Fr. Donald J. Ophals

Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Albany NY

Accused in 2003 of ‘improper sexual advances’ in the late 1970s with a male teen allegedly supplied by Rev. Jupin. Suit 5/7/03 accused Jupin of intimidating complainant and 8/25/03 suit accused diocese of slandering him. D.A. investigated intimidation at bishop’s request. Suits dismissed 1/30/04 without deciding validity of charges. Review board found in 2004 no ‘reasonable grounds’ for 2003 allegation, without interviewing complainant. Ophals reinstated. Placed on administrative leave in 3/11. Reinstated in 11/11.

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