Statement Regarding Father Yeager

Diocese of Toledo
May 23, 2006


Effective May 23, 2006, Father Robert J. Yeager, 68, a retired priest of the Diocese of Toledo, has been placed on an administrative leave of absence and barred from any public ministry.

The Diocesan Review Board has deemed as credible allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor involving Father Yeager dating back almost 30 years ago.

Although Father Yeager's name surfaced publicly in 2004 as an alleged abuser, only in recent days has the Review Board received specific information sufficient to conclude that the allegation is indeed credible. Father Yeager has cooperated fully in this process.

Diocesan policy defines credible as meaning that based upon the facts presented, "a prudent person would conclude that there is a significant possibility that the incident occurred."

In accordance with To Protect and to Heal, the diocesan Policy on Sexual Abuse of Minors, the Diocese of Toledo adheres to Ohio law regarding reporting, which also takes into account the privacy of victims. The law has been followed in this case. It also should be pointed out that reports of child abuse allegations to civil authorities are confidential under Ohio law.

The final determination of Fr. Yeager's case will be referred to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome in accordance with Church law.

Biographical Information:

Ordained June 22, 1962

Mount Saint Mary Seminary - December 1962 to June 1963

Assistant Pastor Pro Tem: Immaculate Conception, Ottoville � June 1963 to January 1964

Assistant Pastor: Saint Vincent de Paul, Toledo � January 1964 to September 1965

High School Principal and Assistant Pastor: Saint. John, Delphos � September 1965 to August 1967

High School Principal and Assistant Pastor: Saint Mary, Sandusky � August 1967 to June 1973

Administrative Assistant to Principal: Saint Mary High School � August 1967 June 1973

Summer Study: University of Toledo � June 1968 to September 1968

Weekday Assistance: St. Charles, Toledo � June 1968 to September 1968

Weekend Assistance: Saint Mary Sandusky � June 1968 to September 1968

Chaplain: Tiffin State Hospital � June 1973 to June 1979

Principal: Tiffin Calvert High School � June 1973 to June 1980

Chaplain: Tiffin Ursuline Sisters � June 1973 to June 1980

Vice President for Development: National Catholic Educational Association � 1980 to 1987

Executive Director, Secondary Schools � 1980 to 1987

Executive Director, The Metonia Group, Saint Mary's College � 1987 to 1991

Director: Institute for Catholic Management and Development � 1987 to 1991

Principal: Cardinal Stritch High School � July 1991 to July 1997

Executive Director: Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference � 1993

Planned Giving Consultant � July 1997 � July 2005

Retired � July 2005


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