Father Kevin Fitzpatrick’s first 25 years in the service of the Order of Servants of Mary were commemorated by a page dedicated to the popular priest in Servite High School’s 1980 yearbook.
The page features a photo of Fitzpatrick, the school’s swimming and water polo coach, poolside. There’s a picture of Fitzpatrick, known to the Servite community as simply Father Fitz, sticking out his tongue at the photographer and another of him grabbing a Servite student by the front of the boy’s shirt in mock anger.
“Fr. Fitz donates a great deal of time to the various sports teams and to uplifting spirit with his easy going sense of humor,” reads the page’s caption.
Five lawsuits filed in Orange County Superior Court allege there was a darker side to Father Fitz at the Catholic all-boys Anaheim high school.
Four lawsuits filed this week and obtained by the Orange County Register allege Fitzpatrick was also a serial sexual predator, sexually assaulting and molesting four Servite students ranging in ages from 14 to 17 over a nine-year period in the 1980s.
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