Assignment Record– Rev. Douglas F. Fortner
Summary of Case: Douglas F. Fortner was a priest of the Covington KY diocese, ordained in 1970. He worked in schools and parishes throughout the diocese until November 2006 when an accusation of sexual abuse that the bishop termed "credible" emerged. The abuse was said to have occurred at least 25 years previously. Fortner was placed on Administrative Leave. He died January 30, 2015. His obituary identifies him as a retired priest of the diocese.
Died: January 30, 2015
Covington bishop was Richard Henry Ackerman, C.S.Sp. (1960-1978).
|1971||St. Francis de Sales||Newport||KY||2/2||Parish had a school with 97 boys and 113 girls.|
|early 1970s||Holy Cross High School||Covington||KY||faculty member|
|early 1970s||Newport Central Catholic High School||Newport||KY||faculty member|
|early 1970s||Covington Catholic High School||Park Hills||KY||faculty member|
|1971||1975||Mother of God||Covington||KY||
3/3, 2/2, 2/3
William Anthony Hughes replaced Ackerman as Covington bishop (1979-1995).
|1982||St. Catherine of Siena||
• Fortner was accused in 2006 of sexual abuse, stemming from about this time period (at least 25 years before 2006).
|KY||2/2||Parish had a school with 231-189 students.|
|1982||1983||St. Pius X||Edgewood||KY||2/3||Parish had a school with 652 students.|
|1983||1990||St. Anthony's||Bellvue||KY||1/2, 1/1||Parish had a school with 166-167. It merged in 1987 with Sacred Heart. The 1989 and 1990 Directories do not list a school for St. Anthony's.|
Hughes was succeeded by Robert William Muench (1996-2001).
|1999||St. Pius X||Edgewood||KY||1/2, 1/3||Parish had a school with 685-568 students, and a religious education program with 298-212 students.|
Roger Joseph Foys replaced Muench
|2003||Sts. Boniface and James||Ludlow||KY||1/1||Parish had a religious education program with 30 students.|
|1999||2007||St. John's||Covington||KY||1/1||Parish had a religious education program with 11 students.|
This was a mission of St. John's.
Fortner was removed from active ministry in Nov. 2006, due to what the bishop termed a "credible" accusation of sexual abuse from 25 years previously.
|2006||2008||Fortner is not indexed in the 2008 Directory.|
|2015||Retired||Fortner died January 30, 2015. His obituary identifies him as having been retired.|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1971-2009)
• Covington Priest On Leave After Charges Of Sex Abuse, By Richard Chiles, WCPO [Kentucky], November 19, 2006
• Covington Priest Put on Leave, Cincinnati Enquirer, November 20, 2006
• Douglas Franklin Fortner (1946-2015), legacy.com, accessed March 12, 2015.
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This assignment record collates Fortner's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with allegations as reported in the media. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegation we report, and we remind our readers that the U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.
This assignment record collates Fortner's career history as it is represented
in the Official Catholic Directory with allegations as reported in
the media. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegation
we report, and we remind our readers that the U.S. legal system presumes
that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven
guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are
presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise.
Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private
settlements. For more information, see our posting
This assignment record was last updated on May 16, 2017.
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