Fr. Robert Kapoun

Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

The “Polka Padre.” Accused in a 1989 lawsuit of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy for two years, 1973-74, after the boy sought counseling. Accused of sexual battery and clergy malpractice. Suit settled in 1990. In 1995 four men filed lawsuits claiming abuse as minors by Kapoun 1966-81. In 2/96 a jury awarded $550K in damages and $600K punitives to one victim. Decision overturned on SOL. A second case settled and in a third the jury found outside SOL. Permanently removed 2002. Admitted to at least three allegations. On the archdiocese’s list in 2013 of credibly accused. Still receiving funds from the Archdiocese for medical pension as of 2014. Died 12/10/20 in Palmetto, FL.


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