KENTUCKY PRIESTS WHO WERE CHARGED WITH OR CONVICTED OF SEX ABUSE
Courier Journal, Monday, December 27, 1993
November 1993, Dixon
The Rev. Joseph Pilger, a retired Roman Catholic priest, pleaded
innocent to 84 felony counts of sexually abusing four boys 25 years
ago. Pilger, 72, has a Jan. 10 pretrial conference scheduled.
June 1993, Lexington
Monsignor Leonard B. Nienaber, 86, was charged with sexually abusing
24 children while he was pastor of Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary
Catholic Church in Lexington.
July 1993, Lexington
The Rev. Carl C. Schaffer, a retired Catholic priest, apparently
committed suicide a day after a detective questioned him about an
abuse allegation. Relatives and friends said that Schaffer's work
was demanding and stressful and that he would have been greatly
distressed by the allegation; the alleged acts apparently were said
to have taken place years ago. Schaffer had been a priest for 36
years in Lexington and in Central and Northern Kentucky before his
retirement in 1989. He ran a center for troubled teen-age boys out
of his Williamsburg home after his retirement.
July 1993, Newport
The Rev. Earl Bierman, a retired Catholic priest who pleaded guilty
to sexaully abusing boys in Northern Kentucky, was sentenced to 20
years in prison. Campbell Circuit Judge William Wehr ordered
Bierman, 61, of Erlanger to spend two to four of those years in a
treatment program for sex offenders at the state reformatory in La
Grange. Bierman was said to have divulged detailed confessions of
parish members as a way to initiate sexual encounters.
November 1988, Louisville
The Rev. Daniel C. Clark, a Catholic priest, was sentenced to serve
three months in prison and remain on probation for 15 years for
sexually abusing two boys he counseled at a local parish. Clark had
pleaded guilty to one count each of first-degree sexual abuse and