Fr. Anthony Smith

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Order: CSsR
Ordained: 1984
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

A man filed civil suit in 2003 alleging abuse by Smith in the mid-1980s, at Holy Redeemer Church in Portland. The abuse allegedly occurred on multiple occasions, and included sodomy, oral sex and fondling. At the time the suit was filed, Smith was working as chaplain at Newman House at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. He was immediately placed on leave. He had been in Stockton for two years. Smith’s personnel file shows that in 4/86, he admitted to his superiors that he had “problems” with young boys, had solicited two minors the previous summer and was strongly attracted to a 14-year-old boy. Treatment was recommended and he was sent to his Order in San Francisco, who relayed that they knew of Smith’s problems. Added to Stockton diocese’s list 11/12/20.

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