Fr. Robert F. Johnston

Ordained: 1962
Status: Charged

Died: 04/4/2021
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

In 2002 a man said Johnston abused him as a teenager in about 1978, at Sacred Heart parish in Valley Park. Johnston admitted the abuse and resigned from current parish. Two men filed suit in 12/04 alleging abuse 1977-80. Arrested in 1/05; criminal charges filed 6/06 related to alleged abuse of a youth in 1978. Four suits moved to federal court. One of six priests named in settlement announced 7/08. Laicized in 2002. In 6/11 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit ruled the archdiocese not responsible for his behavior. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry. Included on the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese’s list updated 4/13/21; assigned 1962-64 to a Poplar Bluff parish. Died 4/4/21.

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