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Archdiocese of Indianapolis releases list of 23 'credibly accused' priests

Posted: 3:36 PM, Oct 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-11 19:07:29-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The  Archdiocese of Indianapolis has published a list of 23 "credibly accused priests."

The list includes 19 priests for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and 4 priests who were members of religious orders who served in the Archdiocese dating back to the 1940s.

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"The Archdiocese of Indianapolis is committed to protecting children and ensuring that the tragedy of sexual abuse never happens again in the Archdiocese," the Archdiocese said in the written statement that accompanied the list. "In the spirit of further accountability and transparency, the Archdiocese is providing this list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or young person."

“I pray the release of this list of credibly accused clergy will help all survivors of sexual abuse find the strength to come forward and will set them on the path to healing,” said the Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson, Archbishop of Indianapolis. “I apologize to all victims for the abuse that was done to them and for the failure of the Church to keep them from harm. I pledge to do everything within my power to protect our youth.”

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"An allegation of sex abuse of a child or young person was deemed credible if, after a thorough investigation and review of available information, the accusation was determined to be more likely to be true than not in the judgment of the Archdiocesan Review Board," the release said. 

A detailed list of the accused released from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis can be seen below.

Archdiocesan Priests

Name of Priest

Number of Victims

Date of Ordination

Reported

Time Period of Abuse

Action Taken

William Leroy Blackwell

8

5/3/1957

1958, 1964-1968

Priest deceased (2/2/1990) before abuse reported.

Edward Theodore Bockhold

2

5/20/1920

1949, 1961

Priest deceased (3/12/1972) before abuse reported.

Conrad Louis Cambron

2

5/22/1976

1978, 1980

Resigned from the priesthood (1985).

Jeffrey James Charlton

3

5/2/1983

1982, 1984, 1986-1987

Resigned from the priesthood (1995); dispensed from the clerical state on 11/17/2014.

Samuel Thomas Curry

7

6/6/1970

1970s

Priest deceased (2/7/1991) before abuse reported.

Albert Vincent Deery

23

5/17/1921

Late 1950s thru early 1970s

Priest deceased (8/25/1972) before abuse reported.

Jack F. Emrich

1

1/17/1998

Mid-1970s

Removed from priestly ministry (2003).

Donald J. Evrard

5

5/3/1956

1977, 1985

Removed from priestly ministry (1998); deceased (12/27/2008).

Micheal Howard Kelley

2

6/1/1985

1990, 1992

Removed from priestly ministry (2003).

Joseph Stanley Kos

3

5/1/1966

Mid-1980s

Priest deceased (8/9/2000).

Laurence Michael Lynch

1

5/3/1960

1972-1973

Resigned from priestly ministry (1979); deceased (7/17/2009).

John S. Maung

1

5/1/1963

1993-1997

Removed from priestly ministry (2018).

Harold E. Monroe

16

6/8/1974

1976-1982

Removed from the priesthood (1984); dispensed from the clerical state on 4/8/2011.

Eugene Jack Okon

4

12/18/1970

1974

Resigned from priestly ministry (2003); deceased (11/29/2012).

Roger Gerard Rudolf

1

6/6/1992

1987-1988

Removed from priestly ministry (2002); dispensed from the clerical state on 5/11/2015.

Frederick Adam Schmitt

3

5/11/1959

1973-1974

Priest deceased (12/30/1988) before abuse reported.

John Bernard Schoettelkotte

5

5/3/1960

1964-1967

Removed from priestly ministry (2003).

Myles Hale Patrick Smith

3

7/25/1970

1976-1988

Removed from priestly ministry (2003); deceased (5/2/2012).

Jonathan Lovill Stewart

1

6/1/1991

1993

Removed from priestly ministry (2003).

 

Religious Order Priests

 

Name of Priest

Number of Victims

Year of Ordination

Reported

Time Period of Abuse

Action Taken

Brennan Harris, OFM Conv.

1

1969

1971

Removed from priestly ministry by the Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation; deceased (1985).

Bernard Knoth, SJ

1

1977

1978

Reported to USA Midwest Province; dispensed from the clerical state.

Donald O’Shaughnessy, SJ

2

1955

1965

Removed from priestly ministry by the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus; deceased (7/8/2013).

Roman Pfalzer, OFM

2

1947

1953-1954

Removed from priestly ministry by the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist; deceased (12/26/2011).

 

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