Fr Daniel Taylor (a/k/a Schleuter) – Diocese of Tucson

Father Daniel Taylor

Diocese of Tuscon

Ordained: 1975

Died: 1999

Assigned as follows:

  • 1981                St. Frances Cabrini Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1984-1985      St. Francis Parish (Superior, AZ)
  • 1985                St. Rose of Lima Parish (Safford, AZ)
  • 1985-1988      Sacred Heart Parish (Parker, AZ)
  • 1988-1991      Assumption Parish (Florence, AZ)
  • 1991-1996      Holy Angels Parish (Globe, AZ)
  • 1996-1999      St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Yuma, AZ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Daniel Taylor:

According to media reports, in 1999, Father Daniel Taylor was suspended from active ministry and forbidden to function as a priest after the Diocese of Tucson was made aware by the Diocese of Erie of child abuse allegations related to his service there. Church officials said they were not aware of any allegation related to his service in Tucson. 

Father Taylor said that he had taken some people with him on a vacation and they claimed that he touched them during the night. One adult and two teenagers were on the trip. Father Taylor had no memories concerning the allegations and that he was unable to question his accusers.

Father Taylor came to the Diocese of Tucson in 1981 and again in 1984 as a priest of the Diocese of Erie. He became a priest of the Diocese of Tucson in 1992. 

He is believed to still be alive, and has never been criminally convicted of the allegations against him. 

In April 2018, his name appeared on the Diocese of Erie’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

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Fr Clemens Schlueter (a/k/a Schleuter) – Diocese of Tucson

Father Clemens Schlueter (a/k/a Schleuter)

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: 1958

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1961-1963      Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • 1963-1965      St. Daniel Parish (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • 1965-1969      Arizona State Prison Chaplain (Florence, AZ)
  • 1970-1975      Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • 1976-1977      Our Lady of Fatima Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1977-1982      Sacred Heart Parish (Parker, AZ)
  • 1982-1985      Arizona Correctional Training Center Chaplain (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1986-1990      St. Helen Mission (Oracle, AZ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Clemens Schlueter:

According to media reports, Father Clemens Schlueter was ordained in the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, and was transferred to the Diocese of Tucson in 1961. He was incardinated in 1978. In 1997, he was suspended from ministry after the Diocese of Tucson learned of a child sexual abuse allegation that allegedly occurred in the 1960s. 

He retired in 1990. He has never been criminally convicted of the allegation against him.  He died in September 2009.

Father Schlueter is listed on the Diocese of Tucson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Phoenix.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Phoenix, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Phoenix 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.

Mr Phillip G. Speers – Diocese of Tucson

Mr. Phillip G. Speers 

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: N/A

Assigned as follows:

  • 1999-2000      St. Francis of Assisi School (Yuma, AZ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Mr. Phillip G. Speers:

According to media reports, Mr. Phillip G. Speers, a former seminary student and teacher at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Yuma, was accused of abusing at least five girls in the 2nd grade class, in 1999-2000 school year. He was also found to be in possession of child pornography. 

He was convicted in two separate trials in 2002 and 2003, but the decisions were later reversed by the Arizona court of appeals. The appellate court ruled that Mr. Speers should have been allowed to call expert witnesses to talk about the implantation of false memories in children, and that he should have been allowed to have friends, family members and co-workers give testimony about his character. 

His family has always maintained Mr. Speers’ innocence, contending that he was made a scapegoat by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson during the height of the sexual abuse scandal affecting the Catholic Church, and that the state’s case against him was a witch hunt.

In 2003, the families of the five girls who said Mr. Speers molested them received a $1.8 million payment in 2003 to settle civil claims they had filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma. The diocese’s insurance paid the settlement. 

In August 2007, he was retried and found guilty. He was  sentenced to 34 years in prison. Prosecutors said Mr. Speers, in spite of his polish, good looks and fervent supporters, is a dangerous pedophile who inappropriately touched little girls in his classroom, putting his hands inside their clothes and asking one to strip naked in the cloakroom for a video he was making.

In September 2007, the possession of the child pornography charges were dropped.

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Fr Floyd Stromberg – Diocese of Tucson

Father Floyd Stromberg

Diocese of Tuscon

Ordained: 1959

Died: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • 1959-1960                          St. Augustine Cathedral (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1960-1963, 1970-1980     Immaculate Conception Parish (Ajo, AZ)
  • 1963-1966                          St. Gregory Parish (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1966                                    St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Superior, AZ)
  • 1966-1968                          St. Ambrose Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1968-1970, 1982-1983     St. Frances Cabrini Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1983-1987                          Our Mother of Sorrows Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1987-2002                          Our Lady Queen of All Saints (Tucson, AZ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Floyd Stromberg:

According to media reports, Father Floyd Stromberg was named in a September 2002 article about sexual misconduct with minors. He retired in March 2002, but was placed on leave a few months later in July after an allegation of child sexual abuse from 1966 surfaced.  The Diocese of Tucson said he worked at three parishes the year of the allegation, including St. Gregory in Phoenix, St. Francis of Assisi in Superior, and St. Ambrose in Tucson.

