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LastFirstOrdTStatusD/ONotesDioceseSource/Assignments
VadenboncoeurPaul1963 ?PSettledDiocesanVadenboncoeur is named as abuser in 12/02 settlement between diocese and 6 victims of 5 priests. Total settlement for all victims was $542.5K. Accused of abuse of 15-17 yr old girl multiple times between 1955-1957. Also accused of one instance of abuse of 12 yr old boy in 1950. Vadenboncoeur died at some time prior to the settlement. In the 1988 directory name is spelled Va'de'bon'Coeur and in 1995 it is Vade Bon Coeur. Manchester, NHSource:
Union Leader 12.20.02; NH AG Audit Records 03.26.09
Vader
Anthony Joseph1952PSuedDiocesanAllegations received Fall 2002. Placed on leave 2/03 after allegations that he abused minor females more than 40 years before at Holy Cross parish (1st assignment). Resided in a "monitored and restricted setting" after Archdiocese permanently removed his privileges 9/05. Vatican agreed but did not laicize him. Name appears on 6/03 list of 23 priests whom Archdiocese has confirmed have credible accusations of sexual abuse of a minor. Two women filed civil suit 5/09 after futile mediation. Died 7/2011.Chicago, ILSource:
Chicago Archdiocesan Report 3.20.06 page 3; Chicago Sun Times 06.15.03; Chicago Sun Times 09.27.05; Chicago Tribune 09.27.05; Chicago Breaking News 05.10.09; Chicago Tribune 05.11.09; Chicago Archdiocesan Report accessed 02.25.12
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Valdez
Paul R.1982PSettledDiocesanReported in 2002 that 11 yr old girl told a nun in 1999 that Valdez had placed his hand on her groin during confession 12/98. Teacher and the principal embarrassed the child in class, played down the incident to CPS and warned students not to tell anyone. Police conducted 6 month investigation but no charges filed. Parents sued the diocese in Dec. 1999 and suit settled out of court. Valdez was still active in 2010.Monterey, CASource:
Monterey County Herald 5.5.02; Monterey County Herald 05.17.02; Dallas Morning News 06.12.02; Monterey County Herald 03.29.03
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Valentine
Leroy A.1977PSettledDiocesanWoman reported in 1982 that Valentine abused her three sons (ages 10, 11 & 12). Police sent her to AD. Lawsuit filed 1995; each youth received $20K settlement in 1998. Valentine sent for treatment & transferred. Name became public 3/02 but Archdiocese refused to remove because allegations were unsubstantiated. He finally retired 3/02 after another victim came forward with allegation of abuse in 1978. Review Board found allegations substantiated 5/1/13. Privileges perm. removed.St. Louis, MOSource:
SNAP Statement 5.8.13; St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5.8.13; Statement by Archdiocese of St. Louis 5.1.13; St. Louis Post-Dispatch 03.02.02; NY Times 03.03.02; St. Louis Post-Dispatch 03.03.02; St. Louis Post-Dispatch 03.04.02; St. Louis Post-Dispatch 03.06.02; NY Times 03.28.02; St. Louis Post-Dispatch 03.28.02; Associated Press 04.30.02; Dallas Morning News 06.12.02; Riverfront Times 10.21.10; Riverfront Times 05.10.13; St. Louis Post Dispatch 05.10.13
Assignments:
Vatican Crimes 5.12.13 (add'l article)
VallelyJames P.1949PSuedDiocesanOrdained OR 1949; moved to ME 1950. At least 5 allegations of abuse of boys rec'd per docs released by Maine AG's office 5/05. Four were in Portland between 1956-1962. Archdiocese removed privileges and publicly admitted the abuse in 1993 after one accusation. A woman told pastor of St. Michael's church in 1994 (and later) that she had been abused at age 11. She settled for $200K 12/09 re 1976 abuse. Retired in 1988; died 1997. 3 more accusers came forward 12/09. 2 men filed suits 5/13.Portland, MESource:
Maine AG Document Production 5.27.05 addendum; NSACoalition 1.4.09; Orlando Sentinel 3.5.93; Portland Press Herald (AP) 7.4.05; Portland Press Herald 02.12.02; Portland Press Herald 02.24.02; Maine AG Document Production 05.27.05; Bangor Daily News 05.28.05; Portland Press Herald 07.17.05; Portland Press Herald 07.17.05; WBZ 12.02.09; WMTW 12.02.09; Bangor Daily News 12.03.09; Catholic Culture 12.03.09; Portland Press Herald 05.21.13
Assignments:
The Republic (AP) 5.21.13 (add'l article); SNAP Statement 5.21.13 (add'l article); Portland Press Herald 5.23.13 (add'l article); Bangor Daily News 6.3.13 (add'l article)
ValliereRomeo J.1963PAccusedDiocesanAdmitted abusing two boys. Diocese settled one claim 4/05 for undisclosed amount. Man said that as a child Valliere would give him beer, marijuana, at the rectory. 1976 letter in his file from parent complaining about drunked youths at rectory. Placed on sick leave in 1989 after complaints by 3 women in his parish. On sick leave 4/1/89 - 6/20/90 for therapy, assigned to another parish, and placed on sick leave again from 01/26/96 until he retired in June, 2001. Privileges removed in 2002.Manchester, NHSource:
Documents fron NH Atty General Report 3.3.03; Union Leader 02.16.02; Union Leader 02.16.02; Manchester Report by NH Attorney General 03.03.03; Union Leader 03.04.03; Concord Monitor 04.28.05; NH AG Audit Records 03.26.09
ValverdeWilliam1962PSuedDiocesanNamed in 12/03 civil suit filed by 2 men who alleged that in mid-1970s Valverde exposed them (and others) to "alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and deviant sex." Included on list of priests with credible allegations released by San Diego diocese 3/30/07. Also worked in San Bernardino diocese. Left active priesthood in 1983. Through clerical errors, these 2 plaintiffs were NOT included in 2007 San Diego settlement and their lawsuit still existed until settlement reached 4/08.San Diego, CASource:
