Fr. Robert Joseph Petrella

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Per archdiocese, first report of abuse received 1966. Alleged to have raped two brothers. Sent to treatment, returned to ministry. Sent for treatment 3 times. Permanently removed 1989 after more allegations. Indicted and convicted 1997 for sex abuse of 10-year-old boy in late 1970s. Sentenced to 6 months in jail, reduced to 7 days. Convicted 2003 for abuse of three. Sentenced to 18 months in prison. Laicized 4/03. At least 1 claim included in $1.3M settlement with archdiocese in 12/06. At least 25 accusers. Living at his mom’s in North Arlington, MD as of 9/08. On archdiocese’s 10/15/18 list.


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