List of priests with credible claims against them of sexual abuse of a minor

  • By: Star Tribune staff
  • Updated: December 6, 2013 - 11:02 AM

Thomas Adamson

Born: July 12, 1933

Ordained: 1958

Parishes: St. Leo the Great, St. Paul; St. Boniface, St. Bonifacius; St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul Park; Immaculate Conception, Columbia Heights; Risen Savior, Apple Valley. Also Diocese of Winona.

Status: Removed from ministry 1985

Residence: Rochester

Put on restrictions after accused of abusing two teenagers in the 1970s

John T. Brown

Born: July 2, 1920

Ordained: 1948

Parishes: St. Timothy, Maple Lake: Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale; St. John, St. Paul; St. Joseph, Hopkins: St. Mary, Le Center; St. Mary, Waverly: St. Anthony of Padua, Minneapolis; Immaculate Conception, Marysburg; Sacred Heart, Faribault; St. Peter Claver, St. Paul; Annunciation, Hazelwood;

Status: Removed from ministry 2002

Residence: Maplewood

Sued in 2013 for sex abuse. Pending.

Cosmas Dahlheimer

Born 1908, died 2004

Ordained: 1936

Parishes: St. Augustine, St. Cloud; St. Bernard, St. Paul; St. Joseph, St. Joseph. Also St. John’s Abbey.

Accused of abusing as many as four minors in the 1970s. Sued three times, two settled. Lived under restrictions at St. John’s Abbey until his death.

Gilbert J. DeSutter

Born: April 28, 1928

Ordained: 1964

Parishes: St. Mark, St. Paul; St. Mary, St. Paul; Annunciation, Minneapolis; St. Peter, Richfield: Immaculate Conception, Faribault; St. William, Fridley; St. Michael, Prior Lake. Also St. John Vianney Seminary, St. Paul.

Status: Removed from ministry 2003

Residence: Mesa, Ariz.

Settled two lawsuits filed in 1999.

Gilbert J. Gustafson

Born: April 18, 1951

Ordained: 1977

Parishes: St. Mary of the Lake, White Bear Lake; St. Matthew, St. Paul; St. Peter, Mendota. Also archdiocese.

Status: Resigned and was removed from ministry 2002

Residence: St. Paul

Settled abuse lawsuit in 2005.

Louis J. Heitzer

Born 1914, died 1969

Ordained: 1942

Parishes: Most Holy Trinity, Winsted; St. Andrew, Fairfax; Assumption, St. Paul; Holy Redeemer, Marshall; St. Mary, Sleepy Eye; St. Joseph, Waconia; St. Aloysius, Olivia; Sacred Heart, Franklin; St. Joseph, Rosen; St. Michael, Gaylord; St. Luke, Clearwater; St. Scholastica, Heidelberg; St. Richard, Richfield.

Accused of molesting boy in 1968.

Rudolph M. Henrich

Born 1906, died 1992

Ordained: 1933

Parishes: St. James, St. Paul; Most Holy Trinity, Winsted; St. Mark, Shakopee; St. Boniface, Stewart; St. Margaret Mary, Minneapolis. Also State Training School for Boys in Red Wing.

Status: Removed from ministry in 1976

In 2010, a teacher accused him of abuse as a boy during 1960s and 1970s. No legal action taken.

Francis Hoefgen

Born: Aug. 1, 1950

Ordained: 1979

Parishes: St. Boniface, Cold Spring; St. Boniface, Hastings. Also Villa Maria Center, Frontenac.

Status: Removed from ministry 2002. Left Benedictine order in 2012

Residence: Columbia Heights

Admitted in 1984 to abusing a teenage boy in Cold Spring but was not charged. Sued in November for allegedly abusing a boy at St. Boniface in Hastings from 1989 to 1992.

Richard H. Jeub

Born: Feb. 21, 1940

Ordained: 1966

Parishes: St. Joseph, Hopkins; Our Lady of Grace, Edina; St. Mark, St. Paul; Christ the King, Minneapolis; St. Kevin, Minneapolis; Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale; Sacred Heart/St. Lawrence, Faribault; St. Rose of Lima, Roseville

Status: Removed from ministry 2002

Residence: Crosby, Minn.

Out-of-court settlement over abuse of teenage girl.

Dennis C. Kampa

Born: May 31, 1932

Ordained: 1968

Parishes: Immaculate Conception, Faribault; St. Mark, St. Paul; St. Joseph, West St. Paul; Holy Family, St. Louis Park; Holy Trinity, South St. Paul; St. Vincent de Paul, Osseo; St. Michael, Pine Island; St. Michael, Kenyon.

Status: Retired 2002. Removed from ministry 2003.

Residence: Victoria

Sued in 1995 for abusing a teenage girl from 1981 to 1984.

