Sioux Falls Diocese Releases List Of 11 Priests Who Sexually Abused Children

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Following the lead of other Catholic dioceses in the region, the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese has now released a list of names of priests who sexually abused children.

The list names 11 priests who were part of the Sioux Falls Diocese. Only two are still alive, and they have been removed from the priesthood. They are Robert L. Grabowski and Frank J. McNeil, who was the former Sioux Falls Fire Chaplain. KELOLAND has video of McNeil from 1999, after he had retired.

William Neuroth died in 2013. He was removed from his position in 1994. In 1997, he reached a secret settlement with a former O’Gorman High School Student who said Neuroth molested him in the 1970s.

The diocese says all the allegations against these priests were later substantiated through investigation by law enforcement and/or Diocesan personnel. That means not all were investigated by police, but may have been.

This list is not as detailed as some other dioceses have put out. Those lists have included the number of accusations and where specifically where the priests served, while the Sioux Falls list does not.

Two of the priests were never removed from the clergy at all. The Diocese says that allegations against Louis D. Nally and Milton J. Eggerling were made after their deaths.

The list does not include pedophile priests from other religious orders who may have spent time in Sioux Falls.

Bishop Paul Swain says in a letter to the diocese, It is my prayer that this will encourage any victim harmed by any on this list or any other person serving in ministry in the Church to come forward to law enforcement or to the diocese so that appropriate assistance might be offered and justice accomplished.

Priests no longer living on list: 

  • Milton J. Eggerling, Ordained 1954, Died 2008
  • Bruce C. MacArthur  Ordained 1953, Died 2012
  • James V. McCormick Ordained 1963, Died 2017
  • John I. Murray Ordained 1955, Died 2012
  • Louis D. Nally Ordained 1921, Died 1987
  • William Neuroth  Ordained 1963, Died 2013
  • Thomas J. Ryan Ordained 1952, Died 2017
  • Leonard F. Stanton  Ordained 1943, Died 1997
  • Leonard M Thury Ordained  1958, Died 2003

Former Priests still living on list: 

  • Robert L. Grabowski, Ordained 1955, 
  • Frank J. McNeil  Ordained 1971


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