Brother Salvatore Billante
Archdiocese of San Francisco/Salesians
- Youth Minister for 25 years at Corpus Christi School (San Francisco, CA)
- Salesian High School (Richmond, CA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brother Salvatore Billante:
Br. Salvatore Billante, known as “Brother Sal”, was accused of molesting two teenage boys in the mid-1970s. Overall, he has been accused of sexually abusing over 25 minors from 1969-1989.
According to media reports, in 1989, Billante pleaded guilty to one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a boy under the age of 14 and he was sentenced to eight years in prison. Prosecutors said the abuse happened at the order’s Camp Salesian in Lake County, California.
In 1994, after serving half of an eight-year sentence, Billante, a former Salesian brother, was released on parole. Billante is registered as a sex offender.
According to media reports, in 2002, Billante was indicted on 181 counts stemming from accusations by a single alleged victim in which he molested him on numerous occasions from 1972 to 1978. The victim attended Corpus Christi School in the Outer Mission District as a boy.
In 2002, Billante was arrested again for those accusations of sexual abuse against a minor, but the charges dropped after the CA Supreme Court decision.
In 2003, Billante was named in a civil suit for witnessing another man sexually abusing a minor and not doing anything about it while in charge of the Boys Club at the Salesian Highschool in Richmond, California.
In 2019, Br. Salvatore Billante was included on the Diocese of Oakland list of religious brothers who have lived in the Oakland Diocese credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.
Billante’s last known status was in San Francisco, CA. Billante died in 2016.
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