Fr. Donald Rooney

Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Died by suicide in 4/02 after being asked to come to diocesan offices to discuss an allegation that he had sexually molested a girl in 1980. Four more women and the father of another came forward with similar charges. One woman filed a class action suit in 6/02 alleging that Rooney abused her and about 20 of her female classmates after the 1984-85 school year. Another woman filed suit alleging that Rooney had groped and kissed her. Court denied suits and Court of Appeals agreed.

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