CA--FACT SHEET on clerics who were exposed elsewhere as abusers but worked in the Sacramento Diocese
In about 20 minutes, using one website (BishopAccountability.org), we found ten proven, admitted or credibly accused predator priests who were “outed” elsewhere but worked in the Sacramento area. On 9/8/15, SNAP disclosed their names:
--Fr. Robert "Bob" Marsicek
According to his personnel files, his superiors repeatedly told him to stop hugging and touching children. In May 2012, Sacramento police launched an investigation of Marsicek after a woman reported that the priest had molested her two sons in the late 1980s and early 1990s while he was their parish pastor.
Fr. Marsicek’s direct supervisor is Fr. Joseph Rodrigues, who knew of the Sacramento investigation but kept Fr. Marsicek in ministry in Milwaukee. Almost a year later, Fr. Marsicek was put on leave after a parish school teacher reported that she observed him on several occasions inappropriately touching a little girl.
He also worked in Arizona and Alabama. He belongs to a religious order called the Salvatorians.
As of 2013, he was said to be living in a church facility in Milwaukee.
--Br. William C. Farrington
He worked at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose in the late 1960s. Fr. Farrington supervised students living on campus. School officials found accusations against him credible and publicly apologized to the accuser. They also reportedly sent letter to hundreds of former students about him.
In 2002, Fr. Farrington was removed from Loyola Marymount University after allegations from another student at Jesuit HS. He reportedly lives “under supervision” at Los Gatos Retreat Center in California. At least four other victims of his have come forward.
--Other proven, admitted or credibly accused child molesting Catholic clerics who 1) have been “outed” elsewhere, 2) worked in Sacramento BUT 3) are virtually unknown here include:
Fr. Vincent Breen, Fr. Laurence F. X. Brett, Fr. Melvin Bucher, Fr. Arthur Falvey, Fr. Michael M. Garry. Fr. Gus Krumme, Fr. James T. Monaghan.
We urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered their crimes to call police, so that both those who commit and those who conceal child sex crimes might be prosecuted. We urge Catholic officials to use church bulletins and pulpit announcements to seek out other “victims, witnesses and whistleblowers” who may be “suffering in silence,” and beg them to permanently post on church websites the names of local predator priests (like 30 other US bishops have done).
Bishop Jaime Soto should publicize the predators’ names and “aggressively reach out to anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered their crimes” so that “these dangerous men might be prosecuted and kids might be safer.”
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
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