Lompoc Record 03.30.07; Union Tribune 03.31.07; Union Tribune 11.12.07; Union Tribune 04.20.08
Assignments:
Diocese of San Diego List 3.30.07
Van AckerMichael R.1981PAccusedDiocesanVan Acker, a medical center chaplain and former chaplain at several high schools, was placed on leave 6/02 when diocese received allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor in early 1980s. One article notes a leave of absence in 1992 prior to his assignment to the medical center. Peoria, ILSource:
Chicago Tribune 6.8.02; Copely News Service 6.7.02; Pantagraph 6.8.02; Peoria Journal Star 6.8.02
Assignments:
Copely News Service 6.7.02
Van de VenKenneth A.1971PAccusedDicoesanAccused of sexual harassment of a young male and placed on leave in 6/05. Congregation initially told he left for health reasons. Later statment clarified situation. In 1/07, Diocese would have reinstated him but he declined.Phoenix, AZSource:
Arizona Republic 07.10.05; AZCentral.com 07.10.05; Arizona Republic 01.26.07
Van der Linden
Peter J.1955PAccusedDiocesanPublicly named for first time in Archdiocesean press release 10/02. He was removed in 1993 after "serious and substantive allegation of sexual misconduct dating back to the early years of his ministry." He had been on medical leave of absence since 1991 but had begun working part time at Cardinal Mooney High School, Marine City, in 1993 per his assignment record. Permanently removed from ministry 5/05. Died Feb. 2007.Detroit, MISource:
Archdiocese of Detroit Status Report 10.09; Detroit Archdiocese Release 11.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Associated Press 05.27.05; Michigan Catholic 05.27.05; Detroit Free Press 02.11.07
Assignments:
Archdiocese of Detroit Press Release 10.22.02
Van der PuttenBenedict PAccusedSociety of St. Pius XLaicization announced 8/05 due to sexual abuse of minors. Served as retreat master at St. Aloysius Retreat House in Los Gatos from 1995 to 2000. Last known to be living in Hawaii.Marquette, MISource:
Diocesan Communicator 8.8.05; San Francisco Faith 2.04; San Fransicos Faith 11.05; Letter by Fr. Benedict Van der Putten 08.25.01
Van der Schueren
Bernard 1954PAccusedS.J.Originally from Belgium. Died in 2009. Diocese of Marquette announced 11/15/13 that it had received a credible accusation of abuse of a minor by Fr. Ben in 1989 while he filled in at St. Michael Parish in Marquette. Allegation was reported to the Jesuit Order and to county prosecutor's office.Marquette, MISource:
ABC 10 11.15.13; SNAP Statement 11.15.13; Statement by Diocese of Marquette 11.15.13; Upper Michigan Source 11.15.13; The Mining Journal 11.19.13
Van Duren
Charles1952PAccusedDiocesanWorked in MA, PA, St. Joseph Indian School in SD, and MS before coming to Joliet Diocese in 1970. Worked in several parishes, retired in 1995, and died 8/97. Credible accusation was received after his death. Name appeared on Diocese's 6/08 list of accused priests with a credible/ substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.Joliet, ILSource:
Chicago Tribune 09.01.97; Diocese of Joliet list of credibly accused priests 06.18.08; History of St Mary Immaculate Parish 08.24.08; Diocese of Joliet List of Priests with Credible Allegations 03.12.13; My Suburban Life 03.12.13; Statement by the Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet 03.12.13; WGN 03.12.13; The Patch 03.14.13; Diocese of Joliet List of Priests with Credible Allegations 04.30.14
Van Handel
Robert M.1975PConvictedFranciscanFounding director of Santa Barbara Boys' Choir and principal of St. Anthony's Seminary High School. Charged 1994 with abuse of students. Sentenced 8/94 to 8 yrs prison for abuse of 1. Released in 2002. Named in several civil suits. Archdiocesan reportsays abuse of 6 between 1970-1982. 4 claims settled 2006. See add'l info in 2 suits filed fall, 2009. Registered sex offender. Personnel File released 5/12. Per file he was laicized 7/23/97. On sex offender register 1/12.San Francisco, CASource:
Daily Mail (UK) 6.2.12; KVOR 6.2.12; San Antonio Express News 6.1.12; The Patch 6.1.12; Link to additional articles prior to 12.31.11; Fox News 05.22.12; CBS Los Angeles 05.23.12; LA Times 05.23.12; Personnel file posted on BishopAccountability.org 05.23.12; San Antonio Express News 05.23.12; Christian Post 05.24.12; LA Times 01.15.13; Get Religion 01.16.13
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record; LA Times Database 4.20.06
Van Liefde
Christopher1973PSuedDiocesanIn 1992 woman reports inappropriate sexual conduct by Van Liefde in 1973 and 1974. Placed on leave 2002. Another allegation 2003. Sued 2003. 2 accusers per LA Report with incidents from 1971-1975.Los Angeles, CASource:
LA Archdiocesan Report 2.17.04 page 3; The Wander 1.8.04; LA Daily News 06.20.02; LA Times 08.18.02; USA Today 11.11.02
Assignments:
LA Archdiocesan Report Addendum 11.15.05; LA Times Database 4.20.06
Van ter ToolenVincent PAccusedCarmeliteAccused of abuse between 1962-1964. Left archdiocese 1970. Accuser came forward in 2002 to allege abuse in approx 1961 (when he was aged 3-5). Deceased. Named in archdiocesan report. Named in 1 civil suit. At least one claim included in 11/06 $10M settlement with Order, LA Archdiocese and 7 people alleging abuse by 5 priests and religious.Los Angeles, CASource:
LA Archdiocesan Report 2.17.04 page 6; Catholic Key 11.10.06
Assignments:
LA Archdiocesan Report Addendum 11.15.05; LA Times Database 4.20.06
