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Gregory1998PSuedDiocesanAccused in a 1/15 lawsuit of sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl in 2003 while assigned to St. Francis of Assisi in Greenlawn, NY. The girl's family reported the alleged abuse to the Diocese and law enforcement; the Diocese did not inform the parish or public and kept Yacyshyn in ministry. The Diocese deemed the allegations unsubstantiated and called the claim an "unfortunate publicity stunt." A New York Supreme Court judge ruled in 12/15 that the lawsuit could proceed. A second accuser filed suit in 4/25/16, alleging sexual abuse when he was 5- to 7-years-old in 2001-2003 at St. Francis of Assisi in Greenlawn. Yacyshyn denied the allegations. Working at St. Jude's in Mastic Beach in 4/16.Rockville Centre, NYSource:
CBS New York 01.21.15; NBC New York 01.21.15; Hamilton and Griffin on Rights 04.07.15; CBS New York 12.15.15; Newsday 04.26.16; SNAP 04.26.16; Courthouse News Service 04.29.16; CBS New York 05.06.16; Fios 1 05.06.16; News 12 05.06.16; Newsday 05.06.16; New York Daily News 05.25.16; Raw Story 05.26.16; SNAP 05.26.16
Assignments: Assignment Record
Michael T.1978PAccusedDiocesanAccused of an abusive relationship with an 18-year-old student at Niles College in the early 1990s over a one-year period. Victim complained to officials two years later. Yakaitis admitted the relationship and was sent for therapy. In 2002, the victim discovered that Yakaitis was still an active priest at the University of Chicago and went public with his allegations. Yakaitis resigned from his position. Died in FL in 5/10.Chicago, ILSource:
CBS 2 02.07.05; News Release by Yakaitis and Archdiocese of Chicago 02.08.05; Chicago Tribune 02.09.05; Tucson Citizen 02.11.05; NBC 5 Chicago 0 08.09.06; Voice from the Desert 06.23.08; OakPark com 06.01.10
Assignments: Assignment Record
Benjamin1931PAccusedDiocesanNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list in 2/19. Died 11/29/86.Brooklyn, NYSource:
Diocese of Brooklyn List 02.22.19
Ronald J.1974PConvictedDiocesanArrested in 2004 on charges of possession of an "enormous amount" of child pornography. Removed from assignment. Sent to St. John Vianney Hospital for eval and treatment. Diocese knew Yarrosh had "personality problems." Also accused of embezzlement. Agreed to plead guilty in 2005 in return for sentence of 3 to 23 months in prison, 20 months' parole, 10 years' probation, and pay $24,000 in restitution. Violated probation - had gone to NYC with a 7-year-old child and found with porn. Sentenced in 11/06 to 4-10 years in prison. Sentenced upheld 1/08. PA registered sex offender. Dismissed from priesthood in 6/07, Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.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; Morning Call 09.13.16; Morning Call 06.21.18; Fortune 08.14.18; PA Grand Jury Report Profile 08.14.18; Diocese of Allentown list 08.19.18
PA Grand Jury Report Profile 08.14.18
Robert J.1962PSettledDiocesanReportedly in 2004, attorneys for the diocese reached a settlement with one person alleging abuse. Yeager continued as a major fund-raiser for the diocese. Not placed on leave until 5/06 when the diocese investigation was completed and allegations were deemed credible. At least one other alleged victim also came forward. Retired in 2005.Teaching certificate revoked in 11/06. Permanently removed from public ministry.Toledo, OHSource:
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; Diocese of Toledo Status Report 04.08.08
Toledo Blade 5.24.06; Diocese of Toledo Assignments
YeakleHoward F.   ?PAccusedDiocesanNamed publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 4/24/19. Two allegations to diocese of abuse of minors by Yeakle in the 1960s. Another allegation received in 2018. Worked in archdiocesan parishes 1951-1971. Left the priesthood in 1972. Died in 1988.Baltimore, MDSource:
Archdiocese of Baltimore List 04.24.19
YetmarJohn Charles1957PAccusedDiocesanNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its 2/22/19 list. Two allegations noted, of abuse of boys 1968-74. Retired 2002. Faculties removed 2004. The diocese's updated list 9/24/19 shows three allegations of abuse of boys, same time-period.Sioux City, IASource:
Diocese of Sioux City List 02.22.19; Diocese of Sioux City List updated 09.24.19
Diocese of Sioux City List 02.22.19; Diocese of Sioux City List updated 09.24.19
Robert J.1974PSettledDiocesanSued by three people in 2003 who claimed 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 w hospital chaplaincy as a United Church of Christ minister. He was suspended from the UCC, per 8/04 article. Three men filed two civil suits in 2003; another man filed similar suit in 4/04. Claims settled 8/04. Laicization announced 1/05. On the archdiocese's list 7/26/19.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; St Louis Post-Dispatch 07.31.09; Archdiocese of St Louis List 07.26.19
