Fr. Leonard Bernard Nienaber

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Ordained: 1934
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Lexington KY

Ordained for the Diocese of Covington, which then encompassed Lexington. (The Lexington diocese was established in 1988.) Assigned 1960-79 to Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary in Lexington. Indicted in 1993 at age 86. Convicted in 1994 on 10 counts of sexual abuse of as many as 18 minors. Sentenced to 10 years (probated) and admittance to St. Jean Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer, MO. In 2002 and 2003 17 women and a man filed suit. In a 12/03 settlement, 20 of 24 claims against the diocese were Nienaber victims. Age 97 and still living at the Vianney Center in 12/03; ordered by diocese to remain there after his 10 year sentence ended. Died 11/19/06, age 99. Included on the Diocese of Covington’s list 7/31/20. On the Lexington diocese’s list in 8/20.


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