Two Lawsuits Filed Involving Former Damien High School Priest

Civil lawsuits were filed Friday by two men who were sexually abused as minors by clergy at Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Minn. Doe 51 and Doe 56 were molested by multiple priests and brothers of the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross (“Crosier”) religious order. One of the accused clergy – Father Gerald Funcheon – is accused of sexually abusing several boys at Damien Memorial School in Honolulu in approximately 1982-84.

Fr. Gerald Funcheon

Fr. Gerald Funcheon

Funcheon is accused of sexually abusing many children in several states, including Indiana, Minnesota, Hawaii and California. Funcheon was ordained in Indiana in 1965, and worked in several states and Germany before working at Damien Memorial School 1982-84.

Funcheon is accused of molesting several children at Damien.   There are four pending lawsuits in Hawaii regarding Funcheon’s sexual abuse of minors at Damien Memorial School. Funcheon was terminated from the Crosier order and incardinated into the Diocese of Lafayette (Indiana) in 1987. He currently lives at St. John Vianney Renewal Center in Missouri, funded by the Diocese of Lafayette.

Doe 51 was sexually abused from approximately 1979-81 by Father Gerald Funcheon, Brother Gabriel Guerrero and Brother Roman Fleischhacker, when Doe 51 was approximately 15-17 years old. Doe 56 was sexually abused in approximately 1979-80 by Funcheon, Brother Wendell Mohs and Father Roger Vaughn, when Doe 56 was approximately 14-15 years old. The perpetrators were assigned to Crosier Seminary at the time they abused Doe 51 and Doe 56, who attended the seminary.

“We applaud the courage of Doe 51 and Doe 56 in coming forward to seek accountability and take back power that was stolen from them as children by abusive clergy,” said Jeff Anderson, attorney for Doe 51 and Doe 56. “Funcheon was a particularly damaging offender at Damien Memorial School. These abusers were allowed access to children throughout the country, many of whom they abused. Today, Doe 51 and Doe 56 are helping put an end to that tragic practice.”

Funcheon, Mohs and Vaughn are included on lists of credibly accused clergy made public by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Crosiers. Vaughn is also on a list of credibly accused clergy made public by the Diocese of St. Cloud (Minnesota). Guerrero is included on the Crosiers’ list.

Doe 51 and Doe 56 brought their lawsuits under the Minnesota Child Victims Act, which gives child sexual abuse victims until May 25, 2016, to file civil lawsuits. But persons abused by clergy working in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, including Crosiers, have until August 3, 2015, to bring claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in bankruptcy court.

The complaints and more information about the alleged perpetrators can be found at www.andersonadvocates.com.

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