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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 second-degree sodomy.


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