Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD
During the 1970s, while working as a “rectory girl” at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, a teenage girl reported that Roger Wooden sexually assaulted her. Roger Wooden was a retired resident of the rectory and frequently commented on the teenage girls’ appearance. When his comments became sexual, she tried to avoid him. On one occasion, when he asked her to bring him food to his room, he chased her around, and she was able to escape.
Wooden also rubbed his exposed penis against her and pinned her against a wall, which was witnessed by two seminarians who helped her escape. The Archdiocese reported the abuse to authorities. Personal ads were later placed in the Baltimore Sun in 1995 and 2000, asking if anyone had been disciplined by Monsignor Wooden at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, but the person who placed the ads was not found. Despite the victim’s report, Wooden is not listed as credibly accused.