Father Robert Spangenberg
Diocese of Charlotte (Spiritan Order)
Assigned as Follows:
- Sacred Heart Catholic Mission (Wadesboro, NC)
- St. James Catholic Church (Hamlet, NC)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Spangenberg:
Father Robert Spangenberg was ordained a priest in 1974 and served in multiple dioceses including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, and in the Diocese of Charlotte and Raleigh in NC. According to media reports, he was named in the Pennsylvania 2018 Grand Jury Report for alleged sexual abuse of at least two minors in the 1980’s. The alleged abuse is said to have happened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Around that time, the Diocese of Pittsburgh was contacted by a woman who said her son had been abused by Spangenberg.
Spangenberg was then moved to Florida in 1989 due to the allegations, but remained in ministry. He was then assigned by his religious order, the Spiritans, to the Diocese of Charlotte in the 1990’s.
In 2009, a man reported that when he was a 15- to-16-year-old runaway and involved in prostitution, he had many “sexual encounters” with Robert Spangenberg. He also said that Spangenberg would pay him to bring “young hustlers” for sex as well. The victim claimed that Spangenberg was a “really sick guy” who did many vulgar things to him and others.
Spagenberg’s name appears on the Diocese of Raleigh’s list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. He is also on the Diocese of Charlotte’s list of accused clergy.
He died in 2006.
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