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Fr. Leo Van Hoorn – Diocese of Alexandria

Father Leo Van Hoorn

Diocese of Alexandria

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Ordained: 1955

Suspended: 1979

Retired: 1983

Death: 2006

Assignment History

  • St. Rita’s Church (Alexandria, LA)
  • St. Joseph’s (Mansfield, LA)
  • St. Joseph’s (Marksville, LA)
  • Our Lady of Prompt Succor (Alexandria, LA)
  • Immaculate Heart (Tioga, LA)
  • St. Catherine’s Church (Shreveport, LA)
  • St. Anthony Catholic Church (Bunkie, LA)
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus (Pineville, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Van Hoorn

In August 2020, Fr. Leo Van Hoorn was publicly accused of abusing a male minor at Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1962. The lawsuit alleged that Fr. Van Hoorn was a “diseased pedophile who raped and sexually assaulted many young boys.”

The lawsuit came nearly a year after the Diocese of Alexandria listed Fr. Van Hoorn in its list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. According to the diocese, Fr. Van Hoorn allegedly abused a male minor in 1967.

The Permanent Review Board, which evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual abuse involving minors, investigated the allegation in 2006 and determined it was credible. It’s unclear from the diocese’s report if this allegation was the same allegation enumerated in the 2020 lawsuit. Nevertheless, further details about the nature and scope of the allegation are unknown.

The 2020 Lawsuit against Father Leo Van Hoorn

The lawsuit asserts that on several occasions, Fr. Van Hoorn entered the Plaintiff’s bedroom and assaulted him. Fr. Van Hoorn was close with the Plaintiff’s family and would often eat dinner at their home, the complaint reads.

According to the Plaintiff, after receiving “electroshock treatments for significant emotional and psychological disorders,” Fr. Van Hoorn recuperated at the Plaintiff’s family home. At this time, the Plaintiff says he was a first or second grader.

There are currently no updates regarding the case.

Father Leo Van Hoorn History and Whereabouts

Ordained in July 1955, Fr. Leo Van Hoorn moved to America from Holland in 1956 and began his ministry at St. Rita’s Church in Alexandria. After nearly 25 years of service, Fr. Van Hoorn was suspended from ministry in 1979. The Diocese of Alexandria did not explain his dismissal in its report.

Fr. Leo Van Hoorn died in 2006 at a Baton Rouge hospital. His whereabouts after his suspension in 1979 are largely unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria may now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Jorge Antonio Velez-Lopez – Diocese of Alexandria

Father Jorge Antonio Velez-Lopez

Diocese of Alexandria

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Ordained: Not Reported

Removed: 2016

Assignment History

  • St. John the Evangelist Parish (Colombia, MD)
  • Holy Trinity (Glen Bernie, MD)
  • Church of the Resurrection (Laurel, MD)
  • St. John the Evangelist Church (Frederick, MD)
  • Sacred Heart Church (Glyndon, MD)
  • St. Joseph Church (Cockeysville, MD)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Jorge Antonio Velez-Lopez

In 2016, the Diocese of Alexandria removed Fr. Jorge Antonio Velez-Lopez from ministry after having sexual contact with a minor from 2007 to 2010. Fr. Velez-Lopez confirmed the allegation in a meeting with the Archdiocese of Baltimore—where the abuse took place.

The Diocese of Alexandria removed Fr. Velez-Lopez from ministry and prohibited him from living within the diocese. The Archdiocese of Baltimore sent Fr. Velez-Lopez’s case to the Congregation for Doctrine of Review in Rome. The Archdiocese of Baltimore believes there’s only one victim.

The Diocese of Alexandria subsequently named Fr. Jorge Antonio Velez-Lopez on lists of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor in 2019.

Fr. Velez-Lopez began working with the Archdiocese of Baltimore in July 2002. He served at St. John from 2003 to 2010 before moving to Alexandria. He also had numerous assignments in Colombia during his ministry. Fr. Jorge Antonio Velez-Lopez’s whereabouts are unknown.

