Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States
     
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Last First Ord T Status D/O Notes Diocese Source/Assignments
Bolger
Anthony 1969 P Sued Diocesan Ordained for Diocese of Santa Rosa. Excardinated to Honolulu 6/18/84. Accused of abusing a boy at St Anthony's in Kailua 1978-81. Bolger was teacher at the school. Civil suit filed 5/8/13. Same plaintiff says he was abused by Bishop Ferrario while Ferrario was still priest at St. Anthony's. Possibly named as accused (but not defendant) in original suit against Ferrario. Died 1/7/15 in Tijuana, Mexico, where he had been living. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19. It notes he was accused in 1994 of abuse of a minor 1972-73, and that Honolulu was notified in 1994. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
BishopAccountability Nature & Scope Article; Honolulu Star Advertiser 05.09.13; Worthy Adversary 05.09.13; Honolulu Civil Beat 06.15.17; Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
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Obituary Hawaii Catholic Herald 01.30.15
Brenkle
John J. 1958 P Cleared Diocese Per 9/08 article, Brenkle was placed on leave in 2005 after man complained that he had molested his 7th grade son in approx 1995. Brenkle denied the allegation. Diocese investigated, exonerated him, and returned him to duty. Brenkle says he has a letter from the youth saying that nothing happened. Brenkle has been serving as chairman of diocese's Lay Review Board, SNAP wants him off the board as unable to be impartial. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Press Democrat 09.16.08; St. Helena Star 09.25.08; St. Helena Star 10.02.08; St. Helena Star 10.10.08; Weekly Calistogan 10.16.08
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N/A
Crews
John S. 1971 P Accused Diocesan Executive Director of Hanna Boys Center in Sebastopol beginning 1984. Resigned 2/6/13 after report of an inappropriate relationship with a minor male 1971-75. Prior to Hanna Boys Center, Crews was assigned to St. Sebastian's in Sebastopol and St. Joseph's in Cotati. Alleged victim is deceased; matter reported by his widow to Sheriff's office prior to notification to diocese. On diocese's list 1/12/19. It notes "no assignment" and that he retired in 2013. In 4/17 two men stated publicly that Crews sexually abused them when they were teenage Hanna Boys Center residents, one 1999-2001, the other 1984-1985. In 4/19 Crews was living in NC. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Sonoma News 02.13.13; Statement by Hanna Boys Center 02.13.13; Sonoma News 02.14.13; Press-Democrat 02.24.13; KRON 4 04.17.19; Press Democrat 04.17.19; Hanna Boys Center Letter 04.20.19; Sonoma Valley Sun 04.21.19; Press Democrat 08.19.19; Index Tribune 08.22.19
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Gleeson Patrick 1943 P Sued Diocesan Native of Ireland. Ordained for Diocese of Sacramento. Incardinated into Santa Rosa diocese when it was created in 1962. Retired 8/21/89. Died 4/15/91. Native of Ireland. A man filed civil suit 11/02 against diocese alleging that he was abused as a boy by Gleeson numerous times 1968-1972 as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Calistoga. Diocese said no previous accusations against Gleeson. Two cases settled 6/05 as part of $7.3M deal with 8 people. On diocese's list 1/12/19. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Press Democrat 11.15.02; Press Democrat 01.11.04; Press Democrat 01.14.04; Press Democrat 01.19.04; Press Democrat 08.12.04; Press Democrat 08.21.04; Press Democrat 09.14.04; Press Democrat 10.28.04; Press Democrat 01.05.05; San Francisco Chronicle 01.06.05; Press Democrat 01.13.05; Press Democrat 06.30.05; San Francisco Chronicle 07.01.05
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Hannon Patrick A. 1949 P Accused null Named as accused on the Diocese of Santa Rosa's list 1/12/19. Noted to have been an order priest, without specifying. Accused in 2000 of abuse in 1981. Worked in the diocese 1980-81. Died 1993. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
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Kelly Michael Emmet 1971 P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/12/19. Accused in 1999 of abuse occurring 1971-99. Suspended 10/24/99. Laicized 10/15/04. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
