Br. Eugene T. Fitzsimmons

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Order: SM
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Antonio TX

Professed vows as a Marianist brother in 1947. Worked at high schools in IL, TX, WI, CA, MO, HI. Per news in 2002, Fitzsimmons was accused of sexually abusing Michael Rodriguez 20 years prior when Rodriguez was a student at Catholic High School in San Antonio. Rodriguez, who was one of the “Texas Seven” prison escapees who shot and killed a police officer 12/24/2000, claimed in the penalty portion of his trial for this murder that Fitzsimmons abused him. Defense attorney brought Fitzsimmons to TX to testify at trial. Fitzsimmons invoked the Fifth Amendment and did not testify. Withdrew from the Order in 2000. Died in 2011. Name included on the Marianists’ list 6/24/2020. Included on the Belleville diocese’s list 9/20/2022. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General’s Report. 

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