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99 Buffalo priests publicly linked to sex allegations

The Rev. Norbert F. Orsolits isn't the only priest in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo who's been publicly accused of inappropriate sexual conduct.

Nearly 100 priests who worked in the Buffalo area have been publicly accused in recent decades, according to Buffalo News archives, public records, other news archives and recent reporting by the News.

Some were arrested. Some were named in lawsuits. Some were accused of wrongdoing outside of Western New York. Some are in prison, but most were never prosecuted.

Twenty-seven priests were publicly linked to the sex abuse scandals for the first time on March 20 when the Buffalo Diocese released a list of 42 priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. On Nov. 5, the diocese released a list of 36 priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Here are the priests who have been publicly accused. The News updates this list when necessary.

1. John R. Aurelio – Aurelio admitted to Niagara County law enforcement in 1993 that he and Rev. Bernard M. Mach sodomized young boys in a house the priests shared in East Aurora. The abuse happened 15 to 20 years prior, Aurelio told authorities. As of 2002, Aurelio was no longer functioning as a priest and lived out of state.

2. Benedict P. Barszcz – A former assistant pastor of St. Peter's in Lewiston, he was charged in July 1999 with exposing himself to two teenage girls in Buffalo. Subsequently, he was no longer allowed to publicly celebrate Mass or the sacraments, the diocese said. Barszcz, a religious order priest, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

3. Donald W. Becker –  The Buffalo diocese confirmed March 16, 2018 that Becker was removed from active ministry in 2003 because of allegations he sexually abused minors. Three men told The Buffalo News that Becker molested them when they were children. One of the men received a financial settlement from the diocese, according to his attorney.  Becker, who is retired and living in Fort Myers, Fla., told The Buffalo News he has never sexually abused children. He said he left active ministry because he had Parkinson's disease.

4. Ron Becker – Becker was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him except to indicate that they involved more than one minor. Becker, who died in 2009, was a priest in the Trenton (N.J.) Diocese. Becker was charged with a felony sexual assault charge involving his niece in 2007 but died before a trial. The Trenton Diocese later paid $325,000 to Becker's niece to settle her claims that he sexually assaulted her more than 100 times at church during the 1980s when she was 5 to 11 years old. The Trenton Diocese als0 paid $1,025,000 in 2011 to settle lawsuits filed by five men who alleged Becker abused them as altar boys at Incarnation Church in Ewing, N.J.

5. David M. Bialkowski – A former altar server accused Bialkowski of inappropriate touching in 2011. Two more accusers came forward shortly after the initial accusations were made and Bialkowski was put on administrative leave from St. John Gualbert in Cheektowaga and ordered not to perform any priestly duties.

6. Robert J. Biesinger – Biesinger was accused in a 1995 lawsuit of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in August 1974 during a drill-team competition in Chicago, as well as at locations in the Buffalo area. Biesinger resigned as pastor of a Cheektowaga parish in 1994 and retired before the diocese settled the lawsuit in 1996.

7. James Burson - Burson, a religious order priest, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

8. Secondo Casarotto - The diocese in 2012 reached a financial settlement with a 37-year-old woman who accused Casarotto of groping her inside the rectory of St. Anthony Church in Buffalo in 2009. No charges were filed against Casarotto but he was removed as a priest.

9. Charles Cassetta – Cassetta was accused in a lawsuit filed around 2003 of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in 1971 and 1972 in Palm Beach County, Fla. Cassetta, who left the priesthood in 1975, worked in Buffalo before Florida.

10. Robert P. Conlin - Wayne Bortle, 53, publicly accused Conlin of sexually abusing him in the rectory of St. Mary Church in Pavilion more than three decades ago, when Bortle was about 16. Bortle's attorney said he notified the Buffalo Diocese of Bortle's claims on Jan. 18, 2018. The diocese has not acknowledged allegations against Conlin, who died in 1997, or paid any settlement to Bortle. Coppola was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.

