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Diocese of Winona releases list of 14 priests suspected of abuse


The Diocese of Winona on Monday released a list of 14 priests who have been credibly accused of abusing children, the Winona Daily News reports.

Only four of the 14 are still alive, the newspaper reports. Among those on the list is Thomas Adamson, a priest who in 1975 was transferred to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Adamson is now 78 and thought to be living in Rochester, the Daily News reports. He was banned last year from diocese parishes and schools, the newspaper reports.

Adamson was the target of a lawsuit filed earlier this year by a 51-year-old man who says Adamson sexually abused him 40 years ago, and that the priest had a pattern of molesting children. At the time, the Winona Archdiocese said it "respectfully declines" to comment on the lawsuit.

The Winona Diocese was ordered by a Ramsey County judge last month to publicly disclose its list. The judge had also ordered the release of a similar secret list of 34 priests held by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, which was made public last week.

More than 20 men who allege that they were abused by priests years ago have sued the Diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis this year. A new law approved earlier this year removed statutes of limitations on such suits.

The latest was filed just Monday by a man alleging he was sexually abused by a priest at a Golden Valley church around 1962, the Pioneer Press reports.

St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt apologized Sunday in a homily at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina, saying that Catholic bishops have failed in their response to the clergy-abuse crisis.

In addition to Adamson, the Winona list released Monday:

Sylvester F. Brown, 1930-2010

Joseph C. Cashman, 1934-

Louis G. Cook, 1924-2004

William D. Curtis, 1919-2001

John R. Feiten, 1924-2001

Richard H. Hatch, 1927-2005

Ferdinand L. Kaiser, 1910-1973

Jack L. Krough, 1949-

Michael J. Kuisle, 1916-1971

James. W. Lennon, 1939-2000

Leland J. Smith, 1927-

Robert H. Taylor, 1930-2012

Leo Charles Koppala, 1966-

Koppala, who was Blue Earth priest who raised money for orphans in his native India, was charged in June with second-degree criminal sexual conduct in a case involving an 11-year-old girl, the Pioneer Press reported.

Krough was removed from ministry in 2002, according to the Associated Press. He is believed to be living in Barron, Wis., the Winona newspaper reports.

Cashman also was removed from ministry in 2002 and is now thought to be in Dallas, Texas; and Smith was removed from ministry in 1994 and is believed to be in Winona, the Winona newspaper reports.

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