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THE LIST: These are the priests who were ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse across Alaska

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Below is the full list of priests who were stationed in Alaska and have been credibly accused of sexual abuse, according to Jesuits West. This list has been supplemented with a report by the Diocese of Fairbanks that lists “all known individuals, including priests, religious, lay employees and volunteers against whom a complaint of sexual abuse has been filed by one or more individuals” and against whom the abuse has been proven, admitted or “credibly accused.”

[Jesuits identify 33 Alaska clergy and volunteers ‘credibly accused’ of sexually abusing children]

Rev. Rene Astruc (France)

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1959-67; mid-1960s; 1965-66; 1975; 1982-85

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 3

Status: Deceased, June 28, 2002

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1950-51

- St. Michael’s Mission, St. Michael’s. 1956-62

- St. John Berchmans Church, Galena. 1962-63

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1963-64

- St. Mary’s Mission, St. Marys. 1964-70

- Jesuit Residence, Anchorage. 1970-80

- St. Joseph’s Church, Kotlik. 1980-82

- Jesuit Residence, Anchorage. 1982-96

- Bro. Joe Prince Community, St. Marys. 1998-2002


Joseph A. Balfe

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1934-40; 1959-61

Status: Deceased, Sept. 29, 1969

Alaska assignments:

- Immaculate Conception Church, Fairbanks. 1943-44.


Rev. Charles Bartles (New Orleans)

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1973-74; 1978

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 1

Status: Deceased, July 28, 1993

Alaska assignments:

- Our Lady of Snows Church, Nulato. 1978-82

- St. John Berchmans Church, Galena. 1982-86

- Immaculate Conception Church, Bethel. 1986-88


Alaska Brother Robert L. Benish

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1954; 1961-62

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 2

Status: Deceased, April 24, 1991.

Alaska assignments:

- St. Mary’s Mission, Akulurak. 1946-75

- Jesuit Community, Anchorage. 1975-76

- St. Marys school, St. Marys. 1976-87

- Jesuit Residence, Fairbanks. 1987-89


Arnold L. Cluster

Note: Included in Jesuits West list, previously published in former Oregon Province bankruptcy filings.

Status: Deceased, March 2, 1969

Alaska assignments:

- Sacred Heart Church, Seward. 1952-61


Rev. Jules M. Convert (France)

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1954-60, 1961-63; 1966-69; 1970-78

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 38

Status: Deceased, July 28, 1995

Alaska assignments:

- St. Theresa Church, Hooper Bay. 1942-45

- Sacred Heart Mission, Kashunak. 1945-47

- Sacred Heart Mission, Chevak. 1948-49

- St. Michael’s Mission, St. Michael’s. 1949-54

- Holy Cross Mission. Holy Cross. 1954-56

- St. Teresa’s Church, Kaltag. 1956-67

- Immaculate Conception Church, Fairbanks. 1967-68

- St. Ann’s Church, Teller. 1968-69


Rev. Robert F. Corrigal

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor, 1959, 1968-72

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 1

Status: Deceased, May 20, 1988

Alaska assignments:

- St. Mary’s Mission, St. Marys. 1961-63

- Immaculate Conception Church, Bethel. 1963-65

- Immaculate Conception Church, Bethel. 1966-70

- Immaculate Conception Church, Fairbanks. 1973-74

- Jesuit residence, Anchorage. 1974-78

- Bethel, 1981-84

- Jesuit Residence, Anchorage. 1984-88

- Little Flower of Jesus Church, Kaltag. 1969-70

- St. Mary’s Mission. St. Marys. 1970-79


Rev. Norman E. Donohue

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1971-72

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 4

Status: Deceased, Oct. 24, 1983

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Cross. 1941-42

- Akulurak. 1942-50

- Bethel. 1950-57

- Hooper Bay. 1957-64

- Dillingham. 1964-66

- Copper Valley School, Glennallen. 1966-67

- Kaltag. 1967-69

- Nulato. 1969-74

- Tunurnak. 1974-75

- Chefornak. 1975-83


Rev. George S. Endal

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1955-60, 1964-68, 1973-76, 1978-82

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 26

Status: Deceased, Nov. 15, 1996

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Cross. 1936-38

- Mountain Village. 1938-46

- Alakanuk. 1946-48

- Dillingham. 1948-62

- Nulato. 1962-64

- Hooper Bay. 1964-68

- St. Michael. 1968-82

- Unalakleet. 1982-87

- Anchorage. 1987-96


Rev. Andras Eordogh (Hungary)

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor. 1959-51

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 1

Status: No mention on Jesuits West list. Fairbanks Diocese lists him as deceased as of 2009.

