Fr. Michael Edwin Wempe – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

On Behalf of | Nov 5, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Michael Edwin Wempe

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Ordained: 1966

Removed: 2002

Laicized: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1967-1969      St. John Chrysostom (Inglewood, CA)
  • 1969                St. Andrew (Pasadena, CA)
  • 1970-1973      St. Rose of Lima (Simi Valley, CA)
  • 1974-1977      St. Jude Westlake Village, CA)
  • 1978                Sacred Heart (Ventura, CA)
  • 1979-1984      Paraclete High School (Lancaster, CA)
  • 1979-1984      St. Mary (Palmdale, CA)
  • 1985-1987      St. Sebastian (Santa Paula, CA)
  • 1987-1988      Servants of the Paraclete (Jemez Springs, NM)
  • 1989                St. Ambrose (West Hollywood, CA)
  • 1990-1992      Cedar Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1993-1998      St. Ambrose (West Hollywood, CA)
  • 1999                Unknown
  • 2000-2002      Immaculate Heart of Mary (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 2002                Retired
  • 2003-2020      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael Edwin Edwin Wempe:

According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Father Michael Wempe admitted to the child sexual abuse of 13 boys, between approximately 1972 and 1995. He was sent for treatment to the Servants of the Paraclete in New Mexico, and in early 2002, he was removed from ministry. Wempe was first charged with molesting five boys throughout Southern California between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s. The charges were thrown out when the Supreme Court struck down a California law that erased the statute of limitations on sexual abuse cases from 1988 and earlier.

According to media reports, in June 2003, he was arrested on child sexual abuse charges. They were later dropped because the statute of limitations had expired. A few months later in September 2003, he was was arrested again on new charges of child sexual abuse. He was sentenced to three years in prison, fined $600, and ordered to register as a sex offender. In 2006, the claim was included in a $60 million settlement. Father Wempe has been named in several more civil lawsuits and was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of child sexual abuse. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Father Wempe was laicized in 2006.

According to a list maintained by Bishop, Father Wempe was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy on at least five occasions from approximately 1974 to 1975. The boy came to know Father Wempe when the priest was serving at St. Rose of Lima Church in Simi Valley, California, though the sexual abuse occurred in his car while he was assigned to St. Jude’s Church in Westlake Village, California. He reportedly fondled the boy’s penis and masturbated the boy, and Father Wempe exposed his own penis to the boy and forced the boy to masturbate Father Wempe.

The claim settled in 2020.

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