Rev. Gustave "Gus" Krumm, o.f.m.

Summary of Case: A priest of the Franciscan Order, Krumm has been accused of sexually abusing at least nine boys. In 2002, after a news outlet reported a 1995 settlement of a lawsuit which named him as an abuser, Krumm acknowledged "past indiscretions" in the 1970s and 1980s, while he was a seminarian and after ordination. Many of Krumm's victims were students at St. Anthony Seminary High School in Santa Barbara, CA. A 1993 report by an independent review board determined that at least 34 St. Anthony's students were sexually abused by 11 Franciscans over three decades. Krumm was kept in ministry beyond the 1995 settlement. He was removed from his position as pastor of a Portland, OR parish in May 2002, after the publicity about the earlier accusation and settlement. The diocese had known about the earlier accusations when it hired him in 1998. Krumm was quietly moved to a Franciscan parish in Sacramento, CA in May 2003, but was removed from there after six weeks when news media revealed his whereabouts. Two more men accused Krumm of molesting them at their Huntington Beach, CA parish when they were children in the early 1990s. The jury in that civil trial ruled in favor of the Franciscans in Oct. 2011. Krumm is reportedly no longer a priest. He is thought to be working for the state in Sacramento.

Ordained
: 1982

   

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1970s

Orange bishop was William Robert Johnson (1976-1986)

1982

St. Anthony's Seminary High School

Santa Barbara

Krumm was accused of sexually abusing a sophomore at this school during the 1980-1981 school year. The accuser said he reported the abuse to school authorities but "they never got back to me".

Krumm admitted in 2002 to sexual misconduct during his years at St. Anthony's. In a 2011 civil trial, an attorney for the Franciscans acknowledged that Krumm had abused seven teenagers. At least one accuser said his abuse occurred at the Santa Barbara Mission, in 1980.

CA Seminarian This was a Franciscan minor seminary and boarding school.

1982

Reno-Las Vegas bishop was Norman Francis McFarland (1976-1986)

1985 St. James the Apostle Las Vegas NV 2/2, 3/3  
1982 1985 St. John's Overton NV 1/1 1983-1985 This was a mission of St. James in Las Vegas.

1985

Los Angeles archbishop was Roger Michael Mahony (1985-2011)

1987 St. Anthony's Seminary High School

Santa Barbara

In 1993 an Independent Board of Inquiry determined that at least 34 St. Anthony's students were sexually abused by 11 Franciscans at the school between 1963-1987.

CA  

St. Anthony's had 61-73 students.

The board was formed at the insistence of the victims' parents. The board's report stated, "a cancerous evil existed in the institution." .

St. Anthony's closed in 1987 reportedly for financial reasons.

1987 1988 Bishop Diego Garcia High School Santa Barbara CA    

July 1988

Orange bishop was Norman Francis McFarland (1986-1998)

Sept. 1998

SS. Simon and Jude

Huntington Beach

Krumm was accused in a 2009 lawsuit, along with fellow priest, Alexander Manville, of having sexually abused an 8 year-old boy at this parish in the early 1990s. The accuser's brother joined the lawsuit later, saying that he, too, was victimized by the two priests.

CA 2/5, 2/4, 3/5, 3/6

SS. Simon and Jude had a school with 585-646 students, and a CCD program with 1,124-500 students.

The former St. Anthony's Seminary High School student who accused Krumm of molesting him in 1980 received a settlement in 1995 as part of a lawsuit involving 30 students accusing 11 Franciscans. Despite that, the allegations against Krumm were deemed by church authorities to be "not credible", and Krumm was kept in ministry.

1998

Portland archbishop was John George Vlazny (1997-)

2002

Ascension

Portland OR 1/2, 1/3, 1/4

Ascension had a CCD program with 96-173 students.

Vlazny knew about the 1980s allegations against Krumm yet allowed him to work in the archdiocese. Parishioners were not informed.

Krumm was removed from active ministry in the Portland archdiocese in May 2002 after he admitted to past "indiscretions" in the early 1970s and mid-1980s. His admission came after a newspaper disclosed the 1995 settlement. An Ascension youth minister had complained in 2000 to her boss, Fr. Finian McGinn, that Krumm posed a risk to children. She said Krumm had pressured her to hire a man as a youth leader who had been banned from working with children in the diocese of Orange. She refused to comply.

2002 2003         Krumm is not indexed beyond the 2002 Directory.

