|Rev. James N. Jablonowski
Summary of Case: In May 200 two people separately came forward to the archdiocese with allegations that they had been sexually abused as minors by Jablonowski in the 1970s. The complaints were referred to D.A.'s office. Jablonowski was placed on leave. The D.A. did not pursue charges due to the statute of limitations. The Archdiocese had an independent investigator look into the matter who substantiated the claims. Another alleged victim came forward in September 2002; again, no prosecution due to the SOL. Jablonowski's was fully restricted from ministry, then laicized June 30, 2006.
|1968||1068||St. Patrick's||Milwaukee||WI||This assignment is per the Milwaukee archdiocese.|
Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977), followed by Rmebert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)
|1982||St. Mary of Czestochowa (Polish)||
• Two separate substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse against Jablonowski were reported to the archdiocese in 2002, incidents which were said to have occurred more than twenty years previously. (Journal Sentinel Online
|WI||3/3, 2/2, 2/3||Parish had a school with 396-131 students.|
|1982||1985||Holy Assumption||West Allis||WI||2/3||Parish had a school with 219-188 students.|
|1985||1998||St. Hedwig's||Milwaukee||WI||1/1||Parish school was consolidated with other parish schools to form Catholic East Elementary.|
Blessed Sacrament (Polish)
|Milwaukee||WI||1/2||Parish had a school with 224-200 students and a religious education program with 160-138 students.|
Weakland was replaced by Timothy Michael Dolan (2002-2009)
Jablonowski is not indexed beyond the 2003 Directory. He was removed from ministry in July 2002 due to two separate substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of minors from at least twenty years previously. (Journal Sentinel Online
In September 2002 a third person came forward with allegations of abuse by Jablonowski. The case was too old to prosecute.
Jablonowski was laicized June 30, 2006.
|Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1969-2003)
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