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Fr. Joseph Reade – Diocese of Pueblo

Father Joseph Reade

Diocese of Pueblo

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Joseph Reade:

In October 2019, the Colorado Attorney General released a detailed report of a special investigation into the handling of child sexual abuse allegations by Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses.  For the first time, Fr. Joseph Reade was publicly identified as a priest with multiple documented reports of sexual abuse.

According to the documents reviewed by the investigators, Reade is the subject of two documented allegations of abuse.  

Victim #1 said that he was sexually abused by Reade from 1969 to 1971, starting when he was 10.  Reade was assigned to the VA Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction (as a chaplain) at the time of the abuse.  The matter was later settled with the Diocese of Pueblo’s insurance company for an undisclosed amount.

Victim #2 reported that he was sexually abused by Reade at a social gathering in 1986.  At the time, the victim was 11 years old.  Reade was a retired priest in limited ministry at the time of the abuse.

Reade’s faculties were temporarily suspended when Victim #2’s allegation was reported, but they were reinstated when Reade denied the abuse.  Unless the accused priest admitted the allegations, the Diocese of Pueblo protocols required the Diocese to find that the allegation was “unsubstantiated” and return the priest to ministry.  The burden was on the victim to prove that the abuse happened, which required an admission or an independent witness to the actual abuse.

Reade died in 1990.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pueblo in Colorado.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Colorado, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pueblo now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Colorado and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Clifford Norman – Diocese of Pueblo

Father Clifford Norman

Diocese of Pueblo

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Clifford Norman:

In October 2019, the Colorado Attorney General released a detailed report of a special investigation into the handling of child sexual abuse allegations by Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses.  For the first time, Fr. Clifford Norman was publicly identified as a priest with a documented report of sexual abuse.

According to the documents reviewed by the investigators, Norman sexually abused a 12 year old altar boy at St. William in 1968.  At the time of the abuse, Norman was assigned to Sacred Heart parish in Avondale, but was friends with the boy’s family and took him to St. William.  The victim says that he was threatened repeatedly by Norman. During an interview about the allegation in 1998, Norman admitted to knowing the victim but denied sexual contact.  A Diocese of Pueblo official noted in documents that he did not believe Norman’s denial.  However, without a confession by Norman, the Diocese’s protocols required them to find that the allegation was “inconclusive” and took no action against Norman.  At the time the allegation was received, Norman was working in an orphanage in Mexico.  

The victim met with the Bishop of Pueblo as part of the investigation process, and the Bishop reportedly told the man that he “needed to forgive Norman and asked the victim to consider how tough Norman’s childhood must have been.”

It is unclear from the Report if Norman is still alive, and where he is residing.  The Pueblo Diocese has not provided that information to media or the general public.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pueblo in Colorado.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Colorado, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pueblo now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Colorado and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.