Rev. Dennis Pecore, s.d.s.

Summary of Case: Pecore was convicted in 1987 of sexually abusing a boy in the mid-1980s at his Milwaukee parish, and sentenced to one year in jail with work-release privileges. He was also put on five years' probation. During his sentence, from 1989-1992, he repeatedly sexually abused his 9-11 year old nephew, for which he was convicted and sentenced in 1994 to 12 years in prison, followed by 10 years' probation. He was defrocked in 1995. In 2002 another person came forward with allegations of sexual abuse by Pecore in the mid-1970s, when Pecore was a Salvatorian brother prior to becoming a priest. Archbishop Weakland was warned repeatedly in the mid-1980s by three teachers at a parochial school that Pecore was sexually abusing young male students. Pecore was not investigated, and Weakland fired the teachers.

: 1982


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Baltimore archbishop was William Donald Borders (1974-1989)

1976 Holy Trinity

Glen Burnie

In 2002 Pecore was accused of having sexually abused someone in the mid-1970s.

MD   Pecore was a Salvatorian brother.
1976 1982         Pecore went on to become a Salvatorian priest.


Phoenix bishop was Thomas Joseph O'Brien (1981-2003)

1983 St. Mark's Phoenix AZ 2/5 Parish had a school with 205 students.
1982 1983 St. Philip the Deacon Catholic Center Phoenix AZ   This was a mission of St. Mark's in Phoenix.
1982 1983 Arizona State Hospital, Maricopa County Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, Children's Hospital, Hilton Rest Home Phoenix AZ   These were stations of St. Mark's in Phoenix.


Milwaukee archbishop was Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)

1986 Mother of Good Counsel


Pecore pleaded guilty in 1987 to sexually assaulting a 14-15 year old boy from 1984-1985. The boy was a student at Mother of Good Counsel school.

WI 4/5, 2/4

Parish had a school with 475-468 students.

The boy later said other priests, teachers, and school officials knew Pecore was abusing him. One of the school's teachers wrote a letter to Weakland expressing alarm that the priest was taking young boys to his bedroom, and fear that the boys were being molested. Weakland responded with "any libelous material found in your letter will be scrutinized carefully by our lawyers." Two other teachers also tried to warn Weakland. All three were fired.

1986 1988 Salvatorian Provincial Residence Milwaukee WI   Pecore was sentenced in Sept. 1987 to one year in the Milwaukee County House of Corrections, and was given work release privileges. He was also put on five years' probation.
    University of Wisconsin Milwaukee WI student  
1988 1991 Jordan House


Pecore was convicted in 1994 of sexually abusing his nephew repeatedly from 1989-1992, when the boy was nine to eleven years old.

WI 1/4, 1/5

Local Coordinator

This was a care facility for elderly Salvatorian priests and brothers.

While living here, Pecore introduced his young nephew to another priest residing there, Simon Palathingal. Palathingal was convicted in 2004 of also molesting the boy.

1991 1996 Salvatorian Provincial Residence Milwaukee WI  

The 1992, 1993 and 1994 Directories list Pecore's address as 7811 West Center St., Milwaukee, which a 2011 google search shows is near St. Pius X parish and school.

He was sentenced in March 1994 to 12 years in prison, followed by 10 years' probation.

Pecore is not indexed in the Directories after 1996. He was defrocked in 1995.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1983-1996)

Milwaukee County House, United Press International, September 25, 1987
Parents Sue Convicted Priest, Wisconsin State Journal, December 17, 1994
Priest Accused, Wisconsin State Journal, September 11, 1993
Priest Sentenced, Wisconsin State Journal, March 4, 1994
Archdiocese's list of clergy accused of child sexual abuse, Baltimore Sun, September 26, 2002
Priest Faces Four Counts in Sex Assault of Child, By Tom Heinen and John Diedrich, Journal Sentinel Online, June 4, 2004
Flashback: the Shame of Rembert Weakland, By Charlie Sykes, WTMJ, November 13, 2008

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