Br. Robert Ryan

Order: FMS
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Died in 4/17. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 10/27/20 of sexually abusing a boy 1975-77. The boy was a student at Marist High in Eugene OR and Ryan was a vice-principal. His accuser said Ryan also abused other students. Transferred around 1978, per another suit, to Marist High in Chicago IL. This suit was filed in 3/21 by a man alleging abuse as a student in the early 1980s at St. Mary’s College Prep in Manhasset, NY, where Ryan was assigned around 1979. The abuse allegedly began when the man was age 13, went on for two years, and included sodomy and plying the boy with drugs and alcohol. Numerous other students were also allegedly abused. Abuse is said to have included sadomasochism. Per the plaintiff, he told the order in the early 1990s, yet Ryan was allowed to continue to work at Camp Marist in NH. The plaintiff received settlements from the school in 1993 and in 2006. The suit seeks to void the earlier settlements, and claims fraud. 


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