Child sexual abuse claimed against Catholic priest killed on bike

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend says that a priest who died last summer in a bike crash in South Bend also allegedly abused a minor while serving in the diocese. 

On Friday, it added the Rev. Jan Klimczyk’s name to the diocese’s list of clergy, linked here online, who’ve been “credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.” 

But it doesn’t specify when or where the alleged abuse occurred. A diocese spokeswoman said the abuse claim was announced over the weekend at each of the parishes where he had served.

Rev. Jan Klimczyk

Ordained in his native Poland in 1981, Klimczyk served in the diocese since 1992. He served in parishes throughout the diocese, including St. Stanislaus Kostka in New Carlisle, St. Patrick in Walkerton and St. Adalbert, St. Hedwig, Holy Family and St. John the Baptist in South Bend. He also had placements in Albion, Huntington and Fort Wayne. 

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