Fr. James M. Janssen

Ordained: 1948
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused of sexually assaulting 36 boys over three decades, beginning in 1953. Often interacted with other abusers. Used pornography. Placed on leave in 1990, retired from active ministry in 1991, laicized in 2004. Sued in 2003. Settlement of $9M involving 37 allegations. Ordered to spend 6 months in jail for contempt of court 1/08. Charged in 7/08 with three counts of perjury. On the diocese’s 7/08 list of credibly accused. Received two years probation for perjury 6/09. Personnel files released 4/30/14 show allegation of abuse of a boy while working in Hinsdale, IL, in the Joliet diocese. Living at motel in Bettendorf, IA as of 5/14. Claimed he was dying of lung cancer at age 90. Died 6/10/15.


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