Fr. Walter Phillip Coleman

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Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Bridgeport CT

Diocese knew of complaints in 1970s; investigated claims in 1994. Per 1994 suit, Coleman abused a boy for five years, giving him gifts and money. Allowed to function for several months before “retiring.” Went on to work as priest in Miami FL archdiocese. Suit resolved for undisclosed sum in 1995. Another suit 1996. Claims also settled in 2001 and 2003. Faculties removed 2002. New suit 9/27/10 re abuse of a 10-year-old boy in 1972. Died 10/16. Five cases re four priests, including Coleman, settled 5/17. New lawsuits in 9/18 with claims of abuse by Coleman of two altar boys at St. Patrick’s in Bridgeport in the 1970s and 1980s. A third man claimed Coleman abused him as a child at St. Joseph’s in Brookfield in the 1980s. Settlement 3/19. Per a 2019 report commissioned by the diocese, there were 12 victims, all boys ages 6-14, abused 1969-82.

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