Tag: Robert Van Handel

Fr. Robert Van Handel – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Father Robert Van Handel

Archdiocese of San Francisco / Franciscans

Robert Van Handel San Francisco

Ordained: 1975

Laicized: 1997

Assignment History:

  • 1975-1991: St. Anthony Seminary (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1991-1992: Franciscan Friars Provincial House, Oakland, CA
  • 1992: St. Luke Institute (Suiteland, MD)
  • 1993-2020: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert Van Handel:

A Franciscan priest in California, Fr. Robert Van Handel, started a boys’ choir in Berkeley and later moved to Santa Barbara, where he taught at St. Anthony’s Seminary High School and founded the Santa Barbara Boys’ Choir. At these locations, Fr. Van Handel allegedly abused at least 25 boys from 1975 to 1992, including his own nephew.

The first allegation of child sexual abuse against Fr. Van Handel came in 1992 and resulted in Fr. Van Handel being removed from active ministry. He was then sent to St. Luke Institute, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse.

In 1994, Fr. Van Handel was criminally charged with sexually abusing students and sentenced to eight years in prison. He only served four years in prison and was on parole for four years. After his release in 1998, he moved to Santa Cruz, California, and is a registered sex offender.

A sexual autobiography written by Father Robert Van Handel for a therapist was released describing the sexual events throughout his life, including his abuse of children. In the document, he claims that he was sexually abused as a student at St. Anthony’s in the 1960s. He states, “There is something about me that is happier when accompanied by a small boy…Perhaps besides the sexual element, the child in me wants a playmate.”

Fr. Van Handel was laicized in 1997. He was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors and the Oakland Diocese’s list, and the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ list in 2019.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 Archdiocese of San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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 Van Handel – Diocese of Oakland

Father Robert Van Handel

Diocese of Oakland/FranciscansRobert Van Handel Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1975

Laicized: 1997

Assignment History:

  • 1975-1991: St. Anthony Seminary (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1991-1992: Franciscan Friars Provincial House, Oakland, CA
  • 1992: St. Luke Institute (Suiteland, MD)
  • 1993-2020: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert Van Handel:

A Franciscan priest in California, Fr. Robert Van Handel, started a boys’ choir in Berkeley and later moved to Santa Barbara, where he taught at St. Anthony’s Seminary High School and founded the Santa Barbara Boys’ Choir. At these locations, Fr. Van Handel allegedly abused at least 25 boys from 1975 to 1992, including his own nephew.

The first allegation of child sexual abuse against Fr. Van Handel came in 1992 and resulted in Fr. Van Handel being removed from active ministry. He was then sent to St. Luke Institute, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse.

In 1994, Fr. Van Handel was criminally charged with sexually abusing students and sentenced to eight years in prison. He only served four years in prison and was on parole for four years. After his release in 1998, he moved to Santa Cruz, California, and is a registered sex offender.

A sexual autobiography written by Father Robert Van Handel for a therapist was released describing the sexual events throughout his life, including his abuse of children. In the document, he claims that he was sexually abused as a student at St. Anthony’s in the 1960s. He states, “There is something about me that is happier when accompanied by a small boy…Perhaps besides the sexual element, the child in me wants a playmate.”

Fr. Van Handel was laicized in 1997. He was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors and the Oakland Diocese’s list, and the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ list in 2019.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Oakland in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in California, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland now have legal options, 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. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

 

Fr. Robert Van Handel – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Robert Van Handel  

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Robert Van Handel Los Angeles

Ordained: 1975

Removed: 1992 

Laicized: 1997

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975-1990      St. Anthony Seminary (Santa Barbara, CA); Santa Barbara Mission (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1991-1992      Franciscan Friars Provincial House, Province of St. Barbara (Oakland, CA)
  • 1992                St. Luke’s Institute (Suiteland, MD)
  • 1994-1998       Prison
  • 1988-2020      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Van Handel / Archdiocese of Los Angeles:

Father Robert Van Handel was a Franciscan priest. He was the director and founder of the Santa Barbara Boys’ Choir and a teacher at St. Anthony’s High School Seminary. According to media reports, he was one of dozens of priests and brothers who sexually abused boys from the 1960s through the 1990s at St. Anthony’s. He had himself been molested as a St. Anthony’s student. 

His therapist wrote to the Court in 1994 that Father Van Handel likely molested 150 eight-to twelve-year-olds, including his own nephew, as director of the Santa Barbara Boys Choir. In his diary, confiscated in 1994 by police, he wrote that the Boys’ Choir provided a constant supply of attractive little boys.

The first allegation of child sexual abuse against Father Van Handel was made in 1992. He was removed from active ministry and sent to treatment at St. Luke’s Institute in Maryland. In 1994, he was criminally charged with abuse of students and sentenced to eight years in prison. He served only four years and was on parole for four years. 

After his release in 1998, Father Van Handel moved to Santa Cruz, California, his last known location, where he was required to registered as a sex offender. He was laicized in 1997. His name appeared on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. As of 2013, he was believed to be living in Gresham, Oregon. His current whereabouts are unknown. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options, 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 Los Angeles and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.