Fr. Robert E. Spangenberg

Order: CSSp
Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

Worked in PA, MI, NC, IL, FL. First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Retired 2003. Died 12/23/06. Allegations of abuse of at least two minors. Diocese contacted 1988 by woman who said her son had been abused by Spangenberg. Spiritans moved Spangenberg to FL1989 due to the allegations. Kept in ministry. In 2009 a man reported that when he was a 15- to 16-year-old runaway and involved in prostitution, he had many “sexual encounters” with Spangenberg. He said the priest paid him to bring him other “young hustlers” for sex. He said Spangenberg liked to sniff glue while orally copulating the boy, and that he was a “really sick guy-he would have person urinate and defecate on him.” On Raleigh diocese’s list in 10/18, for abuse in 1988 and subsequently, reported in 2018. On Charlotte diocese’s list 12/29/19 where he worked in the 1990s.


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