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St. John's Abbey releases list of 18 accused monks

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Dec 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - Saint John's Abbey is disclosing the names of 18 current and former monks who it says have likely sexually abused minors.

Most of the names have already been made public.

On its website, the abbey says the list includes the names of nine monks who live at the abbey under supervision, seven monks who are dead and two men who have been dispensed from their religious vows and are no longer monks.

Brother Aelred Senna is a spokesman for the abbey. He says the list represents the abbey's best efforts to identify those who likely offended against minors. All cases were reviewed, and even though complaints against some could not be completely substantiated, Senna says the abbey included them on the list to acknowledge pain suffered by victims.

The complete list, as published on the Abbey's website, includes the following names: († denotes deceased, * denotes no longer an abbey monk)

  • Bennett, Andre†
  • Bik, Michael
  • Blumeyer, Robert†
  • Dahlheimer, Cosmas†
  • Eckroth, Richard
  • Gillespie, Thomas
  • Hoefgen, Francis*
  • Hohmann, Othmar†
  • Keller, Dominic†
  • Kelly, John*
  • Maiers, Brennan
  • McDonald, Finian
  • Moorse, Dunstan
  • Phillips, James
  • Schulte, Francisco
  • Tarlton, Allen
  • Wendt, Pirmin†
  • Wollmering, Bruce†
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