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Office of Child & Youth Protection and Victim Assistance

To report any suspected or actual sexual abuse of a minor by Diocesan personnel, immediate contact should be made with local civil authorities, and with the Toledo Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Mr. Frank DiLallo.  He can be reached at 419-214-4880 (private line) or 419-244-6711, ext. 4880 in the Toledo calling area, or 1-800-926-8277, ext. 4880 (Outside Toledo, Within Ohio).

VIRTUS Registration and Log in

As of July 1, 2016, if you are a new employee/volunteer who regularly works with children, or a current employee/volunteer who has not completed a protecting youth course in the last 5 years, you must complete either our Protecting Youth Workshop (see above tab) or our online Protecting Youth course, Protecting God’s Children.

If you have previously completed a Protecting Youth course or a background check, you may have received a User ID and Password from your compliance officer.  If not, check with him/her before you Log In as much of your information may have been uploaded from our former database. 

If you do not know who your compliance officer is, please contact Jacqueline Maume, Safe Environment Compliance Coordinator for the Diocese of Toledo, at 419-244-6711 x4922.

IF YOU NEED TO SET UP A VIRTUS ACCOUNT PLEASE CLICK

English: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_2.cfm?theme=0&org=37396

Spanish: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/sp_reg_1.cfm?theme=0%20

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A VIRTUS ACCOUNT PLEASE CLICK

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Spanish: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/espaniol.cfm?theme=0

AND LOG IN FOR EXISTING ACCOUNTS

*Please note, if you need to fulfill other requirements, the VIRTUS site will walk you through the steps to complete them.

LIVE Protecting Youth Workshop

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6pm at Holy Trinity Parish, 2649 U.S. Highway 20, Swanton, OH 43558 in the Holy Family Room - In the Parish Center, at the end of the hallway. Please R.S.V.P. to Sharon Hall: 419-644-4014.

Protecting Youth Vulnerable Adults and Those Who Serve Them Live Workshop(2).pdf

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DIOCESE OF TOLEDO CLERGY STATUS REPORT

CLERICS ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

Clergy who have been Placed on Administrative Leave

The following are clerics (deacons, priests, bishops) of the Diocese of Toledo who have been placed on administrative leave due to an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor or who have been accused of a crime associated with child pornography.  Administrative leave is a term used for the temporary removal of a cleric from his assignment during an investigative procedure, prior to any determination of guilt or innocence.  Clergy on administrative leave may not publicly perform any functions connected with Sacred Ordination or present themselves publicly as clerics. A list of their assignments can be found by clicking on their name below.

Name Status
Beaver, Nelson G. Placed on administrative leave (2018). Allegations substantiated (2019). Case in process for presentation to the Holy See.

CLERICS WITH SUBSTANTIATED ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR OR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Clergy who have been Permanently Removed from Public Ministry

The following are clerics (deacons, priests, bishops) of the Diocese of Toledo against whom an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was substantiated, or who have been convicted of a crime associated with child pornography, and have been permanently removed from public ministry by a canonical process.  While each individual remains a cleric, he is required to live a life of prayer and penance.  These clergy are subject to supervision for the remainder of their life as a cleric of the Diocese.  They may not publicly perform any function connected to Sacred Ordination or present themselves publicly as clerics.  A list of their assignments can be found by clicking on their name below.

Name Status
Beauregard, Thomas J.
†2005
Placed on administrative leave (2002). Died (2005) while his case was pending with the Holy See.
Fisher, Robert Placed on administrative leave (2002). Permanently removed from public ministry (2005).
Lucas, C. Neil
†2007
Placed on administrative leave (2002). Permanently removed from public ministry (2006). Died (2007).
Rogers, Stephen G Placed on administrative leave (2002). Permanently removed from public ministry (2006).
Schmelzer, Joseph Placed on administrative leave (2003). Permanently removed from public ministry (2007).
Shiffler, John Placed on administrative leave (2002). Permanently removed from public ministry (2006).
Thomas, Robert
†2018
Placed on administrative leave (2002). Permanently removed from public ministry (2007). Died (2018).
Varney, Lawrence Placed on administrative leave (2008). Permanently removed from public ministry (2009).
Welch, Leo
†2016
Requested and granted leave of absence (1965).  Preliminary canonical investigation begun (2015). Died (2016).
Yeager, Robert Retired/Senior Status (2005). Permanently removed from public ministry (2006).

† indicates year of death


Clergy who have been Permanently Dismissed from the Clerical State

The following are clerics (deacons, priests, bishops) of the Diocese of Toledo against whom an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was substantiated or who have been convicted of a crime associated with child pornography and, as a result of a canonical process, have had imposed upon them the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state.  The penalty of dismissal (laicization) means that the one ordained loses the juridic status of a cleric.  He is barred from performing any function connected with Sacred Ordination or presenting himself as a cleric. A list of their assignments can be found by clicking on their name below.