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Fr. Gilbert Gauthe – Diocese of Alexandria

Father Gilbert Gauthe

Diocese of Alexandria

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Ordained: 1971

Removed: 1983

Conviction: 1985, 1997

Assignment History

  • 1972-1973: Sacred Heart of Jesus (Broussard, LA)
  • 1973-1976: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (New Iberia, LA)
  • 1974-1981: Director Scouting
  • 1976-1977: St. Mary Magdalen (Abbeville, LA)
  • 1977-1983: St. John’s (Henry, LA)
  • 1977-1983: St. James (Esther, LA)
  • 1983: Removed

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Gilbert Gauthe

In 1983, Fr. Gilbert Gauthe became the nation’s first priest indicted for child molestation. While he was convicted for raping over 30 minors in 1986, Fr. Gauthe has admitted to the rape of over 300 children.

The Diocese of Alexandria publicly listed Fr. Gauthe on its 2019 list of clergy members credibly accused of assaulting minors. According to the list, Fr. Gauthe allegedly abused male minors in the 1970s.

The Permanent Review Board, which evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual abuse involving minors, investigated the allegation and determined it was credible. The Diocese of Alexandria has not released any further information about the scope or nature of the allegations presented to the Permanent Review Board.

Fr. Gilbert Gauthe’s First Known Assault

Ordained January 16, 1971, Fr. Gauthe’s abuse of male minors began at his first assignment at Broussard in 1972. According to Fr. Gauthe, parents confronted him about his inappropriate behavior with their children and ultimately paid for his treatment. The parents did not, however, report Fr. Gauthe to his superiors.

In 1973, Fr. Gauthe moved to New Iberia where he continued his abuse of male minors. According to the then bishop, in 1974, a man stopped the bishop and informed him that a boy claimed he had “sexual homosexual contact with Gauthe.” The bishop confronted Fr. Gauthe, and Fr. Gauthe confirmed the boy was telling the truth.

Despite his admission, Fr. Gauthe was allowed to stay in active ministry. Moreover, the bishop appointed him as chaplain of the diocesan Boy Scouts. Additionally, Fr. Gauthe also worked with the Biddy Basketball team.

1976 Transition and Subsequent Abuse

In 1976, Fr. Gilbert Gauthe was transferred to Abbeville. Shortly thereafter, parents confronted Fr. Gauthe’s superiors and informed them that Fr. Gauthe had licked their children’s faces. According to records, the bishop sent him to a treatment facility while allowing Fr. Gauthe to remain in ministry.

After returning from treatment, the bishop forbade Fr. Gauthe from having boys in the rectory and moved his room to another level to limit his exposure to children. However, Fr. Gauthe still had outings with male minors and even traveled to Puerto Rico with the Biddy Basketball team.

As Fr. Gauthe began receiving more responsibility, sources reveal his continued abuse of children also became more apparent. In 1977, Fr. Gauthe became the pastor of St. John’s in Henry, and although he lived in the rectory alone, he frequently had boys over. According to news reports, he held practice for altar boys every day at 6 a.m. and encouraged parents to let their sons spend the night with him in the rectory.

In April 1980, parishioners of St. John’s Parish sent a letter to the bishop, stating that “Father [Gauthe’s] house became a second home to a bunch of Abbeville boys who are often left unsupervised”. The bishop referred the letter to his assistants, but nothing further was done about the letter.

1983 Abuse and Fr. Gilbert Gauthe’s Removal

In the early 1980s, reports say a man learned Fr. Gilbert Gauthe had been molesting his three sons for years, and he confronted the Diocese of Lafayette about it. When it appeared the diocese was doing nothing, the man consulted a lawyer to press charges.

The bishop subsequently suspended Fr. Gauthe, and he returned to his hometown, Napoleonville. Sources say Fr. Gauthe then spent the next year at House of Affirmation while the diocese negotiated confidential settlements with the families. In June 1984, the Diocese of Lafayette paid over $4 million to nine plaintiffs.

