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Fr. Robert E. Freitas – Diocese of Oakland

Father Robert E. Freitas 

Diocese of Oakland

Ordained: 1972

Removed: 2002

Laicized: 2007

Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1972-1976      All Saints (Hayward, CA)
  • 1976-1978      St. Felicitas (San Leandro, CA)
  • 1978-1979      St. Edward’s (Newark, CA)
  • 1979-1982      Santa Paula (Fremont, CA)
  • 1982-1985      Our Lady of the Rosary (Union City, CA)
  • 1985-1987      St. Catherine of Sienna (Martinez, CA)
  • 1987-1990      Good Shepherd (Pittsburg, CA)
  • 1991                Unknown
  • 1992                St. Anthony (Oakley, CA)
  • 1993                Unknown
  • 1994-1997      St. Lawrence O’Toole (Oakland, CA)
  • 1995-2002      The AIDS Project (Oakland, CA)
  • 1995-2002      Sisters of the Holy Family Motherhouse (Fremont, CA)
  • 1997-2002      St. Alphonsus Liguori (San Leandro, CA)
  • 2002-2011      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert E. Freitas:

According to media reports, in 1985, Father Robert E. Freitas was accused of molesting two teen boys at Our Lady of the Rosary in Union City. He was sent for treatment and placed on “restricted ministry.” In 2002, a man told the Diocese that Father Freitas molested him in 1979 when he was a 15-year-old boy at Santa Paula in Fremont. Police were notified. The accuser wore a wire during a meeting in which Father Freitas admitted the abuse and was arrested. He pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a minor and was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation. 

In 2002, Father Freitas was removed from ministry for six months and sent to the House of Affirmation, a treatment center for clergy, in Massachusetts. In 2003, he was accused of sexually abusing an 11-year old boy in 1977 at All Saints in Hayward. At least four more of his child sex abuse victims are believed to have not yet come forward, according to Police. 

In June 2003, Father Freitas was released from prison when the Supreme Court overturned a ruling that had lifted the statute of limitations for sexual abuse of children. A settlement was reached in November 2003. 

In June 2004, the Diocese publicly apologized to parish communities for his “acts of clerical sexual abuse of minors that occurred.” He was laicized in 2007, and died in 2011. His name appeared on the Diocese of Oaklands’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors in 2019.

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