More ‘Under The Radar’ Publicly Accused St. Louis Accused Priests
--Fr. Julian Haas, whose status is listed as “removed from ministry / under supervision” on a list of credibly accused Capuchin Franciscans (based inDenver, 303-477-5436 or [email protected], [email protected]).
Fr. Haas worked in Rome, Kansas, Pennsylvania, two Colorado cities (Denver and Colorado Springs) and two St. Louis locations: St. Crispin Friary and St. Patrick Friary. He reportedly abused in the 1970s and 1980s and faces more than one accuser.
--Fr. Benignus Scarry, who was born in 1944, reportedly left the Capuchin Franciscan religious order in 2016. He worked in two Kansas cities (Lawrence and Hays), two in Colorado (Denver and Colorado Springs) and in St. Louis at the St. Crispin Friary.
--Fr. Perry L. Robinson, who was sent to St. Luke's Institute in Maryland for treatment twice in the 1980s. He was fired from his long-time high school teaching position in Milwaukee in 1988 for taking nude photographs of students, and was quietly transferred to a parish in Omaha, NE. In 2011, he was removed from ministry in Omaha after a man informed the Omaha archbishop of the earlier allegations against Robinson. The man also stated that Robinson had given him an inappropriate backrub in the early 1980s when he was one of Robinson's high school students in Milwaukee.
Last year, his name was included in the Midwest Jesuits list of credibly accused clerics.
According to the Official Catholic Directory, from 1972-1973, he was in St. Louis at the Lewis Memorial Jesuit Community.
--Fr. Timothy F. Keppel is a priest of the Congregation of the Resurrection who worked in the San Bernardino diocese. In 2013, his church supervisors announced that Fr. Keppel allegedly molested a child in the late 1970s in San Bernardino. Following an investigation, both the diocese and the Congregation of the Resurrection concluded that there was reasonable cause to suspect that inappropriate sexual behavior with a child did occur. Consequently, Fr. Keppel was removed from public ministry. His was included in the San Bernardino diocese’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. According to San Bernardino church officials, he is permanently banned from ministry in the diocese.
From 1982-1983, he was at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Spanish Lake.
-- Fr. Marvin Archuleta who, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican, “was sent to the Vianney Renewal Center near St. Louis, which offered ‘rehabilitation and reconciliation’ for priests and was a stopping point for clergy accused of abuse.” He’s now wearing a GPS monitoring bracelet as he awaits trial.
--Fr. Clarence J. Vavra, who in 2003, was named by the St. Paul archdiocese as having a substantiated claim of sexual abuse of a minor.
He was sent to the St. Michael’s Center here for treatment in 1996. The year before, he admitted sexually assaulting several kids on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Yet no Catholic official ever told anyone about him.
After receiving in-patient and out-patient treatment here, he was allowed to return to ministry from 1998-2003 before he was finally removed (but not defrocked). He received an extra stipend every month until 2012. Fr. Vavra attracted no publicity at all until 2013.
--Fr. George M. Miller, a Los Angeles priest who in 1997 was kicked out of his archdiocese (“you will not be able to return to priestly ministry here inLos Angeles” wrote then-Cardinal Roger Mahony).
Last year, he was sued again for abuse. In 2002, he was arrested on abuse charges. The following year, those charges were dropped due to a US Supreme Court ruling. In 2008, he pled guilty to other child sex charges. Miller faced at least six accusers and spent time in prison.
He was sent here for treatment in 1996 at the St. Michael’s Center “for allegations of sexual abuse and molestation (page 41).
-- Fr. Patrick J. Cotter, who was born in Ireland and ordained in Los Angeles but in 1966 was at St. Vincent’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO.
In 2002, a Los Angeles Times article stated that detectives investigated allegations that Fr. Cotter abused a girl from 1962 to 1964. Fr. Cotter has also been accused of abuse at a different church in West Hollywood from 1973 to 1975. In 1975, the LA archdiocese’s personnel board recommended that Fr. Cotter retire.
At least two survivors have come forward alleging abuse by Fr. Cotter and he was named in a civil lawsuit in 2003. His name was included on the Los Angeles archdiocese’ 2004 list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Fr. Cotter was last known to be living in Pasadena, CA.