Fr. John F. Kurzak
Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA
One man filed civil suit 3/08 vs Kurzak, John Perdue and the diocese, alleging abuse by Kurzak and a seminary student (John Perdue) in the early 1980s when the plaintiff was a minor in Fort Dodge. Suit alleges diocese knew of other victims in 1985 yet allowed Kurzak to become a military chaplain. Ruling in favor of defendants, citing 2-year Statute of Limitations. Appeal filed by plaintiff 7/13/11. Kurzak active chaplain in 3/08. Second suit filed 3/28/08 alleged abuse of one person in 1982. Unclear if this plaintiff, also a seminary student, was under 18 at the time. Trials were set for Fall 2009. Not included on diocese’s list of credibly accused. Retired, per diocesan website in 2/20.
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