Fr. Robert Gamel

Ordained: 1990
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Removed 8/15/14. Investigated by police for alleged internet-related sex crimes involving at least one teenage boy. Computers and hard drives seized from rectory of St. Joseph’s in Los Banos where he had worked since 2009. Police said parishioners were uncomfortable with Gamel’s behavior with young males, including rubbing the back of a sleeping teen, and hugging a youth in a single-person restroom. Pleaded no contest 3/11/16 to possessing child porn. Sentenced in 5/16 to 11 months in jail and 4 years probation. Ordered to register as a sex offender. Assignments included Christ the King and St. Joseph’s Mission in Oildale, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bakersfield, St. Ann’s in Ridgecrest, St. Joseph’s in Boron and Our Lady of Lourdes in California City. Released from jail in 12/16. Arrested again 4/12/17 on child porn possession. Pleaded not guilty 5/17. Pleaded no contest 11/28/17, sentenced to 4 years in state prison. Released 4/13/19.

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