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Archdiocese of St. Louis turns over its clergy abuse names, as court ordered

Archdiocese of St. Louis turns over its clergy abuse names, as court ordered

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ST. LOUIS • The Archdiocese of St. Louis has complied with a judge’s order in turning over the names of priests who were accused of sexually abusing minors over a 20-year period, along with the names and contact information of victims.

Because the list is under a court-ordered seal, available only to the judge and lawyers involved, it is unclear exactly how many individuals’ names were included.

Ken Chackes, lawyer for a woman whose suit prompted the disclosure, said he could not comment because of the order.

The disclosure is part of 2011 suit filed on behalf of a then-19-year-old woman who claims she was sexually abused from 1997 to 2001 by the since-defrocked Rev. Joseph Ross. The woman’s lawyers are trying to show the archdiocese had a pattern of ignoring sexual abuse complaints.

The archdiocese had previously submitted an anonymous matrix of 240 complaints against 115 church employees over a 20-year period ending in 2003.

But it did not specify how many of the group were nonclergy, and some of the complaints pertained to members of separate religious orders. Neither of those groups is covered by the court order.

The archdiocese fought further disclosures ordered by St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker, citing the privacy of the accused and the accuser. But on Wednesday, the Missouri Supreme Court ordered the names turned over.

In a memorandum filed in court, attorneys for the archdiocese confirm that they released the names to the woman’s lawyers the day after the top court’s order. They noted that complaints that were deemed “unsubstantiated” — according to the previous list, 40 of the 240 — were not included, per Dierker’s order. The lawyers said the archdiocese is not, however, conceding that the remainder are substantiated.

Dierker’s order also allowed the archdiocese to withhold the names of victims who had requested anonymity. Its lawyers note in the court filing that it did so with 48 of the complaints.

In addition to keeping the names under seal, Dierker’s order ensures that the victims are not contacted directly by the plaintiff’s lawyers. Instead, a court-appointed lawyer will make the first contact.

The lawyers mention in the filing that seven additional claims have been uncovered since their first list. Those are now included.

Legal settlements and trials have forced similar disclosures in a number of other dioceses across the country, according to a list maintained by BishopAccountability.org.

What makes Dierker’s order in St. Louis unique is that it comes while the case is still pending — when more can be learned through depositions and the discovery process. The case is set to go to trial Feb. 24, although the woman’s lawyers might seek a continuance.

