Fr. James A. Funke

Ordained: 1974
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Assigned to Bishop DuBourg High 1979-86. Funke and a lay teacher, Jerome Robben, were arrested 10/86 and charged with sexual assault of a youth. Funke pled guilty in 1987 to ten counts of second-degree deviate sexual assault of two boys. Police found child porn in his possession. Received ten years prison; released in 1992. First victim to report Funke died by suicide at age 21. Laicization announced 11/03/06. One of six priests included in 7/08 settlement. On MO sex offender registry as of 5/15/11. On archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.

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