Rev. Robert E. Freitas

Summary of Case: Freitas was placed on a "restricted ministry" and sent to treatment in 1985 after two boys complained of sexual abuse. He was returned to active ministry. In 2002 a man told Church officials that Freitas molested him at age 15 in 1979. Freitas was arrested in April 2002 and charged with molesting the boy. The plaintiff wore a wire and Freitas admitted abuse. This man also filed suit. There were at least four more victims from about the same time frame, and multiple lawsuits. Freitas pleaded guilty in December 2002 and was sentenced to six months in jail and five months' probation. He was released in June 2003 after the Supreme Court overturned a ruling that had lifted the statute of limitations for sexual abuse of children.

Ordained: 1972

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Oakland bishop was Floyd Lawrence Begin (1962-1977)

1976 All Saints


Accused in 2003 of having sexually abused an 11-year-old boy in 1977 at All Saints. (San Jose Mercury News
January 23, 2003)


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Pastor was Msgr. James J. Forristal 1972-1975, replaced 1975-1976 by Rev. Richard E. Hecht. Hecht had previously been second, and Administrator, under Forristal. In residence 1973-1974 was Rev. Martin C. Waldron, C.S.Sp. Third priest 1975-1976 was Rev. John Martin, M.M., with Freitas listed in the second spot.

All Saints had a school with 317-271 students.


Begin was replaced as bishop by John Stephen Cummins (1977-2003)

1978 St. Felicitas San Leandro CA

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Pastor was Msgr. Michael J. McGinty. Second priest 1976-1977 was Wincenty Kruk. Last priest 1976-1978 was Trans Thuc Dinh (Viet Nam), who is listed just after Freitas.

St. Felicitas had a school with 270-262 students.
1978 1979 St. Edward's Newark CA


Freitas worked under Rev. Ricardo A. Chavez. Third priest was Bernardinao de Andrade.

St. Edward's had a school with 316 students.
1979 1982 Santa Paula


Arrested and charged in 2002 with having molested a 15-year-old boy in 1979 at St. Paula's. (San Jose Mercury News
April 10, 2002). Freitas admitted to "other crimes" in 2002, which include victimizing another St. Paula parishioner. (Oakland Tribune
April 10, 2002)



During 1979-1981 Freitas worked under Rev. Joseph B. Schwab, who was replaced by Rev. James Cummings 1981-1982.


1982 1985 Our Lady of the Rosary

Union City

Accused in 1985 of molesting two male teen parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary. Freitas was removed from the parish, and spent six months at a treatment center for clergy in Massachusetts. (San Francisco Chronicle
April 12, 2002)



Working under Freitas were Rev. Jose M. Leon 1982-1984, and Rev. Javier F. Kutsche 1984-1985.

Parish had a school with 270-243 students.
1985 1987 St. Catherine of Seina Martinez CA


Freitas is listed last after Revs. William J. Marshall and Carmelo Mifsud.

Parish had a school with 218-212 students.
1987 1990 Good Shepherd Pittsburg CA


Freitas worked under Rev. Louis Dabovich.

1990 1991 ? ? ?   Freitas is not indexed or listed in the 1991 Directory.
1991 1992 St. Anthony Oakley CA


Freitas worked under Rev. Fernando Cortez.

1992 1993 ? ? ?   Freitas is not indexed or listed in the 1993 Directory.
1993 1997 St. Lawrence O'Toole Oakland CA

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In residence. Pastor was Rev. Robert W. Charm. Also in residence 1994-1995 was Rev. Mark R. Schumacher.

Parish had a school with 289-279 students.

Freitas no longer appears in the Directories after 1997.

1997? 2002 St. Alphonsus Liguori San Leandro CA   St. Alphonsus had an elementary school. This assignment is per news reports. (San Francisco Chronicle
April 12, 2002)
1995 2002 The AIDS Project Oakland CA   This assignment is per news reports. (Oakland Tribune
April 10, 2002)
1995 2002 Sisters of the Holy Family Motherhouse



Freitas pleaded guilty in 2002 to sexual abuse of a minor. (San Jose Mercury News
December 7, 2002). He was sentenced to six months in jail and five months probation (Tri-Valley Herald
February 2, 2003). He was released from jail when the Supreme Court overturned a ruling that had lifted the statute of limitations for sexual abuse of children in June 2003. (Oakland Tribune
November 25, 2003)

CA Chaplain

The motherhouse was a retirement home for nuns. This assignment is per news reports (San Jose Mercury News
April 10, 2002).

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1973-1997).

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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This assignment record last updated February 25, 2021.


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