Fr. Howard Yeakle – Archdiocese of Baltimore

On Behalf of | May 31, 2023 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Howard F. Yeakle

Archdiocese of Baltimore

Ordained: 1951

Laicized: 1972

Died: 1988

Assignment History:

  • 1951-1953: Augustine’s Church (Elkridge, MD)
  • 1953-1955: Patrick’s Church (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1955-1957: All Saints Church (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1957-1961: Mildred Church (Gray Manor, MD) and St. Adrian Church (Inverness, MD)
  • 1961-1969: Brigid Church (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1970-1971 Augustine’s Church (Williamsport, MD) and St. Michael Church (Clear Springs, MD)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Howard F. Yeakle

Fr. Howard F. Yeakle was one of the 156 priests identified by the Maryland Attorney General as having been accused of sexually abusing minors during his tenure with the Archdiocese of Baltimore. According to the report, in 1997, Fr. Yeakle was accused of sexually abusing three brothers at St. Brigid Church. There is no report of the issue being addressed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore at that time. The accusations were brought forward again in 2002, detailing that their father had passed, and Fr. Yeakle began to act as a father figure to the victims.

In 2002, a victim contacted the Archdiocese with allegations against Fr. Yeakle and inquired whether anyone else had reported abuse by him. The victim attended the St. Brigid Church and School during the early 1960s when the abuse allegedly took place. The victim alleged that his own father was distant and that Fr. Yeakle became a father figure to him. During 1960 and 1961, the victim would spend nights at the rectory, sometimes with other boys and sometimes alone. Fr. Yeakle took the victim on overnight trips, vacations, and a trip to Florida, during which the victim remembers being given alcohol by Fr. Yeakle.

In 2018, a victim accused Fr. Yeakle of touching his penis while in a swimming pool locker room. The alleged abuse took place in 1970 or 1971 while Fr. Yeakle was assigned to St. Augustine’s Church, Williamsport, MD, and St. Michael Church, Clear Springs, MD. According to the Attorney General’s report, Fr. Yeakle died in 1988.

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