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Here Are All the Seattle Catholic Priests Who Have Been Accused of Sexually Assaulting Children


Here Are All the Seattle Catholic Priests Who Have Been Accused of Sexually Assaulting Children

By Sydney Brownstone
January 15, 2015
From the Link: Here Are All the Seattle Catholic Priests Who Have Been Accused of Sexually Assaulting Children

The Archdiocese of Seattle has released a list of 77 religious officials accused of sexually assaulting children in Western Washington.

From Jennifer Sullivan at the Seattle Times:

Archdiocese spokesman Greg Magnoni said the list has been in the works for the past two years.

“In early 2014 we brought in a private consultant, a former FBI agent who does this kind of work, she came in with an associate and was given full access to our files. It took about 1,000 staff hours to put it together,” Magnoni said.

The archdiocese is now—finally—taking tips from anyone who has information about sexual abuse in the clergy. The tip line is 1-800-446-7762.

Here’s the list:

ARCHDIOCESE OF SEATTLE PRIESTS
Barry Ashwell
Edmund Boyle*
Edward Boyle*
Dennis Champagne
Michael Cody*
Paul Conn
John Cornelius
Jerome Dooley*
James Gandrau*
Michael Hays
David Jaeger*
Dennis Kemp
James Knelleken*
David Linehan
Lawrence Low*
Theodore Marmo
John Marsh*
James McGreal*
Desmond McMahon
Gerald Moffat
Dennis Muehe*
Michael C. O’Brien
William O’Brien*
Thomas Pitsch*
William Quick*
Harold Quigg*
Leo Racine
Richard Stohr*
James Toner*
Stephen Trippy*

DEACONS
Dennis Albrechtson
Gregory Hewitt

PRIESTS FROM OTHER DIOCESES
Reinart Beaver
Mario Blanco*
Gary Boulden
Dale Calhoun
Dermot Foyle
Phan Huu Hau
Jayawardene Pantaleone
Michael Ledwith
James Mitchell
Manuel C. Ocana
Patrick O’Donnell
James Pommier*
Richard Scully
George Silva

RELIGIOUS PRIESTS
Engelbert Axer*
John Coughlin*
Leonard Feeney*
David Fleckenstein
John Forrester*
Bernard Harris*
David Johnson
Louis Ladenberger
Timothy Lamm
John McManus*
James McSorley*
Gerald Morin*
James Poole
Robert Renggli
Anthony Slane*
Michael Toulouse*

RELIGIOUS BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Robert Brouilette
Albert Casale
Edward Courtney
Patrick Croke*
Dolores Crosby*
Frank Delamere
William Donahue*
Patrick Duffy*
George Dwyer
Gerard Al Kealy*
John Lackie*
Vincent O’Sullivan*
C.P. Ryan*
D.P. Ryan*
James Warren*

*deceased

Support the victims not the victimizers


Frank LaFerriere: Support the victims not the victimizers

Published Date Thursday, April 24,2014
From the Link: http://www.berlindailysun.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49465:frank-laferriere-support-the-victims-not-the-victimizers&catid=73:letter&Itemid=428

To the editor:

If you were to find out that the leadership of a group or organization you belonged to had appeared before commissions and grand juries and openly admitted to covering up the abuses of children, from rape to severe beatings, to even the death of a child, and that this involved tens of thousands of members own children, and that the cover ups are wide spread throughout the organization or group, you would think that the membership of the group would rise up in arms and make sure that the leadership is arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows. That they would stand up and defend and protect their children over the leadership of their group or organization. Yet there is one such organization…though there are others….that its leadership is totally immune from liability for crimes such as these by it’s membership. This organization is known as the Roman Catholic Church.

While they have come far with this problem of child abuse, the Vatican announced that for 2011-2012 almost 400 priests had to be let go because of credible accusations of child abuse, including rape, there is still much to be done. While it is commendable that they caught and fired these priests, what about those whom participated in the cover ups of these crimes? Why are they not called to account for their crimes of the members own children? Why are the leadership of the church put above the law and those whom they have harmed? Why are they defended and even praised or made a saint?

There have been at least a half a dozen commission reports, like the Ryan Report, that detail the systematic sexual, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual abuse of children and teens, children of the Roman Catholic Church; and the cover ups of these abuses by the leaders and even their highest leaders, ones whom are supposed to be the Vicars of Jesus while on this earth and in their position. Yet even to this day, not one credibly accused leader has ever been arrested or prosecuted for their crimes save one, Bishop Robert Finn and that case is being retried. Matter of fact, one of these, John Paul II was given sainthood. There is overwhelming evidence he participated in the cover up of and through acts of omission, turned a blind eye to, the pederast Rev. Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ. Yet he is given sainthood? This is an insult to all those whom are survivors of these evil crimes against us.

