Fr. William Lambert

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Rapid City SD

Accused in 1991 by a man of sexual abuse for almost 20 years, beginning with rape when the alleged victim was an altar boy. Victim blamed himself and confessed to various priests, as did Lambert. Suit filed 1992. Jury awarded man $242K, to be paid by Lambert. Diocese later settled. A secomd man sued Lambert and won an out of court settlement. As of 2002, original plaintiff said he knew of 23 other accusers. Lambert died 11/21/05. On diocese’s list in 3/19. It notes first allegation received 1991. Earliest known abuse 1958, last in 1984.

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