11. Peter Conroy - Conroy, a religious order priest, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

12. Paul R. Coppola – Coppola was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him except to indicate that they involved more than one minor. Ordained in 1966, he served as pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Lackawanna from 1976 to 1982 and pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Portville until his retirement in 1983. Coppola died in 2006.

13. James H. Cotter – The Buffalo diocese was accused in a 2007 lawsuit of transferring Cotter to San Diego, where he was accused of molesting a 7-year-old boy in the late 1980s. The diocese did not contributed to a settlement paid by the San Diego Diocese to 144 people who accused clergy of abuse.

14. Kevin Downey - The Franciscan Friars provincial office permanently removed Downey from all public ministries in April 2017 after ruling an allegation against him of misconduct involving a minor was credible. Downey was a Franciscan friar assigned at the time to a church in Triangle, Va. He had been pastor at St. Bonaventure Church in Allegany, NY, from 2000 to 2002.

15. Donald S. Fafinski - Fafinski was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. A Boston, Mass., man told The News that Fafinski sexually abused him in the 1970s when he was a student at Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean. Steve Lilly-Weber reported the abuse in 1994 and two years later reached a settlement with the diocese for $28,000.

16. Douglas F. Faraci - Faraci was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

17. Fred G. Fingerle - Fingerle was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

18. Michael R. Freeman - Freeman was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him. An August 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse criticized the Buffalo Diocese's handling of allegations against Freeman. Freeman was moved from Buffalo churches to parishes in Pennsylvania after the Buffalo Diocese learned in 1981 that he had been involved in “criminal behavior” and “admitted inappropriate sexual behavior” with young men and children during five assignments in the Buffalo area, the grand jury alleged. Freeman was removed from the priesthood in 1989, while serving in Pennsylvania, according to the report. Freeman died in 2010.

19. Joseph P. Friel – Friel was named in a July 1994 lawsuit by a Town of Boston man Christopher Szuflita who said he was molested by the priest as a teenager in the late 1960s at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca. Friel died in 1995 and Szuflita's lawsuit was dismissed. Friel was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. Shortly after that, Michael Stockmeyer of the Town of Tonawanda told The News he was a 10-year-old altar boy at St. Aloysius Church in Cheektowaga when Friel molested him in 1962. Szuflita in 2018 filed a new complaint with the diocese's Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.

20. Mark M. Friel - Friel was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

21. Dennis A. Fronczak - The diocese pulled Fronczak without public explanation from Our Lady of Pompeii parish in Lancaster in 2015. Kristen Lovullo, the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo, accused Fronczak in a story The News published June 18, 2018 of fondling her when she was 9 to 12 years old at St. Stephen's School on Grand Island. The diocese announced June 28 that its investigation substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct against Fronczak. Fronczak was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.

22. Joseph C. Gatto - The Buffalo Diocese said Sept. 27, 2018 it was investigating a misconduct complaint against Gatto, the president and rector of Christ the King Seminary, who was accused of making a sexual advance on an adult male he was counseling in 2000. The diocese placed Gatto on administrative leave. Gatto told The News he was taking of leave of absence to recover from the rigors of the job, not because of an accusation.

23. James Gould - Gould, a religious order priest, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

24. Gerald Leo Green - Green, a monsignor, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him except to indicate that they involved more than one minor. Green died in 2012.

25. Thomas G. Gresock - Gresock was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

26. John P. Hajduk - Hajduk was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

27. Michael J. Harrington - Harrington was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

28. Brian M. Hatrick - Hatrick was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation. Monica Lesniak, of Cheektowaga, told The News in September 2018 that she told her parish pastor in the early 1980s that Hatrick had molested her teenage son, but six Buffalo Diocese bishops or auxiliary bishops allowed Hatrick to remain in parishes until 2007, The News reported.

