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Fr. Leonardo Mateo – Diocese of Richmond

Father Leonardo Mateo

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1956

Left diocese: 1984

Removed: 1991

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956-1959      Cathedral (Tagbilaran City, Philippines)
  • 1959-1960      St. Vibiana’s and St. Anastasia’s (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1960-1965      Greenpoint Hospital (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1965-1975      Diocese of Tagbilaran (Philippines)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leonardo Mateo:

Father Leonardo Mateo was an extern priest from the Philippines. He arrived at the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 1959. According to media reports, he began sexually abusing children within days of his arrival. As a result, Father Mateo left L.A. in 1960 and was transferred back and forth between the US and the Philippines. 

In 1977, he arrived at the Diocese of Joliet, where allegations of child sexual abuse were made in 1983 and 1991. More allegations surfaced in Chicago, and Tagbilaran, Philippines. He was accused of molesting boys at Immaculate Conception in Elmhurst. No charges were filed, on the condition he leave the parish. Despite this, he was permitted to continue to work with kids.

Father Mateo admitted to molesting boys in swimming pools. His victims said they were also abused at the movies and in the priest’s room. Fellow priests reportedly witnessed boys entering and exiting Mateo’s room, but did nothing. 

Father Mateo left the diocese in 1984 and returned to the Archdiocese of Cebu in the Philippines. In 2003, he was named in a lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse in California in 1959. 

In March 2013, Father Mateo‘s name was added to the Diocese of Joliet’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In April 2014, his personnel files were released as part of a settlement with one of his victims. Many of his victims known to the diocese were as young as 10 years old, yet he was not reported to authorities.

In April 2014, Father Mateo was named in a new civil suit alleging child sexual abuse. In September 2014, another suit was filed by three men alleging abuse in Joliet in 1980. The claim was settled in August 2018 for $1.4 million. 

In June 2019, Father Mateo‘s name was added to the Diocese of Richmond’s updated list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

faculties are revoked. He died in 2004 in the Philippines having never faced criminal charges.

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Msgr. Raymond Barton – Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1966

Retired: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart and Blessed Sacrament (Norfolk, VA) 
  • St. Nicholas (Virginia Beach, VA) 
  • Church of the Holy Apostles (Virginia Beach, VA) 
  • Sacred Heart (Richmond, VA) 
  • St. John Vianney Seminary (Goochland, VA) 
  • Holy Comforter (Charlottesville, VA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Raymond Barton:

Monsignor Raymond Barton was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Richmond in 1966. He was pastor at numerous churches throughout the decades. According to media reports, in February 2020, he was accused of sexually abusing a child in the early 1970s. No further details of the abuse were disclosed. The allegations were brought forward against him by a representative of the alleged victim, who is now deceased. 

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond reported the allegations to civil authorities. Monsignor Barton retired in 2011 and will not be permitted to “engage in active ministry until the allegations are investigated and resolved.” 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Richmond.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Richmond, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Richmond now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. George George (Maronite) – Diocese of Richmond

Father George P. George

Diocese of Richmond

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Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 1988

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father George P. George:

Father George George was a Maronite priest. According to media reports, he was removed from ministry in 1988, and later convicted of child sexual abuse. His name appears on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of credibly accused priests, published in 2019, but the Richmond Diocese has provided no information to the general public about George.  

According to the FBI’s National Sex Offender Registry, George was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Battery and Sexual Battery in 1988 in Virginia. His relationship to the victim, if any, is unknown in large part because of the Diocese of Richmond’s failure to provide that information to the public.

According to his registry, George is now residing in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He is 66 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Richmond.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Richmond, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Richmond now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Augustine Ludwig (Benedictine) – Diocese of Richmond

Father Augustine Ludwig (Benedictine)

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1987

Died: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Benedict’s (Richmond, VA)
  • Benedictine High School (Richmond, VA)
  • DeSales Catholic School (Spokane, WA)
  • St. Patrick Church  (Walla Walla, WA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Augustine Ludwig (Benedictine):

Father Augustine Ludwig was originally a Marianist brother. He joined the Benedictines in 1983 and was ordained as a priest in 1987. He transferred to the Richmond Diocese in 1988, where he held several positions including parochial vicar, headmaster, and subprior and master of novices for the Benedictine Abbey. He worked in schools from Hawaii to Virginia.

