Fr. Paul Knapp

Order: CSsR
Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Knapp’s name appeared on Baltimore’s 9/2002 list of priests, religious priests and brothers accused of sexual misconduct. The Archdiocese learned from the Redemptorists in early 1993 that an individual alleged sexual abuse by Knapp about 20 years prior. Knapp was associate pastor at St. Mary in Annapolis 1973 -1981. Assigned 1981-1983 to a parish in the Toledo diocese and to a Saratoga Springs NY parish 1983-1993. He left the priesthood in 1995 and was laicized in 2006. Added to the Toledo diocese’s list in 2019. Included in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General’s Report. It notes that the 1993 allegation was that Knapp sexually abused a girl, age 13, in 1975, and that other girls were also abused. Removed in 5/1993 from his Saratoga Springs NY parish after allegations of sexual misconduct with two women. Sent to his order in MD and was to undergo treatment. Alleged in 4/2002 to have sexually a teenage girl in the late 1970s during a service project trip with high-schoolers.

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