In August 2003 two women filed separate lawsuits alleging Fr. Roney abused them when they were children and he was pastor of the Church of St. Mary in Willmar from 1967 through 1980. Those cases were settled in 2005. Two more women filed lawsuits against Roney and the Diocese in September 2003, claiming the diocese learned of Fr. Roneys misconduct in 1987 but failed to act.
Father David A. Roney died in 2003 at age 82.