Priests and Clergy Sexual Abuse in Maryland

Maryland Legislative Updates

Maryland Attorney General Releases Redacted Child Sex Abuse Report

The Maryland Attorney General released a redacted report on clergy abuse in Maryland on April 5, 2023. The report is entitled “Attorney General’s Report of Child Sex Abuse in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.” It is the result of a Grand Jury investigation that started in 2018 by the Attorney General’s office.

The report details both the history of sexual abuse within the Archdiocese and how the efforts made by the church hierarchy to protect the Archdiocese were above efforts to protect children. Among topics discussed in the 463 page report are grooming, intimidation, threatening and spiritual damnation from trusted religious leaders. Also covered was the Catholic church’s system to evade confrontation and responsibility.

Along with the release of the report, the state of Maryland updated its statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse.

Clergy Members Credibly Accused of Abusing Children in Maryland

The following list includes current or former priests, brothers and nuns who have been sued and/or suspended following allegations of sexual abuse of minors or have claims against them in the state of Maryland. 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.

Archdiocese of Baltimore146 Named Priests

Archdiocese of Baltimore

The following is a list of Archdiocese of Baltimore Clergy and/or other unordained members of the church who have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor:

  • Louis Affrica (Father)
  • James Avant (Father)
  • Bruce Ball (Father)
  • John Banko (Father)
  • Michael Barnes (Father)
  • Thomas Bauernfeind (Father)
  • Vincent Bechtel (Father)
  • Ronald Belschner (Father)
  • Thomas Bevan (Father)
  • Maurice Blackwell (Father)
  • Louis Bonacci (Father)
  • John Bostwick (Father)
  • H. Cornell Bradley (Reverend)
  • William Braun (Father)
  • Laurence Brett (Father)
  • Frederick Brinkmann (Father)
  • Stephen Brotzman
  • Wayland Brown (Father)
  • Gerard Bugge (Father)
  • Robert Callahan (Father)
  • John Carney (Father)
  • John Corbett (Monsignor)
  • Brian Cox (Father)
  • Charles Coyle (Father)
  • Fernando Cristancho (Father)
  • Robert Cullen (Father)
  • Joseph Davies (Father)
  • Richard Deakin (Father)
  • Alfred Dean (Father)
  • Donald Dimitroff (Father)
  • Francis Dolan (Brother)
  • James Dowdy (Father)
  • Robert Duerr (Father)
  • John Duggan* (Father)
  • Frederick Duke (Father)
  • Walter Emala (Father)
  • Francis Ernst (Father)
  • Luigi Esposito (Father)
  • Terence Evans (Father)
  • Alfred Ewanowski (Father)
  • Kenneth Farabaugh (Father)
  • Alphonsus Figlewski (Father)
  • Joseph Firlie (Deacon)
  • Carl Fisher (Father)
  • Theonella Flood (Sister)
  • Daniel Free (Father)
  • Joseph Gallagher (Father)
  • Joseph Gerg (Father)
  • Steven Girard (Father)
  • Mark Haight (Father)
  • John Hammer (Father)
  • Edward Heilman (Father)
  • Marion Helowicz (Father)
  • Joseph Hill (Father)
  • Robert Hiltz (Monsignor)
  • George Hopkins (Father)
  • Joseph Hopkins (Father)
  • Robert Hopkins (Father)
  • William Jameson (Father)
  • Albert Julian (Father)
  • John Justice (Deacon)
  • Thomas F. Kelly (Father)
  • Thomas M. Kelly (Father)
  • Joseph Kenney (Father)
  • Simon Kenny (Father)
  • Paul Knapp (Father)
  • Michael Kolodziej (Father)
  • Joseph Krach (Father)
  • William "Jay" Krouse (Father)
  • Joseph Kruse (Father)
  • Thomas Kuhl (Deacon)
  • Michael LaMountain (Father)
  • Xavier Langan (Brother)
  • James Lannon (Father)
  • Ross LaPorta (Father)
  • Regis Larkin (Father)
  • David Leary (Father)
  • Francis LeFevre (Father)
  • Robert Lentz (Father)
  • John Lippold (Father)
  • Robert John Lochner (Father)
  • Anthony Lorento (Father)
  • George Loskarn (Father)
  • Edward Neil Magnus (Father)
  • Ronald Mardaga (Father)
  • Kenneth Martin (Father)
  • Joseph Maskell (Father)
  • Benedict Mawn (Father)
  • Constantine McCarthy (Brother)
  • William McCrory (Monsignor)
  • Francis McGrath (Father)
  • Eugene McGuire (Father)
  • Patrick McIntyre
  • Lawrence Meegen (Brother)
  • Raymond Melville (Father)
  • John Merzbacher
  • Joseph Messer (Father)
  • Ronald Michaud (Father)
  • William Migliorini (Father)
  • John Mike (Father)
  • Jerome Moody (Father)
  • Eugene Morgan (Brother)
  • William Morgan (Brother)
  • John Mountain (Father)
  • Timothy Murphy (Father)
  • J. Glenn Murray (Father)
  • Alan Nagle (Father)
  • Robert Newman (Father)
  • Leo O'Hara (Deacon)
  • Garrett Orr (Father)
  • Henry O'Toole (Father)
  • John Padian (Father)
  • John Peacock (Father)
  • Dennis Pecore (Father)
  • Adrian Poletti (Father)
  • Eric Price
  • Blair Raum (Father)
  • Thomas Rochacewicz (Brother)
  • Francis Roscetti (Father)
  • Charles Rouse (Father)
  • Marius John Shine (Brother)
  • William Simms (Father)
  • David Smith (Father)
  • Richard Smith (Monsignor)
  • Thomas Smith (Father)
  • Michael Spillane (Father)
  • Albert Stallings (Father)
  • Edmund Stroup (Father)
  • Cuthbert Sullivan (Brother)
  • Francis Sweeney (Father)
  • Alcuin Tasch (Father)
  • Cuthbert/Joseph Thibault (Brother)
  • Thomas Tomasunas (Brother)
  • Jerome Toohey (Father)
  • James Toulas (Father)
  • Gerald Tragesser (Father)
  • Jorge Velez-Lopez (Father)
  • Francis Wagner (Father)
  • William Walsh (Father)
  • William Wehrle (Father)
  • Thomas Whelan (Monsignor)
  • John Wielebski (Father)
  • Roger Wooden (Monsignor)
  • Howard Yeakle (Father)
  • Francis Yocum (Sister)
  • Henry Zerhusen (Monsignor)

*The John Duggan identified as an abuser in this Report (a Jesuit priest) is not the same person as the late Archdiocese of Baltimore Chancellor John Duggan.

Brown A.Attorney General’s Report on Child Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Maryland Office of the Attorney General. April 2023.

The Child Victims Act of 2023. SB0686, Maryland General Assembly. 2023.


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