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Diocese, law firm name ‘credibly accused’ priests

The Diocese of New Ulm and Jeff Anderson & Associates law firm on Tuesday released the names of 16 men who have been "credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor while they were assigned as priests." Thirteen of the 16 are deceased, according to the news release issued by the diocese.

In a seperate news release issued by Jeff Anderson & Associates, it was noted that two of those priests served in Silver Lake, six in Winsted, two in Stewart and one in Glencoe.

Those who have been accused and who have served parishes in McLeod County include: Michael Skoblik, St. Joseph in Silver Lake, 1965-1988; Douglas Schleisman, St. Adalbert and St. Joseph of Silver Lake, 1984-1993; Rudolph Henrich, 1937-38, Louis Heitzer, 1942-44, Charles Stark, 1945-45, Dennis Becker, 1963-66, Douglas Schleisman, 1981-84 and Robert Clark, 1984-39, all serving at Holy Trinity in Winsted; Dennis Becker, serving at St. Boniface in Stewart from 1990-1991 and 1995-1998 and at St. Anastasia, Hutchinson, 1987-98; Rudolph Henrich, St. Boniface, Stewart, 1954-1957; and Michael Skoblik, St. George, Glencoe, 1952-1965.

"It is important that we recognize the credible accusations made against these men and acknowledge the terrible harm done by abuse in church ministry," said Bishop John LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm.

More about the issue will be published in the April 6 print edition of The Chronicle.