Fr. Matthew Michael Sprouffske

Order: OCarm
Ordained: 1954
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in 1986 of abuse in the 1950s of a female relative under age 14. Arrested in 12/02. Criminal charges dropped in 7/03 due to CA Supreme Court ruling. Died in 1/05. At least one claim included in 11/06 $10M settlement with Order, L.A. archdiocese and 7 people alleging abuse by 5 priests. Archdiocese was to release personnel files as part of 2007 $660M settlement with 508 plaintiffs. Personnel files on 25 priests (including his) to be released in Fall 2012 after CA Supreme Court rejected appeal by the priests. Addedin 2/21 to the Joliet diocese’s list, where he was assigned in 2002 to Carmelite Carefree Village.

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