Priest and Clergy Sexual Abuse in Colorado

Colorado Independent Compensation Program Launches

The Archdiocese of Denver and the Dioceses of Colorado Springs and Pueblo have established and now launched an “Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program (IRRP).” The program is intended to provide monetary compensation to survivors of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by priests or bishops of those institutions without having to engage in a lawsuit which can take years to conclude and generally involves sworn deposition testimony. The IRRP is a voluntary program that will be administered by Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros who have extensive experience organizing and running similar programs for dioceses throughout the United States.

The ICP was officially launched on October 7, 2019 and provides for the following:

  • Those survivors of childhood sexual abuse - perpetrated by the covered priests and bishops – who previously reported the abuse to the Office of Child and Youth Protection (“OCYP”) or to the Diocese should receive claim forms in the mail
  • Those survivors who have NOT previously reported the abuse to OCYP will have to register with the IRRP
  • The registration period is open from October 7, 2019 until November 30, 2019
  • The deadline for filing a Claim January 31, 2020
  • The IRRP is open to eligible survivors without regard to whether their claims are considered expired under Colorado’s applicable statute of limitations
  • Except as may be required by law and agreement with law enforcement, information submitted to the IRRP is confidential

It is important to understand that victims also have the option to file a lawsuit if they do not wish to enter into, or accept an offer from, the Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program.

Colorado Clergy Abuse Investigation

In February 2019, Colorado State Attorney General Phil Weiser announced an independent investigation with the full cooperation of the three Catholic dioceses in Colorado; the Archdiocese of Denver, the Diocese of Colorado Springs, and the Diocese of Pueblo. The investigation will be run by former U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer. The dioceses have agreed to make available all records of past abuse to Troyer who will produce a report due out in the fall of 2019. Like other dioceses across the country, a list of priests who have determined to be credibly accused of sexual abuse in Colorado can be expected upon the completion of the investigation. Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila has stressed that full transparency by the church is paramount in the healing process.

Clergy Members Credibly Accused of Abusing Children in Colorado

The following lists include current or former priests who have been sued and/or suspended following allegations of sexual abuse of minors or have claims against them in the state of Colorado. We are actively pursuing cases against Catholic priests and clergy as well as figures from other religious institutions.

Important note: If the name of a priest or other member of clergy you are searching for does not appear in the lists below, it does not mean that you do not have a potential claim against that individual. These lists of credibly accused individuals are always expanding as more information is brought forth to the dioceses and to authorities. Please contact us if you or a loved one has been abused by a priest or other clergy member, regardless of whether they appear in the lists below or not.

Diocese of Denver22 Named Priests
Diocese of Pueblo18 Named Priests

Diocese of Denver

The following is a list of Archdiocese of Denver Clergy who have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor:

  • Leonard A. Abercrombie
  • Thomas Patrick Barry
  • Prosper Bemunuge
  • Wilfred Laurent Carignan
  • Mark A. Clark
  • Bennett Colucci
  • Dorino De Lazzer
  • Timothy Joseph Evans
  • Marshall Gourley
  • Neil Hewitt
  • Richard James Kurtz
  • Mark N. Matson
  • Maurice McInerney
  • Edward P. Murphy
  • J. Bart Nadal
  • Patrick Henry O'Liddy
  • James W. Rasby
  • Lawrence H. St. Peter
  • John Francis Stein
  • Melvin F. Thompson
  • George L. Weibel
  • Harold Robert White

Diocese of Pueblo

The following is a list of Archdiocese of Pueblo Clergy who have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor:

  • John Beno
  • Delbert Blong
  • Walter P. Buetzler
  • Andrew Burke
  • Richard Chung
  • Michael C. DeSciose
  • Lucas A. Galvan
  • William Groves
  • Gary L. Kennedy
  • Michael Kurz
  • Conan Lee
  • Daniel C. Maio
  • John F. Martin
  • William C. Mueller
  • John G. O'Flaherty
  • Joseph A. Reade
  • Lawrence Sievers
  • Barnabus Stelzner


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