Fr. Dennis Kucharczyk

Ordained: 1985
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Saginaw MI

Suspended in 5/19 for “misconduct” with a minor “years ago.” Police had informed the diocese in 3/18 of allegations against Kucharczyk. His accuser said she had contacted a nun with the Office of Child and Youth Protection around 2010, but no response. The woman alleged that, beginning when she was a first or second grader at a Midland parish in the 1980s, Kucharczyk would hug and kiss her on the cheek, hold her hand, give her small gifts, and once had her sit on his lap in a darkened classroom then put his arms around her waist and hands on her inner thighs. She said his behavior continued for years, including sending her “gushy and lovey” letters, emails and texts. He also officiated at her wedding where she said he kissed her on the lips. Kucharczyk denied the allegations. The diocese determined there were boundary violations but, after canonical process, not enough evidence to proceed further. Name was added in 2019 to the diocesan list of accused, then removed in 3/21.

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