Father Leonard Scezney
Archdiocese of Denver
Assigned as follows:
- 1986: Spirit of Christ Catholic Community, Arvada, CO)
- 1987-1988: Blessed Sacrament (Denver, CO)
- 1989-1990: Notre Dame (Denver, CO)
- 1991-1992: Unknown
- 1993-2002: Absent on Leave
- 2003-2021: Unknown
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Leonard Scezney:
Fr. Leonard Scezney was ordained a priest in 1985, and served in multiple parishes in the Archdiocese of Denver. According to media reports, 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. Leonard Scezney was publicly identified as a priest with at least one documented report of sexual abuse.
According to the documents reviewed by the investigators, Scezney sexually abused a 16 year old girl in approximately 1985. At the time, he was assigned to Spirit of Christ parish in Arvada. Scezney was a new priest in the parish and took the girl, who was in the parish youth group, for dinner. He became very “touchy feeley” over the next few months, and ultimately fondled her breasts on multiple occasions.
The abuse was reported to the Archdiocese of Denver in 2007. It was not reported to law enforcement.
Notably, the Report indicates that Scezney’s faculties were removed by the Archdiocese of Denver in 1992, but there is no explanation as to why. In our experience, this often a response to multiple allegations of sexual abuse and failed attempts at psychological treatment (resulting in an ongoing cycle of kids getting abused). While we cannot say this was the case with Scezney without reviewing his personnel file ourselves, it is certainly very suspicious.
Scezney’s current status was not provided in the Report, but, based upon public records, we have reason to believe he is alive and may be residing in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, area.
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