Fr. Jerome (“Jerry”) Leach: Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Fr. Jerome (“Jerry”) Leach

Ordained: 1976
  • 1976: All Souls, San Francisco, CA
  • 1977-1979: St. Pius, Redwood City, CA
  • 1980-1983: St. Patrick’s, Larkspur, CA
  • 1984-1986: St. Catherine of Siena, Burlingame, CA
  • 1987: Absent on sick leave
  • 1988-1989: St. Finn Barr, San Francisco, CA
  • 1990: Unknown
  • 1991: Our Lady of Mercy, Daly City, CA
  • 1992-1993: All Souls, South San Francisco, CA
  • 1994: Unknown
  • 1995-2015: Absent on leave
  • 2016-2018: Unknown

Multiple survivors have come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Fr. Jerome Leach while he worked at All Souls in San Francisco and at St. Patrick’s in Larkspur. In 1993, Fr. Leach was suspended from active ministry and in 2002 he was arrested and charged with child sexual abuse. However, the charges against him were dropped in 2003 due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that changed the law surrounding statutes of limitation. He is believed to have died in approximately 2017. Fr. Leach’s whereabouts and access to children from 1994 until his alleged death in 2017 are unknown.