11 from Jesuit Prep on list
Order releases names of those ‘credibly accused’ in sex abuse of minors
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.
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.”
“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.”