There are some incredible priests and leaders of the Roman Catholic Church. I have met some of them. From Fr Tom Doyle, ret., whom has fought tirelessly for the victims of priest abuse, at the cost of his being a priest, to even our own local priest Fr Kyle Stanton whom has helped me immensely, to groups like Catholic Whistleblowers, and others, they have sort of restored my faith that this problem of priests and nuns abusing children and teens will stop. Yet to truly set things right the following must be done.

1. All credibly accused leaders, from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, to Cardinals like Timothy Dolan, Donald Wuerl, Roger Mahony, Bernard Law, George Pell, and many others, against whom there is overwhelming evidence, through commission reports, grand jury testimonies and the churches own documents, must be fired. They must be arrested and prosecuted. We do this to other criminals, we demand this of any rapist or those whom cover up the rapes and abuses of children. They may be leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, but these men are criminals and deserve to be arrested and prosecuted and the victims deserve their day in court and justice for the crimes committed against them because of these leaders actions.

2. Abide by the Pledge to Protect, Promise to Heal charter all of the diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States signed. All attacks against the victims must stop. We are not responsible for our rapes, we did not enjoy being raped. We are not homosexuals because we were raped by a male priest. We are not liars, gold diggers who are out looking for a payday from the Roman Catholic Church.

We are your sons, we are your daughters, who want justice, whom want those who perpetrated these crimes against us punished, whom went through one of the most horrifying and terrifying experiences a human being can go through. We trusted these priests and nuns and they destroyed that trust with their evil crimes against us. We were raped, we were beaten, we had our souls, our hearts stolen from us, we had our bodies destroyed and abused. We did not deserve this, we were not willing participants and we refuse to remain silent while those whom are responsible for these crimes against us go free while we still remain trapped inside the prisons they created for us.

3. No matter what….put your children before your leaders. Protect and stand up and defend your children….not the leaders whom committed these evils against us. Your children should come first. Stand up for the victims of these crimes, whom are your own children. You may know one. Again, we are your sons, your daughters, your nieces and nephews, your God children, whom you vowed and promised to protect and defend.

I started going back to church. I even started photographing St Annes, an incredibly beautiful place of worship. I had no choice though, I had to stop because I felt like such a hypocrite. Far too many of us whom were victims still see those responsible for these evils against us in their positions as if nothing in the world is wrong. We victims are still being attacked, by people like Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League. We are still being attacked by parishioners whom have called me a liar to my face and how dare I spread lies and rumors and false accusations and gossip against the leaders. Well, sadly, I am not spreading lies, rumors and false accusations, these statements I have made can all be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law if it were allowed.

Yet while these leaders whom perpetrated these crimes against us are still in power, I cannot in good conscious go into the church. I cannot be part of a church where the leadership covered up the crimes of child abuse, child rape and put the church before the children and are still in power, for that makes me a hypocrite in my eyes.

I would love to go on a regular basis to St Anne, to be among the other worshipers, some of whom I made acquaintance and even friends with, especially Fr Kyle, but I cannot, for while the wolves are still in control….someone must stand outside the door for the defense and protection of the children and the victims.

Sin is one thing…sin can be forgiven when there is true repentance from the sin. There has been no true repentance among the leadership whom covered up these crimes. There have been staged acts of contrition, but no true repentance. For if they are to truly repent they must also submit to prosecution for the crimes they committed. They must not hide behind their robes of religion. If they seek to make laws for man like they do, they also must submit to the laws of man and be arrested and prosecuted for their crimes. No one, not even religious leaders, should be allowed to get away with crimes against children. They should not be above the law!

When it comes time to the crimes of the rapes and abuses of children and teens and the cover up of these crimes by the leadership…only justice in a court of law, where the victims may have their day in court to see those responsible for the crimes against them be tried and if found guilty sentenced to prison…that is true justice. The Roman Catholic Church promised this to victims and to prosecuting attorneys…but have failed to deliver on this promise. Instead they still fight the victims and hide behind the statue of limitations to deny justice to the victims. Ask yourself is this true justice? If you were raped would you say this is true justice?

In closing whom do you think Jesus Christ will stand up for in the end?

Those whom perpetrated these crimes against children and teens…or the children and teen victims?

Here is a clue: “For it would be better for you to tie a huge boulder around your neck and throw yourself into the deepest of lakes than to harm a single hair on the head of a child.”

Well the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church did a lot more than harm a hair on the head of a child. Whom are you going to stand besides? The ones Jesus Christ would stand up for? Or the ones He would toss into the pit of hell for their evils against children?

Frank LaFerriere, Berlin

Accused priest like the devil, says man who was allegedly drugged and raped at school


Accused priest like the devil, says man who was allegedly drugged and raped at school

Shannon Derry Herald Sun November 15, 2012 4:56 PM
Former priest David Rapson is accused of child sex offences.

Former priest David Rapson is accused of child sex offences.

A MAN who was allegedly drugged then raped by a former priest at a Catholic boys’ school has described his attacker as “like the devil”.

