Fr. Carl Wernet

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Ordained: 1932
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

In 1992 a woman came forward to allege abuse as a child by Wernet. Her father had confronted Wernet and he admitted abuse. Diocese denied everything. She tacked up posters and seven other women came forward. The eight women filed suit in 9/03, alleging abuse 1953-67. Suit dismissed 2/97 on statute of limitations. Twenty-one more accusers, women and men, came forward. Wernet’s personnel file was destroyed when he died in 1980. At least one parent had complained to the diocese earlier. Included on the diocese’s list 6/21/19.


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