Fr. John Tupper

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Died: 07/27/2004
Diocese: Diocese of Gaylord MI

Ordained for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Joined Gaylord when it was created in 1971. Worked there until retirement. Did missionary work in Brazil 1980-1989 with the Franciscan Friars. Faculties were removed in 8/2002 after officials were contacted by a person who charged that he was involved in inappropriate conduct involving a minor about 30 years previously. During the investigation, a second person came forward with allegations. Tupper denied all accusations. Died 07/27/2004. Added to the Gaylord diocese’s list of credibly accused in 4/2021. Included in the MI Attorney General’s 1/8/2024 Gaylord report. Accused in 1994 of sexual misconduct toward a hospital patient, who was an adult woman. Settlement of $20k. Report in 4/2002 that Tupper tried to rape a girl, age 15 or 16, in around 1969. His accuser said he also abused a teenage boy and was in “negative situations” with two adult women. The diocese interviewed the alleged male victim who acknowledged abuse by Tupper.

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