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Hugh F. Behan

The downward spiral of the career of the Rev. Hugh Francis

Behan has been documented by legal authorities and media coverage.  At the time of his dismissal by the diocese of Jefferson City in 1999, Behan had cut a wide swath in the Missouri state capital:  he was editor of diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Missourian;  host of the diocese's Sunday television program, “Pastor’s Study” on KCRG-TV; the

official chaplain to death-row inmates at the Missouri

State Penitentiary, also in Jefferson City; and chaplain

to the Missouri Legislature.                                                       Hugh F. Behan, 1966

 

Behan is an alumnus of  Carlow College, was ordained 1964.  In 1996 Bishop Joseph Marling appointed Behan chaplain at St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City.  He studied journalism at Lincoln University there.

 

Carlow college, the third-oldest Roman Catholic college in Ireland, was established

1 October 1793 in the small town of Carlow, which is situated on River Barrow in County Carlow, south of Dublin.   

 

Since 1793 almost 3,200 students of Carlow College have been ordained priests and have served all over the world. J McEvoy, in his book Carlow College 1793-1993 reports that 1,043 alumni, know as Carlovians, work as priests in the United States.  By way of comparison, 381 work in Britain and Wales; 84 in Scotland; 36 in Canada; and 303

in Australia.  Notable Carlovians working over time in the U.S. include Archbishop John Ryan, Archbishop of Philadelphia (1884-1911); Bishop James Davis, Bishop of Davenport (1906-1926); Bishop Patrick Keane, Bishop of Sacramento (1920-1928); Bishop Patrick Barry, Bishop of St Augustine (1922-1940); Bishop Joseph Gilfillan,

St Joseph, Missouri (1922/23-1933), Bishop Edmund Carmody, Bishop of Tyler, Texas (1992-to present).

 

Behan along with Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell and the Rev. Manus Daly, who succeeded O'Connell as a former rector of St. Thomas Seminary is now registered on numerous website devoted to child protection.  Samples and links are provided below.  At the time of the Disney incident Behan was living in Davenport, Fla.,  while another Jefferson City pedophile priest was living in Naples, Fla.:  John Whitley.  Records indicate that Whiteley still resides in Florida, although he may have returned to his mother's house in St. Louis.  Whiteley's mother passed away recently.

 

An interesting footnote to Behan's career is reflected in two of the prayer's he offered during debate on child protection legislation and the State of State address by Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, which are reproduced below.

 

 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Priest ousted in Missouri had been working at Disney World

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/special/probpriests.nsf/story/8095D896BF1C9DB486256BDF001EA2DF?OpenDocument

 

BY PATRICIA RICE

Post-Dispatch Religion Writer

21 June 2002

 

A former Jefferson City priest who was dismissed from public ministry in 1999 in a sexual misconduct case has left his job as a greeter at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. — at least partly because of intervention from Jefferson City diocesan officials.

 

Disney officials say Hugh Behan, 63, left the job a week ago. For the past month Behan has been under investigation by the Osage County Sheriff’s Department

in a sexual abuse case involving a 10-year-old girl in 1983, said Sheriff Carl Fowler of Linn, Mo.

 

Bishop John Gaydos of Jefferson City dismissed Behan, a former editor of the Catholic Missourian, the Jefferson City diocesan newspaper, in January 1999 in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old woman,

sources say.

 

No criminal or civil charges were filed.

 

Since 1999, Behan has not been allowed any public ministry, to say Mass publicly or to wear clerical garb, a diocesan official said.

 

According to a Disney official, Behan had been working for nearly two years as a greeter at the transportation entrance area.

 

Several Disney World visitors from Missouri saw Behan working as a greeter and knew why he had been dismissed from the priesthood. They reported him to the Jefferson City diocese.

 

In April, the diocese alerted Sister Lucy Vazquez, chancellor of the Orlando Diocese, of Behan’s dismissal, said Sister Ellen Marie Biri, chancellor of the Jefferson City Diocese.

 

 “We made sure the Orlando Diocese knew about (his past),” Biri said Thursday. The following day, Vazquez called Disney officials, said Carol Brinati, communications director for the Orlando Diocese.

 

Biri got a call from Disney officials asking about allegations against Behan, she said.

 

For two decades, Behan, a native of Ireland, had a high profile in central Missouri. In addition to editing the newspaper, he was the host of the half-hour “Pastor’s Study” show Sunday mornings on KCRG-TV in Jefferson City, and he served as a chaplain for death row inmates and the Missouri Legislature.

 

In a phone interview Thursday evening from his home in Davenport, Fla., he told the Post-Dispatch that Disney World did not fire him.

