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 abuse of two boys; got three years probation. Left priesthood 1981. Laicized 1987. Volunteer youth minister mid-80s at St. Joseph’s in Pinole. Arrested 2002 on 13 counts of child molestation; all but two dropped on SOL in 2003. Sentenced 2004 to six years prison for abuse of 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 2009. Civil suits filed. Registered sex offender, living in Walnut Creek, CA. Two more suits with seven accusers 8/10. Accused in a 10/18 suit vs the Vatican of abuse 1972-74 of a girl, ages 11-13. On diocese’s list in 2019. Lawsuit 12/19, claiming abuse of boy, age10-11, 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.

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