1984 Litigation and Fr. Gilbert Gauthe’s Conviction

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Fr. Gilbert Gauthe during the 1984-85 trial.

While the 1984 settlement opened the diocese up to many more civil suits, it also opened up the door to criminal liability for Fr. Gauthe. In October 1984, the district attorney traveled to Abbeville and interviewed 11 of Fr. Gauthe’s victims. The interviews were videotaped and played in front of a grand jury.

On October 18, 1984, the grand jury returned a 34-count indictment which included a count for aggravated rape and 11 counts for child pornography. Throughout the process, Fr. Gauthe admitted to raping approximately 37 children and taking hundreds of photographs of them.

In 1985, Fr. Gauthe ultimately pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Sources indicate Fr. Gauthe only served ten years of his sentence when he was released in 1995.

Subsequent Convictions and Abuse

Not even a year after his release, Fr. Gilbert Gauthe was arrested for fondling a three-year-old boy in Texas. He pleaded no contest—accepting the punishment of a guilty plea without admitting guilt—and was sentenced to seven years probation.

In 1997, Fr. Gauthe was arrested and charged for raping a young girl at gunpoint in the late 1970s. Fr. Gauthe was imprisoned for two years before the case was dismissed due to a deal Fr. Gauthe had taken in previous litigation.

Known Whereabouts

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, sources claim he drove the elderly in a commuter van in Conroe, Texas. Fr. Gilbert Gauthe Horowitz LawHe then moved to La Marque, Texas, in 2001—where he worked as a school bus driver. According to news reports, he did not register as a sex offender and was subsequently arrested in Galveston, Texas, in 2008.

Fr. Gauthe served two years in jail for failing to register as a sex offender. Sources say that as of 2019, Fr. Gilbert Gauthe was living in San Leon, Texas. Further details about his whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria may now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Legér Tremblay – Diocese of Alexandria

Father Legér Tremblay

Diocese of Alexandria

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Ordained: 1948

Removed: 1987

Settlement: 2004, 2005

Death: 2002

Assignment History:

  • Mission Church of St. Charles (Goudeau, LA)
  • St. Juliana (Alexandria, LA)
  • Church of the Little Flower (Evergreen, LA)
  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Shreveport, LA)
  • St. Joseph (Mansfield, LA)

Summary of the Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Legér Tremblay

In February 2019, the Diocese of Alexandria publicly named Fr. Legér Tremblay on its list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. According to the list, Fr. Tremblay allegedly abused male minors in the 1950s and 1960s.

In 2003 and 2005, the Permanent Review Board—which evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual misconduct involving minors—reviewed the evidence and determined the allegations were credible.

Additionally, the victims received settlements in 2004 and 2005.

2005 Complaint and AllegationFr. Legér Tremblay Horowitz Law

While it’s unclear which allegations the Permanent Review Board evaluated, a 2005 lawsuit against the Diocese of Alexandria details a rape Fr. Legér Tremblay allegedly committed against a male minor (the Plaintiff) in the 1950s.

In the summer of 1955, the Plaintiff says he was a 14-year-old living in the St. Landry parish of Louisiana when Fr. Tremblay persuaded the Plaintiff’s mother to allow the Plaintiff to accompany the priest on a trip to Cow Island.

According to the complaint, Fr. Tremblay “showed up to [the Plaintiff’s] home with his redheaded driver.” Fr. Tremblay introduced the redheaded driver as “Don his seminary driver”, later identified as Fr. Donald McCarthy.

As the trip began, the Plaintiff says Fr. Tremblay began groping him. After the Plaintiff and the priest went to Cow Island and found Fr. Tremblay’s acquaintance unavailable, the Plaintiff claims Fr. Tremblay asked for sexual acts, to which the Plaintiff resisted.

