Known Clergy Sexual Abusers in Arizona

Over the last year, Catholic Dioceses from across the United States have released lists of known clergy sexual abusers. There’s no greater breach of trust than when someone in a position of power and authority sexually abuses someone. These acts have devastating effects on victims. Forester Haynie is an advocate for victims of clergy abuse as well as for anyone abused by a person in a position of power. Already, more than 3,000 civil lawsuits have been filed on behalf of victims of clergy abuse. Here are the names of known abusers in the state of Arizona:

  • Solomon Bandiho. Arrested 12/14 on suspicion of child prostitution. Removed from ministry.
  • George Bredemann. Abused 15 boys before becoming a priest and at least 8 after. Arrested in 1988 and sentenced to 1 year of jail in 1989 and lifetime probation. Laicized 2003. Died in prison 4/12.
  • Joseph Cervantez Briceno. Placed on leave in 1992 after accusations he abused two siblings in early 1980s. Privileges removed in 2002 and indicted in 2003. Pled guilty in 2006 and was sentenced to 2 years of prison and 3 years of probation.
  • Richard Butler. Subject of credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors. Deceased 1988.
  • William Byrne. Accused of molesting a youth in 1970s. Suit filed in 1999. Involved in multiple settlements. Deceased 1991.
  • Patrick Callanan. Allegation received in 2002 of abuse of a minor. Deceased 1975.
  • Carlos Cocio. Suspended from ministry in 1993 after allegations of sexual misconduct with an adult and further allegation of abuse of a child. On leave.
  • Patrick Colleary. Accused in 2002 of abusing a minor in 1979. Arrested 2002 but released. Civil suit filed and settled.
  • Jorge Washington Cordova Hernandez. Accused of abusing two teenage girls. Indicted.
  • Ron DeChant. Arrested in 1984 for sexual misconduct with minors. Deceased 1984.
  • John Doran. Accused of abuse in 1963. Deceased 1997.
  • George Dyke. Credible accusations of child molestation. Laicized in 1968 and deceased 1971.
  • Laurence Florez. Two men claimed abuse over several years. Civil suit filed in 1993. Deceased.
  • Dale Fushek. Civil suit settled 2002. Accused of sexual harassment. Criminal charges filed in 2005 for abusing five minors. Another suit in 2005 alleged he gave a youth alcohol and sexually assaulted a minor. That suit settled in 2006. Laicized in 2010.
  • John Maurice Giandelone. Arrested in 1984 and confessed he molested minors. Pled guilty in 1985 to attempted sexual misconduct with a minor. Voluntarily left priesthood.
  • Charles Gielow. Faced allegations of abuse of a minor in 2014. Deceased 1980.
  • Robert Gluch. 2002 suit alleged abuse of a youth in the 1960s. Sued twice in 2003.
  • Harold Graf. Graf was suspended in 2002 for sexual misconduct with a child. Permanently barred from ministry.
  • Juan Guillen. Pled guilty in 2003 to abuse of three boys. Received 10 year sentence and lifetime probation. Involved in multiple settlements. Removed from priesthood in 2005.
  • Joseph Henn. Civil suit filed in 2003 by one accuser and jury indicted him with 13 counts of child sexual abuse. Civil suit settled.
  • Jose Hurtado. One outstanding civil suit. Deceased 1981.
  • Richard Judd. Accused of abuse in 2003. Deceased in 1988.
  • Sung Lam. Accused in 1993 of lewd and lascivious acts.
  • Karl LeClaire. Placed on leave 2001. Man filed suit 2002 alleging he abused him for 7 years. Sentenced to 1 year and 3 years of probation.
  • Mark Lehman. Placed on leave 1990. Sentenced in 1992 to 10 years of prison for child sexual abuse. Laicized in 2006.
  • Joseph Lessard. Admitted in 1986 to sexually abusing a minor. Removed from ministry in 2002.
  • Jorge Ortiz Lopez. Man filed suit in 1994 alleging he was molested as a minor. Suit settled in 1996.
  • Saul Madrid. Man filed suit alleging he sexually assaulted him when he was a minor. Resigned 2002 and civil suit settled 2005.
  • Fernando Manzo. Civil suit filed in 2004 by his nephew alleging abuse over several years. Removed from priesthood in 2010.
  • Lucien Meunier. Named in many lawsuits filed between 1998 and 2004.
  • Francis Miller. Accused of child molestation in 2003. Placed on leave.
  • Michael Minogue. Accused of sexual harassment of a young man. Resigned in 2005. Reinstated in 2007.
  • Ray Miranda. Accused in 2003 of child molestation. Suspended from ministry in 1983.
