Fr. Edward Poettgen
Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA
Accused in a lawsuit filed in 6/19 of molesting a boy, age 6, while assigned to a St. Polycarp in Stanton in 1994. The boy was a student at the parish school. Poettgen’s accuser first came forward in 1/19; parishioners were not informed. The diocese said Poettgen was placed on administrative leave at some point before 1/29/20, although a plaintiff’s attorney stated in late 1/20 that Poettgen told him he was still in active ministry as pastor of St. Boniface in Anaheim.
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