 9/07. One suit settled 2/08. Multiple suits filed 2008-2009. Laicization 8/08. Diocese filed bankruptcy 10/09. Judge found for Plaintiff in civil trial 11/10. Damages awarded 12/2/10. Personnel file released 2/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 10.22.06; Post Standard 10.22.06; News Journal 10.23.06; News Journal 10.25.06; Newsday 10.25.06; Post-Standard 10.25.06; News Journal 10.26.06; News Journal 10.27.06; News Journal 11.15.06; The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 06.28.07; Staten Island Advance 07.12.07; Post-Standard 07.14.07; News Journal 09.11.07; Post Standard 09.11.07; News Journal 09.21.07; News Journal 12.21.07; News Journal 04.25.09; News Journal 10.16.09; News Journal 01.18.10; News Journal 06.05.10; News Journal 08.13.10; News Journal 10.20.10; News Journal 10.25.10; News Journal 11.02.10; News Journal 11.16.10; News Journal 12.01.10; NECN 12.08.10; Diocese of Wilmington Personnel Files 02.16.12; News Journal 02.16.12; News Journal 02.19.12; News Journal 08.14.14
Assignments:
N/A
Dempster
Douglas W. 1962 P Settled Diocesan In late 1960s, Dempster was given the responsibility of investigating allegations against his close friend, Rev. Frank DeLuca. He told the complaining family to never speak of the matter again; the family thus thought the church was taking care of the matter. Name on list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli 11/16/06. Dempster was removed from ministry in 1993. Claim settled. Suit filed against him personally. Last known to be living in MD. Personnel file released in 2/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 11.20.05; News Journal 11.21.05; News Journal 11.15.06; The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 11.17.06; News Journal 11.19.06; News Journal 07.18.08; News Journal 11.07.09; Pocono Record 11.28.09; News Journal 01.18.10; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; Diocese of Wilmington Personnel Files 02.16.12; News Journal 02.19.12
Assignments:
News Journal 11.16.06; BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
Drelich
Robert   B Settled Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in DE and PA announced settlement 8/4/11 with 40 victims of sexual abuse who filed suits in DE. Plaintiffs to share in $24.8M settlement as will 150 victims who settled earlier with the Wilmington diocese. One of the terms was that the Order release names of 12 Oblates with substantiated allegations of abuse. Drelich is one of the 12. Removed from ministry in 2010. Living in 2011 in a monitored location in MD. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 08.04.11; Middletown Transcript 08.05.11; News Journal 08.05.11
Assignments:
N/A
Dreyer
Henry J. 1930 P Accused Diocesan Retired in 1966 and died in 1969. Credible allegation of abuse. Name first released on list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli 11/16/06. Personnel File released 2/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 11.17.06; News Journal 11.07.09; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; Diocese of Wilmington Personnel Files 02.16.12
Assignments:
News Journal 11.16.06; BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
Dudzinski, Jr.
Edward F. 1978 P Settled Diocesan Diocese knew prior to ordination about behavior with boys. Accused in 1985 of abusing a boy; placed on leave. Boy sued in 1989; settled with diocese. Dudzinski was sent for treatment. Put on probation by VA Board of Counseling 10/10/02 for boundary violations with two boys he was counseling. Ordered 5/16/03 to surrender counseling license after Board learned of the 1989 suit. Named in a 11/08 civil suit by family of youth who died by suicide in 1987. Judge upheld right to sue in 5/09. Laicized. Another suit filed 5/09. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 03.13.02; Virginia Board of Counseling 10.10.02; Virginia Board of Counseling 05.16.03; News Journal 06.22.03; News Journal 11.20.05; News Journal 11.20.05; News Journal 11.16.06; The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 12.04.06; Washington Post 12.04.06; Commonweal 04.20.07; WDEL 11.13.08; News Journal 11.14.08; The Capital 11.14.08; News Journal 05.12.09; News Journal 05.15.09; News Journal 08.07.10; News Journal 07.29.11; Documents released by Wilmington Diocese 02.16.12; News Journal 02.19.12
Assignments:
BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
Dunne
