Fr. William C. Graham

Ordained: 1976
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Duluth MN

Pastor of St. Michael’s in Duluth when placed on leave 5/23/16 after accused in a lawsuit of sex abuse of a boy, ages 15-16, in 1977-78. The boy was a student at Cathedral High, where Graham worked variously as principal, chaplain, religious studies department head and teacher. Per the suit, the accuser’s father told the diocese of the alleged abuse in 2010. Graham denied the accusation and filed suit 7/16 against his accuser. Diocese announced in 8/18 that the allegations against Graham were credible. Jury trial for Graham’s suit against his accuser 8/21/18. Jury said accuser interfered with Graham’s contractual duties when he filed claims in 5/16, but did not intentionally inflict distress on him. Accuser ordered to pay Graham $13,500 in damages. Graham permanently removed from ministry.


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