Deacon Anton Smario
Accused of molesting several girls when he was a “lay member” of Franciscans serving as a missionary on St. Michael Island in 1960s-’70s. He denied abuse but admitted being nude in front of girls occasionally. Sued by at least four of the girls in 2005. Claims included in 11/07 settlement with Jesuits. Plaintiffs filed 43 suits 1/09 alleging Jesuits had knowledge of abusive priests and did nothing. At least two named Smario. More claims filed 2010. In 3/11, 20 settled as part of massive settlement. Per Santa Barbara Province Franciscans on their list 5/31/19, Smario was a lay person, not a Franciscan friar.
- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 05.12.05
- LA Times 11.19.05
- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 02.23.06
- Anchorage Daily News 11.20.07
- James Doe 59 et al v Society of Jesus, Oregon Province et al, Alaska Superior Court, 4th Judicial District at Bethel, 01.13.09
- Anchorage Daily News 01.14.09
- KIRO 01.14.09
- The Spectator 01.14.09
- Seattle Times 01.14.09
- Settle Times 01.15.09
- Excerpt from Bankruptcy Reorganization Documents for Fairbanks Diocese, page 1, 01.25.10
- PCVA Law Firm Press Release 03.25.11
- Worthy Adversary 02.20.14
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