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Br. William Mueller – Diocese of Pueblo

Brother William Mueller

Diocese of Pueblo

William Mueller Diocese of Pueblo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1957

Left Order: 1986

Assigned as follows:

  • Roncalli High School (Pueblo, CO)
  • St. John Vianney High School (St. Louis, MO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brother William Mueller:

Br. William Mueller professed his vows as a priest of the Society of Mary in 1957 in the St. Louis Province. He worked in the Diocese of Pueblo, Missouri, and Texas teaching at schools owned and operated by the Society of Mary.

According to media reports, Br. Mueller has been named in 23 lawsuits against the Marianists and the Diocese of Pueblo in 2005 and 2006. The suits alleged that he drugged and sexually abused at least 40 students in the 1960s through the 1980s. In 1985, he reportedly was sent to a New Mexico center that treats pedophilia.

The lawsuits state that the Diocese knew of his behavior, but allowed him to continue teaching and did nothing to warn other schools where he subsequently taught. Two of the lawsuits say the alleged abuse occurred in 1968 on a 15-year-old and in 1969 on a 17-year old. In each case, Br. Mueller asked the boys to help him in science experiments, which he said were for his masters thesis in psychology. Both victims alleged they were assaulted twice after inhaling ether.

In January 2008, the 23 suits were settled for $4M from the Order and the Diocese. Another claim was settled in August 2010.

Br. Mueller’s name was included on the Marianists’ list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse in June 2020. He is believed to be living in San Antonio, Texas.

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

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

Br. Barnabus Stelzner – Diocese of Pueblo

Brother Barnabus Stelzner (Benedictine monk) 

Diocese of Pueblo

Barnabus Stelzner Diocese of Pueblo Horowitz Law

 

Ordained: N/A

Assigned as follows:

  • N/A

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Br. Barnabus Stelzner:

Br. Barnabus Stelzner was a Benedictine monk who served in the Diocese of Pueblo. According to media reports, sometime in the early 1980s, he allegedly sexually abused a minor child while he worked at the Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City, Colorado. In 1997, he and several others at the abbey were named in a lawsuit alleging that they repeatedly sexually and physically abused a 15-year-old boy while he attended the boys’ boarding school at Holy Cross Abbey from 1982 to 1983.

Br. Stelzner was reportedly still assigned to the abbey, but working in Kansas. The school closed in 1985, although monks continue to live there. Abbey officials have denied that they knew of or condoned physical or sexual abuse of students. The Diocese of Pueblo said it had no jurisdiction over the abbey.
Even though it lies within the diocese, the abbey belongs to a religious order and operates independently of diocesan control.

Br. Stelzner’s current whereabouts and whether he has access to children 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 Pueblo in Colorado.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Colorado, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pueblo 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 Colorado and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Duane “Jerry” Repola – Diocese of Pueblo

Father Duane “Jerry” Repola

Diocese of Pueblo

Duane "Jerry" Repola Diocese of Pueblo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1964

Died: 1971

Assigned as follows:

  • Camp St. Malo  (prior to ordination)
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe (La Junta, CO)
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary (Grand Junction, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Duane Repola:

Father Duane Repola was ordained a priest in 1964, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Pueblo. According to media reports, in December 2020, the Attorney General’s Office released a supplemental report of the allegations made in the Colorado Dioceses’ voluntary compensation fund. According to the report, Fr. Duane  “Jerry” Repola was one of the newly identified priests who served in the Diocese of Pueblo.

Among the allegations documented in the files of the Diocese of Pueblo was one against a priest, Fr. Duane Repola. According to the report, Fr. Duane Repola was the subject of a report that he was sexually abusing a 14- to 15-year-old boy at the Immaculate Heart of Mary rectory in Grand Junction, Colorado in 1967.

Repola approached the teenage boy while he was at work and asked if he wanted help to “transition from boy to man”. Fr. Duane Repola got permission from the boy’s parents and then Repola took him to Immaculate Heart of Mary rectory in Grand Junction where he sexually abused him.

According to the report, although there were no prior reports of sexual abuse against Fr. Duane Repola, it is quite apparent that Repola was involved in sexually abusing multiple victims based on how often he was assigned to a new parish. In addition, there was no explanation as to why Repola was removed from ministry.

When the report was received through the IRRP in 2019, the Diocese of Pueblo reported the abuse to law enforcement, however, they did not independently investigate the report because Duane Repola was already dead.

Repola died in 1971 at age 33.

