Fr. William F. Presley

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Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Diocese knew of allegations as early as 1982. Reports to diocese In 11/87 of sex abuse in 1986 of a teen girl and abuse of a teen boy dating to before 1971. Diocesan officials agreed Presley was “extremely violent.” Sent for psych eval. Retired 2000. Three people came forward in 4/02 alleging sex abuse by Presley, 1963-74, one at age 13, another a U. of Notre Dame student. Presley admitted the abuse to Bishop Trautman. It included “choking, slapping, punching, rape, sodomy, fellatio, anal intercourse.” Placed on leave 7/02. Privileges removed after investigation. Diocese said there were numerous other victims or potential victims. Laicized in 2006. Died in 4/12. Included on diocese’s 4/6/18 list. On Harrisburg diocese’s 8/1/18 list. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Added to Baltimore list 8/18. On Raleigh diocese’s list in 10/18; abuse in 1971, reported 2018. Claim of abuse of a boy, age 17, 1965-66, settled in the low six figures in 2021.


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