Assignment Record – Rev. Gerhardt B. Lehmkuhl, s.j.

Summary of Case: A priest of the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus ordained in 1974, Lehmkuhl worked as a high school teacher before earning a law degree in 1983 and establishing a legal aid center at St. Louis University. In 1995 he was caught ordering a child pornography video; investigators found him to be in possession of seven other such videos. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in May 1996 to one year in prison. Lehmkuhl returned to the Jesuit Community at St. Louis University, working as a hospital chaplain and eventually resuming his legal aid work. He died March 9, 2012.

: 1974
Died: March 9, 2012


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


St. Louis archbishop was John Joseph Carberry (1968-1979).

1975 Lewis Memorial St. Louis MO    
1975 1979 DeSmet Jesuit High School St. Louis MO History and Social Studies teacher DeSmet High had 752-810 students, all male.
1979 1980 St. Beuno's St. Asaph Clwyd, Wales, U.K. tertianship  


Carberry was succeeded by John Lawrence May (1980-1992).

1983 St. Louis University St. Louis MO law student  


Justin Francis Rigali replaced May as St. Louis archbishop (1994-2003).

May 1996 St. Louis Jesuit Community - Jesuit Hall

St. Louis

Lehmkuhl pleaded guilty in Nov. 1995 to ordering a child pornography video. Investigators found a "Young Teen Catalog" and seven other child porn videos in Lehmkuhl's apartment. He was sentenced in May 1996 to one year in prison.

MO legal aid attorney Lehmkuhl checked into a Maryland treatment center after pleading guilty.
May 1996 1997 prison     inmate  
1997   St. Louis Jesuit Community - Jesuit Hall St. Louis MO    
1998 1999 Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus St. Louis MO archives  


Rigali was succeeded by Raymond Leo Burke (2003-2008).

  St. Mary's Health Center St. Louis MO chaplain  


Robert James Carlson replaced Burke (2009-).

2012 St. Louis Jesuit Community - Jesuit Hall St. Louis MO legal aid attorney Lehmkuhl died March 9, 2012.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1975-2013)

Jesuit Priest Here Pleads Guilty of Ordering Kiddie Porn Video, By Tim Bryant, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 18, 1995
Priest to Be Sentenced for Pornography; Could Get 18 Months for Ordering Video of Boys, By Tim Bryant, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 10, 1996
Priest in Child Porn Case Gets One Year, By Tim Bryant, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 11, 1996
SNAP Says SLU Shelters Sex Offenders, Challenges Sam Simon, By Chris King, The St. Louis American, May 13, 2009
Father Gerhardt B. Lehmkuhl, S.J. 1942 – 2012, Jesuits of the Missouri Province
Obituary | Fr. Gerhardt B. Lehmkuhl, Sj, St. Louis Review, April 04, 2012

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