Br. Francis P. Chapman
Per 2003 article Chapman was accused of fondling at least one student at St. Francis Indian School on Rosebud Reservation. Principal of school remembered seeing him with a boy on his lap, and said “I didn’t like the possibilities. We asked him to leave.” Chapman died 11/30/90 and was buried at St. Francis. A 2011 article links him to abuse of multiple girls. By mid-2010, 6 plaintiffs were participating in litigation re Chapman. Cases dismissed by court 1/14. On Rapid City diocese’s list in 3/19. On Jesuits Midwest Province list 12/17/18.
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