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St. Louis Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorneys

St. Louis ArchdioceseFor nearly 2000 years, the Roman Catholic Church has remained the leading global religious institution providing spiritual guidance to its congregation. The Vatican, through the direction of Pope Francis, remains the foundational support of Catholic faith, based on second chances, family values, and the opportunity for forgiveness. Unfortunately, many church leaders have misused their authority to sexually abuse innocent children and vulnerable adults.

For more than seventy years, Church officials have hidden credible evidence of pervasive sexual molestation by clergy members in parishes throughout the United States and worldwide. Over the last two decades, the Church has made changes to its policies and procedures on how to release information to the public regarding predatory priests.

Many of these cases have made headlines involving diocesan priests, bishops, brothers, deacons, cardinals, seminarians, nuns, and lay people in charge of providing the congregation spiritual guidance.

Hiring a St. Louis Archdiocese Sexual Abuse Attorney

Many victims of clergy sex abuse live in fear to tell others what the priest did to them months, years, or decades ago. A child abuse survivor may never speak up for fear of embarrassment, humiliation, or belief that the predator will retaliate and sexually molest them again. When the victim remains silent, the child sex abuser can continue to have access to children and young adults to use their authority to molest, rape, sodomize or assault others.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC protects alleged abuse survivors who were physically or emotionally harmed by priests or other religious leaders in Missouri, including the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis. We use our years of experience and follow state and federal laws to ensure that predatory priests are held financially and legally accountable. Last year, we successfully resolved hundreds of cases.

Our law firm filed civil lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church and the abusive priests to ensure our clients receive the financial compensation they deserve. Were you injured by a religious leader? If so, we are here to help. Tell us what happened in a confidential setting. All information you discussed will remain confidential. Let us do the right thing and protect your rights.

New Names of Clergy Added to the List

In July 2019, the Archdiocese of St. Louis released the names of sixty-four religious leaders facing credible allegations of sexual abuse involving minors. Some of the priests were found in possession of child pornography. Many of the cases of sexual misconduct date back over seven decades ago.

In August 2018, the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report announced the names of hundreds of priests whose accusations of sexual molestation. These cases involved minors and innocent adults where evidence was covered up by the Roman Catholic Church. Since then, congregations across the United States, including those in Missouri, have been waiting for the announcement identifying abusive Catholic priests in their local dioceses.

At the time of the release of the list of names, Archbishop Robert Carlson was nearing his retirement. During an interview, Archbishop Carlson stated, “it will be painful for all of us to see the names of members of the clergy accused of behavior we can barely allow ourselves to imagine.” A spokesman for the Archdiocese said that there were very few names of clergy that had not been identified before by the Review Board and that nothing new was found that alarmed Church officials.

However, sex abuse victim advocates did not see the list to be accurate. Some advocates stated that the list did not identify any details of the molestation accusations and cast doubt that the list was complete. A spokesman from SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) stated, “it is irresponsible to keep silent about a potentially dangerous child molester – or even a deceased one – and wait to disclose this knowledge in groups or bunches when it suits the employer’s public relations needs.

After the Grand Jury Report was released, the Roman Catholic Church began publishing lists of credibly accused religious leaders throughout Missouri, including the Jefferson City Diocese, Archdiocese of St. Louis, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau and the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese.

The list of predatory religious leaders identified at least thirty-four abusive priests who passed away years ago. Of those, a dozen faced their first accusations of sexual misconduct after they died.

An Extensive History of Sexual Abuse Allegations

For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church has dealt with priests, brothers, and other religious leaders facing allegations of sexually molesting innocent victims. Before the 1940s, the Vatican expected all Bishops to handle their local sexual abuse cases involving predatory Catholic priests and other clergy members.

About seven decades ago, the Roman Catholic Church built and opened the New Mexico Congregation of the Servants of the Paraclete. The retreat explicitly tailored its treatment programs to Catholic priests and other religious leaders with substance abuse issues or allegations of sexual misconduct. The treatment center accepted bishops, cardinals, priests, deacons, brothers, and sisters to participate in their treatment programs.

Before the Servants of the Paraclete Retreat Center was opened, every Bishop and parish pastor in the United States handled cases involving sexual abuse survivors through internal investigations conducted in the Parish or Diocese. Church officials often allowed the predatory priest to remain on assignment with access to children even if there were credible allegations involving sexual abuse of a minor. Allowing the priest to have access to children created the ideal environment to molest others.

However, the Retreat Center did not always help the priest or provide a successful outcome through rehabilitation. Only recently have Church officials kept the priest on administrative leave of absence instead of reassigning him to another parish with access to new potential victims.

Unfortunately, the Vatican, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis provided little guidance on what the Bishop should do. Typically, the local Bishop rarely told the parishioners of priests in their community who had sexual misconduct issues or allegations. The ongoing lack of transparency caused significant problems and left victims without the help they needed to emotionally and psychologically heal.

Sexual Abuse Survivors Face Years of Emotional Trauma

For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church has failed to take proper action to resolve sexual molestation cases involving minors and vulnerable adults. Without assistance, many victims carry a heavy burden of their unwanted experiences where priests and other clergy members sexually molest, rape, and sodomize their prey.

Many victims believe that the sexual assault occurred because of something they did. That is not true. Predatory priests often choose their victims because of their young age, lack of maturity, or youthful innocence. Typically, the priest specifically selected them to sexually assault because they could use their power of authority as a religious leader, instructor, coach, or teacher.

The priest often conducted their sexual molestation in private places in various Church-related locations like the parish rectory, summer camp, school, catechism class, sporting event, College, or the home of the victim’s parents. Some victims are sexually assaulted by priests while on Church-organized trips in and out of the state.

Why Victims Stay Silent

Many victims of child sexual abuse never speak to their local law enforcement officers, close friend, or parents about what happened. Instead, they may keep the details of the horrific experience to themselves or discuss what happened only in the privacy of a therapeutic session.

Without extensive assistance from competent counselors, many victims of sexual assault will endure years of depression, ongoing anxiety, thoughts of suicide, eating disorders, challenges with sexual relationships, and the loss of their Catholic faith.

Some sexual abuse survivors can ever get past what happened to move on if the predatory priest never faces justice through prosecution, trial, and sentencing. Fortunately, some personal injury attorneys specializing in clergy sexual abuse cases can help survivors who need to heal.

An Archdiocese of St. Louis Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorney Can Help

The United States Roman Catholic Church still has significant problems in dealing with predatory priests continually sexually molesting innocent children and vulnerable adults. Many survivors of sexual abuse have begun standing up to file a civil lawsuit against their abuser to ensure he is held accountable.

Were you victimized through a sexual assault by an Archdiocese of St. Louis religious leader? Is the priest no longer active in the Roman Catholic Church, has retired from ministry, or died? If so, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Contact our legal team today at (888) 424-5757 or fill in the contact form to schedule a no-obligation, case consultation at absolutely no charge.

We will listen to your horrific story in a confidential setting and discuss every available legal option to receive financial compensation for your damages. Our legal team has a comprehensive understanding of Missouri civil tort law and handles cases even if the state statute of limitations has expired.

We handle cases involving predatory priests who are currently in “active ministry,” laicized (removed from the priesthood), still on administrative leave, removed by their religious order, retired, or have since died. However, time is of the essence. All the necessary paperwork must be filed before the state statute of limitations expires.

List of Clergy Abusers in the Archdiocese of St. Louis

Anderson, Alexander R.

Ordained: 1975
In 2002, Father Alexander Anderson faced accusations of sexually molesting an underage male in 1987. The Reverend denied the accusations and filed a slander the civil lawsuit against the alleged victim who made a claim. In response, the alleged sexual abuse survivor filed a lawsuit against Anderson. In 2004, the lawsuit was settled. However, months later, a second plaintiff stepped forward, making accusations that they too were sexually abused by Father Anderson in 1988. The Archdiocese of St. Louis never believed that both allegations filed against Reverend Anderson were true. As of March 2014, Reverend Anderson remained active in the priesthood.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit


Babka, Robert H.

Ordained: 1968
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Robert H. Babka of the Claretian Order with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. The Church removed the priest from active ministry.

Current Status: Died: 2013


Barry, Michael O.

Ordained: 1979
In April 2007, Jesuit Father Michael O. Barry was one of four religious leaders who were included in a lawsuit settlement agreement. The four priests faced accusations of sexually assaulting a St. Louis Jesuit High School student. The alleged incidents of sexual molestation occurred between 1983 and 1985. Reverend Barry’s accuser came forward, stating that the four men had given him alcohol and used “mind games” to ensure he remained silent over what happened. Barry’s name appears on the December 2018 Jesuits Province list.

