Fr. James Knelleken

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Ordained: 1951
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Seattle WA

A man filed a civil suit in 3/07 alleging that Knelleken molested him at age 13 multiple times in 1956 or 1957. Placed on leave in 1988 after suspicions he was abusing children. Laicized in 1996. Died in 2003. Archdiocese said he was 1 of 49 priests included in a 2004 investigation. One claim settled in Seattle in 10/07 for $110K. A second claim settled in 8/09 for $350K. Included on the archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible allegations against them of child sexual abuse. Settlement of a claim of abuse in the early 1960s on 12/28/20


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