Fr. Gary D. Berthiaume

Ordained: 1968
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Convicted of abuse of two minors in 1978 in Detroit. Served six months in jail, then transferred to the Cleveland diocese, where he allegedly offended again. Detroit victim filed civil suit in 1983. Another suit filed in 1999 alleging abuse in the 1980s. Was moved in 1987 to the Joliet diocese, allowed to work as a hospital chaplain by Bishop Imesch until 2002. The two had worked together at a MI parish in the 1970s. Living in an IL retreat house as of 2002. Laicization announced in 11/07. Included on the Detroit archdiocese’s list of credibly accused 6/10/19. On Cleveland’s list 6/21/19. Arrested in IL in 9/20 on charges of sexual assault in 1977 of a boy, age 14, at his Farmington MI parish. Charges in MI in two more cases in 6/21, also for abuse in the 1970s.


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