DODGE CITY – Bishop John B. Brungardt of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City has been accused of abusing a minor, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation confirmed Monday. The investigation is ongoing, but no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed related to the case.
An official statement from the Dodge City Diocese noted that Brungardt had been notified by the KBI of the accusation. “Bishop Brungardt denies the allegation and is fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation.”
According to the statement, Brungardt has decided to step aside from his duties until the matter is resolved and has informed his Metropolitan Archbishop Joseph Naumann. Consequently, the Congregation for Bishops has appointed the Most Rev. Gerald Vincke, bishop of Salina, as apostolic administrator of the diocese effective immediately.
Due to the ongoing investigation, no further details can be shared at this point, the statement reads.
To report abuse, call law enforcement and if an allegation involves a bishop, it can be reported to the bishop third-party reporting system at 1-800-276-1562 or online at reportbishopabuse.org.
Also, the KBI continues to take reports of sexual abuse at 1-800-KS-CRIME or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.