Fr. William D. Lum

Ordained: 1969
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Placed on leave in 1996. Pled guilty 8/97 to misdemeanor sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy in 1992; given conditional discharge instead of prison or probation. Allowed to perform administrative duties for diocese until 4/02 when he was again placed on leave without privileges. Civil suit filed. Dismissed by appeals court 2/02 as to diocese and parish, but not Lum. On behalf of Lum, diocese settled 5/02 for counseling fees. Sentenced to a life of prayer and penance, per 6/7/12 announcement from diocese. Claim via CVA in 7/20. At least one other accuser.

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