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Archdiocese of Seattle ACCUSED PRIESTS

Status: Accused
 
Deacon at St. Anthony’s in Renton in 1989. Name included on the archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled
 
Accused in a 2001 lawsuit of sexual abuse in the 1970s at St. Joseph’s in Vancouver. Placed on leave. Similar accusations of abuse in the 1970s had been made in 1996 when Ashwell was assigned to St. Augustine’s in Oak Harbor. He was a state-licensed foster father and one of his charges accused him of abuse. His (male) accuser settled with the Archdiocese in 1996. Three other men filed suit in 7/05. Laicized in 2005. New suit filed 8/30/10. Included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Settlement in 2022 of sexual abuse in about 1976 at St. Vincent de Paul in Federal Way.
Ordained: 1939
Status: Settled

Died: 09/27/1989

Worked at Sophia University in Tokyo. Per news in 2006, accused of abusing a minor in 1956. Professor at Seattle University 1956-87. Died 9/27/89. At some point, the University removed his name from an endowed chair in the philosophy department because of the abuse. At least one settlement as of 11/07. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. On the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/18, noting claims in 2005 of abuse in 1957.
Ordained: 1944
Status: Convicted

Died: 02/12/1995

Convicted in 1987 of lewdness with a child in Reno, NV. Sued in 2003. Accused of abuse in the 1960s in Portland. In 2005 three siblings (two girls and a boy) settled claims against the Seattle archdiocese for $1.1M. Other claims were still pending. Accused of molesting at least 9 boys and girls in OR, WA, and NV. Died 2/12/95. One claim settled in Seattle in 10/07 for $270K. Four others settled in 2009. Included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, established or determined to be credible. Worked at St. James Cathedral 1955-64, and Mt. St. Vincent in Seattle 1979-84. On the Reno diocese’s list of credibly accused 4/5/19 and the Las Vegas diocese’s list 4/12/19.
Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Died: 12/1/1987

Died in 12/87. Name included on the Seattle archdiocese’s list released 1/15/16 of clergy and religious for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, established or determined to be credible. Worked in the archdiocese 1940-87, in Kenmore, Longview, Everett, Arlington, Sedro-Woolley, Bremerton, Renton, Seattle, and Bellevue.
Status: Sued
 
One of seven religious brothers accused in a civil suit filed in 1/04 of abuse of three boys at Kent’s Briscoe Memorial School and/or O’Dea High School. Abuse is said to have occurred between the 1940s and 1960s.
Status: Sued
 
In a civil suit filed 8/26/10, one of three plaintiffs alleged that he was abused by Br. O’Sullivan in 1963-64 at Briscoe Memorial School. The same man also alleged he was assaulted by Br. Croke at the same school.
Status: Settled
 
In civil suit filed 8/26/10, one of three plaintiffs alleged that he was groomed and sexually abused by Casale in 1955 at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent. Suit also claims same man was later abused by Br. Croke. Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in 2014 as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. At Briscoe Memorial 1956-60; 1962-69.
Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled
 
Removed from ministry in 6/02 after a man told the archdiocese that Champagne abused him as a boy in 1979. The alleged victim told another priest, who in 1986 informed Archbishop Hunthausen that Champagne had “momentarily” molested a boy once in 1979. No action. The Vatican permanently removed Champagne from public ministry in 9/06, giving him “a life of prayer and penance.” On archdiocese’s list of credibly accused in 1/15/16. Worked in Kenmore, Seahurst, Seattle, Tacoma, Snohomish and Lakewood. In 1/20 the archdiocese settled for $1.7M with someone claiming abuse in the 1980s. Another settlement 7/16/20.
Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled
 
