Ex-Priest at Center of Sex Abuse Case Dies

By Jean Torkelson
Rocky Mountain News
November 16, 2006,1299,DRMN_15_5148762,00.html

Accused sex abuser and ex-priest Harold Robert White died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in Cancun, Mexico.

White, 73, was at the center of several sex abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Denver. He left the active ministry in the 1990s and was defrocked in 2004.

White was accused of multiple incidents of sexual abuse of children. He was a parish priest from the 1950s through the 1990s. He and the late Leonard Abercrombie, a priest who died in 1994, have been named in separate lawsuits filed in Denver District Court. A total of 30 suits have been filed and four were settled this week with mediation arranged by the Archdiocese of Denver.

Jeff Herman, a Miami attorney who handles 12 lawsuits against White, said Thursday that because White's death closes off the opportunity to question him in court, it becomes even more important for the archdiocese to open up all its documents related to White.

The archdiocese had no immediate comment Thursday.

Private services are tentatively scheduled for Saturday in Denver.


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