Tag: Diocese of Little Rock

Fr. Vance Thorne – Diocese of Little Rock

Father Vance Throne  

Diocese of Little Rock/Society of the Divine Word

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Ordained: 1954

Removed: 1987

Dead: 2004

Assignment History:

  • 1958-1959: St. Leo Catholic Church (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1971-1980: St. Bartholomew (Little Rock, AR)
  • Holy Ghost (Jackson, MS)
  • St. Mary (Vicksburg, MS)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Vance Throne:

Fr. Vance Throne was ordained a priest in 1954. He was assigned to St. Bartholomew in Little Rock, Arkansas under the Diocese of Little Rock. Thorne also worked in the Diocese of Austin Texas (1961-1971), Jackson, Mississippi (1980-1987), and Trenton, New Jersey.

According to the LA archdiocesan report in 2004, Thorne was accused of abuse by one person in the early 1970s.

There were at least 3 civil suits and 2 criminal indictments filed between 1986-1987 in Mississippi. One plaintiff claimed abuse by Thorne between 1980-1986 beginning when he was age 14 at Holy Ghost church in Jackson, MS. There was another alleged abuse at the same parish as a 9-year-old boy. It notes alleged abuse in 1986 and that it was reported the same year.

Throne appears on a list published by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in addition to credible allegations in the Diocese of Jackson.

Thorne died in 2004.

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Br. Francis Zimmerer – Diocese of Little Rock

Brother Francis Zimmerer   

Diocese of Little Rock/Benedictine

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Ordained: 1932

Died: 1983

Assignment History:

  • 1932-1933: Subiaco Academy 
  • 1933-1940: Sacred Heart (Muenster, TX)
  • 1940-1941: St. Mary (Windthorst, TX)
  • 1941-1945: Army Chaplain in World War II 
  • 1945-1949: Subiaco Academy 
  • 1948: St. Benedict, Subiaco
  • 1950-1951: St. Scholastica, Shoal Creek / New Blaine 
  • 1952-1953: St. Mary (Windthorst, TX)
  • 1953: Subiaco Abbey 
  • 1954-1959: St. Teresa (Corpus Christi, TX)
  • 1960-1962: Counselor for Arkansas rehabilitation programs 
  • 1963-1966: St. Peter (Mount Clemens, MI)
  • 1966: Counselor in Little Rock prisons  
  • 1967: Counselor for Arkansas rehabilitation program (Fort Smith, AR)
  • 1968-1970: VA Hospital (Tomah, WI)
  • 1971: St. Stephen (Stevens Point, WI); St. Kilian (Blenker, WI) 
  • 1972-1973: St. Joseph Hospital (Chippewa Falls, WI)
  • 1974-1975: St. John the Baptist (Elgar, WI)
  • 1976-1981: Assumption  of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Decatur, TX)
  • 1981-1983: Sts. Peter and Paul, Morrison Blu

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brother Francis Zimmerer:

Br. Francis Zimmerer was ordained a priest in 1932. Zimmerer was assigned to parishes in Texas, Arkansas, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

In 2008, the Diocese of Fort Worth announced a credible allegation that Zimmerer sexually abused an 11-year-old boy, while assigned to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Decatur, Texas in 1978. As of 2015, two more men had come forward with credible allegations of abuse at the same church.

In 2018, Zimmerer was publicly named and included on the Diocese of Little Rock list of accused clergy for whom unsubstantiated though credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been received. There are no known victims in Arkansas, but 3 known victims in Texas.

In 2019, Zimmerer was named on the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau list and on the Diocese of La Crosse list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor in 2020.

Zimmerer died in 1983.

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Fr. Bill Wright – Diocese of Little Rock

Father Bill Wright   

Diocese of Little Rock/Glenmary Home Missioners

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Joined Order: 1978

Left Order: 2006

Died: 2011

Assignment History:

  • 1982-1986 Holy Cross (Crossett, AR)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brother Bill Wright:

Br. Bill Wright was named publicly as credibly accused by the Diocese of Little Rock when added to its list in 2019. Wright was assigned to Holy Cross in Crossett, Arkansas from 1982-1986. The Diocese of Little Rock stated that Wright was confirmed by the Glenmary Home Missioners as having a credible allegation during his time in Arkansas. 