Robert Kapoun

Born: Dec. 1, 1938

Ordained: 1964

Parishes: Holy Redeemer, Montgomery; St. Kevin, Minneapolis; St. Raphael, Crystal; St. Patrick, Cedar Lake; St. Catherine, Spring Lake; St. Scholastica, Heidelberg; St. Joseph, Lexington; St. Thomas, St. Thomas.

Status: Resigned 1996. Removed from ministry 2002.

Residence: Cold Spring

“Polka Padre’’ reached out-of-court settlement in 1990 for abuse of boy.

Jerome C. Kern

Born: March 20, 1941

Ordained: 1966

Parishes: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Minnetonka; Our Lady of Grace, Edina; St. Mark, St. Paul; St. Peter, Forest Lake; St. Dominic, Northfield.

Status: Removed from ministry 2002

Residence: Edina

Sued in 1993 for abuse; settled. Sued in 2013 for abuse; pending.

Lee D. Krautkremer

Born: Aug. 28,1940

Ordained: 1966

Parishes: St. Peter, Forest Lake; St. Joseph, Lino Lakes; St. Michael, St. Michael; St. Michael, West St. Paul; St. Margaret Mary, Golden Valley; St. Peter, North St. Paul; Immaculate Conception, Faribault; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minneapolis.

Status: Removed from ministry 2002. Left priesthood in 2006.

Residence: Minneapolis

Sued in 2002, dismissed by statute of limitations

Ronan C. Liles

Born: Sept. 6, 1942

Believed dead.

Ordained: 1969

Parish: St. Albert the Great, Minneapolis

Status: Dismissed from Dominican order in 1985.

Sued in 1997 for abuse of two brothers.

Alfred Longley

Born 1913, Died 1974

Ordained: 1939

Parishes: Immaculate Conception, Faribault; St. Richard, Richfield; St. Jude of the Lake, Mahtomedi

Status: Removed from ministry 1968

Brennan Maiers

Born: April 27, 1936

Ordained: 1963

Parish: St. Bernard, St. Paul

Status: Removed from ministry 2002

Residence: St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville

Admitted to abusing a 9-year-old altar boy at a parish in St. Joseph in 1966. Lawsuit settled in 1992.

Timothy McCarthy

Born: June 26, 1946

Ordained: 1973

Parishes: St. Leo, St. Paul; All Saints, Lakeville; St. Andrew, Elysian; St. Peter Claver, St. Paul; Guardian Angels, Lake Elmo; St. Joseph, Lino Lakes; Holy Redeemer, Maplewood.

Status: Resigned and removed from ministry 1991

Residence: Believed to be in Oakdale or St. Paul.

John E. McGrath

Born 1931, died 1995

Ordained: 1957

Parishes: St. Helena, Minneapolis; Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale; Nativity, St. Paul; St. Andrew, St. Paul. Also University of St. Thomas

Status: Removed from ministry 1995

Sued twice in 1993 for abuse

Paul Palmitessa

Born: Jan. 18, 1931

Ordained: 1956

Parishes: Cathedral of St. Paul; Holy Redeemer, St. Paul; St. Paul, Zumbrota; St. Mary, Bellechester.

Status: Retired 1998

Residence: Archdiocese of San Diego

Joseph Pinkosh

Born: Oct. 27, 1943

Date of ordination: 1969

Parishes: St. Joseph, Hopkins; St. Wenceslaus, New Prague; Holy Cross, Minneapolis; St. Patrick, Shieldsville

Status: Removed from ministry 1992

Residence: Columbia Heights

Francis Reynolds

Born 1922, Died 1988

Ordained: 1955

Parishes: Maternity of Mary, St. Paul; St. Patrick, St. Paul; Visitation, Minneapolis; St. Margaret Mary, Golden Valley; St. Francis Xavier, Buffalo; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minneapolis.

Status: Removed from ministry 1987.

Sued in 1991 for abuse.

Richard Skluzacek

Born 1932, Died 2012

Ordained: 1957

Parishes: St. Stanislaus, St. Paul; St. Stephen, Anoka; Most Holy Redeemer, Montgomery; Most Holy Trinity, Veseli; St. Nicholas, New Market; Corpus Christi, Roseville; St. Joseph, Hopkins.

Status: Removed from ministry 2005

Michael J. Stevens

Born: Dec. 24,1954

Ordained: 1980

Parishes: St. Michael, Prior Lake; Church of the Epiphany, Coon Rapids; St. Mark, St. Paul; St. Adalbert, St. Paul

Status: Removed from ministry in 2002

Residence: Believed to be St. Paul

Pleaded guilty to charges of sexual misconduct with a minor in 1987.

Thomas Stitts

Born 1935, Died 1985

Ordained: 1962

Parishes: St. Matthew’s, St. Paul; Our Lady of Grace, Edina; Guardian Angels, Hastings; Blessed Sacrament, St. Paul; St. Leo, St. Paul; St. George, Long Lake; St. John the Baptist, New Brighton.