According to media reports, Ludwig was accused of sexually abusing at least five teenage boys while principal at DeSales Catholic School in Spokane, Washington, in the 1970s. Some of his alleged victims said he gave them alcohol and fondled them during school trips to Spokane and other cities. 

One accuser said the principal pinned the boy in the corner of the couch and reached down his pants. He tried to get the boy to reciprocate, and forcefully kissed him on the mouth, 

“The whole time he was saying, ‘There’s really nothing wrong with this, you know,”‘ he said. “‘If you think there’s something wrong with this, maybe you’re the one with a problem.”‘ The boy escaped and ran home. 

In 1998, one of Ludwig’s accusers found out where Ludwig was living and notified the Spokane Diocese of his abuse. Spokane Bishop William Skylstad launched a church investigation. He immediately called Richmond Bishop Walter Sullivan and the Abbot Richard McDermott, who was in charge of the Benedictine abbey where Ludwig was living and working. Ludwig was removed from his job and then sent to outpatient treatment for almost two years. 

Afterward, he was assigned as an assistant pastor at St. Benedict’s. Bishop Sullivan assured the other bishop that he would keep Brother Ludwig away from children. 

In April 2004, the Diocese of Spokane settled five legal cases involving Ludwig, and had the files sealed. 

Ludwig died in 2007. 

In February 2019, Ludwig’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It notes that he “abandoned ministry.” at some point before his death.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Richmond.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Richmond, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Richmond now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John B. Hesch – Diocese of Richmond

Father John B. Hesch

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1982

Died: 1994

Assigned as follows:

  • Saint Augustine (Richmond, VA)
  • Saint Nicholas (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • Sacred Heart (Big Stone Gap, VA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John B. Hesch:

Father John B. Hesch was an appointed member of the Tribunal of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. According to media reports, in April 1994, a 21-year-old parishioner at St. Augustine Catholic Church killed himself at his parents’ home. His parents requested from the church to keep the priest away from the funeral, prompting the Bishop of Richmond to start an inquiry.    

The allegations brought to light old complaints made against Father Hesch in 1985 at Sacred Heart-St. Augustine School, where he taught sex education. Two former teachers said they warned the Diocese of Richmond in 1985 that parents and students were complaining about his physical handling of the children. In one case, they said he asked a young boy to sit on his lap while he had an erection. He was transferred to St. Nicholas Church where he was assigned as an associate pastor. 

On June 5, 1994, Father Hesch killed himself with a gunshot to his head several hours after being confronted by Bishop Sullivan about the alleged abuse. He denied the allegations in their conversation and his suicide note. He was 37, and had just received a doctorate in canon law from Catholic University in Washington. 

“They told us they had confronted him back then,” recalled one teacher, who said she reported the priest in 1985. “They told us they were going to send him to counseling. They told me it was going to be taken care of and it wasn’t. Everybody was hurt by this.”

After Father Hesch’s death, Bishop Sullivan sent a letter to all priests in the diocese asking them “to determine if there are any parishioners who need counseling in light of these developments.” He also requested that they keep the letter confidential. When a former city official told Bishop Sullivan that he knew the names of two more victims of Father Hesch’s abuse, he was allegedly told to stay out of it

In February 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Richmond.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Richmond, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Richmond now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John Paul Blankenship – Diocese of Richmond

Father John Paul Blankenship

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1963

Removed: 2002

Laicized: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1965     Sacred Heart of Jesus (Winchester, VA)
  • 1965-1967      St. Agnes (Arlington, VA)
  • 1967-1968      St. Mary Star of the Sea (Fort Monroe, VA)
  • 1967-1968      St. Joseph’s (Buckroe Beach, VA)
  • 1968-1969      St. Rose of Lima (Hampton, VA)
  • 1969-1970      Christ the King (Burlington, VA)
  • 1970-1973      St. Mary’s (Richmond, VA)
  • 1973-1977      St. John’s (Highland Springs, VA)
  • 1977-1984      Sacred Heart of Jesus (New Bohemia, VA)
  • 1983-2002      Federal Correctional Institution (Petersburg, VA)
  • 1996-1998      St. Ann’s (Petersburg, VA)
  • 2002                St. James’ (Hopewell, VA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Paul Blankenship:

According to media reports, in 1988, a man alleged that Father John Paul Blankenship sexually abused him as a 14-year-old boy in 1982. Blankenship apologized to the victim and paid for his college education and counseling. He was also sent to treatment at St. Luke’s Institute, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests in Maryland, for seven months, followed by six years of outpatient treatment. Blankenship reportedly admitted to abusing the boy when asked about it by Diocesan officials.