YockeyWilliam B.1977PAccusedDiocesanFirst named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 1991 a 25-year-old man told the diocese that when he was age 16 in 10/81 Yockey sexually assaulted him and that the same thing happened to his friend in 1983 as an 18-year-old high schooler. He said Yockey would take the boys to his cabin to go fishing, and that the two had known the priest since they were in 6th or 7th grade. He said Yockey would always give them beer. Yockey acknowledged the incident with the 16-year-old, but didn't remember yet didn't deny an incident with the other youth. Removed from public ministry 7/91. Applied to work at a V.A. in 2006 - diocese did not diivlulge his history. Another allegation to the diocese 12/17/13 of abuse by Yockey of a young boy while attending St. Bernadette in Monroeville, where Yockey worked 1978-83. Found in 9/18 by a news outlet to be working as a clinical social worker at a counseling center in Ashtabula OH. Suit filed 12/17/18.Pittsburgh, PASource:
PA Grand Jury Report Profile 08.14.18; WTAE 09.10.18; Meadville Tribune 10.10.18; Tribune Review 12.17.18; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 12.18.18; Penn Record 01.08.19
PA Grand Jury Report Profile 08.14.18
Peter BSettledDominicanAccused in 2005 of inappropriate physical contact on one occasion with a boy, about age 12, in the early 1960s. The 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, was judged to be no danger to children by a clinical professor of psychiatry.San Francisco, CASource:
ABC 7 News 04.06.05; Associated Press 04.07.05; 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
Edward J.1953PAccusedDiocesanNamed publicly by the Dodge City diocese on its list 10/1/19, with substantiated allegations of abuse, occurring in the late 1950s-early 1960s. Worked in the diocese until 8/70. Incardinated into the Diocese of Sioux City in 1974. Deceased.Dodge City, KSSource:
Diocese of Dodge City List 10.01.19
Diocese of Dodge City Assignment History 10.31.19
Stanislaus< 1944PSuedDiocesanNamed in a 10/18 lawsuit as having sexually abused a girl 1972-75, when she was ages 4-7. Longtime pastor of St. Vincent de Paul in Springfield. Died in 1975.Springfield, ILSource:
Scottsbluff Star Herald 10.23.18
Robert1996PConvictedCapuchin FranciscanArrested in 4/08. Charged with sex abuse of a 14-year-old boy in 1999 at St. Matthew's in Charlotte, where he was assigned 1997-99. Transferred out of diocese in 10/99. At time of arrest, was chaplain at St. Mary's in Passaic, NJ. Extradited to Charlotte and released on bail. Victim filed civil suit vs diocese and Capuchins 10/08, saying diocese knew before transfer to NJ and case covered-up. Pled guilty to 1 count 2/09; sentenced to 7 years 8 months to 10 years prison. Suit settled 5/10 for $1.23M ($1M from Diocese and $230K from the Order). Released from prison 8/16. Moved from NC to NJ in 11/16. Per Capuchins, defrocked in 2010. Suit in 12/20 claimed abuse of a boy ages 5-7, at St. Matthew's, beginning in 1997.Charlotte, NCSource:
Charlotte Observer 04.02.08; Charlotte Observer 04.03.08; The Record 04.03.08; WSOC 04.03.08; Charlotte Observer 04.04.08; Charlotte Observer 04.07.08; 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; Charlotte Observer 02.02.09; Charlotte Observer 02.02.09; WSOC 02.02.09; Charlotte Observer 02.03.09; Charlotte Observer 02.03.09; Charlotte Observer 02.09.09; Charlotte Observer 06.23.09; News Observer 05.08.10; North Carolina Lawyers Weekly 07.10.10; WSOC 02.21.17; WFAE 12.03.19; WFAE 12.03.19; WFAE 12.04.19; WFAE 12.05.19; Diocese of Charlotte List 12.29.19; Charlotte Observer 12.22.20; Catholic News Herald 12.29.20
Assignments: Assignment Record; Diocese of Charlotte Assignment Record 12.29.19
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 as to where or when the abuse occurred. He worked at multiple parishes within the diocese. Also served as editor of Our Sunday Visitor and wrote several religious books. Admitted to long battle with alcoholism and 12 stints in treatment. Died 5/4/95 in NM. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19. It notes he was listed as "On Duty" in the diocese 1975-76, but no record of an assignment there.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; St Cloud Times 05.29.16; WJON 05.29.16; Diocese of Santa Rosa List 01.12.19
Assignments: Assignment Record

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