Fr. William A. Wheeler

Ordained: 1936
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Wichita KS

In a 1996 civil suit, two men alleged that they were fondled by Wheeler several times in the mid-1950s at an El Dorado children’s home. (Same suit alleges that another brother was molested by a nun and that a second priest fathered a child with their sister.) The suit was dismissed on SOL. Died in 1994. On the diocese’s 9/20/19 list of clerics with substantiated allegations. It notes that Wheeler’s “ministry ended” in 1985. Also publicly accused in 2/20 of raping a girl who was a grade school student at Holy Cross in Hutchinson in the 1960s. His accuser said she had first been raped by a priest who preceded Wheeler at the parish.


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