Alaska assignments:

- St. Joseph’s, Nome. 1966-67

- St. Francis Xavier Church, Kotzebue. 1967-68

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1968-71


Rev. Francis J. Fallert

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1956-57, 1968-72

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 1

Status: Deceased, June 2, 1990

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1947-49

- St. Michael’s Mission, St. Michael. 1954-56

- Copper Valley School, Glennallen. 1956-65

- St. Joseph church, Tununak. 1965-74

- Catholic church, Toksook Bay. 1974-75

- Jesuit residence, Fairbanks. 1976-82

- St. Lawrence Church, Mountain Village. 1982-86

- St. Peter’s Church, Toksook Bay. 1986-87

- Jesuit residence, Fairbanks. 1987-88

- St. Peter’s Church, Toksook Bay. 1988-90


Brother Francis Fox

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor, “year tbd”

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 1

Status: Deceased, Feb. 28, 1994.

Alaska assignments:

- St. Marys Church, Akulurak. 1942-45

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1945-65

- Our Lady of the Snows Church, Nulato. 1965-69

- Monroe High School, Fairbanks. 1969-86


Rev. John P. Fox

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1951-55, 1956-59, 1963

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 1

Status: Deceased, May 6, 1983

Alaska assignments:

- Akulurak. 1927-28

- Kashunuk. 1928-30

- St. Teresa Church, Hooper Bay. 1931-46

- St. Lawrence Church, Mountain Village. 1946-56

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1956-63

- St. Marys Church, St. Marys. 1963-65

- St. Lawrence Church, Mountain Village. 1965-68

- Jesuit residence, Anchorage. 1968-77


Rev. Harold J. Greif

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor, 1958-64, 1965-66, 1967-69, 1974, 1985, 1990-92

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 1

Status: Deceased, Oct. 28, 1991

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1948-52

- Holy Rosary Church, Dillingham. 1952-67

- Copper Valley School, Glennallen. 1967-69

- St. Joseph’s Church, Nome. 1969-83


Rev. Henry G. Hargreaves

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1950-54, 1960, 1978, 1981

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 10

Status: Deceased Feb. 22, 2013

Alaska assignments:

- Hooper Bay. 1949-52

- Immaculate Conception Church, Fairbanks. 1952-53

- Hooper Bay. 1953-56

- Bethel. 1956-64

- Fairbanks. 1964-65

- St. Michael. 1965-66

- Nulato. 1966-69

- Anchorage. 1969-72

- Kotlik. 1972-80

- Bethel. 1980-87

- St. Peter’s Church, Tooksok Bay. 1987-88

- Emmonak. 1988-94

- Toksook Bay. 1994-97

- Tununak. 1997-98

- Bethel. 1998-2003


Rev. James E. Jacobson

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1968-70, 1969-71

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 13

Status: Deceased, July 18, 2017

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1955-56

- St. Joseph’s Church, Tununak. 1961-62

- Catholic Church, Chefornak. 1962-66

- St. Michael’s Church, St. Michael. 1967

- Copper Valley School, Glennallen. 1967-70

- Little Flower Church, Hooper Bay. 1970-76


Brother Ignatius J. Jakes

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1975-76, 1978-82, 1987

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 5

Status: Deceased, Aug. 23, 1999

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1951-62

- Loyola Hall, Fairbanks. 1962-66

- St. Mary’s Mission, St. Marys. 1972-95

- Jesuit residence, Fairbanks. 1995-99 (death)


Rev. Paul Linssen

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1959

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 1

Status: Deceased, Sept. 21, 1960

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1952-54

- St. Marjorie’s Mission, Hamilton. 1954-55

- St. Joseph’s Mission, Tununak. 1956-60


Rev. Segundo Llorente

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1962-63, mid-1960s

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 3

Status: Deceased, Jan. 26, 1989

Alaska assignments:

- St. Mary’s Mission, Akulurak. 1935-37

- Catholic church, Kotzebue. 1938-41

- St. Mary’s Mission, Akulurak. 1941-48

- Immaculate Conceptions Church, Bethel. 1948-50

- St. Mary’s Mission, Akulurak. 1950-51

- Catholic Mission, Alakanuk. 1951-63

- Jesuit community, Fairbnaks. 1963-64

- St. Joseph’s Church, Nome. 1964-65

- Immaculate Conception Church, Fairbanks. 1965-67

- St. Joseph’s Church, Cordova. 1967-70

- Holy Family Church, Anchorage. 1970-76


Rev. Richard L. McCaffery

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1978-79, 1979-81, 1992-96

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 9

Status: Deceased, May 7, 2006

Alaska assignments:

- Copper Valley School, Glennallen. 1967-69

- Jesuit residence, Fairbanks. 1973-77

- St. Joseph’s Church, Tununak. 1978-79

- Little Flower Church, Hooper Bay. 1979-81

- Jesuit Residence, Fairbanks. 1981-87

- Immaculate Conception Church, Bethel. 1987-98

- Immaculate Conception Church, Fairbanks. 1998-2005


Rev. William T. McIntyre

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1958-59

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 1

Status: Deceased, Aug. 27, 1983

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1938-40

- Catholic Church, Juneau. 1945-46

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1946-54

- St. Francis Xavier Mission, Kotzebue. 1954-59

- Immaculate Conception Church, Fairbanks. 1959-60

- St. Lawrence Mission Mountain Village. 1960-62

- Immaculate Conception Church, Bethel. 1962-63

- Catholic Mission, Alakanuk. 1963-68

- Sacred Heart Church, Chevak. 1968-70

- St. Lawrence Mission, Mountain Village. 1970-80

- Jesuit Community, Anchorage. 1980-81


Rev. Bernard F. McMeel

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1977

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 1

Status: Deceased, Jan. 6, 1994

Alaska assignments:

- Monroe High School, Fairbanks. 1955-57

- Little Flower Mission, Hooper Bay. 1958-59

- Sacred Heart Church, Chevak. 1959-64

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1964-68

- Jesuit Residence, Fairbanks. 1968-73

- St. John Berchmans’ Church, Galena. 1973-76

- Little Flower Church, Hooper Bay. 1976-77

- St. Joseph’s Church, Tununak. 1977-78


Gabriel M. Menager

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor

Status: Deceased, July 28, 1966

Alaska assignments:

- Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Juneau. 1928-30

- St. Joseph’s Church, Nome. 1933-34


Cornelius K. Murphy

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1964-67

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 1

Status: Deceased, April 16, 1982

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1940-42

- St. Peter Claver Mission, Nulato. 1947-48

- St. Joseph’s Church Nome. 1948-56

- Immaculate Conception Church, Fairbanks. 1956-65

- Immaculate conception Church, Bethel. 1956-68

- Immaculate Conception Church, Fairbanks. 1968-82


Francis X. Nawn

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1962-63, 1964-68, 1969-71, 1973-75, 1979-81, 1986-88

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 24

Status: Deceased, Oct. 1, 1992

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1962-64

- Sacred Heart Mission, Chevak. 1964-68

- St. Ignatius Church, Alakanuk. 1981-83

- St. Michael’s Church, St. Michael. 1983-87


Paul C. O’Connor

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1951-55

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 1

Status: Deceased, March 8, 1979

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1930-31

- Pilot Station. 1931-33

- St. Mary’s Church, Akulurak. 1934-41

- St. Francis Xavier Church, Kotzebue. 1941-46

- Little Flower Church. Hooper Bay. 1946-53

- St. Mary’s Mission, St. Mary’s. 1953-59

- Copper Valley School, Glennallen. 1965-66

- Providence Hospital, Anchorage. 1966-76


Patrick J. O’Reilly

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1945, 1947, 1949

Status: Deceased, May 26, 1958

Alaska assignments:

- Immaculate Conception Church, Fairbanks. 1926-28

- St. Rose Church, Wrangell. 1940-42

- St. Gregory Nanzianzen Church, Sitka. 1942-46


Joseph L. Obersinner

Note: Included in Jesuits West list, previously published in former Oregon Province bankruptcy filings.

Status: Deceased, March 1, 2018

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1952-54


James E. Poole

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1948-53, 1956-57, 1959-63, 1967-68, 1970, 1975-77, 1979-80

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 19

Status: Deceased, March 28, 2018

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Cross Mission, Holy Cross. 1948-50

- St. Lawrence Mission, Mountain Village. 1955-59

- St. Mary’s Mission, St. Marys. 1959-64

- St. Patrick’s Mission, Barrow. 1965-66

- St. Joseph’s Church, Nome. 1966-88


Charles A. Saalfeld

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 1974-78

Number of reports of abuse against this person: 2

Status: Deceased, March 6, 1978

Alaska assignments:

- Monroe Catholic High School, Fairbanks. 1957-66

- Catholic Church, Tanana. 1966-73

- Our Lady of the Snows Church, Nulato. 1974-78


Patrick F. Savage

Note: Included in Jesuits West list, previously published in former Oregon Province bankruptcy filings.

Status: Deceased, Sept. 15, 1965

Alaska assignments:

- St. Joseph’s Church, Nome. 1927-30

- St. Peter Claver Church, Nulato. 1930-31


Vincent P. Scott

Claims/years: Sexual abuse of a minor: 2000.

Status: Dismissed June 12, 2000

Alaska assignments:

-- Bro. Joe Prince Community, St. Mary’s. 1999-2000


Frederick Simoneau

Note: Included in Jesuits West list, previously published in former Oregon Province bankruptcy filings.

Status: Deceased, April 21, 1984

Alaska assignments:

- Holy Name Church, Ketchikan. 1967-69

Note: An earlier version of this story included the incorrect date for the death of Rev. Robert F. Corrigal.

Kyle Hopkins

Kyle Hopkins is special projects editor of the Anchorage Daily News. He was the lead reporter on the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Lawless" project and is part of an ongoing collaboration between the ADN and ProPublica's Local Reporting Network. He joined the ADN in 2004 and was also an editor and investigative reporter at KTUU-TV. Email khopkins@adn.com

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