By Ron Jones

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A priest and former teacher at a local catholic high school is now facing allegations of abuse.

Jesuit High School officials did confirm with CBS13 that the Rev. William Feeser is being accused of sexual misconduct.

“This is something that is not tolerated by Jesuit High School,” said school Director of Communications Jordan Blair, “and it’s not something that we condone in any way.”

School officials sent a letter about the abuse allegations to thousands of students and alumni. Father Feeser, a former teacher at Jesuit, is being accused of abusing his priestly influence.

He taught at Jesuit from 1982 to 1995. “At his capacity at Jesuit he taught theology and was a chaplain to the yearbook,” Blair said.

But the allegation apparently happened way before his employment at Jesuit. It allegedly took place while serving in the ministry at Our Lady of Assumption in Carmichael.

According to published reports, the victim who now lives in Southern California was allegedly molested while attending this church more than three decades ago.

Since then Feeser has worked at numerous parishes and churches in the area. Once the allegation was brought to light, the Diocese of Sacramento suspended Father Feeser.

But the organization SNAP, survivors network of those abused by priests, says the diocese didn’t act soon enough.

“We just think it’s business as usual,” one of their members said. “They are just dragging their feet as they have in the past.”

Jesuit officials say they are cooperating with law enforcement and encourage any potential victims to contact investigators immediately.

Comments (24)
  1. Paul says:

    Seams like a very secretive order, Were did this J order get its start?

  2. jim says:

    I heard the CIA modeled it self after the Jesuit order!

  3. Melanie Jula Sakoda says:

    We hope that anyone who suffered, saw or suspected crimes by Father William Feeser will contact the police. Kids are safest when predators are jailed. Predators are jailed when victims and witnesses find the courage and strength to call law enforcement.

    Melanie Jula Sakoda
    Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
    SNAP East Bay Director
    Toll Free Phone: 1-877-SNAPHEALS (1-877-762-7432)

    1. kimsland says:

      Glad to hear that this network exists.
      Sad to know that governments still allow children to go to churches and have ‘quality’ (sic) alone time with priests still.
      Since you’re an enterprise, can you help in one thing that bothers me most about the US. Please tell your government to remove in god we trust off your money. What hope do young innocent children have when your own government seems to ok crazy religion in society.
      Its out of schools (long ago) Now get it off your money (Note there are further steps I could discuss as well, but baby steps seems to be the go!)

  4. Tim Lennon says:

    Too often the church officials move priests from parish to parish when problems of child abuse by clergy surfaces. Notification of previous assignments is a positive step and but it is not enough. We need with full transparency with all those who may threaten our children. Church officials need to open the books and make similar notifications of all those clergy credibly accused, admitted guilt or settled in civil court for child sex abuse

    If you know or suspect child sex abuse, then report it to the local child protective agencies or to the police.

  5. Dave Sky says:

    Pedophiles and other rapists should be eliminated from society permanently.

  6. fairlady68 says:

    Let’s get the facts first…those who know this priest think it’s very unlikely he actually performed these deeds. There is a possibility of confusion with another abusive priest who was evidently in the same parish at the same time as Father Feeser.

  7. joanne says:

    I was a student at Our Lady of Assumption and 30 years ago Father Bill married my husband and I. He is a wonderful priest and a very spiritual man. I feel that your story last night failed to communicate the “innocent until proven guilty”. He is in my prayers.

  8. Sally Shotgun says:

    I move to have him surgically castrated and his upper limbs removed prior to his arrival at Pelican Bay where he is allowed absolutely no special treatment while he is left in the company of his peers, i.e. those who enjoy violating vulnerable folks in a sexual manner.

    1. Leo says:

      That is completely vulgar and obscene. No proof has been offered yet that any of this happened. What you may also not know is that Fr. Bill is dying of bone cancer. He is in a wheelchair and is suffering greatly. If, and I am saying IF he did what he is accused of he is certainly paying for it. But its not in our hands to judge and I pray that your vitriol can be replaced with forgiveness.

