Allegations against Vonnahmen
Three men made formal accusations against Vonnahmen in the 1990s, prior to the lawsuit filed by “J. Christ” in 2014, all but one regarding allegations from years prior when the plaintiffs were youth campers at Camp Ondessonk. The victims cited various but similar reasons for waiting decades to come forward, including that they did not think they would be believed because of Vonnahmen’s holy status.
One man, then living in Albuquerque, New Mexico., claimed in a civil lawsuit he was seduced and sodomized in 1981 when he was a youth camper at Camp Ondessonk. That man was quoted in an article by The Associated Press at the time saying Vonnahmen had told him that if he disclosed what had happened, Vonnahmen threatened to tell his parents that he tried to burn down a building and kill a horse. “He stole … my dignity, my spirituality and…
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