Diocese hires investigative firm to review clergy files

ALLOUEZ — The Diocese of Green Bay announced Sept. 25 that it has entered into an agreement with the independent investigative firm of Defenbaugh & Associates, Inc., Kaufman, Texas, to conduct an outside review of the files of all priests and deacons who have served in the diocese.

Danny Defenbaugh, owner of Defenbaugh & Associates, Inc. (D&A), will be leading the review. D&A is a security consultant and investigations company specializing in due diligence, security vulnerability assessments and investigations. Their Security Study Team (SST) has more than 200 years of combined actual operational and managerial experience in the federal, state and local public safety sectors.

Defenbaugh was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for nearly 33 years. He has testified as either an expert witness or investigator more than 100 times in federal, state and local courts, including the U.S. Congress and Military Tribunals.

“In compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the diocese continuously examines its files and conducts reviews annually,” the diocese said in a statement. “As we work to assure all clergy abuse cases have been identified and objectively reviewed, the diocese has arranged for D&A, Inc., who specializes in this kind of work, to review files beginning in early October.”

When completed, the findings will be reported to the Diocesan Independent Review Board and the Chancellor.