So much for “it was a thing of the past”: Active Clergy Criminal Cases

With the beginning of the clergy sex abuse and cover-up criminal trial in Philadelphia, as well as the recent guilty plea from Orange County (CA) priest Denis Lyons, I wanted to post a list of all of the currently active clergy criminal cases in the United States. If I have missed any, let me know. All of these are for sexual abuse or conspiracy to commit abuse, except for Fr. McCloskey in Albany. He was charged with fleeing from the police, reckless driving and auto theft.


Filed under Background Information, clergy abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse

7 responses to “So much for “it was a thing of the past”: Active Clergy Criminal Cases

  1. Diocese of Charlotte – Father Joseph Kelleher was arrested in July of 2010 for indecent liberties with a child and is still awaiting trial in Stanly County in North Carolina.

  2. MN-SNAP

    Patrick, I think the Diocese of Crookston / Jeyapaul fits your request.

    There are a few of the latest articles and our press release posted at: Bob

  3. matthiasconaty

    Here’s one from the weekend.

    “Former priest arrested for sexual battery”
    Mar 24, 2012 2:54 pm

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A former priest in two area Catholic churches has been charged with two counts of aggravated rape and 52 counts of sexual battery, according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

    [Mark A. Broussard] was arrested Thursday in his home in Duson. Broussard is being held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a $1 million bond.”

    Matthias Conaty

  4. Hi, Patrick: Good job!!!!!! I have a quick question and a possible addition to your list. In Colorado in 2007 a Fr. Whipkey was arrested for running naked, in the early morning hours. This story just disappeared from Colorado newspapers. Do you know if Fr. Whipkey was removed from the ministry? I realize that “jogging naked” isn’t quite the same as abuse, but still it’s considered somewhat aberrant behavior.

  5. fortheyhavesinned2

    Richard James Kurtz S.J. of the Chicago Detroit Society of Jesus. This Jesuit was arrested by the FBI Violent Crimes Taskforce and extradited to Colorado and has received no attention since November 2011. The case is ongoing in Douglas County. Given the Chicago Jesuits horrid record (Donald McGuire) they warrant a unique distinction on this list.

  6. r7171

    Hi Patrick,
    I recently left the leadership of a Methodist church in Atlanta. A lay minister has sexually assaulted women and youth. The ministers and conference leadership admitted hearing from victims for years but has done nothing but hold an internal investigation that has put stipulations on the employee. We even went to the general counsel of the university the church sits on and he is still there among children and many college coeds. It has been heart breaking. A SVU Sargent told me that sadly this behavior and church cover up crosses the denomination spectrum.

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