Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States
     
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Last First Ord T Status D/O Notes Diocese Source/Assignments
Ariza Lepnardo E.   S Accused Diocesan Seminarian. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 12/4/18. Diocese noted to have received an allegation 8/27/02 of sexual abuse of a minor 8/15/02. Terminated from seminary 9/4/02. Reported to DCFS/Law Enforcement 9/5/02. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Assignments:
N/A
Baraniewicz Joseph M. 1957 P Accused Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Worked in Salt Lake diocese 1974-90. Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 12/4/18. Incident(s) of "holding children on lap, kissing, hugging children 10/25/90 reported to diocese 10/26/90. Sent for alcohol treatment, returned to order. Died 2/24/12. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
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N/A
Bressler William Cody   ? P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused on the Salt Lake City diocese's list 12/4/18. Allegations reported to diocese 2/13/04 that Bressler put his hands up the legs of a minor 1955-56. He was a visiting priest. Salt Lake informed the Diocese of Arlington VA. Faculties removed. Deceased. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Assignments:
N/A
Davich George F. 1962 P Accused Diocesan Monsignor. Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 12/4/18. Parish priest, Vicar General 1982-86. Allegations reported 5/2/02 to the diocese that Davich slept in bed with a minor 1979-85. He retired without faculties 8/02 and was ordered by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance. Reported in 2012 to be living in CA. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Intermountain Catholic 05.18.12; Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Assignments:
Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Devlin
Raymond A. 1955 P Accused Jesuit Per 6/02 article, Devlin had been removed by his Order from the diocese at some point after allegations of sex abuse. He was given new assignments that did not involve contact with children. No prosecution. The 2002 Catholic Directory showed him assigned to the San Diego Diocese and living at Jesuit Center in Los Gatos. He was there in 2/98 per his brother's obituary. Died 12/6/11. On Salt Lake City diocese's list 12/4/18. It notes report to diocese in 1990 that Devlin molested a teenager in 1989. Faculties removed, returned to Jesuit house. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Salt Lake Tribune 06.12.02; Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Franco Paul   ? P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 12/4/18. Report to diocese 6/17/02 that Franco sexually abused a minor 1976-79. It notes that Franco left ministry in 5/86 and was suspended in 10/86. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
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Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Gaeta
David R. 1980 P Accused Diocesan Allegations reported to archdiocese in 8/18 of abuse by Gaeta in 1981 or 1982 at St. Joseph's Catholic High School in Ogden. Placed on leave 8/24/18. Military chaplain and hospital chaplain in his native Massachusetts during 1984-2017. Returned to UT 2017. On Salt Lake diocese's list 12/4/18. Retired without faculties. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
KUTV 08.27.18; Salt Lake City Tribune 08.31.18; Salt Lake Tribune 09.13.18; Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
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Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Gomez Francisco 1950 P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused on the Salt Lake diocese's list 12/4/18. It notes he was a visiting priest, working in the diocese 1990-2002. Allegation in 4/02 of sex abuse of a minor in 1994. Faculties removed and retired in 5/02. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
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Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Greenwell James M.   ? P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 12/4/18. Allegation to diocese 9/12/02 that Greenwell molested and took nude photos of a minor in 1980. Greenwell's first assignment in the diocese was 1975. He left the priesthood 8/86. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
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Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Konat Edward J. 1975 P Accused Jesuit Accused several times while assigned to the Salt Lake diocese of sexual advances toward 'young men.' On Harrisburg diocese's list released 8/1/18. No known accusations during his brief time in Harrisburg. On Salt Lake City diocese's list 12/4/18. It notes abuse of two minors in 1984, reported 11/4/02 and 12/15/10. His faculties were removed and he left UT in 3/85. Expelled by the Jesuits. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
York Daily Record 08.09.16; Pennlive 08.01.18; York Daily Record 08.01.18; Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Assignments:
N/A
LaPenta Charles 1954 P Accused Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Named publicly as accused on the Salt Lake City diocese's list 12/4/18. Noted to have been accused in 11/06 of kissing a minor 1972-1976+. LaPenta worked in the diocese 1970-96. LaPenta was living in a nursing facility run by his Order in 2006, diagnosed with dementia. Died in OH 8/1/09. Per his obituary he was a high school teacher, guidance counselor and administrator. He worked at his Order's schools in DE, PA, NY and UT. Chaplain to the Royal family of Monaco in the 1960s. Also U.S. Army chaplain in UT and pastor of two parishes. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Toledo Blade Obituary 08.04.09; Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
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N/A
Lopez Leonidas 1985 P Accused Diocesan From Colombia. First assignment in the diocese in 1987. Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 12/4/18. Allegations of the sex abuse of three minors 1984 and 1988+ noted to have been reported 9/6/02 and 11/20/08. Lopez's faculties were removed in 9/99. Returned to Colombia. Laicized 9/5/14. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Assignments:
N/A
McMenamin
Neil   B Accused Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Named publicly as accused on the Salt Lake City diocese's list 12/4/18. Diocese noted it received a allegation 3/13/07 that McMenamin sexually abused a minor in 1962. Reported to Order 3/07. McMenamin died 4/7/15. Per his obituary, he joined his Order in 1958. Assigned to Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia 1959-62, Judge Memorial High School in to Salt Lake City 1962-71, then St. Mary's High School in Stockton CA 1971. Lived in Order's community in Childs MD 2010 until his death. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
St Mary's High School Tele-ram 04.20.15; Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Assignments:
N/A
O'Neill
Thomas P. 1957 P Accused Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Accused 4/25/02 of sexually abusing a boy 1963-67 in the early 1960s, while assigned to Judge Memorial School in Salt Lake City. O'Neill was at the school 1957-70, principal 1962-70. Principal of St. Mary's HS in Stockton CA diocese 1970-78. Removed 5/02 from St. Francis de Sales HS in Toledo OH diocese where he moved in 1978. Taught at Father Judge HS in Philadelphia PA in late 1950s. Named in 2003 suit as having knowledge of abuse by James Rapp. Suit dismissed on SOL 8/03. Died 09/21/15. On Diocese of Salt Lake City's list 12/4/18. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Associated Press 05.21.02; Salt Lake Tribune 02.19.03; Salt Lake Tribune 08.23.03; News Journal 05.18.09; Toledo Blade Obituary 09.22.15; Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
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N/A
Olarte (Olartez)
Mario Arbelaez 1994 P Convicted Diocesan Arrested 5/03, charged with enticing a minor over the internet. Claimed he was doing research. Posed as a 20-year-old. Agreed to meet a 15-year-old boy ; the "boy" was a police officer. Placed on leave, his computer seized. In 9/03 he pled no contest to the criminal charges. Did not show up for sentencing 11/03. Defense attorney said Olarte had returned to his native country of Colombia as part of plea agreement. Prosecutors denied.Judge issued an arrest warrant. On sex offender registry. Laicized 3/31/06. On Salt Lake diocese's list 12/4/18. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Deseret News 05.16.03; Salt Lake Tribune 05.17.03; Deseret News 05.20.03; Casper Star Tribune 05.27.03; Deseret News 05.28.03; Deseret News 06.03.03; Associated Press 09.10.03; Deseret Morning News 09.10.03; Salt Lake Tribune 11.05.03; Deseret News 11.07.03; Chicago Tribune 03.11.12; Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record; Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Rapp
James F. 1959 P Convicted Oblates St. Francis de Sales Worked in PA, UT, NY, IL, MI and OK. Teacher and wrestling coach. Accused of abuse of at least 2 MI boys in 1987. Removed, sent for counseling. Transferred to OK; abused several boys there. Convicted 1999 in OK; 40-year sentence. $5M settlement in OK civil suit. Accused in 2003 Utah civil suit by 2 brothers. Suit dismissed on statute of limitations. Dismissal upheld by UT Supreme Court 3/07. Charged 5/15 with 13 counts criminal sexual conduct re accusations of 1980s sexual abuse of boys at Lumen Christi High in Jackson MI. Six more counts added 6/26/15. Pled no contest in 2/16. Sentenced to up to 40 yrs 4/29/16. On Salt Lake diocese's list 12/4/18. Accused 11/00-02 of abuse of 4 minors 1969-75. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Daily Oklahoman 05.12.99; Associated Press 10.26.99; Daily Oklahoman 05.10.02; Washington Post 05.21.02; Daily Oklahoman 05.22.02; Daily Oklahoman 06.04.02; Dallas Morning News 06.12.02; Daily Oklahoman 07.20.02; Toledo Blade 12.01.02; Toledo Blade (Major Account) 12.01.02; Salt Lake Tribune 02.19.03; Salt Lake Tribune 08.20.03; Salt Lake Tribune 08.23.03; Daily Oklahoman 02.28.04; KLS TV 01.30.06; Deseret Morning News 02.02.06; Salt Lake Tribune 03.13.07; Salt Lake Tribune 04.02.07; Salt Lake Tribune 07.23.07; Cincinnati Ins Co V Oblates of St Francis De Sales, Inc in The Legal 09.20.10; Patrick Wall 09.10.13; The Legal Examiner 06.01.15; MLive 06.26.15; MLive 06.26.15; KRON 04.29.16; MLive 04.29.16; MLive 04.29.16; SNAP 04.29.16; WILX 04.29.16; WLNS 04.29.16; Naperville Sun 04.30.16; NDTV 04.30.16; New York Daily News 04.30.16; Crux 05.03.16; MLive 05.04.16; Click on Detroit 09.27.16; Associated Press 11.15.17; MLive 11.26.17; Buffalo News 06.20.18; Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
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N/A
Rodriguez Reyes G. 1967 ? P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 12/4/18. It notes three cases of abuse, reported in 1987, 2004 and 2007. Faculties removed in 2002, retired 8/02. Ordered by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
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Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Shrope
Glen M. 1961 P Accused Diocesan Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 12/4/18. Diocese noted it received an allegation in 2003 that Shrope sexually abused a minor in 1976. He was assigned to St. Therese in Midvale 1972-82. His faculties were removed in 1983. Deceased. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Murray Eagle 07.20.61; Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Assignments:
N/A
Spellen
Lawrence M. 1946 P Sued Diocesan "Bud." A retired priest, Spellen told Bishop Weigand in 1993 that he was being accused of having perpetrated sexual misconduct during the mid-1980s. Diocese officials investigated and found some merit in accusations. Spellen was placed on leave. Matter reported to CPS. Apparently the misconduct was still going on because Vicar General offered the youth counseling when he said he wanted to break off the "relationship." Spellen died 2/18/03. Worked in Honolulu at Damien High at one point. Named in 10/13 civil suit in Hawaii. On Salt Lake CIty diocese's list 12/4/18. It notes allegations received 1992, 5/02 and 10/12 of abuse of three minors 1958-69 and 1980s. Salt Lake City, UT Source:
Deserate News 12.18.93; Salt Lake Tribune 06.12.02; Findagrave 02.21.03; Worthy Adversary 05.22.12; Worthy Adversary 10.22.13; Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18
Assignments:
Diocese of Salt Lake City List 12.04.18


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