Date of allegation Date of alleged abuse To whom complaint was made Accused abuser Outcome
2002 1980s Archdiocese 1 Accused Individual sued for defamation. All matters settled by providing limited assistance to Complainant.
1997 1975 Nancy Brown 2 Unsubstantiated
2002 1980 Archdiocese 2 Unsubstantiated
2002 1980 Archdiocese 2 Complainant reports her son wasabused. The son never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1998 Nancy Brown 3 Unsubstantiated: a hotline report was made by the Archdiocese.
2002 Unknown Phil Hengen 4 Referred to religious order.
2002 1969 and 1970 Phil Hengen 5 Made report
1994 1968-1970 Attorney for Archdiocese 5 Settlement
1994 1967-1970 Attorney for Archdiocese 5 Lawsuit
2002 1970 Phil Hengen 5 Assistance
2002 1970 Phil Hengen 5 Complainant (#10) reported that his brother was abused. Brother contacted the Archdiocese, but did not follow through.
1994 1967-1970 Attorney for Archdiocese 5 Settlement
1994 1967-1970 Rev. Bromschwig 5 Settlement
2002 1969 Nancy Brown 5 Complainant reports her son was abused. The son never contacted the Archdiocese.
1994 1967-1970 Attorney for Archdiocese 5 Settlement
1994 Unknown Phil Hengen 5 Lawsuit
1994 1963-1967 Attorney for Archdiocese 5 Settlement
1994 1967 Attorney for Archdiocese 5 Settlement
1999 1971-1972 Bishop Sheridan 5 Settlement
1994 Some time between 1967-1970 Attorney for Archdiocese 5 Settlement
1993 1967-1970 Attorney for Archdiocese 5 Settlement
2002 1960s or 1970s Phil Hengen 6 Referred to religious order.
1994 1950-1955 Bishop Lucas 7 Assistance
1991 1955 or 1956 Claims to have written to Archbishop May in 1991, then to Phil Hengen in 2002 8 Unsubstantiated: encouraged to contact law enforcement. (8a, b, c, and d where vic can't ID abuser)
2002 1980s Phil Hengen 9 Unsubstantiated
2002 1970s Phil Hengen 10 Complainant reports two of her daughters were abused. Daughters never contacted the Archdiocese.
1995 1975-1981 Bishop Lucas 11 Settlement
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 12 Settlement
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 12 Person reported his friend was abused. Friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 12 Person reported his friend was abused. Friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 12 Person reported his friend was abused. Friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 12 Person reported his friend was abused. Friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
1998 1978-1979 Archdiocese 13 Unsubstantiated
2002 1973-1974 Bishop Dolan 14 Unsubstantiated. Report retracted.
1989 1988 Archdiocese 15 Made report
2002 Unknown Phil Hengen 15 Assistance offered
2002 Unknown Phil Hengen 15 Complainant (#35) reported that his friend was abused. Friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1972 Msgr. Sudekum 16 Referred to religious order
1995 1960s Archdiocese 17 Learned through a criminal trial involving therapist. Unsubstantiated.
2002 Unknown Phil Hengen 18 Made report
2002 Unknown Archdiocese 19 Complainant claims her son was sexually abused. Her son never contacted the Archdiocese.
1998 1974 Bishop Sheridan 19 Made report
1995 Unknown Bishop Naumann 19 Settlement
2002 Unknown Archdiocese 20 Referred to religious order, lawsuit
1996 1971 Archdiocese 21 Settlement
1992 1968-1970 Archdiocese 21 Made report
1991 1965 Archdiocese 21 Settlement
1994 1970 Phil Hengen 21 Settlement
2002 1971 Phil Hengen 21 Settlement
1997 Unknown Nancy Brown 21 Made report
2001 1962 Archbishop Rigali 22 Settlement
2002 1970 Bishop Dolan 23 Settlement
2002 1975 Archdiocese 24 Unsubstantiated
1997 1997 Kevin McInnis 25 Unsubstantiated
2002 1960s Sister Joan Andert 26 Unsubstantiated
2003 1998-1999 Archdiocese 27 Referred to religious order
2003 1998-1999 Archdiocese 27 Referred to religious order
2002 1980s Dan Henroid 28 Referred to the Diocese of Brooklyn
1996 1971 Archdiocese 29 Settlement
2003 Unknown Archdiocese 30 Unsubstantiated
1983 1983 Archdiocese 30 Unsubstantiated
Unknown 1993-1994 Nancy Brown 31 Unsubstantiated
1987 1984-1986 Archdiocese 32 Made report
1987 1984-1985 Archdiocese 32 Made report
1987 1984-1986 Archdiocese 32 Made report
1989 1980s Archdiocese 33 Settlement
2002 1979-1981 Phil Hengen 33 Settlement
1987 1986 Archdiocese 33 Settlement
1987 1986 Archdiocese 33 Settlement
