October 26, 2005

Marin Priest Denies Molestation Allegations


(BCN) The Archdiocese of San Francisco said today that a Marin County priest "vigorously" denies a lawsuit's allegation that he sexually abused a minor in Oregon nearly 20 years ago.

In a statement, the archdiocese said that it was informed on Oct. 6 that a lawsuit had been filed against Jesuit High School in Beaverton, Ore., in which an anonymous individual identified only as "JT" alleges that he was abused as a minor sometime between 1986 and 1987 by Father John Schwartz.

Schwartz was a member of the Jesuit Province of Oregon and a teacher at Jesuit High School from 1981 to 1987. He served in parochial assignments in the Archdiocese of Portland after his tenure on the faculty.

Schwartz has been "ministering" in the Archdiocese of San Francisco for nearly four years, officials said. He currently is assistant pastor at St. Anselm Church in Ross, which serves Ross, San Anselmo and parts of Kentfield.

Posted by kshaw at October 26, 2005 09:03 AM