Admitted 1988 to sexually abusing about 20-40 prepubescent girls and 1 boy, most recently several years prior. File alleges multiple male victims, some in Pittsburgh diocese. Seattle archdiocese informed in 1962 that Cody had molested at least 8 girls; sent to Institute of Living for treatment. Assigned to 6 parishes during next 15 years,1964-79, then put on leave as unassignable. Moved to FL 1988. Sought ministry in Orlando diocese; faculties denied by Seattle. He proposed laicization but Seattle did not pursue. Moved to Las Vegas NV area. On recommendation of Review Board, laicized in 2005. Hubbard suit settled for $1.2M on 5/17/15 during trial. Archdiocese settled with 8 women for $9.1M as announced 3/23/16. Of them, Cody abused 6 when assigned to a Burlington WA parish 1968-72, and 2 while serving in Bellingham 1972-75. Died in 2015. Included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Another settlement announced by Seattle archdiocese 11/18.
Ordained: 1985
Status: Convicted
 

In 5/88 Conn was charged with five felony counts of indecent liberties with minors. In 7/88 he pleaded guilty to molesting six boys ages 11-13. Admitted to abuse of others police did not know about. Sentenced to four years in prison. Former supervising priest of another abuser, James McGreal. Civil suit settled with archdiocese in 1996. Laicized. Included on archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list. Another settled suit announced 11/18. On Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list. It notes that Conn was a per-novitiate candidate at St. Anthony Seminary, and left in 1980 to become a diocesan priest. Settlement 11/19/20 in the 1988 case. Another settlement announced in 4/28.

Ordained: 1934
Status: Accused
 
As part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the province agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Worked in the San Francisco, Helena, Boise City, Seattle, Spokane, and Great Falls dioceses. Not listed in the Official Catholic Directory after 1951. On Great Falls-Billings diocese’s list 8/21/18. Per Jesuits West list 12/7/18, sex abuse of a minor 1945-49 reported in 2009. He was dismissed circa 1950.
Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled
 
Alias John Cornelius McKenna. Seminarian in Boise ID, ordained for the Archdiocese of Seattle. Accused of molesting a boy in eastern Oregon in 1968, while a student at Mt. Angel Seminary. Worked in the Seattle archdiocese 1975-2002. Adopted several youths. Accused by at least 20 of them of abuse when they were minors in the 1970s-80s. Laicized in 2004. In 2006 two brothers settled with the archdiocese for $1M. Several other cases pending at the time. Included on archdiocese’s list released 1/15/16 of clergy or religious with admitted, established or credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. On the Boise diocese’s list in 10/19. Settlement in 2022.
Status: Convicted
 
Accused of abuse of at least 55 boys. Order knew in 1960s about abuse yet allowed Courtney to teach in IL, MI, NV, NY and WA. Left order in 1983. Worked in public schools in WA until accusations surfaced. Pleaded guilty 1988 to indecent liberties; got two-years probation. Five plaintiffs settled for $1.9M in 2/07. Suit filed 2006 for abuse of one in 1980 at St. Alphonsus School in Seattle and at O’Dea; settled for $1.1M in Fall 2007. Suits filed in 3/09, 11/22/11 (7 claims) and 3/13 (15 claims). Order agreed to $16.5M settlement with 400 plaintiffs for abuse by multiple order brothers in 5/13. Allegations against Courtney by 52 of 400 claimants. Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in 2014 as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. On 6/25/14, archdiocese announced $12.1M settlement of 30 claims against order, archdiocese, Briscoe School and Seattle’s Bishop O’Dea HS. Eleven were claims of abuse by Courtney. Known in 2/16 to have been living in HI. Included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Subject of settlement(s) with the Chicago archdiocese in 2/22.
Status: Sued
 
In a civil suit filed 8/26/10, two of three plaintiffs alleged that they had been abused by Bro. Croke after they had already been abused by other religious brothers at Briscoe Memorial School in 1955 and in 1963-64. Worked at the school 1951-70. Name included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Deceased.
Status: Settled

Died: 07/22/2007

Crosby entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) in 1952. She was an elementary school principal for 30 years, working in Spokane, Edmonds, Tacoma, Seattle and Everett. In 1999 she surrendered her teaching credentials after an allegation surfaced against her of sexual abuse in the 1980s.  She died in 7/07. Her name was included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. In 7/21 the archdiocese announced that it had settled two cases with claims of sexual abuse by Crosby in the 1980s, while she was principal of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School in Seattle. 

