Fr. Donald Baker – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Donald Philip Baker

Diocese of Charlotte

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Ordained: 1980

Left the ministry: 1994

Assigned as Follows:

  • Holy Infant Catholic Church (Reidsville, NC)
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (Greensboro, NC)
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (Lenoir, NC)
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church (Newton, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Philip Baker:

In March of 2017, a man reported to the Diocese of Charlotte that Father Donald Baker sexually abused him at St. Francis of Assisi from 1986 to 1989. The victim was a teenager at the time. The diocese alerted the police, but no criminal charges were ever filed. At the time, Baker was living in Arizona where he had relocated in 1991 to work briefly in the Diocese of Phoenix.

Baker left the ministry in 1994. He has never been laicized by the Vatican and remains technically a priest, albeit without an assignment.

In 2019, the Diocese of Charlotte added Baker’s name to its list of credibly accused priests after the Diocese’s internal review board determined that the allegation was more than likely true.  

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