Nolan’s accuser, now 25, recently contacted authorities and told them he was assaulted by the priest at least 100 times from 2006 to 2010 when Nolan served at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He said the sexual encounters would take place at various places, including Nolan’s office.
The Diocese of Madison said in a statement it didn’t know about the allegations before police arrested Nolan.
Nolan previously served churches in Janesville, Cambridge, Madison and Watertown, the diocese said in the statement. The diocese said it “had received no allegations of misconduct connected to any of his assignments.”
The diocese did not give details of the allegations in its statement. It said it had started its own investigation and had engaged its own sexual abuse review board. The diocese said it has assured police “full cooperation.”