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Fr. Robert Marsicek – Diocese of Sacramento

Father Robert Marsicek

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Ordained: 1968

Removed: 2013

Assignment History:

  • 1968-1969: Divine Savior (Lanham, MD)
  • 1969-1973: St. Gregory’s (St. Nazianz, WI)
  • 1973-1974: St. Mark’s and Arizona State Hospital (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1973-1974: Maricopa Children’s Hospital (Maricopa, AZ)
  • 1974-1987: St. Joseph’s (Huntsville, AL)
  • 1983-1987: St. John the Baptist (Madison, AL)
  • 1987-2000: Divine Savior (Sacramento, CA)
  • 2000-2001: Salvatorian Provincial Residence (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 2001-2011: St. Pius X (Wauwatosa, WI)
  • 2006-2012: Archdiocesan Consultors (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 2008-2013: Mother of Good Counsel (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 2011-2013: Wauwatosa Catholic School (Wauwatosa, WI)
  • 2013-2017: Provincialate of the Society of the Divine Savior (Milwaukee, WI)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert Marsicek:

Robert “Bob” Marsicek was ordained a priest of the Milwaukee-based Salvatorian Order in 1968. He ministered in parishes in the Dioceses of Green Bay, WI, Phoenix, AZ, Birmingham, AL, Sacramento, CA, and Milwaukee, WI. In 2013, Fr. Marsicek was suspended from active ministry when a teacher reported questionable behavior with a student at Wauwatosa Catholic School, where Marsicek was working. The teacher had told Wauwatosa police that she witnessed three incidents in recent days of Marsicek inappropriately touching one of her male students.

On April 13, 2013, the pastor of Marsicek’s former parish in Orangedale, CA read a letter at Masses revealing that Marsicek allegedly had sexually abused two children in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Diocese of Sacramento had reported the allegations to the Milwaukee archdiocese and the Salvatorians in May 2012, but they still allowed Fr. Marsicek to remain pastor of the two parishes with access to grade-school children.

In mid-April 2013, after the Milwaukee district attorney announced that he would not be charging Marsicek, Wauwatosa police released a detailed investigative report to local media. The report revealed numerous complaints and “red flags” about Marsicek dating back years. A mother had told the St. Pius X principal in approximately 2006 that her daughter, then in kindergarten or first grade, had complained of Marsicek touching her genitalia. Marsicek himself admitted to police that parents had complained about his behavior around 2007 and 2012. The police report also summarized the personnel files that had been maintained by the Milwaukee archdiocese and by the Salvatorians. These revealed repeated complaints by parents, teachers, and day-care providers about Marsicek’s inappropriate behavior with children. The archdiocesan file included a 2005 letter to then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan from his chancellor citing parents’ concern about “possible boundary issues.”

In April 2013, a woman from Manitowoc County WI (Green Bay Diocese) told the Journal Sentinel and the Salvatorians of allegations against Marsicek from when he served in a parish there in the 1970s.

On February 22, 2017, Marsicek was criminally charged with three counts of felony sexual assault of a young girl, beginning when she was six years old at St. Pius X Parish and Wauwatosa Catholic School from 2007 to 2010. Marsicek pled guilty for a reduced sentence and received one year in House of Corrections. He was recently released.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr Robert Marsicek – Diocese of Phoenix

Father Robert Marsicek 

Diocese of Phoenix

Ordained: 1968

Removed: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • 1969-1973       St. Gregory’s (St. Nazianz, WI) 
  • 1973-1974       St. Mark’s; Arizona State Hospital (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1973-1974       Maricopa Children’s Hospital (Maricopa, AZ)
  • 1974-1987       St. Joseph’s (Huntsville, AL) 
  • 1987                 Salvatorian Provincial Residence (Milwaukee, WI) 
  • 1987-2000       Divine Savior (Orangevale, CA) 
  • 1990-2000       Catholic Committee on Scouting (Sacramento, CA) 
  • 2000-2001       Salvatorian Provincial Residence (Milwaukee, WI) 
  • 2001-2011       St. Pius X (Wauwatosa, WI) 
  • 2006-2012       Archdiocesan Consultors (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 2008-2013       Mother of Good Counsel (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 2011-2013       Wauwatosa Catholic School (Wauwatosa, WI)
  • 2013-2017       Milwaukee Salvatorian Provincial Offices (Milwaukee, WI) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Marsicek:

Father Robert Marsicek was ordained a Salvatorian priest. According to media reports, in March 2013, he was removed from St. Pius X in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin after a teacher reported possible child sexual abuse. He was ordered to stay away from children and was under the supervision of his Order pending a police investigation.

At the time, Marsicek maintained he was just being affectionate and that any inappropriate touching was inadvertent. 

When the 2013 allegations were reported, both the Milwaukee archdiocese and Salvatorians had known since May 2012 that Father Marsicek was under investigation in Sacramento, California, on allegations of sexual abuse of a minor in the 1980s to 1990s. They allowed him to remain in ministry for 10 months while those claims were investigated. No charges resulted from the Sacramento investigation. 

Another survivor came forward to allege child sexual abuse which occurred in the early 1970’s at St. Nazianz, Wisconsin. 

In February 2017, Father Marsicek was charged on three counts relating to child sexual abuse for the alleged acts he committed against a young girl, starting when she was age 6, between 2007 and 2011 at St. Pius X in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. 

The girl told a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge how she cried herself to sleep or didn’t sleep at all. She developed anxiety. She thought of hurting herself, even ending her life. Father Marsicek pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year in prison in December 2017. 

His name was included on the Diocese of Phoenix’s “Names of priests of religious communities who have served in the Diocese of Phoenix and have been laicized and/or removed from ministry by their communities due to sexual misconduct with a minor,” published in February 2018.

In April 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Sacramento’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted two reports in 2012, of the abuse of boys under the age of 14, and in 2019 of the abuse of a girl under age the age of 14, from 1988-1995. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Phoenix.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Phoenix, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Phoenix now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.