Current Status: Died: 1987


Beckman, Carl

Ordained: 1986
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Deacon Carl Beckman with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. The Church removed the Deacon from active ministry. Deacon Beckman admitted to sexually abusing “about four boys” during the 1960s. At the time, he served as an assistant leader for Boy Scout troop. Documents dated 1964 revealed that law enforcement arrested the Deacon on charges of luring about fifteen underage minors into his car, including girls and boys ages four to thirteen years old. A news report stated that once the child was in the Deacon’s car, he would masturbate and sometimes touch the victim’s thighs. Between 1965 and 1968, civil authority committed Deacon Beckman to a State Hospital. In 1970, Beekman got married. Decades ago, an alleged victim spoke up and told the Archdiocese of St. Louis of the Deacon’s history. In response, Church officials relocated the Deacon to another parish. In 2002, the Church asked Beckman to “quietly step down.”

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Beine (James), James A. (Mar)

Ordained: 1967
In 1994, Father James Beine appeared in a filed civil lawsuit alleging he had sexually molested two underage males starting in 1967. Afterward, the Church received an additional seven more lawsuits. In 1977, Reverend Beine left the priesthood. Church officials at the Archdiocese of St. Louis settled claims involving Beine’s sexual misconduct for $110,000. As of 2002, the priest was working as a school counselor. The following year, he was arrested, charged, and convicted of possession of child pornography. However, the verdict was later overturned. That same year, the court convicted Father Beine of exposing himself to three underage children and received a twelve-year sentence. However, the sentence was overturned by the court. During his career, he faced thirty-six claims involving sexual molestation occurring in Missouri. In 2005, the Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood). In October 2007, the state of Missouri permanently revoked Beine’s teaching license. At about the same time, reports indicate that the Reverend was living in Las Vegas, Nevada. Between 1979 and 1981, he worked at a high school in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. His name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Laicized – Removed from the priesthood by VaticanIn 2005


Bland, Felix

Ordained: ?
In 1995, law enforcement arrested Brother Felix Bland on charges of sodomizing an underage boy in 1988. The alleged assault occurring at Wildwood La Salle Institute happened when the victim was eleven years old. Before the Brother’s arrest, the police knew of the sexual molestation. However, at that time, Bland was serving the Roman Catholic Church on an African Mission. When he returned to the United States, he was caught and arrested after he spoke to the victim who was wearing a wire. Father Bland received a fifteen-year prison sentence. However, the court suspended all but one year. During that year of incarceration, Brother Bland was released on a work program, only spending nights in jail. The Church was named in a civil lawsuit filed by a man who alleges that Brother Felix Bland sexually molested his five sons. In 1997, the Archdiocese of St. Louis settled the lawsuit just before the case was to go to trial. Bland belonged to the FSC, Brothers of the Christian Schools.

Current Status: Convicted and sentenced to fifteen years in prison


Blase, Francis

Ordained: 1941
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Francis Blase with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegationafter Blase passed away.

Current Status: Died: 1977


Bockelmann, Albert

Ordained: 1939
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Albert Bockelmann with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. The Church conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving one victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation after Bockelmann passed away.

Current Status: Died: 1975


Brinkman, Donald G.

Ordained: 1967
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Donald G. Brinkman with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. The Church conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving one victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. In 1987, Reverend Brinkman served as an Executive Director of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors and was a parish priest. During the mid-1990s, he was on medical leave. His name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Byrne, Maurice

Ordained: 1943
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Maurice Byrne with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation after Byrne passed away.

Current Status: Died: 1993


Campbell, John J. (Jack)

Ordained: 1950
In 2003, the court ordered Father John J. Campbell to pay a former student $185,000 after allegations arose that the priest sexually assaulted the victim during “therapy sessions” in the early 1970s. Authorities stated that this sexual abuse survivor was the thirteenth alleged victim, but the first to make his case public, that claimed Reverend Campbell abused him. Documents reveal that not all of Father Campbell’s victims were minors. Over fourteen years, the Archdiocese of St. Louis paid over $575,000 in negotiated settlements and medical bills associated with Reverend Campbell. In 1987, Church officials removed Campbell’s from active ministry and ordered him not to have any contact with underage minors. Two years later, he was removed from public ministry. In 1993, the Church removed his priestly faculties after the Jesuit Order required Campbell to relocate to Denver. In June 2012, a new lawsuit was filed against the Jesuit order and the Gonzaga Prep School. The priest’s name appears on the December 2018 Jesuits Province’s list.

Current Status: Died: 2009


Campbell, John Robert

Ordained: 1958
In August 2017, the Archdiocese of St. Louis announced that it became aware of allegations against Father John Robert Campbell concerning sexual misconduct. The priest had allegedly sexually molested an underage child during the 1960s while he was at the St. Louis Prep seminary. At that time, Father Campbell served on the faculty. In the 1980s, Reverend Campbell also taught at the Festus, MO Saint Pius X High School. The Church also assigned the priest to work at parishes in Valley Park, St. Louis, Wellston, and Crestwood. In 1989, Father Campbell retired from active ministry and began living in a private residence. The Archdiocese of St. Louis stated that it knew of the allegations in the 1990s concerning Campbell’s abusive nature and claimed they had placed him on permanent administrative leave. Father Campbell’s name appears on the August 2019 St. Louis Archdiocese list.

Current Status: Retired from active ministry


Campbell, Michael A.

Ordained: 1979
In March 2002, the Archdiocese of St. Louis removed Father Michael A. Campbell from active ministry after the Reverend admitted he had inappropriately touched an underage boy over a decade before. At the time of the alleged incident, his victim was seventeen years old. At some time, Reverend Campbell admitted to the Archdiocese that the charges against him were valid. Church officials sent Father Michael Campbell to receive treatment before his reassignment to a new parish. The priest’s name appears on the July 2019 St. Louis Archdiocese list.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Christensen, William Anthony

Ordained: 1973
In 2002, Father William Anthony Christensen was named in a civil lawsuit filed by an alleged victim who claims the priest and Brother John J. Woulfe had sexually assaulted him years before. At the time of the alleged molestation from 1973 until 1975, the alleged sexual abuse survivor was 15 to 17 years old at the St. Louis, MO, Chaminade Prep School. The lawsuit alleges that Reverend Christensen sodomized, performed oral sex, and view pornography with the alleged victim. The plaintiff, who filed the lawsuit, died in 2008. In 2011, the family settled the case with the Archdiocese of St. Louis. At some point, Father Christensen filed numerous defamation civil lawsuits against one of his accusers and a former nun. The nun had reported his inappropriate behavior to the Marianist Provincial. During Reverend Christensen’s career, he was assigned to work in Bangladesh for over two decades. Church reports indicate that he sexually assaulted thirty Muslim children there. By 2012, he found and ran an NGO (non-governmental organization) while he was still in Bangladesh.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit


Christian, Norman H.

Ordained: 1961
In 1986, Church officials from the Archdiocese of St. Louis sent Father Norman H. Christian to the Paraclete Center for treatment. In 2003, St. Louis law enforcement arrested Reverend Christian on charges of sexual abuse. Christian’s was named in numerous civil lawsuits filed in 2004 and 2005. Church officials from the Archdiocese acknowledged that they had removed Father Christensen from active ministry in 1995. At that time, there were at least eight underage males who had stepped forward to accuse the Reverend of sexual misconduct. From that time until he died in 2004, Reverend Christian lived a life in a “monitored environment.” At his burial, he was recognized as a “priest in good standing.” In the fall of 2004, the St. Louis Archdiocese settled one lawsuit involving Christian’s sexual misconduct. The priest’s name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Cleary, Francis X.

Ordained: 1963
In 2018, the Jesuits Central and Southern Providence publicly named Father Francis X. Cleary with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim in the 1970s. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. In 1988, Church officials restricted Reverend Cleary’s ministry.

Current Status: Died: 2010


Condon, James A.

Ordained: 1939
In 2019, the Jesuits Central and Southern Province publicly named Father James A. Condon with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. The Church conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving one victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation after the priest’s death. At the time of the alleged assault in 1965, the Jesuit Order Reverend Condon was assigned to the Cincinnati, OH Saint Xavier High School. The priest is listed in the Chicago (Midwest) Province list.

