Fr. Jerome Paul Coyle

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Per news in 11/18, Coyle admitted in 1986 to Bishop Soens to having had sexual contact or attraction to about 50 boys in IA over 20-plus years. The diocese removed him from ministry and sent him to the Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs NM for treatment. He stayed in NM for 30 years. The Sioux City diocese did not notify police or the public. (Bishop Soens was himself later credibly accused of the sex abuse of students as a priest and school principal.) Coyle was moved by the Sioux City diocese in 6/18 to a Fort Dodge IA care facility, next to a Catholic School. Diocese admitted in 10/18 to hiding Coyle’s identity for decades. On diocese’s list 2/22/19.

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