MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News) The Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese says it will release personnel files of at least one more priest as an investigation wraps up into sex abuse claims filed in the church’s bankruptcy case. The church released files on 42 pedophile priests two weeks ago, as part of a settlement involving sex abuse victims who’ve sued the archdiocese for fraud. Now, church spokesman Jerry Topczewski says the two sides are deciding what to release from another priest’s file – and a second priest who’s under investigation could eventually have his file released.
A couple of other cases involve single victims, and will not be released in order to reduce the chance that the victims will be identified.
The Milwaukee Archdiocese has 45 priests with verified abuse allegations. One of them – the late Donald Musinski – was not added until after the church filed for bankruptcy in 2011. Musinski served for almost 40 years at parishes in Milwaukee, Belgium, and Johnsburg. He died in 2006.