11 from Je­suit Prep on list

Or­der re­leases names of those ‘cred­i­bly ac­cused’ in sex abuse of mi­nors

The Dallas Morning News - - Front Page - By DAVID TAR­RANT Staff Writer dtar­[email protected]­las­news.com

Eleven men who pre­vi­ously worked at a Dal­las high school were in­cluded on a list re­leased Fri­day of clergy mem­bers “cred­i­bly ac­cused” of sex­ual abuse of a mi­nor.

None of the 42 priests and re­li­gious broth­ers on the list — pub­lished on­line by Je­suits of the USA Cen­tral and South­ern Prov­ince — cur­rently serves in the pub­lic min­istry, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment ac­com­pa­ny­ing the list. Many served in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s.

Of the 11 clergy mem­bers who worked at Je­suit Col­lege Prepara­tory School of Dal­las, eight are now dead. And many on the list had al­ready been ac­cused pub­licly.

“These al­le­ga­tions in­volve heinous acts com­mit­ted many years ago,” said Michael Ears­ing, Je­suit Dal­las pres­i­dent, in a writ­ten state­ment. “I per­son­ally know of no cred­i­ble re­ports of sex­ual mis­con­duct with a mi­nor oc­cur­ring here in more than 20 years.”

The list’s re­lease comes as the Catholic Church world­wide con­tin­ues to deal with its sex abuse cri­sis and al­le­ga­tions of cover­ups. As part of an ef­fort to­ward more trans­parency, many dio­ce­ses and re­li­gious or­

ders have pub­lished sim­i­lar lists of “cred­i­bly ac­cused” priests.

Je­suit Prep cases

The Dal­las Dio­cese — which was deal­ing with al­le­ga­tions against a priest at St. Ce­cilia Catholic Church in Oak Cliff — this year hired a team of for­mer law en­force­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tors to comb through its files of clergy mem­bers. All of the dio­ce­ses in Texas have vowed to re­lease lists by the end of Jan­uary of clergy mem­bers who have been “cred­i­bly ac­cused” since 1950.

The Je­suit list re­leased Fri­day in­cludes three priests and a brother who were cred­i­bly ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct with mi­nors dur­ing the time they worked at the Dal­las school, ac­cord­ing to Ears­ing’s state­ment. The 34­acre cam­pus is near In­ter­state 635 and the Dal­las North Toll­way.

The four are:

■ Don Dick­er­son. Served in Dal­las 1980­81. Es­ti­mated time frame of abuse: 1970s and 1980s. Re­moved from min­istry: 1986.

■ Thomas Naughton. Served in Dal­las 1973­79. Es­ti­mated time frame of abuse: 1970s. Re­moved from min­istry: 2002.

■ Claude Ory, the re­li­gious brother. Served in Dal­las 1966­67 and 1987­94. Es­ti­mated time frame of abuse: 1970s. Re­moved from min­istry in 2007 and lives un­der su­per­vi­sion.

■ Vin­cent Malat­esta. Served in Dal­las 1981­85. Es­ti­mated time frame of abuse: 1980s. Re­moved from min­istry: 2002.

The Dal­las Morn­ing News in 2002 re­ported on the past al­le­ga­tions against Dick­er­son, Naughton and Ory.

Naughton, who was the school’s pres­i­dent, died in 2012. Dick­er­son died this year.

Ory in 2002 ad­mit­ted pro­vid­ing al­co­hol to mi­nors but de­nied any sex­ual wrong­do­ing. He did not re­spond to a mes­sage seek­ing com­ment.

Malat­esta, who is listed as hav­ing “a sin­gle ac­cu­sa­tion” deemed cred­i­ble, also did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a mes­sage seek­ing com­ment.

