Fr. William Romero

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Venice FL

Retired in 1995. Faculties revoked in 5/02 due to accusations dating back “many years.” Allegedly, during the 1975-76 school year at St. Ann’s in Naples, Romero would force students to undress in his bedroom, after which they would share wine from the chalice and take the host wafer. He would also take nude pictures of some children. Hosted foreign exchange students; two from Germany alleged abuse. Several suits filed. Some settled 2004-05. A 6/03 suit said rape of a Miami boy, age 10, in 1975. An 8/03 suit claimed abuse of three siblings, a girl and two boys 1982-89 in Moore Haven. Left the priesthood in 2003. Still hosting exchange students.Suit in 10/03 said abuse of boy, age 12 in 1976. New civil suit vs the Miami archdiocese 3/22/12 claimed abuse of a boy at St. Augustine’s in Coral Gables in the 1970s.

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