Fr. Joseph Rappl
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY
In 4/18 a 48-year-old man stated publicly he was sexually abused at age 11 in 1981 by Rappl. He said it happened once, after confession at St. Peter’s in Lewiston. After Lewiston, Rappl was assigned to parishes in West Seneca and Holley, before working into the late 1990s as a military chaplain in CA, NY, Washington DC and NC. Left priesthood 1999. Stayed in NC and was noted in 4/18 to be working as a “married Roman Catholic Priest,” although he was no longer in “the clerical state.” Also a volunteer counselor at an overnight camp for children run by the Buffalo diocese. Rappl’s accuser filed a complaint with the diocese 3/19/18. Accused in a lawsuit 8/19 of abuse of another child, age 12-14 in 1978-80 at St. Peter’s in Lewiston. Included on the diocese’s list of credibly accused.
Our Database of Publicly Accused does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.