Status: Accused
 

Priest of the Archdiocese of Manila. Named as accused by the Seattle archdiocese on its list in 2/21. Worked in the archdiocese at St. Mary’s in Aberdeen 1971-1972 and at St. Anthony’s in Renton 1972-1973. Per the Official Catholic Directory, Cruz later worked in the Diocese of Boise until at least 1985. Deceased.

Status: Settled
 
Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. Delamere was listed as a ‘former’ brother as of 6/11/14. Included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent WA 1963-68.
Status: Accused
 
Deceased. Included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent WA 1924-32, 1937-46, 1961-70.
Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Died: 07/24/1993

Died 7/24/93. Included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked in archdiocese until 1993, in Kenmore, Seattle, Seahurst, Longview, Tacoma, Sedro Woolley, Bellingham and Lynnwood. Named in suit filed 5/17/16.
Status: Settled
 
Civil suit filed in Seattle in 1/04 by three plaintiffs alleging sexual and physical abuse by seven members of the Congregation of Christian Brothers Order, including Duffy, at Briscoe Memorial School for Boys in Kent WA 1940s-60s. The school, closed in 1970, was owned by the archdiocese and run by the order. Other men have come forward with stories of their own to support these allegations, including one who filed suit in 1/08. Believe claims settled in 11/08 and 1/09. Included on the Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial 1958-59. Deceased.
Ordained: 1945
Status: Accused

Died: 01/21/1987

Named Monsignor in 1963. Superintendent of Catholic schools 1947-1968. Died in 1987. Included on the archdiocese’s list in 8/18. Report to the archdiocese in 2016 that Duffy sexually abused a minor in 1959 or 1960.
Status: Settled
 
Two separate suits were filed by a man against the order and archdiocese. The first suit alleged abuse by Dwyer at Briscoe Memorial School in the 1940s. It settled for a lesser sum when order said Dwyer never worked at the school. The second was filed in 2009 after an archive from Rome showed Dwyer had been expelled from the order in 1947 following an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. The list showed Dwyer worked at Briscoe Memorial in the 1940s.
Ordained: 1936
Status: Sued

Died: 01/25/1980

A civil suit filed in 1/08 alleged Feeney abused a boy in the 1950s at St. Martin’s High School in Lacey. The abuse allegedly lasted two years when the boy was in 9th and 10th grades. The same plaintiff also alleged abuse by two Christian Brothers at Briscoe School in Kent when he was in 7th grade. A second suit filed 5/28/08 by three more plaintiffs alleged abuse by Feeney in the mid-late 1950s. Feeney died in 1980. Name included on Archdiocese of Seattle’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused
 
Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at St. Louise, Bellevue WA 1977-79. Laicized.
Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused
 
From a diocese in Ireland. Worked in the Seattle archdiocese 1952-1969. Name included on the archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of the sexual abuse of a minor[s].
Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Died: 11/26/2012

Retired in 2002. Permanently barred from ministry in 7/05 on previously undisclosed credible allegations of child sexual abuse. A woman settled claim with the archdiocese in 2004, alleging Gandrau abused her 30 years prior when she was about 16. Included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Gandrau died in 2012. New suit filed vs the archdiocese 5/17/16, claiming cover-up in case of alleged sexual abuse of a boy in 1967 at St. Mark’s in Shoreline. Suit says Gandrau was caught with the boy by pastor Rev. Theodore Sullivan, who did not report Gandrau.
Ordained: 1955
Status: Reinstated
 
Ordained for the Society of St. Sulpice. At some point became a priest of the Diocese of Manchester, NH. Suspended in 12/02 after a woman alleged that Gregoire sexually abused her as a minor in Seattle in the 1970s. Allegations deemed credible. After investigating, the Vatican authorized Gregoire’s return to active status in 8/03.
Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused
 
From a Vietnam diocese. Worked at Holy Family in Seattle 1978-88. Name included on the archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused
 

Laicized. Hays’ name was included on the archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked in archdiocese 1976-89, in Bremerton, Olympia, Sedro Woolley, Burlington, Seattle and Des Moines.

