Fr. W. Vincent Bechtel

Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Died: 09/19/1994
Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Named publicly by the Baltimore archdiocese on its list 4/24/2019. The Diocese of Harrisburg told Baltimore in 2018 of a claim of sex abuse against Bechtel, occurring while assigned to Mt. St. Joseph High School. Bechtel worked at the school 1979-1989. More allegations of abuse while at Mt. St. Joseph followed. Bechtel died in 1994. Included in the MD Attorney General’s Report 4/5/2023, which shows two separate reports in 1986 by teen boys (both former St. Joseph’s students) to their counselors of ‘solicitation by Bechtel. No action. The 2018 reports were from a mother who said her two boys were abused by Bechtel while Mt. St. Joseph’s students, and from a former student who said Bechtel fondled him in 1987 or 1988 when he was age 15 or 16.

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