Fr. Robert Charles Becker: Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Fr. Robert Charles Becker

Ordained: 1965

  • 1965-1972: Queen of Martyrs, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1972-1974: Rome, Italy
  • 1974- 1975: Our Lady of the Snows, Chicago, IL (CHI) 1975-1986 St. Clements, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1986-1989: In residence, St. Gertrude, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1989: Died

In 1986, Fr. Robert Charles Becker confessed to Cardinal Joseph Bernardin that he had sexually abused children. Fr. Becker has been accused of abusing at least 17 children and has been named in at least 14 lawsuits. At least nine children were allegedly sexually abused by Fr. Becker and another priest, Fr. Kenneth Ruge. In 1986, Fr. Becker was sent to St. Luke Institute, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. Afterwards, he was returned to the Archdiocese of Chicago where he was assigned to live at a parish in Chicago and worked for various Diocesan offices. According to the Archdiocese of Chicago, Fr. Becker was placed on restricted ministry in 1986 and died in 1989. Fr. Becker is included in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s list of “Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.”