Van TriesteMartin1945PSuedTrinitarianVan Trieste is accused in 6/02 lawsuit of abusing 2 boys who were members of the Little Martins, a touring singing group of Hispanic boys. As of 2002, Van Trieste, 87, was in a Maryland nursing home with dementia. Three additional men joined in thesuit 9/02.Cleveland, OHSource:
Plain Dealer 06.25.02; Plain Dealer 09.19.02
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
VanderfordMorris Dale DConvictedDiocesanVanderford, a deacon, was convicted in 1993 of abusing two boys in 1989. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison. He died in prison. Two civil suits were also filed. One settled in 1993 for $750K and another settled in 1995 for $44K.Tulsa, OKSource:
Tulsa World 8.7.02; Daily Oklahoman 04.23.93; Tulsa World 02.18.04
Varettoni
Julian B.1955PSuedDiocesanAccused by Bob Deacon in 2004 of abusing him in the 1960s. Diocesan investigation found insufficient information to determine guilt, though the board found Deacon's testimony credible, per his canon lawyer, Rev. Kenneth Lasch. Deacon appealed to the Vatican. In 2/05 the Paterson diocese settled with Deacon and other victims for $5M. Bishop Serratelli informed Lasch that "the Vatican upheld [Serratelli's] decision to exonerate Varettoni," who continued as pastor of Sacred Heart in Clifton. Retired 2007(?)Paterson, NJSource:
FatherLasch.com 1.9.06; Statement by Diocese of Paterson 2007; Daily Record (NJ) 10.20.04; Herald News 10.20.04; Newsday 02.10.05; Herald News 02.16.05; Record 02.16.05
Varney
Lawrence F.1960PAccusedDiocesanDiocese announced 10/08 that Varney, who retired in 2002, had been placed on leave and barred from public ministry after Review Board found allegations that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor "almost 30 years ago" (late 1970s) to be credible. Accuser had just recently come forward. Varney was instructor at Toledo Central Catholic High School at the time of the alleged abuse. Permanently removed from public ministry. Matter referred to Rome.Toledo, OHSource:
My Fox Toledo 10.10.08; Sandusky Register 10.11.08; Toledo Blade 10.11.08; Toledo Blade 10.12.08; WFIN 10.13.08; Diocese of Toledo Status Report 12.31.10
VasJohn BAccusedSalesianWoman came forward in Feb. 2008 to accuse Vas of molesting her for nearly 7 yrs, beginning in 1960s when she was 7. Vas, then a brother in the Salesian order, was the band instructor at Salesian High School where her brother was a student. Vas currentlylives in Florida with his wife. No information on when he left the order. 2/28/08 article says this is second public accusation against Vas.San Jose, CASource:
City of Angels 09.25.07; San Jose Mercury News 02.28.08; Inside Bay Area 03.03.08; California Catholic Daily 03.04.08; Contra Costa Times 04.01.08; San Jose Mercury News 04.01.08
VasaturoAnthony J.1955PAccusedDiocesanPer personnel records released 1/04, Vasaturo allegedly admitted to sexual activity with 16 yr old female beginning in 1969. Vasaturo has senior priest status and resides at Regina Cleri Residence per Archdiocese website accessed 9/30/10. Per 8/11 Boston AD database, review board found accusations unsubstantiated or he was acquitted by canonical process Privileges still restricted. Boston, MASource:
Boston Herald 01.15.04; National Catholic Register 08.25.11
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Vasquez
Enrique PChargedDiocesanCharged in Costa Rica with abuse of a child in 1994. Fled to Connecticut. Worked in both New York and Hartford. Has been a fugitive since 1998. Costa Rican court convicted him in 2005 in absentia and sentenced him to 12 yrs in prison. He was finally arrested 4/07 in Honduras under a warrant from Interpol.Hartford, CTSource:
Hartford Courant 10.14.02; Hartford Courant 10.15.02; Hartford Courant 10.18.02; Dallas Morning News (Major Account) 06.20.04; Dallas Morning News (Major Account) 06.21.04; Journal News 06.24.04; Associated Press 06.29.04; Associated Press 07.13.04; Associated Press 07.15.04; International Traffic in Catholic Priests Who Abuse 04.17.07; International Herald Tribune (AP) 04.19.07; SNAP Statement 03.12.14
VasquezPedro BAccusedFranciscanOne of several religious assigned to Santa Barbara who were named as abusers in civil suit filed 8/08 which alleged that the Franciscans constituted "an ongoing public nuisance as a result of their practice of shuttling pedophile priests among communities without warning members of the public that a sexual predator might be in their midst." Abuse allegedly took place in 2000s.Los Angeles, CASource:
First Amended Complaint in Cunningham v. Franciscans, Cause No. 1265207, Santa Barbara Superior Court, CA 08.06.08; Ernesto C. v. Franciscans, Cause No. 1337577, Santa Barbara Co. Superior Court 10.05.09; Clover v. Franciscans, Cause No. 1338070, Santa Barbara Co. Superior Court 11.03.09
VathAloysius H.1940PAccusedDiocesanConfirmed as abuser of young boys over a period of 18 yrs per secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) re priests in secret archives who were guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor. Died prior to 1994.Philadelphia, PASource:
1994 Memo from Fr. William Lynn to Asst. Vicar for Admin. re Names in Philadelphia Secret Archives, released 02.27.12; The Patch 03.23.12
Vatterott
William2003PAccusedDiocesanFirst assignment was at Holy Infant Church in Ballwin. Removed from assignment at St. Cecilia Parish 6/11 after allegations that he engaged in "inappropriate electronic exchanges" with two teenagers (at least one was a female. Also accused of being involved with underage drinking and other inappropriate behavior. Indicted 4/13 on federal charges of possession of child porn between 2010 and 2011. Pled guilty 8/30/13 to possession of porn and sexting with minor boy. Sentenced to 3 yrs prison.St. Louis, MOSource:
