Fr. Joseph Robert Willett

Ordained: 1968
Status: Settled

Died: 11/6/2001
Diocese: Diocese of Owensboro KY

Accused, along with two other priests, of abusing a girl in the 1960s. The alleged victim settled with the Diocese in 1999 for $41K. In 2003 she died by suicide. Her family returned the settlement and filed suit on her behalf, saying she didn’t have capacity to enter into settlement. She had been hospitalized several times. The Diocese said she was 18 and that the relationship was ‘consensual.’ Willet died 11/6/2001.

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