In 2019, Wright appeared on the Glenmary order list and was added to the Diocese of Jackson list after the Glenmary list appeared. In 1986, Wright was transferred to St. Francis of Assisi church in Aberdeen, MS in the Jackson diocese to coordinate religious education in Aberdeen, with missions in Houston and Okolona. Glenmary states that Wright also worked in the Nashville and Owensboro dioceses. 

Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, Wrights’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse, or when the abuse took place is unknown.

Wright died in 2011.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by Arkansas priests in the Diocese of Little Rock.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Little Rock Diocese.  Your chance to pursue legal action will soon be over.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the temporary window to file a lawsuit, so please contact us to discuss your case today.   Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Patrick Walsh – Diocese of Little Rock

Father Patrick Walsh  

Diocese of Little Rock/Sacred Heart

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Ordained: 1952

Suspended: 2004

Died: 2011

Assignment History:

  • 1971-1974: Lexington Catholic High 
  • 1976-1984: St. Vincent Infirmary (Little Rock, AR)
  • 1984-1987: St. Mary (Hot Springs, AR) 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Patrick Walsh:

Fr. Patrick Walsh became an ordained priest in 1952. In 2018, Walsh was publicly named and included on the Diocese of Little Rock list of credibly accused clergy for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, substantiated or determined, or considered to be credible. It notes one known victim.

In 2019, a 60-year-old man told the archdiocese that Walsh abused him 50 years prior when he was an altar boy at St. Anthony’s in San Antonio, Texas. He said Walsh would fondle him and give him money repeatedly over a two-year period. He said he confronted Walsh 30 years prior, and that the priest both denied the abuse and asked for forgiveness. 

In 2020, Walsh was named on the Diocese of Covington and Diocese of Lexington list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. The list notes Walsh was at Lexington Catholic High from 1971-1974 and that there are two, possibly three, known victims in Lexington. Walsh would take the children to a lake house.

In 2004, Walsh was suspended from all ministry by his religious order. He died in 2011.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by Arkansas priests in the Diocese of Little Rock.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Little Rock Diocese.  Your chance to pursue legal action will soon be over.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the temporary window to file a lawsuit, so please contact us to discuss your case today.   Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Robert Torres – Diocese of Little Rock

Father Robert Torres  

Diocese of Little Rock/Divine Word

Robert Torres Horowitz LawOrdained: 1966

Removed: 1994

Laicized: 2015

Assignment History:

  • 1966-1967: St. John Seminary (Little Rock, AR)
  • 1967-1974: Catholic High School (Little Rock, AR)
  • 1971: Our Lady of Good Counsel (Little Rock, AR)
  • 1971-1972: St. Mary (North Little Rock, AR)
  • 1972-1974: Cathedral of St. Andrew (Little Rock, AR)
  • 1974: Immaculate Conception (North Little Rock, AR)
  • 1975: Our Lady of Good Counsel (Little Rock, AR)
  • 1976-1980: Christ the King (Little Rock, AR)
  • 1981-1982: Christ the King (Little Rock, AR)
  • 1982-1984: St. John, Malvern; St. Mary (Arkadelphia, AR)
  • 1984-1989: St. Mary (North Little Rock, AR)
  • 1989: St. Theresa (Little Rock, AR)
  • 1992-1994: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Ashdown, AR); Our Lady of Good Hope (Hope, AR)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Torres:

Fr. Robert Torres became an ordained priest in 1966. 

In 2016, the diocese announced that Torres, a former laicized priest, sexually abused at least two people over 35 years previously. The abuse involved members of Our Lady of Good Council parish, in Little Rock, Arizona, one referred to as a “youth.” Diocese said Torres admitted abuse, and likely sexually abused at least two or three other young people.

Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Torres’ assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

In 2018, Torres was publicly named and included on the Diocese of Little Rock list of credibly accused clergy for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, substantiated or determined, or considered to be credible. It notes five known victims.

Torres was removed from ministry in 1994 and laicized in 2015.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by Arkansas priests in the Diocese of Little Rock.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Little Rock Diocese.  Your chance to pursue legal action will soon be over.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the temporary window to file a lawsuit, so please contact us to discuss your case today.   Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Timothy Sugrue – Diocese of Little Rock

Father Timothy Sugrue 

Diocese of Little Rock/Marist

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Ordained: 1963

Dismissed: 2005

Assignment History:

  • 1978-1979: Eaker Air Force Base (Blytheville, AR)
  • St. Michael (Convent, LA)
  • St. Joseph (Paulina, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Timothy Sugrue:

Fr. Timothy Sugrue became an ordained priest in 1963. 

