Fact sheet on St. Louis area accused priests still “under the radar” (2/19)

This is the fact sheet that was passed out today at the St. Louis press event. This is a fact sheet on the accused priests that remain under the radar in Missouri.

Fr. Francis J. Daubert is a Maryknoll priest who was a chaplain to the Maryknoll Sisters’ Novitiate in Valley Park. In 2016 a lawsuit against him settled. In it, Daubert was accused of raping a 12-year-old boy in Hawaii while filling in for a vacationing pastor. He was said to have tied the child with ropes in a "game," then sodomized and assaulted him for six hours. The accuser said he told his mother that night; she called the parish and Daubert was moved from the parish but continued in ministry.

He also worked in China and Manhattan and at a hospital.




Fr. James F. Talbot is a Jesuit who is accused of sexually assaulting at least fourteen boys and who pleaded guilty to raping at least two kids in MA. Before his second conviction last year in Maine, he lived at the Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer, MO, according to BishopAccountability.org  



Talbot worked in Massachusetts, Maine and Jamaica and spent time at two other treatment centers: St. Luke Institute in Silver Springs MD and the Massachusetts Treatment Center for the Sexually Dangerous in Bridgewater MA.



Fr. Eric A. Schlachter (sometimes spelled "Shlachter) was a StLouis archdiocesan seminarian who attended Kenrick in Shrewsbury. He transferred to the Jefferson City diocese where he appeared on its recently released “accused” list after being found by the bishop to be “unsuitable for ministry out of concern for the safety of our youth.”

He worked in 11 Missouri towns (Jefferson City, Hannibal, Boonville, Clarence, Chamois, Morrison, Pilot Grove, Clear Creek, Shelbina, Kahoka and Wayland).





Fr. John P. Connor, who spent time in at least three dioceses in three states and apparently abused in two of them. He was ‘outed’ last week by the Camden NJ diocese and put on its ‘accused’ list.


The assignment list provided by the Camden Diocese shows Connor's last assignment was the Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer MO.

In 1984, Connor was arrested in New Jersey for sexually molesting a 14-year-old child. Camden church officials negotiated a pre-trial intervention with the prosecutor so he never went to trial. Connor was to admit to sexual molestation and have his record erased if he was not re-arrested within a year.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in 2015, Pittsburgh church officials reached a "five-figure" settlement with a man who claimed he was sexually abused as a boy by Connor.



Fr. Ronald John Luka, a Claretian who was accused in two 2002 civil lawsuits of abusing boys at a Ft. Lauderdale FL Catholic school. One suit against him settled for $150,000. Luka also allegedly molested in New York and worked in Chicago. In 2003, he lived at a church-run facility called Wounded Brothers Project just outside St. Louis and may still be there now.


(Photos of Talbot  and Daubert are available at BishopAccountability.org)

Questions: David Clohessy 314 566 9790, [email protected]

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