Current Status: Died: 1993


Cooper, Thomas T.

Ordained: 1955
In 2005, Father Thomas T. Cooper faced accusations of sexual molestation involving an underage male. The alleged sexual assault occurred from 1970 until 1971 when the victim was 12 to 13 years of age. The lawsuit document alleges that the sexual abuse happened at the priest’s vacation home while he was assigned to the south St. Louis, MO St. Mary Magdalen Parish. Reverend Cooper retired from the priesthood in 1993 and died a decade later. In March 2010, the court ruled that the Church had no responsibility for the sexual abuse incidents because the priest’s inappropriate sexual contact with the underage minor occurred when he was off of Church property. In July 2011, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s decision.

Current Status: Died: 2003


Creason, Hubert (Hugh) E.

Ordained: 1958
In 2002, Father Hubert (Hugh) E. Creason resigned his position at the Catawissa, MO St. James Church, after facing allegations that he sexually molested an underage child more than two decades before. Afterward, another complaint arose accusing Reverend Creason of sexual abuse occurring about three decades before. Church officials at the St. Louis Archdiocese substantiated both accusations before asking the priest to resign his ministry. In 1989 or early 1990, Father Creason abruptly left his position at Our Lady Queen of Peace before taking his next assignment in 1991. Creason’s name appears on the 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Died: 2006


DeGuire, Charles M.

Ordained: 1934
In June 2016, Father Charles M. DeGuire was named in a file civil lawsuit with accusations that he sexually molested an altar boy at Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Parish in 1967. The alleged sexual abuse started when the victim was ten years old in the fifth grade and lasted until he was in the eighth grade. The victim alleges that Reverend DeGuire made his victim perform oral sex on him. The sexual abuse survivor states that at times, another priest also sexually assaulted him, and a third priest knew about the molestation when it was occurring.

Current Status: Died: 1982


Dreher, George

Ordained: 1915
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Monsignor George Dreher with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. In October 2019, a female sexual abuse survivor who was then eighty-four years of age stepped forward and accused Reverend Dreher of sexually molesting her in 1939 when she was four years old. At the time of the alleged assault, Monsignor Dreher served the Roman Catholic Church as the Resurrection of Our Lord Parish pastor. The alleged sexual abuse survivor stated that the priest had a key to her family’s home that was located behind the Parish. The victim stated that Reverend Dreher entered the basement of her home when her mother was doing laundry there and sexually assaulted the woman. When the four-year-old girl screamed and ran down the stairs, the priest assaulted her too.

Current Status: Died: 1962


Fisher (Fischer), Judith R.

Ordained: ?
In 2003, Sister Judith R. Fisher faced allegations of inappropriate sexual activity involving a female student. The alleged sexual assault occurred when the victim was twelve years old in 1971. The molestation continued until 1979. The accusation states that the sexual abuse occurred in the Church, Parish school, convent, the Cenacle Retreat House, and other locations in St. Louis, MO. The victim also stated she was sexually assaulted by the Sister while on trips to Kansas and Colorado. In 1977, the nun left the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Fisher passed away in 2004 before being deposed to resolve the civil lawsuit. That same year, Fischer’s Order (the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet) settled the case out of court.

Current Status: Died: 2004


Fitzgerald, Alfred J.

Ordained: 1966
In 1996, Father Alfred J. Fitzgerald faced allegations that he sexually abused a female high school student during the early 1970s. The alleged victim states that the abuse occurred after she went to Reverend Fitzgerald for counseling. The Archdiocese of St. Louis settled the case out of court for $25,000 that included a written apology by Father Fitzgerald. Church officials then placed the priest on medical leave. In 1999, Church officials at the Archdiocese of St. Louis wanted the Reverend to return to active ministry but chose not to reassign him after the victim protested. By 2005, he was residing at the Missouri Regina Cleri Retirement Home. Reverend Fitzgerald’s name appears on the July 2019 St. Louis Archdiocese list.

Current Status: Named in a settled civil lawsuit


Forman, Bruce

Ordained: 1974
In 1983, a fourteen-year-old alleged victim of sexual assault wrote the Archdiocese of St. Louis complaining about Father Bruce Forman’s inappropriate sexual conduct. The alleged sexual abuse survivor stated that Reverend Forman had plied him with beer and gave him child pornography. In writing, his alleged victim wrote that “I know it has happened before.” At that time, Church officials for the Archdiocese did not respond. The young victim stated that he gave another religious leader at the Archdiocese up to fifteen names of underage males who also stated they believed Reverend Forman had acted inappropriately with them. In 1995, the alleged sexual abuse survivor filed a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese that was later dismissed because the statute of limitations in Missouri had expired. As of January 2019, Father Forman remained an active ministry.

Current Status: Faced accusations of sexual misconduct


Freymuth, Michael A.

Ordained: 1979
In December 2004, Church officials placed Father Michael A. Freymuth on administrative leave from his active duties after allegations arose of inappropriate sexual conduct. At that time, he served as a part-time associate pastor at a Church and the Cardinal Ritter High School Chaplain. Church officials at the Archdiocese of St. Louis became aware of allegations revealed in a civil lawsuit that had been filed against another priest. A second alleged victim also made accusations against Freymuth to the St. Louis Archdiocese in 2002. In response, Church officials did nothing. Possibly in 2006, Church officials allowed Reverend Freymuth to return to active ministry by reassigning him to work in a church.’s assignment and a parish lasted until January 2009 when Church officials again removed him from ministry after a third alleged victim notified church officials that he would likely file a civil lawsuit. In September 2009, the man did file a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and the priest.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Funke, James A.

Ordained: 1974
In October 1986, local law enforcement officers arrested Father James A. Funke and Jerome Robben (a lay teacher) on charges of sexual molestation involving a minor. Between 1979 and 1986, Reverend Funke worked at Bishop DuBourg High School. The priest pled guilty to ten counts of second-degree deviant sexual assault of two underage males. Local law enforcement also found child pornography in Father Funke’s possession. The court sentenced the priest to ten years in prison. He was released from incarceration in 1992. The first sexual abuse survivor to report the priest’s inappropriate sexual behavior committed suicide when he was twenty-one years old. In November 2006, the Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) Funke. The Reverend and five other religious leaders were named in the September 2008 Archdiocese of St. Louis negotiated settlement to resolve cases involving multiple plaintiffs. Reverend Funke’s name appears on the September 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list. As of May 2011, the court now requires Funke to register as a sex offender in Missouri.

Current Status: Convicted, sentenced, and registered as a sex offender


Gaiter, Chester E.

Ordained: 1976
In April 2004, Father Chester E. Gaiter, along with three other religious leaders, participated in a $140,000 settlement to resolve the lawsuit involving allegations of sexual misconduct. Between 1985 and 1987, Reverend Gaiter allegedly participated in sexual molestation that occurred at Cardinal Ritter High School. In 1993 or 1994, Father Gaiter “retired from the priesthood” when he began showing the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. In November 2007, a second lawsuit was filed against the Jesuit priest. Two years later, the Archdiocese of St. Louis settled the case with the plaintiff. Before Reverend Gaiter’s death in 2010, he was residing at the St. Louis University Jesuits Hall. The priest’s name appears on the December 2018 Jesuits’ Central and Southern Province list.

Current Status: Died: 2010


Galovich, George W.

Ordained: 1971
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father George W. Galovich with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation after his death.

Current Status: Died: 2012


Gavin, John L.

Ordained: 1948
In September 1994, Father John L. Gavin was named in a civil lawsuit over allegations of sexual molestation that occurred between 1963 and 1964. At the time of the alleged sexual assault, the victim was thirteen years old. In 1995, the Archdiocese of St. Louis moved to have the lawsuit involving Reverend Gavin dismissed. The court agreed with the defendants. In December 1995, the case was appealed to a higher court that sent specific issues involving the lawsuit back to the lower court to be retried.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit


Ghio, John J.

Ordained: 1980
In October 2014, Church officials from the Archdiocese of St. Louis suspended Father John J. Ghio from active ministry because of a recent allegation of sexual molestation involving a minor. The alleged sexual assault of a child occurred in the early 1980s. In 2011, Reverend Ghio retired from active ministry and was relocated into a residence at the Webster Groves, MO  Annunciation Parish. In June 2013, the priest relocated to the Regina Cleri Residence. His name appears on the September 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Retired from active ministry


Goellner, Glennon J.

Ordained: 1950
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Glennon J. Goellner with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. The Church removed the priest from active ministry.

