Fr. Laurin J. Wenig

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Multiple allegations of the sexual abuse of minors. Per the archdiocese, it first received a report in 1992 of nude swimming with a 15-year-old in 1978-79; same alleged victim reported again in 2002, and said in 1981 there was nude swimming and “stroking stomach.” The D.A. said “no sexual assault had occurred.” Removed from St. Mary’s Visitation in Elm Grove in 2/11 after an allegation  that he molested a minor in the 1970s. Wenig denied all allegations in a letter to parishioners. No criminal charges filed due to the statute of limitations. Archdiocese was conducting its own investigation. Additional accusers came forward to report incidents having occurred in 1973-75, 1965, 1972, and 1981. Cases too old to prosecute. Matter sent to Vatican for review. Voluntarily laicized in 6/15. New report in 2021 of abuse by Wenig in the early 1990s.

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