Fr. Robert Michele

Order: CSP
Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Died: 09/23/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Worked in Austin TX, Portland OR, and in missions throughout the US. Accused of sexually assaulting a girl in OR beginning in 1964. The ‘relationship’ continued beyond her 18th birthday in 1965, until 1969. She filed suit in federal court. Michele retired in 2004. The Paulists announced in 11/2018 that it had received a “credible and substantiated allegation” of abuse of a minor female, occurring when he was assigned to St. Philip Neri parish in Portland 1964-1968, and 1972-1973. The Order said, too, that there was a previous allegation, in 2002, of sexual misconduct with another minor female, found at the time to be inconclusive. Michele, age 90 in 11/2018, was living in a skilled nursing facility and prohibited from ministering as a priest. Name included on the Mobile archdiocese’s list 12/6/2018. On Baltimore’s list 12/14/1208. On Paulists’ list 3/08/2019. Died 9/23/2020. Mentioned in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General’s Report. 

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