29. James P. Hayes - Hayes was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

30. Louis J. Hendricks - Hendricks was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him. In 2018, former altar boy Timothy J. Clark said Hendricks repeatedly abused him when he was a teenager in the 1980s and he reported the abuse to the diocese in 2010.

31. Linus Hennessy - The Franciscan friar who had taught at Bishop Timon High School was accused in 2015 by Buffalo resident Tino Flores of sexually abusing Flores for five years in the 1970s, beginning when Flores was 10 years old. Bishop Richard J. Malone said at the time that the complaint was referred to the Order of Friars Minor, to which Hennessy belonged. Flores provided to The News a 2013 letter from Brother Edward Coughlin of the Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor to Dr. Philip Scozzaro, Flores' physician, stating that Coughlin did not know if Flores was abused "or the extent of any abuse on the part of Fr. Hennessy." The letter referenced the possibility of a $50,000 financial settlement. Hennessy died in 1983.

32. Roy Herberger - The Buffalo Diocese announced June 28, 2018 that Herberger, a retired priest who was the former pastor of SS. Columba-Brigid Church, was put on leave as the diocese investigates a complaint of sexual abuse. Herberger sent parishioners and friends a letter denying that he sexually assaulted a young boy in the 1980s. He said he was never alone with the child, who Herberger said was claiming he was molested while he was a student at St. Ann's Church in Buffalo. The diocese has not announced if it determined the allegation to be credible or not.

33. J. Grant Higgins - Higgins was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

34. Francis T. Hogan - Hogan was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

35. Stanley Idziak was accused in 1988 by two brothers, Rick and Bill Larango, of sexually abusing them while serving as a priest at their parish, Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in North Tonawanda, in the 1970s. After the Larango family moved to Atlanta, Ga., Idziak arranged to be transferred to their new parish and continued to abuse the younger Larango brother, according to their mother. Janet Larango confronted Idziak in 1988 after the priest was accused of molesting two other children near Atlanta. The Atlanta Archdiocese paid $570,000 to settle a 1991 lawsuit over sexual abuse brought against it by that Georgia family. The Larangos never sued, but the Archdiocese paid for counseling services for their sons, Janet Larango said. Idziak, a religious order priest, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him except to indicate that they involved more than one minor. Becker died in 2017.

36. Fred D. Ingalls – Ingalls pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in June 2004. He was an administrator at St. Joseph in Varysburg and St. Cecilia in Sheldon at the time of his arrest. He was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison for viewing child pornography images on his church rectory computer.

37. Pascal D. Ipolito - The Buffalo Diocese announced June 28, 2018 that Ipolito, a retired priest, was put on leave as the diocese investigates a complaint of sexual abuse. No additional details about the allegation were provided by the diocese. The diocese has not announced if it determined the allegation to be credible or not.

38. Florian A. Jasinski - Jasinski was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

39. Gerald C. Jasinski, who was a priest at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Lancaster, was arrested June 7, 1986, on felony charges of first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse and a charge of unlawfully dealing with a child by the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office.  Jasinski was accused of having sexual contact with two boys, aged 15 and 18, at a cabin in the town of Sheldon. Jasinski pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of first-degree attempted sexual abuse in August, 1986 and was sentenced in December to five years on probation, according to Buffalo News archives.

40. Richard P. Judd - Judd was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him, but Nick D'Amico told the Niagara Gazette that Judd abused him when he was a student at an elementary school in 1975. He first went public with the allegations in 2002.

41. Paul Keeling - Keeling, a religious order priest, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

42. Timothy J. Kelley – Kelley was accused in a 2003 lawsuit in Florida of abusing a former altar boy who was a student at a Dunkirk school. The alleged abuse happened in 1983.