Status: Removed from ministry 1985

Sued several times following his death in 1985 at the age of 50 and is accused of abusing at least a dozen children.

Robert Thurner

Born: Nov. 25,1925

Ordained: 1951

Parishes: Most Holy Trinity, St. Louis Park; St. Luke, St. Paul; St. Michael, Prior Lake; St. John the Evangelist, Hopkins; St. Joseph, West St. Paul; St. Edward, Bloomington; St. Therese, St. Paul.

Status: Removed from ministry 2002

Residence: Maplewood

Sued in 1991 and 1993 for molesting at least three boys. Both cases settled. Sued in October by a woman alleging he abused her in the 1980s at St. Joseph’s School in West St. Paul.

Clarence Vavra

Born: March 13, 1939

Ordained: 1965

Parishes: St. Rose of Lima, Roseville; St. Philip, Minneapolis; St. Peter, North St. Paul; Guardian Angels, Hastings; St. Matthew, St. Paul; Holy Spirit, St. Paul; Sacred Heart, Rush City; St. Gregory, North Branch; St. Wenceslaus, New Prague; St. Jerome, Maplewood; Holy Redeemer, Maplewood; St. Genevieve, Centerville; St. Nicholas, New Market; Nativity of Mary, Cleveland; Most Holy Redeemer, Montgomery; St. Patrick, Shieldsville.

Status: Retired and removed from ministry 2003

Residence: New Prague

In November, the archdiocese admitted that it had kept Vavra in active ministry for nearly a decade after the priest admitted sexually abusing several young boys.

Joseph Wajda

Born: Feb. 9, 1947

Ordained: 1973

Parishes: St. Raphael, Crystal; Immaculate Conception, Columbia Heights; St. Rose of Lima, Roseville; St. Joseph, Waconia; Sts. Peter and Paul, Loretto, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minneapolis; St. Andrew, St. Paul; Blessed Sacrament, St. Paul.

Status: Removed from ministry 2003.

Residence: Minneapolis

Sued twice in 1989 for allegedly abusing teenage boys at St. Raphael’s. One case settled for undisclosed sum. Status of other unknown.

Raymond Walter

Born 1915, died 2003

Ordained: 1941

Parish: St. Alphonsus, Brooklyn Center

Status: Removed from ministry 2003

Curtis Wehmeyer

Born: Sept. 28, 1964

Ordained: 2001

Parishes: St. Joseph, West St. Paul; Blessed Sacrament, St. Paul; St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Paul.

Status: Removed from ministry 2012

Residence: Minnesota Correctional Facility – St. Cloud

Wehmeyer was charged in 2012 with abusing two boys while he was pastor of Blessed Sacrament. He was sentenced in February to five years in prison.

Robert Zasacki

Born 1940, Died 2008

Ordained: 1967

Parishes: St. Bridget, Lindstrom; St. Joseph, Lino Lakes: Cathedral of St. Paul; St. Peter, Forest Lake; St. Peter, Delano; St. Joseph, Delano; Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale; St. Joseph, Hopkins, 2001-2002.

Status: Removed from ministry 2002

Unsubstantiated claims

Eugene Corica

Born: July 31,1933

Ordained: 1960

Parishes: St. Patrick, Inver Grove Heights; St. Bridget, Minneapolis; St. Raphael, Crystal; Holy Childhood, St. Paul; Holy Family, St. Louis Park.

Status: Left ministry in 1995

Residence: Minneapolis

Corica was accused of having sexual relationships with adult women, the archdiocese said. No claim of sexual abuse of a minor was made.

Robert Loftus

Born: Dec. 22, 1930

Ordained: 1963

Parishes: St. Stephen, Anoka; Christ the King, Minneapolis; Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis; St. Frances Cabrini, Minneapolis.

Status: Left ministry in 1977

Residence: Coon Rapids

The archdiocese said Loftus was credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a “young woman” in the early 1970s. An investigator has not determined whether a claim of sexual abuse of a minor can be substantiated.

Patrick Ryan

Born 1892, died 1965

Ordained: 1919

Parishes: St. Mary, St. Paul; St. Clement, Minneapolis; St. Stephen, Minneapolis; Immaculate Conception, Faribault; St. John, Ortonville; Guardian Angels, Hastings.

Ryan was accused posthumously in 2002 of sexually abusing a minor in 1961. The archdiocese said a private investigative firm found no credible support for the claim.

Roger Vaughn

Born: June 16, 1948

Ordained: 1977

Assignment: Crosier Monastery and Seminary, Onamia.

Status: Left order in 2001

Residence: Yonkers, N.Y.

Vaughn was one of three priests accused in a 2006 lawsuit of abusing a boy at the Crosier Seminary in Onamia. The archdiocese statement Thursday said it did not know of “any claims that Vaughn sexually abused a minor in this archdiocese.”

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