Father Richard Deakin
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Laicized (removed from clerical state): 1992
Assigned as Follows:
- 1985-1987 – St. Martin’s Church (Baltimore, Maryland)
- 1987 – 1988 – St. Cecilia Church and Friary (Rochester, PA)
- 1988 – St. Frances Friary (Brookline, PA)
- 1988 – Left priesthood
- 1992 – Dismissed from clerical state
Summary of Allegations Against Father Richard Deakin:
Father Richard Deakin was ordained a a Capuchin Friar in 1985, who served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. According to media reports, he started fondling a 13-year-old girl in 1985 and continued to abuse her until 1987. Deakin admitted that by 1986, he was having intercourse with the victim five times per week. The Archbishop of Baltimore is alleged to have had evidence of the abuse, but he did nothing. Deakin was transferred to a parish in Pennsylvania in 1987. The Capuchin order officially dismissed Deakin in 1989 on reports that he had married a parishioner. Conflicting media reports claim that he left the priesthood in 1988, married, and became a furniture salesman.
In 1990, Father Richard Deakin was convicted on child abuse and rape charges in Baltimore. A plea bargain gave him five years of probation and a suspended 15-year sentence. He admitted to his crimes and apologized to the victim and to the church. An out-of-court financial settlement was reached in 1993 for the civil case between the victim and the defendants filed in 1992.
After serving his sentence, Deakin earned a social worker’s license. As of 2015, he was working with homeless veterans at the Veterans Administration. He was named publicly as accused in a priest profile in the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.
Deakin is still living and is believed to be residing in the Ambridge, Pennsylvania, area.
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