Fr. James A. Beine

Ordained: 1967
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Civil suit filed 1994 alleged abuse of two boys beginning in 1967. Seven other suits filed. Left priesthood in 1977. Two claims settled for $110K. Beine was working as school counselor as of 2002. Convicted 2003 on federal charge of possession of child porn (later overturned). Also convicted 2003 of exposing himself to three students. Sentenced to twelve years but overturned by Court. At least 36 claims of abuse in MO. Laicized 2005. MO permanently revoked teaching license as of 10/07. Reportedly living in Las Vegas 8/07. On Wheeling-Charleston list (misspelled “Biene”) in late 2018, where he taught high school 1979-81. On St. Louis archdiocese’s list 7/26/19. Lived at some point in Highland IL.

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