 

 “I’d just come back from having surgery, and I didn’t want to add stress. I resigned,” Behan said.

 

He declined to answer questions about sexual abuse allegations, treatment for sexual misconduct he was ordered to receive at St. Luke’s in Suitland, Md., or why Bishop Gaydos told him to leave the public ministry.

 

 “Just let it ride,” he said.

 

One allegation against him involved Shelia Poeptgen, then 10.

 

 “It’s affected my entire life,” she said in an interview from her home in Burlington, Vt. Nearly as painful, she said, was the lack of action of former Jefferson City Bishop Michael F. McAuliffe when she visited him at the age of 22 in 1993.

 

 “He told me he would take care of it,” she said. “I just wanted to be sure he (Behan) was not near children.”

 

Later, she said, McAuliffe told her that Behan had received treatment and would continue in the ministry.

 

Not until 1999, after Gaydos reviewed the files, was Behan suspended. Then, the diocese announced that Behan was taking a leave of absence without details.

 

McAuliffe could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

 

Disney spokesman Bill Warren said Behan “no longer works for the company,” adding that there had been no complaints against him involving sexual impropriety. Disney does criminal background checks on prospective employees, Warren said. Behan has never been arrested.

 

Sheriff Fowler said the Jefferson City Diocese had been cooperative in the current investigation.

 

David Clohessy, national director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, was upset that Behan’s past was not a matter of public record.

 

 “It’s frightening that he could be working at Disney World, of all places,” Clohessy said. “A public place like that is even worse than a parish, because when a child grows older and tells his or her parents, there is almost no way a parent can figure out who the adult was.”

 

Follow this issue in the STLtoday.com archives special report: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Problem Priests at

 

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/special/probpriests.nsf/SS/3+-+Actions+taken+against+priests?OpenDocument

 

The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel contributed to this report.

 

Reporter Patricia Rice:

Email: price@post-dispatch.com

Phone: 314-340-8221

 

 

 

Orlando Sentinel

Priest suspended in sex scandal went to work for Disney

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By Mark I. Pinsky

Sentinel Staff Writer

21 June 2002

 

A prominent Missouri priest, suspended in 1999 after allegations of sexual abuse of pre-pubescent girls and teens dating to 1971, found work at Walt Disney World -- until last week.

 

Hugh Behan, 63, was the longtime editor of the Catholic Missourian, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Jefferson City; chaplain to death-row inmates and the Missouri Legislature; and a television host.

 

Born in Ireland, he lives in Davenport in Polk County.

 

Behan "no longer works for the company," Disney spokesman Bill Warren said. "That's all I can share with you out of respect for his privacy."

 

However, Warren said that Behan, who worked part time as a greeter at the park's transportation center for almost two years, had no complaints against him involving sexual impropriety.

 

In a telephone interview, Behan said he resigned from Disney a week ago "for health reasons" after surgery.

 

When asked, Behan did not deny the allegations against him in Missouri, but would not comment further.

 

"I don't want to get into that," he said. "I don't want to say anything."

 

When Behan was suspended by Jefferson City Bishop John Gaydos in January 1999, the diocese reported that he was taking a leave of absence without providing details.

 

The chancellor of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Sister Ellen Marie Biri, said Thursday that Behan had been through several treatment programs around the country after various allegations. She then informed diocese officials here that Behan had been suspended for the latest incident, which involved an 18-year-old woman.

 

"We made sure the Orlando diocese knew," she told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

 

The Osage County, Mo., Sheriff's Department is investigating another allegation involving a 10-year-old girl, Biri said, but no criminal charges or civil suits have yet been filed.

 

In late April, the Missouri diocese called Sister Lucy Vazquez, chancellor of the Diocese of Orlando, at home with the information that the former priest had moved to Central Florida and was working at Disney World.

 

The next day, Vazquez contacted Disney, said Carol Brinati, communications director for the Diocese of Orlando.

 

Disney then contacted the Diocese of Jefferson City, asking for details of the allegations against Behan, according to a source in the chancellor's office.

 

Warren would not confirm any contacts with the Jefferson City diocese. He said that all prospective employees go through a criminal background check.

 

"We typically look for things that are legally accountable," he said.

 

 

St. Augustine Record

Ousted Missouri priest worked at Disney World 

http://www.staugustine.com/stories/062202/sta_kr000252.shtml

 

Associated Press

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- A former Missouri priest who was dismissed from public ministry in 1999 in a sexual misconduct case has left his job as a greeter at Walt Disney World, at least partly because of intervention from church officials.

