Fr. Patrick G. O’Donnell

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Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Spokane WA

Removed 1985. Abused at least 65 boys in 1970s-80s in Spokane and Seattle. Worked as a psychologist for teens in Bellevue after leaving active priesthood. Sanctioned in 1984 for abuse while a priest. Sanctions lifted 1986. License permanently removed 1/04. At least 2 victims died by suicide. Named in new suit filed 2/08 by 4. Admitted guilt and settled 11/08 for $5M but unable to pay. Two plaintiffs settled before 5/09 trial; last 2 plaintiffs settled during trial. Settlements 5/12. Name included on archdiocese’s list of credibly accused 1/15/16. In 2019 living in Mt. Vernon, WA.


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