Fr. John Asare-Dankwah
Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA
Pastor of St. Peter Claver in Treme LA when accused in a lawsuit filed in 1/21 of rape and assault of a boy, age 10, during confession at a retreat in Montgomery AL in 2008. The boy was a parishioner of Blessed Trinity in New Orleans, where Asare-Dankwah was assigned. The alleged victim said the priest pulled him out of bed the morning after the sexual assault and repeatedly struck him, while praying and accusing the boy of being a homosexual. Suspended pending investigation. Asare-Dankwah was visiting family in Ghana when the suit was filed. He denied the allegations. Police were investigating. Asare-Dankwah countersued his accuser. He was reported to federal authorities after an archdiocesan audit completed in 8/21 showed possible financial crimes committed during his time at St. Peter Claver. In 12/22 the Asare-Dankwah and the man accusing him of the 2008 abuse agreed to drop their lawsuits against each other.
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