Current Status: Deceased


Grady, James Patrick

Ordained: 1977
In September 2009, local law enforcement arrested Father James Patrick Grady on charges of sexual misconduct. At the time of his arrest, he had used the Internet to arrange a meeting for sexual activity with the sixteen-year-old female at a secret location. However, the underage minor was not a girl, but an undercover agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who was working in a sting operation. Church officials at the Archdiocese of St. Louis placed Reverend Grady on an immediate leave of absence from his assignment at the Saint Raphael the Archangel Parish. Later, a grand jury indicted Father Grady on possession of child pornography that law enforcement found on his computer. In March 2010, Reverend Grady pled guilty to a charge of child pornography possession and charges that he had agreed to pay a sixteen-year-old girl for sex. Three months later, the court sentenced Reverend Grady to six years and eight months in prison. After his release from incarceration, he was required to register as a sex offender. The Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) Grady. His name appears on the July 2019 St. Louis Archdiocese list.

Current Status: Laicized – Removed from the priesthood by Vatican


Graham, Thomas J.

Ordained: 1960
In 2005, Father Thomas J. Graham was convicted of sodomizing an underage male and sentenced him to twenty years in prison. The alleged assault occurred during the late 1970s. In 1994, Church officials at the Archdiocese of St. Louis investigated the allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct. However, they could not substantiate the accusations. Instead, the Church posted Reverend Graham’s bond while the case was under appeal. In November 2006, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned Father Graham’s conviction and sentencing. The court stated that the charge of sodomy had already passed its three-year statute of limitations that restrict the amount of time the victim had to file a claim for compensation. In March 2011, a second victim filed a new civil lawsuit alleging that Father Graham had molested him twice in 1966. Another lawsuit was filed in May 2012, claiming Graham had inappropriate sexual contact with the plaintiff in 1966. Church documents reveal that the priest was “no longer in public ministry.” In March 2013, the civil lawsuit was heard at trial. In April 2016, new accusations arose of sexual misconduct involving Graham. This abuse allegedly occurred while the priest was at the Wildwood Parish in the 1980s. Church officials placed Reverend Graham on permanent administrative leave. His name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list with notations that the allegations of sexual misconduct were substantiated.

Current Status: Received a twenty year prison sentence


Gummersbach, James L.

Ordained: 1954
Father James L. Gummersbach faced accusations of sexually assaulting several underage males during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1999, the jurors awarded Reverend Gummersbach ‘s sexual abuse survivor $1.2 million after several other alleged victims of the priest testified. However, the Court of Appeals later reversed that decision stating that the Missouri statute of limitations had already expired in seeking financial compensation in that case. In November 2006, the Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) Gummersbach. The priest’s name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Died: 2014


Heck, Donald Henry

Ordained: 1963
Father Donald Henry Heck faced allegations of sexually assaulting an underage male in the 1990s. Archdiocese of St. Louis Church officials sent Reverend Heck for treatment of “stress” for a year. At the time of his indictment in 1991, he was already assigned to another parish. By 1992, he faced his charges in court with an Alford plea, meaning the defendant does not admit guilt but concedes that there is sufficient evidence by the state to win a conviction at trial. The court sentenced Father Heck to four years. The priest faced an additional accusation of sexual misconduct involving another underage male in 1990. As of May 2011, Heck’s name appears on the Sex Offender Registry. He is named on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Died: 2015


Hederman, Kevin F.

Ordained: 1975
In May 2009, Roman Catholic Church officials removed Father Kevin F. Hederman from his position as a member of the Latin America Apostolate, where he had been working since 1998. At the time of his removal, he faced accusations in a civil lawsuit of sexually assaulting a seventeen-year-old male during the early 1990s. At the time of the alleged assault, the male victim was a Christian Brothers College High School student, and Reverend Hederman was working at the Florissant, MO North American Martyrs Church. In the 1990s, Father Hederman had faced another allegation in a different civil lawsuit. The Archdiocese of St. Louis settled both cases even though the priest denied the accusations. Hederman’s name appears on the July 2019 St. Louis Archdiocese list with notations that the accusations against him were substantiated. Church officials removed the priest from active ministry.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Heier, Vincent A.

Ordained: 1977
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Vincent A. Heier with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. One report accuses Reverend Heier of sexually molesting at least one altar boy. The Archdiocese of St. Louis removed Father Heier from active ministry and allowed him to retire. A 2019 news outlet story discovered that Father Heier was saying mass at a Franklin County retirement home for “disgraced” religious leaders.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Hess, John P.

Ordained: 1983
In May 2002, Father John P. Hess pled guilty to a felony charge of child pornography possession that he had received online. In March 2002, federal agents seized the priest’s computer from the church rectory in a sting operation. The local District Attorney’s Office allowed the Reverend to change his plea of guilty on a child pornography possession charge to a lesser charge of obscene material possession because there were problems associated with his arrest warrants. In 2003, the court sentenced Father Hess to three months in a halfway home, followed by five years of probation and a $5000 fine. Church officials from the Archdiocese of St. Louis removed Reverend has from active ministry. His name was found on the July 2019 Archdiocese list.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Hough, John W.

Ordained: 1973
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father John W. Hough with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Reverend Hough faced accusations of sexual abuse that occurred during the 1970s. However, the location where the abuse allegedly happened is unclear. The Roman Catholic Church received the accusations after 1977 when Father Hough left the priesthood and the Jesuits Order. During his religious career, he worked in St. Louis, MO, and Wichita, KS, at Jesuit high schools.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct


Huhn, Bernard

Ordained: 1952
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Bernard Huhn with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. Church officials restricted Reverend Huhn from active ministry until his death in 2000.

Current Status: Died: 2000


Hummel, Fred

Ordained: 1986
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Deacon Fred Hummel with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. The Church conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving one victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. Officials from the Roman Catholic Church removed the Deacon Hummel from active ministry. The Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the diaconate) Hummel. The Deacon faced allegations of sexually molesting a seventeen-year-old male in 1993 that he had met at the Teens Encounter Christ Retreat. The victim states that the sexual molestation allegedly happened during a weeklong event arranged by his parents when the child was “shadowing” Hummel. The victim filed a civil lawsuit against Hummel that was settled for $80,000, two years later. Church officials allowed Hummel to continue working at his Parish until 2002. However, the Archdiocese of St. Louis claimed that Church officials had removed Hummel from active ministry in 1993. The Archdiocese stated that he worked for the Church “away from the public” until 2014 when he retired.

Current Status: Laicized – Removed from the diaconate by Vatican


Jiang, Xiu Hui (Joseph)

Ordained: 2010
In June 2012, law enforcement charged China-native Father Xiu Hui Jiang with victim tampering and fondling a teenage girl. Church officials removed Reverend Joseph Jiang from active ministry. In July 2013, the victim’s family filed a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its Archbishop. The lawsuit claims that the priest left the victim’s family a check for $20,000 after admitting to the sexual abuse. The document claims that Archbishop Carlson attempted to tamper with the evidence. In November 2013, the charges against Reverend Jiang were dropped. However, by April 2014, law enforcement arrested Reverend Jiang again, charging him with sodomizing an underage male in 2011 and 2012 at the Cathedral school. By June 2014, Jiang pled not guilty to the charges that were dropped in June 2015. In response, Reverend Jiang filed a civil lawsuit against the police, the city, the victim’s parents, and SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), an organization to protect victims of clergy sexual abuse. The Reverend filed a suit claiming conspiracy and defamation to deprive him of his civil rights based on his religion and race. In August 2016, the court sanctioned the SNAP organization stating they resisted the court’s discovery order. The court ordered the organization to Jiang’s legal fees. In April 2017, the jurors hearing a civil lawsuit ruled in favor of the priest and Archdiocese. However, the Church required that the priest undergo “a process for return to active ministry.” By May 2017, the plaintiff requested a new trial that was denied. The court ordered the female plaintiff to pay the Archdiocese and the priest’s legal expenses. In November 2017, the Archdiocese of St. Louis settled a lawsuit filed by SNAP. In May 2018, the Church assigned Reverend Jiang to Saint Gabriel’s Parish. However, parents of school children attending the parish school objected to the reassignment. In response, the Church rescinded transferring Jiang to Saint Gabriel’s. Instead, he remained at Cathedral Parish.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Johnston, Robert F.

