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LastFirstOrdTStatusD/ONotesDioceseSource/Assignments
Zach
Hilary1949PAccusedOFM Cap.Identified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Zach's name is included on this list without any additional information on claimsagainst him. Spent several years at St. Lawrence Seminary as teacher and novice master. Then became hospital chaplain. Died 3/22/97.Detroit, MISource:
Province of St Joseph - Capuchin Communications Necrology 03.22.97; Capuchin List of Friars with Confirmed Reports of Sexual Abuse of Minors 06.18.13; Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St Joseph 06.18.13; Statement on the Public Release of the Names of Friars with Confirmed Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors and Vulnerable Adults 06.18.13
ZachmanFrancis1951PnoneOblates - OMIName first released on Archdiocese's 5/22/14 revised list of accused priests and brothers. Worked in archdiocese from 1973-1982. Assignments included pastor at Assumption in Richfield from 1973 to 1981, as administrator at St. Albert in Albertville, at St. George in Long Lake and as associate pastor at St. Casimir in St. Paul Died in 1983. NOTE: List and articles refer to him as a Franciscan TOR but research indicates he was actually an Oblate priest (OMI).St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNSource:
Pioneer Press 05.22.14; Statement by Archdiocese of St Paul 05.22.14
Assignments:
Assignment Record by Archdiocese of St Paul
Zalenski
Gary1977PAccusedDiocesanRemoved 11/17/07 after "credible" accusation he sexually assaulted girl, age 9-11, between 1989-1991 in Lore City, OH. She told parents and church; he was transferred. Denied allegations. Matter sent to D.A. and to Rome. In 10/08, Grand Jury did not indict, citing lack of probable cause. 2nd victim came forward 10/08. Zalenski's atty threatened to sue if she spoke publicly. She sued 1/09 for release of records. OH Sup Court ordered Court to release records 7/10. Sent to 3 treatment centers. Laicization still pending 6/16/14 but he is still working at Belmont College as Asst Prof of Mathematics on Adjunct Faculty. Efforts are being made to remove him from the staff.Steubenville, OHSource:
Statement by Bishop Conlon 11.17.07; WTOV 11.17.07; KTOV 11.19.07; The Intelligencer 11.19.07; The Intelligencer 11.20.07; Daily Jeffersonian 11.21.07; Daily Jeffersonian 12.07.07; WTOV NBC9 01.07.08; WTRF - CBS7 01.07.08; The Intelligencer 01.08.08; WTOV 10.01.08; SNAP Statement 10.15.08; Daily Jeffersonian 12.31.08; Daily Jeffersonian 01.09.09; Daily Jeffersonian (add'l article) 12.04.09; Daily Reporter 07.21.10; Ohio Supreme Court Decision 07.21.10; Steubenville Truth (Documents released under Court Order) 01.31.11; SNAP Statement 02.02.11; Marietta Times 07.19.11; SNAP Statement 06.16.14; WTOV 06.16.14; WTRF 06.17.14
ZalewskiEdward1982PAccusedDiocesanWoman notified diocese 5/07 that Zalewski had "hugged her to his body" at St. Joseph church in Lincoln in 1956 when she was approx. 12. He died in 1976.Manchester, NHSource:
NH AG Audit Records 03.26.09
Zamorano
Richard1993PSuedDiocesanIt was learned in 6/06 that Zamorano had been removed by Tucson diocese in 2012 after he took a mentally disabled adult parishioner to a motel, gave him alcohol and sexually assaulted him. Zamorano was also a teacher at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson at the time of his removal. District Attorney's office investigated but no charges were filed. Civil suit filed 6/14 naming Zamorano, Diocese of Tucson and Diocese of El Paso where Zamorano worked at San Elizario Parish before coming to Tucson in 2002. He took a leave of absence from El Paso to care for his mother in Tucson. The 2010 Catholic Directory says he was still part of El Paso on duty outside the diocese.Tucson, AZSource:
Courthouse News Service 06.06.14; KTSM El Paso 06.06.14; SNAP Statement 06.06.14; El Diario de El Paso 06.08.14; Tucson News Now 06.12.14
Zankl
Angelo1926PAccusedOn 12/31/13, the Diocese released its list of 17 clergy, including Zanki, who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the Diocese and another five who had been accused while residing in the diocese at some time. Spent much time at St. John Abbey before & after serving in the Diocese from 1951-1987. Left Diocese 5/30/87. Died 07/12/07 at 106.. Accusation received shortly before Diocese released list.Duluth, MNSource:
Diocese of Duluth List of Clergy With Credible Claims 12.31.13; Diocese of Duluth Statement by Bishop Sirba 12.31.13; Duluth News Tribune 12.31.13; Legal Examiner 12.31.13; Northlands News Center 12.31.13; St Cloud Times 12.31.13; Duluth News Tribune 01.01.14; Legal Examiner 01.04.14
Zasacki