KSDK 07.01.11; St Louis Review - Statement by Archdiocese 07.01.11; St Louis Today 07.01.11; The Patch 07.01.11; KMOV 07.02.11; KSDK 04.24.13; St Louis Post Dispatch 04.24.13; International Business Times 04.25.13; KELO 04.25.13; Riverfront Times 04.25.13; SNAP Statement 04.25.13; Statement by Archdiocese of St Louis 04.25.13; ConnectMidMissouri 08.30.13; KSDK 08.30.13; KTVI 08.30.13; MO-SNAP Statement 08.30.13; St Louis Post-Dispatch 08.30.13
Vaughn
Roger1977PSuedO.S.C. CrosierDismissed from Order 9/27/01. As part of 2/09 settlement, Order admitted that it had received credible allegations of child sex abuse committed by him. Note that none of the plaintiffs in the 2/09 settlement was an alleged victim of Vaughn. As of 3/10 he was at an Orthodox-Catholic Church of America Parish in New York. Name on list of priests released by Archdiocese 12/5/13 but AD denied any claims of abuse of minor within Archdiocese. Name on St Cloud list of 1/3/14 and Crosier list of 3/8/14.St. Cloud, MNSource:
Star Tribune 05.04.06; Forest Lake Times 02.05.09; Pioneer Press 02.05.09; Shoreview Press 02.06.09; Saint John of Kronstadt 03.29.10; Catholic Spirit 12.05.13; St Paul & Minneapolis List of Credibly Accused Priests released 12.05.13; Star Tribune 12.05.13; Star Tribune 12.06.13; Diocese of St Cloud--Bishop Kettler Press Release, 01.03.14; Legal Examiner 01.03.14; St Cloud Times 01.03.14; Star Tribune 01.03.14; WJON 01.03.14; Crosier Province Updated List of Religious Involved in Sexual Abuse of Minors 03.08.14; St Cloud Times 03.08.14; Duluth News Tribune 03.09.14; Legal Examiner 03.09.14
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record; Assignment Record Released by Crosier Order 03.08.14
Vaverek
Hayden1994PAccusedDiocesanPrivileges removed 3/13 after allegations of sexual misconduct involving a minor more than 15 yrs before when he was pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood SC. In 1/11, with permission of Bishop, he began working for Catholic Near East Welfare Assoc., a papal agency based in NY City. Apparently in Rome when allegations were made public. As of 4/23/13 Accuser waived further criminal investigation, saying church punishment enough. Diocese continues their investigation.Charleston, SCSource:
Catholic Miscellany 08.18.11; Fox Carolina 03.10.13; Greenville Online 03.10.13; GWD Today 03.10.13; Independent Mail 03.10.13; Simpsonville Patch 03.10.13; WMBF 03.10.13; WSPA 03.10.13; WYFF 03.10.13; Myrtle Beach Online 03.11.13; West Ashley Patch 03.11.13; Index-Journal 04.23.13; The Item (AP) 04.23.13; WYFF 04.23.13; Fox Carolina 04.24.13
Vavra
Clarence J.1965PnoneDiocesanPer admission by ABp Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis on 11/11/13, Vavra admitted in 1995 that he sexually abused young boys and a teen in 1975 while assigned to Rosebud Indian Reservation in SD. Also admitted sex with adult men. Received in-patient and out-patient treatment 1996-1997 but was allowed to return to ministry 1998-2003 before he was finally removed but not laicized. He received extra stipend every month until 2012. No publicity at all until 11/13. Lives in New Prague, MN.Rapid City, SDSource:
Minnesota Public Radio 11.11.13; Minnesota Public Radio (with documents) 11.11.13; Open Letter from Archbishop Nienstedt 11.11.13; Pioneer Press 11.11.13; SD SNAP Statement 11.11.13; SNAP Statement 11.11.13; Star Tribune 11.11.13; ValleyNewsLive 11.11.13; Faribault County Register 11.12.13; KARE 11.12.13; Minnesota Public Radio 11.12.13; SNAP Statement 11.12.13; MinnPost 11.15.13; SNAP Statement 11.18.13; Star Tribune 12.02.13; My Fox 9 12.04.13; Catholic Spirit 12.05.13; Hastings Star Gazette 12.05.13; Shakopee Valley News 12.05.13; St Paul & Minneapolis List of Credibly Accused Priests released 12.05.13; Star Tribune 12.05.13; Le Center Leader 12.06.13; Star Tribune 12.06.13; Waseca County News 12.06.13; Post Review 12.11.13; Union-Bulletin 01.25.14; Minnesota Public Radio 07.21.14
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Veich
Vincent J.1971PSettledDiocesanVeich was placed on leave 4/02 because of claims he abused children. He admitted sexual misconduct with a 17 year old girl in late 1970s. The woman came forward 3/02 and this instigated Veich's dismissal. Claim(s) against Veich settled by Diocese as part of massive $21M settlement in 10/03 involving 40 plaintiffs and 16 priests.Bridgeport, CTSource:
Greenwich Times 6.8.03; Hartford Courant 04.22.02; Connecticut Post 11.13.02; Connecticut Post 10.16.03; Associated Press 10.17.03; Connecticut Post 12.01.09
Assignments:
Assignment Records Compiled by Law Firm
Velan (Christudas)Marukudiyil (Chris) PSuedOSB--BenedictineAlso known as Rev. V.J.Christudas.Native of India. Has served as visiting priest at Church of the Visitation in Brick since 2001. Arrested 7/14/12 and charged with criminal sexual contact (improper touching) of both an adult woman and her minor child and with endangering the welfareof the child. The woman complained to police on 7/13/12 after the priest paid a visit to her home. Detectives found probable cause to file charges. Privileges have been removed by Diocese. Woman filed civil suit 7/3/14 on behalf of herself and her two children. Criminal charges set for trial 9/14.Trenton, NJSource:
NBC New York 07.16.12; The Patch 07.16.12; CBS Philly 07.17.12; Daily Record 07.17.12; New Jersey 101 07.17.12; The Patch 07.18.12; Asbury Park Press 07.19.12; The Patch 07.19.12; Asbury Park Press 07.04.14
