|Assignment Record – 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 November 2002 and charged with the sexually abuse of another boy in the late 1970s. The charges were dropped in July 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a CA law that would have allowed for prosecution. The Official Catholic Directory lists him as "Absent on Leave" through 2015. He died October 15, 2017.
|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.
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.|
• 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.|
South San Francisco
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.|
William Joseph Levada replaced Quinn (1995-2005), followed by George Hugh Niederauer (2005-).
|2015||Absent on Leave||
Leach was arrested in November 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.
He is not indexed beyond the 2015 Directory.
Leach died October 15, 2017.
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