Robert E.1967PAccusedDiocesanPermanently removed from ministry 2002 and from his position with St. Paul Archdiocese after being accused of abuse of one youth in early 1970s in his original diocese of Newark. In 1980, Zasacki was sent to Minnesota for treatment of alcoholism. Came to Archdiocese in 1979 and was incardinated in 1987. Died 3/08 at age 67.Newark, NJSource:
St Paul Pioneer Press 05.21.02; St Paul Pioneer Press 05.22.02; Star Tribune 05.22.02; Star-Ledger 05.22.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Star-Tribune 03.06.08; Catholic Spirit 12.05.13; Hopkins Patch 12.05.13; Minnesota Public Radio 12.05.13; Quad Community Press 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
ZastoupilStephen R.1961PAccusedDiocesanRemoved 3/02 from parish assigment because of misconduct 31 years previously involving two children. He received years of counseling and had reconciled with the families and victims. Counseling discontinued when Bishop determined it was no longer necessary (1997?). He was removed under the diocese's revised policy, even before the Bishops' conference in Dallas. No criminal charges filed.Bismarck, NDSource:
Bismarck Tribune 03.25.02; Bismarck Tribune 03.29.02; Dallas Morning News 06.12.02
Zatarga
George F.1968PAccusedDiocesanZatarga was placed on leave by Diocese 12/07 after admitting to "inappropriate behavior" with as many as 5 youths in 1970s. Victims included 3 brothers. Latest allegations involve an 18 yr old youth and events in 2007. Zatarga has been sent for counseling. Police are asking other victims to come forward. Zatarga kept a "travel log" of his 1976 trips with teenage boys and often mentioned the "unique physiques" of the different boys.Brooklyn, NYSource:
New York Daily News 12.04.07; Daily News 01.06.08; Brooklyn Daily Eagle 01.07.08; Times Union 01.08.08; Post-Star 01.09.08; Daily News 01.11.08; Post-Star 02.14.08; Albany Times Union 02.15.08; NY Daily News 04.06.08
Zaunbrecher
Charles J.1957PAccusedDiocesan7/02 article says Zaunbrecher, who died in 1996, is listed as having molested children while serving as a priest. He spent time away from his ministry on "special assignment." From 1985-95, he was assigned to the Church of the Little Flower in Mobile,AL He returned to Lafayette in 1995. No other information found.Lafayette, LASource:
FindAGrave 06.19.96; The Advocate 06.21.96; The TImes Acadiana 07.17.02
Assignments:
The Advocate 6.21.96
Zeder
John M1954PSuedDiocesanWoman filed 3/03 suit (dismissed on SOL 9/06) alleging she was abused by two priests. She says she was raped by Zeder between 1978 and 1981 and abused by Thomas Keating in 1982 after she told him what Zeder did. She also says that Zeder threatened toputher in mental institution if she told. Woman said she told Bishop Moynihan in 2002. He was removed from public ministry 7/2002 and permanently removed from active priesthood as of 6/03. Matter still pending with Vatican.Syracuse, NYSource:
Syracuse Post-Standard 03.21.03; Press & Sun Bulletin 03.22.03; Post-Standard 06.18.03; Post Standard 12.16.04; Post-Standard 09.16.06
ZielinskiTomasz Adam PConvictedDiocesanZielinski, a priet from Poland, had been working at Christ King Church in Manville since 4/08. In 7/08 a teenage girl complained to flight attendants that he was groping her and attepting to unzip her pants during flight from Poland to the US. Zielinski was criminally charged approx . 1 week later, He was placed on leave by the diocese. Pleaded guilty 10/1/08. Sentenced to 1 yr in fed. prison 1/09. Released 1/10.Metuchen, NJSource:
Star-Ledger 07.11.08; Star-Ledger 07.12.08; Home News Tribune 07.17.08; USA Today 07.17.08; WNBC 07.17.08; Manville News 07.21.08; Star-Ledger 10.02.08; Star-Ledger 01.27.09
Ziemann (BP)
G. Patrick1967PSuedDiocesanResigned as Bishop of Santa Rosa Diocese 1999 after priest sued him over sexual relationship. Ziemann left the diocese in hugh financial debt of over $30M. 2002 suit alleges abuse of youth in 1968 and lasting several years. Named in 12/03 civil suit alleging conspiracy by 28 priests to cover up abuse in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Named in LA Archdiocesan report as abuser of 3 between 1967-1986. Living in Tucson without faculties. Died of cancer 10/09..Los Angeles, CASource:
Collection of Articles prior to 9.1.09; Press Democrat 09.28.09; Press Democrat 10.03.09; LA Times 10.22.09; Bakersfield Californian 10.24.09
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record; LA Times Database 4.20.06; OC Weekly 3.04.05
ZilkoskiFrancis J.1924PAccusedDiocesanOn 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Zilkoski, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. Served in Foreston, Flensburg, Little Falls and Opole. Also served a Chancellor of Diocese. Died 5/19/78.St. Cloud, MNSource:
FindAGrave 05.19.78; 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; Mille Lacs County Times 01.09.14