43. Thomas L. Kemp - Kemp was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

44. Richard J. Keppeler - Keppeler was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

45. Theodore Kocian - Kocian, a religious order priest, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

46. Michael Kolodziej - Kolodziej was a teacher at two Catholic high schools in the Buffalo Diocese, Bishop Turner in Buffalo and St. Francis in Athol Springs, and a principal at a third,  Cardinal O'Hara in Tonawanda in the 1970s and 1980s. In 2013 the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Order of Friars Minor Conventual announced he was removed from public ministry because a former student at Baltimore's Archbishop Curley High School, where Kolodziej taught from 1975 to 1979, alleged Kolodziej had molested him while wrestling with him during that period. Kolodziej was ordained as a Buffalo Diocese priest before he joined the Franciscan order in 1974. Kolodziej was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

47. Linus E. Kopczewski - Kopczewski, a religious order priest, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

48. John D. Lewandowski - Lewandowski was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

49. Michael Lewandowski - Lewandowski, who taught students at two Buffalo-area Catholic high schools for more than a decade, was suspended from any public ministry in 2014 after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor. Lewandowski was a Franciscan friar in a parish in Davidsville, Pa., when the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese suspended him after it was notified of the allegation by the Order of Friars Conventual. The allegation against Lewandowski alleges his misconduct occurred during the 1980s, the period when he was teaching at St. Francis High School in Hamburg and at Cardinal O'Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda. Buffalo Diocese officials declined to say whether the alleged abuse involved a child from the Buffalo area.

50. Bernard M. Mach – A civil lawsuit filed Dec. 9, 1993, accused Mach of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy in the rectory of St. Mary's Church in Lockport two years prior. The matter was brought before a grand jury. It did not indict Mach. The diocese later settled a $2 million lawsuit. The Rev. John R. Aurelio told police he and Mach sodomized young boys in an East Aurora house in the 1970s. As of 2002, Mach was no longer functioning as a priest and lived out of state.

51. Louis Mako - Mako was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him. The Scranton (Pa.) Diocese named a priest named Louis Mako in August 2018 as being credibly accused of sexual abuse while serving in that diocese.

52. Thomas R. Marshall - Marshall, a religious order priest, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

53. Loville N. Martlock – Martlock was placed on "medical leave" in April 1994 after being accused of abusing a boy between 1974 and 1978. He was no longer functioning as a priest, the diocese said in 2002. He died in 2014 at age 77.

54. Fabian J. Maryanski - Diocese officials were told in 1995 by a woman that Maryanski had began having sexual contact with her in the 1980s when she was about 15 or 16 and attending St. Patrick Church in Barker. The allegations did not publicly surface until May 6, 2018, when The News reported that the diocese had allowed Maryanski to serve in churches for more than a decade after it the accusation was made. In interviews, Maryanski initially denied having any sexual contact with his accuser, but then said he had sex with her when she was in her 20s. The diocese did not include Maryanski on its March 2018 list of 42 priests against whom it received credible allegations of sexual misconduct with minors.

55. Rene Maynard - Maynard, a religious order priest, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

56. Thomas J. McCarthy - McCarthy was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

57. Francis McKenna - McKenna was was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him except to indicate that they involved more than one minor. McKenna died in 1997.

58. Ronald B. Mierzwa - The Buffalo Diocese said Sept. 24, 2018 it had suspended the longtime pastor of Holy Name of Mary Church in Ellicottville while it investigates a sexual abuse complaint against the priest. The diocesan gave no information about the allegation.

59. Michael Miller - Miller, A Franciscan priest who taught for several years at a Catholic high school in Athol Springs, was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of possessing child pornography, obscenity and risk of injury to a minor in 2013 in Connecticut. Miller, 48, was a pastor of a Catholic church with a school in Kensington, Conn., when police there charged him. The Hartford Courant reported that Miller had inappropriate Facebook chats with seven Connecticut teenagers, including inviting one boy to come over and watch a "dirty movie" and writing detailed descriptions about sex acts he would perform on the boy, according to court documents. Miller previously taught at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs in 1993 and again from 2000 to 2003. Officials from the Buffalo diocese said at the time of Miller's arrest that they were not aware of any allegations of misconduct against Miller during his time at St. Francis.