  • Harry Morgan. Arrested in 1975 on charges he a bused a minor child Pled no contest. Deceased 1995.
  • Thomas J. O’Brien. Admitted in 2003 to covering up child sex abuse by priests. Resigned and convicted in 2004. Deceased 2018.
  • John Oliver. Accused in 1967 of child molestation and pled guilty and served 6 years in jail. Deceased 2011.
  • Maxwell Pelton. Arrested in 2009 and charged with molesting a minor child for several months. Named in civil suit. Deceased 2010.
  • Henry Perez. Accused of abuse in the 90s and left priesthood to marry. Indicted in 2003 for abuse of two through the 70s-80s. Deceased 2003.
  • George Pirrung. Man accused him in 2003 of abusing him as a child in the 1950s. Removed from priesthood.
  • Thomas Patrick Purcell. Accused in 2002 of child molestation. Convicted in 2003 of abusing a minor child. Suspended from ministry.
  • Paul Ranft. Woman alleged in 2004 that he abused her in the 1960s. Deceased 2001.
  • James Rausch. Man in 2001 accused him of having a sexual relationship with him as a minor. Deceased 1981.
  • Claudio Riol. Accused of abuse in 2004 and named in a 2005 civil suit of abuse. Deceased.
  • Rosaria Riter. Accused of abuse in 2003. Deceased 1996.
  • Walter Rosenweig. Man sued in 1996 alleging abuse. Suit settled in 1997. Placed on leave in 1996 and named in second suit in 2003.
  • Charles Rourke. Accused of child abuse in the 70s. Suspended from ministry in 1984. Deceased 1993.
  • Marcel Salinas. One outstanding lawsuit named Salinas as an abuser. Deceased 1997.
  • Julian Sanz. Placed on leave in 2002 after youth said he had been molested. Arrested in 2003 on 2 counts of sexual abuse of a child. Sentenced to 5 years in 2003. Removed from priesthood in 2010.
  • Clemens Schlueter. Accused and suspended in 2002 after abuse stemming from the 1960s. Deceased 2009.
  • Byron Wayne Schoolcraft. Accused in 2011 and suspended from ministry.
  • Wilputte Sherwood. Arrested 1984 and 1986 for public indecency. Arrested and convicted in 1993 of sexual contact and with a minor child. Sentenced to 10 years in prison. Arrested again in 2008.
  • John Spaulding. Removed without faculties in 2001 when he was accused of sexual misconduct with a minor in the 1980s. Laicization recommended in 2014.
  • Phillip Speers. Accused of abusing at least 5 minor children in 1999-2000. $1.8M settlement in 2003. Convicted in 2002. Sentenced to 34 years in prison.
  • Steven Stencil. Accused of child sexual abuse in 2000. Removed from priesthood in 2011.
  • Floyd Stromberg. Accused in 2002 of sexual misconduct with minors. Placed on leave in 2002 after confirming a 1966 allegation. Deceased 2007.
  • Richard Suttle. Accused in 2008 of sexual abuse in the 190s.
  • Michael Teta. Abuse alleged from 1978-1980. Placed on leave in 1991. Involved in several lawsuits. Laicized in 2004.
  • James Thompson. Accused in 2004 of child sexual abuse. Deceased 1982.
  • Robert Trupia. Suspended in 1992 after allegations of child sexual abuse and suspended in 1992. Involved in several lawsuits. Laicized in 2004.
  • Gary Underwood. Arraigned in 2006 on 8 counts of molesting two minor children. Pled guilty in 2008. Sentenced to 10 years of prison and lifetime probation in 2008.
  • Kenneth Van de Ven. Accused of sexual harassment of a young male and placed on leave in 2005.
  • John William Vovko. Convicted in 1990 and sentenced to 1 year in jail for trying to molest a minor child and given lifetime probation.
  • Richard Zamorano. Accused in 2006 of sexually abusing a mentally disabled man. Civil suit filed in 2014.

Forester Haynie is an advocate for victims of clergy abuse as well as for anyone abused by a person in a position of power.  If you have suffered sexual abuse by a member of the clergy or a person of authority please fill out the form or call us at (888) 869-8100. Our firm offers free consultations to help you access compensation and help with your recovery.  We stand ready to assist you, and we stand ready to hold these institutions to accountable

In the U.S. legal system, all accused persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. This chart is based generally on allegations reported publicly in the media or publicly filed in the courts. Forester Haynie does not confirm the accuracy of any actual allegation, and this chart is not a representation of the legal case history of an individual. Reasonable efforts have been made to ensure accuracy.

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