Fr. Jerome E. Lanser

Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Accused of sexually assaulting a boy, ages 8-13, during 1964-69. Civil suit filed in 1992. In 6/97 the WI Supreme Court ruled that victims of repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse only have two years after becoming adults to file suit and thus dismissed seven suits against four priests, including Lanser. There was later a settlement in the case. Retired in 2000. Numerous allegations reportedly surfaced after his retirement. Remained fully restricted from ministry until his death 3/12/12. Archdiocese allowed his burial in full vestments in Belgium.


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