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N/A
Kimball
Donald Wren 1969 P Convicted Diocesan Placed on leave 1990. Accused of abuse of boys and girls. Civil suit settled 2000 for $1.6M. Other suits also settled. Convicted of child molestation in June 2002; sentenced to 7 years in prison for abuse of a 13 year-old-girl in 1981. Same trial found him innocent of raping another girl. Supreme Court overturned law under which he was criminally convicted. Laicized in 2002; died 9/15/06. Several settlements in 2005 & 2006. On diocese's list 1/12/19. It notes he was accused in 1990 of abuse in the 1980s. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
LA Times 03.15.00; San Francisco Chronicle 03.25.00; LA Times 03.28.00; San Francisco Chronicle 04.28.00; San Francisco Chronicle 11.09.00; San Francisco Chronicle 11.14.00; San Francisco Chronicle 11.16.00; LA Times 02.18.02; San Francisco Chronicle 03.15.02; San Francisco Chronicle 03.21.02; Press Democrat 03.29.02; San Francisco Chronicle 04.10.02; San Francisco Chronicle 04.17.02; Press Democrat 05.12.02; San Francisco Chronicle 06.08.02; San Francisco Chronicle 01.29.03; Press Democrat 07.03.03; San Francisco Chronicle 07.11.03; LA Times 04.23.05; San Francisco Chronicle 07.01.05; LA Times 09.17.06; Diocese of Santa Rosa List 02.07.19
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McCabe Patrick Joseph 1961 P Convicted Diocesan From Diocese of Dublin, Ireland; abused there. Arrived in CA in 1983 (Santa Rosa, Sacramento and Stockton). Removed when parents complained of children sitting on lap during confession. Faculties removed 1987. Laicized 1988. Interpol found him in Alameda, CA 2003; interviewed by Gardai 2007. Arrested 8/10 for abuse of 6 boys in Ireland 1973-1981. Four US suits in 9/10. Three men settled 3/12 for $550K. Extradited to Ireland 6/5/11. Sentenced 3/13 to 18 months jail in Ireland; released for time served. Subject of 21 complaints, per Murphy Report. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19. It notes he abused in the diocese. Worked there 1983-86, removed 2/27/86. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Murphy Report Ch 20; Press Democrat 06.09.02; Irish Central 08.09.10; Irish Times 08.09.10; Irish Times 08.09.10; Mercury News 08.11.10; San Francisco Chronicle 08.11.10; The Journal 08.11.10; KTVU 08.12.10; Press Democrat 08.12.10; San Francisco Chronicle 08.12.10; TheIrishCentral 08.12.10; Washington Post 08.12.10; Press Democrat 08.13.10; Times Standard 08.13.10; Press Democrat 08.15.10; Times Standard 08.17.10; Irish Central 08.19.10; Press Democrat 08.19.10; Press Democrat 08.21.10; Times Standard 08.27.10; Press Democrat 09.01.10; Times Standard 09.17.10; Press Democrat 09.23.10; Press-Enterprise 02.22.11; Press Democrat 02.23.11; Irish Independent 03.22.13; NewsTalk 03.22.13; Times Standard 03.22.13; Press Democrat 03.26.13; Irish Central 07.13.13; Irish Central 07.13.13; RTE News 07.14.13; Diocese of Santa Rosa List 02.07.19
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Meenan John A. 1965 P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/12/19. Accused in the 1960s, on leave 1971, laicized 5/23/75. Died 4/21/09. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
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Neville Francis E. 1973 P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused on the Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19. Ordained of the Diocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Worked in Santa Rosa 1983-84. Accused in 1993 of abuse in 1983. Died in 10/02. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
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N/A
O'Neill Vincent 1972 P Settled Diocesan In 9/96 five former altar boys accused O'Neill of abusing them when they were age 13 in the 1970s. O'Neill resigned two months later. Charges were leveled and church officials suspended him during investigation. Diocese settled with the five 1/97 for undisclosed sum. In 3/97 it was announced that O'Neill had brain tumor and had only weeks to live. He died 11/12/98. On diocese's list 1/12/19. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Press Democrat 11.20.96; Press Democrat 11.21.96; Press Democrat 11.22.96; Press Democrat 01.16.97; Press Democrat 03.18.97; San Francisco Chronicle 03.19.97; Associated Press 11.17.98; Press Democrat 11.17.98; Press Democrat 04.02.02; Press Democrat 06.09.02; Press Democrat 01.14.04; San Francisco Chronicle 01.18.04; Press Democrat 01.19.04; Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
