Fr. Kent Drotar – Archdiocese of Denver

| Apr 28, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Kent Drotar

Archdiocese of Denver

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 2007

Reinstated: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • Notre Dame Catholic Church (Denver, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Kent Drotar:

Fr. Kent Drotar served in multiple parishes in the Archdiocese of Denver. According to media reports, in 2007, allegations were made to St. John Vianney Seminary in the Archdiocese of Denver that he had repeatedly engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with a seminarian beginning when the victim was 18. Drotar first sexually assaulted the victim on a seminary trip during which the two shared a hotel room in 2000. The victim said Drotar continued to pursue him for several more years as he worked through seminary, despite his refusal to engage in any physical relationship with the priest.

When the allegations came to light, the seminary began an investigation into the alleged misconduct and reported the matter to the Archdiocese of Denver. Archbishop Chaput suspended Drotar while the allegations were investigated.

Drotar received a psychological assessment and counseling to determine suitability for future ministry and, based on the positive outcome of his psychosocial evaluation and the recommendation of the Conduct Response Team, Drotar was temporarily assigned to a parish with a grammar school.

After learning that Drotar was assigned to a parish where he could be interacting with youths, the victim immediately contacted the Archdiocese of Denver and said Drotar should be removed from ministry or he would “go to the press.”

After the contact from the victim, the Archdiocese removed Drotar from active ministry.

Drotar is believed to be residing in Brighton, Colorado.  He is in his fifties.

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