Throughout the complaint, the Plaintiff asserts Fr. Tremblay continued to pressure him for sex. “I fought for the next nine hours, begging him to stop,” the Plaintiff states in his complaint. The Plaintiff says he thought he would be safe when Fr. Tremblay instructed Fr. McCarthy to drive to find “Jimmy” because “he would cooperate.

When the priests were unable to find “Jimmy”, the Plaintiff says Fr. McCarthy “drove into the dark on the side of a theatre on Cameron Street in Lafayette. According to the Plaintiff’s account, Fr. Tremblay told the Plaintiff “if he submitted, [Fr. Tremblay] would take him home. The complaint then states both Fr. Tremblay and “Don the seminary” driver raped the Plaintiff.

2005 Litigation and Result

Between 1990 and 2003, the Plaintiff says he called the Diocese of Alexandria more than once to “request assistance.” According to the Plaintiff, he was told that Fr. Legér Tremblay had been “doing this” since 1952 and was “kicked out of the priesthood in 1986.”

In 2005, the Plaintiff filed a suit against the diocese and Fr. McCarthy (Fr. Tremblay died three years prior). In his complaint, the Plaintiff asserts the diocese “was aware of Tremblay’s pedophilia and adopted a policy of containment and secrecy.”

Ultimately, the case was dismissed because the Plaintiff was unable to overcome the statute of limitations.

Fr. Legér Tremblay’s Removal

According to the Diocese of Shreveport, Fr. Leger Tremblay was removed from the priesthood in 1987 after an allegation of “an attempted, unwanted physical advance toward a minor.” Fr. Legér Tremblay Horowitz Law

Ordained May 22, 1948, Fr. Tremblay served in Plaucheville, Marksville, Evergreen, Alexandria, Jena, Ferriday, Mansfield, and Shreveport. Sources say he also often traveled internationally to preach. Much is not known about Fr. Tremblay’s whereabouts after his removal.

Fr. Legér Tremblay died on January 13, 2002, at Glen Oaks Nursing Home.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria may now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Donald P. McCarthy – Diocese of Alexandria

Father Donald P. McCarthy

Diocese of Alexandria

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Ordained: 1959

Retired: 2009

Death: 2017

Assignment History:

  • 1962-63: Assistant Pastor at Seven Dolors, Manhattan, and Guidance Counselor at Luckey High School;
  • 1963-65: Assistant Pastor, Sacred Heart Cathedral (Salina, KS);
  • 1963-70: Guidance Counselor and teacher at Sacred Heart High School in Salina;
  • 1965: Assistant Pastor at St. Mary, Queen of the Universe, Salina;
  • 1965-70: Pastor at St. Ignatius Loyola, Kanopolis, and St. Mary’s, Holyrood;
  • 1970-71: Pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Salina;
  • 1970-72: Principal, Sacred Heart High School;
  • 1971-72: Pastor at St. Patrick’s, Gypsum, and Assistant Chaplain at St. John’s Military School, Salina;
  • 1971-2005: Diocesan Director of Scouting;
  • 1972-82: Principal of Tipton Catholic High School in Tipton and St. John’s Catholic High School in Beloit;
  • 1973-75: Pastor at Sacred Heart, Esbon, and St. Mary’s, Smith Center;
  • 1975-78: Pastor at SS. Peter and Paul, Cawker City, and St. Mary’s, Downs;
  • 1978-82: Co-pastor at St. John the Baptist, Beloit;
  • 1980-82: Pastor at Cawker City;
  • 1982-86: Pastor at St. Patrick’s, Ogden, Chaplain at Fort Riley;
  • 1982-83: Guidance Counselor at St. Francis Xavier High School in Junction City;
  • 1983-84: Principal at St. Francis Xavier High School;
  • 1984-86: Superintendent at Manhattan Catholic Schools;
  • 1986-89: Superintendent of Diocesan Schools;
  • 1988-93: Pastor at St. Joseph’s, Oakley;
  • 1988-89: Principal at Oakley and Colby Catholic grade schools;
  • 1989-92: Principal, St. Joseph’s Grade School in Oakley; 1992-93, Pastor at St. Paul’s, Angelus;
  • 1993-2009: Pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Hill City, and St. Joseph’s, Damar;
  • 1993-96: Principal at Tipton Catholic High School;
  • 1996-97: Principal at St. Mary’s Grade School in Ellis;
  • 1997-98: Principal at Sacred Heart Grade School in Colby;
  • 2002: Retired