60. Robert Moss - Moss was was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him except to indicate that they involved more than one minor. Moss died in 2018.

61. Loren Nys - Nys, a Salvatorian priest, taught at St. Mary's High School in Lancaster from 1969 to 1987. In 2014, the Society of the Divine Savior removed him from ministry because of two complaints from 43 years before about Nys engaging in inappropriate conduct with children. The complaints would have been from around 1970 or 1971, a time when he was at St. Mary's High School.  In March 2018, Robert Swierat told The News that Nys had molested him when he was a teenager and was living at the priest's residence. Nys was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

62. Basil A. Ormsby - Ormsby was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

63. Norbert F. Orsolits – On the same day this week when a South Buffalo man publicly accused him of sexually abusing him in 1979 or 1980, while Orsolits was at St. John Vianney parish in Orchard Park, Orsolits admitted to The Buffalo News he had sexual contact with "probably dozens" of teenage boys. Two brothers told The News that Orsolits sexually abused them in the late 1960s when he was at St. John the Baptist Church in Alden. Orsolits said the diocese sent him to Southdown Institute twice for treatment. The diocese removed Orsolits in 2003 from active ministry, barring him from saying Mass or performing other priestly duties.

64. Daniel J. Palys - The Buffalo Diocese announced June 28, 2018 that Palys, a retired priest, was put on leave as the diocese investigates a complaint of sexual abuse. No additional details about the allegation were provided. The diocese has not announced if it determined the allegation to be credible or not.

65. Martin L. Pavlock - Pavlock was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. Pavlock told The Buffalo News that he had "crossed the line" on one occasion many years ago, but declined to reveal any further information about the incident. Pavlock said he spent seven months at Southdown Institute, a counseling and therapy facility outside Toronto, and was not involved in any other sexual misconduct. He said the diocese removed him from public ministry in 2002.

66. Theodore "Ted" Podson - Podson, a priest of the Piarist order, taught for several years in the late 1970s and early 1980s at Calasanctius School for gifted children in Buffalo before moving in 1985 to an all-boy's college preparatory school in the Philadelphia area. In 1994, Podson's name was included on an Archdiocese of Philadelphia list of priests identified as guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor, according to a 2012 Philadelphia Inquirer story. The Inquirer reported that Podson relocated to the Philippines after allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy. The Piarist order told the newspaper later that Podson was removed from active ministry and placed in a residential therapy center. In Buffalo, Podson was known at Calasanctius for leading weeks-long field trips across the country with students. Podson, a religious order priest, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

67. Michael Raimondo - Ramondo was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

68. James F. Rapp - Rapp, 77, who grew up in Lockport, worked as a priest in 1979-80 at DeSales High School in Lockport. Later, after being accused in 1987 of molesting two students at a Catholic high school in Jackson, Mich., he was sent to a psychological clinic for treatment by his religious order, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Then he was assigned to serve as a parish priest in Duncan, Okla. He was charged with molesting two teenaged boys in Oklahoma in 1999, pleaded no contest to lewd molestation, and was sentenced to two consecutive 20-year prison terms. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City paid $5 million to settle one lawsuit filed by a teen molested for five years and $1 million to settle another suit filed by a victim. In 2016, he was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison in Michigan after being charged with molesting six students at Lumen Christi High School in Jackson, Mich., in the 1980s.

69. Joseph Rappl - Rappl was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him. WIVB-TV reported in April 2018 that a man accused Rappl of molesting him when he was 11-years-old in 1981 at St. Peter's Church in Lewiston.

