Rev. Bruce O. Ewing

Summary of Case: Ewing was ordained in 1974 and left the priesthood in 1977. A woman came forward with accusations in 2002 that Ewing sexually abused her over a three year period in the 1970s, beginning when she was 14 years old. The case was brought to trial, and in 2007 Ewing was convicted of third degree rape. He was sentenced to five years probation.

Ordained
: 1974

   

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1974

Louisville archbishop was Thomas Joseph McDonough (1967-1981)

1977 St. Vincent de Paul's

Louisville

• A woman accused Ewing in a 2002 lawsuit of having sexually abused her over at least three years, beginning in 1974, when she was 14 years old. (The Courier-Journal [Louisville KY]
April 27, 2002)

KY 2/2 Parish had a school with 122-203 students.
1974 1977 Methodist Evangelical Hospital Louisville KY Chaplain This was a station of St. Vincent de Paul's in Louisville.
1977 1980 Absent on Leave      

The 1980 Directory is the last in which Ewing is indexed. He left the priesthood in 1977 and went on to own a tavern, work as a mechanic of the city, and to serve as an ombudsman for residents of neighborhoods being moved because of airport expansion. He also served at one time as a police chaplain, and as an aide to a city Alderman.

He was named in a lawsuit in 2002, and criminally charged in January 2003 with rape and sodomy of a girl when he was a priest in the 1970s. (The Courier-Journal [Louisville KY]
January 31, 2003) Ewing pleaded not guilty. The case ended in a mistrial due to a hung jury. (The Courier-Journal
September 4, 2004) A retrial in 2007 resulted in a guilty verdict. (The Courier-Journal [Louisville KY]
March 22, 2007) He was sentenced to five years probation. (WAVE
May 18, 2007)


Source
: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1975-1980)

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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 23, 2009

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