 

Disney officials said Hugh Behan, 63, left the job a week ago, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday.  For the past month Behan has been under investigation by the Osage County, Mo., Sheriff's Department in a sexual abuse case involving a 10-year-old girl in 1983, said Sheriff Carl Fowler.

 

Disney spokesman Bill Warren confirmed that Behan "no longer works for the company," adding that there had been no complaints against him involving sexual impropriety.  Disney does do criminal background checks on prospective employees,  Warren said. Behan has never been arrested.

Bishop John Gaydos of the Jefferson City Diocese dismissed Behan in January 1999 amid allegations of sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old woman, sources told the newspaper.  No criminal or civil charges were filed.

 

Since 1999, he has not been allowed any public ministry, to say Mass publicly or to wear clerical garb, a diocesan official said.

 

 

 

Missourinet.com

Former Missouri House Chaplain Under Investigation

http://www.missourinet.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=0AE28307-D5CA-4BC7-9D55E3A68AE55B68

 

By Bob Priddy

Missourinet Staff Writer

Friday, 21 June 2002, 11:20 AM

 

The former Catholic chaplain of the Missouri House, who was ousted from the public ministry in 1999, has left his job as a greeter at Disney World after Disney learned of allegations against him. Father Hugh Behan is under investigation in Osage County, Missouri in connection with sexual abuse allegations involving a 10-year-old girl in 1983. The Jefferson City Catholic Diocese says Behan was dismissed from active ministry after allegations of sexual misconduct involving an 18-year-old woman surfaced. Behan, who is 63, was the longtime editor of the diocese newspaper, the Catholic Missourian. He says he resigned his job at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, insisting he was not fired.

 

 

Vunet.org

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Rev. Hugh Behan  #290 

United States (MO)  

Behan was suspended in 1999 after allegations arose that he sexually abused several young girls and teenagers as far back as 1971. Bishop John Gaydos suspended him in 1999, saying he was taking a leave of absence.

 

 

Bishop-Accountability.org

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Rev. Hugh Behan

Ordained 1964

Jefferson City, Missouri

 

Accused in 1993 of abuse of 13 yr old girl in 1983.  Also claim of sexual misconduct with 18 yr old woman.  Allowed to continue working until 1999 by Bishop Michael F. McAuliffe; McAulilffe retired and was succeeded by Bishop John R. Gaydos, who placed Behan on leave.  In 2002 Behan was working for Disney World in Florida as a greeter. Immediately fired [when Disney discovered his past].  Source:  St. Louis Post-Dispatch 6.21.02

 

 

 

RichardSipe.com

International Traffice in Catholic Priests Who Abuse

http://www.richardsipe.com/Click_&_Learn/2006-12-03-International_Traffic.pdf

 

By Richard Sipe and K. K. Murray

17 April 2007

 

The problem of foreign born or educated priests who come to the United States and subsequently abuse minors is and has been a problem for the American church. Some of the clergy coming to the US have abused prior to their service in dioceses here and also continue to abuse after they flee the US, often for their native country.

 

It is well documented that U.S. bishops Frequently transferred Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse to various venues within their own jurisdictions after receiving allegations—a different parish, chaplaincy, or to another bishop. (Approximately 60 percent of priests were reassigned after the first report of abuse. Cf. Sipe & Murray, October 18, 2006).

 

The hierarchy also moved accused priests across international borders to other countries where many continued to work with children and were often able to avoid scandal, evade prosecution or extradition. These transfers are one of many ways in which global Catholicism affects the abuse crisis in the United States. This is a partial working list. We are working to expand it. If any readers have additional information please contact our Web www.richardsipe.com.* BishopAccountability.org has assembled documentation From news sources about specific clergy and dioceses involved in some of these maneuvers.

 

[For an excellent discussion of the pros and cons of foreign priests to serve in the US Cf. International Priests In America]

 

·      Fr. Nicolas Aguilar was a priest in Puebla state of Mexico where he abused boys; he then transferred to Los Angeles, where he ultimately was charged with 19 felony counts of child abuse. 

·      Fr. Arnulfo Arandia became priest in Guayaquil, Ecuador who moved to Miami, Florida, where he abused, then moved to Jackson, MS. He fled back to Ecuador after Florida abuse charges surfaced in 2002.

·      Fr. Theodore Baquedano-Pech was a visiting priest in San Francisco from Mexcio. He abused in San Francisco but returned to Mexico and charges of abuse were never pursued.

·      Fr. Roberto Batoon was an extern priest from Philippines working in Honolulu. Accused of abuse he fled back to Philippines.

