Notice of Credible Allegation of Abuse

The diocese has received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor by deceased Father Robert Cameron. This allegation was deemed credible by the Ombudsman, following diocesan policy for response to allegations. The abuse occurred in 1963 when Cameron was teaching at St. Joseph High School and he was assigned as parochial vicar at St. Columban Parish, Chillicothe.

While the diocese has not received any other accusations of child sexual abuse against Fr. Cameron, it has received several reports of abuse and harassment of adults, including seminarians by Fr. Cameron.

Cameron’s parish assignments included St. Catherine, Kansas City; St. Patrick, Kansas City; St. Columban, Chillicothe; St. Thomas More, Kansas City; St. Mary, Independence, and Nativity of Mary, Independence. In addition, while on other assignments, Fr. Cameron lived in residence at St. Mark, Independence; St. Ann, Independence; Guardian Angels, Kansas City; Our Lady of Lourdes, Raytown, and Coronation of Our Lady, Grandview. Fr. Cameron further served as teacher at St. Pius X High School; St. Joseph High School, Chillicothe; Notre Dame de Sion High School, and as principal at St. Mary High School, Independence. Fr. Cameron died in June 2015.

If you were harmed by Fr. Cameron or any other person who has worked or volunteered for the diocese, no matter how long ago, the diocese wants to provide care and healing resources to you and your family. Please contact the Ombudsman, Jenifer Valenti, at 816.812.2500 or for more information.

Report suspicions of abuse:

1. Call the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline at 1.800.392.3738 (if the victim is currently under the age of 18), and

2. Contact your local law enforcement agency or call 911, and

3. After reporting to these civil and law enforcement authorities, report suspected sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult to the Diocesan Ombudsman, Jenifer Valenti, at 816.812.2500 or, if the abuse involves a priest, deacon, employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The Diocese has a sincere commitment to providing care and healing resources to victims of sexual abuse and their families. Please contact the Victim Advocate, Kathleen Chastain, at 816.392.0011 or for more information.


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September 26, 2020
The Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph