Fr. Stephen M. Kiesle

Ordained: 1972
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Long history of sexually abusing boys and girls. Convicted in 1978 of lewd conduct for tying up and sexually abusing two boys; sentenced to three years probation. Left the priesthood in 1981. Laicized in 1987. Volunteer youth minister in the mid-1980s at St. Joseph’s in Pinole. Arrested in 2002 on 13 counts of child molestation; all but two dropped in 2003 due to the statute of limitations. Sentenced in 2004 to six years in prison for abuse of a girl in 1995. May have abused at least ten girls. Kiesle said that if girls said abuse happened then he was sure it did. Released in 2009. Civil suits filed. Registered sex offender, living in Walnut Creek, CA. Two more suits with seven accusers in 8/10. Accused in a 10/18 suit against the Vatican of abuse 1972-74 of a girl, ages 11-13. On diocese’s list in 2019. Lawsuit in 12/19 alleges abuse of boy, age 10-11, in the 1970s. Suit filed 3/2/20 claimed abuse a of 5-year-old boy for over a year in Pinole in 1985. Accused in two 2/21 suits, of abuse of a girl in one and a boy in the other, 1972-75, in Pinole. A lawsuit filed against the diocese in 1/22 claims abuse 1972-75 of a young boy in Pinole. Kiesle would give the boy wine, then molest him. The victim’s adult children filed the lawsuit; their father had filed suit in 3/20, but he died a few days later of cirrhosis and the suit was dismissed. Arrested in 4/22, charged with killing a pedestrian while driving drunk.

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