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Christian Christian Priests Convicted for Sexual Abuse  

Robert Wabash
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A regularly updated list of priests, ministers or any clergymen caught or convicted of sexually abusing children in some way, shape, or form. Priests who have been merely accused of sex abuse are not included in this list. Only priests legally convicted for sexual abuse of a minor or priests caught having any kind of sexual relations with children are included on this list along with their crimes and why they were convicted.

Catholic sex abuse is, unfortunately, a very common crime around the world due to the immense amount of trust placed in men of "God", so the more you can raise awareness of the reality of this danger the better. There is nothing "okay" about Christian sexual abuse, so here are the names of Christian clergymen who have betrayed their flock and their faith.

Who are the Catholic priests convicted of sexual abuse? Take a look at this list of famous and not-so-famous priests accused of abuse, and recognize these for abusive hypocrites for the heinous criminals they are. 

Aaron Joseph Cote 18 yr old boy filed suit 11/05 alleging abuse in 2001-02 when the youth attended Mother Seton Church in Germantown MD., Suit said abuse occurred in both MD and DC. Cote removed. Reported to Archdiocese in 2003 but it just moved him to RI. Also alleged to have abused 2nd youth in OH in 1980s. Case settled 8/07 for $1.2M paid by Order. Also worked in Springfield MA. Woman filed suit 4/08 re abuse of her children. First criminal charges filed 7/08 re 2003 abuse. Found guilty 7/09. 10 yrs probation 11/09. -- Diocese: Washington, DC

Alphonsus M. Smith In 1995 Smith admitted affair with 1 youth from 1988-1993. Civil suit filed 1995 dismissed on statute of limitations. Sentenced 1996 to 16 years for abuse of 4. Reduced to 1 year. Sent to live at St. John Vianney in St. Louis. Died in 2005. At least 1 claim included in $1.3M settlment with Archdiocese 12/06. -- Diocese: Washington, DC

Alvin L. Campbell Arrested on sexual assault charges in 1985. Owned child porn. History of abuse involving numerous victims going back at least 20 years. Convicted and sentenced to 14 yrs prison. Released 1992. Bishop requested laicization in 1989 but was denied by Ratzinger because Campbell did not agree. He later agreed and was laicized (1992?). Died in late 2002. At least 1 civil suit settled in 2004 mass settlement. Six more victims from 1970s and early 1980s settled with Diocese 1/07 for $625K total. -- Diocese: Springfield, IL

Andre Anthony Corbin Criminal charges filed 1988 alleged abuse in 1966 when parish was part of Raleigh Diocese. Sentenced 3 yrs jail; served only about 60 days. Put on probation for 5 yrs and sent for treatment. Accused of dressing young boys in loin cloths to depict modelof crucified Christ. Charlotte Diocese stripped Corbin of priestly faculties in 1988. Also named in 12/03 lawsuit in Springfield, MA which settled 8/04 as part of multiple plaintiffs $7.75M settlement. Died in fire 5/08 at age 79. -- Diocese: Raleigh, NC

Andrew Christian Andersen Convicted 1986 of 26 counts of felony molestation of 4 boys. Sentenced to 5 yrs probation after treatment at Servants of Paracletes. Continued to molest boys while in therapy. Arrested in New Mexico in 1990 for abuse of another youth. Sentenced to 6 yrs prison for violating Calif. probation. Laicized in mid-1990s. Current whereabouts unnknow. Prior to 2005 there were $4.62M in settlements regarding Andersen. -- Diocese: Orange, CA

Andrew L. Millar Ordained in Ireland and had worked in Rockville Centre since 1964. Retired 1999. Arrested 5/00 on charges that he sexually abused a 15 yr old learning disabled/developmentally delayed youth in a bathroom. Pleaded guilty and sentenced to 1-3 yrs in prison in 11/00. 17 yr old altar boy complained in 1999 that Millar had abused him in 1991. Millar sent for treatment and "retired." 3 other complaints made since 1995. Priest V in the Suffolk Co. Grand Jury Report. Laicized. -- Diocese: Rockville Centre, NY

