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Fr. William Kuder – Diocese of Raleigh

Father William Kuder

Diocese of Raleigh

William Kuder Diocese of Raleigh Horowitz Law

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 Kuder:

Father William Kuder was ordained a priest in 1936, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Raleigh. According to media reports, 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 Diocese of Raleigh in North Carolina.  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 Diocese of Raleigh 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Joseph Kelleher – Diocese of Raleigh

Father Joseph Kelleher

Diocese of Raleigh

Joseph Kelleher Diocese of Raleigh Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1953

Removed: 2010

Died: 2014

Assigned as Follows:

  • March 1966:                    St. Gabriel (Greenville, NC)
  • Sept. 1966-April 1968:    St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Charlotte, NC)
  • 1968-1969:                      Immaculate Heart of Mary (High Point, NC)
  • 1969-1970:                      Our Lady of Lourdes (Raleigh, NC)
  • 1970-1971:                      Bishop McGuinnes Memorial High School (Kernersville, NC)
  • 1971-1972:                      St. Joseph’s (Asheboro, NC)
  • 1972-1973:                      St. John the Evangelist (Waynesville, NC)
  • 1972-1973:                      Immaculate Conception (Canton, NC)
  • 1972-1973:                      St. Margaret’s ( Maggie Valley, NC)
  • April 1973-August 1977: Our Lady of the Annunciation (Albermarle, NC)
  • August 1977-July 1986:  Our Lady of the Assumption (Charlotte, NC)
  • 1986-1991:                      Immaculate Conception (Hendersonville, NC)
  • 1991-1998:                      Our Lady of the Rosary (Lexington, NC)
  • 1993-1998:                      Bishop McGuinness High School (Kernersville, NC)
  • 1998-1999:                      St. Dorothy’s (Lincolnton, NC)
  • 1975-1978:                      Senate of Priests (Charlotte, NC)
  • 1982-1983:                      Senate of Priests (Charlotte, NC)
  • 1976-1977:                      Salsbury Vicar (NC)
  • 1983-1993:                      Diocesan Consultor (Charlotte, NC)
  • 1996-1998:                      Diocesan Consultor (Charlotte, NC)
  • 1983-1988:                      Presbyteral Council (Charlotte, NC)
  • 1994-1995:                      Presbyteral Council (Charlotte, NC)
  • 1996-2000:                      Presbyteral Council (Charlotte, NC)
  • 1988-1991:                      Asheville Vicar (NC)
  • 1993-1998:                      Winston-Salem Vica (NC)
  • July 1999-2010:               Retired (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • 1999-2010:                      Bishop McGuinness High School (Kernersville, NC)
  • 2010-2014:                      Administrative Leave (NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Joseph Kelleher:

Fr. Joseph Kelleher, a native of Ireland, was a Trappist monk in Ireland and New Zealand for many years before arriving to North Carolina in 1966 to serve as a parish priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, and then the Diocese of Charlotte when it was established in 1971.

According to media reports, in September 2009 a man reported to police that he was molested by Kelleher as a 14-year-old altar boy in 1977. The priest was put on administrative leave in July 2010 and, a few days later, turned himself in to police. He was charged with “indecent liberties with a child.” He admitted to the abuse.

A week later another man reported to police that Kelleher sexually abused him when he was a 13-year-old boy. No charges were filed in that case. In July 2014, a judge determined that Kelleher was unable to stand trial, due to dementia. Kelleher died in August 2014.

In April 2020, Fr. Kelleher was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused a 14-year-old boy in the 1970s when the boy sought help from the priest, to deal with a family move.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Raleigh in North Carolina.  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 Diocese of Raleigh 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. William J. Kuder – Diocese of Charlotte

Father William Kuder

Diocese of Charlotte (Diocese of Charlotte)
William Kuder Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

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 Kuder:

Father William Kuder was ordained a priest in 1936, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in 1995, a man reported to the 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 Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina.  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 Diocese of Charlotte 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Edgar Sepulveda – Diocese of Raleigh

Father Edgar Sepulveda

Diocese of Raleigh

Edgar Sepulveda Diocese of Raleigh Horowitz Law

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 was ordained a priest in 1989 and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Raleigh. According to media reports, in September 2009, he was placed on administrative leave following an allegation that he sexually abused 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 appeared on the Diocese of Raleigh’s list of clergy accused of sexual abuse of minor as of October 2018, and then again on its updated list in 2020. 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 Diocese of Raleigh in North Carolina.  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 Diocese of Raleigh 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Robert Spangenberg – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Robert Spangenberg