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 33 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 33 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 33 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 33 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1978 Phil Hengen 34 Referred to religious order
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 35 Settlement
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 35 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 35 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 35 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 35 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 Unknown Archdiocese 36 Unsubstantiated
2003 1970s Archdiocese 37 Made report. No additional action.
1999 1964 Bishop Sheridan 37 Assistance
2002 Unknown Phil Hengen 38 Unsubstantiated: Complainant alleges that a friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1960s Archdiocese 38 Made report
2002 1970 Archdiocese 38 Made report
2003 Unknown Nancy Brown 38 Settlement
1994 1975-1978 Bishop Lucas 38 Settlement
1995 1959 Bishop Lucas 39 Settlement
1994 1963-1968 Archdiocese 39 Lawsuit
1998 1968-1972 Archdiocese 39 Settlement
1994 1959-63 Archdiocese 39 Settlement
1994 1968-72 Archdiocese 39 Made report
1999 1976 Archdiocese 39 Settlement
1999 1960s Archdiocese 39 Settlement
2002 1969-1973 Nancy Brown 40 Unsubstantiated: Complainant recanted.
2005 1990 Archdiocese 41 Made report
2005 1990 Archdiocese 41 Settlement
1996 1991-1992 Archdiocese 42 Settlement
2002 1991 Phil Hengen 43 Unsubstantiated
2002 1969-1973 Nancy Brown 44 Unsubstantiated
1991 1959-1961 Archdiocese 45 Settlement
1994 1993 Archdiocese 46 Settlement
2002 1977-1978 Archdiocese 47 Lawsuit
2002 Unknown Archdiocese 48 Complainant claims her son was abused. Son never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1969-1971 Archdiocese 48 Assistance
1995 1982 Bishop Lucas 49 Made report
1995 1982 Bishop Lucas 49 Made report
1998 1978 Bishop Sheridan 50 Made report
2002 1942-1946 Phil Hengen 51 Unsubstantiated
1992 1954-1963 Bishop Lucas 52 Lawsuit
1992 1963 Archdiocese 53 Assistance
2002 1990s Archdiocese 54 Settlement
2002 1980-1981 Claims to have reported to Rev. O'Brien in 1980 or 1981 and then to Phil Hengen 55 Complainant claims her son was abused. Son never contacted the Archdiocese.
1996 1978-1979 Archdiocese 55 Settlement
2002 1973 Archbishop Rigali 55 Made report
2002 1972-1980 Bishop Dolan 55 Settlement
2002 Unknown Nancy Brown 55 Complainant claims two of her sons were abused. Sons never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1985 Phil Hengen 55 Made report
2002 1972-1974 Phil Hengen 55 Settlement
1994 1956 Rev. Polizzi 56 Unsubstantiated
1993 1959 Rev. Polizzi 75 Unsubstantiated
1993 1955 or 1956 Bishop Lucas 57 Made report
1993 Unknown Bishop Lucas 57 Made report
2002 1967 Bishop Lucas 58 Made report
1993 1977-1980 and 1989 Bishop Dolan 59 Made report
Unknown Unknown Archdiocese 60 Settlement
1999 1984-1986 Archdiocese 61 Settlement
2002 1980s Archbishop Rigali 62 Lawsuit
2002 1980s Bishop Dolan 62 Settlement
2002 1982-1985 Phil Hengen 62 Settlement
2003 1992 Phil Hengen 62 Settlement
2003 1992 Archdiocese 62 Settlement
2002 1967-1968 Archdiocese 62 Settlement
2002 1980s Nancy Brown 63 Made report
1993 1985 Archdiocese 63 Settlement
2002 1960s Bishop Lucas 64 Unsubstantiated
2002 1975 Archbishop Rigali 65 Unsubstantiated
1999 1999 Phil Hengen 66 Referred to religious order
2002 1950s Bishop Sheridan 67 Unsubstiated by Department of Family Services
2002 1979 Archdiocese 68 Contacted by attorney on behalf of client
2002 1977-1979 or 1980 Archdiocese 68 Made report
1995 1983 Bishop Dolan 69 Unsubstantiated
2002 1956-1957 Bishop Lucas 70 Assistance
1994 1964 or 1965 Archdiocese 71 Settlement
1994 1956-1958 Bishop Lucas 72 Made report
1993 1963-1966 Bishop Lucas 73 Made report
1993 1955-1957 Bishop Lucas 73 Assistance
2002 Unknown Archdiocese 73 Settlement
1994 1956 Archdiocese 74 Made report
1996 1996 Kevin McInnis 76 DFS notified
1996 1996 Kevin McInnis 76 DFS notified
1996 1996 Kevin McInnis 76 DFS notified
1996 1996 Kevin McInnis 76 DFS notified
1996 1996 Kevin McInnis 76 DFS notified
1997 1962 Nancy Brown 77 Assistance
2002 1970 or 1971 Bishop Dolan 77 Settlement
2002 1968 or 1969 Nancy Brown 77 Settlement
2002 1980s Bishop Dolan 77 Complainant claims her son was abused. Son never contacted the Archdiocese.
1995 1985 Bishop Lucas 78 Unsubstantiated by Diocese of Steubenville
1993 1962-1968 Bishop Lucas 79 Lawsuit
2002 Unknown Phil Hengen 79 Unsubstantiated
