Fr. Melvin Bucher

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Accused in a 1994 lawsuit of abuse in the early 1970’s. Diocese said he was on leave of absence when abuse occurred, so they were not responsible for him. Lower court dismissed as not within scope of employment; OR Supreme Court reversed lower court in 1999. This ruling became noted for changing OR law. Case settled 1/01 for $512,500. Another man claimed abuse as a minor in 1965. Bucher admitted abuse in the 1960s and 1970s. Worked in CA and OR. On the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ list 5/31/19. On the Oakland diocese’s list 6/1/19. Died in 2019.


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