Evansville Diocese says claims of sex abuse against late priest ‘unsubstantiated’

Courier & Press

June 26, 2020

By Abbey Doyle

Bishop Joseph M. Siegal said Friday he found claims of sexual misconduct against a now-deceased priest were “unsubstantiated” after an Evansville Diocese investigation.

In response, the family of the accuser called the announcement, and the investigation itself, “absurd and offensive.”

Testifying in front of the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee in February 2019, Christopher Compton said the Rev. Raymond Kuper sexually abused him multiple times when Compton was 9 years old.

He accused of Kuper of “borderline brainwashing” him.

Kuper died in 2012.

Speaking to reporters at the Diocese of Evansville Catholic Center, Bishop Joseph M. Siegel, said: “On the recommendation of the Diocesan Review Board, I have found that this allegation cannot be substantiated.”

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