Fr. Donald W. Becker

Ordained: 1968
Status: Settled

Died: 02/15/2022
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Removed in 2003. Accused of sexually abusing two teen boys and a boy age 10-11. Denied allegations. After publicity in 3/18 a news outlet reported hearing from “several more” accusers. One said when he was age 15 in 1975 Becker got him drunk then abused him, including rape, in a North Java cabin. Included on 3/20/18 diocesan list. A third man, age 43, stated publicly 6/1/18 that he was sexually abused at age 13 by Becker when the priest was pastor of SS Peter and Paul in Hamburg. At least one alleged victim reportedly died by suicide. Lawsuit 8/19 claims abuse of 15-year-old boy in 1974 at Becker’s cabin. Plaintiff told the diocese in 9/07; diocese paying for counseling and meds since 2012. A 9/19 lawsuit claimed Becker abuse a boy, age 11, in 1971. . Case sent to the Vatican. Removed from diocesan payroll 5/1/20 in bankruptcy agreement. By 8/21 thirty men had claimed abuse as boys by Becker under the NY Child Victims Act. Lived in Fort Meyers, FL 2013 until his death 2/15/22.

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