Assignment Record– Rev. David P. Jaeger

Summary of Case: Former director of seminarians for Seattle Diocese. Jaeger approved known abuser Paul Joseph Conn for duties as archdiocesan priest. As part of a 1996 or 1997 lawsuit against Conn, Jaeger himself admitted to improperly touching 8-10 boys at a CYO camp in the 1970s. The archdiocese settled with one victim in 1988. Jaeger was restricted from working one-on-one with minors in 1989 and was sent for treatment. Another claimwas settled in December 2004. Jaeger was voluntarily laicized in December 2005. He died July 22, 2014, and was buried with full rites. His name was included on the archdiocese's list January 15, 2016 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.

July 27, 1943
May 19, 1969
Died: July 22, 2014


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Seattle archbishop was Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).

1972 St. Joseph's Vancouver WA 2/2 Parish had a school with 206-234 boys and 211-201 girls.
1972 1974 Immaculate Conception Everett WA 2/2 Parish had a school with 225 students.


Connolly was replaced as archbishop by Raymond Gerhardt Hunthausen (1975-1991).

1978 St. Bridget's Seattle WA 2/2
In residence.
1974 1975 Assistant Director of Catholic Youth Organization        
1975 1978 Director of Catholic Youth Organization • Sued in 1988 for molesting a 13 year old boy at Camp Don Bosco in 1978. Jaeger admitted in a 1997 lawsuit involving another offender, Rev. Paul Conn, to having molested boys at the CYO camp in the 1970s. (Seattle Times
June 22, 2002)




As Director of Seminarians, Jaeger had deemed Conn suitable for priesthood. (Associated Press, carried in The Oregonian
July 27, 1988)

1978 1981 Sacred Heart of Jesus Seattle WA

5/7, 6/7, 8/8
In residence.

1978 1979 Associate Director of Seminarians        
1979 1989 Director of Seminarians        
1981 1987 St. Paul's Seattle WA 3/3, 2/2, 2/4, 2/3
In residence
Parish had a school with 242-197 students.
1987 1989 St. Therese's Seattle WA 1/1; Administrator Parish had a school with 196-205 students.
1989 1990 Absent on Leave     As of June 1989, Jaeger was forbidden to minister one on one to minors, and in Aug. 1989 he was sent to Toronto for treatment. (Seattle Times
June 22, 2002)


Thomas Joseph Murphy replaced Hunthausen as archbishop (1991-1997), followed by Alexander Joseph Brunett (1997-2010)

2001 Special Assignment: AIDS Ministry Seattle WA Chaplain  
2001 2002 Special Assignment: Pastoral Care and Inclusion Ministry Resources Seattle WA Director; referred to as "Very Rev." Jaeger is no longer indexed in the Directories after 2002.
2002 2014         Jaeger was placed on leave in 2002 and requested laicization, which was granted in 2005. (Seattle Times
November 15, 2005) He went to work manager of the Helpline Call Center at the headquarters of the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, retiring in 2012. He died July 22, 2014, and was buried with full rites.
(Seattle Times
July 27, 2014)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1970-2002)

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This assignment record was last updated on April 24, 2016.