Brother Kevin Dunne
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Assigned as follows:
- Los Angeles Central County Jail
- St. Anthony Seminary (Santa Barbara, CA)
- St. Mary’s Basilica (Phoenix, AZ)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Kevin Dunne:
Brother Kevin Dunne was a member of the Franciscan religious order, and served in multiple parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in October 2003, he was named in a civil lawsuit alleging he had sexually abused a student at St. Anthony Seminary in Santa Barbara from 1970 to 1971.
Per a 2002 article, he was living with several order members at St. Mary’s Basilica in Phoenix, serving as their treasurer, doing housework and without contact with children.
As of 2007, Brother Dunne was living in a retreat house near Monterey in failing health and with dementia. A civil suit filed in 2009 alleged that despite the Franciscan order knowing that he raped a St. Anthony’s student, he was transferred to St. Mary’s Basilica in Phoenix where he lived with other order members.
In January 2019, Brother Dunne’s name was included on the Diocese of Santa Rosa’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It notes accusations in 2002 for abuse elsewhere in 1993. It also notes that he died in 2010.
In May 2019, Brother Dunne’s name was included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It notes a report in 1993 of alleged sexual abuse of a minor 1970-73. That following month in June, his name was included on the Diocese of Las Cruces’ list (misspelled Dunn), where he worked 1955-61. He is also on the Diocese of Phoenix’s list, however, no known allegations were reported there.
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