Despite admitting to sexual misconduct with a minor, Father Blankenship was kept in active ministry until August 2002 when he was forced to retire. That same month he was indicted on charges of sodomizing the 1982 victim. When the victim learned the priest was living in a parish, and that Blankenship might be “maneuvering his way back to working with children”, the victim pressed criminal charges. 

In January 2003, Blankenship pleaded guilty to sodomy and was sentenced to indefinite supervised probation. His victim stated that Bishop Sullivan told him the previous summer that he knew of another alleged Blankenship victim, who was deceased. 

Blankenship is now a registered sex offender. In February 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He was eventually laicized.

According to his most recent sex offender registry, Blankenship is still residing in the Richmond area.  He is 82 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Richmond.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Richmond, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Richmond now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John Raymond Bostwick III – Diocese of Richmond

Father John Raymond Bostwick III 

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1969

Removed: 1996

Assigned as follows:

  • Holy Cross, (Lynchburg, VA)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes (Richmond, VA)
  • Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (West Point, VA)
  • Saint George (Scottsville, VA)
  • Saint John Neumann (Powhatan, VA)
  • Saint Mary (Richmond, VA)
  • Saint Paul (Richmond, VA)
  • St. Catherine Laboure (Harrisburg, PA)
  • St. Leo the Great (Lancaster, PA)
  • Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary (Lebanon, PA)  
  • Diocese of Lafayette, LA

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Raymond Bostwick:

Father John Raymond Bostwick was ordained for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and  transferred to the Diocese of Richmond. According to media reports, in the summer of 1987, a man alleged that when he was between 14 and 15 years old, Father Bostwick tried to “make genital contact with him” while at the priest’s home in Virginia. 

In December 1989, Bishop Walter Sullivan of the Diocese of Richmond wrote a letter to the Diocese of Harrisburg Chancery Office regarding Father Bostwick’s unapproved service in Harrisburg at St. Catherine Laboure church. Sullivan said that Bostwick was uncooperative with the Bishop’s directive that he attend counseling. Despite his insubordination, Bostwick was not suspended, but the Diocese of Richmond did not give him any more assignments in Richmond.

Father Bostwick officially received permission to minister outside of the Diocese of Richmond in 1990. 

In 1992, Father Bostwick was assigned to the Diocese of Lafayette at the request of his friend, a Lafayette Bishop. When the abuse allegations surfaced, he was suspended from duties and sent for treatment. 

In 1996, Bostwick was on loan to Mt. St. Mary’s College in Maryland when he was accused of sexual abuse of a boy from 1980 to 1982 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  According to the allegation, Father Bostwick became close to a family and eventually stayed at their home overnight. The family had a boy between 12 and 14 years old. They drank beer together and the priest allegedly fondled the boy’s genitals. Father Bostwick reportedly also took the boy to St. Mary’s Seminary when school was out of session, and fondled the boy’s genitals on overnight stays at the seminary. When Bostwick attempted to have the boy touch his genitals, the boy was frightened and ran, locking himself in another room. The victim said he recalled Father Bostwick becoming emotional, falling to the floor crying and apologizing to him. Bostwick was placed on administrative leave in 1996. In 1997, the Diocese of Harrisburg released a public statement regarding the allegation. 

In 2002, the same victim from 1987 reported the same incident to the Diocese of Harrisburg. He said he passed out from drinking alcohol while they watched a movie together. He woke up in another room when Father Bostwick reached for his genitals but stopped him from making contact. 

In August 2018, Father Bostwick‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He was also included in the August 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. In September 2018, his name was added to the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list.