Andrew W. Krafcik Ordained for Richmond diocese but requested transfer to Arlington Diocese in 1984. Convicted in 1984 of a misdemeanor charge involving a 12-yr-old girl and sentenced to counseling. Served in "limited ministry" from 1985 to 1996 when he retired. Laicization requested by Bishop Loverde in 2002 and announced 7/04. -- Diocese: Richmond, VA

Angel Crisostomo Mariano Mariano was a cross-dresser who was convicted of child molestation in 1998 for performing oral sex on a teenage boy while posing as a 25 yr old woman. Served 5 months in jail. Jesuit leaders had reprimanded Mariano for sexual misconduct at least 5 yearsprior to the 1998 incident. Jesuits had apparently been moving him around since 1988. After release from prison he moved to Jesuit community at Los Gatos where other priests abused two mentally disabled residents. -- Diocese: San Jose, CA

Anthony ""Tony"" Jablonowski Pleaded no contest to 2004 charges of abuse of 17 yr old boy in 1982. Sentenced to 15 months to 7 yrs in prison. Privileges removed. Another accuser filed civil suit 3/05. Released from prison 7/05. Required to register as sex offender. He worked in several dioceses and is on Tucson list of abusive priests. Laicization announced 6/06. -- Diocese: Cheyenne, WY

Anthony Martinez Garduno Accusations that Garduno asked an adult man to strip during premarital counseling surfaced in approx. 1993. Sent for treatment. Church trial for heresy after Garduno found a separate Catholic sect in 1996. He was "removed from the clerical state." Arrested 12/09 and charged with abuse of a 17 yr old boy 4 yrs before and continued sale of drugs from the church. Accuser said he knew of other minor victims who had been abused at that location. Sentenced 3/10 to 2 yrs prison on drug and gun charges. -- Diocese: San Bernardino, CA

Anthony Parlangeli In 3/02 article, Man says that at 15 he was drugged and raped by Parlangeli on overnight camping trip. Parlangeli said he was too tired to camp and rented a hotel room. Drugs caused convulsions; Parlangeli had to take youth to hospital ER. Police notifed; he was arrested. Charges later reduced to administering drugs illegally and he spent a brief time in jail. Transferred to Baltimore where he also abused. 1994 civil suit settled. Died 1997. -- Diocese: Miami, FL

Anton Mowat Mowat, from England, was charged in 1988 with abuse of 4 altar boys in Stone Mt. Georgia. Prior to charges, he fled the U.S. Extradited from England in 1990 and convicted. Sentenced to 6 yrs jail and probation. Served 15 mos; released and deported to England. Atlanta Archdiocese paid at least $358K to families of t3 of the boys. In 03/96 Mowat was arrested on charges of violating his probation by inappropriately touching an 11 yr old boy in 1994. -- Diocese: Atlanta, GA

Arrested 4/16/09 for unlawful sexual behavior with a teenage boy and providing alcohol to a minor. Most recent event 4/09 on church property, just before the accuser told police. Assigned to St. Mary of The Nativity in Salinas. Placed on leave by Diocese. He had been counseling the boy for 2 yrs. Child porn also found on his computer. Pled no contest 3/11 to 14 counts, including child porn. Sentenced to 1 yr jail & probation. Case will be referred to Vatican. -- Diocese: Monterey, CA

Armand Thibault Sacred Heart Brother for 34 yrs before being ordained as Marist. Personnel file released 12/02. 1993 criminal trial in ME for 1992 sexual contact with child under 14 (re 3 boys) and child endangerment (providing beer to kids). Found not guilty on sex charge and pleaded no contest to the other. Received treatment then reassigned to Boston under restrictions. Retired. All privileges removed 1/02. -- Diocese: Portland, ME

Arthur J. O'Brien Accused of abuse of 1 boy in MD between 1984-1985. Also allegation of abuse of 14 yr old boy in Boston when O'Brien was in seminary. Moved to Hawaii in 1985. Accused of abuse of boy, age 10, in 1989 in Hawaii. Recd 5 yrs probation in 1992. Placed on permanent leave in 1993. -- Diocese: Washington, DC

