Category: Sex

Fr. William Walsh – Archdiocese of Washington

Father William Walsh

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1954

Removed: 1996

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956 – 1961      Maryland Province Office (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1961 – 1965      Bishop’s Latin School (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1966 – 1967      Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • 1967 – 1978      Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues (Wernersville, PA)
  • 1971 – 1978      Lancaster Theological Seminary (Lancaster, PA)
  • 1978 – 1985      Maryland Province Office (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1986 – 1991      St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1991 – 1996      Xiamen University (Fujian, China)
  • 1996 – 1998      Woodstock Theological Center (Washington, DC)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Walsh:

According to media reports, in 1996, five of Father William Walsh’s nieces told the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus officials that their uncle, Father Walsh sexually abused them hundreds of times as children in the 1940s-60s, when they were ages 5-14 after their father passed away.

At the time the allegations were reported, Father Walsh was teaching in China. The women were prompted to act when he wrote to a relative that he had befriended a 3-year-old girl there. Until then, each of the sisters thought she was Father Walsh’s only victim.

Father Walsh was removed from the ministry that year and sent to treatment. He was then transferred to the Woodstock Theological Center, a Jesuit-run research facility at Georgetown University,

In April 1998, unsatisfied with the Jesuit officials’ response, the women made their allegations public and called for Father Walsh’s expulsion from the priesthood. He was placed on administrative leave, and transferred to the Jesuit’s Ferdinand Wheeler House in Baltimore, MD.

One of the sisters said, “….Father Walsh sexually abused me more than 200 times, usually wearing his white collar. I can still see his hands trembling as he was touching me. Somehow I felt it was my fault.”

In 2010, he was moved to the Jesuits’ Colombiere Community in Baltimore. In December 2018, Father Walsh died at age 95.

In December 2018, Father Walsh’s name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950.

In February 2019, Father Walsh’s name first appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Washington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. William Wehrle – Archdiocese of Washington

Father William Wehrle

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1950

Died: 1995

Assigned as follows:

  • 1950 – 1951      Sacred Heart (Woodstock, MD)
  • 1951 – 1952      Our Lady of Martyrs (Auriesville, NY)
  • 1952 – 1960      Our Lady of the Wayside (Chaptico, MD)
  • 1952 – 1957      Holy Angels (Avenue, MD)
  • 1952 – 1957      Sacred Heart (Bushwood, MD)
  • 1952 – 1957      St. Joseph’s (Morganza, MD)
  • 1952 – 1960      Immaculate Conception (Mechanicsville, MD)
  • 1960 – 1966      St. Ignatius (Hilltop, MD)
  • 1960 – 1966      Sacred Heart (La Pata, MD)
  • 1960 – 1966      St. Catherine of Alexandria McConchie, MD)
  • 1966 – 1971      Holy Trinity (Washington, DC)
  • 1971 – 1972      Jesuit Residence (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1972 – 1973      Pittsburgh Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1973 – 1974      Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska)
  • 1974 – 1976      St. Louis (Denver, CO)
  • 1976 – 1980      St. Therese (Aurora, CO)
  • 1980 – 1981      St. James (Denver, CO)
  • 1982 – 1985      St. Alphonsus Rodriguez (Woodstock, MD)
  • 1986 – 1993      SS. Peter and Paul (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1993 – 1995      St. Charles Lwanga (Pittsburgh, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Wehrle:

According to the Archdiocese of Washington files Father William Wehrle was accused of sexual abuse in Baltimore in 1985. Father Wehrle was removed from his Woodstock, Maryland parish. In 1987, he resurfaced in Pittsburgh.

In August 1995, Father Wehrle died.

In September 2002, Father Wehrle’s name first appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Washington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Miguel Umana Zelaya – Archdiocese of Washington

Father Miguel Umana Zelaya

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1996

Removed: 2000

Laicized: 2003

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Miguel Umana Zelaya:

According to media reports, in 2000, an allegation that Father Miguel Umana Zelaya sexually abused a minor was reported to the Archdiocese of Washington. He was removed from ministry, and in 2003, he was laicized.

In October 2018, Father Zelaya’s name first appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. No information on the allegation regarding age/gender of the victim was given.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Washington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Michael Schapfel – Archdiocese of Washington

Father Michael Schapfel

 Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1983

Removed: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • German Pastoral Mission (Washington, DC)
  • Secular Institute of Schoenstatt Diocesan Priests (Germany)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael Schapfel:

According to media reports, in April 2010, allegations that Father Michael Schapfel sexually abused numerous teenage girls were reported to the Archdiocese of Washington.

Father Michael Schapfel, a German priest who had ministered in the Archdiocese of Washington since 2004, was immediately removed from ministry and returned to Germany. He served the area’s German communities and diplomats. 

Father Schapfel, who was associated with the Schoenstatt Movement, allegedly abused the young women in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The movement, which became aware of alleged abuse as early as 2004, reported the allegations to the Diocese of Mainz in 2010.