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

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

Br. John O’Flaherty – Diocese of Pueblo

Brother John O’Flaherty (Jesuit)

Diocese of Pueblo

John O'Flaherty  Diocese of Pueblo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1942

Died: 1987

Assigned as follows:

  • 1942-1943: St. Stanislaus Novitiate (Cleveland, OH)
  • 1943-1954: St. Francis Xavier College Church (St. Louis, MO)
  • 1954-1964: Our Lady of the Assumption (Pueblo, CO)
  • 1962-1969: St. Francis Xavier (Kansas City, MO)
  • 1971-1972: St. Vincent’s Hospital (Monett, MO)
  • 1972-1974: Jesuit Community at St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO)
  • 1974-1976: St. Ignatius Loyola (Denver, CO)
  • 1977-1979: Regis College (Denver, CO)
  • 1979-1980: Rockhurst College (Kansas City, MO)
  • 1980-1986: Regis College (Denver, CO)
  • 1986-1987: Fusz Pavilion (St. Louis, MO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Br. John O’Flaherty:

Brother John O’Flaherty was a Jesuit of the Missouri Province ordained in 1942. He served in parishes in St. Louis and Kansas City, and as a hospital chaplain in Monett, MO. He was also assigned at various times to Pueblo and Denver, CO in the Diocese of Pueblo. He died in 1987.

According to media reports, Father O’Flaherty was accused of child sexual abuse in a March 2011 civil complaint filed in Pueblo, CO.

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

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

Fr. Lucas Galvan – Diocese of Pueblo

Father Lucas Galvan (Theatine priest)

Diocese of Pueblo

Lucas Galvan (Theatine priest) Diocese of Pueblo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1980

Removed: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1981-1986: Most Precious Blood (San Louis, CO)
  • 1987-1989: Sangre de Cristo (San Luis, CO)
  • 1990-1991: Unknown
  • 1992-1993: Provincial House at St. Andrew, Seminary (C.R.) (Denver, CO)
  • 1994-2019: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Lucas Galvan:

Father Lucas Galvan was ordained a priest of the Theatine Fathers in 1980, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Pueblo. According to media reports, in 1989, Fr. Galvan was convicted of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in Colorado. The Diocese of Pueblo settled a civil lawsuit brought by the survivor and Fr. Galvan was transferred to the Servants of the Paraclete, an institution known for treating clerics accused of sexually abusing minors.

It is reported that through the international Theatine Fathers, Fr. Galvan was able to move to Argentina before finding sanctuary in Mexico City. He reportedly worked as a priest in Mexico until 2010, when he was removed from priestly duty in Mexico City.

Fr. Galvan’s name was included on the Diocese of Las Cruces in May 2019. His status as a priest and 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 Diocese of Pueblo in Colorado.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Colorado, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pueblo 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 Colorado and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Richard Chung – Diocese of Pueblo

Father Richard Chung (Benedictine priest)

Diocese of Pueblo

Richard Chung (Benedictine priest) Diocese of Pueblo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1982

Died: 1992

Assigned as follows:

  • 1983-1992: Holy Cross Abbey (Canon City, CO)
  • 1985-1988: St. Joseph on the Rio Grande High School (Albuquerque, NM)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Richard Chung:

Fr. Meinrad Richard Chung, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, was ordained a priest of the Order of St. Benedict in 1992, and served in the Diocese of Pueblo. According to media reports, in 1992, the Diocese of Colorado Springs received a report that Fr. Chung sexually abused a male student at St. Mary High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Fr. Chung reportedly worked at St. Mary High School for four years, beginning in 1988.

After being confronted with the allegations, Fr. Chung committed suicide the next day by funneling exhaust fumes into his car in the parking garage of his apartment complex. Following Chung’s death, Colorado Springs police began investigating the abuse allegation, which involved a boy. Police found “probable cause of inappropriate touching” that likely would have resulted in criminal charges.

In 2004, a second survivor filed a civil lawsuit alleging Fr. Chung sexually abused him as a minor at Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City, Colorado, in approximately 1982.

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

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

Fr. Joseph Walsh – Diocese of Pueblo

Father Joseph Walsh

Diocese of Pueblo

Joseph Walsh Diocese of Pueblo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1935

Died: 1960

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart Orphanage (Sacred Heart Orphanage, Pueblo, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Walsh:

Father Joseph Walsh was ordained a priest in 1935, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Pueblo. According to media reports, in December 2020, the Attorney General’s Office released a supplemental report of the allegations made in the Colorado Dioceses’ voluntary compensation fund. According to the report, Fr. Joseph Walsh was one of the newly identified priests who served in the Diocese of Pueblo

Victim #1

According to the report, Fr. Joseph Walsh was the subject of a report that he was sexually abusing an orphan boy when he was 4- to 8-years-old at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado from 1951-1954.

First, Fr. James Walsh enticed the child, taking him to the ice cream parlor. Then, Walsh sexually abused the child on the drives to and from the ice cream trips and then it carried on numerous times in the rectory while he served at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado from 1951-1954.

In 1969 and 1981, Victim #1 reported the sexual abuse to the Diocese of Pueblo, alerting two Bishops. Shockingly, neither Bishops reported the abuse, never took any action against Fr. Joseph Walsh. Rather, they never restricted him from being in close proximity to children and never removed him from ministry.

In fact, in 1981, the Bishop told Victim #1 that nobody would believe him and that he should keep the incident to himself so that doesn’t damage the church.