Status: Accused
 
Served as deacon at All Saints in Puyallup 1979-80. Laicized. Name included on the archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Died: 07/22/2014

Former director of seminarians for archdiocese. Jaeger approved known abuser Paul Joseph Conn for duties as archdiocesan priest. As part of 1996 or 1997 lawsuit against Conn, Jaeger himself admitted to improperly touching 8-10 boys at a CYO camp in the 1970s. In 1988 archdiocese settled with one victim. Restricted from working 1:1 with minors in 1989 and sent for treatment. Another claim settled 12/04. Voluntarily laicized 11/05. Died 07/22/14. Buried with full rites. On archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Named in suit filed 5/17/16. Settlement 3/23/21 of claims of abuse in 1979 while in residence at Sacred Heart in Seattle.
Status: Accused
 
From Chilaw diocese in Sri Lanka. Lived in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s. Name included on the Archdiocese of Seattle’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. The list in 3/21 shows Jayawardene to be deceased.
Status: Settled

Died: 10/22/1996

Retired by 1984. A man told the Archdiocese and Order in 1989 that Kealy, a teacher at O’Dea School in Seattle, had physically accosted him “in a sexual manner” in the early 1960s. Order said Kealy was living in supervised, church-run retirement facility in Ireland with no access to children. Same man filed suit in 2003. Kealy died 10/22/96. Named in a new 11/22/11 suit by 6 of 7 plaintiffs. On 6/25/14 the Archdiocese announced a $12.1M settlement of 30 claims against the Order and the Archdiocese, Briscoe School in Kent Valley and Seattle’s Bishop O’Dea High School. Five of the claims involved abuse by “Feely Kealy.” Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial School summers 1958 & ’59, O’Dea High 1954-63; 1977-80.
Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused
 
Placed on leave in 7/07 from St. Monica Roman Catholic Church on Mercer Island after allegations of inappropriate conduct with a 12-year-old boy. The incidents allegedly took place over about 6 months. No criminal charges filed. Archdiocese concluded its own investigation and and recommendation to the Vatican. In 2/10 the Vatican announced Kemp’s permanent removal from active ministry. On archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of child sexual abuse. Status is ‘permanent prayer and penance.’
Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Died: 01/6/2005

As part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the province agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Keys’ name is included on this list. Died 1/6/05. On the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/18. It notes claims in 2009 of abuse 1956-64
Ordained: 1951
Status: Settled
 
A man filed a civil suit in 3/07 alleging that Knelleken molested him at age 13 multiple times in 1956 or 1957. Per news in 1968, Knelleken was leave for missionary work with the Maryknoll Missioners in South America. Placed on leave in 1988 after suspicions he was abusing children. Laicized in 1996. Died in 2003. Archdiocese said he was 1 of 49 priests included in a 2004 investigation. One claim settled in Seattle in 10/07 for $110K. A second claim settled in 8/09 for $350K. Included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of child sexual abuse. Settlement of a claim of abuse in the early 1960s on 12/28/20.
Status: Settled

Died: 02/5/1992

Full name John Bartholomew Lackie. Three men filed a civil suit in 1/04 against the Archdiocese and Order alleging they were beaten and sexually abused at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent. The school closed in 1970. The suit alleges that seven religious brothers abused the three boys in the 1940s-60s. Claims believed to be included in settlements reached with the Archdiocese and Order in 11/08 and 1/09. Lackie died 2/5/92. He also worked at Damien High in Honolulu at some point. Name included on the Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial 1939-50.
Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Died: 07/11/2018

Worked at St. Martin’s Abbey/ University in Lacey 1955-1981 and 1988-1991. Taught high school in WA, the Bahamas, Los Angeles and San Diego. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Given ‘Permanent Prayer and Penance’ status. Lamm died in 2018.
Ordained: 1994
Status: Accused
 