The Archdiocese of Washington said it had not received any reports of abuse by Father Schapfel during his time in DC.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Washington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Thomas S. Schaefer – Archdiocese of Washington

Father Thomas S. Schaefer

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1953

Laicized: 1986

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1953 – 1957             Holy Name (Washington, DC)
  • 1957 – 1961             St. Stephen’s Martyr (Washington, DC)
  • 1961- 1966              St. Andrew the Apostle (Silver Spring, Maryland)
  • 1966 – 1971             Sacred Heart (Bushwood, Maryland)
  • 1966 – 1971             Holy Angels (Avenue, Maryland)
  • 1971 – 1972             St. Francis de Sales (Washington, DC)
  • 1972 – 1975             St. Matthias the Apostle (Lanham, Maryland)
  • 1975 – 1982             St. John the Evangelist (Clinton, Maryland)
  • 1983 – 1986             St. Hugh’s (Greenbelt, Maryland)
  • 1986 – 1995             Carroll Manor Nursing Home (Washington, DC)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas S. Schaefer:

According to media reports, in 1967, an allegation that Father Thomas S. Schaefer sexually abused a young boy at St. Andrew the Apostle was reported to the Archdiocese of Washington. He was temporarily removed, sent for evaluation, treatment, and eventually return to ministry.

In 1982, additional sexual abuse allegations were reported to the Archdiocese of Washington. According to prosecutors, from 1975 until 1981, Father Schaefer abused a 13-year-old boy who worked at St. John’s. Prosecutors also said that from 1979-1981, Father Schaefer sexually abused another boy at St. John’s.

Father Schaefer was again temporarily removed, sent for evaluation and treatment and in 1983, he was cleared for return to ministry. In 1986, Father Schaefer was laicized.

In January 1995, allegations of sexual abuse by Father Schaefer were reported to the Archdiocese of Washington by a local area businessman. 

In February 1995, Father Schaefer was charged with engaging in sex acts with four boys at churches between 1972 and 1982.  Police said he abused two of the boys at St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church in Lanham in 1972.  One victim said Father Schaeffer would take him to his bedroom in the rectory or to a classroom in the parish’s school where they would engage in mutual masturbation and oral sex. In the classroom, the victim said, Father Schaeffer would show pornographic films on an 8mm projector and take nude photographs of the boy.

Father Schaeffer was also charged with abusing another boy between ages 16 and 18 in the early 1970s at the same church, a boy ages 12 to 13 in the late 1970s, and a 14-year-old in the early 1980s at St. John’s Catholic Church in Clinton.

In March 1995, the Archdiocese of Washington announced that Father Schaefer was one of four priests who admitted engaging in sex acts with an altar boy from age 11 to age 15  at St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church in Lanham during the 1970s and 1980s. Father Schaefer was described by a police source as the group’s “ringleader.”

Father Schaefer was also charged with four counts of sodomy for abusing another boy between March 1966 and February 1971. He was pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Bushwood. The boy was 11 years old when the abuse started.

In August 1995, Father Schaefer pleaded guilty to four counts of child abuse involving four boys.

In October 1995, Father Schaefer pleaded guilty to to sodomy and was sentenced to a 16 years for the sexual abuse of at least five boys in the 1970s and 1980s. One victim said he fought off bouts of depression and suicide for 30 years because Father Schaefer sexually assaulted him at least 200 times.

The judge reconsidered after he had served about 4.5 months and reduced the sentence to time served and treatment in Vianney Renewal Center in Missouri.

In 2003, an adult man accused Father Schaefer of sexually abusing and attempting to sodomize him as an eighth-grader in 1956. He was alleged to have groomed the boy in the rectory and to have attacked him during a wrestling match in the parish’s eighth-grade school building The abuse happened in 1966. He was Father Schaefer’s earliest known victim.

According to church officials, Father Schaefer sexually abused at least 21 boys. Only one other priest in the Archdiocese of Washington has more known victims.

In December 2006, at least one claim was included in a $1.3M settlement with the Archdiocese of Washington.

In July 2009, Father Schaefer died.

In October 2018, Father Schaefer’s name first appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Washington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. James A. Scott – Archdiocese of Washington

Father James A. Scott

Archdiocese of Washington  

Ordained: 1966

Removed: 1995

Laicized: 1996

Died: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • Paul VI High School (Clifton, NJ)
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea (Lake Hopatcong, NJ)
  • Pope John High School (Sparta, NJ)
  • DePaul High School (Wayne, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James A. Scott:

According to media reports, an allegation that Father James A. Scott sexually abused a minor was first reported to the Archdiocese of Washington in 1986. Father Scott was suspended and evaluated. In 1987, he was cleared for return to limited ministry as a hospital and nursing home chaplain.

In 1995, he was removed from ministry for reasons that are not entirely clear. In 1996, he was laicized.

Father Scott died in 2013.

