Father Claude Bender
Diocese of Camden
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Claude Bender:
In 1993, allegations against Father Claude Bender surfaced that he had abused a boy in the 1970s. The Diocese of Camden settled the claim for $25,000 in October 1993 and claims it did not learn of the allegations until after the priest was dead.
Bender was also accused of being part of John P. Kelly’s sex ring, that also allegedly included priests William Titmas, John Bernard, and Joe Shannon, which was included in a 1994 lawsuit against the Diocese of Camden. After nine years, the diocese settled the case for $880,000, admitting no wrongdoing. A total of 23 victims shared in the 2003 settlement.
Bender’s name appears on the list of credibly accused priests released by the Diocese of Camden in February 2019.
Bender died in 1991.
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