Arthur Manuel Cunha At least three civil suits filed as well as criminal charges re abuse of boys in 1986. One suit settled for $640K. Sentenced to 60 days jail and 4 mo counseling center for abuse of two boys. May have left priesthood. -- Diocese: San Francisco, CA

Arthur Maurer Maurer pleaded guilty in 1993 to child sex offense that occurred out of state in 1992. He apparently retired and was living in Baltimore from 1992 to 1993 but 1993 Catholic Directory shows he was affiliated with Galveston-Houston Diocese. Maurer died in 1993. His obit was in Houston TX newspaper. Name appears on 9/02 list from Archdiocese of Baltimore of Religious priests and brothers accused of sexual abuse of children. -- Diocese: Baltimore, MD

Arturo Ahumada Deacon. Pleaded no contest in 3/02 of providing pornographic material to 2 boys and misdemeanor sexual battery on one of them between 1999-2000 at Epiphany Church in South El Monte. Taken into custody 5/02 pending sentencing Sentenced 6/02 to 1 ys in county jail, a 44-month suspended state prison term, 5 yrs felony probation, and required to register as sex offender. -- Diocese: Los Angeles, CA

Augustine K. Jones Convicted 1968 of abuse of boy. Rec'd 3 yrs probation and treatment. More charges in 1993 of abuse in 1990. Indicted 1993 and pled guilty. Rec'd 4 yrs probation. -- Diocese: Chicago, IL

Augusto Cortez Arrested 6/08 and charged with touching the breast of a 12 yr old girl on 5/29/08. He worked with students at Saint John the Baptist School, in Bushwick. Per The Tablet 3/1/08, Cortez had been working at Centro de Evangelizacion San Vicente de Paul but was to return to his order, effective 12/31. Sentenced to 6 yr probation 7/09. -- Diocese: Brooklyn, NY

Avdon Serratos Priest visiting from Colima diocese in Mexico. Sexually abused a 15-year-old girl on 8/10/03 during confession, was arrested, pled no contest, and in 2004 was sentenced to a year in jail. Archdiocese could not determine whether Serratos had been granted faculties to minister. -- Diocese: Los Angeles, CA

Barry E. Ryan Air Force Chaplain for many years. Left military in 1995 after investigation in 1994 for sexual misconduct with minor in Mobile, AL. Also left active priesthood. Name became known in 2003. Pleaded guilty in late 2004 to abuse of a 6 yr old boy in fall of 2003 in NY. Suffering from stomach cancer. Resided at St. Luke's, rather than jail, because ofr "Health.". Attempted suicide 8/07 to avoid sentencing. Remanded to prison 10/29/07. Living at St. John Vianney Renewal Center as of 6/09. -- Diocese: Brooklyn, NY

Barry F. Bossa Bossa pleaded guilty in 1974 to charge of misdemeanor sexual abuse of a 12 yr old boy. Served no jail time. Order knew; still let him be ordained. 2 victims filed suit in Boston in 2002 They allege he performed oral sex on them as 8 and 10 yr olds in Bridgewater in 1970s when he was a "parish brother." Worked in NY archdiocese in 2002. Transferred to Rome after NY Archdiocese learned of 1974 charges and pulled his privileges. MA charges filed and attempts made to extradite him. Died 5/07. -- Diocese: Boston, MA

Bernard Dabbene Suspended 11/00 after found in car with 17 yr old boy. Sentenced to 3 yr probation and community service. Named in 2003 civil suit which alleged he was part of a ring of child molesters at Salesian High School from 1969-1973. Dabbene is former official with SF Archdiocese. He lived at the Salesian provincial headquarters for years. Died 9/9/10. -- Diocese: San Francisco, CA

Bernard Ward Ward, a former priest and current radio talk show host, was indicted on federal internet child porn charges 12/07. His attorney reports that charges relate back to events 3-4 yrs ago when Ward was researching a book. Left priesthood in 1979 or 1980. He reportedly emailed child porn pictures to a woman who immediately turned him over to police & FBI. Originally pled not guilty. In 5/08 he pled guilty to 1 count. 5/08 articles allege abuse when he was still priest. Sentenced 8/08 to 7+ yrs. -- Diocese: San Francisco, CA

