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Fr. LeRoy Valentine is a serial child sexual abuser and the priest who sexually exploited, abused, and assaulted — raped — me and countless others from 1977-1981 at the Church of the Immacolata in Richmond Heights, MO, a suburb of St. Louis.

At least some of Father Valentine's actions were witnessed — and ignored — by one of the most prominent bishops of the Catholic Church, then Father and now...

Due to the involvement of — and because my story implicates — Timothy Cardinal Dolan, not only won't the Archdiocese of St. Louis admit that I'm telling the truth, I'm the subject of a Smear Campaign...

However, I've had plenty of people reach out to me with stories of...

I tell the story of my experiences with Fr. Valentine in detail in a number of pieces, including...

I'm trying to bring Fr. LeRoy Valentine and his enablers to justice, so if you have any information, please e-mail me at ivandoesnot(at)gmail dotcom

Father LeRoy Valentine

Father LeRoy Valentine was posted in and around St. Louis.

  • 1977 Immacolata
  • 1981 Mary Queen of Peace
  • 1982 St. Pius X in Glasgow Village
  • 1984 St. Gabriel the Archangel
  • 1988 Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • 1994 St. Joseph in Farmington
  • 1994 Sacred Heart in Elsberry
  • 1999 St. Thomas the Apostle


I'm not the only person who knew there was something wrong with Fr. LeRoy Valentine.

Apparently, LOTS of people knew.

But nobody told my parents or me.

One public, corroborating statement can be found in the comments of this piece.

I went to Immacolata parish and school 1976–1979. I knew Fr. Valentine (and Cardinal Dolan, then Fr. Dolan, there at the same time) well. Fr. Valentine was known throughout SLU High and other private high schools and even SLU because kids at Immacolata would share with their older siblings. His behavior with the boys was always creepy and highly suspect. I told my parents and some other girls told their parents too, but we were blown off. I even told a couple of teachers I suspected inappropriate behavior (hugging boys waaaay to long, then rubbing their chests, not to mention the constant attempts at wrestling). The boys I asked always denied abuse, but admitted to hating the hugging and touching.
- Connie Kidwell

I also found a corroborating statement about Fr. LeRoy Valentine in the comments of this SNAP press release...

In 1975 when he was still a deacon he tried to molest me while parked in front of my parents house (he was dropping me off after a CYC event). The story is longer and complicated but what is nagging now is the desire to say I’m sorry to those who were abused after me.
- James Turner

May 10, 2013

The worst day for me was...

...because that was the day Fr. Valentine was permanently removed and I wasn't warned.

Much less helped.


Timothy Cardinal Dolan

What's especially damning about the story of Fr. Valentine is the behavior of...

Then Father, and now Cardinal, Timothy Dolan knew about — he SAW with his own eyes — Fr. Valentine's inappropriate actions and turned a blind eye to them.

Hello Chris my name is R_____, I graduated from Immacolata in 19__, was a alter boy and had to get “hair cuts” from Fr. Valentine in his bedroom, so I unfortunately know too. What angers me as much is several times leaving Valentines bedroom, fr. Timothy Dolan, now Cardinal Dolan lived in the room next door & would be standing right there & never did anything.

Then, in early March 2002, Cardinal Dolan lied to and Gaslighted me when I went to him for help.

I know Leroy Valentine didn't do any of the things he's being accused of.
I know he would never do anything to hurt a child.

Archbishop Robert Carlson

In 2019 I asked... do the right thing.

  • To stop lying.
  • To help me. Finally.

He chose not to.

Pope Francis

I discuss the worst of the misdeeds committed by the Archdiocese of St. Louis in my two letters to the Vatican and the Pope...


If you have information about Father LeRoy Valentine, you can contact me at ivandoesnot at gmail dot com.

  • 1977 May 25 Immacolata
  • 1981 June 2 Mary, Queen of Peace
  • 1982 April 14 Saint Pius X
  • 1984 March 5 Saint Gabriel the Archangel
  • 1988 June 22 Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • 1994 June 14 Saint Joseph, Farmington
  • 1994 September 5 Pastor, Sacred Heart, Elsberry
  • 1999 October 4 Associate Pastor, Saint Thomas the Apostle, Florissant