Rev. William S. Myers

Summary of Case: Myers was placed on leave in May 2011 for a "boundary violation" after it became known by the archdiocese that he had followed a 17 year-old boy into a San Francisco clothing store dressing room the previous month. The boy's father saw what was happening and banged on the dressing room door. Police were called and determined that a crime had not been committed. The boy denied being touched. Myers acknowledged he had a sexual addiction to adults, and said he thought the boy was an adult. Earlier in his career Myers underwent treatment for sexual identity issues.

Ordained: 1988


   

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1988

Stockton bishop was Donald William Montrose (1985-1999), followed by Stephen William Blaire (1999-)

1991 Our Lady of Fatima Modesto CA 2/3, 3/4 Parish had a school with 274-292 students, and extended day care with 36 students.
1991 1994 St. Bernard's Tracy CA 3/4 Parish had a school with 299-304 students.
1994 1995 St. Jude's Ceres CA 1/2 Parish had a religious education program with 634 students.
1995 2000 Absent on Leave       Myers underwent therapy for a sexual identity problem.

2000

San Francisco archbishop was William Joseph Levada (1995-2005)

2001 St. Vincent de Paul San Francisco CA 2/3 Parish had a school with 253 students.
2001 2005 St. Anne's San Francisco CA 2/3, 2/2 Parish had a school with 585-500 students, and a religious education program with 70-65 students.

2005

Levada was succeeded by George Hugh Niederauer (2005-)

2007 St. Brendan's San Francisco CA 2/4 Parish has a school with 319 students, and a religious education program with 16-6 students.
2007 2010 St. Raymond's

Menlo Park

Myers was accused of a "boundary violation" involving a 17 year-old boy in April 2011. Myers had followed the boy into a dressing room at a department store. The priest and the boy did not know one another. The boy's father was there and intervened.

CA 1/2

Parish had a school with 245 students, and a religious education program with 143-50 students.

Store personnel called police. Myers was not charged with a crime. The archdiocese did not learn of the incident until May 26. Myers was placed on leave the next day. The case was to be referred to the archdiocesan review board. Angry St. Raymond's parishioners criticized the archdiocese for ignoring "red flags". Myers acknowledged he struggles with a sexual addiction toward adults, and was seeking treatment.

 

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1989-2010)

Update: St. Raymond Pastor on Leave after "Boundary Violation" with Teen, Archdiocese Says, By Sandy Brundage, The Almanac
June 1, 2011
Parishioners Demand Answers after Menlo Park Pastor Suspended, By Diana Samuels, Mercury News, June 2, 2011
Menlo Park Priest on Leave after Incident with Boy, KTVU, June 1, 2011
William Meyers, Peninsula Priest with "Sexual Addiction," Trails Boy into Dressing Room, By Peter Jamison, SF Weekly, June 2, 2011
Alleged Inappropriate Conduct Stuns St. Raymond, Menlo Park Patch, June 2, 2011
Parish Stunned by Pastor's "Boundary Violation", By Sandy Brundage, The Almanac, June 6, 2011
St. Raymond Parish: Archdiocese Names Interim Administrator, By Rick DelVecchio, Catholic San Francisco, June 8, 2011
Former Modesto Priest on Leave, By Sue Nowicki, Modesto Bee, June 8, 2011
Peninsula Priest Held in "Private" S.F. Location As Abuse Investigation Moves Forward, By Peter Jamison, SF Weekly, June 16, 2011
Church Continues to Investigate Menlo Park Pastor Who Followed Teen into Dressing Room, By Diana Samuels, Mercury News, July 15, 2011
DA Won't Charge Former St. Raymond Pastor, By George Raine, Catholic San Francisco, July 15, 2011



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This assignment record was last updated on Oct. 5, 2011