Fr. Alexander R. Anderson

Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Accused in 2002 of abusing a boy in 1987 at St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in St Louis, where Anderson was the chaplain. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Naumann stated in 2002 that the archdiocese investigated the complaint and found it without merit. Anderson denied the allegation and filed a slander suit against the man making the claim. Complainant then sued him. Both men dropped their lawsuits in 2004, with the archdiocese paying $22,500 for the complainant’s counseling but admitting no wrongdoing. Another man came forward in 2004 to allege abuse in 1988. Naumann, then the archdiocesan administrator, voiced support for Anderson after an archdiocesan committee found the second allegation without merit. Anderson was pastor of St. Rose of Lima church in De Soto as of 8/20/20. New suit in 2/20 claimed abuse of a boy in the late 1980s at the Home. The archdiocese deemed the allegation “without merit.” Accused in a 2/22 lawsuit against the diocese of molesting a boy at the Boys Home in the late 1990s-early 2000s. The archdiocese stated that the allegation was “demonstrably false,” because Anderson was not assigned to the Home when his accuser was a resident.

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