Rev. Jerome ("Jerry") Paul Leach

Summary of Case: Leach was suspended from active ministry in 1993 when an accusation surfaced that he had sexually abused a boy in 1976. He was arrested in Nov. 2002 and charged with the sexually abuse of another boy in the late 1970s. Charges were dropped in July 2003 when the U.S.Supreme Court struck down a CA law that would have allowed for prosecution. Leach is last known to have been living in Corte Madera, CA. The Official Catholic Directory lists him as "Absent on Leave" at least through 2010.

Ordained
: 1976

     

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
San Francisco archbishop was Joseph Thomas McGucken ((1962-1977) 1976 All Souls

South San Francisco

Leach was accused in 1993 of having molested a boy at this parish in 1976.

CA Deacon  

1976

McGucken was succeeded by John Raphael Quinn (1977-1995)

1979 St. Pius Redwood City CA 3/3 St. Pius had a school with 337-302 students.
1979 1983 St. Patrick's

Larkspur

Leach was accused in 2002 of having sexually abused a 12 year-old altar boy over a 10 month period in 1979.

CA 2/2 St. Patrick's had a school with 215-192 students.
1983 1986 St. Catherine of Siena Burlingame CA 3/5, 3/3, 2/3 St. Catherine's had a school with 315-310 students.
1986 1987 Absent on Sick Leave        
1987 1989 St. Finnbarr San Francisco CA 2/3, 2/2 St. Finnbarr's had a school with 289-287 students.
1989 1990         Leach is not indexed in the 1990 Directory, nor is he listed in the archdiocesan pages as at his previous or next assignments.
1990 1991 Our Lady of Mercy Daly City CA 4/4 Our Lady of Mercy had a school with 584 students.
1991 1993 All Souls

South San Francisco

 

CA 2/4, 2/3

All Souls had a school with 315-310 students, and a CCD program with 345-478 students.

Leach was suspended from ministry in May 1993 after an accusation surfaced that he had molested a boy at All Souls in 1976, prior to ordination.

1992 1994         Leach is not indexed in the 1994 Directory, nor is he listed in the archdiocesan pages as at his previous assignment.

1994

William Joseph Levada replaced Quinn (1995-2005), followed by George Hugh Niederauer (2005-)

2010 Absent on Leave      

Leach was arrested in Nov. 2002 and charged with having molested and sodomized an altar boy in Larkspur 1979. Charges were dropped in July 2003 when the U.S. Supreme court overturned a CA statutes of limitation law that would have allowed for prosecution.

Leach was known in 2003 to be living in Corte Madera, CA.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1977-2010)

New Molest Arrest for Former Priest, By Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, November 21, 2002
Sex Crimes Cases Allowed to Proceed, By Con Garretson, Marin Independent Journal, January 23, 2003
Marin DA Expects to Drop Charges against Priests, By Con Garretson, Marin Independent Journal, June 27, 2003
Some Molesters to Go Free, By Brandon Bailey and Elise Banducci, San Jose Mercury News, June 27, 2003
Charges Dropped in Novato Molest Case, By Con Garretson, Marin Independent Journal, July 2, 2003
3 More Marin Molest Cases Dropped, By Con Garretson, Marin Independent Journal, July 3, 2003



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This assignment record was last updated on Nov. 3, 2011


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