Fr. Charles Knapp

Ordained: 1963
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

In 3/2021 a woman joined a lawsuit filed in 12/2020 against the Diocese of Tucson, the Archdiocese of L.A. and St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA, claiming Knapp sexually abusing her when she was age 5, in the 1970s. She said Knapp was a guest in her family’s home, and that the abuse occurred in her bedroom under the guise of play while her parents were preparing dinner. She had come forward to the diocese in 6/2019; Knapp was suspended. The Diocesan Review Board reportedly determined that the allegations could not be “reasonably substantiated” and recommended Knapp be returned to public ministry. The woman said Knapp also abused her best friend at the time, under similar circumstances.

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