Fr. Dennis L. Peterson

Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Died: 07/12/2007
Diocese: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston TX

Accused in a civil suit in 1999 of abusing a boy for 10 years, beginning when the boy was brought to him at age 14 for counseling related to abuse by a Catholic Boy Scout leader. Placed on leave. Two brothers and their sister also joined the suit, alleging abuse by Peterson in the 1970s. The suit was dismissed in 3/00 due to the statute of limitations. In Fall 1999 the Harris County Grand Jury refused to indict Peterson on a charge that he sexually abused the original boy. Peterson was laicized in 2005 and died 7/12/07. On archdiocese’s list 1/31/19.

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