Fr. Leroy A. Valentine

Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Died: 04/29/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

A woman reported in 1982 that Valentine sexually abused her three sons, ages 10, 11 and 12. Police sent her to the Archdiocese. Lawsuit filed in 1995; each boy received a $20K settlement in 1998. Valentine was sent for treatment and transferred. Allegations became public in 3/2002; the Archdiocese refused to remove Valentine, saying the allegations were unsubstantiated. Retired in 3/2002 after another person alleged abuse in 1978. The Review Board deemed the allegations substantiated 5/1/2013. Privileges removed. A lawsuit filed in 10/2015 claims repeated sex abuse, including rape, of a boy attending Immaculata School 1977-1981, beginning when the boy was age 11. The plaintiff said Valentine told him the abuse was “special training” to become an altar boy. Included on the Archdiocese’s list 7/26/2019 of those with substantiated allegations against them. Valentine died 4/29/2020.

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