Jesuit list includes 33 priests accused of Alaska sexual abuse
A regional Jesuit organization has cataloged dozens of priests with Alaska service accused of committing sexual abuse, many of them in cases which occurred during their time in the state.
A Dec. 7 listing from Jesuits West includes the names of 33 priests with Alaska service, 29 of whom are accused of sexually abusing minors. All but two of those men allegedly committed that abuse during their Alaska service; another four priests who served in Alaska faced unspecified allegations of abuse at some point during their careers.
Almost all of the listed priests have died, according to Jesuits West.
The list, compiled from records and bankruptcy filings of the Jesuits’ West Province and its former California and Oregon provinces, incorporates what it describes as “credible claims of sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult, dating to 1950.” The group published the list, which includes many priests previously named in public sources, as “part of our province’s ongoing commitment to transparency and accountability.”
Both the Archdiocese of Anchorage and the Juneau Diocese have announced examinations of clergy records dating back to 1950 for any credible claims of abuse. The queries are meant to determine whether any Anchorage priests or church volunteers have abuse claims linked to hundreds of clergy who allegedly abused thousands of people in Pennsylvania, during a massive scandal which came to light this summer.
Archdiocese of Anchorage and Jesuits West officials weren’t immediately available for comment Wednesday due to the holidays.
According to clergy abuse database bishop-accountability.org, one of the rural Alaska priests mentioned by Jesuits West – Henry Hargreaves – was described as a “serial child molester” in a 2009 lawsuit.
“He was accused of fondling a 6 or 7-year-old boy multiple times in 1956 in Nulato, Alaska, and of raping a 5 or 6-year-old boy in 1992 in the village of [Nunam] Iqua,” the website posted.
George Endal, with accusations spanning from Dillingham to Hooper Bay and St. Michael, faced 25 claims of child sexual abuse and “was named one of the Jesuits' top ten worst alleged offenders” in a 2011 settlement according to the website.
“Endal also reportedly told a little girl he abused that if she told, she would go straight to hell,” the website posted. “At least one reported Endal victim, a girl, is said to have later taken her own life.”
Jules Convert, a priest from France, “spent the better part of four decades” starting in the 1940s serving in Yukon River villages. After his death, he was accused of molesting boys from the ages of 6 to 15.
“Convert's modus operandi was reportedly to invite a boy to sleep over with him at his residence, as a special privilege,” the website posted. “Most said he would sexually abuse them after they fell asleep.”
Here are the 33 priests with Alaska service named by Jesuits West, along with when they stand accused of sexually abusing minors and where they served at those times. Links to some individual priests’ detailed records from bishop-accountability.org are included.
Rene Astruc: 1959-1967, 1965-1966, 1975, 1982-1985 (St. Michael, Galena, Holy Cross, St. Mary’s, Anchorage)
Joseph Balfe: 1934-1940, 1959-1961 (served in Fairbanks 1943-1944)
Charles Bartles: 1973-1974, 1978 (Nulato)
Robert Benish: 1954, 1961-1962 (St. Mary’s)
Jules Convert: 1954-1960, 1961-1963, 1966-1969, 1970-1978 (Holy Cross, Kaltag, Fairbanks, Teller, St. Mary’s)
Robert Corrigal: 1968-1972 (Bethel)
Norman Donohue: 1971-1972 (Nulato)
George Endal: 1955-1960, 1964-1968, 1973-1976, 1978-1982 (Dillingham, Hooper Bay, St. Michael)
Andras Eordogh: 1967-1970 (Kotzebue, Holy Cross)
Francis Fallert: 1956-1957, 1968-1972 (St. Michael, Glennallen, Tununak)
Francis Fox: year to be determined (served in Akulurak, Holy Cross, Nulato, Fairbanks 1942-1986)
John Fox: 1951-1955, 1956-1959, 1963 (Mountain Village, Holy Cross, St. Mary’s)
Harold Greif: 1950-1954, 1960, 1978, 1981 (Holy Cross, Dillingham, Nome)
Henry Hargreaves: 1958-1964, 1965-1966, 1967-1969, 1974, 1985, 1990-1992 (Bethel, Fairbanks, St. Michael, Nulato, Kotlik, Bethel, Emmonak)
James Jacobson: 1968-1970 (Glennallen)
Ignatius Jakes: 1975-1976, 1978-1982, 1987 (St. Mary’s)
Paul Linssen: 1959 (Tununak)
Segundo Llorente: 1962-1963 (Alakanuk)
Richard McCaffery: 1978-1979, 1979-1981, 1992-1996 (Tununak, Hooper Bay, Bethel)
William McIntyre: 1958-1959 (Kotzebue)
Bernard McMeel: 1977 (Galena)
Gabriel Menager: year unknown (served in Juneau, Nome, Pilgrim Springs 1928-1935)
Cornelius Murphy: 1964-1967 (Fairbanks)
Francis Nawn: 1962-1963, 1964-1968, 1969-1971, 1973-1975, 1979-1981, 1986-1988 (Holy Cross, Chevak, Alakanuk, St. Michael)
Paul O’Connor: 1951-1955 (Hooper Bay, St. Mary’s)
Patrick O’Reilly: 1945, 1947, 1949 (Sitka)
James Poole: 1948-1953, 1956-1957, 1959-1963, 1967-1968, 1970, 1975-1977, 1979-1980 (Mountain Village, St. Mary’s, Nome)
Charles Saalfeld: 1974-1978 (Nulato)
Vincent Scott: 2000 (St. Mary’s)
Arnold Custer: Unspecified accusations (served in Seward, Anchorage 1952-1962)
Patrick Savage: Unspecified accusations (served in Nome, Nulato 1927-1931)
Frederick Simoneau: Unspecified accusations (served in Ketchikan 1967-1969)
Joseph Obersinner: Unspecified accusations (served in Holy Cross 1952-1954)
Jes Stugelmayer contributed information to this story.
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