Fr. Michael J. Buescher
Diocese: Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend IN
First named publicly as accused on diocese’s 9/18/18 list. Noted to have six credible allegations against him. Removed from parish ministry 11/89. One accuser said he was age 12 when the abuse occurred in 1980 at St. Charles Borromeo in Fort Wayne. Buescher was laicized 5/14/91 and, at some point, moved to Indianapolis. Beginning in 2001 he worked as a vocational rehab counselor for Department of Veterans Affairs. Retired 9/28/18, ten days after accusations made public..
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