1999 1999 Joyce Politte 80 DFS notified
1992 1982 Archdiocese 81 Referred to religious order.
2002 1969-1973 Nancy Brown 82 Unsubstantiated
2002 1960 Claims to have initially reported to the Archdiocese in 1960 and reported to the 83 Deceased
2002 1957-1958 Archbishop Rigali 83 Made report
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 84 Settlement
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 84 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 84 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 84 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 84 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
Unknown Unknown Rev. Ullrich 85 Made report
1988 1988 Archdiocese 85 Police investigation
2002 1972-1974 Bishop Dolan 85 Made report
2002 1975-1977 Archdiocese 85 Settlement
2002 Unknown Rev. Seper 85 Made report
2002 1971-1979 Phil Hengen 85 Made report
2005 1990-1991 Archdiocese 86 Unsubstantiated: DFS Contacted
1991 1990-1991 Rev. Polizzi 86 Unsubstantiated: DFS Contacted
2002 Unknown Bishop Dolan 87 Unsubstantiated
1998 1998 Mike Kalist 88 Reported to police
1994 1952 and 1955 Archdiocese 89 Made report
1999 1970s Archdiocese 90 Lawsuit involving former priest of the Diocese of Belleville
2002 1950s Dan Henroid 91 Made report
1994 1984-1994 Archdiocese 92 Settlement
1994 1980s Archdiocese 92 Made report
2002 Unknown Bishop Dolan 93 Complainant believes her husband's sons were abused. Sons never contacted the Archdiocese.
1998 1991 - 1992 academic year Eighth grade teacher 94 Reported to police
1995 1945 Attorney for Archdiocese 95 Complainant believes her brother was abused. Brother never contacted the Archdiocese
2002 1974-1976 Bishop Dolan 96 Unsubstantiated
1993 1970s Bishop Lucas 97 Complainant believes at least one of her sons have been abused. None of her sons have contacted the Archdiocese. Referred to diocese
1993 1971-1973 Archbishop Rigali 97 Referred to diocese
2002 Unknown Archdiocese 98 Unsubstantiated: Anonymous letter
2002 1970 Phil Hengen 98 Settlement
2005 not stated Archdiocese 98 Settlement
1999 1976 Bishop Sheridan 98 Settlement
1991 1980s Bishop Zipfel 98 Assistance
1986 1980s Archdiocese 98 DFS notified
1986 1980s Archdiocese 98 DFS notified
1986 1980s Archdiocese 98 DFS notified
1986 1980s Archdiocese 98 DFS notified
Unknown Unknown Archdiocese 98 Complainant claims her son was abused. Son never contacted the Archdiocese.
1986 1980s Archdiocese 98 DFS notified
1986 1980s Archdiocese 98 DFS notified
1986 1980s Archdiocese 98 DFS notified
1986 1980s Archdiocese 98 DFS notified
1986 1980s Archdiocese 98 DFS notified
1997 1993 Richard Hennicke 99 Police notified
2002 1969 Phil Hengen 100 Referred to religious order
2002 1970-1971 Phil Hengen 101 Assistance
2002 Unknown Archdiocese 102 Made report
2002 1951, 1965 Phil Hengen 103 Referred to religious orders
2002 1950 Phil Hengen 104 Referred to religious order
2005 Unknown Re. Ullrich 105 Made report
1992 1981 Archdiocese 106 Unsubstantiated
2002 1983 Nancy Brown 107 Made report
1995 1982 Archdiocese 107 Settlement
1995 1982 Archdiocese 107 Settlement
1995 1982 Archdiocese 107 Settlement
2002 1973-1974 Phil Hengen 107 Unsubstantiated
1998 1998 Archdiocese 108 Unsubstantiated
1998 1998 Archdiocese 108 Unsubstantiated
1998 1998 Archdiocese 108 Unsubstantiated
2002 1960s Archdiocese 109 Made report
2002 Unknown Archdiocese 110 Lawsuit
2002 1997-2000 Archdiocese 111 Settlement
2003 1986-1988 Archdiocese 112 Settlement
1995 1970s Archdiocese 112 Complainant claims her two sons were abused. Sons never contacted the Archdiocese.
2003 1972 or 1973 Archdiocese 112 Lawsuit
2003 1989-1994 Archdiocese 112 Settlement
2003 1972 or 1973 Archdiocese 112 Settlement
1989 1973-1974 Archdiocese 112 Settlement
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 113 Settlement
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 113 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 113 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 113 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1979-1981 Archdiocese 113 Person reported his friend was abused. The friend never contacted the Archdiocese.
2002 1966-1967 Nancy Brown 114 Unsubstantiated
2002 1951 or 1952 Phil Hengen 114 Assistance
2002 1951 Phil Hengen 115 Referred to religious order

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Jennifer S. Mann is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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