Milwaukee archbishop defends handling of ‘he-said, she-said’ assault allegation
February 18, 2010
A week after a priest ministering in the Diocese of La Crosse was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee defended his decision not to act on the allegation. The archbishop served as Bishop of La Crosse from 2004 to 2009.
“It was a he-said-she-said,” Archbishop Listecki told reporters. “With everything that was put before me, I don't think I could have made any other decision.”
A 47-year-old woman alleges that Father Edmund Donkor-Baine, a priest from Ghana, assaulted her in August while he was offering her divorce counseling. The priest denies the charges.
After the diocese failed to act on her allegation, the woman reported the incident to police. The case has resulted in a recent change to the Diocese of La Crosse’s abuse-reporting policy: victims are now asked to report incidents immediately to civil authorities.
- Listecki defends actions on accused priest, says he lacked evidence (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- Archbishop Listecki urges victims to report abuse to civil authorities (CWN, 2/16)
- Police chief: Archbishop Listecki untruthful to state senators about abuse reporting policy (CWN, 2/5)
- Priest faces sex assault charge in Wisconsin (CWN, 2/4)