Smyth, a native of Ireland, briefly served in RI and ND. He is believed to have abused at least 50 boys and girls, both in Ireland and in US. Sentenced to 4 yrs jail in Ireland in 1995 on 17 counts of assaulting 5 girls and 4 boys between 1964-1988. In 7/97 he was sentenced to 12 yrs for abusing 20 boys and girls. He died in prison in 08/97. Add'l suit filed 6/08 in Providence RI re abuse in 1968. Also worked in Boston. Two sued his Order 6/10. -- Diocese: Providence, RI

Brian Keith Olkowski Olkowski, a 23 yr old seminarian, was dismissed from Seminary 1/95 when he pleaded guilty to charges he gave beer to 14 yr old boy in 1994 and then molested him. Sentenced 1 yr jail, counseling and 500 hrs community service. 5 yr probation after release from prison. -- Diocese: Baltimore, MD

Brian M. Cox Part of Josephite society from 1968. Joined Baltimore Archdiocese in 1981. In 1995 complaint of abuse in 1981 was made to Baltimore. Cox admitted that he had abused from 1979-1985. Placed on permanent leave without privileges. He was arrested in 2002 and charged with abuse of 2 boys. Sentenced to 15 months in jail & 5 yrs probation. Served 9 months. Laicized in 2004. Registered sex offender. -- Diocese: Baltimore, MD

Bruce E. Ball 1993 plea of no contest to charge of sexual contact w/ 12 yr old boy during therapy session. Total of 4 known victims. Sentenced to 5 yrs prison; released 3/96. On parole thru 12/97. Laicized at his own request as of 8/11/97. Settlement of $100K in 1993(?). In 1993 La Crosse diocese told Baltimore of 2 claims against Ball during the time he was a seminarian for La Crosse in Baltimore in mid 1970s. Died 2003. -- Diocese: La Crosse, WI

Bruce O. Ewing Left priesthood in 1977. Civil suit filed 4/02. Also charged 2003 with abuse of Plaintiff in early 1970s. She claimed a consensual relationship beginning when she was age 14 but he denied any relationship. Civil suit settled through mediation 3/03. Criminal trial ended in mistrial 2004. New criminal trial held 3/07 and jury found him guilty of 1 count on 3/22/07. Sentenced to 5 yrs probation 5/07. Laicized 2004. Led parish council in 2010; terminated 2/11. On Sex Offender Registry. -- Diocese: Louisville, KY

Bryan Kuchar Confessed on tape to a sexual relationship with a 14 yr old boy in 1995 but then complained that he had been coerced by police. First trial ended in hung jury in 5/2003. Convicted 8/03 of abuse and received 3 yr sentence. Civil suit also filed. To be released in 8/06 but Bishop will assign him to "secure and monitored residence" within the archdiocese. Laicization announced 11/03/06. Registered sex offender. -- Diocese: St. Louis, MO

Carl Anthony Schipper Arrested 3/04 after he held a series of explicit sexual conversations with what he thought was a 13 yr old boy in an Internet Chat Room. He was immediately placed on leave from position as academic dean at Menlo Park's St. Patrick's Seminary. Pled guilty 8/00. Sentenced to 6 mo. jail and 3 yrs probation and to register as sex offender. -- Diocese: San Francisco, CA

Carl E. Drake, Jr. Accused in 1993 of sodomizing a boy 1989-93 starting at age 14. Drake had obtained a court order granting him custody. Convicted 11/18/93 in court martial of committing indecent acts with the boy but acquitted of charges that he sodomized the boy for more than 4 years. Drake denied the charges. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Drake had worked at 2 parishes in the Columbus diocese and then as a Navy chaplain 1968-93. He was suspended by the Navy and the Washington archdiocese in 4/93. -- Diocese: Military Services, US

It was announced in 7/08 that Albany had placed Stone on leave in 1981 after he pleaded guilty in County Court to sodomy charges stemming from an indictment that alleged sex with two teenage brothers in Colonie. Allegations also made when he worked for Ogdensburg Diocese. Went on to work in Canada until 1985 when Bishop Larocque terminated him after new allegations. Larocque knew of earlier allegations when he hired Stone. Died 11/06. -- Diocese: Albany, NY

