Father Robert E. Freitas
Diocese of Oakland
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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