Former Pueblo priest Bonfadini denies rape allegations

Pueblo Chieftain

Oct. 28, 2019

By Anthony A. Mestas

Leo Bonfadini emphatically denies that he ever raped a 17-year-old boy when he was a priest and administrator at Pueblo’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in 1979.

The accusations came rushing back last week.

Bonfadini is one of 43 Catholic priests named in the Colorado Special Master’s Report on child sexual abuse who are accused of sexually abusing at least 166 children in Colorado since 1950. The report was initiated by the Colorado Attorney General’s office, in cooperation with the Catholic dioceses in Colorado, including the Pueblo Diocese.

The former Pueblo priest, who now lives in Denver, drove down for an interview with The Pueblo Chieftain on Monday, with Pueblo attorney Joe Koncilja present.

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