From Ferns diocese in Ireland. Monsignor. Accused of sexual abuse of boys in Ireland. Ferns report details concerns about Ledwith’s sexual behavior. Lived in Rainier WA 1994-2000s. Name included on the Seattle archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Noted to be laicized.
Ordained: 1956
Status: Sued
 
Retired in 1995. Barred permanently from ministry by the Vatican in 2004. Worked in seven parishes. Accused by two men of sexual abuse as boys; one said Linehan abused him for a year, beginning when he was 10 in 1969. Accused in a civil suit filed in 1/05. Included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor, with a status of ‘permanent prayer and penance.’
Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Died: 12/12/2012

Died 12/12/00. Low’s name was included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of the sexual abuse of a minor. Worked in the archdiocese until 1987 in Tacoma, Longview, Seahurst, Seaview, Vashon, Seattle and Arlington.
Status: Settled
 

Also known as Sr. Mary Jerome Lyness. St. Patrick’s in Tacoma teacher 1976-1994, co-principal 1991-1994. Deceased. Named publicly as credibly accused by the Seattle archdiocese on its list in 3/2023. Settlement in 12/2022 of claims of ‘inappropriate touching’ by Lyness in about 1982 at St. Patrick’s.

Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled
 
Laicized. Marmo’s name included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Worked in archdiocese until 1992 in Kenmore, Everett, Seahurst, Federal Way, Seattle and Olympia. Alleged in suit filed 5/17 of abusing child in 1970s, and of ignoring parents concerns that youth minister Jim Funnell was molesting their son. Marmo was living in Palm Springs in 5/17/16. Settlement announced 11/18.
Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled
 
Marsh resigned from active priesthood in late 1988. He admitted to molesting about 10 boys. Named in a 2002 civil suit by 3 brothers and their mother. The brothers accused him of abuse between 1969-73. Settled 12/03 for $425K. Youngest brother of the 3 original plaintiffs filed his own suit in late 1/05. Marsh may have been laicized in 1989. He was deposed in the Paul Conn case. Named in new suit 6/11 by 1 man. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Deceased.
Ordained: 1948
Status: Settled
 
Admitted to molesting hundreds of boys. Revealed in 1988 that McGreal had a history of abuse (known by Archdiocese) going back 40 years to ordination. Moved many times and sent for treatment. Supervised for a time by another abuser, Paul Conn. A 1994 lawsuit settled and sealed. In 5/02 16 new plaintiffs filed 4 suits. Archdiocese settled 15 claims in 9/03 for $7.87M. Final one settled in 4/04. In 11/06 3 more cases settled for $1.25M. Vatican decreed permanent suspension in 3/04. Named in another suit 7/08. Died in MO in 8/11. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Another settlement announced in 11/18.
Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled
 
Assigned to eight parishes from 1960 until placed on medical leave in 1990. Placed on administrative leave in 11/02 after two accusers came forward. Permanently removed from active ministry by Vatican in 2004. Seven claims settled as part of $810K settlement in 1/05. Another suit filed in 7/08 claimed abuse in the 1960s-70s. A woman said McMahon and another priest abused her father as a child and their actions deprived her of a relationship with her dad. McMahon was living in a CA assisted-living facility in 2008. Included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of the sexual abuse of a minor. Laicized. Settlement 3/6/21 with plaintiff claiming abuse in the mid-1970s while assigned to a Port Townsend parish.
Ordained: 1940
Status: Accused

Died: 06/21/1986

Ordained in 1940 for the Diocese of Cleveland. Joined the Sulpician Order in 1942. Worked many years in the Archdiocese of Seattle, including nearly 20 at St. Edward’s minor seminary. Also worked in the Archdioceses of Baltimore, Washington DC, San Francisco CA, and Detroit MI. Died 6/21/86. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued
 
