Fr. Richard Deakin

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Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1985
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Convicted in 1990 of sexual abuse, including rape, of a 13-year-old girl 1986-1988. Given a 20-year suspended sentence and a 15-year suspended sentence, to run concurrently, and 5 years probation. Civil suit filed in 1/1992; settled out of court in 9/1993. Archdiocese knew of his history of deviant sexual behavior. In 1987 (after he yelled obscenities and exposed himself to a woman), the Capuchins transferred him to Pittsburgh. Seminary officials knew of use of church money for x-rated movies and porn before ordination. Left priesthood in 1988 and married. Dismissed from the clerical state 12/29/1992. Became a licensed social worker, began work with the V.A. in 1996. The state board required him to avoid counseling those under age 21. Included on the Baltimore archdiocese’s 2002 list of accused religious priests and brothers. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/2018. Surrendered his social work license in 2018 per the state board’s request, due to the public release of information about his sexual misconduct. Included in the MD Attorney General’s 4/5/2023 Report.

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