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Fr. William J. Kuder – Diocese of Charlotte

Father William J. Kuder

Diocese of Raleigh/Diocese of Charlotte
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Ordained: 1936

Died: 1960

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1935-1936 St. Paul’s (New Bern, NC)
  • 1935-1936 St. Joseph’s (Clayton, NC)
  • 1935-1936 St. Luke’s (Holy Springs, NC)
  • 1936-1939 Greensboro, NC
  • 1938-1939 St. Joseph of the Hills (Leaksville-Spray, NC)
  • 1939-1940 Leave of Absence 
  • 1942-1949 St. Lucien’s (Spruce Pine, NC)
  • 1948-1949 St. Patricia’s (Linville, NC)
  • 1949-1960 St. Joan of Arc (Asheville, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William J. Kuder:

In 1995, a man reported to the Charlotte Diocese that Father William Kuder sexually abused him at St. Joan of Arc over the course of four years. The alleged abuse began when the man was 9-years-old in 1952, when St. Joan of Arc was part of the Diocese of Raleigh. The man also claimed that after the abuse, Kuder would drive him to rectories 20 and 50 miles away to confess his ‘sin’ of sex with a priest. Kuder would also threaten the boy with eternal damnation if he broke the seal of confession.

After coming forward, the victim said that he had heard from 10 more victims of Kuder, according to media reports. His two brothers also allege they too were abused by Kuder when they were ages 9-13.

William Kuder died in 1960 as a priest in good standing. His name appears on the Raleigh Diocese’s list of credibly accused priests as of October 2018. 

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

Fr. Edgar Sepulveda – Diocese of Raleigh

Father Edgar Sepulveda

Diocese of Raleigh

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Ordained: 1989

Removed: 2009

Assigned as Follows:

  • Maria Reina Parish (Mt. Olive, NC)
  • Santa Teresa Mission (Beulaville, NC)
  • Santa Clara Mission (Magnolia, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Edgar Sepulveda:

Originally a native of Colombia, Father Edgar Sepulveda worked at several parishes around North Carolina. In September of 2009, the Diocese of Raleigh announced that Sepulveda had been placed on administrative leave. The action was taken in light of an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor that was made against Father Edgar Sepulveda. The victim was a 16-year-old boy in Brunswick county. The matter did not make news until he was arrested on January 8th, 2010. He was charged with two counts of sex crimes against a juvenile. He denied the allegations and prosecutors dropped the criminal charges in July 2012. 

A later civil suit was dismissed on the grounds that the Diocese’s handling of abuse allegations is protected by the First Amendment.  In July 2015, a three-judge panel of the appellate court reversed that decision and ruled that the previous lawsuit against Sepulveda can move forward. The North Carolina Court of Appeals rejected arguments made by lawyers representing Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and the Raleigh diocese that allowing the lawsuit to advance would violate the Constitutional separation of church and state. 

Sepulveda’s name appears on the Raleigh Diocese’s list of clergy accused of sexual abuse of minor as of October 2018. He is noted to be suspended while the Vatican conducts a trial of the allegations, which could result in his involuntary laicization (removal from the priesthood).

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Robert Spangenberg – Diocese of Raleigh

Father Robert Spangenberg

Diocese of Raleigh/Spiritan Order 

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Ordained: 1974 

Retired: 2003

Died: 2006

Assigned as Follows:

  • Sacred Heart Catholic Mission (Wadesboro, NC)
  • St. James Catholic Church (Hamlet, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Spangenberg:

In July of 2018, Father Robert Spangenberg was named in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s report for alleged sexual abuse of at least two minors in the 1980’s. The alleged abuse is said to have happened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Around that time, the Diocese of Pittsburgh was contacted by a woman who said her son had been abused by Spangenberg.

Spangenberg was then moved to Florida in 1989 due to the allegations, but remained in ministry. He was then assigned by his religious order, the Spiritans, to the Diocese of Charlotte in the 1990’s.

In 2009, a man reported that when he was a 15- to-16-year-old runaway and involved in prostitution, he had many “sexual encounters” with Robert Spangenberg. He also said that Spangenberg would pay him to bring “young hustlers” for sex as well. The victim claimed that Spangenberg was a “really sick guy” who did many vulgar things to him and others. 