Summary of the Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Donald McCarthy

In 2005, a man sued Fr. Donald McCarthy for a rape the man says took place when he was a child in the 1950s. In the complaint, the man (the Plaintiff) alleges Fr. McCarthy acted with Fr. Legér Tremblay to abuse him. While Fr. McCarthy was never incardinated in Louisiana, Fr. Tremblay was “under the supervision and control of the Alexandria Diocese” when the incident was said to have occurred.

2005 Complaint and Allegation

In the summer of 1955, the Plaintiff says he was a 14-year-old living in the St. Landry parish of Louisiana when Fr. Tremblay persuaded the Plaintiff’s mother to allow the Plaintiff to accompany the priest on a trip to Cow Island.

According to the complaint, Fr. Tremblay “showed up to [the Plaintiff’s] home with his redheaded driver.” Fr. Tremblay introduced the redheaded driver as “Don his seminary driver”, later identified as Fr. Donald McCarthy. At the time, the complaint contends that Fr. Donald McCarthy was a seminary student in Texas and that the Plaintiff met him a month prior at Camp Maryhill.

Fr. Donald McCarthy Horowitz LawAs the trip began, the Plaintiff says Fr. Tremblay started groping him. After the Plaintiff and the priest went to Cow Island and found Fr. Tremblay’s acquaintance unavailable, the Plaintiff claims Fr. Tremblay asked for sexual acts, to which the Plaintiff resisted.

Throughout the complaint, the Plaintiff asserts Fr. Tremblay continued to pressure him for sex. “I fought for the next nine hours, begging him to stop,” the Plaintiff states in his complaint. The Plaintiff says he thought he would be safe when Fr. Tremblay instructed Fr. McCarthy to drive to find “Jimmy” because “he would cooperate.

When the priests were unable to find “Jimmy”, the Plaintiff says Fr. McCarthy “drove into the dark on the side of a theatre on Cameron Street in Lafayette. According to the Plaintiff’s account, Fr. Tremblay told the Plaintiff “if he submitted, [Fr. Tremblay] would take him home. The complaint then states both Fr. Tremblay and “Don the seminary” driver raped the Plaintiff.

The Plaintiff says the priests warned and threatened him not to tell. In the complaint, the Plaintiff says Fr. McCarthy sent him letters after the incident occurred.

2005 Litigation and Result

After identifying Fr. Donald McCarthy as an abuser in his complaint, the Plaintiff alleges that for “50 years, [Fr. McCarthy] engaged in a continued coverup of the incidents in Lafayette” and “sought and secured transfer from Austin to Kansas in an effort to evade the Plaintiff.”

The Diocese of Alexandria was also a party to the suit. Fr. Tremblay, however, was deceased when the Plaintiff brought suit.

Ultimately, the case was dismissed because the Plaintiff was unable to overcome the statute of limitations.

Fr. Donald McCarthy’s Career and Whereabouts

Ordained May 23, 1959, Fr. Donald McCarthy served in New York, Texas and Kansas; he was incardinated into the Diocese of Salina on October 29, 1968.Fr. Donald McCarthy Horowitz Law

Throughout his career, Fr. McCarthy served as a counselor, teacher, and school director. In 1970, he was made director of Sacred Heart High School in Salina. According to sources, Sacred Heart had about 300 pupils at a time. Seven years before his promotion, Fr. McCarthy was a teacher and counselor at Sacred Heart.