Diocese of Charlotte (Spiritan Order) 

Robert Spangenberg Diocese of Raleigh Horowitz Law

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:

Father Robert Spangenberg was ordained a priest in 1974 and served in multiple dioceses including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, and in the  Diocese of Charlotte and Raleigh in NC. According to media reports, he was named in the Pennsylvania 2018 Grand Jury 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 Diocese of Raleigh’s list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. He is also on the Diocese of Charlotte’s list of accused clergy.

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 Diocese of Raleigh in North Carolina.  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 Diocese of Raleigh 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Donald Scales – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Donald Scales

Diocese of Charlotte (Benedictine Order) 

Donald Scales Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1955

Removed: 2006

Died: 2008

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Michael Catholic Church (Gastonia, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Scales:

Father Donald Scales was ordained a priest in 1955, and served in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, 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 the priest from 1977 to 1978. Father 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 Father Scales from ministry in 2006. He died in 2008.

In October 2019, Father Scales’ name was included on the Diocese of Raleigh’s updated list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. The Diocese’s list states that the abuse relating to his removal occurred outside of the Diocese of Raleigh, back in 1966. This means that the abuse was brought to diocesan officials’ 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 Diocese of Raleigh in North Carolina.  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 Diocese of Raleigh 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Raymond Schulte – Diocese of Raleigh

Father Raymond Schulte

Diocese of Raleigh (Benedictine Order)

Raymond Schulte Diocese of Raleigh Horowitz Law

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 was ordained a priest in 1979 and served in many dioceses throughout his career such as Minnesota, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Rome, and in the Diocese of RaleighAccording to media reports, 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 the sexual abuse of other children. Father Schulte was under restrictions at the Abbey but was granted leave on multiple occasions to travel. 

In November 2006, Father Schulte admitted to possessing graphic videos of child pornography and was sentenced 7 years and 3 months in federal prison.

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 Diocese of Raleigh in North Carolina.  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 Diocese of Raleigh 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Thomas Watkins – Diocese of Raleigh

Father Thomas Watkins

Diocese of Raleigh (Marianist Order)

Thomas Watkins Diocese of Raleigh Horowitz Law

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 priest in 1963. He became a diocsean priest in 1996, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Raleigh. According to media reports, in 2002, he was placed on leave amidst an allegation that he 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 Diocese of Raleigh in North Carolina.  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 Diocese of Raleigh 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. John Richardson – Diocese of Raleigh

Father John Richardson

Diocese of Raleigh 

John Richardson Diocese of Raleigh Horowitz Law

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Richardson:

Father John Richardson served in the Diocese of Raleigh. According to media reports, in October 2018, the priest was publicly named on the Diocese’s list of clergy credibly accused of the sexual abuse of a minor. For a clergy member to be listed, the Review Board of the Diocese of Raleigh or another authority determined that the allegation made has a semblance of truth. This list covers the period from 1950 to 2018

The list states that in 1988, it received a report of child sexual abuse dating back 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 Diocese of Raleigh in North Carolina.  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 Diocese of Raleigh 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Francis Andrew Perry – Diocese of Raleigh

Father Francis Andrew Perry

Diocese of Raleigh 

Andrew Perry Diocese of Raleigh Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1998 

Placed on Leave: 2002

Assigned as Follows:

  • Transfiguration Catholic Church (Wallace, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Andrew Perry:

Fr. Francis Andrew Perry was ordained a priest in 1998 at the age of 53, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Raleigh. According to media reports, in 2002, he was placed on leave amidst an allegation that he sexually abused a child prior to his ordination.

Specifically, in March 2002, the Diocese of Raleigh received a letter describing an incident involving Fr. Perry and a 4-year-old female relative decades earlier, when he was a teen-ager. The letter also mentioned another incident 15 years earlier when the priest, not yet a Catholic priest, was charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor. When the victim refused to testify, the charge was dropped.
Fr. 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.

Fr. 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 Diocese of Raleigh in North Carolina.  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 Diocese of Raleigh 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

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