Bishop Lawrence D. Soens

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accused in 2002 of abusing 3 boys in the 1960s. One claim settled for $20K in 2004. Two suits pending as of 5/06. Seven new suits filed 5/06. Apparently a new suit with 13 plaintiffs filed 8/06 alleging abuse 1959-67. In 2/06 the diocese investigative panelf ound behavior may have been inappropriate, but did not appear to be sexual. Review Board found him guilty of sexual abuse 11/3/08. Included on the diocese’s list of credibly accused in 5/09, noting accusations of abuse of 31 male minors. Twelve cases dismissed in 5/09.

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