Father Joseph Pritchard
Diocese of San Jose
- 1948-1953: St. Brendan’s (San Francisco, CA)
- 1949-1953: Diocesan Commission on Church Music
- 1953-1956: Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland, CA)
- 1956-1970: Serra High School for Boys (San Mateo, CA)
- 1970-1971: St. Cyprian’s (Sunnyvale, CA)
- 1971-1979: St. Martin of Tours (San Jose, CA)
- 1979-1988: St. Nicholas (Los Altos, CA)
- 1979-1988: Residential Park for the Aged (Seven Oaks, CA)
- 1986-1988: Special Assistance Ministry Board Chairman
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Pritchard:
Fr. Joseph Pritchard was accused of abuse by at least 19 children, including his nephew. He abused these children from 1956 to the late 1970s.
In 2003, Fr. Pritchard’s nephew reported that he had been sexually abused as a child by his uncle and that his mother reported the abuse to church officials in 1959, but nothing was ever done. Several victims allege the abuse occurred in Pritchard’s living quarters in the 1970s while he served at St. Martin’s in San Jose, California.
Since 2002, at least twenty-three civil lawsuits have been filed alleging that Pritchard sexually abused minors. According to court records, files showed that Pritchard admitted that he abused a 14-year-old in 1973. The Archdiocese of San Francisco settled the vast majority of these lawsuits in a $21.2 million settlement. Then, there was another $16 million settlement for 12 more claims in July of 2005.
In 2018, Pritchard was included on a list of priests in the Diocese of San Jose who was named as being credibly accused of child sex abuse. It notes allegations of sexual abuse reported in 2002 and 2003 in reference to abuse that took place in the 1970s.
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