·      Fr. Hugh F. Behan a priest from Ireland worked as a priest in Jefferson City MO where he was accused of abusing a 13 year old girl (1983) and a young woman. He was deFrocked in 1999.

·      Fr. Gerardo Beltran was a priest in Sacramento where he abused. When a warrant was issued for his arrest in 1992, so he fled to Mexico where he again was an active priest.

·      Fr. Gustavo Benson was a priest in San Bernadino Diocese accused of abuse in the late 1980's, fled to Tijuana, Mexico where he worked as priest.

·      Fr. John Pierre Bongila was born, raised, educated, and ordained in the D.R. of Congo. He came to San Francisco without a prior invitation from the archdiocese although he later made his presence known and was granted faculties by Archbishop Levada in 1995. Only in July 2002 did the archdiocese request a letter of "good standing" from Bongila's bishop. As of August 2004 that letter was not in Bongila's archdiocesan files. 

[The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Child and Youth Protection in their audit (10-25 to 29-04) of the archdiocese's compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Young People chided Levada by noting that the Archdiocese "Required Action: Provide a schedule for the completion of the background investigations for employees and volunteers." ]  A teen girl, also from the Congo, accused Bongila of sexual abuse. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount of money. Bongila went to St. Paul MN where he teaches in a Catholic college.

·      Fr. Barry Bossa was a priest in Yonkers, New York who, after being accused of child abuse for the second time in 2002 (he plead guilty to a charge in 1974) fled to Rome.

·      Fr. Jose Briceno was a priest in Phoenix who fled to Mexico after accusations of abuse.

·      Fr. David Brusky was a priest in Reno, NV who abused there, and then fled to AFrica

·      Fr. Michael Cashman a native of Ireland served in the diocese of Metuchen NJ. He admitted sexually molesting a woman and two of her  children a teenage daughter and son

·      Fr. Paul Cleary came from Ireland to the archdiocese of San Antonio TX. He engaged in sexual relationships with several women whom he courted when they were teenagers, but waited until they were 18 before he had sexual intercourse with them. He claimed—and Archbishop Flores backed him—that the relationships were consensual. He remained in ministry.

·      Fr. Patrick Colleary was a priest in Phoenix who fled to Ireland after accusations of abuse. 

·      Fr. George A. Costigan a Philadelphia priest was accused of minor abuse in 1993. Sent to the Felician Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi Convent and later Puentenansa, Spain in 2002. He returned as convent chaplain in 2004 and participated in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in 2006.

·      Monsignor Manus P. Daly is a priest from Ireland who came to the Jefferson City MO diocese. He abused minors when he was on the staff of a seminary in Hannibal, MO with Anthony O'Connell. After allegation he returned to Ireland.

·      Fr. Alexander (Alejandro) Delgado was a priest in Fall River, MA who was accused of abuse in 1997, possibly fled to Colombia.

·      Fr. Paul M. Desilets was a priest in Boston who abused there from 1974-1984. Fled to Canada, from whence he was ultimately extradited in 2002.

·      Fr. Enrique Diaz Jiminez ordained in Venezuala in 1977 he abused minors there before he was assigned to Queens NY diocese where he also abused. He was convicted of sexual abuse in 1991 in Queens and deported to Venezuala where he was re-assigned to priesthood and again abused. Venezuala suspended him so he fled to Columbia in 1995 and accused of abuse in Columbia. He was sentenced to house arrest for 53 months in 2002.

·      Fr. Arwyn Diesta came to Los Angeles as extern priest from Philippines, abused one person in 1982-1983, returned to Philippines in 1988, accused in 1992.

·      Fr. Jesús Armando Dominguez, of the San Bernardino/ San Diego diocese was accused of abuse in Perris and Coachella, California. He fled to Mexico after 59 charges of abuse were filed.

·      Fr. Manuel Fernandez was a priest in Trenton, New Jersey who was removed from post in 2002 after being accused of molesting a teenage girl. He then moved to Diocese of Ourense, Spain.

·      Fr. Matthew Fitzgerald is a priest from Ireland. He came to the Rockville Center NY diocese in 1970. After he abused boys there he was transferred to Palm Beach FL where he continued to abuse boys.

·      Fr. Frank Flynn came from Ireland to the Palm Beach, FL diocese. There he is alleged had sexual intercourse with 3 women who had consulted him for counseling. He returned to Ireland where he works at a seminary.

·      Fr. James D. Foley a Boston priest/ abused there/ sent to Calgary, Canada/ abused there/ sent back to Boston. 1968 (May 23).

·      Fr. Robert Foley was a priest in Orange County who admitted to molesting an 8-year-old boy in 1985, he then fled to England.