Gerald M. 1977 P Sued Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia after a lawsuit was filed in 6/09 in Delaware alleging abuse of a youth approximately 30 years previously at Salesianum High School in Wilmington. Dunne had passed both the Archdiocesan and Order's screening procedures. He denied the allegation. Wilmington, DE Source:
Examiner 06.23.09; Statement by Archdiocese of Philadelphia 06.23.09; Philadelphia Gay News 06.25.09; Morning Call 07.05.09
Assignments:
N/A
Gardiner
Richard F. 1968 P Accused Diocesan Credible allegation of abuse. Name first released on list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli 11/16/06. Died Oct. 10, 1989. Personnel file released 2/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 11.17.06; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; Diocese of Wilmington Personnel File 02.16.12
Assignments:
News Journal 11.16.06; BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
Grant
Richard N. 1968 P Settled Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Accused in a suit filed in 4/09 of repeated sexual abuse of a high school boy in 1982-84, starting when the boy was 16. The principal of the school, James W. O'Neill (accused by another student), apparently knew about Grant's abuse of the boy. Grant reportedly became a parish priest in FL in 1992 and died of AIDS in 1993. Name released as part of Oblate $24.8M 8/11 settlement with 40 individuals. Assigned at one time to Salesianum School. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 05.18.09; SNAP Press Release 10.20.10; News Journal 08.04.11; Middletown Transcript 08.05.11; News Journal 08.05.11
Assignments:
N/A
Harney
Peter P. 1953 P Sued Diocesan From Ireland. Graduated from St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. Spent his entire career in MD and DE. Retired in 12/74. Died 04/16/00. Apparently he was named in a civil suit filed in DE in 2009; his personnel file was to be released in 11/09 by the Wilmington diocese as part of the diocese's bankruptcy filing. File released in 2/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 04.18.00; News Journal 11.07.09; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; Diocese of Wilmington Personnel Files 02.16.12
Assignments:
BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
Harvey
John X. 1957 P Settled Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Oblates in DE and PA announced settlement 8/4/11 with 40 victims of sexual abuse who filed suits in DE. Plaintiffs to share in $24.8M settlement as wekk as 150 victims who settled earlier with the Wilmington diocese. One of terms was that the Order release names of 12 Oblates with substantiated allegations of abuse. Harvey was one of the 12. He died in 1971. One of his assignments was at Salesianum School. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 08.04.11; Middletown Transcript 08.05.11; News Journal 08.05.11
Assignments:
N/A
Heckel
John F. 1944 P Settled Oblates of St. Franis de Sales Assigned to St. Anthony of Padua in Wilmington 1960-61. Accused of abuse by one person at Salesianum High School in 1969 in a suit filed 6/15/09. Died 6/21/02. Oblates in DE and PA announced settlement 8/4/11 with 40 victims of who filed suits in DE. Plaintiffs will share in $24.8M settlement as will 150 victims who settled earlier with Wilmington Diocese. One of terms was that Order release names of 12 Oblates with substantiated allegations of abuse. Heckel (spelled Heckle) was on the list. Wilmington, DE Source:
BishopAccountabiity Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests; John Roe 5 v Oblates of St Francis de Sales et al, Superior Court New Castle County, Delaware, 09C-06-122 CLS 06.15.09; Burial Information from findagrave accessed 01.26.11; News Journal 08.04.11; Middletown Transcript 08.05.11; News Journal 08.05.11; The Dialogue 09.01.11
Assignments:
N/A
Hermley
Harold 1957 P Settled Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Accused in a 4/09 civil suit of abusing a boy 1970-72, while the boy was a student at Salesianum School and during visits to NJ and Philadelphia. Taught at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA 1964-67; removed after possible allegations. Transferred to Philadelphia in 1972. Oblates in DE and PA announced $24.8M settlement 8/4/11 with 40 victims who filed suits in DE. One of terms was release of names of 12 Oblates with substantiated allegations of abuse. Hermley was on list. Died in 1983. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 04.25.09; John Roe 5 v Oblates of St Francis de Sales et al, Superior Court New Castle County, Delaware, 09C-06-122 CLS 06.15.09; News Journal 08.04.11; Middletown Transcript 08.05.11; News Journal 08.05.11
