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LastFirstOrdTStatusD/ONotesDioceseSource/Assignments
Yakaitis
Michael T.1978PAccusedDiocesanAccused of abusive relationship with an 18 yr old student at Niles College in early 1990s over a 1 year period. Plaintiff complained to officials two years later. Yakaitis admitted the relationship and sent for therapy. In 2002, Plaintiff found out that Yakaitis was still active priest at Univ. of Chicago and went public with his allegations. Yakaitis resigned from his position at the Univ. Died in FL 5/10.Chicago, ILSource:
Chicago Tribune 2.9.05; NBC 5 Chicago 2.9.05; News Release by Yakaitis and Archdiocese of Chicago 2.8.05; CBS 2 02.07.05; Tucson Citizen 02.11.05; Voice from the Desert 06.23.08; OakPark.com 06.01.10
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Yarrosh
Ronald J.1974PConvictedDiocesanArrested 2004 on charges of possession of "enormous amount" of child pornography. Removed from assignment and sent for psych treatment. Diocese knew Yarrosh had "personality problems." Also accusation of embezzlement. Agreed to plead guilty in 2005 inreturn for sentence of 3 to 23 months in prison, 20 months of parole,10 years of probation, and pay $24,000 in restitution. Violated probation and sentenced in 11/06 to 4-10 yrs in prison. Sentenced upheld 1/08.Allentown, PASource:
Express-Times 05.13.04; Morning Call 05.17.04; Morning Call 04.21.05; Morning Call 04.27.05; Times Leader (AP) 04.28.05; Morning Call 08.09.05; Centre Daily Times (AP) 11.22.06; Morning Call 11.22.06; Reading Eagle 12.22.06; Morning Call 04.06.07; Republican and Herald 04.11.07; Republican and Herald 01.03.08; Morning Call 01.06.08
Yeager
Robert J.1962PAccusedDiocesanPer 2004 article, attys for diocese reached settlement with 1 victim of alleged abuse. Yeager continued as major fund-raiser for diocese. Not placed on leave until 5/06 when diocese investigation was completed and allegations were "credible." Another victim also has come forward. Retired 2005. Teaching certificate revoked 11/06. Permanently removed from public ministry.Toledo, OHSource:
Diocese of Toledo Status Report 4.8.08; Diocese of Toledo Statement 05.23.06; Toledo Blade 05.23.06; Lima News 05.24.06; Toledo Blade 05.24.06; Advertiser-Tribune 05.25.06; Toledo Blade 05.28.06; Toledo Blade 10.06.06; Toledo Blade 10.07.06; Toledo Blade 11.10.06; Toledo Blade 11.15.06
Assignments:
Toledo Blade 5.24.06
Yim
Robert J.1974PSettledDiocesanYim sued by 3 in 2003 claiming he sexually assaulted them as boys. Removed from active ministry in 1990, then assigned as hospital chaplain. Yim "chose to resign from active ministry in 1995" but continued working as hospital chaplain through his affiliation with another religion. He was suspended from that religion per Aug 2004 article. Three men filed 2 civil suits in 2003; another man filed similar suit in April 2004. Claims settled 8/04. Laicization announced 1/05.St. Louis, MOSource:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 02.20.03; St. Louis Post-Dispatch 03.11.03; St. Louis Post-Dispatch 03.12.03; St. Louis Post-Dispatch 04.27.04; St. Louis Post-Dispatch 08.26.04; St. Louis Post-Dispatch 01.29.05; St. Louis Review 02.04.05; St. Louis Review 02.11.05; St. Louis Post-Dispatch (AP) 02.14.05; Belleville News Democrat (AP) 11.08.05
Yost
Peter BAccusedDominicanAccused of inappropriate physical contact on one occasion with a boy around the age of 12 some 45 years previously (early 1960s). Alleged victim received a settlement. No other victims located by a private investigator. Yost , who in 2005 was elderly,in poor health, and unable to drive, has been judged to be no danger to children by a full clinical professor of psychiatry.San Francisco, CASource:
ABC7News.com 4.6.05; Associated Press 4.7.05; Statement by Western Dominican Province 04.07.05; ABC 7 10.14.05; Statement from Order 10.14.05; Contra Costa Times 04.01.08
Yurgel
Robert PConvictedCapuchin FranciscanArrested 4/08 and charged with sexual abuse of a 14 yr old boy in 1999 at St. Matthew Church in Charlotte. He was assigned to the church from 1997-1999. At the time of his arrest he was working in Passaic, NJ as a chaplain at St. Mary's Hospital. Had been at the hospital since 2000. Extradited to Charlotte and released on bail. Plaintiff filed civil suit 10/08, saying diocese knew before transfer to NJ. Pleaded guilty to 1 count 2/09; sentenced to 90-120 months in jail. Suit settled 5/10 for $1M.Charlotte, NCSource:
Charlotte Observer 2.2.09; Charlotte Observer 4.2.08; Charlotte Observer 4.3.08; Charlotte Observer 4.4.08; Charlotte Observer 4.7.08; The Record 4.3.08; WSOC 4.3.08; WCNC 04.11.08; Charlotte Observer 04.13.08; Charlotte Observer 04.16.08; The Record 09.15.08; Charlotte Observer 10.15.08; Doe v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte NC, Superior Court, Mecklenburg Co., Cause No. 08-CVS-23161, 10.15.08; WCCB 10.17.08; Star-Ledger 12.14.08
Assignments:
Charlotte Observer 2.2.09 (add'l article); WSOC 2.2.09 (add'l article); Charlotte Observer 2.3.09 (add'l article); Charlotte Observer 2.3.09 (add'l article); Charlotte Observer 6.23.09 (add'l article); News Observer 5.8.10 (add'l article)
Yzermans
Vincent Arthur 1951PAccusedDiocesanOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Yzermans, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. He served at multiple parishes within the Diocese. Also served as editor of Our Sunday Visitor and wrote several religious books. Died 05/04/95 in NM. Admitted to long battle with alcoholism and 12 stints in treatment.St. Cloud, MNSource:
FindAGrave 05.04.95; Pioneer Press 05.08.95; 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
 


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