Rev. Bernard V. Ward, c.p.p.s. (Bernie)
Summary of Case: Ward was convicted in 2008 of receiving and distributing child pornograpy. He had been a priest of the Society of the Precious Blood 1977-1979, became a husband and father of four, and a popular radio personality. He claimed to have had the child porn for research purposes. He was sentenced to more than seven years in prison. Also accused in 2008 of having "inappropriate contact" with two girls in the 1970s. The girls were Ursuline Academy students, and Ward was a faculty-member.
Santa Rosa bishop was Mark Joseph Hurley (1969-1986)
|1979||Society of the Precious Blood Province of the Pacific||Santa Rosa||CA||Ward is indexed only in the 1977 and 1978 Directories.|
|1978||1979||Cardinal Newman High School||Santa Rosa||CA||teacher|
|1978||1979||Ursuline High School||
• In 2008, two women publicly stated that Ward had unwelcome "sexual contact" them when they were students at Ursuline in the 1970s. (Press Democrat
• In December 2007 he was indicted for obtaining and sending child pornography over the internet. (Associated Press, carried in San Jose Mercury News
Ward left the priesthood, married, and had four children. He taught at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose 1982-1985. (San Francisco Chronicle
Ward pleaded no contest in 2008, admitting to sending 15 to 150 images of child porn to a number of individuals. (NBC 11
Source: fficial Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1978-1979)
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This assignment record was last updated on February 9, 2019.