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What is known about each of the 71 accused Harrisburg Diocese clergy

Written by Staff Report/The York Daily Record | Aug 3, 2018 7:22 AM
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Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg speaks about child sex abuse at the diocese. (Photo by Lisa Wardle/WITF)

 

(Harrisburg) -- The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg released a list of 71 names of clergy members accused of sexually abusing children in cases dating back decades. 

The list includes priests, deacons, seminarians and clergy affiliated with an order. The list also includes clergy members from other dioceses and Archdioceses from across the nation. 

In the release, the diocese said the list includes those who were accused of abuse of a child since the 1940s, and does not include assessments of credibility or guilt. The church said it was releasing a list of every allegation made in recent decades against clergy in the diocese that had not been proven false. 

Of the 71 names, 37 were priests in the Diocese of Harrisburg, three were deacons of the diocese, six were seminarians of the diocese, nine were clergy of other dioceses and 16 were from religious communities. 

The diocese broke the list into three categories: cases in which abuse was first alleged while the accused was living; cases in which abuse was first alleged after the accused's death; and cases in which the abuse was alleged to have occurred in another diocese.

In the list below, DOH refers to Diocese of Harrisburg.

Here is the full list of the accused and what we know about them: 

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Dozens of priests and others affiliated with the Diocese of Harrisburg were named in a list of alleged child sexual abuses dating back to 1947. From top left: Anthony McGinley, James Beeman, Thomas Haney, William Haviland, George Koychick and Joseph Pease. Second row: Charles Procopio, Herbert Shank, Carl Steffen, Salvatore Zangari, Thomas Kuyovisky and Raymond Dougherty. Third row: Joseph Driscoll, Joseph Hager, Francis Hudak, Thomas Lawler, Robert Maher and Daniel Mahoney. Bottom row: James Noel, Stephen Rolko, John Suknaic, Francis Taylor, Frederick Vaughn and Frederick Bradel. (Collage of photos submitted to York Daily Record)

1. Cases where abuse was first alleged while accused was living

Cases involving allegations of indecent behavior

Alexander Dario Agudelo Cano - Alive - (DOH) (seminarian)

He was accused of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said.

Francis (Scotty) Allen II- Dead - DOH (seminarian)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by two survivors, the diocese said.

John Allen - Alive - DOH (priest)

There were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said.

Francis Bach - Dead - DOH (priest)

There were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said.

Luis Jesus Barajas Arias - Alive - Order (Order of the Most Blessed Trinity)

He was accused of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said.

Richard Barry - unknown - Order (OMI)

There were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said.

James Beeman - dead - DOH (priest)

There were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said.

John Bostwick III - alive - Diocese of Richmond

He was the subject of two accusations of sexual abuse of a child, the diocese said.

Augustine Giella - dead- Archdiocese of Newark

There were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said.

Ronald Gonzalez - alive - Diocese of Dallas

He was a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Dallas. "He was accused of sexually abusing a child, which included abuse while he lived in Pennsylvania and was a chaplain at a federal prison," the diocese said.

Thomas Ronald Haney - dead - DOH (priest)

While he was alive, he was accused of inappropriate touching and comments toward a child, the diocese said. After he died, he was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said.

William Haviland - dead - DOH (priest)

Haviland was accused of sexual abuse of a child, the diocese said. He served as an assistant and chaplain at St. Patrick Catholic Church in York, according to his obituary.

John Herber - dead - Order (CPPS)

There were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of a child, the diocese said.

Philip Hower - alive - DOH (seminarian)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child, the diocese said.

George Koychick - dead - DOH (priest)

There were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of a children, the diocese said.

Kevin Labuda - alive - DOH (seminarian)

Labuda was accused of sexual abuse of a child, the diocese said.

Arthur Long - dead - Order (SJ)

He was accused of soliciting a child for sex, the diocese said. The diocese said it also received an allegation that Long was engaged in a sexual relationship with an adult that began when the adult was a child.

