Deacon Anton Smario

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Order: OFM
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fairbanks AK

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.

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