Fr. Donald E. Broderson – Diocese of Oakland

| Dec 7, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Donald E. Broderson

Diocese of Oakland

Ordained: 1968

Removed: 1991

Laicized: 2005

Died: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1969-1971: Santa Paula (Freemont, CA)
  • 1971: Deaf, Diocesan Office; St. Joseph’s Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing; St. Joseph’s School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Oakland, CA)
  • 1972: St. Philip Neri (Alameda, CA)
  • 1973: St. Joachim (Hayward, CA)
  • 1974-1975: Most Precious Blood (Concord, CA); Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, CA)
  • 1976-1979: St. Leonard’s (Freemont, CA)
  • 1980-1982: St. Raymond (Dublin, CA)
  • 1983-1987:  Transfiguration (Castro Valley, CA)
  • 1988-1993: Unknown
  • 1994-2002: Retired
  • 2003-2010: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Donald E Broderson:

Fr. Donald E Broderson has been accused by multiple survivors, of child sexual abuse from approximately 1972 to 1978, while he worked at various parishes in California. Six brothers alleged he sexually abused them, from 1972 to 1973, while he worked at St. Joachim Parish in Hayward, California. According to media reports, in 1973, he was transferred to Most Precious Blood in Concord, California, where he reportedly continued to abuse children until 1975. When the allegations surfaced, he was transferred again and then sent for treatment.

Broderson was never charged with a crime. In 1993, he was forced into retirement and banned from ministry. He moved back into his parents’ home in Richmond, California, and became a licensed marriage and family therapist.

In April 2003, he was named in a lawsuit alleging that he repeatedly molested an altar boy in the 1970s. The case was settled. He admitted in a sworn deposition he gave in 2005 that he had had sexual relationships with four sets of underage brothers during the 1970s. He also admitted to fondling other children, including one little girl. He was laicized in March 2005.

Broderson’s whereabouts and whether he had access to children from 1987 until death in 2010 are unknown. In 2019, His name appeared on the Diocese of Oaklands’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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