VelezJohn1988PSuedMaristLeft El Paso TX diocese in 1990 under a cloud. In 1991 Monterey Diocese learned of the abuse of 1 youth by Velez and another priest & met with the victim and his family. Diocese expelled Velez and notified his order of the reasons. The society recalled Velez to Mexico and sent an escort to ensure his return. Diocese says civil authorities were notified in 1991. Sued 2003 by this plaintiff. Accused of abuse in Monterey and Tucson. Monterey case settled 5/09 for $1.2M just before trial.Monterey, CASource:
Arizona Daily Star 6.3.09; Yuma Sun 6.1.09; Monterey County Herald 06.06.03; Monterey County Herald 01.28.04; Bishop Ryan's February Pastoral Letter 02.04.04; RichardSipe.com 04.17.07; OC Weekly 12.07.07; Monterey Herald 05.17.09; KSBW 05.26.09; KSBW 05.29.09; Salinas Californian 05.29.09; Monterey Herald 05.30.09; Monterey Herald 07.19.09; Monterey Herald 07.19.09
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Vellian
Jacob PnoneUnknownA priest of the Archeparchy of Kottayam, India, of the Syro-Malabar Church, Per USCCB Advisory, Vellian was working in Kalamazoo on temp. basis in 1973-1974. Diocese said in fall 2010 that it had recently received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor by Vellian. Review Board concluded that the charges had merit. Vellian has been in active ministry in various dioceses in the US in the recent past.Kalamazoo, MISource:
Catholic Diocese of Youngstown Communique? 01.01.11
VenetoJoseph P.1946PAccusedDiocesanSupervised accused abuser Denis Conte while at St. Anthony's. Included in a list of accused priests and religious posted by the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian on 01/19/11. Garabedian says he has settled at least one claim with Boston Archdiocese re allegations against this individual. Retired in 1988. Died 1/98 before completion of investigation. See Boston AD database released 8/11.Boston, MASource:
Patriot Ledger 01.27.98; Boston Herald 12.10.02; BA.Org List of Boston Priests Not Previously Identified 01.19.11; Boston Channel 01.19.11; Metrowest Daily News 01.19.11; National Catholic Register 08.25.11; Salem News 08.26.11; Wicked Local Somerville 08.30.11
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Ventre
Armand1957PAcquittedDiocesanVentre served at our Lady of Good Help Parish from 1980-1985. He was indicted 8/85 for sexually molesting 2 altar boys and 1 mentally handicapped youth between 1981-1984. In 1986 the Judge dismissed charges re the 2 altar boys and next day the Judge found him not guilty of abuse of the 3rd boy in non-jury trial. He was returned to active assignment as chaplain at VA Hospital and then another hospital. He retired in Jan. 1999 and died in Dec. 1999.Providence, RISource:
United Press International 7.6.85; United Press International 07.31.85; Galveston Daily News 08.21.85; United Press International 01.16.86; United Press International 01.25.86; Associated Press 02.12.86; United Press International 08.13.86; United Press International 08.15.86; Providence Journal Bulletin 12.29.99
VerhartJohn BSuedSalesian1 person accused him of abuse from 1957-1958 per archdiocesan report. Named in at least 1 civil suit.Los Angeles, CASource:
LA Archdiocesan Report 2.17.04 page 7; InjuryBoard.com 01.28.08; City of Angels 03.19.08
Assignments:
LA Times Database 4.20.06
VeriAlberta NSuedSisters of Saint JosephAccused in a 1997 lawsuit of sexually abusing a high school senior in 1972. Veri denies the charge. Complainant states that when she first came forward in 1994, the order and diocese asked her to keep silent. They deny this. Suit was dismissed on SOL grounds. Order offered to settle in exchange for a confidentiality agreement; complainant refused. Order paid for therapy. Veri was called Sister Bernadine; she took a leave of absence in 1980 and left the order some time thereafter.Pittsburgh, PASource:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 10.18.97; WTAE 04.26.02
VerngrenFrancis BSuedBrothers of Christian SchoolsMan filed suit 5/03 which alleged that he was abused by Verngren from 1966 - 1970 when Verngren was principal and head dorm resident at a Catholic school in Berkeley. Man told another staff member in 1969 and Verngren was temporarily removed. He was later returned to his position. Died in Dec. 2003. Civil suit had settled 9/03.Oakland, CASource:
Napa Valley Register 05.13.03; Napa Valley Register 12.04.03; Napa Valley Register 01.06.04; Contra Costa Times 04.01.08; San Jose Mercury News 04.01.08
VesnaughGerald John1968PConvictedDiocesanForced from priesthood 1975 after molesting children. 1979 conviction with suspended sentence & 2 yrs probation. Law license suspended in 1980 and revoked in 1982. Charged again in 1981 with 3 counts of sexual assault and wound up serving 2 1/2 yearsof a five-to-15-year sentence .Released from prison. Moved to OK in 1996; offended & arrested. Fled to Canada. Abused 2 boys and arrested. Sentenced to 3 yrs prison 1996.Detroit, MISource:
Archdiocese of Detroit Status Report 10.09; Archdiocese of Detroit Status Report 11.02; Michigan Bar Association 4.7.82; Michigan Bar Association 02.21.80; Windsor Star 10.30.96; USA Today 11.11.02
VesselsHenry G.1950PSuedDiocesanLawsuit filed 10/02 named Vessels as an abuser. Suit said Vessels abused a 12 yr old boy in 1969-1970 in Mount Washington. Vessels would take him to pornographic movies and on one occasion forcibly sexually molested him. Vessels spent several years asteacher and administrator at church schools. Died 1980 at age 55. No other known complaints per diocese.Louisville, KYSource:
Courier-Journal 10.24.02
Assignments:
Assignment Record Compiled by Law Firm
VetterHenry Xavier1938PSuedPassionistAccused in 1993 of abuse in early 1960s. Several other accusations later received of abuse in 1960s and early 1970s. Deceased. May have worked in Mexico after leaving archdiocese. Archdiocesan report says 7 accusers with incidents from 1953-1973. Named in at least 1 suit in 2003.Los Angeles, CASource:
LA Archdiocesan Report 2.17.04 page 6; LA Archdiocesan Report Addendum 11.15.05; RichardSipe.com 04.17.07; CityofAngels 07.05.07
Assignments:
LA Times Database 4.20.06
VevikPaul1977PAccusedDiocesanPer 5/07 article, Vevik, still an active priest with Spokane Diocese, was named in bankruptcy claims as having "assaulted a person in a restroom of Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in 1978." Vevik has denied the claims and is fighting the accusations. Heremains at Mary Queen Parish in Spokane per diocesan website accessed 2/21/09 .Spokane, WASource:
Spokesman Review 5.4.07; Spokesman Review 5.5.07
Assignments:
Inland Register 4.11.02
Viall
James A.1954PAccusedDiocesanPlaced on leave 7/02 for misconduct with minors. A former altar boy filed suit on July 30, 2002. Another adult male also came forward to allege abuse as an altar boy. One of the men said he was abused in mid 1950s; the other alleged abuse in 1970s.As of 9/11/02, Child Protect. Services found no evidence to support abuse allegations but Diocese continued its investigation. Retired 2005, still without privileges..Cleveland, OHSource:
Akron Beacon Journal 7.5.02; Plain Dealer 7.5.02; Plain Dealer 8.1.02; Plain Dealer 9.3.02; Plain Dealer 09.11.02
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
VidnanskyMary Jane NSuedFranciscan Sisters of St. JosephAccused in 2004 suit of sexually abusing a boy 1974-76, starting when the boy was age 14 and attended Mater Dolorosa School in Holyoke. Abuse is alleged to have included intercourse. Plaintiff said Vidnansky told him she was pregnant by him and that she had had an abortion. Vidnansky left the order in mid 1970s.Springfield, MASource:
IObserve 1.7.05; Associated Press 12.30.04; Springfield Republican 12.30.04
VieagesHarold F.1964PAccusedDiocesanAccused in 2005 of fondling and raping a youth at St. Theresa's Elementary School in Carson City in approx. 1969. Vieages was placed on leave in 1991 and died 1/04. Plaintiff's claims were settled with the diocese prior to 8/07.Reno, NVSource:
Reno Gazette-Journal 01.27.04; Reno Gazette-Journal 10.09.05; Reno Gazette-Journal 08.19.07; Reno Gazette-Journal 10.22.10
VieletteRoland PAccusedDiocesanVielette died in 1983. Vielette is named in 5/02 lawsuit by man who alleged abuse in 1973. Personnel file contains 2/02 memo where the plaintiff alleged he was assaulted by Vielett and by another priest in 1973 shortly after his father passed away. Both priests befriended him and would take him camping and give him gifts. Second man filed suit 6/02 alleging that he was assaulted by Vielette from 1956 to 1958 with assaults taking place in the priest's car.Manchester, NHSource:
Documents from NH Atty General Repor 3.3.03; Manchester Report by NH Atty General 3.3.03; Associated Press 05.15.02; Union Leader 05.16.02; Union Leader 06.20.02; NH AG Audit Records 03.26.09
Vignola
Carmen D.1972PAccusedDiocesanCredible allegation of abuse. Name first released on list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli 11/16/06. Died in 1989. Civil suit filed 10/08 alleged abuse of a 14 yr old boy, beginning in 1980s. Personnel records released 2/16/12 as part of bankruptcy processWilmington, DESource:
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
Villa GomezGillmero Nemoria1957PSuedDiocesanAccused of abuse of 1 person from 1964-1965 per archdiocesan report. Name is also spelled "Gillmero Nemorio Villagomez" in certain Official Catholic Directories. Retired. Named in a civil suit.Los Angeles, CASource:
LA Archdiocesan Report 2.17.04 page 3
Assignments:
LA Archdiocesan Report Addendum 11.15.05; LA Times Database 4.20.06
VillalobosFerdinand (Fernando) PSuedDiocesan2/03 civil RICO suit alleged that Villalobos abused one youth between ages of 12-15 while at at St. Mary of the Assumption and that then-Bishop Mahony and other diocese officials covered up the incident. Another suit filed 11/03 re abuse at same parish. Plaintiff said Villalobos also attempted to abuse his brother shortly before Villalobos died 12/31/85. [Note: this may be 2 suits by same plaintiff] Name included on list of claimed abusers attached to Stockton Diocese's 5/9/14 filing in bankruptcy court.Stockton, CASource:
Associated Press 02.07.03; SF Chronicle 02.09.03; Record 11.06.03; Record 11.15.03; Deposition of Cardional Roger Mahony 11.23.04; SNAP Statement with link to Stockton Diocese Notice of Deadline for Filing Claims in Bankruptcy Court 07.16.14; Mercury News 07.18.14
Assignments:
Diocese of Stockton Assignment Record, page 6
VillaroyaErnesto Corral PSuedDiocesanAccused of abuse from 1981-1983. Extern priest from Philippines working in Archdiocese. Civil suit filed 2002 but dismissed later in year. He was working in Dallas TX diocese when suit filed. Bishop reassigned him to parish after suit dismissed but parishioners forced him to quit in 2003. 2010 Catholic Directory shows him to be retired in the Dallas Diocese.Los Angeles, CASource:
Amarillo Globe News 08.25.02; Dallas Morning News (in collection of articles) 05.14.03; Dallas Morning News 05.19.03; Dallas Morning News 05.25.03; Houston Chronicle (AP) 05.26.03; Dallas Morning News 06.02.03; Catholic World Report 07.02.03; LA Archdiocesan Report, page 4, 02.17.04
