Father Oswald E. Romero
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Ordained: July 1950
Assigned as follows:
- 1955-1965: St. Francis Borja HS, Quito, Ecuador
- 1961-1965: Jesuit College & University, Quito, Ecuador
- 1961-1965: Catholic University, Quito, Ecuador
- 1966-1977: University of Pittsburgh
- 1977-1993: Chaplin, St. Joseph House of Hospitality, Pittsburgh, PA
- 1991-1997: St. Mary of Mercy, (Confessor), Pittsburgh, PA
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Oswald E. Romero:
In April 2006, a 53-year-old man came forward with allegations that Father Oswald E. Romero had sexually abused him while he was between the ages of 13 and 14 (1966 or 1967). This occurred when Romero was assisting at a parish in a suburb of Pittsburgh. The male reported that this abuse has had a lasting impact on his life.
The victim explained that he attended St. Regis in Oakland and was familiar with Romero. While Romero was never assigned to St. Regis, he would assist the parish at various times. As a young teenager, the victim thought Romero was friendly and trusted him enough to enter his car while at a local park.
Romero asked the victim if he wanted a driving lesson. Eager to learn, the victim got into the car. Romero instructed him to sit on his lap so it would be easier to use the stick shift along with the gas and brake pedals.
Nothing happened during this lesson and Romero drove him home without incident. A few weeks later, Romero inquired if the victim wanted another driving instruction in the same park. The victim accepted the offer. It was much later in the day than the previous lesson when they arrived at the park.
The victim stated that Romero soon began to rub his leg and eventually his genitals. Romero then proceeded to perform oral sex on him. It was only when Romero realized that he could not finish the sexual act that he stopped.
The victim stated he felt immobile during the abuse and the moment Romeo stopped, he jumped out of the car and fled home.
During the interview, the victim noted that he suffered from severe depression and prescription drugs as a result of trauma from abuse. He noted that he had sought psychological treatment in the past. The allegations were brought to the attention of the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.
Romero died in 1997 and he is buried in Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
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