Timeline of defrocked priest Stephen Kiesle
04/09/2010 05:04:15 PM PDT
04/09/2010 05:39:10 PM PDT
Kiesle timeline 1972: Ordained at St. Francis De Sales, Oakland. 1972-1975: Associate pastor at St. Joseph's Church in Pinole. 1975-1978: Assigned to Our Lady of the Rosary in Union City. August 1978: Kiesle is arrested and pleads no contest to lewd conduct, a misdemeanor, for tying up and molesting two boys. Sentenced to three years of probation. His record is later expunged. 1978-1981: Takes extended leave of absence, attends counseling and reports regularly to probation officer. July 1981: Oakland Bishop John Cummins sends Kiesle's file to the Vatican in support of the priest's petition for laicization, or defrocking. November 1981: Vatican asks for more information. 1982: Kiesle moves to Pinole. February 1982: Cummins writes to Joseph Ratzinger, then prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, providing additional information and warning of possible scandal if Kiesle is not defrocked. September 1982: Oakland diocese official writes Ratzinger asking for update. September 1983: Cummins visits Rome, discusses Kiesle case with Vatican officials. December 1983: Vatican official writes Oakland to say Kiesle's file can't be found and they should resubmit materials. January 1984: Cummins writes a Vatican official to inquire about status of Kiesle file. 1985: Kiesle volunteers as a youth minister at St. Joseph's Church in Pinole. September 1985: Cummins writes Ratzinger asking about status of Kiesle case. November 1985: Ratzinger writes to Cummins about Kiesle case. December 1985: A memo from diocese officials discusses writing to Ratzinger again to stress the risk of scandal if Kiesle's case is delayed. 1987: Kiesle is defrocked. 2002: Kiesle is arrested and charged with 13 counts of child molestation; all but two are thrown out after U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidates a California law extending statute of limitations. 2004: Kiesle pleads no contest to felony charge of molesting a young girl in 1995 at his Truckee vacation home. 2004: He is sentenced to six years in prison for the 1995 molestation. 2005: Ratzinger is elected pope and adopts the name Pope Benedict XVI. 2009: Kiesle is released on parole in March; he violates parole in October and returns to prison. 2010: Kiesle is released in February. He is a registered sex offender living in Rossmoor, the gated seniors community in Walnut Creek.
Source: Associated Press