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 Franciscan serving as a missionary on St. Michael Island in the 1960s-1970s. Smario denied abuse but admitted being nude in front of girls occasionally. Sued by at least four of the girls in 2005. Claims included in a 11/2007 settlement with the Jesuits. Plaintiffs filed 43 suits in 1/2009 alleging the Jesuits had knowledge of abusive priests and did nothing. At least two named Smario. More claims filed in 2010. In 3/2011, 20 settled as part of a massive settlement. Per the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans on their list 5/31/2019, Smario was a lay person, not a Franciscan friar.

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