Clergy abuse list updated

Posted July 1, 2020 at 9:00 am

As part of our ongoing commitment to transparency, the following entry in the diocesan list of credible accusations of sexual abuse by clergy is hereby revised as shown below to reflect the recent receipt of additional allegations:

Fr. George Gensler

Dates of Abuse: Late 1970s and between 1984-1998

Dates Reports Received:
2/6/1994, 10/26/2018, 2/5/
2020 and 2/7/2020

 All known or suspected sexual or other abuse of a child or vulnerable adult should be reported immediately to local law enforcement officials or to the Department of Children and Family Services at tel. (855) 452-5437. Allegations of such abuse involving clergy or other representatives of the Church should also be reported to Amy Cordon, the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, at tel. (225) 242-0250.

The updated list can be accessed on the diocesan website at http://diobr.org/about-our-diocese/
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