Fr. Donald Hartman
Diocese: Diocese of Marquette MI
Multiple allegations. In 2/11, a man picketed St. Peter’s Cathedral in Marquette saying he was abused on multiple occasions by Hartman in Champion in about 1960. Hartman was reportedly forced to leave the parish as a result of the abuse. Named in the MI A.G.’s 10/22 report. Accused in a 1991 lawsuit of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old altar boy at the Diocesan Retirement Home in Escanaba. Removed from public ministry in 1/92 and sent to St. Luke’s Institute in MD. In 2002 a man told the diocese he was an altar boy in the late 1950s at a St. Ignace parish and that Hartman was “pedophilic.” In 4/04 a man reported Hartman sexually abused him multiple times in 1953-54, when the man was age 14 or 15. He remembered that Hartman was arrested for sexually abusing boys while assigned in the Champion, Republic, Michigamme area. Accused in 2005 of abuse 1960-61 of an altar boy, age 11 or 12 in St. Ignace. Accuser said other boys were abused as well. His parents confronted Hartman, who was transferred. In 2010, another claim, of abuse of a boy, age 9 or 10, in 1963 in Champion. After a woman saw an incident, police were notified. Hartman was removed from the parish. He died in 1999.
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