May 2003

Sacramento bishop was William Kenneth Weigand (1993-2008)

July 2003 St. Francis of Assisi Sacramento CA In residence. The Franciscans placed Krumm at this parish in May 2003, without informing the diocese of the accusations against him. He was living in the rectory, right next to the parish elementary school. After six weeks, when news media publicized Krumm's whereabouts, Krumm was removed from St. Francis of Assisi.

July 2003

 

2011 Sacramento CA  

A lawsuit filed in 2002 named 8 Franciscans, including Krumm, as having molested minors in Santa Barbara over three decades. The suit resulted in a settlement in 2006. There were 25 plaintiffs.

A 2009 lawsuit brought by two brothers who said Krumm and Manville sexually abused them in the early 1990s at a Huntington Beach parish ended in Oct. 2011 with the jury ruling in favor of the Franciscans.

Per news reports in May 2011, Krumm was no longer a priest and was working for the state in Sacramento.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1983-2002)

The St. Anthony's Seminary Report, Santa Barbara, CA, November 1993.
Church Knew of Case against Priest, By Carol McGraw, Orange County Register, May 18, 2002
Fr. Gus Krumm, OFM, By Dennis O'Donovan, Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, May 22, 2002
Portland Ministry Removes Priest, Associated Press, carried in StatesmanJournal.com, May 27, 2002
Allegation Highlights a Church's Struggles, By Shelby Oppel, The Oregonian, June 2, 2002
Capital Diocese Not Told of Priest's Past Abuse, By Jennifer Garza and Dorothy Korber, Sacramento Bee, July 11, 2003
Parishioners Feel Blindsided over Priest's Past Sex Abuse, By Cameron Jahn, Sacramento Bee [Sacramento CA], July 14, 2003
All Aboard the Pedo-Train!, By Gustavo Arellano, OC Weekly, July 22, 2004
Suit brings clergy abuse allegations into the light, By Thomas Schultz, Santa Barbara News-Press, September 27, 2004
John Roe 4 vs. Does, Cause No. 1156450, Superior Court of California, Aug. 27, 2004
ADDENDUM TO THE REPORT TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD, [Archdiocese of Los Angeles], October 12, 2005
Attorneys Work on Accord in Seminary Abuse Cases, By Jean Guccione, Los Angeles Times, March 8, 2006
[Portland Claims], [Oregonian, November 12, 2006]
Deal Reached in Franciscan Sex Abuse Suits, By Jean Guccione, Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2006
ERRATA NOTICE TO REPORT TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD, http://www.la-clergycases.com/cfm/first_errata_notice.cfm
ASSIGNMENTS OF ACCUSED PRIESTS WHO WORKED IN THE LOS ANGELES ARCHDIOCESE, AND LAWSUITS IN WHICH THEY ARE NAMED, Page 1, Compiled by the Los Angeles Times, Downloaded May 7-19, 2006
Franciscans Settle, By Martha Sadler, The Santa Barbara Independent [California], August 10, 2006
Archdiocese Releases Secret Documents on Priest Sexual Abuse, The Oregonian, June 6, 2007
Ex-Student Sues, Claims He Was Molested by 2 Priests at Same Time, By Rachanee Srisavasdi, Orange County Register, June 11, 2009
News Roundup: Fresno Decision Today; Krumm Victim Responds; Development of John Urell; Aussie Says, No, Pope, It Is Year of the Pedophile Priest, City of Angels, July 14, 2009
Ernesto C. v. Franciscans, Cause No. 1337577, Santa Barbara Co. Superior Court 10.5.09
First Year in Seminary, Sex Assaults by Two Different Franciscans: the Santa Barbara Story, Part 8, By Kay Ebeling, City of Angels
January 24, 2010 Opinion in John Doe 1 ET Al. V. Franciscan Friars of California, Inc., Court of Appeal of the State of California, September 30, 2010
Brother Joins Priest-abuse Lawsuit, Orange County Register, January 20, 2011
Photo Emerges of Confirmed Pedo-priest Gus Krumm and Accused Pedo-priest Alexander Manville Saying Mass Together, By Gustavo Arellano, Orange County Weekly, February 5, 2011
Judge: No Punitive Damages in Priest Abuse Case, By Greg Hardesty, Orange County Register, May 12, 2011
Brothers" Priest-abuse Lawsuit Going to Jury, By Vik Jolly, Orange County Register, October 12, 2011
Jury Rejects Brothers" Clergy-abuse Allegations, By Vik Jolly, Orange County Register, October 21, 2011


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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 7, 2011


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