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Assignment Record– Rev. Robert A. Torres

Summary of Case: Robert A. Torres was a priest of the Diocese of Little Rock, ordained in 1966. He assisted at a number of parishes in Little Rock before being named lead priest at a Malvern parish, and subsequently in Little Rock, Hope and Ashdown. Torres was longtime chair of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and director of the Mexican-American Spanish Center. He retired in 1995. After 2002 Torres is no longer indexed in the Official Catholic Directory.

In September 2016 the diocese announced that it had recently met with two people who were sexually abused by Torres over 35 years previously, while Torres was assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel in Little Rock. The two were members of the parish; one of them was referred to as a "youth" at the time of the abuse. The diocese stated further that, per Torres' admission and its own investigation, Torres likely abused at least two or three other young people.

Ordained: 1966
Retired: 1995
Laicized: after 2002, before 2016


     

Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1966

Diocese of Little Rock

Bishop was Albert Lewis Fletcher (1946-1972).

1967 St. John's Home Missions Seminary North Little Rock AR  

 

1967 1971 Our Lady of Good Counsel Little Rock AR 3/3 Our Lady of Good Counsel had a school with 406-388 students.
1971 1972 St. Mary's North Little Rock AR 2/2; In residence St. Mary's had a school with 170 students.

1972

Fletcher was succeeded as Little Rock bishop by Andrew Joseph McDonald (1972-2000).

1974 St. Andrew's Cathedral Little Rock AR 5/5, 3/3; In residence  
1967 1975 Catholic High School Little Rock AR   Catholic High School had 514-752 students.

1973

1981

1980

1989

Diocesan Liturgical Commission Little Rock AR Chairman 1973-1980, 1981-1986; Consultant 1986-1989  
1974 1975 Immaculate Conception Little Rock AR 2/2 Immaculate Conception had a school with 279 students.
1975 1976 Our Lady of Good Counsel

Little Rock

In September 2016 the diocese announced that a person had recently disclosed abuse as a youth by Torres while Torres was assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel, over 35 years previously. During its investigation, the diocese found a second victim. Both victims were Our Lady of Good Counsel parishioners. The diocese said that Torres likely sexually abused at least two or three other young people, per Torres' own admission.

AR 3/3 Our Lady of Good Counsel had a school wiht 373 students.

1975

1981

1980

1987

Mexican-American Spanish Center Little Rock AR Coordinator  
1976 1980 Christ the King Little Rock AR 3/3  
1980 1981 Absent for Reasons of Health        
1981 1982 Christ the King Little Rock AR 2/2  
1982 1984 St. John the Baptist Malvern AR 1/1 The Directories index Torres' first name as "Roberto" beginning with the 1983 Directory.
1984 1989 St. Mary's Little Rock AR 1/1, 1/3, 1/2 St. Mary's had a school with 274-199 students.
1989 1990         Torres' name is indexed in the 1990 Directory, but without an assignment. He is not listed in the Little Rock pages as at his previous or next assignments.
1990 1992 St. Henry's Rector AR 1/1 This was a mission of St. Mary's in Paragould.
1992 1993         Torres is not indexed in the 1993 Directory, nor is he listed in the Little Rock pages as at his previous or next assignments.
1993 1994 Our Lady of Good Hope Hope AR 1/1  
1993 1994 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Ashdown AR   This was a mission of Our Lady of Good Hope in Hope.
1994 1995         Torres is not indexed in the 1995 Directory, nor is he listed in the Little Rock pages as at his previous or next assignments.

1995

James Peter Sartain followd McDonald as Little Rock bishop (2000-2006).

2002 Retired Little Rock AR  

Torres is not indexed beyond the 2002 Directory.

At some point, before 2016, Torres was laicized.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1967-2002).

Diocese Reports Sexual Abuse by Ex-priest, Roman Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, September 8, 2016
Former Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse, Arkansas Matters, September 8, 2016
Little Rock Catholic Diocese Reports Sexual Abuse by Former Priest, By Brandon Riddle, Arkansas Online, September 8, 2016
Bishop Acknowledges Sexual Abuse by Former Priest in Diocese of Little Rock, KATV, September 9, 2016


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This assignment record was last updated on October 27, 2016.


 
 

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