·      Fr. Ross. S. Frey was a priest in Boston who abused minors from 1973-1984. Placed on leave in 1996, he fled to Lebanon.

·      Fr. Lucas Galvan was a priest in Pueblo Diocese of Colorado who abused there and then fled to Argentina. Ultimately became active priest in Mexico.

·      Fr. Cristobal Garcia admitted to having sex with two altar boys while a priest in Los Angeles in 1986. He fled to the Philippines, where he was ultimately promoted to monsignor.

·      Fr. Francisco Javier Garcia came to Sacramento from Mexico; he fled again to Mexico after being accused of abuse in 1995.

·      Fr. Javier Gutierrez was a priest in Alaska who fled to Mexico after allegations of abuse in 1988.

·      Fr. Joseph Henn was a priest in Phoenix; he fled to Rome after 13 charges of molestation were lodged against him in 2004.

·      Fr. Juan Francisco Hinojos was a priest in Chicago accused of abusing minors there. He fled to Mexico.

·      Fr. John Huels was a priest in Chicago when accused of abuse in 1994, went to Canada where he taught graduate courses in canon law.

·      Fr. Tilak A. Jayawardene came to Los Angeles from Sri Lanka in 1987, indicted for abuse in 1991, fled to Sri Lanka before arrest.

·      Fr. Thomas Kane accused of minor abuse in Worcester, MA in 1993. He fled to Mexico, where he was working as a teacher in 2002.

·      Fr. Austin Peter Keegan was also a priest in Santa Rosa, California who fled to Mexico in 2002 after being indicted on charges of abuse.

·      Fr. Patrick M. Kelley was visiting priest from Ireland in Los Angeles. Accused of abuse in 1991, fled to Ireland before arrest, never returned to United States.

·      Fr. Michael Kenny came from Ireland to San Antonio TX. He admitted that while working there he had intercourse with six women and was sexually intimate with four others. When one woman testified that she was seduced as a teenager he fled to Ireland.

·      Fr. Frank Klep was a priest in Australia who transferred to a diocese in Samoa after accusations of abuse in 1988.

·      Fr. Lah an extern priest was accused of abuse in San Diego and fled to Mexico.

·      Fr. Thomas R. Marshall was charged with 20 counts of abuse while priest in Los Angeles between 1959-1963. He fled to Canada.

·      Fr. Richard Mataconis was a priest in New York who fled to Rome after two men accused him of abusing them in the 1970s.

·      Fr. Leonardo Mateo was a visiting priest from the Philippines in Los Angeles. Accused of abuse in 1983, 1991, 2003 he ultimately fled to Philippines where he died in 2004.

·      Fr. Edward McLoughlin trained in Ireland and served in Venice, FL. ConFronted with allegations of abusing boys he fled to Ireland.

·      Fr. Thomas McNamara served in the Jacksonville diocese where he abused teenage boys. He returned to Ireland and continued to abuse minors.

·      Fr. Anthony Mercieca a priest from Brazil served in several parishes in the Archdiocese of Miami FL. In 2006 a member of the US congress, Mark Foley, and one other adult man accused the priest of sexual abuse when they were teenagers. Mercieca had already retired to Malta.

·      Fr. Antonio Munoz was a priest in Stockton who was forced to return to Mexico after allegations of abuse.

·       Fr. Anthony Muthu Hilary was sent from India to Manchester NH diocese in 1995 with history of alcoholism and abuse of women. He sexually assaulted a woman in Manchester during her confession. He was sent back to India where he works at a technical college.

·       Fr. Xavier Ochoa was a priest of the Santa Rosa diocese, Sonoma County, California who was accused of abuse in 2006 and fled to Mexico.

·      Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell was born and trained in Ireland and Kennrick, MO seminary after he was turned down as a candidate by 36 dioceses and religious orders. He was consecrated a bishop for Jefferson City MO and later served in Palm Beach FL. He was accused of abusing (5 plus) boys when he was a spiritual director in a Hannibal MO seminary. He continued sexual contact with some of his victims even as a bishop and paid them significant amounts of money. A priest and former victim of O'Connell, Fr. Dixon finally reported O'Connell who has never been criminally or civilly prosecuted because of the restriction of the statute of limitations. He is retired in a Trappist monastery, but travels Frequently to Ireland.

·      Fr. Liam O'Doherty trained in Ireland for the Ogdensburg NY diocese where he was accused of molesting over 20 girls and 2 women in two decades. He returned to Ireland.

·      Fr. Oliver Francis O'Grady was accused of abuse in Stockton, California, served seven years in prison, and ultimately fled to Ireland.

