Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Bishop Glenda S. Curry, Ph.D

The Rt. Rev. Glenda Curry serves as bishop of that Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. In that role, she has covered up allegations of abuse by clergy canonically resident in her diocese. This includes complaints about the Rev. Stephen McWhorter, who is  alleged to have made unwanted sexual advances against male youth while serving a parish in Pittsburgh PA.… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Bishop Paul Moore

Episcopal bishop Paul Moore was described by Bishop Andrew Dietsche in 2018. Paul Moore, a figure of extraordinary inspiration for so many of us, also bears the epithet “Serial Predator.” Paul Moore died fifteen years ago, but for those who continue to live with the pain of his long-ago abuse, the invitation is here extended to come forward,… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Church Treasurer Christine Hersom

In 2005 Episcopal church treasurer Christine Hersom was charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from Trinity Episcopal Church, Tilton, New Hampshire. Earlier the same year church warden and youth minister Scott Nash was charged with sexually assaulting four year old girls at the church and stealing $5,000 from its food pantry. Rector Janet Lombardo resigned but said that… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Boy Scout Leader Edward Dreisbach

In 2013 protesters picketed Prince of Peace Episcopal Church in Dallas, Pennsylvania (Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem) over historical sex abuse charges against parishioner, Penn State professor, and Boy Scouts of America troop leader Edward (“Ted”) Dreisbach. Dreisbach’s Boy Scout mentoring relationship between 1960 and 1989 was terminated by the BSA after three complaints by minor Boy Scouts about… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Priest D. Lorne Coyle

Episcopal priest D. Lorne Coyle was ordained in 1975 after he attended Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Coyle was disciplined in the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island in 1991 for an extramarital affair but allowed to remain a priest in good standing. Coyle was rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Vero Beach, Florida (Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida)… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Priest Joseph Carlo

In 2011 five adult men contacted the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri about child sexual abuse by Episcopal priest Joseph Carlo of Christ Episcopal Church, Rolla, Missouri. Carlo admitted to the allegations when he was confronted by the diocese and was deposed by Bishop Wayne Smith on March 13, 2012. “I have primary pastoral responsibilities to the survivors of… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Priest George Francis Weld II

Episcopal priest George Francis Weld II was arrested in September 2007 for for child molestation of a nine year old boy and charged in October 2007 with sexually assaulting a woman between the ages of 15 and 17. Weld attended Virginia Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. He is a conservative Evangelical Anglican Fellowship member… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Peace Corps Volunteer Jesse Osmun

The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut agreed in 2017 to pay a settlement to a local woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by lay Episcopal Jesse Osmun at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Milford, Connecticut when she was 12. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The settlement was reached as the case was to go to trial… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Priest Paul A. LaCharite

Episcopal priest Paul A. LaCharite was criminally charged with sexually abusing a boy in his congregation, St. James in Somerville MA, over a ten-year period. LaCharite, who served as rector of the parish from 1989 to 2005, pleaded not guilty to the charges. Contacted about the allegations, LaCharite’s husband, Bruce Shaw, denied the allegations. While out on bail, LaCharite… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Payroll Manager Shannon G. Tuso

On May 5, 2008 Shannon G. Tuso was hired to handle payroll at Christ Church Christiana Hundred Episcopal Church in Greenville, Delaware, a year after she was convicted in federal court of embezzling $135,000.00 from the Bank of America. She was arrested in May 2010 for giving herself an unauthorized monthly $1,000 raise from the church in December… Read More »