Fr. Harlan B. Clapsaddle

Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Rockford IL

Removed from ministry in 2002. Accused of inappropriately touching three brothers over three years, beginning in 1977. Their mother reported the abuse to the Diocese in 1993. Clapsaddle denied the allegations, which the Diocese accepted. The brothers contacted the Diocese in 12/1996; he was removed from his parish in 1/1997 and sent for treatment. Reassigned in 11/1997, as chaplain to a nursing home in a “monitored setting.” The Diocese paid the three victims a total of $80K. In 3/2002 he was removed from the nursing home assignment after a new claim, of abuse over three years in the mid-1980s. Nursing home officials said they knew nothing about his past record. On diocese’s list 11/14/2018. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General’s Report, which notes 6 “reported survivors.”

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