Fr. John A. de Leeuw

Ordained: 1944
Status: Accused

Died: 07/8/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Lafayette LA

From the Netherlands. Joined the Diocese of Lafayette LA in 1953. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list in 4/12. Retired in 1986. In 2009 a social worker reported to the diocese that a woman alleged de Leeuw sexually abused her starting when she was age 13 and continuing until she was married. He was quietly removed in 2011. In 2019 the woman’s sister, then in her early 60s, told a news outlet that de Leeuw sexually abused her beginning when she was about age seven and in third grade, and continuing until she was in sixth grade. She said he also sexually abused most of her six siblings. The siblings had come forward to the diocese in 2011. de Leeuw denied the allegations. He died in 2015, at age 97.

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