Assignments:
N/A
Irwin
William E. 1964 P Accused Diocesan In 4/02 an anonymous caller accused Irwin of child abuse years prior. Irwin reported the call to diocesan officials; he was removed from active ministry. He was semi-retired at the time the allegations were made. Police said not enough info to justify an official investigation. Per a 1/03 article, Irwin had officially resigned from his position and could no longer function as a priest. Worked in MD 1976-1986 before returning to Wilmington. Died in 2005. Records released in 2/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 04.06.02; TV 6 WPVI 04.07.02; News Journal 04.10.02; News Journal 04.13.02; News Journal 01.28.03; News Journal 11.20.05; News Journal 11.20.05; The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 11.07.09; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; Diocese of Wilmington Personnel Files 02.16.12
Assignments:
News Journal 11.16.06; BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
Killion
Dennis 1980 P Settled Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Removed in 8/08 when civil suit(s) alleged abuse of four boys at Salesianum High in Wilmington in the mid-1980s. Two reported abuse at the time; Order did nothing. Worked in MD and in Ft. Meyers FL at Bishop Verot High 2006-2008. Had just been assigned to St. Bedethe Venerable in Holland PA when allegations were made. More suits filed 9/08-4/10. All claims with the diocese settled in 2/11. Two men settled with the Oblates in 2/11 for $700K each. Name released as part of 8/11 Oblate $24.8M settlement with 40 individuals. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Press 08.04.08; News Journal 08.05.08; News-Press 08.05.08; News Journal 08.06.08; Philadelphia Inquirer 08.06.08; News-Press 08.07.08; Philadelphia Inquirer 08.07.08; News Press 09.10.08; News-Journal 02.05.09; PWInsider 03.31.09; News Journal 04.01.09; Naples Daily News 04.12.09; Patrick J Wall 04.16.09; News Journal 04.17.09; News Journal 04.25.09; News Journal 02.19.11; News Journal 08.04.11; Middletown Transcript 08.05.11; News Journal 08.05.11; Naples Daily News 0 08.04.14
Assignments:
N/A
Lind, Jr.
John A. (Alfred J.) 1960 P Settled Diocesan Accused of abuse of two boys in their early teens between 1963-65. The first boy Lind allegedly abused was at St. Catherine of Siena.The second boy was allegedly abused after Lind was transferred in 1965. Removed from active ministry in 1966. Died in 1997. One man received a $68K settlement in 2004. Diocese was negotiating with the second man in 2005. Named on the diocese's 1/06 list of abusive priests. Named in new civil suit by a man in 1/09. Personnel files released in 2/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 10.07.05; News Journal 11.20.05; News Journal 11.21.05; The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 11.17.06; News Journal 01.07.09; Daily Times (AP) 10.06.09; Daily Times 10.08.09; News Journal 11.07.09; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; Diocese of Wilmington Personnel Files 02.16.12; News Journal 02.19.12
Assignments:
News Journal 11.16.06; BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
Mackiewicz
Leonard J. 1957 P Sued Diocesan Credible allegations of abuse. Named in a civil suit filed in 10/94 (shortly after his death) which alleged abuse of a youth in 1987. Removed from ministry in 1987. Name on list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli on 11/16/06. A woman filed a civil suit in 8/08 alleging abuse in 1966 when she was 13. Suit also alleges that there were nine other victims, including two minor males. A man filed a separate suit in 8/08, claiming abuse in 1970. Two suits filed in 9/08. Personnel files released in 2/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
Baltimore Sun 10.23.94; News Journal 11.20.05; News Journal 11.16.06; The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 11.17.06; Associated Press 08.15.08; News Journal 08.15.08; WBOC 08.15.08; WDEL 08.15.08; Annapolis Capital 08.23.08; Daily Times 08.23.08; News Journal 08.24.08; News Journal 09.06.08; Daily Times 09.12.08; Daily Times 09.13.08; News Journal 07.10.09; San Francisco Examiner 08.12.10; News Journal 02.19.12
Assignments:
Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; Diocese of Wilmington Personnel Files 02.16.12; News Journal 11.16.06
Martin
Kenneth J. 1989 P Accused Diocesan Arrested 2001 for perpetrating child sex abuse while a lay teacher at Loyola Blakefield H.S. in the 1970s. Adjudicated in 12/01, no trial. Court ruled "probation before judgment." On list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli 11/16/06. Also on list released by Baltimore Archdiocese in 9/02. "Formally barred" by Vatican in 9/08. Worked for entity owned by Chicago Archdiocese for several years after sentence. Wilmington paid cash payments until 11/09. Blocked release of personnel files 12/12. Pension reinstated by court in 12/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
Baltimore Sun 06.27.01; Archdiocese of Baltimore 09.25.02; Chicago Sun-Times 02.28.03; Chicago Sun-Times 03.01.03; Chicago Sun-Times 03.02.03; Chicago Sun-Times 03.07.03; National Catholic Reporter 03.10.04; National Catholic Reporter 03.31.06; The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 11.19.06; Chicago Sun-Times 09.09.08; Chicago Sun-Times 10.18.08; Chicago Sun-Times 10.23.08; Examiner 11.12.08; Pocono Record 11.28.09; NECN 08.11.11; News Journal 08.12.11; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; News Journal 12.06.12; ABC 27 12.18.12
Assignments:
BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
McDevitt
John M. 1966 P Settled Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Accused in a 4/09 civil suit of abusing a student at Salesianum School in Wilmington during student's junior year 1985-86. Same plaintiff also alleged abuse by Dennis Killion. Worked in DE, PA and NJ. Died in 10/99. In 6/09, nephew of Cardinal John J.O'Connor of NY filed suit in DE alleging abuse by McDevitt in Philadelphia in early 1990s. This was after order had already removed him from a school. Name released as part of 8/11 Oblate $24.8M settlement with 40 individuals. Name included on Harrisburg diocese's 8/1/18 list, accused after his death of having kissed a child. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/13/18. Wilmington, DE Source:
Philadelphia Inquirer 10.05.99; SNAP Statement 04.16.09; News Journal 04.17.09; Patriot News 04.21.09; KYW 06.18.09; Morning Call 06.18.09; NY Daily News 06.18.09; NY Post 06.18.09; Wall Street Journal 06.18.09; Philadelphia Daily News 06.19.09; Philadelphia Inquirer 06.19.09; Philadelphia Gay News 06.25.09; Patrick J Wall 02.07.11; News Journal 08.04.11; Middletown Transcript 08.05.11; News Journal 08.05.11; Morning Call 0 10.05.14; Diocese of Harrisburg List 08.01.18; Pennlive 08.01.18; York Daily Record 08.01.18; York Daily Record 08.01.18; PA Grand Jury Report Profile 08.14.18
Assignments:
PA Grand Jury Report Profile 08.14.18; Assignment Record Created by Patrick Wall
McGovern
Harold V. 1970 P Settled Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Oblates in DE and PA announced settlement 8/4/11 with 40 victims who filed suits in DE. Plaintiffs to share in $24.8M settlement as will 150 who settled earlier with Wilmington diocese. One of terms was that Order release names of 12 Oblates with substantiated allegations of abuse. McGovern is one of the 12. Was also pastor and sole priest at Holy Cross church in Kennersville in the Charlotte NC diocese 1980-86. Not indexed in the Directory in the year before and the year after this assignment. Removed from ministry 2008. Living in monitored location in Washington DC. One of his assignments was at Salesianum School. On Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 08.04.11; Middletown Transcript 08.05.11; News Journal 08.05.11; Diocese of Charlotte List 12.29.19
Assignments:
Diocese of Charlotte Assignment Record 12.29.19
McGovern Joseph A. 1979 P Accused Diocesan Extern priest from Wilmington, DE diocese. Sent to Philadelphia to study after abuse allegations in DE. Began saying mass without permission and was asked to leave. Listed in Philadelphia 2005 Grand Jury Report. Name also appears on list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli 11/16/06. Removed from ministry in 1986. Last known to be living in Philadelphia. Wilmington continued to pay his pension and health benefits. Personnel file released 2/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
