Assignment Record – Rev. Patrick Henry O'Liddy

Summary of Case: O'Liddy was a priest of the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus, ordained in 1990. He took a leave of absence in February 1999 and, in August of that year, was caught sending lewd photos to a 14 year-old girl. Investigators posed as the girl and arranged for a rendezvous with O'Liddy. He was arrested when he showed up and charged with attempted sexual assault of a minor. O'Liddy pleaded guilty and was sentenced to ten years' probation and 200 hours of community service. He left the priesthood after his sentencing.

: 1990


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
1977         seminarian O'Liddy joined the Jesuits in 1973.


St. Louis archbishop was John Lawrence May (1980-1992).

1987 St. Louis University High School St. Louis MO teacher  


Innsbruck bishop was Reinhold Stecher (1980-1997)

1995 Jesuitenkolleg Innsbruck Austria    


Denver archbishop was James Francis Stafford (1986-1996), followed by Charles Joseph Chaput, o.f.m. Cap. (1997-2011)

1996 Regis University Denver CO assistant campus minister; adult educator  
1995 Feb. 1999 Regis Jesuit Community Denver CO    
Feb. 1999 Aug. 1999 Leave of Absence/The Spot


O'Liddy was arrested in Aug. 1999 after he sent photos of his genitalia to a 14 year-old girl over the internet. The girl told her mother, who called police. Posing as the girl online, police arranged for Liddy to meet her. O'Liddy was arrested when he showed up.

CO supervisor

O'Liddy took a leave of absence in Feb. 1999, and was considering leaving the priesthood. Until his arrest he worked for five months during that time, at The Spot, which was a downtown youth center.

O'Liddy pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a minor and was sentenced to ten years' probation and 200 hours of community service. He subsequently resigned from the priesthood.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1991-2000)

2000 Plea by Priest Was Sexually Related Ex-Regis Cleric Sent Morrison Girl Lewd Photo, By Virginia Culver, Denver Post, May 21, 2002
Ex-Priest in Sex-Offender Program, Case Comes to Light Three Years after He Pleaded Guilty to Assault on 14-Year-Old, By Jean Torkelson, Rocky Mountain News [Denver CO], May 21, 2002
Former Priest Admitted He Was Addicted to Internet Sex and Comment from Jesuit Official, By Nick Wadhams, Associated Press State & Local Wire [Denver], May 21, 2002
Five Religious-Order Priests Accused in Denver since '50s Disclosures Fill Gap in Archdiocese Sex-Abuse Report, By Eric Gorski,
Denver Post, March 10, 2004

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