Fr. Ronald E. Wamsher

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

Four brothers complained to the Diocese in 2002 that they were abused by five priests, including Wamsher, 1967-83. Three of the four alleged abuse by Wamsher. They filed suit in 2003. Wamsher denied all allegations. Not placed on leave until 4/04. Another suit filed in 8/04. The Diocese announced in 5/05 that the allegations were credible and Wamsher’s privileges were removed in accordance with Dallas norms. Three claims were settled in 11/08 as part of a $4.5M settlement. Canonical Trial ordered. Included on the diocese’s list of credibly accused. (It notes his removal was in 2002; per news in 2004, Wamsher was taken out of his parish in 2002 after the allegations and was given a position on the diocesan tribunal.)


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