Sources—including the Plaintiff’s complaint—say Fr. McCarthy was placed on medical leave shortly after his ordination and returned to teach in Kansas and mentor boy scouts. Although any mention of leave is absent from the assignment history detailed in his obituary, news articles from the 1970s confirm Fr. McCarthy was a promotor of the Boy Scouts.

Fr. Donald McCarty retired in January 2009 but continued to serve in ministerial capacities. According to his obituary, he became chaplain of Mt. Joseph’s Senior Village in Concordia, Kansas. He also served as a sports official for volleyball, football, wrestling, and basketball. He worked at Kansas schools like Summer Lake Ministry at Glen Elder State Park.

Fr. Donald McCarthy died on November 27, 2017. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria may now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Norman Rogge – Diocese of Alexandria

Father Norman Rogge

Diocese of Alexandria

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Ordained: 1956

Convicted: 1967; 1985

Removed: 2002

Death: 2009

Assignment History:

  • 1956-1957: St. Mary’s College (Saint Mary’s, Kansas)
  • 1957-1958: St. Robert’s Hall (Pomfret, Connecticut)
  • 1958-1960: Jesuit High School (Dallas, Texas)
  • 1960-1979: Sacred Heart (Tampa, Florida)
  • 1960-1979: Juvenile Detention Home (Tampa, Florida)
  • 1979-1981: St. Ignatius (Mobile, Alabama)
  • 1981-1982: Jesuit Theological Union (Berkeley, California)
  • 1982-1985: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Campti, Louisiana)
  • 1982-1985: St. Joseph’s Chapel (Trichel) (Natchitoches, Louisiana)
  • 1982-1985: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Black Lake, Louisiana)
  • 1982-1985: St. Patrick’s (Montgomery, Louisiana)
  • 1988-1989: Ignatius Residence (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • 1989-2002: St. Charles College (Grand Coteau, Louisiana)
  • 1998-2002: St. Charles Borromeo (Grand Coteau, Louisiana)
  • 1998-2002: Christ the King (Bellevue, Louisiana)

Summary of the Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Norman Rogge

In February 2019, the Diocese of Alexandria publicly named Fr. Norman Rogge on its list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. According to the list, Fr. Rogge’s file showed evidence of sexual abuse concerning a male minor in 1985.

Fr. Norman Rogge’s 1985 Allegation and Conviction

While the diocese did not provide more information about the nature and scope of the 1985 allegation in Fr. Rogge’s file, Fr. Rogge was convicted of lewdness with a minor that year.

While visiting Tampa in July 1984, Fr. Rogge and two other men took an eleven-year-old boy to a country cabin for a weekend. Police reports say the men walked around the cabin naked and performed inappropriate acts in the child’s presence. One of the men, a convicted child molester, allegedly threatened to kill the child if he told anyone about his experience.

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News clipping about Fr. Norman Rogge’s arrest in 1985.

Fr. Rogge—identified as Anthony J. Rogge, a.k.a. Norman J. Rogge, in police reports—was later arrested and charged with the Sexual Battery of a Minor. Records indicate Fr. Rogge pleaded nolo contendere or no contest, which means Fr. Rogge accepted the punishment of a guilty plea without admitting guilt. The court sentenced him to probation and confinement at Servants of Paraclete in New Mexico. Once Fr. Rogge completed probation, the conviction was removed from his record.

Altogether, it is unclear if this is the same allegation the Diocese of Alexandria referenced in its 2019 list. However, the Permanent Review Board, which evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual misconduct involving minors, investigated the allegation and determined it was credible.

1967 Conviction and Subsequent Allegations

1985 was not Fr. Norman Rogge’s first conviction. Police records indicate that two decades prior, he was convicted of molesting a fourteen-year-old boy in Tampa.

In 1967, Fr. Rogge served as a counselor in a juvenile group home when he groped the child’s genitals at a movie theatre. Police reports also reveal that Fr. Rogge admitted to asking a male minor for oral sex. Much like the outcome of his 1985 conviction, the court placed Fr. Rogge on probation and sent him to a treatment center. His criminal record was also cleared after his probation ended.