In April 2005, he was named in a civil suit as one of several abusers of a minor girl at Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary convent between 1954-1938. In March 2006, he was also named in a suit by one man claiming abuse at the same convent. 

The review of archival records has shown that he was given assignments after there was awareness of an allegation.

He died December 2007.

His name appeared on the Diocese of Tucson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Phoenix.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Phoenix, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Phoenix 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 Richard Edmund Butler (Dominican) – Diocese of Tucson

Father Richard Edmund Butler (Dominican)

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: 1949

Died: 1988

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1974     St. Thomas More Newman Center (Tucson, AZ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Richard Edmund Butler:

According to media reports, Father Richard Edmund Butler was ordained a priest for the religious order of Dominicans (Order of Preachers) in 1949. While in Tucson, Father Butler was also chaplain-director of Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson, a Mexican mariachi band of young men between the ages of 13-17, and travelled with them on tour throughout the United States and Mexico. 

In March 2003, while reviewing personnel files, the Diocese of Tucson announced that Father Butler and other priests had been subject of credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors.

He died in March  1988.

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Fr Jorge Cordova Hernandez – Diocese of Tucson

Father Jorge Cordova Hernandez

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: 1981

Assigned as follows:

  • 1988-1991      St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Yuma, AZ)
  • 1993-1994      St. Augustine (Phoenix, AZ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Jorge Cordova Hernandez:

According to media reports, Father Jorge Cordova Hernandez was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Quito, Ecuador. In 2005, Father Cordova Hernandez was charged with ten counts of sexual abuse involving two female minors during his assignment at St. Francis of Assisi in Yuma, Arizona. The alleged child sexual abuse occurred from approximately 1988 to 1991. Following the charges, Father Cordova Hernandez fled to Ecuador and then to Spain. In June 2007, he was detained by U.S. authorities in Spain, however, authorities were unable to extradite him due to the age of the crime. 

Cordova then returned to Ecuador, where Tucson police learned that he continued to associate himself with the church in an unknown capacity. A warrant remains in effect in Tucson.

Father Cordova Hernandez was named on the Diocese of Phoenix’s and the Diocese of Tucson’s lists of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors which was first made public in summer 2002.

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Fr Kevin Barmasse – Diocese of Tucson

Father Kevin Barmasse

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: 1982

Laicized: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1983-1986 St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, (Sierra Vista AZ)
  • 1986-1988 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1988-1991 Blessed Sacrament Parish, (Mammoth AZ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Kevin Barmasse:

According to media reports, Father Kevin Barmasse was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1982. He was accused of sexually molesting a 12-year-old boy in 1983. Documents in the file say that law enforcement was contacted after the allegation against Father Barmasse, but that prosecution wasn’t pursued because the parents didn’t want to subject their child to interviews, and because the parents and law enforcement believed the removal of Father Barmasse from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, plus psychiatric treatment for him, “would solve the problem.” 

Church officials did not remove him from ministry. In 1983, they sent him to Tucson. He remained a priest of the Archdiocese during the time of his assignments in the Diocese of Tucson. In 1991, Los Angeles church officials arranged for Father Barmasse to begin residential treatment at a facility in Maryland. After he was discharged, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony decided Father Barmasse was not fit for ministry and the Archdiocese paid for his ongoing therapy. 

Later in 1991, complaints from youth group members and their parents in the Diocese of Tucson had begun to surface. A report said that Father Barmasse made sexual advances toward five male high school students during his assignment at St. Elizabeth Parish. The students were between the ages of 17 and 20 at the time of the alleged abuse. 

Among the accusations was that Father Barmasse tried to get a 15-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him and that he provided the boy and others with beer and pornographic movies. According to documents, one boy said he’d been fondled on at least seven occasions between 1986 and 1987. One man said he’d had both oral and anal sex with Father Barmasse when he was 16.

Father Barmasse was suspended from ministry in 1992. His request to return to active ministry was denied in 1999.

In 2003, lawsuits were filed by men who said they’d repressed memories of the abuse. Lawyers said Father Barmasse engaged in “sacramental” sexual abuse with teen boys during prayer. 

“What is really tragic is that he targeted boys during prayer because they were devout and innocent,” said one lawyer.

“The Kevin Barmasse cases are very important. They clearly and unequivocally demonstrate the secret world of sexual cover-up going on in Western dioceses through the 1990s,” said John Manly, an attorney based in Costa Mesa, California, who filed lawsuits along with Tucson attorney Lynne M. Cadigan against the Diocese of Tucson and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, for which there were eight accusers.

All lawsuits were settled in the Diocese of Tucson bankruptcy case in 2005. These men also sued the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and were included in the $660M settlement July 2007. 

In May 2006, Father Barmasse was laicized. 

In July 2007, a criminal investigation was reopened in Arizona, although no criminal charges were ever filed against him. He currently lives in suburban Los Angeles.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Phoenix.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Phoenix, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Phoenix 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 Juan Guillen – Diocese of Tucson

Father Juan Guillen

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: 1974

Removed: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • Immaculate Conception Parish, Yuma (1982-1985)
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Somerton (1985-1986)
  • Immaculate Conception Parish, Yuma (1986-2002)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Juan Guillen:

According to media reports, in July 2003, Father Juan Guillen was convicted of attempted child molestation of three boys and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was also given lifetime probation for another count of attempted child molesting. Father Guillen pleaded guilty to both charges in a plea agreement.