Vincent
David P.1964PAccusedDiocesanIn 2004, one man alleged abuse in 1980s but he refused to cooperate with the Archdiocese and nothing done. Vincent finally placed on leave in 3/05 after he was accused of abuse of one student at Elder High in 1970. Vincent denied all allegations.Returned to duty 10/12/05 after archdiocese investigation.Cincinnati, OHSource:
Cincinnati Enquirer 03.10.05; Dayton Daily News 03.10.05; Catholic Telegraph 03.16.05; Beacon Journal 03.19.05; Cincinnati Archdiocese Press Release 10.12.05; Cincinnati Enquirer 10.13.05; Dayton Daily News 10.13.05
VinyardBarry1975PSuedDiocesanOne man filed suit in 2003 alleging that he was abused by Vinyard in 1978 and 1979 at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Calexico. Vinyard denied the allegations. While not currently assigned to a parish, Vinyard was referred to as the first actively serving priest in diocese to be named in lawsuit. Bishop accepted Vinyard's request for retirement status effective Jan. 1, 2004. San Diego personnel file released 10/25/10.San Diego, CASource:
San Diego Union Tribune 12.24.03; San Diego Union Tribune 10.24.10; Documents Released by San Diego Diocese 10.25.10
Virtue
William D.1975PSuedDiocesanAccused of abuse in Joliet Diocese in 1980-1981. Not included on Joliet Diocese list of confirmed abusers released 4/09/06. Civil suit filed 5/06. Virtue worked in Joliet, Rockford and Peoria dioceses. Diocese settled suit as to Virtue as of 9/07. Left Joliet and was iincardinated in Peoria. Peoria is acually the diocese that removed his privileges in 2006. Canonical process still pending 4/14. Joliet Diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files finally released 4/30/14.Joliet, ILSource:
Pantagraph 02.24.06; The Herald News 04.11.06; CBS2 Chicago 05.24.06; Chicago Tribune 05.25.06; Herald News 05.25.06; Daily Herald 09.25.07; Daily Southtown (AP) 09.26.07; Diocese of Joliet List of Priests with Credible Allegations 03.12.13; My Suburban Life 03.12.13; Statement by the Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet 03.12.13; WGN 03.12.13; Chicago Tribune 04.07.13; Anderson Advocates Timeline 04.30.14; Diocese of Joliet List of Priests with Credible Allegations 04.30.14; Joliet Patch 04.30.14; SNAP Statement 04.30.14; Virtue Personnel Files from David Rudofski Archives 04.30.14; WLS 04.30.14; Daily Journal 05.01.14
Assignments:
Partial Assignment Record
VitaWilliam S. PSuedDiocesanAccused of abuse of 1 from 1947-1953 per archdiocesan report addendum. Named in civil suit.Los Angeles, CASource:
LA Archdiocesan Report Addendum 11.15.05
Assignments:
LA Times Database 4.20.06
VoglerJean F.1970PConvictedDiocesanCaught in a sting ordering hard-core child pornography for delivery to the Holy Rosary rectory, where he was pastor. Inspectors found 92 videos in a trunk in the rectory, many of them 'extremely graphic and explicit child porn.' Resigned 12/8/95; convicted and sent to prison for a year. As of 2008, Vogler was lead priest at Holy Trinity parish, director of diocese's deacon program, and member of the priests' council. Retired 9/2/11 per diocese website accessed 2/26/12.Evansville, INSource:
South Bend Tribune 03.13.96; National Catholic Reporter 05.03.96; South Bend Tribune 06.28.96; Evansville Courier & Press 10.13.99; ABC 04.03.02; Indianapolis Star 04.04.02; NY Times 04.15.02; Beliefnet 06.01.02; Associated Press 06.10.02; Evansville Courier & Press 06.15.02; Associated Press 06.20.02
Assignments:
Diocese of Evansville Website 2.26.12
VoglioJohn1987PAccusedSalesianAccused 3/02 during AG investigation of repeated sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy in 1982 at Camp Don Bosco in NH. Voglio was a counselor at the camp. Abuse included oral sex. Later in 1982, Voglio wrote to the alleged victim from OH, saying that he was going on to become a priest. A John Voglio was ordained a Salesian priest in 1987 and worked in a Salesian HS and a parish in NY archdiocese. Investigative memo does not confirm that brother and priest are the same person.Manchester, NHSource:
Documents from NY Atty General Report 3.3.03; Manchester Report by NH Atty General 3.3.03; Union Leader 3.4.03
VogtFrancis H.1938PAccusedDiocesanIn 2002 Diocese revealed it had received two credible complaints against Vogt--one in 1993 and the other in 2002. Vogt, then 90, was living in Convent Infirmary, reportedly frail and unable to remember some events. He retired in 1982. Four other men have also made allegations. Reports say Vogt molested pre-teen boys in 1950s-1970s at St. Bridget Church. After canonical process, he was assigned to life of prayer & penance per 6/7/12 notice from diocese.Rochester, NYSource:
Catholic Courier 6.7.12; Rochester Homepage 6.7.12; SNAP statement 6.7.12; Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 08.24.02
Volino
Michael1992PConvictedDiocesanCharged with possession of child porn on computer. Pleaded guilty 5/05. In 12/05 he was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Scheduled to be released in early 2007. He will remain on administrative leave pending a decision by the diocesan review board and, if necessary, by Rome. Volino fought against having to register as a (low level) sex offender but court ruled 2/07 that he had to.This level is not published on list. Canonical proceedings are not complete as of 6/12.Rochester, NYSource:
