NU Diocese Sex Abuse Allegations 18 Sep 13

The Diocese of New Ulm has been named in several lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct in the late 1960s by a now-deceased priest who served in the diocese at the time. The new lawsuits involve the sexual abuse of a female minor while the Reverend David Roney served at the Church of St. Francis in Benson and the abuse of two female minors while he was at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. These allegations are part of at least a dozen others filed against Roney. The new filings were made possible by a newly passed Minnesota law that essentially removes the time limit in filing such cases. The lawsuit alleges the Diocese was negligent by not restricting Roney’s access to children even after reports of inappropriate behavior. Roney died in 2003. He was ordained in 1945, and automatically became part of the New Ulm Diocese when it was formed in 1957. The Diocese has announced that it will investigate these new claims, but it has no new facts to report at this time.