Rev. Alexander R. Anderson

Summary of Case: Anderson is known to have been accused of child sexual abuse by three different men, two of whom are known to have accused him of abusing them when they were residents of St. Joseph's Home for Boys in the 1980s. The archdiocese believed Anderson's denials, and he was never removed from ministry. Anderson sued one of his accusers.

: 1975


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


St. Louis Archbishop was John Joseph Carberry (1968-1979)

1979 St. Pius V St. Louis MO 2/4 Parish had a school with 358-329 students.


Carberry was succeeded by John Lawrence May (1980-1992)

1980 St. Blaise Maryland Heights MO 3/3 Parish had a school with 285 students.
1980 1981 Immaculate Heart of Mary St. Louis MO 3/3 Parish had a school with 476 students.
    Diocesan Marriage Tribunal St. Louis MO    
1981 1983 St. Simon's Concord Village MO 3/3 Parish had a school with 432-475 students.
1983 1988 St. Joseph's Home for Boys

St. Louis

In 2002 a man in his twenties accused Anderson of having sexually abused him when he was a child at St. Josephs' Home for Boys. Anderson denied the allegations and sued his accuser. His accuser countersued. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 26, 2004)

A second accusation surfaced in 2004 by a man who said Anderson also sexually abused him as a boy at St. Joseph's in 1988. (Post-Dispatch [St. Louis MO]
January 17, 2004)

By 2008, there was known to be a third person accusing Anderson of molesting him as a child. (Voice from the Desert, Aug. 17, 2008)

MO chaplain The Home had 44 boys. It also had day treatment students.
1988 1992 St. Andrew's Lemay MO 2/2 Parish had a school with 221-186 students.


Justin Francis Rigali replaced May as St. Louis archbishop (1994-2003)

1993 Assumption Mattese MO 2/3 Parish had a school with 432 students and a religious education program with 230 students.


Raymond Leo Burke succeeded Rigali (2003-2008)

2008 Sacred Heart Eureka MO 1/1

Parish had a school with 184-275 students and a religious education program with 170-352 students.

When Anderson was accused in 2002 of child sexual abuse, Bishop Dolan believed Anderson's denial "on the spot" because Anderson "said it with a lot of peace". Dolan headed the review board, which decided the accusation had no merit. Within two months of the accusation, the statute of limitations ran out, and prosecutors did not have enough time to persue the case before it did so. (New York Times
May 16, 2010)


Burke was replaced by Robert James Carlson (2009- )

2010 St. Rose of Lima De Soto MO 1/1

Parish had a school with 71 students and a religious education program with 127 students

Anderson remains pastor of this parish as of Dec. 2010.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1976-2009 )

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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 3, 2010