Ted Oswald

Ordained: 1984

Born in Minneapolis, MN, and raised in San Jose, CA, Father Ted Oswald began his career in the Church as a religious brother with the Brothers of Our Lady of the Poor. At this time, he was known as “Brother John.” When allegations of child sex abuse against Tucson priest Father Robert C. Trupia became public in 2002, Oswald claimed to have reported Trupia’s abuse to his superiors in the Diocese of Tucson in 1976. At that time, Oswald was teaching at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Yuma, AZ, and claimed to have heard complaints about Trupia’s abuse from students in his classes.

Oswald left the Diocese of Tucson and the Brothers of Our Lady of the Poor in 1977 to become a seminary candidate with the Diocese of Santa Rosa. He was ordained as a priest in 1984 and served as the pastor of St. Mary Immaculate in Lakeport, CA, for most of his career.

In 2008, Oswald took a leave of absence from St. Mary Immaculate when a civil lawsuit was filed by two men alleging that Oswald had sexually abused them from 1988-1995. Oswald also took a leave of absence from his position as a chaplain with the Lakeport Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at that time. A Vietnam veteran and former police officer, Oswald received community support in the wake of the allegations against him.

The Diocese of Santa Rosa settled this lawsuit for $1.3 million in March of 2009. At the time of the settlement, the diocese reported that Oswald was retired and was no longer in active ministry.

Oswald died on July 4, 2010.

In 2013, another plaintiff filed a civil lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by Oswald. This lawsuit settled for $3.5 million in July of 2014.

Father Oswald's Assignments

St. Francis High SchoolMountain View, CA1959..1961
Marist High School Seminary, Peter ChanelBerkeley, CA1961..1963
U.S. Army, one tour of duty in Vietnam1963..1970
Army Military Police CorpsFort Gordon, GA1967..1970
Rock Hill Police DepartmentRock Hill, SC1970..1975
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic SchoolYuma, AZ1975..1977
St. Joseph SeminaryMountain View, CA1977..1980
Beda CollegeRome, Italy1980..1984
Summer Transitional Deacon at St. JosephCotati, CA1983-1983
St. Mary of the AngelsUkiah, CA1984..1988
St. RoseSanta Rosa, CA1988..1988
St. Mary ImmaculateLakeport, CA1988..2008