Father John Bauer
Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Extern)
- 1963-1964: St. Paul (Anaconda, MT)
- 1964: Sacred Heart (Butte, MT)
- 1964-1966: St. Louis University
- 1966-1970: Director of Catholic Charities (Helena, MT)
- 1968-1970: Sacred Heart Mission (Wolf Creek, MT)
- 1970: Leave of Absence
- 1971-1991: Unknown
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John Bauer:
Fr. John Bauer was ordained a priest in Montana in 1963, and served in the Diocese of Los Angeles. He left the priesthood in 1970. According to media reports, in 1981, he opened a sex shop and adult book store in Bozeman, MT, and became known as the “Priest of Porn.”
Bauer moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s. He was arrested in 1989 after police found hundreds of child pornography videos in his Hollywood apartment. In 1990, he pleaded no contest to charges of making child pornography videos in Mexico and California and distributing them worldwide. Bauer was sentenced to 8 years in prison and died of a heart attack in prison in 1992.
Fr. John Bauer is included on the 2015 Diocese of Helena’s list of priests accused of sexual abuse of a minor.
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