July 1, 2011 — On June 27, 2011, the Archdiocese of St. Louis learned of complaints of inappropriate conduct involving Father William Vatterott. More specifically, two teenagers reported incidents of inappropriate electronic communications received from Father 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, Father Vatterott has been placed on administrative leave while this matter is being investigated.
Father 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 Father Vatterott, or any other priest or employee of the Archdiocese, is encouraged to contact Deacon Phil Hengen at 314-792-7704, or may contact civil authorities.
Monsignor Richard E. Hanneke, Vicar for Priests