ZilligenMichael PAccusedDiocesanMan came forward to police in January, 2004 to allege that he had been sexually assaulted by Zilligen during a 1973 or 1974 sleepover for altar boys at Prince of Peace Parish. He was 11 yrs old at the time. He has alleged that it developed into a 6 year "relationship." Zilligen is not listed in 1989 Official Catholic Directory but is shown as absent on leave per 1995 directory. Current whereabours are unknown.Brownsville, TXSource:
The Monitor 01.10.04
Zimmer
Luke1954PSuedSacred HeartsWorked in NH, MA, HI, MN & CA. Zimmer was given permission to operate a Christian Renewal center in WI. As such, he participated as a priest at various churches. Plaintiff in a 1993 suit alleged that Zimmer abused her from 1979-1980 at one of these churches in WI. Zimmer was still active in 1993 as an instructor for Catholic Seminars.. Died 1/97.Milwaukee, WISource:
Jane Doe v. Archdiocese Milwaukee...; Milwaukee Cty; # 93CV009909; Homily at Memorial Mass 01.07.97
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Zimmerer
Francis A.< 1940PAccusedBenedictineDiocese announced 9/08 that one man had just come forward with credible allegation of abuse by Zimmerer when he was 11 in 1978. Zimmerer was assigned to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur at the time. He died in 1983 atage 74. Diocese has offered counseling to the claimant. As of 9/15, two more men had come forward with credible allegations of abuse at the same church.Fort Worth, TXSource:
Ft Worth Star-Telegram 09.08.08; DFW Catholic 09.09.08; North Texas Daily 09.09.08; Ft Worth Star-Telegram 09.15.08; Dallas Morning News 09.16.08; Diocese of Fort Worth List of Accused Priests accessed 01.01.12
ZizkaPeter J.1975PAccusedDiocesanTwo suits filed in 1995 allege abuse by Zizka in 1970s while the female plaintiffs were children. Files in the suits were sealed until 1998. Another suit filed July, 1997. Zizka was not removed from his assignment until 1999. All three cases settled and the files were again sealed. By 10/02 a total of 5 lawsuits had been filed against Zizka. All have been settled.Hartford, CTSource:
Connecticut Law Tribune 06.22.98; Hartford Courant (AP) 06.24.98; Hartford Courant 03.17.99; Hartford Courant 03.09.02; Dallas Morning News 06.12.02; Hartford Courant 03.09.03
ZolloVincent A.1980PSuedDiocesanNamed as defendant in lawsuit filed in Brooklyn where 26 people allege abuse by twelve priests and one religious brother. Lawsuit says Zollo abused a male parishioner at Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach where he was assigned from 1981 to 1983.Brooklyn, NYSource:
Newsday 10.16.02; USA Today 11.11.02
Zuch
Francis T.1932PSettledDiocesanAccused in 12/15/95 suit of sexually abusing two altar boys 1970-75. The complaint alleges that Zuch "systematically" abused "numerous" altar boys "starting in the 1940s." Some of the abuse allegedly occurred at a cabin on Clear Lake. Suit was settled by 2002. Zuch was director of Catholic Charities in the diocese 1935-55 and died in 1993.Des Moines, IASource:
Des Moines Register 3.8.02; Complaint 12.15.95; Des Moines Register 12.16.95; Des Moines Register 12.22.95; Cityview 01.24.96; Des Moines Register 02.16.96
ZulaRichard ""Sade"" PConvictedDiocesanZula originally indicted on 138 counts of sexual abuse. He pled guilty to two counts involving two brothers and in 1990 was sentenced to 2-5 yrs in prison. Sentence to run concurrently with one in another county imposed for 1-5 yrs. Francis Pucci and Robert Wolk accused of abuse of the same boys. Zula was placed on permanent leave in 1987,Pittsburgh, PASource:
United Press International 10.14.88; Associated Press 11.11.88; Associated Press 11.14.88; United Press International 05.23.89; United Press International 06.02.89; United Press International 04.03.90; Philadelphia Inquirer 07.28.02; Miami New Times 04.17.03; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 06.15.03; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 02.28.04; Pittsburgh Tribune Review 09.28.05
Zumaya
David G.1977PAccusedDiocesanMan came forward in 2008 to allege that Zumaya, L. White & L. Hernandez had all three molested him between 1978-1982 when he was a minor and they were assigned to San Fernando Cathedral. Zumaya may also have abused the youth while assigned to Carrizo Springs. Achdiocese admitted that there had been previous allegations of an undefined nature against in the past which had been "handled" at the time. 2 more accusers have also come forward. He left ministry in 1998 w/o faculties and retired to Mexico.San Antonio, TXSource:
KSAT 3.9.09; Statement by Ardhdiocese of San Antonio 3.8.09; WOAI.com 3.9.09; Houston Chronicle 03.10.09; San Antonio Express News 03.10.09; WOAI 03.13.09
 


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