Dodge City diocese names priests accused of child sexual abuse

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The Catholic Diocese of Dodge City has released the names of priests, seminarians with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of children.


  • Donald Fiedler (not permitted to function as a priest since 2007)

  • John Haberthier (deceased)
  • Augustine Hanchak, CPPS (deceased)
  • Cletus (“Jerry”) Stein (no longer a priest)
  • Edward Young (deceased)


  • Orestes Huerta (priest of the Diocese of Boac, Philippines)

  • Mario Islas (no longer a priest)
  • Richard Kolega, CPPS (deceased)
  • Donald Straub (no longer a priest)
  • Joseph Thiesen (deceased)


  • Heleodoro (“Leo”) de Hoyos: Allegation from Oklahoma in 1997 when he was a seminarian of the Dodge City Diocese. He was dismissed as a seminarian.

  • Joel McClure: Due to law enforcement investigation and with the cooperation of the Diocese of Dodge City, he was dismissed as a seminarian in August 2015. He pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of transportation of child pornography in March 2016. 

(MORE: Wichita diocese names 15 priests accused of child sexual abuse)

"I apologize to victim survivors of child sexual abuse, especially those who were abused by priests and seminarians of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. You have suffered from this terrible sin. I beg your forgiveness. I pray our Lord Jesus will give His healing love to you and your families."

- Bishop John B. Brungardt

If you suspect abuse or neglect of a child in Kansas and the child is in immediate danger, call 911 or local law enforcement.

If you have suspicion a child is being abused or neglected, make a confidential report to Kansas Department for Children and Families Protection Report Center, 800-922-5330 or to the KBI Hotline, 800-KSCRIME (800-572-7463), or by emailing

If you suspect sexual abuse by Church personnel, in addition to making a report to the proper civil authorities, please contact Mr. Charles Befort, the diocesan Review Board representative who receives and follows up on reports. His contact information is, 620-285-3219.

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