David Luck - alive - DOH (priest)

There were two allegations of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said.

Guy Marsico - alive - DOH (priest)

There were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said. Todd Frey told the YDR that he was abused by Marsico in the rectory of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in York County and at other locations.

Anthony McGinley - dead - DOH (priest)

There were multiple allegations of abuse of children, the diocese said.

Joseph Pease - alive - DOH (priest)

There were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said.

Charles Procopio -dead - DOH (priest)

The diocese said it received an allegation that Procopio was inappropriately touching and kissing minors.

Guido Miguel Quiroz Reyes - unknown - Order (OFM)

There were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said.

John Rebovich - dead - order (OSJ)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said. Years before the diocese received the allegation of abuse against Rebovich, he was accused in other dioceses of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said, citing online reports.

Thomas Scala - alive - DOH (priest)

There were two allegations received of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said.

Herbert Shank - alive - DOH (priest)

There were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children. He was assigned to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in York from 1990 to 1995, according to copies of "The Official Catholic Directory."

Timothy Sperber - alive - DOH (priest)

A survivor accused a "Fr. Tim" of sexually abusing her as a child, the diocese said. "According to written Diocesan records, it was presumed but never established that the accusation was against Fr. Tim Sperber because he was assigned to the rectory where and when the survivor stated the abuse occurred," the diocese said.

Carl Steffen - dead - DOH (priest)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, and he was also accused of inappropriate questioning of multiple children regarding sexual subject matter, the diocese said.

John Tokarick Jr. - alive - DOH (seminarian)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said.

Salvatore Zangari - dead - DOH (priest)

There were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said.

Cases involving allegations of inappropriate behavior (e.g. kissing)

Walter Emala - dead - Diocese of Memphis

The diocese said an individual alleged that she saw Emala kiss a minor on the lips, sometime in the early 1980s. He is also on the list of accused priests of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Ibarra Mercado - unknown - Archdiocese of the Military

The diocese received an allegation from the Military Archdiocese that Mercado had been accused of kissing a child on the ground of the Lebanon VA Hospital.

James Rush - alive - Archdiocese of New York

Deacon Rush was accused of hugging and kissing a child, holding hands with the child and saying various things to the child suggesting they were in a relationship, the diocese said.

Cases involving allegations of child pornography

Donald Cramer II - alive - DOH (priest)

The diocese said Cramer was investigated by Homeland Security for possible child pornography and federal law violations. "Homeland Security found nothing criminal on his computer and ceased to investigate him further," the diocese said.

Paul Fisher - alive - DOH (priest)

The diocese said Fisher admitted he visited some websites that may have contained images of unclothed minors. The diocese added: "A forensic examination was done of his computer and turned over to the FBI; the FBI found no criminal images. The matter was re-investigated later and additional images were recovered from his computer. Those images were turned over to the district attorney who concluded the computer did not contain criminal images."

Donald (Tim) Hackman - alive - DOH (deacon)

Deacon Hackman was found guilty in federal court of sending child pornography, the diocese said.

Kevin Kayda II - dead- DOH (priest)

Kayda's personal laptop was forensically evaluated and found to contain images of child pornography, as well as Internet usage involving child pornography websites, the diocese said.

Thomas Kujovsky - dead- DOH (priest)

The diocese said it received an allegation that pornography was found in in Monsignor Kujovsky's room that contained an image of a nude altar boy. In another incident, a book of animated pornography that appeared to depict child sex abuse was found in his room.

"The animated book was turned over to the district attorney who concluded it was not criminal," the diocese said.

Cases involving allegations of inappropriate communications with children

Robert Logue - alive - DOH (deacon)

The diocese received an accusation that Deacon Logue had inappropriate communication with a child.

Bryan Schlager - alive - DOH (seminarian)

He was accused of engaging in a number of inappropriate communications with several children, the diocese said.

2. Cases where abuse was first alleged after the accused's death

Cases involving allegations of indecent behavior

John Bolen - dead - DOH (priest)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said.

