MO- Priest abuse trial starts

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director (314) 566-9790 cell, [email protected]

Priest abuse trial starts

St. Louis cleric is accused in Colorado

He allegedly repeatedly molested boy

And he reportedly took child to get nipplies pierced

Prosecutors say priest gave booze, pot and cigarettes too

A criminal trial has begun against a St. Louis priest who allegedly molested a Colorado boy.

The accused is Fr. Robert Charles Manning, who reportedly sexually assaulted the child and named the victim “as a beneficiary of his bank account - and began providing him with expensive gifts, including jewelry, watches and a $3,000 used car,” according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Manning now lives in St. Louis. He worked in St. Louis archdiocese, at parishes in Bridgeton, Glencoe and Imperial. 

Manning apparently was sent to Colorado, an unusual move for an archdiocesan priest, around 2007.

A photo of Manning, along with links to two dozen media reports about him, is at

The Colorado Springs diocese is headed by a St. Louis native, Bishop Michael Sheridan.

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