Philly Grand Jury Report September 2005; News Journal 09.30.05; News Journal 10.01.05; News Journal 11.20.05; The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 11.17.06; News Journal 11.08.09; Pocono Record 11.28.09; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; Diocese of Wilmington Personnel Files 02.16.12; News Journal 02.16.12; News Journal 02.19.12
Assignments:
News Journal 11.16.06
Mullen
Timothy F. 1973 P Sued Norbertine Named in Whitwell v. Archmere et al. as a "sexual predator" whom the Norbertines "chose to move ... around over the years rather than defrock [him], report [him] to the civil authorities or warn the general public." Named Prior of Archmere Academy in 1993. Died 1/29/04. Court papers in DE bankruptcy said he participated in gang rape of one youth who later died by suicide. Wilmington, DE Source:
Mullen Obituary 01.29.04; News Journal 01.30.04; Complaint in Whitwell v Archmere et al 10.07.07; News Journal 08.07.10; Archmere Academy 02.01.16
Assignments:
N/A
Norris
Francis L. 1956 P Settled Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Lawsuit filed 11/30/07 claimed Norris attempted rape in 1962 of a boy attending Salesianum School. Suit alleged school, order and diocese had prior knowledge of abuse by Norris. He died in 1985. In 4/09 three more plaintiffs filed suit claiming abuse at the same school. Case against diocese settled 10/30/09. Jury found order liable 11/09 but awarded no damages. New trial ordered 2/22/11. Name released as part of 8/11 Oblate $24.8M settlement with 40 individuals. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 12.01.07; News Journal 07.20.08; News Journal 04.28.09; News Journal 10.23.09; News Journal 10.25.09; WJZ 10.29.09; News Journal 11.03.09; News Journal 11.05.09; News Journal 11.09.09; Daily Times 11.16.09; News Journal 11.24.09; WJZ 11.24.09; News Journal 11.25.09; News Journal 11.28.09; Delaware Supreme Court Decision in Sheehan V Oblates of St Francis De Sales, 02.22.11; Wall Street Journal 02.22.11; News Journal 08.04.11; Middletown Transcript 08.05.11; News Journal 08.05.11
Assignments:
N/A
O'Brien
John Francis 1962 P Sued Diocesan Accused in 6/09 civil suit of abusing one anonymous plaintiff in early 1960s. Director of CYO between 1962-2003. Died 1/03. Diocese said there had been no previous complaints. Personnal file to be released 11/09. New lawsuit filed 6/10 re abuse in 1960s. Wilmington, DE Source:
BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests; CBS3 6.4.10; News Journal 6.5.10; Statement by Diocese of Wilmington 06.25.09; News Journal 06.29.09; News Journal 11.07.09
Assignments:
N/A
O'Neill
James W. 1967 P Settled Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Accused in 2004 DE suit of abuse of a youth 1976-1985. Moved to Philadelphia in 1985 after complaint. Working in Charlotte, NC when suit was filed. Removed 2003. In 12/06, Court ruled that suit could go forward but not on original claim from 1985. Did not appear for depo because he was ministering in South Africa. O'Neill admitted the abuse. Order settled 3/08. Diocese settled 5/08. Name released as part of 8/11 Oblate $24.8M settlement with 40 individuals. Living in monitored setting. On Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 03.25.01; Winston-Salem Journal 04.16.02; Philadelphia Inquirer 09.17.05; News Journal 11.20.05; News Journal 11.20.05; News Journal 11.20.05; News Journal 06.27.06; News Journal 11.18.06; News Journal 12.07.06; News Journal 04.03.07; News Journal 05.15.07; News Journal 05.25.07; WBOC 10.12.07; CBS 3 12.18.07; News Journal 12.18.07; News Journal 12.19.07; Daily Times (AP) 01.17.08; WXII 05.27.11; News Journal 08.04.11; Middletown Transcript 08.05.11; News Journal 08.05.11; Diocese of Charlotte List 12.29.19
Assignments:
Diocese of Charlotte Assignment Record 12.29.19
Paul
Henry A. 1941 P Settled Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Oblates in DE and PA announced settlement 8/4/11 with 40 victims of sexual abuse who filed suits in DE. Plaintiffs to share in $24.8M settlement and 150 victims who settled earlier with Wilmington Diocese. One of terms was that Order release names of 12 Oblates with substantiated allegations of abuse. Paul was one. Assignments included Salesianum School in DE, also worked in Dioceses of Erie, Allentown, Buffalo, and the archdioceses of Philadelphia and New York. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Report 4/79 to Allentown diocese that Paul was molesting little girls at Sacred Heart in New Philadelphia. Another claim a few months later re a young girl. Left diocese, assigned to St. Joachim in Philadelphia. Died 1982. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 08.04.11; Middletown Transcript 08.05.11; News Journal 08.05.11; PA Grand Jury Report Profile 08.14.18