Spagenberg’s name appears on the Raleigh Diocese’s list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. He is also on the Charlotte Diocese’s list of accused clergy.

Spagenberg is believed to have worked in Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois and Florida. 

He died in 2006.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Donald Scales – Diocese of Raleigh

Father Donald Scales

Diocese of Charlotte/Benedictine Order 

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Ordained: 1955

Removed: 2006

Died: 2008

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Michael Catholic Church (Gastonia, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Scales:

In 2006, a man wrote a letter to the administrator of St. Michael Catholic Church in Gastonia alleging that he had been sexually abused as a minor by Father Donald Scales from 1977 to 1978. Scales denied the allegations. No criminal charges were filed, but the Diocese of Charlotte’s Lay Review Board found the allegation credible.  The Benedictine Order removed Scales from ministry in 2006.  

Scales died in 2008.

In October 2019, Scales’ name was included on the Diocese of Raleigh’s updated list of credibly accused priests. The Diocese’s list states that the abuse relating to his removal occurred outside of the Diocese of Raleigh in 1966, which means it was brought to the Diocese’s attention by a second victim and is unrelated to the 2006 allegations. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Raymond Schulte – Diocese of Raleigh

Father Raymond Schulte

Diocese of Raleigh/Benedictine Order

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Ordained: 1979

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1981-1983 St. John’s Abbey (Collegeville, MN)
  • 1982-1990 Colegio San Antonio Abad (Humacao, Puerto Rico)
  • 1987-2012 St. John’s Abbey (Collegeville, MN)
  • 1998-2000 American-Cassinese Congregation Foreign Missions (Nassau, Puerto Rico)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Raymond Schulte:

Father Raymond Schulte served in many dioceses throughout his career such as Raleigh, Minnesota, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Rome. In September 2002, during the St. John’s Abbey Abuse Disclosure Project, a victim said Father Schulte sexually abused him in October 1988. Schulte was also accused of knowing about abuse of other kids by Dunstan Moorse and John Kelly. Father Schulte was under restrictions at the Abbey but was granted leave on multiple occasions to travel. 

In May 2010, two North Carolina brothers filed a civil suit against Father Schulte claiming they were abused by the priest when he served in the Raleigh area. One of the brothers said after he was abused in North Carolina, Schulte later recruited him to come to St. John’s in Minnesota where the abuse continued. That suit settled in 2011.

In April 2011, another lawsuit was filed by a victim who alleged Father Schulte abused him when he was representing St. John’s Abbey in Humacao, Puerto Rico.

Schulte’s name is listed on three official lists of clergy members who have been accused of sexual abuse of a minor: St. John’s Abbey, Diocese of St. Cloud and Diocese of Raleigh. He is said to be living a restricted lifestyle as a monk at St. John’s in Collegeville. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Thomas Watkins – Diocese of Raleigh

Father Thomas Watkins

Diocese of Raleigh/Marianist Order

Ordained: 1963

Indefinite Medical Leave: 2002

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1991 Our Lady of Lourdes Church (Raleigh, NC)
  • 1992-1995 St. Michael’s Church (Cary, NC)
  • 1995 St. Francis de Sales Church (Lumberton, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Watkins:

Father Thomas Watkins was ordained as a Marianist but became a diocsean priest in 1996.

He was placed on leave in 2002 after the Diocese of Raleigh recieved an allegation that Watkins made sexual advances toward an 18-year-old seminary student in approximately 1974. The alleged inappropriate sexual behavior occurred in Ohio and was reported to officials there. Watkins reportedly denied the allegation but had to undergo psychological treatment before coming to the Diocese of Raleigh in 1991. 

Another allegation was made in 1995 that involved a second adult. The five-member Bishop’s Advisory Board of the diocese, which reviews allegations of sexual misconduct internally, deemed that the allegation was “credible.”

Watkins was granted indefinite medical leave of absence after refusing counseling.

The board took into account three other alleged incidents involving Watkins and adults that occurred over the last 25 years. The Diocese of Raleigh spokesman said he did not immediately know whether the diocese was aware of those allegations before it received Watkins for ministry in Raleigh.

