Statement from Monsignor Richard E. Hanneke, Vicar for Priests

July 2, 2011
For more information contact: 
Teak Phillips
Director of Publications
Phone: 314.792.7504

July 1, 2011 

—On June 27, 2011, the Archdiocese of St. Louis learned of complaints of inappropriate conduct involving Fr. William Vatterott. More specifically, two teenagers reported incidents of inappropriate electronic communications received from Fr. Vatterott. Additionally, one teenager, who was 18 years old at the time, reported an incident involving underage drinking and other inappropriate behaviors. None of the reported complaints involved physical contact or solicitation of any sort. We are aware that these reports have been presented to law enforcement for investigation. As a result of these complaints, Fr. Vatterott has been placed on administrative leave while this matter is being investigated.

Fr. Vatterott has served as pastor of St. Cecilia Parish since January 2008. Prior to that, he was an associate pastor at Holy Infant Parish in Ballwin.

Anyone with concerns regarding Fr. Vatterott, or any other priest or employee of the Archdiocese, is encouraged to contact Deacon Phil Hengen at 314

7927704, or may contact civil authorities.