Ordained: 1962
In 2002, Father Robert F. Johnston faced accusations by a man alleging that the priest sexually abused in 1978 during the victim’s teen years. At the time of the alleged assault, Reverend Johnston was assigned to the Valley Park, MO Sacred Heart Parish. The priest admitted he had sexually assaulted the victim and resigned from his position at the parish. In December 2004, two additional men filed a civil lawsuit alleging Father Johnston had sexually assaulted them between 1977 and 1980. In July 2005, law enforcement arrested Reverend Johnston on criminal charges related to sexual molestation involving a minor in 1978. All four civil lawsuits involving Johnston’s inappropriate sexual conduct were moved to federal court. In July 2008, the Archdiocese of St. Louis settled cases involving numerous religious leaders, including Reverend Johnston. In 2002, the Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) Johnston. In June 2011, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that the Archdiocese had no responsibility for the priest’s behavior. Johnston’s name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese list that revealed the allegations involving sexual misconduct were substantiated. Church officials removed Father Johnston from active ministry.

Current Status: Laicized – Removed from the priesthood by Vatican


Kaske, John J.

Ordained: 1956
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father John J. Kaske with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. The Church conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving one victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. Church officials removed Reverend Kaske from active ministry. The Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) Kaske. The archdiocese received a report that, in 1959, Father Kaske kissed a teenage girl while he drove her home from a church event. The Reverend claimed that she kissed him, and he rebuffed her advances. The victim states that the following year, she reported what happened to Church officials. At that time, the Church sent Kaske to Jemez Springs, New Mexico, for treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete Retreat. Later, Father Kaske left the priesthood to marry.

Current Status: Laicized – Removed from the priesthood by Vatican


Keaty, Jerome

Ordained: 1962
In August 2019, the Archdiocese of St. Louis publicly identified Father Jerome Keaty with credible allegations of sexual molestation involving an innocent child.

Current Status: Died: 1999


Kegel, Francis J.

Ordained: ?
In 2018, the Jesuits Central and Southern Province publicly named Seminarian Francis J. Kegel with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim.  In 1953, Seminarian Kegel left the Jesuits order. He faced allegations of sexual misconduct that occurred during the 1940s. The Church received information in 1953. However, it is unclear as to where the alleged sexual assault happened. During Father Kegel’s career, he was assigned to Kansas City, MO, and St. Louis, MO Jesuit high schools.

Current Status: Died: 2009


Kelley, William A.

Ordained: 1977
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father William A. Kelley with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. Church officials removed Kelley from active ministry before his death in 2013.

Current Status: Died: 2013


Kertz, Louis

Ordained: 1948
In August 2005, twenty years after Father Louis Kertz’s death, the priest was accused of sexually molesting a thirteen-year-old male at All Saints in St. Peter’s. The alleged assault occurred in 1981. Back then, after the accusation arose, Church officials transferred Kertz to another diocese. By May 2006, Kertz was named in another filed civil lawsuit claiming sexual abuse that occurred between 1976 and 1979 at the same parish. In November 2008, the Court of Appeals in Missouri dismissed the 2005 civil lawsuit stating that the statute of limitations had expired before the case was filed. Father Kertz’s name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list with evidence that the allegations against him were substantiated.

Current Status: Died: 1985


Kirchoff, Dennis P.

Ordained: 1987
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Dennis P. Kirchoff with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. In 1991, Chapter officials removed Kirchoff from active Ministry. Four years later, Father Kirchoff left the Jesuits Order. The alleged sexual assault occurred during the 1990s. However, it is unclear where the abuse happened.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Kohnen, Henry J.

Ordained: 1935
In June 2005, a woman filed a civil lawsuit against Father Henry J. Kohnen, alleging that the priest had sexually assaulted her between 1960 and 1968 at her church in Saint Paul. At the time the suit was filed, he had been dead for over two decades.

Current Status: Died: 1983


Kopff, Marvin C.

Ordained: 1963
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Marvin C. Kopff with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. The Church conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving one victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. Church officials removed Kopff from active ministry until his death in 2006.

Current Status: Died: 2006


Kraus, Philip D.

Ordained: 1975
In 2019, the Jesuits Central and Southern Province publicly named Father Philip D. Kraus with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. In 1996, Church officials restricted Reverend Kraus from active ministry that involved children. By 2003, the church had removed the priest from all active ministry. The Reverend faced additional allegations of sexual molestation that occurred during the 1970s. However, the location where it occurred is unclear. Currently, he is believed to be living without supervision.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Kuchar, Bryan M.

Ordained: 1993
In 2002, Father Bryan M. Kuchar confessed in a recording that he had sexually molested an underage male in 1995. Later, he complained that the police had coerced him into admitting the sexual abuse involving a fourteen-year-old boy. In May 2003, the first trial with charges against Reverend Kuchar ended in a hung jury. By August of that year, the priest was convicted of sexual assault. The court sentenced Reverend Kuchar to three one-year consecutive sentences. At that time, a civil lawsuit was filed. Father Kuchar was released from incarceration in August 2006. After Kuchar got out of jail, the Bishop was reassigning him to a “secure and monitored residence” within the St. Louis Archdiocese. In November 2006, Church officials announced that the Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) Kuchar. He is now a registered sex offender. In May 2013, the parents of a victim filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit claiming that Father Kuchar had sexually abused their child between 1999 and 2002. At the time of the sexual assaults, the sexual abuse survivor was 12 to 14 years of age. In 2009, the victim committed suicide. Reverend Kuchar’s name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Convicted of sexual abuse


Lause, Richard L.

Ordained: 1977
In August 2004, Father Richard L. Lause was named in a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexually molesting an underage St. Vincent de Paul High School male student during the 1980s. In 1985, the victim’s mother had taken the boy to an Illinois seminary where religious leaders agreed to raise him. Later, the child was transferred to the St. Vincent de Paul High School in St. Louis. In 1988, the priest’s order, the Vincentians, was informed of the allegations involving the priest’s sexual misconduct and ordered Reverend Lause to receive counseling before his reassignment the next year. By 2005, he was placed on leave after the sexual abuse survivor complaint again. By June 2005, the Vincentian Order settled a claim involving the alleged victim. Lause’s name appears on the updated April 2019 Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau list.

Current Status: Named in a settled civil lawsuit


Lehmkuhl, Gerhardt B.

Ordained: 1974
In 1995, local law enforcement arrested Father Gerhardt B. Lehmkuhl on charges that he received child pornography through the mail. Reverend Lehmkuhl pled guilty to the charges and checked himself into the Saint Luke treatment center before he was sentenced. In 1996, the court sentenced Lehmkuhl to a year in prison and ordered him to receive mental health treatment upon his release from incarceration. A 2009 article revealed that he was assigned to the St. Louis University Jesuit Hall as a part of the Jesuit Community Corporation. His name is on the December 2018 Jesuit Province list with notations that Church officials had removed him from active ministry in 2002. He died in 2012.

Current Status: Died: 2012


Lessard, Joseph P.

Ordained: 1952
In 2002, Father Joseph P. Lessard admitted that he sexually molested a dozen underage males in the 1970s at three parishes. He allegedly threatened his victims using a gun and coerced the older victims to abuse the younger ones. Reverend Lessard sexually molested his victims in his camper. The Archdiocese of St. Louis received a complaint in 1976 concerning Reverend Lessard’s inappropriate sexual behavior. In response, Church officials transferred Lessard to a new Parish before he received treatment in Minnesota. In 1979, he was sent for treatment at a halfway house (the Servants of the Paraclete) before his reassignment as a hospital chaplain. Afterward, he was assigned as a parish priest before his retirement in 1993. In 1996 and 1997, lawyers for the Archdiocese of St. Louis settled two complaints involving Reverend Lessard’s allegations of sexual misconduct. In June 2005, the Church received a new civil lawsuit filed by victims who say Lessard sexually abused them between 1985 and 1992. In July 2008, the Archdiocese might have settled that case. Father Lessard’s name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Died: 2014


Lippert, Alexander

Ordained: 1956
In August 2014, the Archdiocese of St. Louis deemed the allegations against Father Alexander Lippert accusing him of sexual misconduct as credible. The accusations indicate that he sexually assaulted a minor during the 1970s. However, the Archdiocese Review Board did not release details of their investigation except to report the death of Reverend Father Alexander Lippert that occurred in April 2000 before the allegations arose. In their conclusion, the Review Board found that the evidence was “credible though unsubstantiated” because the late Reverend could not defend himself. Church documents indicate that in 1970, he was placed on a leave of absence while living at the Pine Lawn, MO St. Paul the Apostle Parish. Records show that in July 1988, Father Lippert took sick leave before being relieved of his priestly duties. The Church granted his retirement in January 1991. His name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list with notations of the allegations against him involving sexual misconduct were substantiated.