Ordained in Colombia. Brought two impoverished teen boys from Colombia to live with him at St. John’s in Seattle where he worked 1985-86. Promised them US citizenship via adoption, then allegedly sexually abused them for years. One of them filed a civil suit in 2004. The Archdiocese knew of Mitchell’s history in 1986 or 1987 but did nothing legally because the abuse was thought to have occurred only in Colombia. Sent for treatment, then removed from archdiocesan assignments. A second suit was filed in 2005. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled
 
Accused in a 2002 lawsuit of abuse of a boy, ages 11-13, in the early 1970s. Moffat was assigned to Holy Family Church in Kirkland at the time. Placed on leave summer, 2002. Plaintiff died by suicide shortly after the suit was filed and his parents joined the suit. Suit settled in 6/05. A second suit was filed in 9/03 and later settled. Permanently barred from active ministry in 2/06. Accused in a new suit filed in 6/11. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor, status ‘permanent prayer and penance.’ The list in 3/21 shows Moffat to be deceased.
Ordained: 1942
Status: Accused

Died: 01/18/1992

Died in 1992, at age 89. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at St. Leo’s in Tacoma 1952-83 and Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma 1984-91.
 
Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Died: 12/14/1994

Accused in a civil suit filed in 6/11 of abuse of a boy while assigned to St. Anne parish in Queen Anne. Medical leave in 1989. Retired in 1993. Died in 1994. Director of Catholic Charities. Reportedly often had a foster child with him. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Accused in a suit filed 5/17/16 of abuse of child in the 1970s.
Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled
 
In 1993 a teenage boy complained that O’Brien sexually abused him during a 1991 canoe trip. O’Brien was placed on leave and police notified. Police could not substantiate allegations and Archdiocese allowed him to return to work at the same parish. Reassigned to a new parish 1999. Placed on leave in 2004 when diocese reopened investigation. Returned to assignment within a month. Placed on leave for third time 7/08 on allegations from 1960s. Laicized at own request in 2/10. Included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Settlement 7/16/20 of claims of abuse of a boy at St. Michael’s in Snohomish, where O’Brien was pastor 1974-79.
Ordained: 1925
Status: Settled

Died: 01/5/1970

From Ireland, where he was ordained in 1925. Arrived the same year in WA. Pastor of All Saints in Puyallup 1949-1970. Died in 1970. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of the sexual abuse of a minor. Accused in a 1990 complaint of abuse in the 1950s-1960s. Settlement 4/6/21 for $250K of claims of sexual abuse 1960-1962.
Ordained: 1953
Status: Sued

Died: 08/22/2011

From Ireland. Sued in 10/02 by a woman who alleged he abused her for approximately three years when she attended St. Charles Borromeo School and Church in Tacoma in the early 1960s. She dropped the suit in 2003 after the Seattle archdiocese countersued her. O’Neill retired in 1999. May have moved to AZ. He denied the allegations. Review board was still reviewing the case in 2002. O’Neill died in Ireland in 8/11.
Status: Accused
 
Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial School in Kent 1940-1950.
Ordained: 1998
Status: Accused
 
From a Philippines diocese. Worked at St. Joseph’s Residence 1998-99; Providence Medical Center in Seattle 1998-99; Holy Family in Seattle 1998-99. Ocana’s name included on the Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. (A Rev. Manuel Ocana in the Seattle archdiocese died in 1995, per the Official Catholic Directory.)
Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused
 
Pastor since 2001 of St. Francis of Xavier in Missoula MT when removed in 10/19 after a Missoula woman alleged “inappropriate contact.” Sent to the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, CA. In 2/20 another woman alleged that Perry sexually abused her when she was a Seattle Prep School student 1979-83. Perry’s name was added in 7/20 by the Jesuits West Province to its list of credibly accused. He was permanently removed from public ministry and was to remain at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center under a safety plan.
Ordained: 1953
Status: Settled

Died: 06/12/2012

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Seattle archdiocese on its list 3/31/2023. Pastor 1973-1983 of St. Ann’s in Tacoma. Died in 2012. Claims against Phelan of child sexual abuse at St. Ann’s in about 1978 were settled in 12/2022.

