Fr. Paul L. O’Toole

Donate Photo
Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

A woman announced in 2006 that she had received a $125K settlement from the Chicago archdiocese in 2004. She alleged that O’Toole sexually abused her in 1966 when she was age 16, and that Revs. John F. Rohrich and Howard Strum abused her until she was 19. She said she first reported the abuse to the archdiocese in the early 1990s, but nothing was done. She reported to the archdiocese again in 2002; in 2004 the Review Board stated of the allegation against O’Toole, “there is reasonable cause to suspect that the alleged misconduct occurred.” O’Toole reportedly left the priesthood to marry.

Return to main database page. See abbreviations and posting policy. Send corrections.

Our Database of Publicly Accused does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.