Registered Church Sex Offender

Database William Authenrieth
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Offender Name: William Authenrieth
Type: Priest
Status: Sued
Diocese: Brooklyn, NY
Year Ordained: < 1970
Employee: Diocesan

Notes on the offender

Had relations w/ youth about 18 in Diocese of Brooklyn in 1973 before transferring to Orlando after youth threatened to reveal. Named in Brooklyn civil suit 2003. At least 4 civil suits filed 1985 against Authenrieth and Orlando Diocese. Suits settled out of court and at least $2M paid to three youths and a fourth settled for $490K. He admitted abuse but was never prosecuted. New suits filed 7/12 & 10/13 in Orlando. Another new suit filed 8/14 re abuse at All Souls Catholic Church in Sanford. Removed from ministry 10/85 and left priesthood in 1986. As of 2014, he lives in retirement community in Massachusetts.


United Press International 11.28.85; Associated Press 11.07.86; St Petersburg Times 03.18.87; St Petersburg Times 05.06.87; San Jose Mercury News 12.31.87; Orlando Sentinel 09.17.95; Ledger 04.08.02; Newsday 10.16.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Newsday 07.12.05; Orlando Sentinel 07.23.12; SNAP Statement 07.23.12; WESH 07.23.12; Orlando Sentinel 10.02.13; NEWS 13 08.13.14; Orlando Sentinel 08.13.14; SNAP Statement 08.13.14; WFTV 08.13.14; SNAP Statement 08.14.14; TheMediaReport 08.19.14