BOSTON — A watchdog group that documents the clergy sex abuse crisis Friday added four names to its public database of priests and other religious leaders accused of sexual abuse., an online research site that has chronicled the clergy sex abuse crisis since it erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2002, named clerics with the Congregation of Christian Brothers, the Dominican Order and the Salesians of Don Bosco.

One of the alleged victims, now a 48-year-old man, said in a recently settled lawsuit that he was abused by three clerics, starting when he was 12. Two of the clerics – the Rev. Sean Rooney and Brother Alan Scheneman – were members of the Salesians.

Scheneman left the order during the 1980s, according to the National Catholic Directory. Attempts to locate him and Rooney were unsuccessful.

Another alleged victim accused Brother William Hennessey, of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, of repeatedly molesting her between 1962 and 1964, starting when she was 8.

Hennessey was assigned to Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury.


The girl’s family lived near the school and befriended Hennessey, who often visited her mother and grandmother at their homes, Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian said. Hennessey died in 1978.

Another woman accused Brother Julius Martin Mattingly of sexually molesting her from 1969 to 1975, from age 13 to 19. Mattingly was assigned to the St. Stephen Priory in Dover.

Attempts to locate Mattingly were unsuccessful.


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