Fr. William J. Fedders

Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Lexington KY

Ordained for the Diocese of Covington. Incardinated into the Diocese of Lexington when it was established in 1988. A man reported to the Lexington Bishop J. Kendrick WIlliams in 1993 that Fedders abused him three times in 1983 when he was a 14-year-old 8th grader and altar boy at Christ the King in Lexington. The alleged victim suggested a settlement of $200K in 1994, but the diocese offered only to pay for counseling. The man rejected the counseling offer. He filed a civil suit in 6/02. Fedders was suspended. Permanently removed in 9/04, given a ‘life of prayer and penance’.
Case dismissed on SOL. Not reported to police until 2004. Included on the Covington diocese’s 7/31/20 list of those with substantiated allegation(s). On Lexington’s list in 8/20. It notes that Fedders admitted to “a single incident of inappropriate sexual behavior with a minor.”

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