  9. Maianne Foote says:

    No matter what, in EVERY place in America, it is innocent until provent guilty!!! Why are people so quick to judge? And why is it always the Catholic Church when studies have shown CLEARLY that there is as much or MORE abuse that goes on in other areas of worship? No matter what, if it is the Catholic Church then it is on the news first thing.

    About Father Feeser, he is a wonderful spiritual priest who used to come over to my house all of the time and visit. He would be disgusted if any child was a victim of such things. I am praying for him too, and for all of the quick-to-judge folks out there who obviously are not Christian or they would be following the principles of Jesus and praying for the truth and a quick resolution rather than blaming before they even know what happens. Marianne

  10. kimsland says:

    A catholic priest charged with child molestation
    Oh that’s a new one! (Must be only a thousand or so that could be quoted)
    Can we close down ALL catholic run schools now? Seriously school is meant for students, not the sexual desires of sick religious freaks.

  11. Laura Mireya says:

    What happened to “DUE PROCESS” people!

    1. kimsland says:

      Yoo Hoo, catholic priest charged with child molestation
      We already have the verdict. Guilty

      1. Laura Mireya says:

        So in your mind he is already guilty? Your arrogance is solid as an iron mountain.

      2. kimsland says:

        Not arrogance Laura, I’m a realist.

  12. Karen says:

    The only way to get the church’s attention is to affect them financially and only then will they enforce a zero tolerance for priests abusing children; withhold donations, enforce financial penalties, raise insurance costs, etc.

  13. Claire says:

    Our family has known Father Bill for almost 35 years, and find such allegations extremely hard if not impossible to believe. He is a wonderful, holy human being, and a dedicated priest. A mistake has been made. Claire

    1. kimsland says:

      Claire, seriously go to Google and look up Catholic child abuse (it will come up automatically as you type)
      You have SO many bishops / priests / Leaders (I understand that ‘leader’ is a contradiction when it comes to church people) legally convicted of child abuse..
      Actually of ALL the crazy religions, catholics are only second to Islam in child abuse cases, it’s very sad.
      If you have children maybe time to sit down and ask them what really happened when they went to church ‘meetings’. Oh that and get out.
      I say hang him high.

      1. joanne says:

        Kimsland, You have issues. I went to Catholic school back in the 60’s and my kids went as well. We have NEVER had any issues and if we had, it wouldn’t take 30 years for it to come out. I am with Claire.

  14. Bea says:

    … Father forgive them for they do not know what they do… I pray for all you quick to judge people… I will pray for you and your souls.

  15. Adam Eve says:

    Religions are our fantasy when reality is too complex to understand. Simple people like simple answers. How did the universe begin ? Simple – God magically made it. Complex – in the Science of cosmology you can learn about how the universe exists and what we have observed about it’s beginnings. The simple answer takes 2 seconds. The complex answer takes 10-15 years of dedicated study and even then, you still won’t have all the answers you were looking for, but you will have facts, evidence, observation, models that have predictive capabilities, truth and reality. God & Faith are never answers to anything. They are when you want to give up and let your mind enjoy the simple, untruthful fantasy of knowing nothing at all.

  16. Sportsump says:

    Unfortuntely Msgr O’Connor taught Bill Feeser well. Msgr O’Connor molested our son for almost a year. Unfortunately he died before our son’s repressed memory of the incident came to the forefront.O’Connor also repeatedly raped two innocent young girls, one of whom has since committed suicide. The Diocese’s response to our charges: Since this was the first reported incident against O’Connor, they got a “freebie”. Even though they admitted that the abuse charge was legitimate based on an investigation by their investigatir (a former FBI investigator), they had the audacity to threaten us.They even threatened to sue us if we pursued our son’s case. Please don’t let the same thing happen in this case. Make sure Feeser gets a fair trial and, if convicted, please put him away for life. Too many children have had their lives destroyed at Our Lady of the Assumptioin. Sorry, Carmichael, you are not immune t this.

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