List of Colorado Catholic Priests Accused of Childhood Sexual Abuse

List of Colorado Catholic Priests Accused of Childhood Sexual Abuse

More than 50 Colorado Catholic priests have been identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse.

During the week of November 30, 2020, the Colorado Attorney General cited nine new priests, in addition to the 43 individuals named in the initial October 2019 report, of sexually abusing children in their congregations. 

The 52 priests are collectively guilty of sexually abusing at least 212 children between 1950 and 2020. Two priests out of the Denver Archdiocese are responsible for 80 of the incidents; Father Harold Robert White sexually abused 62 children, and Father Leonard Abercrombie has been connected to 18 victims. These are the highest numbers of reported abuse among the 52 priests.

List of Priests Named by the Colorado Attorney General

The following priests, organized based on their location, have been accused of at least one count of childhood sexual abuse. The nine priests newly identified on December 1, 2020, are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Denver Priests

The identified priests out of the Denver Archdiocese are:

  • Father Leonard Abercrombie,
  • Father Robert Banigan,
  • Father Thomas Barry,
  • Father Joseph Bosetti,
  • Father Charles Brown,
  • Father Rafael Jairo Calle,
  • Father Timothy Evans,
  • Father Edward Fraczkowski,
  • Father Kenneth Funk*, 
  • Father Neil Hewitt,
  • Father John V. Holloway,
  • Father Daniel Kelleher*,
  • Father Delisle Lemieux,
  • Father John J. McGinn,
  • Father James Moreno*,
  • Father Francis Pettit,
  • Father James Rasby,
  • Father Leonard Scezney,
  • Father John Harley Schmitt,
  • Father Gregory Smith*,
  • Father Lawrence St. Peter,
  • Father John Stein,
  • Father George Weibel,
  • Father Charles Woodrich*,
  • Father Robert Whipkey,
  • Father Harold Robert White, and
  • Father Thomas Woerth.

This list is accurate as of December 1, 2020.

Colorado Springs Priests

Currently, Father William Martinez is the only priest out of the Colorado Springs Diocese accused of sexual abuse. 

Pueblo Priests

The Colorado Attorney General’s report listed the following priests out of the Pueblo Diocese:

  • Father John Beno,
  • Father Delbert Blong,
  • Father Leo Bonfadini,
  • Father Walter Buetzler,
  • Father Andrew Burke,
  • Father Michael Descoise,
  • Father William Gleeson,
  • Father William Groves,
  • Father John A. Haberthier,
  • Monsignor Marvin Kapushion*, 
  • Father Gary Kennedy,
  • Father Michael J. Krol,
  • Father Daniel C. Maio,
  • Father Philip Marin,
  • Father John Martin,
  • Father Clifford A. Norman,
  • Father Joseph Reade, 
  • Father Duane Repola*, 
  • Father Lawrence Sievers,
  • Father Carlos Trujillo*, and
  •  Father Joseph Walsh*.

This list is accurate as of December 1, 2020.

Contact an Attorney if You Are a Victim of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Unfortunately, there could be more individuals who were sexually abused by these or other Colorado Catholic priests. The attorneys at Denver Trial Layers encourage any childhood sexual abuse victims to contact our sexual abuse attorneys.

Attorneys Michael Nimmo and Parker Stinar have national litigation experience advocating for sexual abuse victims. Currently, they represent more than 150 survivors of sexual abuse against the University of Michigan and the now-deceased Dr. Robert Anderson.

Both attorneys are members of the American Association of Justice Sexual Assault Litigation Group and have previous experience with sexual abuse cases. Attorneys Nimmo and Stinar have the knowledge and persistence to fight for justice for sexual abuse victims, and, equally as important, they approach these cases with sensitivity and compassion.

As the Attorney General’s investigation continues to develop, anyone sexually abused by a Colorado Catholic priest is encouraged to contact Denver Trial Lawyers ® at 303-536-5996 to discuss their case. Our attorneys have the expertise and sensitivity to advocate for you.