Rev. Richard W. Frazier
Summary of Case: Frazier was removed from active ministry in January 2006 due to accusations that he had sexually abused children in the late 1970s or early 1980s, prior to ordination. Lawyers for those alleged victims reported having been contacted also by a parent who said that Frazier had had inappropriate contact with their child in the late 1990s.
|Late 1970s||Early 1980s||
• Accused in 2006 of having sexually abused children during this time, prior to ordination. (WCPO [Kentucky]
Covington bishop was Robert William Muench (1996-2001).
• Lawyers for alleged Frazier victims stated in 2006 that they were told by someone who contacted them that Frazier had had "inappropriate contact" with their child in the late 1990s. (WCPO [Kentucky]
|KY||2/2||Parish had a school with 275-268 students, and a religious education program with 126-105 students.|
|1998||1999||Newport Central Catholic High School||Newport||KY||chaplain||School had 432 students.|
Roger Joseph Foys succeeded Muench (2002- )
|KY||2/3||Parish had a school with 665-677 students, and a religious education program with 80-73 students.|
|1999||2001||Bishop Brossart High School||Alexandria||KY||chaplain||School had 428-435 students.|
|2001||2004||St. Edward's||Cynthiana||KY||1/1||Parish had a school with 74-81 students, and a religious education program with 35 students.|
|2004||2006||Newport Central Catholic High School||Newport||KY||chaplain|
|2004||2006||St. Bernard||Dayton||KY||1/1||Parish had a religious education program with 18 students.|
|2006||2009||Administrative Leave||Frazier was removed from active ministry in January 2006, due to the surfacing of allegations that he had sexually abused children prior to ordination. (WCPO [Kentucky]
January 12, 2006)
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1997-2009 )
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This assignment record was last updated on Oct. 17, 2010