LIST: Erie Catholic Diocese Priests, Laypersons Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse

Erie Catholic Diocese released a list of all priests and laypersons credibly accused of sexual abuse during a news conference Friday morning.

Erie News Now, Pennsylvania/April 6, 2018

Erie Catholic Diocese released a list of all priests and laypersons credibly accused of sexual abuse during a news conference Friday morning.

The list includes 34 priest, 20 of whom are deceased, and 17 laypersons, two of whom are dead.

The list includes the names of people who have been credibly accused of actions ranging from furnishing pornography to minors to direct, sexual assault of minors. The Diocese said it believes these actions disqualify them from working with children and youth.

The Diocese said the first goal of releasing the list is to protect children and make the public aware for its own well-being because it is not possible to monitor everyone listed.

"Some are concerned that publicizing these names will open old wounds," said Bishop Lawrence Persico of the Erie Catholic Diocese. "Very importantly, we are actually publishing the names in the hope of helping the victims/survivors move one step closer to healing those same wounds. It is important they know they are not alone."

Believed to be alive

Former Fr. Michael J. Amy – Niceville, Florida
Laicized (removed from ministry and later voluntarily resigned from the clergy).
Fr. Michael G. Barletta – Erie, Pennsylvania
Forbidden to function as a priest.
Fr. Robert F. Bower – Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Forbidden to function as a priest.
Andrea C. Butler – Rosedale, New York
Former lay agency employee.
Former Fr. Dennis C. Chludzinski – Erie, Pennsylvania
Laicized.
Megan E. Fecko – Cleveland, Ohio
Former lay teacher.
Kevin Feyas – Erie, Pennsylvania
Former lay teacher and parish musician.
Former Fr. Chester J. Gawronski -  Sahuarita, Arizona
Dismissed from the clergy.
Timothy G. Hanson, Sr. – North East, Pennsylvania
Layman prohibited from volunteer work or entering school property.
Fr. Stephen E. Jeselnick – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Forbidden to function as a priest.
Former Fr. Gary L. Ketcham – Erie, Pennsylvania
Laicized.
Fr. Thaddeus T. Kondzielski - Waterford, Pennsylvania
Forbidden to function as a priest.
Kevin S. Kulhanek – Erie, Pennsylvania
Former lay School volunteer.
Fr. Salvatore P. Luzzi – Bradford, Pennsylvania
Forbidden to function as a priest.
Eve Minter (nèe Spangler) – Henrico, Virginia
Former lay teacher.
David Montgomery – Otisville, New York
In federal prison until 2041. Former lay teacher.
Fr. Leon T. Muroski – Erie, Pennsylvania
Forbidden to function as a priest.
Denise J. (nèe Geitner) Myer (Meyer) – Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Former lay teacher.
Hattie B. Nichols – Erie, Pennsylvania
Former lay agency employee.
Philip J. Pochatko - Subiaco, Arkansas
Former lay school teacher
Brian J. Radachy - Elkton, Ohio
In federal prison until 2024. Former lay school teacher.
Former Fr. Samuel B. Slocum - Bradford, Pennsylvania
Dismissed from the clergy
Former Fr. Thomas E. Smith - Erie, Pennsylvania
Dismissed from the clergy
Fr. Daniel J. Taylor - Tucson, Arizona
Forbidden to function as a priest
Ron Thomsen - Erie, Pennsylvania
Former lay volunteer
Dennis E. Vickery - Erie, Pennsylvania
Former lay teacher
Joseph M. Votino - Masury, Ohio
Former lay teacher/coach
Craig T. Ward - Erie, Pennsylvania
Former lay agency employee

Deceased

Fr. Donald C. Bolton, CSsR - Forbidden to function as a priest
Fr. Edmund S. Borycz, OFM - Forbidden to function as a priest
Msgr. Bonaventure M. Ciufoli - Returned to Italy
Fr. Donald J. Cooper - Forbidden to function as a priest.
William (Bill) Couse - Former lay school employee.
Fr. David V. Dobrowolski - Was able to function Abuse reported after his death.
William P. Garvey - Former lay teacher/coach. Later served as college president.
Fr. Herbert G. Gloekler - Was able to function. Abuse reported after this death.
Fr. Robert E. Hannon - Forbidden to function as a priest.
Fr. Joseph W. Jerge - Forbidden to function as a priest.
Fr. Edward W. Jungquist - Forbidden to function as a priest.
Fr. Thomas C. Kelley - Forbidden to function as a priest.
FR. Gerard (Gerald, Gerry) H. Krebs - Forbidden to function as a priest.
Fr. Jerry Kucan, OFM - Forbidden to function as a priest.
Msgr. Daniel Martin - Restricted from ministry. Abuse reported during retirement/physical-health-leave and later after death.
Msgr. Joseph F. Meisinger - Was able to function. Abuse reported after his death.
Fr. John L. Murray - Forbidden to function as a priest.
Fr. Giles L. Nealen, OSB - Was unable to function. Was already confined to infirmary when abuse was reported.
Fr. John A. Piatkowski - Believed to have died in 1970 with ability to function.
Former Fr. William F. Presley - Dismissed from the clergy.
Fr. John P. Schanz - Forbidden to function as a priest.
Fr. Charles A. Sheetz, Jr. - Forbidden to function as a priest.
Bishop Alfred M. Watson, Bishop of Erie - Failed to stop abuse which was credibly reported to him.

Three individuals are currently under investigation by law enforcement (presumed innocent unless proved otherwise)

Fr. Sean P. Kerins — Naples, Florida
Fr. David L. Poulson – Oil City, Pennsylvania
John (Jack) E. Tome — Location unknown; last known to be in Columbia, Maryland

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