Father John “Casper” Watts
Diocese of Sacramento/Passionist
Left Diocese: 1973
- Passionist Order to the Christ the King Retreat Center (Citrus Heights, CA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John “Casper” Watts:
Fr. John “Casper” Watts left the diocese in 1973, years before allegations of sexual abuse came to light. Watts was assigned by the Passionist Order to a retreat center in Citrus Heights, CA, in the 1970s. While he does not have any parish assignments on record, Watts is believed to have periodically filled in at the Sacred Heart Parish in Maxwell, CA, in addition to a Corning parish.
Watts was accused of sexual touching, fondling, and masturbation with males under the age of 14 in 1972. There were four incidents reported to the Diocese of Sacramento in 1994. Watts left the diocese in 1973, and he was named publicly as accused by the Diocese of Sacramento on its list in 2019.
Watts’ current whereabouts, his status as a priest, and whether he has access to children are unknown.
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