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Father Francis Klep: The Abuse and Convictions

Father Frank Klep was ordained in 1972 and served at Salesian College “Rupertswood” in Melbourne. It was here that the first allegations of abuse arose, particularly during his time in the school’s infirmary. Despite these early warnings, Klep’s abusive behaviour continued unchecked for years.

His first conviction came in 1994 for indecently assaulting two students in the 1970s. As more victims bravely came forward, Klep faced additional charges, leading to further convictions. In 2014, he pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual offences, including indecent assault and rape. At the age of 75, in 2019, Klep was once again sentenced after admitting to the abuse of more children, one as young as 4.

The Salesian Order’s Role and the Need for Accountability

The case of Father Klep is not just a tale of individual wrongdoing but also of systemic failure. Despite being aware of the allegations, the Salesian order allowed Klep to continue his duties, even transferring him to Samoa after his initial conviction. This move, which effectively placed him beyond the reach of Australian law enforcement, was later rectified when Samoa deported Klep back to Australia in 2004.

Legal Support for Survivors

For those affected by Father Klep’s actions, the journey towards healing involves seeking acknowledgement and compensation. Koffels specializes in supporting survivors of abuse, providing the expertise needed to navigate the complexities of abuse compensation claims.

We offer a compassionate and confidential service, ensuring survivors feel safe and respected throughout the legal process. Our experienced attorneys are committed to achieving the best possible outcome, helping survivors find closure and financial restitution for their endured harm.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by the actions of Father Francis Klep, please contact us. We are here to listen and to help you take the necessary steps towards justice and compensation.

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