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Father Gerald “Jerry” Funcheon

Father Jerry Funcheon

Former Damien Chaplain and Counselor


Press Release: In shocking video testimony, accused predator priest admits to molesting dozens

March 19, 2013

(Honolulu, Hawaii)At a news conference today in Honolulu, attorneys presented gripping video testimony of predator priest Father Gerald Allen Funcheon admitting the sexual abuse of children during 40 years of assignments in Indiana, Nebraska, Minnesota, Florida, Texas, Hawaii, California, on military bases in the United States and Germany and during travels to Spain.

Press Release

Related documents:

YouTube video of Funcheon's sworn statement

Funcheon assignment history

Map of Funcheon assignments

Funcheon statement

Rossi letter


Banished from diocese – Subject of three sex abuse lawsuits – Removed from order

Father Gerald “Jerry” Funcheon, a member of the Crosier order, was banished from the Diocese of Indianapolis due to allegations of child sexual abuse. At least three of his victims have come forward, receiving settlements for abuse that occurred as far back at the 1970s.

Originally ordained in Minnesota, lawsuits allege that Funcheon abused kids for numerous years until he disappeared from the Midwest and official church directories. During the period of his disappearance, church and order officials “dumped” Funcheon in Hawaii to escape allegations of abuse.

He eventually left the order and the priesthood, and his whereabouts are unknown. In 2009, three of Funcheon’s victims, along with six other victims of Crosier priests, shared a $1.7 million settlement from the order.

According to school yearbooks, Funcheon worked at Damien High School as the school chaplain and spiritual counselor from 1982 until 1984. Educated as a therapist, he used his role as “counselor” to spend long periods of time alone with students.

Sources:

Damien High School yearbooks (available at Honolulu Public Library)

http://Bishop-Accountability.org

Indianapolis Star:
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news/1997_02_16_IS_SinsOf.htm

Chicago Tribune:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-in-churchabusedioces,0,5757096.story

To date, the Irish Christian Brothers and the Diocese of Honolulu have not publicly disclosed that Funcheon worked at Damien. They have not reached out to victims, nor informed the community of Funcheon’s crimes.


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