Fr. George E. Crespin

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Died: 04/7/2024
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Chancellor and/or vicar general at various times 1979-1994. Accused in a 2005 lawsuit of molesting a boy in 1975 while pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary in Union City. He denied all charges. The Diocesan Review Board found “insufficient evidence” to support allegations. Diocese paid plaintiff $600K as part of global settlement in 8/2005. Crespin admitted not reporting incidents of abuse involving other priests. Privileges as a retired priest were restored in 6/2005. A lawsuit in 12/2019 under the CA Child Victims Act by two men claims the Diocese covered-up  abuse by Crespin and Rev. Stephen Kiesle at Our Lady of the Rosary in the 1970s. The man accusing Crespin said the abuse started when he was age 11, and that the priest also abused his best friend, who had recently died by suicide. Crespin died 4/7/2024.

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