Publicly accused Gary area abusive priests ‘under the radar’

--Fr. Bernard "Barney" McMeel, who was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1954. He also worked in 24 assignments in two Alaska dioceses (1955-1978), nine in Montana (1978 until his death 1994) and one in California (1954-1955).

In a 2006 civil lawsuit, he was accused – along with fellow Jesuit Fr. Andrew Eordogh - of having sexually abused a boy in Holy Cross, Alaska, beginning when the boy was four years old in 1967. His accuser said Fr. McMeel "handed him off" to Fr. Eordogh when Fr. McMeel left in 1968 to become Superior Regular of Jesuits in Alaska.

--Fr. Walter George DeRoeck, who was a Chicago priest ordained in 1971. He resigned in 2001 and in 2006 was listed on the Chicago archiocesan ‘accused’ list. He "often" took boys to a vacation home he had in Michigan City with other priests, according to church records.(see AOC 012852)

-- Fr. Stephen J. Muth, who is a Toronto native but was ordained in Gary in 1982. He also worked in Canada, Ohio, Missouri, Texas, Kansas and three cities in California (San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Clara).  A Byzantine Catholic priest, Muth was ordained in Toronto, Ontario in 1982. He later worked in several U.S. Roman Catholic dioceses as well as U.S. Byzantine Rite Eparchies. He was accused in 2006 of having sexually abused a 12 year-old boy in Wichita, KS in 1992.

From 2010-2011, he was at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Whiting Indiana but since then, his whereabouts are unknown.

--Fr. Chester (Czelaw) Pryzbylo, who was educated in Poland but worked most of his career in Chicago. He worked in dioceses in Joliet, Allentown, Syracuse, Madison and Milwaukee. Most recently he headed The Shrine of Christ the King church in Winfield Illinois.

In a lawsuit filed in 2006 plaintiff a man charged that from 1987-1992, the priest repeatedly abused the then 13 year old Polish immigrant boy in Chicago. According to church documents, Przybylo also allegedly sodomized a different teenager.

In 1984, a high-ranking Milwaukee archdiocesan staffer wrote that he thought Przybylo "is paranoid," "crazy," and that "Przybylo tried to proposition a priest." 

Another Chicago archdiocese document states that "Fr. Przybylo was known as "Chester the Molester" by the police officers in the neighborhood." 

In 2007, Przybylo sued the victim, the victim's attorneys, SNAP, and a national research group called, claiming slander. An abuse case against him settled for $1,375,000.

According to, Przybylo has been affiliated with the Our Lady of the Rosary Shrine in Whiting, Indiana.

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