70. Dennis G. Riter - The diocese suspended Riter March 26, 2018 from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Dunkirk as it investigated a sexual misconduct complaint. Bishop Richard J. Malone decided the allegations against Riter were not substantiated and returned the priest to the parish in June 2018. Matthew Golden, 33, had alleged Riter molested him between 1996 and 1999, when Golden was 10 to 13 years old and attending Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Buffalo. Golden sued the diocese Aug. 30, 2018, alleging it created a public nuisance by employing child molesters, giving then unchecked access to children and covering up their crimes.

71. Roy K. Ronald - Ronald was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

72. John M. Ryan - The Buffalo Diocese announced July 30, 2018 that Ryan, a retired monsignor and former superintendent of the diocese's Catholic schools, was put on leave as the diocese investigates a complaint of sexual abuse. No additional details about the allegation were provided. Ryan retired in 2001 from St. Benedict parish in Eggertsville. The diocese has not announced if it determined the allegation to be credible or not.

73. John J. Sardina - The diocese announced Sept. 13, 2018 that Sardina, 86, has been placed on administrative leave as it investigates a sexual misconduct complaint against him. The diocesan gave no information about the allegation.

74. Maurice Scheier - Scheier, a religious order priest, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

75. Joseph E. Schieder - Schieder was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

76. Joseph A. Schuster - Mark Lynch of Youngstown accused Schuster on sexually abusing him when Lynch was 13 in 1968 at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel rectory in Niagara Falls. Lynch said he sent the diocese a complaint on March 12, 2018. Schuster, who took a leave of absence from the priesthood in 1991 and resigned as executive director of the Catholic Worker Center he founded in Niagara Falls.  Schuster was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.  The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him except to indicate that they involved more than one minor. Schuster died in 2007.

77. Gerald Sheehan - Sheehan was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him except to indicate that they involved more than one minor. WKBW-TV reported in August 2018 that a woman had accused Sheehan of sexually abusing her in the Nativity of Our Lord Church rectory in Orchard Park and at cottages when she was 7 to 14 years old in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Sheehan died in 2006.

78. Ronald Silverio - Three brothers from a South Buffalo family publicly accused Silverio in July 2018 of molesting them when they were boys and he was a Catholic priest in the 1970s at Holy Family Church in South Buffalo and at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niagara Falls. Silverio was a parish priest from 1970 until taking a leave of absence in 1980 and having his priestly faculties removed a year later because he became executive director of a Planned Parenthood office in Niagara Falls. The Kane family brothers filed a complaint with the diocese seeking compensation. Silverio was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

79. Howard Slack - Slack was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him except to indicate that they involved more than one minor. Slack died in 1976.

80. Arthur J. Smith - The diocese pulled Smith from Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta parish in Depew in April 2018 over a complaint of childhood sexual abuse. On June 28, 2018, the diocese announced its investigation substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct against Smith. Smith was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

81. Robert J. Smith – Smith, who was expelled from a Buffalo-area seminary in 1959, was sued separately in 1993 and 1994 by two former altar boys over alleged sexual abuse in Santa Fe.

82. Gerald A. Smyczynski - Smyczynski was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

83. James Smyka - Smyka, a religious order priest, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him. Smyka was working in the Syracuse Diocese as a hospital chaplain and living at a diocese church until shortly before the Buffalo Diocese identified him as being credibly accused.

84. Clatus E. Snyder - Snyder was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him except to indicate that they involved more than one minor. Snyder died in 2001.

85. James A. Spielman – A settlement was revealed in 2002 about a sexual assault complaint against Spielman filed in 1993. The alleged abuse happened in the 1970s. The diocese settled the complaint in 1994. Spielman resigned from the priesthood and moved out of state. In 2016, the diocese paid $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a Texas man who alleged Spielman molested him when he was an Archbishop Walsh High School student from 1979 through 1982.

86. Bernard Splawski – Splawski was accused in 1986 of fondling an 18-year-old male student at Bishop Timon High School. He resigned in February 2003 as pastor of a New Jersey parish due to renewed complaints from the former student's family. Splawski, a religious order priest, was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him.