Current Status: Died: 2000


Malo, Eugene A.

Ordained: 1960
In 2018, the Jesuits Central and Southern Province publicly named Father Eugene A. Malo with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Reverend Malo left the Jesuits Order in 1970 and left the priesthood the following year. After 1970, allegations arose that he sexually molested an innocent victim in the 1960s. However, the location of where it occurred remains unclear. During Father Malo’s career, he was assigned to numerous parishes in St. Louis, MO, Los Angeles, CA, and Aurora, CO.

Current Status: Faced allegations of sexual misconduct


Marschner, Aloysius J.

Ordained: 1936
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Aloysius J. Marschner with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. the Church restricted Reverend Marschner’s ministry to the congregation.

Current Status: Died: 2004


McClintock, Dennis J.

Ordained: 1973
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Dennis J. McClintock with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. The Church conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving one victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. The Church removed Reverend McClintock from active ministry. In 1993, the Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) McClintock. Initial reports indicated that the Reverend “crossed boundaries” with underage females at an elementary school and parish in St. Louis County. Afterward, the Reverend got married and adopted son. Up until 2009, Father McClintock worked for hotels as a manager used for retreats that the Belleville, MO National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows. As of August 2019, McClintock was working in O’Fallon as a physical therapy rehabilitation aide.

Current Status: Laicized – Removed from the priesthood by Vatican


McDonough, John Roger

Ordained: 1965
In 2006, Father John McDonough faced allegations in a civil lawsuit that he sexually assaulted an underage male in 1982. At the time of the alleged sexual assault, the victim was between eleven and thirteen years old. In 1985, Reverend McDonough passed away. His name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese list with notes that substantiate the accusations of sexual misconduct that were received by Church leaders after his death.

Current Status: Died: 1985


McGrath, Michael S.

Ordained: 1974
In 1997, Church officials at the Archdiocese of St. Louis suspended Father Michael S. McGrath from active ministry after an allegation arose that he fondled an underage male in the 1970s. At the time of the alleged assault, Reverend McGrath was a seminarian. The Church sent McGrath for treatment before he was reinstated the following year. A civil lawsuit filed in June 2003 alleges that a victim of Father McGrath had recently committed suicide after living a lifetime of turmoil dealing with the sexual abuse he endured as a child by Reverend McGrath in the 1980s. The man took his life just after learning that the priest could not be prosecuted due to the expiration of the Missouri statute of limitations. Church officials acknowledged that there are at least an additional twenty civil lawsuits by men and women that allege McGrath sexually assaulted them as children. His alleged victim stated he would take his victims in his van on outings that sometimes included overnight trips. Most of the allegations of inappropriate sexual contact involved fondling. However, there is at least one charge of forcible oral copulation. In August 2004, seventeen alleged victims settled their claims with the Archdiocese of St. Louis to resolve their cases involving McGrath. By December 2007, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a decision in a lower court to dismiss one civil lawsuit involving McGrath. Some claims against McGrath were part of the July 2008 Archdiocese of St. Louis negotiated settlement that involved five other religious leaders. In 2005, the Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) McGrath. His name appears on the September 2019 Archdiocese list.

Current Status: Laicized – Removed from the priesthood by Vatican


McLain, James

Ordained: 1957
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father James McLain with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation after his death.

Current Status: Died: 1998


McShane, James L.

Ordained: 1941
In 2019, the Jesuits Central and Southern Province publicly named Father James L. McShane with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation after the priest’s death in 1993. allegedly, the abuse occurred in the 1950s. However, the location where the sexual assault occurred it remains unclear. During Jesuit Reverend McShane’s career, he was assigned to parishes Denver, CO, Pueblo, CO, Honduras, and St. Louis, MO.

Current Status: Died: 1993


Meinhardt, Louis

Ordained: ?
In September 2011, a former Chaminade College Prep School student told the Marianist Order that Brother Louis Meinhardt was a sexual molester. Allegedly, Brother Meinhardt and Brother John Woulfe sexually assaulted the victim during the 1970s. Church officials sent out more than 1600 letters to school alumni who had attended the prep school between 1958 and 1982. The Church received at least sixteen responses that had credible allegations involving sexual and verbal abuse by the two men. During those years, Meinhardt was assigned to work at the prep school. Church documents reveal that the original abuser told officials in 2003 and 2009 about Meinhardt’s inappropriate sexual conduct. Many other alleged victim’s stepped forward before 2011 to make similar accusations. In February 2012, a civil lawsuit was filed. A second civil lawsuit was filed against the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Marianist Order in December 2015.

Current Status: Died: 1990


Miller, Charles H.

Ordained: 1964
Father Charles H. Miller faced accusations that he groomed and fondled an underage female in 1976 at the Archdiocese of St. Louis. At the time of the sexual molestation, the victim was fourteen years of age. Reverend Miller also faced accusations of molesting her when she was seventeen years old while he was at the diocese of San Antonio in Texas in 1980. It was there that Miller worked as a St. Mary’s University teacher. The alleged victim reported the sexual assault in 2005 to the Marianist Order. In 2007, Church officials for the Order privately admitted that they found the allegations against Reverend Miller to be credible. Those same Church officials found that the priest was sexually involved with at least two other women. In 2007, the Church restricted the priest’s ministry and reassigned him from St. Mary’s University in Texas to their Rome headquarters. As of February 2019, Father Miller remained in Italy. His name appears on the January 2019 Archdiocese of San Antonio list.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct


O’Brien, Joseph M.

Ordained: 1957
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Joseph M. O’Brien with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. The Church conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving one victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. Reverend O’Brien from active ministry until his death in 2002.

Current Status: Died: 2012


O’Flynn, Bernard

Ordained: 1917
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Bernard O’Flynn with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation after the Reverend’s death in 1981.

Current Status: Died: 1981


Obmann, Russell

Ordained: 1951
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Russell Obmann with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. The Church conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving one victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation.  removed Reverend Obmann from active ministry until his death in 2000.

Current Status: Died: 2000


Osborne, Robert R.

Ordained: 1966
In 2006, Father Robert R. Osborne faced accusations of sexual molestation and was named in a civil lawsuit by one of his alleged victims. Afterward, a second complaint stepped forward to accuse Reverend Osborne of sexual assault. At the time of the allegations, the priest served the congregation as the St. John Vianney High School President. In August 2006, school officials asked Father Osborne to leave his position because a civil suit would distract him from the duties of his job. Two months later, the prosecutor did not press criminal charges because the case lacked sufficient evidence to support the claim. In June 2007, a plaintiff and the Archdiocese of St. Louis settled a lawsuit out of court. However, Reverend Osborne did not admit his guilt. By February 2008, Father Osborne claimed he worked as the Kirkwood Police Department chaplain. By November of that year, he was still celebrating mass with parishioners. In May 2009, Church officials for the St. Louis Archdiocese removed Reverend Osborne’s faculties after a previous investigation became public knowledge. Reverend Osborne died in a California care facility in April 2014.

Current Status: Died: 2014


Pavlik, James J.

Ordained: 1963
In 2000, Church officials at the Archdiocese of St. Louis placed Father James J. Pavlik on administrative leave after allegations of his sexual misconduct were substantiated. In 1994, church officials also investigated other accusations but could not substantiate the claims that he sexually abusing an innocent victim in the 1970s. By 2002, an adult male told officials that in three decades earlier, when he was an underage minor, he met Reverend Pavlik. Upon returning to the United States as a legal adult, he met up with Father Pavlikin St. Louis where the priest attempted to molest him at the church rectory. To stop the assault, the victim threatened Pavlik with a knife. In August 2005, Reverend Pavlik’s name appeared in a file civil lawsuit. His name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Died: 2015


Pilgram, Paul C.