Con­nec­tions to Dal­las

At least seven oth­ers ac­cused of mis­con­duct with a mi­nor else­where had been as­signed at some point to Je­suit Dal­las, ac­cord­ing to Easling. They are:

■ Claude Boudreaux: Served in Dal­las 1967­73. Es­ti­mated time frame of abuse: 1960s. Re­moved from min­istry: 2004.

■ Charles Coyle: Served in Dal­las 1959­60. Es­ti­mated time frame of abuse: 1960s to 1970s. Re­moved from min­istry in 2002.

■ Tom Hid­ding: Served in Dal­las 1982­83. Es­ti­mated time frame of abuse: 1980s. Re­moved from min­istry in 2002.

■ Fran­cis Landw­er­meyer: Served in Dal­las 1958­59 and 1960­61. Es­ti­mated time frame of abuse: 1960s and 1970s. Re­moved from min­istry: 2010.

■ Vin­cent Or­lando: Served in Dal­las 1968­71 and 1975­79. Es­ti­mated time frame of abuse: 1980s. Re­moved from min­istry in 2002 and lives un­der su­per­vi­sion.

■ Nor­man Rogge: Served in Dal­las 1958­60. Es­ti­mated time frame of abuse: 1960s and 1970s. Re­moved from min­istry: 2002.

■ Ben­jamin Wren: Served in Dal­las 1955­58 and 1962­63. Es­ti­mated time frame of abuse: 1970s to 1980s.

Six of those seven clergy mem­bers have died. Or­lando did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a mes­sage seek­ing com­ment.

The News pre­vi­ously re­ported that Or­lando had once been sus­pended from a Catholic school in Tampa, Fla., after an ac­cu­sa­tion of mo­lesta­tion in 1985. Or­lando had also been ac­cused of try­ing to fon­dle a pair of stu­dents on a ski trip in late 1983 and 1984.

En­hanced screen­ing

Hid­ding was ac­cused of mo­lest­ing a stu­dent in Tampa be­fore he trans­ferred to Dal­las. He was re­moved from a Mi­ami parish in 2002 after those ac­cu­sa­tions were deemed cred­i­ble.

Rogge was also the sub­ject of a 2002 story in The News. Rogge, who died in 2009, pleaded guilty in 1967 to con­tribut­ing the delin­quency of a mi­nor for grop­ing a 14­year­old. He re­ceived three years of pro­ba­tion. In 1985, he pleaded no con­test to a lewd­ness charge. He and two adult friends — in­clud­ing a pre­vi­ously con­victed child mo­lester — had spent two days nude and mas­tur­bated in front of an 11­year­old boy.

Ears­ing said Je­suit has had en­hanced screen­ing and back­ground checks “in place for sev­eral years.”

James Kramer, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Je­suit Dal­las, said the re­ ac­tion from the Je­suit com­mu­nity so far has been “rel­a­tively quiet.”

“The over­all tone of the re­sponse has been sup­port­ive,” he said.

The U.S. Cen­tral and South­ern Prov­ince of the So­ci­ety of Je­sus over­sees Je­suits in 12 states, in­clud­ing Texas. Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment from the prov­ince, the men on the list have all had at least one cred­i­ble al­le­ga­tion made against them, based on stan­dards set by the Con­fer­ence of Ma­jor Su­pe­ri­ors of Men, an um­brella group of re­li­gious or­ders.

The state­ment said that in­clu­sion on this list “does not im­ply that the al­le­ga­tions are true and cor­rect or that the ac­cused in­di­vid­ual has been found guilty of a crime or li­able for civil claims. In many in­stances, the al­le­ga­tions were made sev­eral years or decades after the al­leged events.”

Tom Fox/staff Pho­tog­ra­pher

“These al­le­ga­tions in­volve heinous acts com­mit­ted many years ago,” said Michael Ears­ing, pres­i­dent of Je­suit Col­lege Prepara­tory School of Dal­las. “I per­son­ally know of no cred­i­ble re­ports of sex­ual mis­con­duct with a mi­nor oc­cur­ring here in more than 20 years.”

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