Before the plea agreement, Father Guillen had faced four counts of child molesting and eight counts of sexual conduct with a minor after admitting to having oral sex with and masturbating with altar boys. He was charged with sexual contact with young boys beginning in 1989 with a boy who was 10 years old at the time. The criminal complaint filed against him in 2003 alleged sexual conduct with another 10-year-old victim in 1994. The third boy was 13 when he was allegedly molested in May of 2003. The alleged sexual activity occurred in Yuma as well as Mexico and Salinas, California, according to a court document. 

In one instance, according to an August 2002, Yuma Police Department report, Father Guillen allowed a group of altar boys to sleep in his room at Immaculate Conception Church in Tucson during the summer of 1994 before they took a bus to Disneyland the next morning. During the night, Father Guillen stripped a 14-year-old boy and “attempted to anally penetrate (the victim). He tried in several positions, but was unable to and finally stopped and put (the victim’s) pants back on.” Two weeks after the Disneyland trip, the report continued, Father Guillen “masturbate(d the victim) with one hand. Father Guillen gave oral sex to (the victim) until (the victim) ejaculated in his mouth.” 

One boy was repeatedly raped by Father Guillen from age 8 to 15. Father Guillen continued molesting and sexually assaulting another boy into his high school years. When his parents moved periodically to Salinas and Father Guillen visited, he slept in the boy’s room, as he was a trusted member of the family, 

“It’s hard for people to understand what a priest used to mean to us,” he testified. “He was like God on Earth.”

By 2004, seven men, three sets of brothers who were all children of Mexican farmworkers, filed four civil suits. Some of the abuse was alleged to have occurred in the Diocese of Monterey in California. Some claims were included in the 2005/2006 settlement in Tucson, Arizona. 

In 2005, Father Guillen was removed from priesthood.

The trial of one suit filed in California was set for June 2009. It alleged abuse of one boy for years by Father Guillen and Father Velez, beginning in 1988 when boy was age 8 years old. It was settled in May 2009 for $1.2M. 

In October, 2011 he was released from prison. He reported to Yuma County probation offices as required but then disappeared and is believed to have fled to Mexico. He is on the Yuma County most wanted list.

In January 2019, his name was included in the Diocese of Monterey’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted a report to the Diocese in 2003 of abuse in 1992.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Phoenix.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Phoenix, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Phoenix 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 T. Byrne – Diocese of Tucson

Father William T. Byrne

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: 1952

Died: 1991

Assigned as follows:

  • 1952               Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1952-1953     Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, (Miami, AZ)
  • 1953-1956     Immaculate Conception Parish, (Douglas, AZ)
  • 1956               St. Ambrose Parish, (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1956-1962     Regina Cleri Seminary, (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1962-1964     St. Henry Parish, Mission Trailer Apostolate (Buckeye/Gila Bend, AZ)
  • 1964-1967     St. Jerome Parish, (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1967               Christ the King Parish, (Mesa, AZ)
  • 1967-1971     Sacred Heart Parish, (Clifton, AZ)
  • 1971-1975     St. Francis of Assisi Parish, (Yuma, AZ)
  • 1975-1981     Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1981-1985     Vocations, Diocese of Tucson
  • 1985-1991     St. Ambrose Parish, (Tucson, AZ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William T. Byrne :

According to media reports, Father William T. Byrne has been named in multiple civil lawsuits accusing him of both adult and child sexual abuse. In a 1999 lawsuit, Father Byrne was accused of sexually abusing a minor from approximately 1976 to 1979 at Our Mother of Sorrows in Tucson, Arizona. In a 2002 lawsuit, Father Byrne was accused of sexually abusing two minor brothers at Holy Cross in Clifton, Arizona during the summers of 1968 and 1969. He took the boys to a church camp where he gave them cigarettes and alcohol, showed them pornographic movies, let them drive cars without licenses and sexually molested them.

According to another lawsuit, during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Father Byrne and three other priests had sex with a Tucson teenager who was later given a chancery job to ensure his silence. Another lawsuit claimed Father Byrne provided a minor boy with alcohol and took him to pornographic films on trips, and told him that certain sexuality was exempt from the prohibition of the church.

Father Byrne died in 1991. Prior to his death and the suits, the church officials said they were not aware of any allegations. 

Father Byrne was one of four priests named in a $14M civil settlement the Diocese of Tucson reached with 10 men in January 2002. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Phoenix.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Phoenix, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Phoenix 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. Larry Smith – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Fr. Larry Smith

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Larry Smith:

In August 2019, Father Larry Smith was one of two priests named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  The lawsuit claims that Smith and Fr. Joseph Girdis sexually abused a 12 year old boy while he was residing at the Holy Family Institute in Emsworth, Pennsylvania, in the 1970s.

Neither Girdis nor Smith were identified in the 2018 Grand Jury Report, and neither man appears on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s list of accused priests.

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