Fr. Richard Wayne Fassbinder

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Retired in 1997. Privileges removed 4/02 after review board determined “reasonable cause” to suspect he had sexually abused a male minor during his assignment at Prince of Peace parish. Abuse said to have begun in 1974 and ended in mid-1980s. Allegations first reported 12/01. Died 5/04. Name also on 2003 Archdiocesan list of abusers. Per documents released by archdiocese in 11/14, Fassbinder admitted taking nude pics of and a “sexual relationship” with a boy, beginning in 1974 when the boy was age 16 and continuing for 15 years; he said he didn’t know the boy was a minor. He was in ministry for two years after his admission.


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