Ordained: 1941
Status: Settled

Died: 05/8/1978

Deceased. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Settlement announced by archdiocese with a man claiming sexual abuse as a boy by Pitsch over a three-year period, at St. Patrick’s in Tacoma. The abuse allegedly began when the boy was age 8 in about 1966. The man came forward after seeing Pitsch’s name on the archdiocese’s list in 2016.
Ordained: 1934
Status: Accused

Died: 06/18/1986

Died in 1986. Name included on archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of the sexual abuse of a minor.
Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Died: 11/11/2015

Allegation in the late 1990s. Settled. Quigg continued as a priest. Review Board Report of 6/04 identified Quigg as one of four priests where there was insufficient evident to support an allegation of abuse of a minor. Board admitted that it was sufficient evidence to prove he did sexually abuse a 17-year-old (church age of consent at the time was 16). Board stated Quigg’s actions were so egregious that he was unsuitable for the priesthood. Supposedly removed from ministry, but archdiocese has admitted that he continued to perform baptisms and other services and priestly duties at other local churches. Retired in 2000. Laicization reported in 7/5/15 church bulletin. Died in 11/15. Name included on archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Named in suit filed 5/17/16.
Ordained: 1979
Status: Accused
 
Laicized. Name included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
Ordained: 1979
Status: Accused
 
Placed on administrative leave by his superior at St. Martin’s abbey in 3/11 after a recent allegation that he had abused a minor while assigned 1984-1986 to Sacred Heart Parish in Lacey. Most recently, he had been serving as a supply priest for the archdiocese. Spokesman for the archdiocese said this was first and only accusation against Receconi.
Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued
 
A woman sought counseling in 1988, alleging abuse by Renggli when she was in high school; she was referred by the Seattle archdiocese to a counseling agency. In 2005 she filed suit, alleging she did not understand the relationship between the counseling agency and the archdiocese. Renggli left the priesthood, married, and went to work with a group called Rent-a-Priest. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at St. Martin’s Abbey in Lacey 1971-76.
Status: Settled
 
Deceased. In a civil suit filed in 1/08, the plaintiff alleged he was abused in 7th grade by Ryan and Bro. Duffy in the 1950s at Briscoe School in Kent. He also alleged abuse by Fr. Leonard Feeney at O’Dea High. Believe all claims included in 11/08 and 1/09 settlements with Archdiocese and Order. Another civil suit filed 8/26/10 by three men. One of the men alleged abuse by C.P. Ryan in 1966. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe School 1956-62, 1965-68. (Also listed is a Bro .D.P. Ryan, C.F.C., at Briscoe 1949-56).
Ordained: 1947
Status: Accused

Died: 09/25/1995

Started Seattle’s Catholic Youth Organization in 1950. Died 9/25/95. Name included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
Status: Sued

Died: 07/5/1957

Died in 1957, age 78. Civil suit filed by three men 8/26/10 claimed abuse at Briscoe Memorial School, including an allegation that Toner abused a boy there in 1944. The youth allegedly fled the school and reported the abuse to the Archdiocese in the same year, but no action. Toner was at St. Benedict’s Mission (later called Our Lady Queen of Heaven) in Tacoma 1939-1946. His ordination date is unclear; he arrived in WA state in 1925 from Vancouver. Name included on the archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Died: 03/9/2013

Died 3/9/13. Name included on the archdiocese’s 1/15/16 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.
Status: Sued
 
Deceased. A civil suit filed in Seattle in 1/04 by three plaintiffs alleged extensive sexual and physical abuse by seven members of the Irish Christian Brothers, including Br. Warren, at the Briscoe Memorial School for Boys in Kent WA in the 1940s-60s and at O’Dea High School. Briscoe was owned by the Archdiocese and run by the order. Other men have come forward with stories of their own to support these allegations. Name included on the order’s list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014.  Name also on the Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial 1931-44.

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