Fr. Robert Spangenberg – Diocese of Raleigh

Father Robert Spangenberg

Diocese of Raleigh/Spiritan Order 

Fr Robert E Spangenberg Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1974 

Retired: 2003

Died: 2006

Assigned as Follows:

  • Sacred Heart Catholic Mission (Wadesboro, NC)
  • St. James Catholic Church (Hamlet, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Spangenberg:

In July of 2018, Father Robert Spangenberg was named in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s report for alleged sexual abuse of at least two minors in the 1980’s. The alleged abuse is said to have happened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Around that time, the Diocese of Pittsburgh was contacted by a woman who said her son had been abused by Spangenberg.

Spangenberg was then moved to Florida in 1989 due to the allegations, but remained in ministry. He was then assigned by his religious order, the Spiritans, to the Diocese of Charlotte in the 1990’s.

In 2009, a man reported that when he was a 15- to-16-year-old runaway and involved in prostitution, he had many “sexual encounters” with Robert Spangenberg. He also said that Spangenberg would pay him to bring “young hustlers” for sex as well. The victim claimed that Spangenberg was a “really sick guy” who did many vulgar things to him and others. 

Spagenberg’s name appears on the Raleigh Diocese’s list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. He is also on the Charlotte Diocese’s list of accused clergy.

Spagenberg is believed to have worked in Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois and Florida. 

He died in 2006.

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