Carlos Guzman Bishop removed him from diaconate program in early 1990s after abuse allegation involving touching and kissing an 8 yr old boy. In 1993 he served 8 months of 9 month sentence for abuse. Accused of abuse of at least 2 in 2004 civil suit. Abuse alleged in 1970s-early 1980s. Current whereabouts unknown. -- Diocese: Paterson, NJ

Served as Oblate brother for several years prior to ordination. Convicted 1994 for abuse of 4 boys. 30 days in jail & 10 yrs probation (deferred adjudication). Civil suit filed 1994. Left priesthood in 1994. One victim committed suicide in 1997. Shortly before probation over in 2004, he was arrested for computer pornography and judge soon sentenced him to 20 yrs in prison for each of 4 prior convictions (to be served concurrently). -- Diocese: San Antonio, TX

Carlos Rene Rodriguez Convicted 2004 of abuse of 2 from 1988-1993. Sentenced to 8 yrs in prison. 1st abuse report 1987. Placed on leave1993. Accused of abuse prior to 1994 in civil litigation. Laicized in 1993 (or 1998 per LA Archdiocese). Included in 12/06 $60M settlement re 22 priests which covers all of the cases involving molestations that occurred since Mahony was named head of the diocese in 1985. Released from prison 1/08. In violation of sex offender registration requirements since 12/09 per Registry 1/2/10. -- Diocese: Los Angeles, CA

Carmelo Melchior ""Mel"" Baltazar An extern priest from the Philappines, Baltazar has a history of abuse of boys over a 20 year period while serving Diocese of Cleveland, Diocese of Phillippines, US Navy, Diocese of Boise, Idaho, and Diocese of San Diego. Named in several civil suits. Convicted 1984 & sentenced to 7 yrs. Released to treatment after 3 yrs. 2003 civil suit in San Diego said that plaintiff lived with Baltazar and traveled with him for 5 years during military assignments. Always introduced as his nephew. Deceased. -- Diocese: Boise, ID

Carmen Sita Arrested 9/15/82 for abusing male minor and giving him drugs. Pleaded guilty 1983. Sentenced to 5 yrs probation; sent to Paraclete's in Albuquerque NM. Legally changed name to Gerald Howard. Incardinated in Jefferson City MO; assigned 1983 to parish with school. Accused 2007 of abusing boy for 5 years, starting at age 13, and giving him drugs. Left parish 1984. Claim settled 2009 for $600K & agreement to laicize. Other victims came forward in NJ and MO. Arrested 4/10 in NJ. Also crim. in MO. -- Diocese: Newark, NJ

Charles Leonard Connor Accused 1995 and 1997 of abusing 2 dependent adult men living / working at Jesuit center. Admitted inappropriate touching; restricted but not reported to police. Case reopened 2000; search warrant revealed documents; abuse may have lasted 1970-2000. Connor sent to live at school. Pled no contest 2001; got no jail time. Settled 9/4/02 for $7.5M. Accused 2002 of abusing Jesuit; complaint deemed unproven. Accusing priest died, an apparent suicide, after Connor was housed at center with him again. -- Diocese: San Jose, CA

Charles Michael Cikovic Placed on leave in 1993 after accusations of sexual relationship with 13 yr old girl. Pleaded guilty in 1993 on 4 counts of sexual battery and/or lewd acts; sentenced to 6 mo in jail and 20 yrs probation with mandatory treatment and forced retirement.Released from jail in Dec. 1995. Civil suit filed and settled out of court in 1997. 2002 article says settlement was $550,000. Previous accusations in 1980s. Lives in MO. 2010. On Sex Offender Registry. -- Diocese: Venice, FL

Charles Plock Plock, a chaplain and youth minister at St. John's University in Queens, was arrested 10/08 after emailing a homemade video of himself masturbating to someone he thought was a 13 yr old boy in Colorado. Instead, it was a police officer. He was released on bond and immediately sent to St. John Vianney Center in Downington, PA for evaluation. Criminal charges filed. Pleaded guilty and sentenced to 5 yrs probation 12/09. -- Diocese: Brooklyn, NY

