Fr. Richard Presenti – Diocese of Oakland

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Richard Presenti

Diocese of Oakland/Salesians

Ordained: 1968

Assignment History:

  • 1960-1968: Camp Salesian (Middletown, CA)
  • 1968-1974: Salesian High School (Richmond, CA)
  • 1974-1980: St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, CA)
  • 1980-1989: Salesian Provincial Residence (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1989-2000: St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, CA)
  • 2000-2010: Unknown
  • 2004-2006: St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School (Watsonville, CA)
  • 2010-Present: Salesian Provincial House (San Francisco, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Richard Presenti:

Fr. Richard Presenti was a Salesian brother that has been named in at least four lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse. In 1992, a man reported to the Salesians that Presenti had sexually abused him when he was 12 years old at Camp Salesian in 1962. Two other men have also accused Presenti of sexually abusing them as children while at Camp Salesian in approximately 1972 or 1973, which was brought to the San Francisco Provincial House Superior at the time of the incident, who convinced the boy’s parents not to go to the police. He reassured them that Presenti would be kept from children. The boy discovered that Presenti was working at his high school when he started as a ninth-grader there the following year.

In 2003, Presenti admitted to sexually abusing one of the men at Camp Salesian. Presenti worked in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower for approximately 17 years. He resided at the Salesian Provincial House in San Francisco from 2000 to 2010.

In 2019, Presenti was included on the Diocese of Oakland list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

Presenti’s current whereabouts, his status as a priest, and whether he has access to children are unknown.

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