Late Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse

Telegraph Herald
May 3, 2008

Another priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque has been accused of past sexual abuse.

Reverend William McLaughlin is accused of sex abuse of minors.

The Rev. William McLaughlin was ordained in 1959 and served locally in the following Iowa cities:

• Dubuque from 1976 to 1987, as the archdiocesan director of religious education.

• New Melleray from 1980 to 1983, at Holy Family and St. Joseph parishes.

• St. Catherine Parish from 1983 to 1987.

• Maquoketa from 1987 to 1993, at Sacred Heart Parish.

From 1959 to 1976, McLaughlin worked in Rockwell and Waterloo.

One woman has claimed that McLaughlin abused her as a minor and indicated there might have been more victims. The archdiocese declined to release information on when or where the abuse occurred or details about the settlement reached with the victim in January.

McLaughlin's name was added in April to the list of archdiocesan priests accused of sexual abuse of minors.

McLaughlin died in 1993.


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