In February 2019, Father Bostwick‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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 Diocese of Richmond.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Richmond, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Richmond now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Philip J. Higgins – Diocese of Richmond

Father Philip J. Higgins

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1973

Removed: 2004

Died: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Lourdes (Richmond, VA)
  • Saint Victoria (Hurt, VA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Philip J. Higgins:

Father Philip J. Higgins‘ name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He was removed in 2004 and died in 2007.

The Diocese of Richmond has provided no information about the nature of the allegation(s) against Higgins, such as the age/gender of the victim(s) or Higgins’ assignment at the time of the alleged abuse.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Richmond.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Richmond, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Richmond now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. William T. Reinecke – Diocese of Richmond

Monsignor William T. Reinecke 

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1965

Died: 1992

Assigned as follows:

  • 1990-1992      St. James (Falls Church, VA) 
  • 1980-1990      St. Ambrose (Annandale, VA) 
  • 1974-1975      Our Lady of Lourdes (Arlington, VA) 
  • 1979-1980      Our Lady of Lourdes (Arlington, VA) 
  • 1976-1979      Queen of Apostles (Alexandria, VA) 
  • 1969-1974      St. Charles Borromeo (Arlington, VA)  
  • 1965-1969      St. Mary (Alexandria, VA)  

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor William T. Reinecke:

Monsignor William T. Reinecke was ordained to the priesthood in 1965 for the Diocese of Richmond. He was incardinated to the Diocese of Arlington in 1975, after the creation of the Diocese of Arlington in 1974. He was highly loved and respected, and served in the executive leadership role of chancellor for 13 years. He also was pastor at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, a large and influential parish. 

According to media reports, in August 1992, a man confronted Monsignor Reinecke and accused him of sexually abusing him when he was a 13-year-old altar boy from 1967 to 1968, on an overnight trip to Williamsburg. He allegedly performed oral sex on the boy. 

The man was an executive director of the Mental Health Association of Northern Virginia, and he asked the monsignor to retire and get help. He said if he didn’t, he would take action. Monsignor Reinecke reportedly asked his forgiveness and promised to call after getting back from a retreat. Two days later he killed himself with a shotgun. He was 53.

The man said he would pursue the allegations despite Reinecke’s death “to encourage the church to do something so this will never happen again — not to its children and not to its priests. If Father Reinecke had someone to go to, this may never have happened; not my abuse and not his suicide.”

In September 1992, a second man alleged fondling during an overnight trip to Williamsburg in 1969. Soon after, his mother noticed a change in her son’s behavior, from outgoing to depressed and withdrawn. She said, when he was 20, he “went into an absolute rage” after seeing Monsignor Reinecke on a television show. After being admitted to an institution for several weeks, he first made the allegations against his abuser during therapy. 

When he told his family about the alleged incident in 1976, “the only thing we did, all seven members of our family stopped going to Catholic church,” his mother said. “We didn’t have it in our hearts and souls to go back.”

In 2006, a woman came forward alleging child sexual abuse for several years by Monsignor Reinecke in the late 1960s, when she was a 9-year-old girl in the Richmond diocese. 

“I was so ashamed, and I believed God was mad at me, that I was a dirty girl. He robbed me of my safety in my home, church and school. I believed him when he told me I would go to hell if I ever told anyone, she said.”

In 2007, the Arlington Diocesan Review Board deemed her allegation credible. She received a cash settlement and after 18 months, an official apology in 2008. 

“I realized I couldn’t be a part of a church that wouldn’t deal appropriately with these victims.”

In February 2019, Father Reinecke‘s name appeared publicly on the Dioceses of Richmond’s and Arlington’s lists of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Richmond.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Richmond, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Richmond now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Terence Doyle (Trinitarian) – Diocese of Richmond

Father Terence Doyle

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1952

Died: 1994

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Terence Doyle:

Father Terence Doyle was a member of the Missionary Servants of Most Holy Trinity order. According to media reports, In October 2019, Father Doyle‘s was added to the Diocese of Richmond’s updated list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.  No additional information about the allegation(s) against Doyle was provided by the Diocese, such as the age/gender of the victim(s) or Doyle’s assignment at the time of the abuse. 

According to the Diocese of Richmond, Doyle died in 1994.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Richmond.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Richmond, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Richmond now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.