Fr. John Bauer

Ordained: 1963
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Worked as priest in MT. Left active priesthood in 1970. Opened sex shop/adult book store in Bozeman, MT in 1981. Referred to as “Priest of Porn.” On the run for 8 months after drug-related arrest in 1988.Sold store prior to his 12/89 arrest. Pled no contest in 1990 in Los Angeles to charges of making child porn videos and films in Mexico and California. Sentenced to 8 yrs prison. Died of a heart attack in federal prison in 1992. Believe he was removed from priesthood after he opened the book store. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement.

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