Four years after he was removed from ministry due to allegations of inappropriate
contact with children, Rev. Robert R. Marsicek, a Milwaukee priest, was
charged with three counts of misdemeanor sexual assault of a child. Although
Marsicek was sentenced to one year in jail, there may be more possible
accusation of sexual assault in the near future. The
Diocese of Phoenix recently told The Arizona Republic that Marsicek served at St. Marks Parish
in South Phoenix in 1974.
"According to our records, there have been no reported incidents or
allegations against Father Marsicek in the Diocese of Phoenix. Anyone
who has been a victim of abuse or who may have information concerning
this situation is encouraged to call a local law enforcement agency,”
the Diocese said in a statement.
In 2016, Marsicek originally faced three felony counts of first-degree
sexual assault of a child, but he entered an agreement with prosecutors
to plead guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault, which is a misdemeanor
that involves sexual touching. According to the victim, the priest grabbed
her buttocks, touched her breasts and patted her vagina on several occasions.
At his sentencing, the victim, now 16, told the judge how Marsicek repeatedly
molested her, starting in the first grade.
Now, prosecutors are looking into other potential victims. Records don't
say how long Marsicek was at St. Marks Parish, but there are indications
that he was assigned there in 1974 and moved to Alabama in 1975.
Phoenix Attorney Robert Pastor, from Montoya, Lucero & Pastor, P.A., told the
Arizona Republic that Marsicek is the third priest assigned to St. Mark's Catholic
Church who has been indicted or convicted of child sexual abuse. Attorney
Pastor is currently representing a victim of another priest in a civil
lawsuit against the Catholic Church.
“Father Robert Marsicek, Father Joseph Henn, and Father Dennis Pecore
are Catholic priests from the same religious order in Wisconsin assigned
to St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Phoenix, all of whom have been
indicted or convicted for child sexual abuse," Pastor said. "This
is a clear pattern of shuffling pedophile priests to unsuspecting communities
so that the Catholic Church can avoid scandal."
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