·      Fr. Patrick O'Keeffe was accused of abuse when he was a priest in San Bernadino. He fled to Ireland after being criminally charged in 2002 and Ireland won't extradite him.

·      Fr. James O'Malley trained in Ireland for the Spokane WA diocese. He abused at least 15 boys there between the late 1950s and 1989 when he returned to Ireland.

·      Fr. Emmanuel Omemaga was a priest in San Diego who fled to the Philippines after being accused of abuse in 1993

·      Fr. Mario Pezzotti was a priest in Boston that settled an abuse case in 1993. Fled to Brazil.

·      Fr. Costellano Jose Pinal was a priest in Sacramento who fled to Mexico after being accused of abuse.

·      Fr. John Steven Rabideau was a priest in Detroit; accused of abuse 1998, he immediately fled the U.S. He was an active priest in Philippines in 2004; caught in South America in 2006 trying to enter Colombia.

·      Fr. Eleuterio Ramos was a priest in Orange County who abused in the 1980s, fled to Tijuana, Mexico where he worked as priest until mid-1990s.

·      Fr. Robert Reiss abused teen boys in Dubuque IA archdiocese in the 1970s. DeFrocked in 1997 he moved to Mexico.

·      Fr. Andrew Ronan admitted that he abused boys in Ireland prior to serving in the archdiocese of Portland OR. He abused more boys there and in Chicago.

·      Fr. EFrain Roso a priest of Bogotá, Columbia abused minors there and was sent to Los Angeles (1967-1969) where he continued to abuse. He fled to Columbia where he again abused minors.

·      Monsignor Ivan Rovira was accused and admitted to raping boy in Brownsville, Texas. He then fled to Mexico, where he took job at a Catholic university.

·      Fr. Jorge Hume Salas was born in Costa Rica. Although he had been a sometime seminary student when bishop G. Patrick Ziemann met him he was not ordained when the bishop brought him from Honduras to the Santa Rosa CA diocese. There the bishop saw to his education and ordained him in 1992 for his diocese. Fr. Hume complained that several men had approached him for sex. He later sued bishop Ziemann for having sexual relations with him on countless occasions. The diocese made a settlement of 435 K with Hume who fled to Honduras taking his lawyers fee with him. Bishop Ziemann retired to a desert monastery is Arizona, but he has been seen on many occasions at gay parties in Tucson.

·      Fr. Augustine Sheehan was ordained in Ireland and ten years later came to serve in the Rockville Center, NY diocese. A former nun, also Irish, claimed that he had raped her. She had a D&C to prevent pregnancy. Sheehan said they "may have had sex another night after a wild party," but he didn't remember. He was placed on administrative leave.

·      Fr. Fidencio Silva was a Los Angeles Archdiocesan priest in Oxnard, California who abused boys in the early 80's Fled to Mexico, where he was an active priest in 2002.

·      Fr. Michael Simpson came to Spokane WA from Ireland. He abused at least 8 nine-year-old girls who he digitally raped. He returned to Ireland.

·      Fr. Brendan Smyth, O Praem. Abused in Ireland and Scotland before he was sent to Fargo North Dakota where he abused and returned to Ireland where he abused in the North and South of Ireland. He was imprisoned after his scandal brought down the Irish government of Albert Reynolds in 1994.

·      Fr. Adrzej Sujka was a priest in Boston who admitted to abuse there. Sent back to Poland after allegation.

·      Fr. Santiago L. Tamayo ordained in Philippines, moved to Los Angeles Archdiocese in 1968, accused of abuse in 1984, fled to Philippines

·      Fr. Carl D. Tesler was priest in Los Angeles accused of abuse in 1988, fled to Peru where he was still active priest as of 3/05.

·      Fr. Esteban Trujillo was a priest of San Bernadino accused of abuse and fled to Mexico.

·      Fr.Valentine Tugade was priest in Los Angeles California who fled to Philippines after accusation of abuse in 1984. Proved to be father of child born from abuse.

·      Fr. James Tulley was a priest in Milwaukee who fled to Rome after accusations of abuse.

·      Fr. Luis Urbina was a priest in Sacramento, California who pled guilty to abusing a boy but fled to Navojoa, Mexico before he could be sentenced.

·      Fr. Enrique Vasquez fled criminal accusations in Costa Rica in 1988 to serve as a priest in New York, Hartford, Conn., and Mexico, and then was sent to Honduras.

·      Fr. John Velez was a visiting priest who abused in Salinas, Arizona - part of the Tucson diocese. He fled to Mexico in 1991 and church claims his whereabouts were unknown as of 2003.