Ordained: 1970
In 2019, the  Jesuits Central and Southern Province publicly named Father Paul C. Pilgram with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. In 1991, Church officials restricted Reverend Pilgram from active ministry where he has access to minors. The priest faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct that occurred from the 1970s and throughout the 1990s. In 2003, the Church removed Father Pilgram’s priestly duties and requires he lived a life under supervision. A May 2019 story through a news outlet revealed that Reverend Pilgram was residing on the St. Louis University campus at the Jesuit Hall.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Pinkston, Nickolas Eugene

Ordained: ?
In January 2010, Church officials from the Archdiocese of St. Louis removed Seminarian Nickolas Eugene Pinkston from the Kenrick-Glennnon Seminary after learning the seminarian was having an affair with an adult female. In July 2011, local law enforcement arrested Seminarian Pinkston for trying to receive child pornography through the mail the year before. In 2007, Pinkston started seminary school and served the Roman Catholic Church at Saint Ambrose, Our Lady of the Presentation, and Ascension parishes. During his career, he was a childrens’ confirmation class teacher. In May 2012, he pled guilty to the charges of obtaining child pornography. The seminarian likely received a five-year prison sentence.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Poepperling, William C.

Ordained: 1934
In April 2005, an adult female filed a civil lawsuit against Father William C. Poepperling alleging the priest sexually assaulted her from 1956 until 1959. In August 2005, a second female filed a separate lawsuit alleging Reverend Poepperling sexually molested her for over four years starting in the 1950s when she was four years old. In either 2008 or 2009, the trial court dismissed most counts in each case. By February 2010, the Court of Appeals upheld the dismissals. Father Poepperling’s name appears on the Archdiocese of St. Louis list. The Church document revealed that the substantiated allegations were received by Church officials after Poepperling had died in 1983.

Current Status: Died: 1983


Posey, Thaddeus

Ordained: 1971
In 2004, Father Thaddeus Posey was named in a civil lawsuit along with three other priests facing accusations of sexual misconduct. The document states that the sexual molestation occurred during the 1970s and 1980s In April 2007, the Archdiocese of St. Louis reached a negotiated settlement with the other religious leaders. However, the agreement did not include a settlement to resolve a claim against Reverend Posey. A September 2013 Capuchin Order Midwest newsletter identified Father Posey as a member of a Ministry for Retired Capuchins. The Reverend’s name appears on the March 2019 Capuchin Province of Mid-America’s list. According to the Diocese of Salina, the priest faced more than a single credible allegation of sexual misconduct.

Current Status: Died: 2013


Rehme, Albert A.

Ordained: 1956
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Albert A. Rehme with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. Church officials removed Reverend Rehme from active ministry until his death in 2012.

Current Status: Died: 2012


Ross, Joseph D.

Ordained: 1969
In 1988, Father Joseph D. Ross pled guilty to charges of sexual assault involving an underage boy in December 1986. At the time of the alleged molestation, the victim was eleven years old. Reverend Ross received a two-year probation sentence that included treatment. Father Ross acknowledged that he faced accusations of molesting an underage male in the 1970s and had been arrested for public decency and propositioning of law enforcement officer. Church officials at the Archdiocese of St. Louis allowed Reverend Ross to return to active ministry. By March 2007, Church officials removed Father Ross’ faculties. In November 2002, he was named in a civil lawsuit alleging he had sexually assaulted a fourteen-year-old male in 1977. In August 2002, the Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) Ross. In September 2008, law enforcement arrested Reverend Ross on new charges from 2000. Two years later, the court dropped the charges. In October 2011, he was named in a civil lawsuit claiming he had sexually assaulted a girl. In September 2014, the Archdiocese settled the case under confidential terms.” His name appears on the and July 2019 Archdiocese list.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Schierhoff, Lawrence C.

Ordained: 1952
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Lawrence C. Schierhoff with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. The Church conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving one victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. Church officials removed the Reverend from active ministry. The Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) Schierhoff.

Current Status: Died: 2008


Seidel, Michael L.

Ordained: 1987
In 1998, Church officials at the Archdiocese of St. Louis suspended Father Michael L. Seidel from his priestly duties after an allegation arose that he sexually molested a child. Church officials deemed the accusations against the Reverend to be credible. In November 2006, the Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) Seidel. The priest’s name appears on the July 2019 St. Louis Archdiocese list.

Current Status: Laicized – Removed from the priesthood by Vatican


Short, Anthony J.

Ordained: 1971
In 2019, the Jesuits Central and Southern Province publicly named Father Anthony J. Short with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. In 2008, Church officials at the St. Louis Archdiocese removed Reverend Short from active ministry after allegations arose that he sexually assaulted an innocent victim in the 1960s and 1970s. Church documents do not clearly identify where the assault occurred. During Short’s career, he was assigned to numerous parishes in Denver, CO, Sedalia, CO, Centennial, CO, Saint Stephen’s, WI, and St. Louis, MO. Some records show that Father Short was residing under supervision at a skilled nursing facility. His name appears on the December 2018 Jesuits Midwest Province list.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Stauber, James Frederick

Ordained: 1959
In 1993, Father James Frederick Stauber resigned from his position in the Archdiocese of St. Louis without admitting any wrongdoing after facing accusations that he had sexual contact with the child in St. Louis, MO over two decades before. As a result, Bishops Straling placed Reverend Stauber on administrative leave. Afterward, Stauber acknowledged that he was a recovering alcoholic. During his career, the La Crosse Diocese priest was transferred to the San Bernardino Diocese during the early 1980s. After he died in 2002, Stauber was buried in Wisconsin as a priest. His name appears on the October 2018 Diocese of San Bernardino list, the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list, and the January 2020 Diocese of La Crosse list with notes on multiple allegations of sexual misconduct that the Church had substantiated.

Current Status: Died: 2010


Straub, Donald J.

Ordained: 1975
In 1978, the Roman Catholic Church received numerous complaints involving Father Donald Straub. Church officials then sent Reverend Straub to treatment before reassigning him to a new parish in 1979. In 1986, new allegations arose involving sexual abuse occurring at his current Parish. The Church again placed the Reverend on leave and sent him to receive treatment for over three years. Afterward, Church officials assigned Father Straub to the Diocese of Dodge City, KS Cathedral, between September 1990 and January 1991. In 2004, two adult males filed a civil lawsuit in Missouri, alleging that Straub had sexually assaulted them during the 1970s and into the early 1980s. At least six more accusers claimed that Straub had sexually assaulted them. The Archdiocese of St. Louis settled some of the cases in 2005. In January of that year, the Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) Straub. In May 2007, Church officials settled another case that had initially been filed the year before. In May 2007, another lawsuit was filed. In July 2008, Reverend Straub and five other religious leaders were named in a settled civil lawsuit. His name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list, and the October 2019 Dodge City Diocese list.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit


Sutton, Gregory J.

Ordained: ?
In August 1995, law enforcement arrested Brother Gregory J. Sutton on charges that he sexually molested students in 1980 in Australia. At the time of his arrest, he served the Roman Catholic Church as a Missouri Catholic school principal. Documents reveal that there were no accusations made of sexual misconduct in Missouri. In May 1996, he requested that Australian officials extradite him after there were several battles in the court. Documents reveal that officials in the United States knew that the Brother was wanted on charges in Australia for about one year. However, the officials were not aware that he was working as a school principal in America. That same month, in Australia, Brother Sutton pled guilty to numerous charges of sexual assault that occurred between 1976 and 1987. The Australian court system charged him with sixty-seven counts involving fifteen children. He received an eight-year sentence of incarceration. By May 2014, Brother Gregory Sutton was listed as one of Australia’s most notorious child sex offenders.

Current Status: Convicted and sentenced to eighteen years


Thiel, James

Ordained: 1971
In 2004, Father James Thiel was named in a civil lawsuit with accusations that he sexually assaulted an innocent victim from 1978 to 1981. The alleged assault occurred while Reverend Thiel was assigned to the St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Pine Lawn in St. Louis. Church officials then reassigned him to a church in Grand Rapids, MI. Church documents reveal that there might have been numerous possible confidential settlements involving Father Thiel in the 1970s and again in the 1980s. The Redemptorist Order claims that they had asked the priest to resign from the Order in 1997. In 2005, a second victim stepped forward, claiming that Father Thiel had sexually assaulted him. In March 2007, the Archdiocese of St. Louis settled the 2004 lawsuit for $140,000. There were three additional religious leaders named in the negotiated agreement.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit


Toczylowski, Maximilian

Ordained: 2016
In May 2018, Church officials removed Father Maximilian Toczylowski from his position as the Director of the St. Louis Priory Junior School. At that time, Benedictine Reverend Toczylowski faced accusations that others have found “inappropriate images” on the priest’s computer. By the end of the month, the school had contacted the local Creve Coeur law enforcement. Bishop Carlson removed Father Toczylowski’s faculties. During his career, he served the Roman Catholic Church running a summer program for urban students and worked in the school athletic department. Nearly two decades earlier, Toczylowski graduated from the same school.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Toohey, Michael W.