The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today he was 12 years old when he was raped by former Salesian priest David Rapson.

The man said the abuse had led to a life-time problem with drug and alcohol abuse and depression.

Rapson, 59, is charged with abusing seven boys between 1973 and 1990 at various schools including Salesian College Rupertswood, in Sunbury.

The former college vice-principal is charged with one count each of rape and gross indecency and a string of indecent assault charges against seven complainants.

In documents tendered to the court today an alleged victim said Rapson attacked him in his office in 1988.

The man, who was a boarder at the college, said Rapson had invited him to his office after “lights out” to play computer games.

He said after about 20 minutes he gave him a lemonade that made him a “little bit dizzy”.

“I must have passed out or fallen asleep. When I woke up I was on the floor in the foetal position right next to the computer desk and felt a large amount of pain,” he said.

“Father Rapson was on his hands and knees lying over me.

“I tried to move but I couldn’t because he was on top of me and he was a big man.”

The man said Rapson raped him before he got up and fled the office.
“”He yelled at me in a voice like the devil and said “Come back”. I was too scared and just ran all the way back to my dormitory.”

The man said he was later attacked by a colleague of Rapson’s who had also given him a lemonade that made him pass out while playing a computer game.

“I woke on the floor next to the desk again in the foetal position and felt the same pain as I did when Fr Rapson abused me.”

He said after the abuse the brother told him “Get out of my sight, you disgust me”.

Earlier, Rapson’s lawyer Brad Newton asked Magistrate Gregory McNamara to suppress the remainder of the committal hearing.

Mr Newton cited reports in the Herald Sun and other print and TV media outlets he said would prejudice any future trial his client could face.

He previously told the court the announcement by Prime Minister Julia Gillard of a Royal Commission into sexual abuse against children in religious institutions meant Rapson would be unable to get a fair trial.

But Mr McNamara said the high level of public interest in the case was usual for such serious matters.

And he said it was in the public interest for the matter to be reported by the media.

Mr McNamara said there would be enough time between the current hearing and any future trial for a jury not to be prejudiced by current reports.

The Herald Sun revealed last year up to seven priests and brothers at the college have been linked to secret payouts to students who alleged they were abused between the 1960s and the 1990s.

Victims of the men at the centre of the scandal accused the Salesian priests of a 40-year cover-up.

In documents tendered at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today an alleged victim, who cannot be named, said he was abused by Rapson while boarding at the college in the late 1977.

The man alleged he had been sent to the school infirmary with several other boys and forced to drink Milo that “tasted really strange and a bit acrid”.

The man said he fell asleep soon after drinking the drink and woke later “feeling a bit groggy” and was later molested by Rapson.

He said during the evening another teacher, Father Frank Klep, came into the infirmary and asked Rapson what he was doing.

“You know what we do here,” Rapson allegedly replied.

“God made us this way and it’s his fault. You’re one to talk, you’re the same as me,” he allegedly said.

The court heard Klep told Rapson he had been “trying to resist it” and urged Rapson to do the same.

Klep, who was a one-time principal at the school, was later convicted of abusing students.

He was already a convicted child molester and wanted on more charges in Australia when, in 1998, the Salesians assigned him to a college in Samoa, where he was photographed dispensing lollies to children after Mass.

Another alleged victim accused Rapson of abusing him just weeks after he started at the college.

He said the incident came in his second week as a boarder at the college during a medical exam performed by Rapson.

“We were told not to laugh and if we did it would prove we liked males,” he said.

“We were told it was a medical examination and we were told to pull our pants down to our knees.”

The man said in his police statement he feared if he did not comply with the priest’s demands he would be punished with physical violence.

“Rapson walked up in front of me and grabbed hold of my penis and lifted it up. He then fondled my testicles and had a feel for about a minute.”

The court heard some of the allegations made to police about Rapson dated to 2000.

“It’s going to be hard enough for this accused man to get a fair trial in the country, let alone the state,” he said.

In 2004, the Australian chapter of the Salesians was engulfed in global scandal after it was alleged local superiors had moved priests accused of sexual assaults across international and state borders to evade authorities.

Police files in relation to three other former Salesians, Fr Julian Fox, Fr Frank Klep and Fr Michael Aulsebrook, have been subpoenaed.

All three men rose to senior positions at the college.

Aulsebrook has also been convicted of sex offences against students.

Several other priests remain overseas amid claims they were sent there to evade authorities.

Fr Julian Fox now lives at the Salesian headquarters in Rome, near the Vatican, and heads the order’s communications division.

One former Salesian College teacher, Fr Jack Ayers, was moved to Samoa with convicted colleague Fr Frank Klep in 1998.

It had been alleged Ayers abused boys during the 1960s and 1970s.

It is believed Ayers died earlier this year, with victims saying he will now never be brought to justice.

The committal hearing continues.