Sugrue was accused in a 1992 civil suit of abusing an 8-year-old girl, and her sister in the 1970s at Air Force Base in Blytheville, Arkansas. Sugrue did not testify; took the Fifth Amendment in a deposition regarding involvement with children while working in Ohio, Georgia, Louisiana, Alaska, and the Philippines. Sugrue resigned from the Air Force in 1979 after there was an investigation into allegations. The trial in 1993 resulted in a $1.5 million judgment against Sugrue, not the Order. 

Sugrue was dismissed from the priesthood in 2005.

In 2018, Sugrue was publicly named and included on the Diocese of Little Rock list of credibly accused clergy for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, substantiated or determined, or considered to be credible. It notes one known victim.

In 2019, Sugrue was also named on the Diocese of Baton Rouge without any credible allegations having been made against them related to that service, but have been publicly identified by other dioceses or institutes of consecrated life on reports similar to this list for reasons unrelated to the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

As of 2019, Sugrue was living in Florida.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by Arkansas priests in the Diocese of Little Rock.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Little Rock Diocese.  Your chance to pursue legal action will soon be over.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the temporary window to file a lawsuit, so please contact us to discuss your case today.   Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Edward Simpson – Diocese of Little Rock

Father Edward Simpson

Diocese of Little Rock

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Ordained: 1954

Retired: 1986

Died: 1988

Assignment History:

  • 1954‐1955: Immaculate Conception (Fort Smith, AR)
  • 1955‐1957: Our Lady of the Holy Souls (Little Rock, AR)
  • 1957‐1958: Immaculate Conception (Blytheville, AR)
  • 1958‐1962: St. Patrick (North Little Rock, AR)
  • 1962‐1963: Blessed Sacrament (Jonesboro, AR)
  • 1963‐1969: St. James (Searcy, AR)
  • 1963‐1967: Morris School (Searcy, AR)
  • 1969‐1970: Immaculate Conception (Fort Smith, AR)
  • 1971‐1972: St. Elizabeth (Eureka Springs)
  • 1972‐1973: St. John (Malvern, AR)
  • 1974: Civil Marriage and Petition for Laicization
  • 1978‐1979: St. Edward (Texarkana, AR)
  • 1979‐1981: St. Patrick (North Little Rock, AR)
  • 1982‐1983: St. Vincent Infirmary Chaplain
  • 1983‐1986: St. Anne (North Little Rock, AR)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Edward Simpson:

Fr. Edward Simpson became an ordained priest in 1954. 

In 2020, Simpson was publicly named and included on the Diocese of Little Rock list of credibly accused clergy for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, substantiated or determined, or considered to be credible. It notes one victim.

Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, Simpson’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse, or when the abuse took place was not provided by the Diocese of Little Rock.

Simpson retired in 1986 and died in 1988.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by Arkansas priests in the Diocese of Little Rock.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Little Rock Diocese.  Your chance to pursue legal action will soon be over.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the temporary window to file a lawsuit, so please contact us to discuss your case today.   Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Aloysius Schwellenbach – Diocese of Little Rock

Father Aloysius Schwellenbach

Diocese of Little Rock

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Ordained: 1928

Died: 2000

Assignment History:

  • 1950-1951: 1019 Cedar St. (Quincy, IL)
  • 1952: St. Joseph’s (Granite City, IL)
  • 1953-1954: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Springfield, IL)
  • 1955-1964: St. Barbara Residence (Springfield, IL)
  • 1965-1968: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (Granite City, IL)
  • 1970: SS. Simon and Jude (Gillespie, IL)
  • 1971-1984: St. John the Baptist (Quincy, IL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Aloysius Schwellenbach:

Fr. Aloysius Schwellenbach became an ordained priest in 1928.

While preparing for a Mass of Christian Burial in the summer of 1980, Schwellenbach made a pass at a former altar boy. The abuse took place while Schwellenbach was assigned to St. John the Baptist in Quincy, Illinois. Schwellenbach sexually molested the boy for years.