Assignments:
PA Grand Jury Report Profile 08.14.18
Porter
William J. 1975 P Accused Diocesan The diocese announced 7/25/19 that Porter was removed from ministry and his faculties suspended due to an accusation it received 3/1/19 of "sexual misconduct" with a teenager 38 years prior. Per the diocese, state police closed its investigation 7/19/19 due to the statute of limitations. The abuse allegedly occurred at Our Lady of Fatima in New Castle. Wilmington police were continuing to investigate similar allegations. Assignments included parish priest, pastor, high school teacher and principal. Wilmington, DE Source:
WDEL; Delamarva Now 07.25.19; Salisbury Daily Times 07.25.19; WDEL 07.25.19
Assignments:
N/A
Power
Walter D. 1952 P Sued Diocesan Credible allegation of abuse. Name first released on list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli 11/16/06. Retired in 1983; Died in 1998. Named in a civil suit filed in 9/08 in DE by a man who alleged abuse at Saint Helena Church in Wilmington in the 1950s. Suit says DE officials knew of Power's history and transferred him to MD about 1957. Also named in a 9/08 suit in DE by a man who alleged abuse in MD 1952-54. New suit filed in 6/10 claimed abuse in the 1970s. Personnel files released in 2/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 11.16.06; The Dialog 11.16.06; Daily Times (AP) 09.26.08; CBS 3 09.27.08; News Journal 09.27.08; CBS3 06.04.10; News Journal 06.05.10; News Journal 08.07.10; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; Diocese of Wilmington Personnel Files 02.16.12; News Journal 02.19.12
Assignments:
News Journal 11.16.06; BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
Richardson
James Edward 1965 P Reinstated Diocesan Placed on leave in 6/09 after accused by an anonymous plaintiff in a newly-filed civil suit. Plaintiff said he was abused on two occasions in the 1960s. Richardson denied all accusations. Worked since 1982 as a drug and alcohol counselor. In 1989 he was assigned to Center for Pastoral Care. Part-time chaplain of St. Edmond's Academy. Faculties restored by Diocese 11/19/09 after investigation could not find credible evidence. Died 02/14/14. Wilmington, DE Source:
Statement by Diocese of Wilmington 06.25.09; News Journal 06.29.09; CBS 3 (AP) 11.04.09; News Journal 11.07.09; Statement by Bishop Malooly in The Dialogue 11.19.09; News Journal 01.18.10; The Oklahoman 02.19.10; News Journal 07.29.11; Obituary in Dialog 02.24.14
Assignments:
BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
Rogers (in Wilmington, DE)
Francis J. 1981 P Accused Diocesan Credible allegation of abuse of a minor in 1981. Removed from ministry 2003. Name appears on list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli 11/16/06. Fighting release of personnel files in 2/12. Wilmington, DE Source:
News Journal 01.17.03; News Journal 01.28.03; News Journal 11.20.05; The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 11.17.06; News Journal 11.20.06; News Journal 11.07.09; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; News Journal 02.19.12
Assignments:
News Journal 11.16.06; BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
Sarro
John A. 1979 P Charged Diocesan Credible allegation of abuse, stemming from early 1980s while working in Papua New Guinea. Diocese said it learned of this in 1997; removed from ministry 1998. Name first released by Bishop Saltarelli 11/16/06 on list of abusive priests. Living in monitored religious community in Maryland. As of 11/09 Diocese was still paying his pension and health benefits and paying $4,000/mo for his assisted living expenses. Personnel files released 2/12. Bishop said diocese applied for laicization in 2009, but Vatican did not approve. Sarro charged in 1/18 with fondling and rape of a girl under age 16 in the early 1991-1994, when he pastor of St. Helena in Bellefonte. Sarro stated it "happened by accident." Pled not guilty 2/9/18. Died in 7/23/18, six months before scheduled trial. Wilmington, DE Source:
The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 11.17.06; Pocono Record 11.28.09; News Journal 01.18.10; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; List of Diocese Personnel Files 02.16.12; News Journal 02.19.12; News Journal 01.31.18; AP via Time 02.01.18; Associated Press via NYPost 02.01.18; WTXF 02.01.18; The Independent 02.02.18; La Croix International 02.07.18; News Journal 02.09.18; Delaware News Journal 07.25.18; Delaware News Journal 08.16.18