Patrick D'Alessandro - dead - DOH (priest)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said.

Philip DeChico - dead - DOH (priest)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said.

Raymond Dougherty - dead - DOH (priest)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said.

Joseph Driscoll - dead - ORDER (CSSR)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said.

Joseph Hager - dead - DOH (priest)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said.

Francis Hudak - dead- DOH (priest)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said.

Thomas Lawler - dead - DOH (priest)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by two survivors, the diocese said.

Robert Maher - dead - DOH (priest)

He was the subject of multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said.

Daniel Mahoney - dead - DOH (priest)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor and another person, the diocese said.

Neil Murphy - dead - DOH (priest)

He was accused of a sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said.

James Noel - dead - DOH (priest)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said.

Stephen Rolko - dead - DOH (priest)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said.

John Suknaic - dead - DOH (priest)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child, the diocese said.

Francis Taylor - dead - DOH (priest)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said.

Frederick Vaughn - dead - DOH (priest)

He was the subject of multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children, the diocese said.

James Vecera - dead - DOH (deacon)

He was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor, the diocese said.

Cases involving allegations of inappropriate behavior (e.g., kissing)

Frederick Bradel - dead - DOH (priest)

He was accused of several years of inappropriate behavior by the survivor, the diocese said.

John McDevitt - dead - Order (Oblates of St. Francis DeSales)

He was accused of kissing a child, the diocese said. He was also named in a lawsuit filed in Delaware alleging he committed sexual abuse of a child.

3. Cases where abuse was alleged to have occurred in another diocese

Gerard (or Gerald) Bugge - dead - Order (Redemptorist)

He is on the list of accused priests in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Harrisburg diocese said.

William Cawley - alive - Diocese of Great Falls/Billings

The Harrisburg diocese received a report that Cawley was accused of sexual abuse of a child in a lawsuit outside in another state.

Bernard Flanagan - alive - Diocese of Allentown

He was a priest in the Diocese of Allentown, and was the subject of a sexual abuse allegation in that diocese, the Harrisburg diocese said, citing news reports. He also was used as a chaperon for an international trip that was not authorized by the Harrisburg diocese. The trip was attended by students of Bishop McDevitt High School.

William Geiger - dead-  Order (Redemptorist)

He was accused in a lawsuit in Ohio of abusing three people when they were children, the diocese said, citing online reports.

Edward Konat - unknown - Order (SJ)

He briefly had faculties in the Harrisburg diocese, the diocese said. But shortly after his assignment, the Harrisburg diocese said it received a report from the Diocese of Salt Lake City that while Konat was there, he was several times accused of "sexual advances" toward young men, the diocese said. He was then immediately asked to tender his resignation, the diocese said, which he did.

Reginald Krakovsky - dead - Order (Franciscan Friars of the Third Regular Order)

He is on the list of accused priests of the Diocese of St. Cloud in Minnesota, the Harrisburg diocese said.

Jerome Kucan - dead - Order (OFM)

He is on the list of accused priests of the Diocese of Erie, the Harrisburg diocese said.

Robert Poandl - alive - Order (Glenmary Home Missioners)

He was convicted in federal court for transporting a minor across state lines for "purposes of sex," the diocese said, citing online reports. 

William Presley - dead - Diocese of Erie

He is on the list of accused priests of the Diocese of Erie, the Harrisburg diocese said.

Raymond Prybis - alive - Order (OMI)

He was accused of sexual misconduct with a child while in Massachusetts, the Harrisburg diocese said, citing online reports.

Patrick Shannon - alive - Order (OSFS)

He was accused by the survivor of sexual abuse of a child regarding abuse the survivor suffered in Maryland, the Harrisburg diocese said.

James Shaughnessey - dead - DOH (priest)

Shaughnessey is on the list of accused priests of the Archdiocese of Boston, the Harrisburg diocese said.

 

This story is part of a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record.

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