Fr. Ronald W. Roth: Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Fr. Ronald W. Roth

Ordained: 1966

  • 1967: Holy Family, Oglesby, IL (PEO)
  • 1968: St. John’s, Peoria, IL (PEO)
  • 1969: On Duty Outside the Diocese (PEO)- Archdiocese of Santa Fe, St. Anne, Tucumcari, NM 88401
  • 1970-1971: On Duty Outside the Diocese (PEO) -Archdiocese of Santa Fe, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus, Albuquerque, NM 87107
  • 1972-1973: Unknown
  • 1974: In Residence, Sacre Coeur, Creve Coeur, IL (PEO)
  • 1975: St. Philomena’s, Peoria, IL (PEO)
  • 1976: Absent on Leave (PEO) – P.O. Box 203, Peoria, 61601
  • 1977: Director, Good Shepherd Apostolic House of Prayer, Urbana, IL (PEO)
  • 1978: St. Patrick, Ransom, IL (PEO)
  • 1979: Unknown
  • 1980-1981: Special Assignment (PEO) – St. Augustine Manor, 1301 N.E. Glendale, Peoria, 61603
  • 1982-1983: Absent on Leave (PEO)
  • 1984-1990: St. John the Baptist, Lostant, IL (PEO)
  • 1991-2009: Unknown
  • 2009: Died

In 1993, Fr. Ronald W. Roth was named in a child sexual abuse lawsuit filed in New Mexico. Between approximately 1968 and 1972, Fr. Roth allegedly sexually abused three boys and a girl while he worked at St. Anne in Tucumcari and St. Therese of the Infant Jesus in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In April 1993, Diocese of Peoria Bishop John Myers removed Fr. Roth from ministry after the Diocese became aware of the lawsuit. In 2018, Fr. Roth was named in another child sexual abuse lawsuit. In approximately the spring of 1971, Fr. Roth allegedly sexually abused a 14-year-old boy at St. Therese of the Infant Jesus in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Roth is included in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of “Priests, Deacons, & Religious Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children.” He is also included in the Diocese of Peoria’s list of “Priests Removed from Ministry Due to Allegations of Abuse of a Minor.” Fr. Roth’s whereabouts, status as a priest, and whether he had access to children from 1991 until his death in 2009 are unknown.