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Fr. Robert Buchanan – Diocese of San Bernardino

Father Robert Buchanan

Diocese of San Bernardino

Ordained: 1968

Removed: 2003

Assigned as follows:

  • 1969                 Mira Costa Junior College (Oceanside, CA)
  • 1969-1970      St. Mary, Star of the Sea (Oceanside, CA)
  • 1971-1973      University of San Diego High School (San Diego, CA)
  • 1974-1975      St. Charles Borromeo (San Diego, CA)
  • 1976-1978      St. Edward (Corona, CA)
  • 1979-1981      St. Joseph (Barstow, CA)
  • 1982                On Leave
  • 1983-1984      Unknown
  • 1985                Immaculate Conception (Colton, CA)
  • 1986-1994      St. Edward (Corona, CA)
  • 1995                Absent on leave
  • 1996-2003      Our Lady of Snows (Reno, NV)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Buchanan:

Father Robert Buchanan worked in the Dioceses of San Diego, San Bernardino, and Reno. According to media reports, in 2003, at least one person has come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Father Buchanan while he while he was a counselor at University High School in San Diego in 1972. 

The lawsuit, filed by a 45-year-old woman claimed that Father Buchanan “would touch her body and rub his body up against hers” when she visited his office for academic counseling. The woman’s lawyer said he also fondled the girl over her clothing. He denied the allegation. 

Father Buchanan was sent to a retreat called the New Life Institute for Human Development in Virginia to get help with personal problems before being assigned to work in Reno. It was unclear whether the counseling was related to the allegations contained in the lawsuit. He had voluntarily removed himself from active ministry, and then retired in late 2003, just about the time the allegations became public. His current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.

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