Judge Tells Davenport Catholic Diocese to List More Accused Priests
A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge is ordering the Diocese of Davenport to add three of its deceased priests to its online list of those credibly accused of child sexual abuse, records filed late Tuesday show.
The accused priests being added are the Revs. John Bonn, Michael Broderick and William Dawson.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Lee Jackwig came after she reviewed allegations brought to the court by 47-year-old Kathleen Bowman of Clear Lake, Iowa.
Bowman brought her allegations after bankruptcy proceedings involving the diocese already were under way, and she has received a settlement.
She claimed in court filings that she was sexually abused as a child by the three priests. She also claimed that Dawson was still alive when she first brought her allegation to the diocese in September 2011. Dawson died Dec. 13, 2011. Broderick died in 1984, and Bonn died in 1975.
A diocese spokesman declined comment Wednesday.