Richard Fassbinder: Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Richard Fassbinder

Ordained: 1953

  • 1953-1964: St. Hugh, Lyons, IL (CHI)
  • 1964-1967: Queen of All Saint’s Basilica, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1967-1973: St. Emily, Mt. Prospect, IL (CHI)
  • 1973-2004: Prince of Peace, Lake Villa, IL (CHI)
  • 2004: Died

Fr. Richard Wayne Fassbinder worked in the Archdiocese of Chicago throughout his career as a priest. In 2001, the Archdiocese of Chicago received a report that Fr. Fassbinder sexually abused a child beginning in 1972. The victim stated that the abuse lasted for approximately 20 years and included oral copulation and several overnight trips. When confronted with the allegation, Fr. Fassbinder acknowledged the sexual relationship, but denied knowing the victim was a minor. Fr. Fassbinder also stated that he took nude photographs of the individual. Fr. Fassbinder is included in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s list of “Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.” Fr. Fassbinder reportedly lived in a Fox Lake retirement community as pastor emeritus prior to his death in 2004.

Fr. Richard Wayne Fassbinder Documents
Fr. Richard Wayne Fassbinder Timeline

5/1/1953          Ordained

6/25/1953 – Assistant Pastor, St. Hugh’s

6/11/1964 – Assistant Pastor, Queen of All Saints Basilica

2/15/1967 – Assistant Pastor, St. Emily’s

6/11/1973 – Vicarius Cooperator, Prince of Peace

1/7/1975 – Administrator, Prince of Peace 1997 Retired

4/15/1997 – 5/1/2004 – Pastor Emeritus, Prince of Peace (APC 013335)

11/20/2001      Report of sexual abuse by Fassbinder at Prince of Peace. (AOC 013273). Victim had relationship with Fassbinder from 1972 to 1992. (AOC 013275)

12/15/2001      Fassbinder acknowledges sexual relationship with the minor, so review board determines reasonable cause to suspect sexual misconduct with a minor. (AOC 013280)

1/17/2002        Fassbinder aware of restrictions that he cannot be in presence of minors or engage in public ministry. (AOC 013289)

5/1/2004          Died