Fr. Raymond F. Kownacki

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Belleville IL

Accused in a suit filed in 3/95 of past abuse and rape of a teenage girl over several years, resulting in a pregnancy which ended in miscarriage. Kownacki was permanently removed 11/95. His accuser had reported her abuse to the bishop in 1973. The suit was dismissed on SOL. Two men filed suits in 2002 and 2003 claiming abuse in the 1970s. Jury award of $5M to 2002 plaintiff in 8/08 trial. Decision appealed. Diocese paid $6.33M (with interest)) 8/11. The 2003 suit settled in 10/09 for $1.2M. Two men sued in 4/09. Two suits settled 3/12. New suits 10/11 and 8/12. Laicized 1/11/13. On diocese’s list 12/19/18.

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