Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Priest Joseph Noll

In 2006 a 46 year old woman sued the Episcopal Diocese of Florida for $5 million in damages related to abuse by a deacon at the former St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Florida. The deacon was identified as Episcopal priest Joseph Noll, who died in 2002 at age 83. Noll was ordained to the priesthood in 1970.… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Senior Warden and Babysitter Scott E. Nash

Episcopal Church senior warden, youth minister, and babysitter Scott E. Nash of Trinity Episcopal Church in Tilton, New Hampshire was arrested in 2005 after fleeing to Aruba following charges that he digitally assaulted three four year old girls and stole $5,000 from the church. Nash was charged on March 7, 2005 with two counts of aggravated felonious sexual… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Priest Adam Egan

Episcopal priest Adam Egan of the Diocese of Albany pleaded guilty in May 2016 to a misdemeanor charge of attempted unlawful surveillance after he filmed a woman as she changed her clothes in a Salvation Army store. He was arrested December 23, 2015 in the store on Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham, New York. Egan, rector of St. Stephen’s… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Priest Jim Carlton Wooldridge

Episcopal priest Jim Carlton Wooldridge was sentenced in January 2008 to three years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division and fined $5,000 in the 27th District Court on felony charges of sexual misconduct with a minor male. According to Lampasas District Clerk Terri Cox, Wooldridge was charged with two counts of sexual assault and indecency… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Priest Bruce C. Fehr

Episcopal priest and attorney Bruce C. Fehr was arrested by the FBI in April 2015 for downloading child pornography. He was sentenced to three years in prison and 10 years of probation. Fehr was rector at St. Francis of the Islands Episcopal Church on Wilmington Island in Savannah and had held the position since 2013 until the time… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Organist Jay L. Shisler

In 2017 an adult man sued St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, in Portland, Oregon for $3.1 million in damages related to abuse by organist Jay L. Shisler (1940-2001). The Portland man, in his 60s and identified in the suit as M.W.R., alleged battery, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit accused choir director Jay… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Catholic Priest and Episcopal Organist Daniel Pater

Episcopal organist Daniel Pater was director of music at St. Simon of Cyrene Episcopal Church in Lincoln Heights, Ohio in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio from 2013 to 2019. Pater had been removed from ordained ministry by the Roman Catholic Church in 2014, but The Episcopal Church did not conduct a review of his records prior to… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal College Professor Jeffrey D. Tassin

Jeffrey D. Tassin, a tenured professor of chemistry at the Episcopal University of the South for 16 years, was stopped at a routine drug checkpoint along Interstate Highway 75 near Cleveland, Tennessee on July 12, 1997. Local news stories reported that police asked permission to search Tassin’s car after a drug-sniffing dog located marijuana residue. Approximately 200 sexually-explicit… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal University Professor Phillip Gregory Harris

University of the South instructor Phillip Gregory Harris was charged in 1997 with sexually assaulting an eight year old boy in a Wal-Mart bathroom. He was also charged in 1998 with assaulting two other boys, including a six year old, while he was a forestry professor at Sewanee, an official Episcopal university. In a third case, Harris was charged… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Lay Teacher Larry Smith

Six St. Albans School students accused lay fourth grade teacher Larry Smith of sexual misconduct before or during the the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation schools safeguarding review. Smith taught at St. Albans from 1950 to 1970. Smith also owned and ran Camp Sangamon for Boys in Pittsford, Vermont, and was credibly accused of abusing students there. One student accused… Read More »