Fr. Wilfred Pelletier

Ordained: 1938
Status: Accused

Died: 12/20/1973
Diocese: Diocese of Marquette MI

Per the MI A.G.s’ 10/22 report, a man reported to the diocese in 2005 that he and a friend were sexually abused over two years, at ages 16 or 17, by Pelletier in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Alpha MI. He said the priest would take them fishing and hunting and give them alcohol and money. Police caught the boys in a cabin drinking beer with two girls. When questioned they told the police Pelletier had given them the beer, but said no when asked if the priest had done anything to them. Pelletier was soon removed from his parish. Pelletier’s personnel file shows “moral concerns” and “unpriestly conduct” in 1950 and concerns in 1956 about drinking and association with minors. Went on leave in 1960 and in 1965. Sent to Jemez Springs NM in 1961, where there was a treatment center for troubled priests. There was a warrant for his arrest in Jemez Springs in 1962 for contributing to the deliquency of a minor. Assigned by 1971 to Bishop Noa Home and as pastor of a Chasselle parish. Died in 1973.

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