Ordained: 1967
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Michael W. Toohey with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. Church officials conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving a single victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. Church officials removed Reverend Toohey from active ministry. In 1972, the Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) Toohey. Afterward, he got married and raised the family. In November 2019, Michael Toohey filed a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Louis alleging that he had been falsely identified as an alleged abuser. The Reverend denied the allegations of sexual assault, saying that Church officials had not informed him of the allegations before their list of credibly accused religious leaders was released. The Reverend stated that the Archdiocese refused to provide details of the accusations.

Current Status: Laicized – Removed from the priesthood by Vatican


Triulzi, Daniel A.

Ordained: 1981
In August 2005, Church officials from the Marianist Order placed Father Daniel A. Triulzi on administrative leave from his Parish in the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. At that time, Reverend Triulzi faced accusations of sexual misconduct involving a child in 1996. The alleged incident occurred in the Archdiocese of St. Louis Chaminade College Prep School. The plaintiff in the case filed the civil lawsuit in the St. Louis Circuit Court. After his transfer to the Diocese of Fort Worth, he served between 1983 and 1987 as a Nolan High School teacher. He was then reassigned to a parish. In 2007, the Church settled a civil lawsuit. However, the settlement was not announced until February of the next year.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit


Valentine, Leroy A.

Ordained: 1977
In 1982, an adult female reported that Father Leroy A. Valentine sexually assaulted her three children. At the time of the alleged molestation, the boys were ten, eleven, and twelve years old. Local law enforcement had sent her to the Archdiocese of St. Louis to talk to Church officials. In 1995, the family filed a civil lawsuit that was settled three years later. Each victim received $20,000. Later, Church officials sent Reverend Valentine to treatment before transferring him to another Parish. In March 2002, Father Valentine’s identity as a child sex molester became public. However, Church officials at the Archdiocese refused to remove him from ministry, saying that the accusations were not substantiated. That same month, the Reverend retired from the priesthood after another individual accused him of sexual assault that occurred in 1978. In May 2013, the Archdiocese Review Board found the accusations against him to be credible. The Church finally removed his privileges. In October 2015, a filed civil lawsuit revealed accusations against Father Valentine of repeated sexual assault, including rape, of an underage male between 1977 and 1981. At the time of the alleged assault, the victim was eleven years old and attending Immaculata School. The plaintiff in that lawsuit claims that Valentine told him that the sexual molestation was “special training” to become an altar boy. Reverend Valentine’s name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Vatterott, William F.

Ordained: 2003
In June 2011, Church officials in the Archdiocese of St. Louis removed Father William F. Vatterott from his assignment at the Saint Cecilia Parish. At that time, allegations arose that he had engaged in “inappropriate electronic exchanges” with two teens, including one female. Reverend Vatterott was also accused of inappropriate behavior, including underage drinking with minors. In April 2013, the grand jury indicted Father Vatterott on federal charges of possessing child pornography from 2010 until 2011. In August 2013, Reverend Vatterott pled guilty to the charge of possessing child pornography and “sexting” an underage male. The Missouri court system sentenced Father Vatterott to three years in incarceration. The Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) Vatterott. The priest’s name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Laicized – Removed from the priesthood by Vatican


Westrich, Keith M.

Ordained: 1981
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Keith M. Westrich with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. The Church conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving one victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation. In 1986, Church officials removed Reverend Westrich from active ministry. He relocated to Massachusetts and worked for the state’s Department of Education. As an Associate Commissioner, he focused on “preparing children for life after high school.” When his name was released in July 2019 of a list of credibly accused section molesters, he was placed on administrative leave. He retired from his position after the public became aware of the accusations. The State of Massachusetts was to investigate the allegations.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Wieberg, John R.

Ordained: 1918
In March 2012, Archbishop Carlson of the St. Louis Archdiocese told parishioners that at least five individuals had made accusations in recent years concerning Father John R. Wieberg’s inappropriate sexual conduct. The alleged abuse occurred nearly five decades before. The Reverend died in 1963. One alleged victim, now eighty years of age, stated that he was sexually abused at the age of nine in 1940 by Reverend Wieberg. The Archdiocese Review Board found the allegations to be credible. During Father Wieberg’s career, he was assigned to numerous rural parishes in Charleston, Arcadia, and Advance. He had also worked in numerous St. Charles County parishes. The Reverend’s name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list and the April 2019 Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau list. Church records show that they received information in 2004 and 2018 of the Reverend’s inappropriate sexual activity involving innocent victims between 1942 and 1945.

Current Status: Died: 1963


Witzofsky, Richard H.

Ordained: ?
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Brother Richard H. Witzofsky with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. In 2002, Church officials removed Reverend Witzofsky from active ministry over multiple allegations of sexual molestation that happen in the 1970s. Witzofsky belonged to the Jesuit Order.

Current Status: Died: 2003


Wolken, Gary P.

Ordained: 1993
In 2002, a Missouri court convicted Father Gary P. Wolken of sexual molestation involving an underage male. The Reverend was given a fifteen-year prison sentence. The alleged assault lasted over three years, starting when the boy was about five years of age in 1997. By 2006, the Reverend was attempting to get an early release from incarceration. However, another alleged victim came forward, claiming that Reverend Wolken had sexually assaulted him over two decades before. That case was not prosecuted. Church officials sent Father Wolken to therapy. In August 2004, the Archdiocese of St. Louis settled a filed civil lawsuit for $1.675 million and asked the Pope to defrock the priest. The Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) Wolken. In February 2015, after twelve years behind bars, the Missouri Corrections Department released Wolken from prison. His name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Laicized – Removed from the priesthood by Vatican


Woulfe, John J.

Ordained: ?
Brother John J. Woulfe faced accusations, along with Father William Christensen, of sexually molesting an underage male at the St. Louis  Chaminade Prep School. At the time of the alleged assault, the boy was 15 to 17 years of age. While the case was on appeal, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the victim’s repressed memories were admissible at trial, causing the suit to go forward because the time to file a case had not been restricted by law. In September 2011, Church officials received new allegations confirmed by letters sent in by school alumni in 2012. During Brother Woulfe’s career, he served the Roman Catholic Church for nine years at the prep school before he left the Marianist Order in 1977. In April 2014, a new lawsuit was filed by an alleged victim of sexual abuse. He claims the Brother victimized him around 1970 at Chaminade Prep School. In November 2015, another lawsuit was filed claiming that the Brother repeatedly sexually assaulted a student at the prep school between 1968 and 1971. This allegation included the Reverend masturbating and performing oral sex while the victim was participating in “college counseling” meetings.

Current Status: Died: 2005


Yim, Robert J.

Ordained: 1974
In 2003, three males accused Father Robert J. Yim of sexual molestation in a filed civil lawsuit. The alleged victims claimed that Reverend Yim sexually assaulted them when they were minors. In 1990, Church officials from the Archdiocese of St. Louis removed Father Yim from his active ministry before being reassigned as a hospital chaplain. In 1995, Yim “chose to resign from active ministry” but continued to work as a hospital chaplain as a minister of the United Church of Christ. In an August 2004 article, it was revealed that Yim was suspended from his ministry at the United Church of Christ. By 2003, another three men filed two civil lawsuits. In April 2004, another male victim filed a similar lawsuit. Some of these claims were settled by the Roman Catholic Church in August 2004. By January 2005, the Vatican laicized (defrocked – removed from the priesthood) Yim. The Reverend’s name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Zacheis, Dennis B.

Ordained: 1975
In 2010, Church officials allowed Father Dennis B. Zacheis to retire from the priesthood without faculties after allegations arose of financial irregularities at the church where he pastored. In November 2017, Reverend Zacheis faced allegations that he sexually assaulted a minor between 1975 and 1978. At the time of the alleged assault, the priest worked at the Mehlville, MO Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish. The Reverend denied the accusations. The fifty-five-year-old accuser filed a civil lawsuit in November 2017. Church officials removed Reverend Zacheis from active ministry. His name appears on the July 2019 Archdiocese of St. Louis list.

Current Status: Removed from active ministry


Zimmer, Ralph

Ordained: 1943
In 2019, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis publicly named Father Ralph Zimmer with credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving an innocent victim. The Church conducted an internal investigation concerning the accusation involving one victim. The results of the investigation substantiated the allegation.

Current Status: Died: 1981

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