·      Fr. Henry Xavier Vetter was priest of Los Angeles accused of abuse in 1960s and 1970s, fled to Mexico.

·      Fr. Ron Voss Eight men in Lafayette, Louisiana accused him of abuse when they were minors. He received treatment for being a sexual offender and then fled to Haiti in 1988, where he continued with mission work.

·      Fr. Siegfried F. Widera was a priest in Milwaukee where he was convicted of sexual misconduct in 1973. He then moved to Orange County and abused there from 1976 to 1985, he then fled to Mexico where he was working as a priest.

 

 

Missouri Legislasture House Journal

http://house.missouri.gov/content.aspx?info=/bills96/jrn96/jrn033.htm

 

Second Regular Session

88th General Assembly

Thirty-Third Day, Tuesday, February 27, 1996

 

Speaker Pro Tem Daniels in the Chair.

 

Prayer by Father Hugh Behan.

 

"These people are like irrational animals...they slander what they do not understand." (2 Pet. 2:12, NRSV)

 

Daily we hear of new bombings and shootings, at home and overseas. At times, it seems as if the only news is of tragedy. Then, we turn to page two or wait until the fast, breathless headlines are over, and we find heart-warming stories. There are people willing to talk, to listen to one another, to have conversations.

 

We ask today, God of Understanding, for the spirit of having an attentive heart, and an ear for listening. We begin at home, not trying to watch TV and listen to the hurt of a family member at the same time. We continue the process here, making sure that the voices which seek our attention are given a fair hearing. We pray that the same atmosphere of engaging in healthy and honest conversation would permeate the larger questions in life, in this year's political debate, in relations between states and nations, between ethnic and religious groups around the globe. Above all, we ask for a prayerful heart, gracious God, so that whatever words we speak would be influenced by what we have heard from you to discipline them and cleanse them of hatred, of hurt and of harm. Amen.

 

 

Missouri State of the State Address

17 January 1996 

 

Prayer by Father Hugh Behan

http://www.house.state.mo.us/content.aspx?info=/bills96/jrn96/jrn010.htm

 

TENTH DAY, Wednesday, January 17,1996

 

Speaker Gaw in the Chair.

 

Prayer by Father Hugh Behan.

 

"Leave your offering before the altar, then go and be reconciled with your brother/sister first." (Mt. 5:23)

 

Today the Governor gives us his State message. We pray for the State and for all in public service as we seek to bring about the fair and measured growth in the economy and in the general well-being of the State which does the most good and the least harm to all of our citizens, particularly the most vulnerable.

 

We pray also for the Congress and the President as the budget negotiations continue that there might also be the same spirit of justice and concern for our most vulnerable in the final outcome there also.

 

As we speak of budget reconciliation and deficit reduction, gracious God, pray also for the reconciliation we need among ourselves and the reduction of bad feelings in this chamber, acknowledging and honoring the hurts, the disappointment and the sense of betrayal that some have. At the same time, we pray for a spirit of forgiveness and moving forward. Anger that is not healed hurts us physically and emotionally and it gives the other power over us. As the great St. Augustine told us, we hate the sin, but love the sinner. Common sense would add to that, make sure that we ask ourselves first to admit our own part of the sin. Amen.

 

Address by Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan [Excerpt]
January 17, 1996

The Safe Schools initiative I have recently announced will give our schools the force of law and the resources they need to make our schools safer for students who are serious about getting an education.

 

Among these important changes, we will guarantee schools the access to juvenile records of students who have broken the law.

 

We will require that disciplinary records for violent students follow them if they change schools.

 

And my plan also includes helping school districts establish alternative schools for violent, abusive, and disruptive students.

 

These alternative schools will make our regular classrooms a safer and better learning environment.

 

And it also ensures that these troubled youth will get the help they need.

 

This alternative education will provide these dangerous and abusive young people with the educational, social, and behavioral skills necessary to turn their lives around.

 

An even more deplorable situation than being threatened at school is being threatened at home.

 

Countless cases of domestic violence against spouses and children go unreported each year because the victims believe they have no place to go and no one to turn to.

 

This year, I am calling for increased support for domestic violence shelters and other help for domestic violence victims.

 

These victims need our help to escape from this horrible abuse.

 

And I am proposing tough new sentencing and lifetime supervision requirements for sexual predators, who rob their victims of their self respect.

My proposal eliminates the possibility of probation for dangerous sexual offenders.

 

And it requires that, if and when a sexual predator does get out of prison, he will be kept under supervision for the rest of his life.