Name Status
Kokocinski, Bernard Personal leave of absence (1988-1991). Placed on administrative leave (2002). Dismissed from the clerical state (2007).
Meiring, Thomas E. Requested and granted a leave of absence (1983). Dismissed from the clerical state (2016).
Scharf, Lawrence Placed on administrative leave in (2002). Dismissed from the clerical state (2008).
Shrimplin, Glen Abandoned ministry (1987). Dismissed from the clerical state (2007). Died (2017).

† indicates year of death


Extern Clergy

An “extern cleric” is any cleric who is not incardinated in the Diocese of Toledo. This would include, but is not limited to, members of religious institutes, societies of apostolic life, and clerics who are incardinated in another diocese.  The following are extern clerics (deacons, priests, bishops) against whom an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was substantiated, or who have been convicted of a crime associated with child pornography, while serving in the Diocese.  This would include a canonical assignment to a parish, school, or other ministry sponsored by the Diocese of Toledo.

This category would not necessarily include clerics who resided/were present for a time in the territory of the Diocese of Toledo but were serving in a ministry or apostolate sponsored by their community or who were not immediately subject to the supervision or jurisdiction of the Bishop of Toledo.  For further information on these clerics, one should consult their religious order/community or the diocese where the cleric is/was incardinated. A list of their assignments or service in the Diocese can be found by clicking on their name below.

Name Status
Gallen, SJ, John
†2011
Prohibited from public ministry by the Society of Jesus (2004). Died (2011).
Knapp, CSSR, Paul Granted leave of absence by his religious order (1993). Abandoned the priesthood (1995). Dismissed from the clerical state at the request of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (2006).
Punnoor, Samuel Placed on administrative leave (2015). Remanded to diocese of incardination with full disclosure to the Bishop of Pathanamthitta (2015). Abandoned ministry (2016).
Warren, OSFS, Chester Placed on administrative leave (1992). Dismissed from clerical state at the request of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (2007).

† indicates year of death


Clergy who have Abandoned Ministry or have been Voluntarily Dispensed from the Clerical State

The following are clerics (deacons, priests, bishops) of the Diocese of Toledo against whom an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was substantiated or who have been convicted of a crime associated with child pornography. In these cases, the cleric had abandoned ministry before the allegation was reported to the Diocese and/or voluntarily requested to be dispensed from the clerical state. A list of their assignments can be found by clicking on their name below.

Name Status
Gray, Dennis L.
†2019
Requested and granted leave of absence (1987). Voluntarily dispensed from the clerical state (1994).
Hemstreet, John
†2007
Requested and granted leave of absence (1987). Abandoned ministry (1987). Died (2007).
McLaughlin, Michael Requested and granted leave of absence (1990). Abandoned ministry (1991). Canonical process in progress for removal from the clerical state.
Richey, Herbert Placed on administrative leave (1992). Voluntarily dispensed from the clerical state (1997).
Tynan, J. Michael Placed on administrative leave (2004). Voluntarily dispensed from the clerical state (2006).

† indicates year of death


Clergy who were Deceased Prior to an Allegation

Some allegations of sexual abuse of a minor were first reported after a cleric’s death. Because these clerics were deceased at the time of the report, and posed no threat, no canonical process took place and thus these cases were not submitted to the Review Board (which was established in 2004).

The documentation of these cases will now be presented to the Review Board which will make a recommendation, based on the available evidence, as to whether these clerics’ names should be added to the Clergy Status Report. 


Going forward, in accordance with paragraph 82 of the Diocese’s current Policy for the Protection of Minors and Young People, any allegation of sexual abuse of a minor reported after a cleric’s death will be submitted to the Review Board to be examined to the fullest extent possible. If it Is determined that an allegation can be substantiated, the cleric’s name will be added to this Clergy Status Report.


This Clergy Status Report will be updated and supplemented based upon future determinations of substantiated allegations.

 


The graph above indicates the year substantiated abuse occurred (blue line), and the year the substantiated allegation of abuse was reported to the Diocese of Toledo (dotted orange line).


Diocese of Toledo - Questions and Answers Regarding the Clergy Sexual Abuse Scandal

 

Updated: 4/5/19

Diocese of Toledo Background Check FAQ

What kind of background check do I need to work or volunteer in the Diocese or Toledo?

*Important* Please note, these are the Diocesan minimums. Each entity may demand that its employees/volunteers have further requirements. Be sure to notify the Diocese of Toledo parish/school/entity that you will be working/volunteering for that you will be obtaining a background check so that they may provide you with any entity specific information that you will need to know prior to your background check.