Affidavit in Support of Federal Warrant; Democrat and Chronicle 3.14.05 (2nd); Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 03.10.05; WSTM 03.10.05; Democrat and Chronicle 03.14.05; Diocese of Rochester Statement 03.14.05; Democrat and Chronicle 03.15.05; Addition Statement by Archdiocese of Rochester 03.18.05; WSTM 03.19.05; Democrat and Chronicle 04.12.05; Democrat and Chronicle 05.25.05; WHEC 10.13.05; Democrat and Chronicle 12.14.05; Catholic Courier 12.24.05; Democrat and Chronicle 01.23.07
Assignments:
Democrat and Chronicle 2.16.07 (add'l article); Democrat & Chronicle 5.23.07 (add'l article); Catholic Courier 6.7.12 (add'l article); Rochester Homepage 6.7.12 (add'l article); SNAP Statement 6.7.12 (add'l article)
Vollmer
Eugene1978PSuedDiocesanTwo victims made accusations 3/02 and said they had previously reported abuse to diocese but nothing done. One said he reported abuse when it occurred and again in 1991. Another said he reported it in 1994. Vollmer still active until 2002. He has been identified as Priest D in the 1/03 Grand Jury report. He admited to abusing at least 12 victims according to the report. Vollmer would supply wine, marijuana and porno videos. Laicized 6/16/04.Rockville Centre, NYSource:
Newsday 4.15.03 (2nd); Newsday 03.26.02; Newsday 03.27.02; NY Post 03.29.02; NY Times 05.16.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Suffolk Co. Grand Jury Report 01.17.03; Newsday 02.11.03; Newsday 02.12.03; Compasso v. Vollmer et al, Supreme Court of New York, Nassau Co. 04.14.03; Newsday 04.15.03; Long Island Press 02.24.05; Newsday 04.21.09
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record and Other Info
Vonnahmen
Robert J.1956PSettledDiocesanAbuse spanned most of his career. He was investigated by Diocese in 1983 or 1984 but no action taken. Named in civil suits in 1993, 1994 & 1995. Abused both boys and girls. Removed from active ministry without privileges in 1993. Laicization announced 4/07. In 10/13 he was in charge of San Damiano Shrine in southern Illinois and was running ads for the Shrine in the Archdiocesan newspaper. Named in new lawsuit 3/17/14 re abuse of one at summer camp in 1970 & 1971.Belleville, ILSource:
St Louis Post Dispatch 03.20.93; St Louis Post Dispatch 05.01.93; St Louis Post Dispatch 07.29.93; St Louis Post Dispatch 08.20.93; St Louis Post Dispatch 11.02.93; Chicago Tribune 02.07.94; Chicago Tribune 03.11.94; St Louis Post Dispatch 05.03.94; St Louis Post-Dispatch 05.22.94; St Louis Post Dispatch 06.22.94; St Louis Post Dispatch 03.03.95; Belleville News Democrat 05.08.02; Belleville News Democrat 01.26.03; Post Dispatch 01.08.06; Belleville News Democrat 04.24.07; Belleville News Democrat 04.24.07; Washington Post (AP) 04.24.07; Berger's Beat 10.16.13; Belleville News Democrat 04.01.14; SNAP Statement 04.02.14
VorlickPhillip BSuedCFC - Congregation of Christian BrothersOne of 10 brothers and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in 5/13 civil case of abuse at three Chicago schools run by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province. Order agreed to massive $16.5M settlement w 400 plaintiffs re abuse by multiple order priests & brothers late May, 2013. Unclear if the order has substantiated any of the allegations against the eight newly-accused brothers, including Vorlick.Chicago, ILSource:
Chicago Tribue 05.24.13
VosenGerald P.1961PAccusedDiocesanAccused 9/18/03 by woman at state SOL hearing of sexually abusing her brother at age 14 in early 1970s. Brother denied allegation. Vosen was removed. Review board assessed at least 3 allegations and unanimously recommended 2/15/04 leave. In 5/04 Vosen sued man who alleged fondling and anal rape by Vosen in 1989-91 at age 11-12. Jury rejected defamation claim 8/4/05; found abuse claim substantiated. Church tribunal of 3 judges ruled against Vosen in 8/07. Vosen appealed to Rome.Madison, WISource:
Links to Additional Articles; Capital Times 09.22.03; Wisconsin State Journal 09.24.03; Wisconsin State Journal 02.16.04; Capital Times 05.14.04; Janesville Gazette 08.02.05; Janesville Gazette 08.03.05; AP 08.04.05; Janesville Gazette 08.04.05; Baraboo News Republic 10.18.08; Diocese of Madison Official Announcement 12.06.08; Gazette 12.06.08; Baraboo News Republic 12.10.08; News Republic 12.13.08; Baraboo News Republic 09.12.09
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Voss
Ronald J.1967PAccusedDiocesanAccused of sexually abusing 8-9 male teenagers; resigned ministry in 1993 and moved to Haita. May have functioned as priest there as late as 1997. One youth died of heart attack (drug induced??) after revealing abuse. In 2004 he was running Visitation House in Port au Prince--a guest facility for those who come to Haiti to aid the poor. As of 7/08 he was living on Abaco in the Bahamas. Laicized in 1998.Lafayette, INSource:
Indianapolis Star 02.16.97; Indianapolis Star 02.16.97; Indianapolis Star 02.16.97; Indianapolis Star 02.17.97; Indianapolis Star 02.17.97; Haiti-Info.com 02.19.04; Indianapolis Star 10.09.04; Indianapolis Star 10.19.04; Dallas Morning News 02.24.05; Miami Herald 02.24.05; Dallas Morning News 02.25.05; Indianapolis Star 02.25.05; Dallas Morning News 02.26.05; Dallas Morning News 02.26.05; Dallas Morning News 04.14.05
Vovko
John Willliam1968PConvictedDiocesanOrdained in Cleveland Diocese. Came to Arizona in approx. 1986. Served as teacher at Mesa High School. Convicted 1990 and sentenced to 1 yr in jail for trying to molest a boy, age 2. Lifetime probation. His teaching certificate was to have been revoked. He is shown as "absent on leave" from Cleveland per the 1988 Catholic Directory. Not in 1989, 1990 or 1993 editions.Phoenix, AZSource:
The Nation 08.12.91; Arizona Republic 11.10.02
 


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