Fr. Siegfried Francis Widera

Ordained: 1967
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Convicted in 1973 in MIlwaukee for the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy. Other charges dropped. Sent to Orange, CA; they knew of his behavior. Indicted in 2002 on 33 felony accounts. Died by suicide in Mexico in 2003. There were 9 civil suits filed in CA and 3 in WI. WI cases dismissed on SOL; upheld by Court of Appeals in 8/06. Milwaukee settled with 9 CA Plaintiffs for $16.65M on 9/01/06. Church knew of history from ordination. Another CA case settled with Milwaukee in 3/09. Personnel file released in 7/13.

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