 

This will allow us to return him to prison at any time if he commits another crime or violates the conditions of his release.

 

In addition, I am proposing legislation that will allow judges and juries to give life imprisonment to those convicted of child abuse when the result of that abuse is the death of the child.

 

Missouri is drawing the line on violent crime, and the message from this building today is that anyone who dares to cross that line better be prepared to pay and pay dearly.

 

Representative May (108) offered House Amendment No. 7.

 

House Amendment No. 7

 

AMEND House Committee Substitute for House Bills Nos. 800, 812, 817 and 821, Page 1, Section 566.083, Line 18, by inserting after all of said line, the following:

 

"568.045. 1. A person commits the crime of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree if:

 

(1)  He knowingly acts in a manner that creates a substantial risk to the life, body, or health of a child less than seventeen years old; or

 

(2)  He knowingly engages in sexual conduct with a [person] child under the age of seventeen years over whom he is a parent, guardian, or otherwise charged with the care and custody.

 

2.  Endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree is a class D felony unless;

 

(1)  The offense is committed as part of a ritual or ceremony, in which case the crime is a class C felony[.]; or

 

(2)  A child dies as a result of injuries sustained from conduct chargeable under this section, in which case the crime is a class A felony.

 

568.050. 1. A person commits the crime of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree if:

 

(1)  He with criminal negligence acts in a manner that creates a substantial risk to the life, body or health of a child less than seventeen years old; or

 

(2)  He knowingly encourages, aids or causes a child less than seventeen years old to engage in any conduct which causes or tends to cause the child to come within the provisions of paragraph (d) of subdivision (2) of subsection 1 or subdivision (3) of subsection 1 of section 211.031, RSMo; or

 

(3)  Being a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the care or custody of a child less than seventeen years old, he recklessly fails or refuses to exercise reasonable diligence in the care or control of such child to prevent him from coming within the provisions of paragraph (c) of subdivision (1) of subsection 1 or paragraph (d) of subdivision (2) of subsection 1 or subdivision (3) of subsection 1 of section 211.031, RSMo; or

 

(4)  He knowingly encourages, aids or causes a child less than seventeen years of age to enter into any room, building or other structure which is a public nuisance as defined in section 195.130, RSMo.

 

2.  Nothing in this section shall be construed to mean the welfare of a child is endangered for the sole reason that [he] the child is being provided nonmedical remedial treatment recognized and permitted under the laws of this state.

 

3.  Endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor unless:

 

(1)  The offense is committed as part of a ritual or ceremony, in which case the crime is a class D felony[.]; or

 

(2)  A child dies as a result of injuries sustained from conduct chargeable under this section, in which case the crime is a class A felony.

 

568.060. 1. A person commits the crime of abuse of a child if he:

 

(1)  Knowingly inflicts cruel and inhuman punishment upon a child less than seventeen years old, or

 

(2)  Photographs or films a child less than eighteen years old engaging in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act or who causes or knowingly permits a child to engage in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act for the purpose of photographing or filming the act.

 

2.  As used in this section "prohibited sexual act" means any of the following, whether performed or engaged in either with any other person or alone: sexual or anal intercourse, masturbation, bestiality, sadism, masochism, fetishism, fellatio, cunnilingus, any other sexual activity or nudity, if such nudity is to be depicted for the purpose of sexual stimulation or gratification of any individual who may view such depiction.

 

3.  Abuse of a child is a class C felony, unless:

 

(1)  In the course thereof the person inflicts serious emotional injury on the child, or the offense is committed as part of a ritual or ceremony in which case the crime is a class B felony[.]; or

 

(2)  A child dies as a result of injuries sustained from conduct chargeable under this section, in which case the crime is a class A felony.

 

4.  As used in this section, the word "fetishism" means a condition in which erotic feelings are excited by an object or body part whose presence is psychologically necessary for sexual stimulation or gratification.; and

 

Further amend the title and enacting clause accordingly.

 

On motion of Representative May (108), House Amendment No. 7 was adopted.

 

 

 Additional Websites Regarding Hugh Behan and other Jefferson City Priests

 

SurvivorsFirst.org

http://www.survivorsfirst.org/downloads/SF-6E-FINAL.pdf

 

Jefferson City, MO

Hugh Behan, St. Louis Post Dispatch 6.21.02

Kevin Clohessy,  St. Louis Post-Dispatch 4.9.02

Gary Pool,  Associated Press 2.18.03

Donald Wallace,  St. Louis Post Dispatch 3.12.02

John Whiteley, St. Louis PD 5.12.02

 

 

Highbean.com

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-120281297.html