Watkins has been relieved of all his priestly duties.  His current whereabouts have not been provided by the Diocese of Raleigh.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. William Ward – Diocese of Raleigh

Father William Ward

Diocese of Raleigh

Ordained: 1950

Retired: 1998

Died: 2008

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1951 St. Leo’s (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • 1952 St. Joseph’s (Albion, NY)
  • 1953-1955 St. Stephen (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1956-1962 Basilica of Our Lady of Victory (Lackawanna, NY)
  • 1963-1966 Working Boys Home of the Sacred Heart (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1967 Our Lady of Loreto (Falconer, NY)
  • 1968-1970 Prince of Peace (Niagara Falls, NY)
  • 1971-1978 St. Charles (Niagara Falls, NY) 
  • 1979 Bishop Burke Manor (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1980-1997 Our Lady of Fatima (Elba, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William Ward:

On March 20th, 2018, the Diocese of Buffalo released a list of priests who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse. The list only included deceased priests if there was more than one substantiated claim of abuse against them. On its list of deceased priests was Father William G. Ward.

According to the Buffalo Diocese, the alleged abuse occurred in New York in 1955-1956 and 1966-1971.

Ward is believed to have voluntarily retired in 1998, and lived in Clarence and Buffalo until his death in 2008.

In August 2019, William G. Ward became one of many priests named in civil lawsuits filed under the New York Child Victims Act. The approximate number of victims is unknown.

His name is also included on the Raleigh diocese’s list of accused priests as of October 2019. The Raleigh list notes the alleged abuse in 1955 was outside of the diocese and was reported to the Diocese of Raleigh in 2019. He also appears on the Charlotte diocese’s list as of December 2019.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. John Richardson – Diocese of Raleigh

Father John Richardson

Diocese of Raleigh 

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Richardson:

On October 8th, 2018 Father John Richardson was publicly named by the Diocese of Raleigh on its list of clergy credibly accused of the sexual abuse of a minor. According to the Diocese of Raleigh, in 1988, it received a report of abuse dating to 1967. It also states he has been officially removed from ministry. No further information about the age/gender of the victim or the nature of the alleged abuse has been released. 

The Diocese of Raleigh did not release any information about Richardson’s current location.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Francis Andrew Perry – Diocese of Raleigh

Father Francis Andrew Perry

Diocese of Raleigh 

Ordained: 1998 

Placed on Leave: 2002

Assigned as Follows:

  • Transfiguration Catholic Church (Wallace, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Andrew Perry:

Father Francis Andrew Perry was ordained at age 53 in 1998. He was placed on leave in 2002 for an allegation that he sexually abused a child prior to his ordination.

Specifically, the Diocese of Raleigh learned that Fr. Perry had been accused of abuse of a 4-year-old female relative when he was a teenager in 1961. He had also been arrested after a teenage boy of taking “indecent liberties” with him in the late 1980s. The charges were dropped when the boy refused to testify.

Perry only admitted to the abuse of the female relative, but denied the other charges. He also appealed to the Vatican for a review of the case.

Perry’s name appears on the Diocese of Raleigh’s October 2018 list of accused clergy.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Kenneth Parker – Diocese of Raleigh

Father Kenneth Parker

Diocese of Raleigh 

Ordained: 1965

Retired: 1993

Removed: 2010

Assigned as Follows:

  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Forest City, NC)
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (Greensboro, NC)
  • St. Frances of Rome Catholic Mission (Sparta, NC)
  • St. John Baptist de la Salle Catholic Church (Wilkesboro, NC)
  • St. Patrick Catholic Church (Charlotte, NC)
  • St. Peter Catholic Church (Charlotte, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Kenneth Parker:

In January of 2010, the Diocese of Raleigh permanently removed Father Kenneth Parker from ministry after receiving a credible allegation of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred in 1981 or 1982 at a Newton Grove parish. Parker served in several parishes in the 1960’s that are now part of the Diocese of Charlotte.

In 2018, Parker was named publicly on the Raleigh Diocese’s list of credibly accused clergy.  His current whereabouts are unknown. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.