While some of Fr. Rogge’s abuses are documented in police reports and court documents, sources indicate more allegations exist outside of official documentation. In 2002, a former resident of the juvenile group home where Fr. Rogge worked said Fr. Rogge repeatedly fondled him in 1963. Multiple residents of the group home told investigators that Fr. Rogge touched them inappropriately during nude swimming lessons near a cottage Rogge owned.

Fr. Rogge’s Continued Career and Assignment History

Despite two probation sentences and two known visits to treatment centers, Fr. Norman Rogge was in ministry for nearly 50 years. Ordained in 1956, Fr. Rogge worked in parishes, schools, and youth detention centers throughout the South.

Fr. Norman Rogge Horowitz LawShortly after his ordination, Fr. Rogge was assigned to the Jesuit High School in Dallas, Texas. Sources say that Jesuit High School had about 590-613 male students at the time. After his conviction in 1967, he was sent to St. Ignatius in Mobile, Alabama. According to BishopAccountability.com, St. Ignatius had nearly 500 students.

Sources say Fr. Rogge then left Alabama and moved to Florida. In Florida, records show Fr. Rogge worked at two high schools—one being Sacred Heart that had anywhere from 400-600 students. Shortly after his conviction in 1985, Fr. Rogge worked at St. Charles Borromeo, which had over 300 students.

The Diocese of Lafayette removed Fr. Rogge in 2002 after journalists highlighted his criminal record and assignment history. After his removal, Fr. Rogge lived at Ignatius Residence until his death in February 2009.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria may now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Nino Viviano – Diocese of Alexandria

Father Nino Viviano

Diocese of Alexandria

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Ordained: 1964

Retired: 1998

Death: 2020

Assignment History:

  • St. Frances Cabrini Church (Alexandria, LA)
  • Christ the King Church (Bossier City, LA)

Summary of the Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Nino Viviano

In June 2019, the Diocese of Alexandria added Fr. Nino Viviano’s name to its list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. After publishing the list in February, the diocese learned Fr. Viviano allegedly abused a female minor in the early 1960s.

The Permanent Review Board, which evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual misconduct involving minors, investigated the allegation and determined it was credible. According to the Diocese of Alexandria, when the investigation began, Fr. Viviano “was suffering from the advanced stages of dementia and was not capable of participating in the review” of the allegation. Further details about the nature and scope of the abuse are not publicly available.

Ordained May 30, 1964, Fr. Nino Viviano served for approximately 34 years before his retirement in 1998. Sources say Fr. Viviano also served as chaplain at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and as parochial vicar at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Clearwater. After his retirement, the diocese stated they did not extend facilities for ministry to Fr. Viviano.

Fr. Nino Viviano died on February 27, 2020. Right before his death, Fr. Viviano was reportedly living in a nursing home. Further details about Fr. Viviano’s whereabouts after his retirement are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria may now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

 

Fr. Joseph Tisch – Diocese of Alexandria

Father Joseph Tisch

Diocese of Alexandria

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Ordained: 1960

Departure: 1967

Death: 2007

Assignment History:

  • St. Francis Cabrini Church (Alexandria, LA)
  • Mater Dolorosa Church (Plaucheville, LA)
  • St. Joseph High School (Plaucheville, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Tisch

In February 2019, the Diocese of Alexandria publicly named Fr. Joseph Tisch on its list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. According to the list, Fr. Tisch’s file revealed evidence of sexual misconduct and abuse of a male minor in 1967.

In 2014, the Permanent Review Board—which evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual misconduct involving minors, reviewed the allegation. The diocese did not say whether the allegation was deemed credible, nor has it released more details about the nature and scope of the allegation. A later review of Fr. Tisch’s file, however, revealed evidence of more sexual abuse, the diocese said. The Permanent Review Board investigated the evidence and deemed it credible.