87. Chester S. Stachewicz - Stachewicz was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

88. William G. Stanton - Stanton was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him except to indicate that they involved more than one minor. Stanton died in 2004.

89. Robert A. Stolinski - The Buffalo Diocese announced June 28, 2018 that Stolinski, a retired priest, was put on leave as the diocese investigates a complaint of sexual abuse. No additional details about the allegation were provided. The diocese has not announced if it determined the allegation to be credible or not.

90. Harry Richard Strassberger - Strassberger was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him except to indicate that they involved more than one minor. Strassberger died in 1999.

91. Edward Townsend - Gary Astridge said he was 7 years old when Townsend first molested him outside of Cardinal Dougherty High School in Buffalo, where Townsend taught from 1963 to 1969. He said Townsend later raped him inside the school and in Crystal Beach, Ont. He complained to the Buffalo Diocese in 2006 and he was told to contact the Eudist religious order to which Townsend belonged. Another man who grew up in Buffalo in the 1960s told The News that Towsend sexually abused him at Cardinal Dougherty when he was 7 and 8 years old.

92. Samuel J. Venne - The diocese suspended Venne from public ministry in April 2018 over a complaint of childhood sexual abuse. Venne, who is retired, regularly celebrated Masses at St. Stephen Church on Grand Island. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him other than to say it was not a recent incident. On June 28, 2018, the diocese announced its investigation substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct against Venne. Venne was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.

93. Edward J. Walker - Walker was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him. Denis Riley, a former Dunkirk resident living in Florida, told The News that Walker sexually abused him multiple times in the sacristy of St. Joseph's parish in Fredonia where he was an altar boy.  He said he told Buffalo Diocese officials about the abuse in 1999. Walker, a monsignor, served as pastor at Holy Name of Jesus in Buffalo until he retired in 1981. He died in 2002.

94. William G. Ward - Ward was one of the 42 priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegation against him.

95. Charles M. Werth – Werth was charged in 1994 and 2004 after incidents in Ellicott Creek Park. In the earlier case, he was charged with sexual abuse and pleaded guilty to exposure, a violation. In the latter incident, the then-retired priest was charged with public lewdness and afterwards removed from active ministry. The diocese said neither allegation involved young people. Werth was one of the 36 priests publicly identified Nov. 5, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. The diocese did not release any information about the allegations against him except to indicate that they involved more than one minor.  He died in 2017  at age 89.

96. William F.J. White – White was placed on leave in February 1993 after he was accused of sexual abuse. He was no longer functioning as a priest and had moved out of state, the diocese said in 2002.

97. Mark J. Wolski -  The Buffalo Diocese announced May 31, 2018 that Wolski, served at SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Hamburg before retiring in 2012, was put on leave as the diocese investigates a complaint of sexual abuse. No additional details about the allegation were provided. The diocese has not announced if it determined the allegation to be credible or not. WKBW-TV reported that Wolski was appointed in 2003 to serve on a diocesan board to review sexual abuse allegations and determine settlement amounts.

98. Robert W. Wood – Wood was removed as pastor of St. Joseph in Varysburg in 2003 after being accused of sexually abusing a minor. At the time, he said it involved an alleged incident that happened 16 years prior.

99. Robert Yetter - Yetter resigned as pastor of St. Mary's Church in Swormville after the diocese received a misconduct complaint against him that “may involve a minor.” A report last week by WKBW-TV included internal church documents showing that Yetter was previously accused of making unwanted sexual advances on two adult men. The report prompted a diocese deacon and a handful of Catholic politicians to call on Bishop Richard J. Malone to resign over his handling of the sexual abuse crisis. The diocese said Yetter will remain on administrative leave as the investigation continues.

Contact Aaron Besecker at abesecker@buffnews.com or 716-849-4602. 

Retired Buffalo-area priest admits sexually abusing 'dozens' of boys

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