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Br. Al Behm – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Brother Al Behm

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Glenmary Home Missioners

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Ordained:  Unknown

Left religious order:  1993 

Assignment History:

  • The 1980s: Western Carolina University, Campus Minister (Cullowhee, N.C.) 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brother Al Behm:

In 2019, Br. Al Behm was publicly named on the Ohio-based Glenmary Home Missioners’ list of credibly accused clergy. Behm joined Glenmary in 1960. Behm’s also listed on the Charlotte Diocese 2019 list of credibly accused clergy.

Behm served in the following Dioceses: Bridgeport (CT), Charlotte (NC), Cincinnati (OH), Covington (KY), Lexington (KY), Nashville (TN), New Orleans (LA), San Francisco (CA), Savannah (GA).

Very little is known of Behm’s activities within the church as the Archdiocese of San Francisco has not released any information about Behm’s assignment history nor the year he was ordained. In addition, information about the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Behm’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

Behm served as a campus minister at Western Carolina University in North Carolina, part of the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, he was not accused of committing any crimes while at the school.

It is only noted that Behm sexually abused a minor in the 1970s in Kentucky.

Behm left the religious order in 1993.

As of December of 2020, Behm appears to be volunteering at the Phaung Daw Oo Integrated Monastic Education School with Education Outreach Myanmar from California, US. According to the school’s website, he’s been working there as a volunteer for about a year and had worked previously with underserved children in Thailand.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Br. Al Behm – Diocese of Charlotte

Brother Al Behm

Diocese of Charlotte (Glenmary Order)

Al Behm Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz LawOrdained: Unknown

Joined the order: 1960

Left: 1993

Assigned as Follows:

  • Bridgeport, CT
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Covington, KY
  • Lexington, KY
  • Nashville, TN
  • New Orleans, LA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Savannah, GA

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brother Al Behm:

Brother Al Behm served in multiple dioceses including the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in October 2019, the Ohio-based Glenmary Home Missioners released a list of clergy who were credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or a vulnerable adult. The list includes five men (three priests and two religious brothers) that the Order says served in the Diocese of Charlotte.

Brother Behm was one of those men. He is also the only brother on the list who is still alive.  He is reportedly teaching Elementary English at the Phaung Daw Oo Integrated Monastic Education School in Burma/Myanmar.

According to the disclosure, Brother Behm left the order in 1993. The list was put together after a year-long investigation into the Glenmary Order. No specific information has been given related to the number of victims or the nature of the abuse. There is also no information provided as to where he was assigned when the alleged abuse occurred. 

According to media reports, in July 2021, Behm was named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Glenmary Order and the Charlotte Diocese.  According to media reports, the plaintiff alleges that Behm sexually abused him over a period of years in the early 1980s when Behm was assigned to Western Carolina University.  The two first met when Behm was assigned in Connecticut; Behm remained close to the family after he relocated to North Carolina, according to the lawsuit.  The abuse began when the alleged victim was 16 or 17, and continued after the boy moved to North Carolina to attend WCU himself.

According to online sources, Behm has relocated to Myanmar, where he now teaches English to children.  According to their website, Phaung Daw Oo Integrated Monastic Education School “offers classes from kindergarten level through high school.”  Whether the school is aware of Behm’s history of sexual abuse allegations is unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.