Fr. Joseph Tisch’s “Departure” from Active Ministry and Continued Involvement with Minors

In the seven years he served in Alexandria, Fr. Tisch was the director of St. Joseph High School. News reports from 1975 state that Fr. Joseph Tisch left active priesthood and moved to Florida to work in child welfare. This is fact is confirmed by the Diocese of Alexandria in its 2019 list. While in Florida, Fr. Tisch directed “Operation Headstart,” a federal program for poor preschool children.

Fr. Tisch’s move to Florida and subsequent involvement with welfare programs did not necessarily mean he was no longer serving as a priest. The Diocese of Alexandria stated that Fr. Tisch “publicly separated from the church.” However, news reports from Florida indicate that he was still active. According to sources, Fr. Tisch served as a priest of the Liberal Catholic Community of Teilhard de Chardin in Cocoa and the Liberal Church of St. Pierre in Melbourne. Sources also say Fr. Tisch continued to address a variety of congregations with his clerical title.

Fr. Joseph Tisch died August 28, 2007, at the Atlantic Shores Nursing and Rehab Center.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria may now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

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Msgr. H. Clinton Teacle – Diocese of Alexandria

Monsignor Howard Clinton Teacle

Diocese of Alexandria

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Ordained: 1947

Leave: 1967

Death: 1969

Assignment History:

  • St. Francis Xavier Cathedral (Alexandria, LA)
  • Maryhill Seminary (Shreveport, LA)
  • Notre Dame High School (Shreveport, LA)
  • St. Joseph Parish (Shreveport, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Howard Clinton Teacle

In February 2019, the Diocese of Alexandria publicly named Msgr. Howard Clinton Teacle on its list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. According to the list, Msgr. Teacle’s file contained multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of male minors in the 1960s.

Msgr. H. Clinton Teacle Horowitz LawThe Permanent Review Board, which evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual misconduct involving minors, reviewed the evidence in 2009. It’s unclear if the review board deemed the allegations credible after the investigation. Additionally, further details about the nature and scope of the abuse are not publicly available.

In 2019, the Diocese of Alexandria reviewed Msgr. Howard Clinton Teacle’s file and discovered more evidence of abuse. According to the diocese, the Permanent Review Board deemed the evidence and allegations credible.

Ordained in 1947, Msgr. H. Clinton Teacle Teacle served several diocesan positions, including the superintendent of schools. In this role, Msgr. Teacle started many educational projects in elementary schools. After approximately 20 years of service, Msgr. Teacle took a temporary leave of absence to study in St. Louis, Missouri. While there, he taught at the Villa Duchesne High School and the Mercy Covenant.

On August 18, 1969, Msgr. Howard Clinton Teacle was found dead in a motel bathroom. At that time, he was living at the Immaculate Conception Rectory in St. Louis County.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria may now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Victor Sepsi – Diocese of Alexandria

Father Victor Sepsi

Diocese of Alexandria

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Ordained: Unknown

Departure: 1967

Assignment History:

  • Catherine of Siena (Shreveport, LA)
  • John Catholic Church (Deville, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Victor Sepsi

In February 2019, the Diocese of Alexandria publicly named Fr. Victor Sepsi on its list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. According to the list, Fr. Sepsi’s file contained multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of a male minor in 1945. Fr. Victor Sepsi Horowitz Law

The Permanent Review Board, which evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual misconduct involving minors, reviewed the evidence and determined the allegations were credible. Further details about the nature and scope of the abuse are not publicly available, neither is a complete record of Fr. Sepsi’s assignment history.

According to news reports in 1966, Fr. Victor Sepsi became known as the “Flying Padre” after flying people—including teenagers—from Shreveport to Dallas, Texas to see the “Sound of Music”.

In 1967, Fr. Sepsi left both the diocese and active ministry. His whereabouts since his departure are unknown. However, according to the diocese, Fr. Sepsi was born in 1930. Therefore, he would have been around 88 years old when the 2019 list was published.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria may now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.