Bishop Accountability

Diocese to Inform Parishes of Abuse Allegations
Other potential victims encouraged to come forward

Diocese of Davenport
Reprinted in the Iowa City Press-Citizen
August 24, 2004

This announcement in from the Diocese of Davenport:

The Review Board of the Diocese of Davenport has reviewed an investigation by the Diocese's independent investigators, James Sweeney & Associates, into allegations of sexual abuse of a minor in 1998 in Johnson County, Iowa. Although the victim did not wish to pursue criminal charges, the Diocese reported the allegation to the Johnson County Attorney's office in July, 2003. The Diocese hired an independent attorney to advise the victim and counseling was offered.

After reviewing the investigation, Bishop William Franklin has decided, with the support of the Review Board, to follow Diocesan policies and inform parishes and other entities where the priest served, of the allegations. The Diocese will work with these parishes and other entities to plan together for the best way to inform the people at large of these allegations.

The Diocese will act quickly to consult with the parishes and other entities where the priest served. An announcement will be made soon so that persons who may have also been victims of this conduct may come forward for assistance and healing may be encouraged.

In accordance with the policies of the Diocese, the accused priest was placed on administrative leave and has not been in active ministry since the allegation was reported.


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