Fr. Richard Keppeler – Diocese of Buffalo

| Oct 17, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Richard Keppeler

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1954

Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955                Saints Peter and Paul (South Boston, MA)
  • 1956                St. Brendan (Almond, NY)
  • 1957                All Saints (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1958-1961      Annunciation (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1962-1973      Notre Dame High School (Batavia, NY)
  • 1974-1999      St. Brigid (Bergen, NY)
  • 2000-2003      St. Brigid (Bergen, NY) St. Michael (South Byron, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Richard Keppeler:

Father Richard Keppeler retired in 2004 and lived in Lackawanna, New York until he died in 2011. According to media reports, in March 2018, his name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of priests who “were removed from ministry, retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” No information regarding the allegations was disclosed, however, the list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation.

In April 2018, a 68-year-old man alleged that Father Keppeler sexually abused him for four years when he was Dean of Boys at Notre Dame High School in Batavia. He claimed other boys were also abused by him.

In 2020, Father Keppeler was named in another lawsuit against the Diocese of Buffalo, in which he was accused of sexually abusing a minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout New York. The Diocese of Buffalo filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Buffalo may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply. Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Buffalo if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.

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