Fr. Robert L. Schaeufele

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Placed on leave 4/02 after allegations surfaced. The diocese knew in 1994 that Schaeufele was bringing boys to his rectory. Several civil suits 2003-04. In 2004 the diocese agreed to pay $1.1M to 12 men abused by him as boys. Others refused to settle. Found not guilty in 5/03 of some charges, but convicted in 6/03 on other charges of abuse in the 1980s. Received two 30-year concurrent sentences. Also sentenced in Pasco County 7/03. At least 22 accusers are known. Abused in parishes that were later part of the Venice diocese. Scheduled for release from prison in 2/15, after serving only 12 years.


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