According to media reports, in 1988, Schwellenbach moved to Mountain Home, Arkansas, and built a home a short distance from St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church. The Diocese of Little Rock said Schwellenbach was retired and had no role at St. Peter. However, Mountain Home newspaper archives show he presided at dozens of funerals and other Masses at St. Peter between 1988 and until his death.

In 2018, Schwellenbach was publicly named and included on the Diocese of Springfield list of credibly accused clergy for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, substantiated or determined, or considered to be credible. 

Schwellenbach died in 2000.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by Arkansas priests in the Diocese of Little Rock.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Little Rock Diocese.  Your chance to pursue legal action will soon be over.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the temporary window to file a lawsuit, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Walter Rajmund – Diocese of Little Rock

Father Walter Rajmund

Diocese of Little Rock

Walter Rajmund Horowitz LawOrdained: 1956

Died: 1990

Assignment History:

  • 1956-1957: Immaculate Conception (Fort Smith, AR)
  • 1957-1960: Our Lady of Good Counsel (Little Rock, AR)
  • 1960-1962: Immaculate Conception (Fort Smith, AR)
  • 1962-1963: Sts. Cyril and Methodius (Slovak, AR)
  • 1963-1964: Immaculate Conception (Fort Smith, AR)
  • 1964-1965: St. Mary (Hot Springs, AR)
  • 1965-1967: St. Matthew (Osceola, AR)
  • 1967-1971: St. John (Hot Springs)
  • 1971-1973: St. Joseph (Fayetteville, AR)
  • 1973-1982: Our Lady of Good Hope, Hope; Immaculate Heart of Mary (Magnolia, AR)
  • 1982-1984: St. Michael, West Memphis; Sacred Heart (Crawfordsville, AR)
  • 1984-1990: St. Joseph Regional Medical Center (Hot Springs, AR)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Walter Rajmund:

Fr. Walter Rajmund became an ordained priest in 1956. 

In 2019, Rajmund was publicly named and included on the Diocese of Little Rock list of credibly accused clergy for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, substantiated or determined, or considered to be credible. It notes two known victims.

Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, Rajmund’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse, or when the abuse took place is unknown.

Rajmund died in 1990.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by Arkansas priests in the Diocese of Little Rock.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Little Rock Diocese.  Your chance to pursue legal action will soon be over.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the temporary window to file a lawsuit, so please contact us to discuss your case today.   Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Patrick J.L. Nicholson – Diocese of Little Rock

Father Patrick J.L. Nicholson

Diocese of Little Rock

Patrick J.L. Nicholson Horowitz LawOrdained: 1969

Removed: 2000

Assignment History:

  • 1970: St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (Mobile, AL)
  • 1971-1975: St. Pius X (Mobile, AL)
  • 1976-1978 St. Joseph Church (Prattville, AL)
  • 1979-1983: Air Force Reserve on Active Duty
  • 1984-2000: Military Chaplains

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Patrick J.L. Nicholson:

Fr. Patrick J.L. Nicholson became an ordained priest in 1969. Nicholson was a military chaplain for the U.S. Air Force in Little Rock, Arkansas, in addition to other locations.

Fr. Patrick Nicholson was assigned as a chaplain for the Air Force Academy and was reportedly stationed in Colorado Springs in 1983, according to a civil lawsuit filed against him. In 1984, it was alleged that Fr. Nicholson forced an 18-year old cadet into a sexual relationship after the cadet went to Fr. Nicholson for counseling. He was discharged from the military in 2000 when the abuse was reported.

In 2003, another woman came forward and alleged that Nicholson sexually abused her when she was 15 years old and living near Montgomery, Alabama. She claimed that Nicholson befriended her and her family. He played tennis with her and her siblings, invited them to watch television, and ate dinner at her house. On one of the nights there, she and Nicholson were watching TV when he started forcefully kissing her and touching her breasts. She claims she pulled away and ran to the bathroom after he grabbed her hand and directed it to his groin. When she came out of the bathroom, the priest started again and told her not to say anything to anyone.

In 2018, Nicholson was included in the Names of Credibly Accused Clergy of Sexual Abuse to Minors Released to the People of the Archdiocese of Mobile.

Nicholson was removed in 2000. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by Arkansas priests in the Diocese of Little Rock.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Little Rock Diocese.  Your chance to pursue legal action will soon be over. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the temporary window to file a lawsuit, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.