Fr. William N. Killian

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Ordained: 1935
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

In 2002 a woman reported to the archdiocese that she was sexually abused as a child in the 1950s by Killian, at St. Richard’s in South Philadelphia. He allegedly would have her change from her school uniform into a ballerina outfit from his closet, then have her lie on bed while he molested her. She told her mom who spoke with someone, then said she would not have to go to rectory again. Killian remained in his position. The older brother of a classmate confirmed the story about Killian and the “costume closet.” Killian died in 1965. Named in a 2006 civil suit.

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