Br. Paul West

Order: OFM
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of Jackson MS

The Jackson diocese announced 7/29/18 a credible allegation that West had sexually abused a minor while working at St. Francis of Assisi in Greenwood; teacher and principal there 6/93-11/98. On diocese’s list 3/19/19. Abuse reported 1998 and 2018. Accused of abuse of two brothers and their cousins starting when they were ages 9 and 10 and St. Francis students in the mid- to late 1990s. The abuse reportedly included rapes and beatings. One of the three also alleged abuse by Bro. Donald Lucas, OFM. One boy told church and police in 1998; West was sent for a psych evaluation. He taught 4th and 5th grades at St. John’s in Little Chute, WI 1999-2010. Left Order in 2002. Franciscans settled with two accusers for $15K.The alleged victims filed a federal suit in 11/19 claiming the order pressured them into a small settlement requiring their silence. Indicted 8/20 in MS. Pled not guilty. Charged also in WI. Suit in 6/21 claiming racial discrimination.

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