Fr. Samuel D. Pusateri, O.S.B.: Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Fr. Samuel D. Pusateri, O.S.B.

Ordained: 1979

  • 1980-2002: St. Bede Abbey and Academy,
  • 2003-2004: Unknown
  • 2005: Awaiting Assignment (JOL)
  • 2006-2007: Unknown
  • 2008-2018: St. Bede Abbey and Academy, Peru, IL (PEO)
  • 2019: Unknown

In 1990, Fr. Samuel D. Pusateri, O.S.B. was accused and found guilty of sexually abusing a 17-year-old student at St. Bede Academy, where he worked as a teacher, chaplain, and counselor. In 1991, he was sentenced to six years in prison. Fr. Pusateri is included in the Diocese of Peoria’s list of “Priests Removed from Ministry Due to Allegations of Abuse of a Minor.” His whereabouts, status as a priest, and whether he has access to children are unknown.