A former St. Pius priest, the Rev. Robert Marsicek, 75, has been charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.
Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison.
A criminal complaint filed by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office said on Dec. 2, Wauwatosa Police Detective James Donovan met with a now 15-year-old girl to discuss allegations that she was sexually assaulted by Marsicek when she was in the first through fourth grades at St. Pius X Grade School, 2520 Wauwatosa Ave.
The complaint details numerous contacts between the man known as "Father Bob" and the girl, saying that Marsicek touched her vagina and squeezed her buttocks on numerous occasions and often had the girl sit on his lap.
The Wauwatosa Police Department declined to comment on the case.
Marsicek was charged Wednesday and released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond and ordered to have no contact with the victim or anyone under the age of 18. He made his initial appearance in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Thursday.
According to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report from April 2013, Marsicek had been removed from his position at St. Pius in 2013 after alleged inappropriate contact with children was reported by a teacher at the school.
The 2013 report said Marsicek was also under investigation in Sacramento, California, and had been counseled by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee about boundary issues and was told to stop hugging and touching children.
The complaint lists Marsicek's address as 1735 Hi Mount Blvd. in Milwaukee, which is also the address of The Society of the Divine Savior. The Society is a Catholic religious community and its members are Salvatorian priests and brothers.
"In 2013, Fr. Marsicek was immediately and fully restricted from public ministry after an allegation was made and was investigated by civil authorities, but did not result in charges," a statement from the Salvatorians said. "Since 2013, Fr. Marsicek has been on a safety plan and under strict supervision. Fr. Marsicek is a member of the Society of the Divine Savior, a religious order. The Society of the Divine Savior and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will continue to cooperate fully with civil authorities."
The criminal complaint said it "does not exhaust all of the information that the state has that pertains to other allegations. That the defendant (Marsicek) engaged in inappropriate conduct with children around this same time frame and extending into 2013."
The complaint said Marsicek was questioned by Donovan on Jan. 10 and that during this questioning Marsicek said he recalled the alleged victim being "more clingy than other students" and "always wanted hugs."
"The defendant was asked if he was aroused by boys and small girls and he stated, 'Certainly I’m aroused, just the cuteness and beauty of them,'" the complaint said. "When asked if he was attracted in a sexual manner, he replied not to the point that he would not want to have sex with them 'but in a sexual manner in so far as your groin… begins to be the dictator.' He did admit to having erections while dealing with children and admitted that this did seem odd," the complaint said.
A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for March 6.