Fr. Jeremiah C. Duggan: Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Fr. Jeremiah C. Duggan

Ordained: 1955

  • 1956-1966: Queen of Martyrs, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1967-1968: St. Gertrude, Franklin Park, IL (CHI)
  • 1969-1975: Our Lady of Charity, Cicero, IL (CHI)
  • 1976-1999: St. Bede the Venerable, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1999: Retired and died

Fr. Richard Wayne Fassbinder worked in the Archdiocese of Chicago throughout his career as a priest. In 2001, the Archdiocese of Chicago received a report that Fr. Fassbinder sexually abused a child beginning in 1972. The victim stated that the abuse lasted for approximately 20 years and included oral copulation and several overnight trips. When confronted with the allegation, Fr. Fassbinder acknowledged the sexual relationship, but denied knowing the victim was a minor. Fr. Fassbinder also stated that he took nude photographs of the individual. Fr. Fassbinder is included in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s list of “Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.” Fr. Fassbinder reportedly lived in a Fox Lake retirement community as pastor emeritus prior to his death in 2004.