Fr. Joseph Gibbs Clauder

Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Madison WI

Placed on leave without privileges in 1999 after an allegation of sexual misconduct with an adult woman. She sued the diocese for negligent supervision for not monitoring his conduct after misconduct with another woman. In early 2009, a 20-year-old woman alleged that Clauder sexually abused and threatened her in 2003-04. In 8/10 the diocesan review board found her allegations “credible and probable.” Rome ordered a canonical trial at the conclusion of civil matters. Sentenced to a life of prayer and penance. Acquitted in 12/11 criminal trial.

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