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Ochoa
Francisco Xavier 1969 P Indicted Diocesan Ordained in Mexico for the Jesuits; began working in the Santa Rosa diocese in 1988, incardinated there 7/11/91. Admitted in 4/06 to a recent incident of sexual misconduct involving boy; placed on leave 5/06. Admitted a past history to bishop. Other accusers came forward. Fled to Mexico before bishop reported to police. Two civil suits filed 10/06. Diocese and bishop settled with 10 plaintiffs 9/07 for a little over $5M. Federal arrest warrant issued 7/27/08. Laicized 6/29/09. Died in Mexico 11/30/09. On diocese's list 1/12/19. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Contra Costa Times (AP) 06.21.06; Contra Costa Times (AP) 06.22.06; Press Democrat 06.22.06; San Francisco Chronicle 06.22.06; San Francisco Sentinel 06.22.06; Monterey County Herald (AP) 06.23.06; Press Democrat 06.23.06; CBS 5 (Santa Rosa) 06.24.06; Press Democrat 07.01.06; Press Democrat 07.01.06; Press Democrat 07.09.06; Press Democrat 07.14.06; Monteray County Herald 07.27.06; Press Democrat 07.28.06; Press Democrat 07.28.06; Press Democrat 08.23.06; Press Democrat 10.10.06; Press Democrat 09.12.07; Press Democrate 06.03.11; Chicago Tribune 03.11.12; Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Oswald
Ted 1984 P Sued Diocesan Religious brother in Tucson 1976-1977 before entering seminary for priesthood. In 6/1/08, he said he was taking leave due to1/2/08 civil suit which alleged he had sexually abused a teenage boy 1988-1995. He denied allegations. Permanently removed. Two plaintiffs settled 3/09 for $1.3M. A Vietnam vet, Oswald was military and civilian policeman before becoming a priest. Testified in 1999 and 2000 that he had reported abuse by R. Trupia to his superiors in 1976 and provided written statements from his students. Died 7/4/10. New suit 8/13. Suit settled 7/15/14 for $3.5M.On diocese's list 1/12/19. (It shows erroneous death date.) Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Arizona Daily Star 02.17.02; Lake County News 06.03.08; Press Democrat 06.04.08; Press Democrat 06.04.08; Lake County News 06.06.08; Record-Bee 06.06.08; Lake County News 06.19.08; Seattle Times 03.17.09; Lake County News 03.19.09; Press Democrat 03.19.09; Lake County News 07.07.10; Diocese of Tucson List of Accused Priests 08.05.11; Digital Journal 08.21.13; San Francisco Chronicle 08.21.13; Lake Country News 08.22.13; Press Democrat 08.22.13; Insurance News Net 07.16.14; Insurance News Net 07.16.14; Catholic World Report 07.17.14; Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
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N/A
Pallathuparambil Xavier 1952 P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 1/112/19. Ordained for the Diocese of Vijayapuram, India. Worked in Santa Rosa diocese 2/2/84 until he was dismissed 4/13/84. Died in India 5/29/04. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
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N/A
Rogers John K. 1976 P Accused Diocesan Rogers, noted religious scholar and former campus minister at Humboldt State University died by suicide 11/8/95 in Belgium upon being ordered back to the US to face accusations that he molested a 15-year-old boy in 1976. Suicide note declared innocence but said pain and embarrassment too much to handle. Accuser said he first complained in 1989 and again in 1995; he died of drug abuse about six years after Rogers' death. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Press Democrat 11.05.95; Press Democrat 11.14.95; Press Democrat 11.15.95; Press Democrat 11.17.95; Press Democrat 11.21.95; Press Democrat 11.23.95; LA Times 12.18.95; Press Democrat 04.02.02; Plain Dealer 05.25.02; Press Democrat 06.09.02; San Francisco Chronicle 01.18.04; Press Democrat 01.19.04; Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
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Sheehy
