Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States

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Roger 1966 P Settled Diocesan Monsignor, former Vicar General. Retired 2010. Publicly accused 5/17. A man seeking to train as a deacon said he told Bishop Hoeppner in 2010 that Grundhaus abused him in 1971 at age 16. The man sued Hoeppner and the diocese in 5/17, claiming Hoeppner told him to keep it quiet or he would not become deacon and that his priest-son's career would be harmed. He said Hoeppner had him sign a letter in 2015 rescinding the allegation. The man said he signed it to protect his son, a Crookston priest. Diocese denied coercion; said they reported Grundhaus' abuse allegations to police in 2011. Man's attorney said Grundhaus' name was not on a court-ordered list of accused priests given to his office in 10/15. Grundhaus suspended 5/17. Diocese settled with the man in 9/17; no admission of wrongdoing by Hoeppner, as a condition of the settlement. Lawsuit naming Grundhaus settled 7/19. In 9/19 Grundhaus publicly stated the incident occurred when the boy was 18, and was a misunderstanding. Crookston, MN Source:
Jeff Anderson & Associates; Associated Press 05.09.17; Crookston Times 05.09.17; Grand Forks Herald 05.09.17; Post Bulletin 05.09.17; Star Tribune 05.09.17; Crookston Times 05.10.17; Crookston Times 05.10.17; National Catholic Reporter 05.10.17; Post Bulletin 05.10.17; WDAZ 05.10.17; Catholic Philly 05.11.17; WDAY 07.25.17; Crookston Times 09.20.17; WDAZ 09.20.17; Valley News Live 09.22.17; Duluth News Tribune 09.24.17; Crookston Times 09.26.17; Diocese of Crookston 09.27.17; WDAZ 09.27.17; AP/Pioneer Press 09.28.17; Jeff Anderson & Associates 09.28.17; Minnesota Public Radio 09.28.17; Church Militant 11.21.17; Duluth News 09.23.19; AP via National Catholic Reporter 11.06.19; Diocese of Crookston List accessed 01.26.20; Catholic Spirit 02.04.20; Crookston Times 02.05.20
Jeff Anderson & Associates

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