Rev. Charles F. Dearing

Summary of Case: Parish priest, U.S. Air Force chaplain. Left the priesthood in 1971. A woman filed suit in April 2003 alleging abuse by Dearing when she was about age 10 1966-68. The suit settled in June 2000 as part of a massive diocesan settlement. Criminal charges were filed in July 2003. Dearing pleaded not guilty.  The charges were later dismissed after the prosecutor said there was "insufficient evidence at this time" to proceed.

: 1955


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Louisville archbishop was John Alexander Floersh (1924-1967)

1959 St. Joseph's Bardstown KY

4/4, 2/3


Parish had a school with 801-804 students.
1959 1968 U.S. Air Force     Chaplain  


Floersh was succeeded by Thomas Joseph McDonough (1967-1981)

1968 St. Francis of Rome


• A woman accused Dearing in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused her when she was a child, between 1966 and 1968. (Associated Press State & Local Wire
April 21, 2003)


2/2, 2/3, 1/2


Parish had a school with 283-203 students.
1968 1976 Absent on Leave      

The 1976 Directory is the last in which Dearing is indexed. He is said to have left the priesthood in 1971. He went on to marry and have children.

Dearing was indicted in 2003 for having forced a young girl to perform oral sodomy on him between 1966-1968, to which he pleaded innocent. (Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 9, 2003) The charges were dropped in Jan. 2004. (Associated Press State & Local Wire
January 22, 2004) He is last known to have been retired and living in Louisville.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1956-1976)

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This assignment record was last updated on December 23, 2009