In October 2018, Father Scott’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Washington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Walter D. Salisbury – Archdiocese of Washington

Father Walter D. Salisbury

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1959

Removed: 1993

Assigned as follows:

  • 1959 – 1963       St. Nicholas Church (Houston, TX)
  • 1963 – 1973       St. Martin de Porres (Prairie View, TX)
  • 1963 – 1968       A & M College Catholic Newman Center (Prairie View, TX)
  • 1968 – 1979       Texas Southern Catholic Newman Center (Houston, TX)
  • 1979 – 1983       St. Joseph’s Seminary (Washington, DC)
  • 1983 – 1985       St. Joseph’s (Tuskegee Institute, AL)
  • 1985 – 1987       Holy Redeemer (Washington, DC)
  • 1987 – 1993       St. Luke’s (Washington, DC)
  • 1993 – 2007       St. Joseph Society of the Sacred Heart House of Central    Administration (Baltimore, MD)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Walter D. Salisbury:

According to media reports, in 1978, Father Walter D. Salisbury was charged with indecency with a child in Houston while he was serving as chaplain at Texas Southern University Newman Center. The victim said Father Salisbury unzipped his pants and put the boy’s hand around his penis.

In June 1979, Father Salisbury pleaded no contest and was given three-years probation. He was kept in ministry and transferred to Washington DC, where he was assigned as a counselor at St. Joseph’s Seminary.

Father Salisbury was also accused of child molestation while serving at St. Joseph’s in Alabama from 1983-1985.

In April 1993, Father Salisbury was charged with with having sexual relations with a young boy he had been tutoring in January of that year in St. Luke’s rectory in Washington, DC. He surrendered to the police after the allegations were reported. He pleaded guilty and was given a one year prison sentence, suspended, and a year of probation.

After the 1993 incident, the Josephites sent him to treatment and removed him from ministry.

In the mid-1990s, Father Salisbury relocated to his native Bar Harbor, Maine where he found an apartment across the street from a K-8 public school. He served on the town’s housing authority board for many years. He also joined the Order of the Founders of the Patriots of America, whose website states that membership is open to men of “good moral character and reputation.”

In December 2010, he resigned under duress after his criminal convictions came to light. He had been listed as “Father” W. Dayton Salisbury on the housing authority’s web page.

In October 2018, Father Salisbury’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Washington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Thomas Pyne – Archdiocese of Washington

Father Thomas Pyne, s.j. 

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1959

Died: 1999

Assigned as follows:

  • 1961 – 1968 Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1953 – 1956 St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (Washington, DC)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Pyne:

In December 2018, Father Thomas Pyne’s name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. It released almost no information on the allegations against each priest, including age/gender of the victims, or each priest’s assignment at the time of the alleged abuse.

According to media reports, Father Pyne was accused of multiple allegations of abuse in Washington. The estimated time frame of the abuse was the 1960s.

He left the Jesuits in 1968 and died in 1999.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Washington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Edward B. Pritchard – Archdiocese of Washington

Father Edward B. Pritchard

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1974

Laicized: 1995

Died: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Mary’s Church (Washington, DC)
  • Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (Kensington, MD)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Edward B. Pritchard:

According to media reports, in 1986, the Archdiocese of Washington placed Father Edward B. Pritchard on leave and sent him for evaluation and treatment following allegations that he sexually abused a 14-year old  altar boy at Holy Redeemer in Kensington in the 1970s. He was eventually returned to ministry.

In 1995, he was again accused, eventually arrested, for the abuse of three altar boys. Father Pritchard was permanently removed from ministry. In December 1995, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years probation.

Pritchard died in November 2002.

In December 2006, at least one claim against Pritchard was included in a large group settlement with the Archdiocese.

In October 2018, Father Pritchard’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Washington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. James J. Powderly – Archdiocese of Washington

Father James J. Powderly

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1958

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958 – 1961      St. Michael’s (Silver Spring, MD)
  • 1961 – 1962      St. Stephen’s (Washington, DC)
  • 1962 – 1965      Immaculate Conception (Washington, DC)
  • 1965 – 1966      St. Elizabeth’s (Rockville, MD)
  • 1966 – 1969      Absent on Leave or Assigned Elsewhere
  • 1969 – 1975      St. Thomas More (Washington, DC)
  • 1969 – 1973      Mackin High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1973 – 1999      Archdiocesan Consultant on Alcoholism Problems
  • 1975 – 1998      St. Mary’s (Rockville, MD)
  • 1986 – 1998      Our Lady of China (Rockville, MD)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James J. Powderly:

According to media reports, in 2005, the Archdiocese of Washington received an allegation that Father James J. Powderly sexually abused a boy from 1974-1977, beginning when the boy was age 14. The abuse allegedly included masturbating the boy. Father Powderly was also accused of abusing the boy’s sister. The allegation was first reported to the Archdiocese in 1997, but no action was taken.

In 1998, Father Powderly retired without faculties and went to live at the Cardinal O’Boyle Residence for Priests in Washington, DC. In October 2004, he died while still a priest.

In October 2018, Father Powderly’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Washington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.