Volunteers

Online Social Security Number background check via FastraxSelection.com (accessed through VIRTUS), needed every 5 years

Parish Employees

FBI Fingerprint Background Check
Online Social Security Number background check via FastraxSelection.com (accessed through VIRTUS), needed every 5 years

Licensed School Employees

FBI Fingerprint Background Check, needed every 5 years
Online Social Security Number background check via FastraxSelection.com (accessed through VIRTUS), needed every 5 years

Non-licensed School Employees

FBI Fingerprint Background Check, needed every 5 years
BCI Fingerprint Background Check, needed every 5 years

If you will be in the downtown Toledo area, fingerprinting services are available at the Diocese of Toledo, Pastoral Center.
Address:  1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH  43604
Hours: 
Tuesdays           12pm-4pm
Thursdays          9am–1pm

Cost:  $30 for FBI and $30 for BCI (Ohio), and $60 for both.  Cash and check payment only (no debit or credit cards accepted), checks should be made payable to Diocese of Toledo.

The electronic process takes approximately 10 minutes.  A driver’s license, along with the applicable fee, will be required at time of service.

If you are unable to stop by the Pastoral Center, you can locate a WebCheck location near you.

https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Business/Services-for-Business/WebCheck/Webcheck-Community-Listing

I’m not an employee or volunteer at a Diocese of Toledo parish/school/entity, can I still utilize the fingerprinting services at the Catholic Center?

No, at this time we only provide fingerprinting services to employees and volunteers of Diocese of Toledo parishes, schools, and entities including those affiliated institutions such as Mareda Center, Maria Early Learning Center, Equal Access, Lourdes University, Padua Center, Catholic Club and Catholic Charities.

How long does it take for results to get to my parish/school/entity?

For those printed at the Pastoral Center, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will post your results electronically for the Pastoral Center to view.  This can sometimes take as little as an hour and can other times take several weeks.  Please know that this is out of the control of the Diocese of Toledo.  Fingerprinting results are posted weekly.  If they have been returned, to the Diocese of Toledo, your compliance officer will have access to the results once they are posted.  In addition, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will also send a copy directly to the Ohio Department of Education.

If you are fingerprinted at a WebCheck location other than the one at the Pastoral Center, it is your responsibility to request that your results be sent to the Pastoral Center or our parish/school/entity.

If you have questions about why your results have not yet been released, please contact Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Civilian Identification Office at 877-244-0043.

I know I have a record, now what?

Often times, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will not release your record directly to the Diocese of Toledo.  Instead, the Ohio Attorney General’s office will send a letter indicating the individual may have a record.  When the Diocese of Toledo receives this letter, a form will be mailed directly to you for completion.  The form should be sent to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and they will mail your record back to you.  If you receive your record, you should share it with your parish/school compliance officer or it can be sent directly to the Pastoral Center, Attn:  Jacqueline R. Maume.  Your record will be reviewed and then your parish or school will contact your to notify you of your eligibility or restrictions to work or volunteer.

I was told that my record was ‘MAILED’, but I don’t have a record!
Please call the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Civilian Identification Department at 877-224-0043 to discuss.

If you have additional questions about background checks and the specific requirements for your parish/school or Diocesan entity, please contact the parish/school/entity directly and ask to speak with the safe environment compliance officer.

The Diocese of Toledo has been found to be in compliance with the articles of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The compliance letter followed upon the submission of documents and statistics related to maintaining a safe environment for our children and youth for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.  The Diocese of Toledo is audited by an independent agency each year to ensure compliance with the Charter. 

The Diocese of Toledo remains committed to ensuring the protection of children and providing a safe environment for all young people.  If you have any knowledge of abuse that has been committed by a cleric, or any employee or volunteer of the Catholic Church, please report the abuse to your local police department, Child Protection Services, and Mr. Frank DiLallo, Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator.  Mr. DiLallo can be reached at (419) 214-4880 or by mail at 1933 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, Ohio  43604.

 

La Diócesis de Toledo ha sido declarada en cumplimiento de todos los artículos de la Carta para la Protección de Niños y Jóvenes de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos.

La certificación de cumplimiento para el período comprendido entre el 1 de julio de 2017 al 30 de junio de 2018, se obtuvo gracias a la presentación de documentos y estadísticas relacionadas con el mantenimiento de un ambiente seguro para nuestros niños y jóvenes. La Diócesis de Toledo es auditada anualmente por una agencia independiente para asegurar el cumplimiento con la Carta.

La Diócesis de Toledo renueva su compromiso de asegurar la protección de los niños y de proveer un ambiente seguro para todos los jóvenes. Si usted tiene conocimiento de algún abuso que haya sido cometido por algún miembro del clero, o empleado/voluntario de la Iglesia Católica, por favor reportar dicho abuso al departamento local de policía, la agencia de Servicios de Protección al Menor, y el Coordinador de Asistencia a Víctimas de la Diócesis Frank DiLallo.  Usted se puede comunicar con el Sr. DiLallo por teléfono al número (419) 214-4880, o a la  siguiente dirección 1933 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, Ohio, 43604.