Fr. Charles Townsend

Ordained: 1991
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Lincoln NE

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 4/2/19. Accused of misconduct/grooming, including supplying a 19-year-old male with alcohol in 2017. He was placed on leave in 2018. Pleaded no contest to criminal charges in 3/19.  Per the NE A.G. report released in 11/21, Townsend favored a small group of altar servers at his parish. He would have teenage boys at the rectory late into the evening, allow them to drive his car, and he took a few of them on a long trip. In early 2017 church officials gave Townsend a canonical warning, concerned that his behavior would cause scandal. 

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