Summary of Case: Robert “Bob” Marsicek was ordained a priest of the Salvatorian order in 1968. He ministered in parishes in the dioceses of Green Bay WI, Phoenix AZ, Birmingham AL, Sacramento CA, and Milwaukee WI. He was also chaplain for the Boy Scouts during the late 1980s and through the 1990s in Sacramento. Marsicek was the subject for years of complaints from parents, teachers and others that he violated boundaries with children. His personnel file shows that his superiors repeatedly told him to stop hugging and touching children. In 2005 the mother of a five year-old girl reported to the parish school that Marsicek, who was pastor, had indecently touched the girl. 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. Milwaukee bishop Lestecki and Salvatorian provincial, Rev. Joseph Rodrigues, knew of the investigation; Rodrigues explained that Marsicek was not removed from ministry in Milwaukee at the time so as not to disrupt the California investigation. In March 2013 Marsicek was placed on leave after a parish school teacher reported that she observed him on several occasions inappropriately touching a little girl. Subsequently, a woman claimed that allegations against Marsicek go as far back as his time in the Green Bay diocese in the 1970s. Marsicek has denied wrongdoing, stating that he was merely being affectionate with the children. In April 2013 he is said to be living under supervision in his order’s Milwaukee provincialate.
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