Fr. John Wiley Goeke

Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Covington KY

Arraigned 8/94 on charges he abused two girls in the early 1960s; removed by diocese. Criminal charges dropped when the women did not want to pursue charges. A third woman filed a civil suit which claimed he took advantage of her when she sought marriage counseling. This suit settled in 1997. Permanently removed in 2002 after the Dallas Bishops Conference. Two women filed complaints in 12/04 as part of a class action alleging abuse in 1963 and 1971 when they were 11 and 15. Honored at an event in 6/18 by a housing non-profit in Northern KY, where he had been involved for 25 years. On the non-profit’s board was another diocesan priest, who emceed the event. Included on the diocese’s list 7/31/20 of those with substantiated allegation(s).


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