Fr. William A. Genuario

Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Bridgeport CT

Monsignor. Per documents released 2009, diocese paid two men $20K each in 2004 to settle claims of abuse in late 1970s-early ’80s. They alleged abuse by Genuario and another priest, Frank Wissel. Money was for therapy for three years. Accusers had recently learned that the priests were still active. Genuario was vicar general of the diocese for nine years. Both priests denied the allegations. Another settlement in 1/06. Remained “priest in good standing” in 3/14. Died in 6/15. Diocese acknowledged in 9/19 that the accusations were credible. Per news in 9/19, a man told the diocese in 4/02 that Genaurio abused him at age 13 in 1967. In 2017 another man alleged abuse as a minor in 1987, deemed credible by the review board. Settlement of $725K announced 10/19 with man claiming abuse at age 11 in 1988 by Genuario. On the diocese’s list 1/22/20. A 2019 report commissioned by the diocese states there were 6 vicitms, all boys ages 10-14, abused 1967-87.

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