Fr. Robert E. Freitas

Ordained: 1972
Status: Convicted

Died: 11/14/2011
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Sent to treatment and placed on “restricted ministry” in 1985 after two boys alleged sex abuse. In 2002, a man told the diocese that Freitas molested him in 1979. Police notified. Accuser wore a wire during meeting; Freitas admitted abuse and was arrested. Accuser filed suit. Police believe there were at least four more victims from about the same time frame. Pled guilty 12/02; sentenced to six months jail and five years probation. Released 6/03 after US Supreme Court ruling. Settlement 11/03. On diocese’s list 2/17/19. Laicized 2007. Died 11/14/11.

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