Wilfred L. 1960 P Accused Diocesan Ordained for the Pallotine Fathers in WI. Worked in Fargo ND until 1966. Taught for a year in Milwaukee, WI. Moved to the Diocese of Santa Rosa in Summer 1966. Retired 1989. Accused of sexually abusing a minor 1972-77. Died 10/21/14. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Press Democrat Obituary 10.26.14; Press Democrat 04.17.19
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Sobalvarro Alfredo 1971 P Accused Diocesan Ordained for the Archdiocese of Washington DC. Worked in the Santa Rosa diocese 1972-76. Named publicly as accused on the Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19. It notes he has been "out of ministry since 2003." Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
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N/A
Timmons
Gary 1967 P Convicted Diocesan Founded Camp St. Michael in Leggett. Two 1994 civil suits alleged abuse by Timmons of 8 boys. Arrested 10/31/95 on 17 counts involving two victims. There were 18 others known but dropped because of statute of limitations. Admitted in 1970 diary entry that he was a child molester. Sentenced in 9/96 to two concurrent 8-year prison terms. Released from prison in 2000. Laicized 5/15/01. Other civil suits filed in 2003 and in 2007. On Sex Offender Registry. On diocese's list 1/12/19. It notes he worked in the diocese 6/67-3/94. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
SF Chronicle 05.24.94; SF Chronicle 05.24.94; Chicago Tribune 11.01.95; Chicago Tribune 11.02.95; SF Chronicle 11.11.95; LA Times 12.18.95; SF Chronicle 03.22.96; SF Chronicle 03.23.96; SF Chronicle 07.11.96; SF Chronicle 09.07.96; SF Chronicle 09.21.96; Press Democrat 05.12.02; Press Democrat 06.09.02; Press Democrat 07.03.03; Press Democrat 01.11.04; North Coast Journal 01.23.04; SF Chronicle 07.01.05; Associated Press 07.06.05; Press Democrat 04.03.08; Press Democrat 04.23.08; Press Democrat 03.27.10; Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19; North Coast Journal 02.07.19
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Walsh James 1943 P Accused Diocesan Ordained for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Incardinated into the Santa Rosa diocese when it was established in 1962. Died 12/3/93. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/12/19. It noted that he was accused in 2005 of abuse in 1965. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
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N/A
Ward
Bernard (Bernie) 1977 P Convicted Society of Precious Blood Left priesthood in 1979 or 1980. Went on to marry and have children. Became a radio talk show host. Indicted in 12/07 on federal internet child porn charges. His attorney said the images were for a book Ward was researching three to four years prior. He reportedly emailed child porn images to a woman who immediately turned him over to police and the FBI. Originally pled not guilty. Pled guilty in 5/08 to one count. Per 5/08 articles, abuse was alleged when he was an active priest. Sentenced 8/08 to seven-plus years. Released from prison in 12/14. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
KCBS 12.06.07; KGO 12.06.07; San Francisco Chronicle 12.06.07; San Jose Mercury News (AP) 12.06.07; TransWorldNews 12.06.07; San Francisco Chronicle 12.07.07; NBC 11 01.24.08; SFist 02.14.08; Huffington Post 02.15.08; SF Chronicle 02.16.08; CBS 5 04.28.08; NBC 11 05.07.08; San Jose Mercury News 05.07.08; KGO 05.08.08; NBC 11 05.08.08; ABC News 05.09.08; San Francisco Chronicle 05.09.08; Press Democrat 05.10.08; KGO 05.15.08; ABC 7 News 08.27.08; San Jose Mercury News 08.28.08; KGO 01.26.18; Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19; Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Wiecek
Ron 1971 P Accused Holy Order of the Most Precious Blood Allegations made public in 1/10. Placed on leave. Per news reports, Wiecek's privileges were removed after accused of having "overzealously spanked" a boy in the 1970s while working in the Santa Rosa diocese, and he attempted to pick up a gay man about 30 years prior. Had been in Monterey for 20 years. Order recalled him to Ohio immediately. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19. Santa Rosa, CA Source:
Fox 35 KCBA 01.25.10; The Californian 01.25.10; The Californian 01.26.10; Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
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N/A


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