Daniel A. Calabrese Convicted 1992 of abuse of teenage boy. Sentenced to 90 days in jail, 5 yrs probation, and 1 yr treatment. Previously transferred twice because of allegations involving youths. Civil suit 1993. As of 2003, he was living in New Mexico and was listed as being on a "leave of absence" per 2002 Cath. Dir. Laicized 2005. -- Diocese: New York, NY

Daniel C. Clark Convicted of abusing 2 boys in 1988. Probation for 15 years and 90 days in jail. Removed from ministry but allowed to volunteer and wear clerical collar. Litigation settled 1989 and 1997. Named in 19 suits 2002-2003, of which 18 settled in 6/03 and 1 in4/06. Found guilty in 2003 criminal trial and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Laicization announced 11/04. Sentence overturned 5/07. Pleaded guilty 11/07 in return for release from prison, with 5 years probation and 5 years court supervision. -- Diocese: Louisville, KY

Daniel J. McCormack Accused of abusing boy while in Seminary in Mexico. Accused in 10/99 of abusing altar boy. Archdiocese ignored 9/5/03 warning about boys in rectory. Arrested 8/30/05 on credible allegation. Reassigned as dean 9/1/05. Arrested 1/20/06; removed from ministry. Pled guilty 7/2/07 to abuse of 5 boys, some abused after first arrest; sentenced to 5 years. 23 known accusers. Multiple settlements for over $10M. Laicized 11/07. Multiple accusers in 2010 suits. 5/11 suit names Vatican. -- Diocese: Chicago, IL

Daniel J. Tisak Criminal charges filed in 1988 allege Tisak abused 12 yr old at Pennsylvania YMCA. Tisak pleaded guilty. Sentenced to 2 yr probation and 6 mo at St. Luke's. Shown as "On leave" from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pittsburgh, Byzantine per 1989 Official Catholic Directory. Not listed in 1990 or 1995 Catholic Directories. -- Diocese: Pittsburgh, PA

Daniel M. Azzarone, Jr. Complaints received as early as 1985, 1992 and 1998-1999. Only placed on leave 11/01 after he was accused of abusing a 15 yr old boy on Caribbean cruise in 11/00. Abuse continued until 2001, often in rectory. Another youth also accused him of abuse. Pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree sexual assault 9/05 and sentenced to 3 yrs prison & 7 yrs probation. Named in 2005 civil suit which settled 8/08 as part of $1.326M settlement by Providence Diocese. Laicization as of 6/12/09 announced 2/10. -- Diocese: Providence, RI

Medina, a native of Honduras but ordained for the Diocese, was quietly placed on admin. leave in 2002. In 2004 he was arrested & charged with abuse of 14 yr old male in 1999. Pleaded guilty summer, 2008. Sentenced to 3 yrs probation. Privileges were withdrawn. Name became public 9/08 after "confidential" memo from archdiocese to all bishops warning them he had no privileges. Now facing court trial and possible dismissal from priesthood. -- Diocese: Newark, NJ

Daniel P. Herek Pleaded no contest 1998 to allegations of sexual abuse of 1 youth. Served 2 1/2 yrs jail. Named by 8 in subsequent civil suits. 2002 Jury award of $800K to 1 plaintiff. Other suits then settled. Convicted of exposing himself in mall parking lot in 9/05. Request for new trial denied. Sentenced 120 days in jail. Verdict appealed.. Finally going to jail 3 yrs later (7/08). He had requested house arrest. Judge also added 4 months for probation violation when caught masturbating in public. -- Diocese: Omaha, NE

Daniel R. McBride Retired 1987. Placed on leave in 2002 when charged with abuse of minor (a 17 yr old boy who was part of prostitution ring). Pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor. Sentenced to 3 yrs probation 6/03. Charges resulted from investigation of Parmadale Residential treatment facility which is operated by Cleveland Catholic Charities for children with history of delinquent behavior & emotional problems. Still on admin. leave as of 2007 per Diocese website. -- Diocese: Cleveland, OH