Rev. Guy Anthony Murnig

Summary of Case:
Two women separately alleged that Murnig sexually abused them in the 1970s, when they were high school students in Marin County, CA. Murnig was arrested in Oct. 2002 and charged with sex offenses against one of the girls. The charges were dropped when the U.S.Supreme Court overturned a California law that would have allowed for prosecution. Murnig had left the priesthood in 1978 to marry.

: 1970


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


San Francisco archbishop was Joseph Thomas McGucken (1962-1977)

1973 St. Sebastian's


Murnig was accused in the late 1990s of having sexually abused a girl between 1970-1974, beginning when she was 14 or 15 years-old. His accuser said they met when she joined St. Sebastian's Teen Club, which Murnig ran. The first incident is said to have occurred in St. Sebastian's rectory.

CA 2/3, 2/2 An archdiocesan spokesperson claimed they learned of the allegations against Murnig a few years prior to 2002.


McGucken was succeeded by John Raphael Quinn (1977-1995)

1978 Marin Catholic High School


The alleged victim from St. Sebastian's said that some of the abuse occurred at Marin Catholic. She attended another high school.

A second woman accused Murnig of having sexually abused her when she was a student in the 1970s at Marin Catholic.


Marin Catholic had 353-396 boys and 386-434 girls.



1978 2011     CA  

Murnig left the priesthood in 1978 and married a former Marin Catholic High student he had met as a teacher there.

He was arrested in Oct. 2002 and charged with sex offenses against a teenage girl between 1970 and 1974. The alleged offenses included forced sodomy and oral copulation. Charges were dropped in July 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a California law that would have allowed for prosecution.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1971-1978)

Former Marin Priest Held on Sex Charges from '70s, By Wyatt Buchanan, San Francisco Chronicle, October 16, 2002
Sex Crimes Cases Allowed to Proceed, By Con Garretson, Marin Independent Journal, January 23, 2003
3 More Marin Molest Cases Dropped, By Con Garretson, Marin Independent Journal, July 3, 2003
Fast Times at Marin Catholic High, By Ron Russell. SF Weekly, January 19, 2005
$21.2 Million Settlement for Victims of 5 Priests, By Wyatt Buchanan and Elizabeth Fernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, June 11, 2005

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This assignment record was last updated on Nov. 13, 2011