Victim #2

According to the report, Fr. Joseph Walsh repeatedly sexually abused this young female orphan during her entire 6-year tenure at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado.

Walsh sexually abused Victim #2 when she was 7- to 13-years-old at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado from 1951-1957.

Fr. James Walsh enticed her onto his lap with candy to begin sexually abusing her. Victim #2 would try hiding from Fr. Walsh but that never stopped him from sexually abusing her.

When the report was received in 2019, the Diocese of Pueblo reported the abuse to law enforcement, however, they did not independently investigate the report because Joseph Walsh had died before the report was made against him.

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

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

Fr. Carlos Trujillo – Diocese of Pueblo

Father Carlos Trujillo

Diocese of Pueblo

Carlos Trujillo Diocese of Pueblo Horowitz Law

Ordained: ~1976

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Joseph Parish (Capulin, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Carlos Trujillo:

Fr. Carlos Trujillo was ordained a priest in approximately 1976, and in the Diocese of Pueblo. According to media reports, in December 2020, the Attorney General’s Office released a supplemental report of the allegations made in the Colorado Dioceses’ voluntary compensation fund. According to the report, Fr. Trujillo was one of the newly identified priests who served in the Diocese of Pueblo.

Among the allegations documented in the files of the Diocese of Pueblo was one against a priest, Fr. Trujillo. According to the report, he was the subject of a report that he was sexually abusing a 16- to 17-year-old boy at the St. Joseph Parish in Capulin, Colorado from 1978-1979.

First, Trujillo was engaging in ‘grooming’ behavior, getting close to the teenage boy and his family. Trujillo bought the boy gifts, took him on a trip, and would have breakfast with the boy and his family after Sunday Mass. Then, Trujillo sexually abused the teenage boy for approximately two years while he served as the Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Capulin, Colorado.

When the report was received through the IRRP in 2019, the Diocese of Pueblo reported the abuse to law enforcement, however, they did not independently investigate the report because Carlos Trujillo had left the priesthood decades before the report against him.

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

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

Msgr. Marvin Kapushion – Diocese of Pueblo

Monsignor Marvin Kapushion

Diocese of Pueblo

Marvin Kapushion Diocese of Pueblo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1956

Retired: 2017

Died: 2020

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart Orphanage (Pueblo, CO)
  • St. Aloysius Parish  (Rye, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Marvin Kapushion:

Msgr. Marvin Kapushion was ordained a priest in 1956, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Pueblo. According to media reports, in December 2020, the Attorney General’s Office released a supplemental report of the allegations made in the Colorado Dioceses’ voluntary compensation fund. According to the report, Msgr. Kapushion was one of the newly identified priests who served in the Diocese of Pueblo.

Among the allegations documented in the files of the Diocese of Pueblo was one against a priest, Msgr. Kapushion. According to the report, he was the subject of a report that he was sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado in 1984.

Kapushion provided counseling to the teenage boy at the orphanage and offered to pay him to shovel snow, serve guests, and help with set-up and clean-up at a Christmas party.

According to the report, Msgr. Kapushion worked as the Pastor at St. Aloysius Parish in Rye, the Director of Catholic Charities in Pueblo, and a counselor to orphans at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo when he sexually abused the 16-year-old boy.

Kapushion died just a couple of months after the victim reported the abuse in early 2020 and Kapushion retired from ministry 3 years prior.

When the report was received in 2020, the Pueblo Diocese did not report the abuse to law enforcement until several weeks after Kapushion’s death in April 2020. According to the report, the investigation “found zero substantiated complaints of any kind of abuse toward children” because it was substantially incomplete.

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

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

Fr. Lawrence Sievers – Diocese of Pueblo

Father Lawrence Sievers

Diocese of Pueblo

Lawrence Sievers Diocese of Pueblo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1935

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970-1971: St. Francis Xavier (Pueblo, CO)
  • 1972:           St. Joseph (Grand Junction, CO); Veterans Administration Hospital (Grand Junction, CO)
  • 1972-1973: St. Mary Hospital (Grand Junction, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Lawrence Sievers:

Fr. Lawrence Sievers was ordained a priest in 1935 and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Pueblo. According to media reports, in October 2019, the Colorado Attorney General released a detailed report of a special investigation into the handling of child sexual abuse allegations by Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses.  For the first time, Fr. Lawrence Sievers was publicly identified as a priest with a documented report of sexual abuse.

According to the documents reviewed by the investigators, Sievers sexually abused a high school girl who was working with him on a special Catholic project in 1969.  She was 17 at the time.  

Sievers held several assignments in the Diocese of Pueblo at the time of the incident, including an assistant pastorate at St. Joseph in Grand Junction, and a chaplaincy at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.  At the time, he also served as the Grand Junction District Youth Moderator for the Diocese.

Sievers voluntarily resigned from ministry in 1973 and he was subsequently laicized (removed from the priesthood) by the Vatican.

Whether Sievers is still alive or is residing in the Pueblo area is unknown.  The Diocese has not provided that information to the media or the general public.

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

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