Fr. Joseph J. Lieberth

Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

On 4/02 list of priests in Cleveland diocese who had been accused in the past of sexual abuse. Had received evaluation and treatment and was returned to ministry. Admitted molesting the 17-year-old son of a church deacon, during a trip to CA in 1986. Lieberth referred to it as an “isolated incident” and auxiliary bishop Quinn persuaded victim and family not to call police. Another accuser came forward in 2002 alleging abuse on trip in 1985. Civil suit filed 7/02 by first accuser. Still on leave 2009. Diocese announced in 3/15 that Lieberth was given “a life of prayer and penance.”

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