Fr. Peter Brendan Murphy

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux City IA

Accused publicly 3/30/16 of raping and sexually abusing a 12-year-old altar boy 1959-60 at Blessed Sacrament in Sioux City. Accuser contacted diocese in 1996 and said he got a “dismissive reply.” Diocese settled with him in 2016. Assignments also included parishes in Danbury, Emmetsburg, Fort Dodge, Bode, Whittemor, Spencer, St. Joseph’s and Cherokee. On leave of absence 1960-62, in a Denison parish around 1963-64, then leave of absence again until his death in 11/8/80 in Jemez Springs NM. Did fill-in work in parishes during his “leave.” After 1st man went public, by 9/16 five more people alleged sexual abuse by Murphy. On diocese’s 2/22/19. It shows 11 allegations of abuse of boys, 1956-64.


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