Assignments:
News Journal 11.16.06; BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
Shannon
Patrick J. 1972 P Accused Oblates of St. Francis de Sales In 11/05 an allegation of sexual abuse in 1973 in the Wilmington diocese were made against Shannon. Shannon's alleged victim said that the abuse occurred when he was age 16 and a camp counselor in training in MD. The order found the allegation credible. Shannon was placed on leave and reportedly sent to the Oblates' retirement community in Childs, MD. Name included on Harrisburg diocese's 8/1/18 list. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/19. Wilmington, DE Source:
WNEP 11.18.05; WNEP 11.18.05; The Daily Item 11.23.05; The Daily Item 11.23.05; York Daily Record 08.09.16; York Daily Record 08.09.16; Lancaster Online 08.11.16; Lancaster Online 08.11.16; Diocese of Harrisburg List 08.01.18; Pennlive 08.01.18; Pennlive 08.01.18; York Daily Record 08.01.18; York Daily Record 08.01.18; Daily Item 08.06.18; Daily Item 08.06.18; PA Grand Jury Report Profile 08.14.18
Assignments:
PA Grand Jury Report Profile 08.14.18
Vignola
Carmen D. 1972 P Sued Diocesan Credible allegation of abuse. Name first released on list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli 11/16/06. Died in 1989. Civil suit filed in 10/08 alleged abuse of a 14-year-old boy, beginning in the 1980s. Personnel records released 2/16/12 as part of bankruptcy process Wilmington, DE Source:
The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 11.17.06; WDEL 10.30.08; News Journal 10.31.08; News Journal 11.07.09; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; Diocese of Wilmington Personnel Files 02.16.12
Assignments:
News Journal 11.16.06; BA.Org Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests
Walker
Harry Dean 1961 P Accused Diocesan Accused for the first time in 2010 in claim filed in Bankruptcy Court. A man alleged abuse by Walker when he was a 15-year-old parishioner of St. Francis de Sales parish in Salisbury MD in the 1960s. Per victim advocates, other accusers known. Walker left the Catholic priesthood in 1972. He went on to work as a youth minister beginning 1972-73 at a Wilmington Presbyterian church, then hired as Director of the Youth Action Center in Newark and youth pastor at Faith City. Prominent leader in Wilmington's Irish-American community. Continued to be often called "Rev." and/or referred to as "former Roman Catholic priest." Fighting release of personnel files 2/12. A list in 2/12 of accused priests shows he was laicized. Wilmington, DE Source:
Catholic Priests of the Diocese of Wilmington: A Jubilee Year 2000 Commemoration; Diocese of Wilmington Parishes with Publicly Accused Priests; The Morning News 12.08.72; News Journal 01.25.74; WDEL 01.13.11; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; News Journal 02.19.12
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Weaver
Harry Peter 1982 P Accused Diocesan Name appears on list of priests whose personnel files were to be released in 11/09 as part of Wilmington Diocese's bankruptcy filing. Wilmington, DE Source:
BishopAccountability Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests; News Journal 11.07.09
Assignments:
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Wiggins
Charles W. 1985 P Sued Diocesan Name on list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli on 11/16/06. Removed from ministry 2003; living in Norwood, PA. Civil suit filed by a woman in 6/09 alleged abuse in 1986 at St. Mark's High School. Suit dismissed in 5/10 by court for failure to timely serve Wiggins. Diocese was paying cash payments to Wiggins until 11/09; wanted to continue health benefits pending resolution of Bankruptcy. Won argument to block release of personnel file. Wilmington, DE Source:
BishopAccountability Parish Assignments of Accused Delaware Priests; News Journal 01.28.03; News Journal 11.20.05; News Journal 11.20.05; The Dialog 11.16.06; News Journal 11.17.06; WDEL 06.26.09; Pocono Record 11.28.09; CBS 3 06.01.10; The Republic 07.05.11; News Journal 08.12.11; Diocese of Wilmington List of Accused Priests 02.16.12; News Journal 02.19.12; News Journal 12.06.12
Assignments:
News Journal 11.16.06


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