Rev. James E. Kleman
Summary of Case: In December 2003 a woman joined a class action suit against the diocese, alleging she was abused by Kleman in Northern Kentucky in 1959 when she was 10. She also alleged that Kleman abused her (now) deceased older brother when the boy was 12. Kleman reportedly also abused a teenage boy at least 50 times 1958-61. This claimant was also included in the settlement. Kleman died March 9, 1974.
Died: March 9, 1074
William Theodore Mulloy was Covington bishop (1944-1959)
Forest Hills (Latonia)
• Kleman was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused a boy between 1958-1961. Some of the abuse is said to have occurred in St. Anthony's rectory and on one occasion of abuse the pastor is said to have walked in on the priest and boy. The pastor turned around and walked out, and nothing more was done. (Kentucky Post
|KY||2/2||Parish had a school with 101-120 boys and 130-152 girls.|
|Covington Catholic High School||
• The man who accused Kleman in the 2003 lawsuit of sexually abusing him as a boy between 1958-1961 said some of the incidents occurred at Covington Catholic, where the accuser was a student and Kleman was a teacher. (KY Post, July 2, 2010)
|KY||religion and latin teacher||Covington Catholic is a Marianist High school for boys.|
Richard Henry Ackerman, C.S.Sp. succeeded Mulloy (1960-1978)
|1961||Diocesan Director of Catholic Boy Scouts||Covington||KY|
|1957||1960||Diocesan Directors of Catholic Youth Organization||Covington||KY|
S. Ft. Mitchell
• Kleman was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having begun sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl at this parish in 1959. He was also accused in the suit of abusing the girl's brother, beginning when the brother was 12-years-old. (The Kentucky Post [Covington KY]
|KY||3/4||Parish had a school with 384 boys and 330 girls.|
|1960||1961||Sacred Heart||Bellevue||KY||3/3||Parish had a school with 314 boys and 289 girls.|
|1960||Newport Catholic High School||Newport||KY||faculty|
|1961||1963||St. William's||Lancaster||KY||3/3, 4/4||Parish had a school with 18-16 boys and 10-12 girls.|
|1961||1963||St. Clare||Berea||KY||This was a mission of St. William's in Lancaster.|
|1961||1963||Our Lady of Loretto||Mt. Vernon||KY||This was a mission of St. William's in Lancaster.|
|1961||1963||St. Paul's||McKee||KY||This was a mission of St. William's in Lancaster.|
|1966||1968||Blessed Sacrament||Ft. Mitchell||KY||4/4||Parish had a school with 475-478 boys and 409-437 girls.|
|1968||1970||St. Elizabeth Hospital||Covington||KY||co-chaplain|
This was a mission of Corpus Christi.
Kleman died March 9, 1974.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1956-1975)
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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 22, 2010