Fr. Drake R. Shafer

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Sued in 2003, when he was vicar general. Accused of sexually abusing a male minor in 1973 or 1974. Denied the charge, but wrote an email to the victim in 2002 that was an “admission of serious misconduct.” Suit settled 4/05. Claims against diocese were settled in 2004 as part of large settlement. He asked to be reinstated as VG. Name not on diocese’s 7/08 list of credibly accused priests. Review board found him not guilty of abuse 11/08. Reinstated.


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