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Los Angeles Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer

Los-Angeles-Diocese-Clergy-Abuse-LawyersMany Los Angeles parishioners in the Roman Catholic Church are drawn to the spiritual organization for instruction and guidance provided by religious leaders. The people of God gather to share Holy Communion, hear teachings, and read the Bible to strengthen their commitment to God. Sadly, clergy abuse in California dioceses and archdioceses is a severe problem that has harmed the community for decades.

Church leaders throughout the United States have gone to great lengths to stonewall all efforts of turning predatory priests over to local law enforcement to ensure children and young adults are protected. Many Parish Pastors, Cardinals, Bishops, and other clergy members fail to take appropriate measures after learning that an accused priest among their midst has sexually assaulted innocent young people.

Victims of sexual abuse often never speak out to tell others what happened. Their silence can give more power to the predator priest who might have threatened or intimidated the victim to ensure they stay quiet. Sometimes, the Archdiocese Review Board will investigate allegations of sexual abuse to determine if there is credible evidence to turn the proof over to a District Attorney’s Office or grand jury. If it takes years to investigate, the Court system might drop all charges involving sexual abuse allegations due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.

A Los Angeles Archdiocese Child Sex Abuse Attorney Can Help

The dedicated attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many victims of child sex abuse to ensure they are adequately compensated for their injuries. Our law firm has collected over $250 million in court trial verdicts and negotiated settlements on behalf of our clients. We accept every case through a contingency fee arrangement. This agreement ensures that payments of your legal fees are postponed until after we have successfully resolved your case for financial compensation.
California Lawmakers Give Second Chance to Clergy Abuse Victims

In October 2019, the state enacted a new California law, starting January 1, 2020, that extends the time that sexual abuse survivors harmed by clergy members could pursue justice. Now, clergy abuse victims who were injured decades ago can seek financial retribution from the alleged abusers and the Roman Catholic Church if they meet any of the three conditions. Under the assembly bill, victim-survivors of abuse can file a civil lawsuit or compensation claim if:

  • The victim is under forty years of age,
  • Evidence concerning the abuse has been discovered within the last five years, or
  • The statute of limitations extends through a three-year lookback window that begins on January 1, 2020, and ends on January 1, 2023

The newly enacted California law’s “three-year lookback window” removes the time limit involving sexual abuse during those three years. The new addition to the law provides an extra opportunity to cases involving victim-survivors of abuse that could no longer pursue justice passed an expired California statute of limitations.

Now, thousands of sexual abuse victims assaulted by Catholic priests and other religious leaders have a second chance to pursue justice through a civil lawsuit to ensure that the Cardinal Mahony, the Church, and predator priests are held accountable.
Names of Priests and Other Church Officials in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

California Catholic Independent Compensation Programs

In May 2019, the Catholic parishes in the State of California established a program to help clergy sexual abuse survivors through financial compensation for their injuries. The launch of the Independent Compensation Program for Victims-Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests “will be available to any person who has been sexually abused as a minor by diocesan priests of the participating dioceses, no matter when that abuse might have occurred.” The California dioceses participating in the new compensation program include:

  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Diocese of Sacramento
  • Diocese of Orange
  • Diocese of Fresno
  • Diocese of San Diego
  • Diocese of San Bernardino

Individuals who allege that they were sexually assaulted by a religious leader in the listed dioceses when they were a minor are eligible to file a claim to receive compensation. Church officials for the Roman Catholic Church say that all cases will be handled confidentially. However, the fund administrator will have the sole discretion of the amount you might receive, which, without legal representation, might reduce the total amount you could obtain.

If you choose to participate in the program, our attorneys suggest you seek legal counsel to assist you in filing a claim to ensure you are fully compensated for your damages. Our law firm has worked with child sexual assault survivors needing assistance to navigate programs in other communities, including Pennsylvania and New York. As your legal advocate, we can assist you in exploring all your available legal options to determine the best path for healing.

Victim-Blaming Shame Can Keep Victims Silent for Decades

Many of the previous cases involving sexual misconduct in the Roman Catholic Church occurred when pastors, bishops, cardinals, diocesan priests, and other religious leaders, including Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis, oversaw providing guidance and supervision. The Church has hidden evidence involved in many sexual abuse cases for decades. When victims did come forward with a sexual abuse scandal and allegations of misconduct, they often deal with the burden of religious victim-blaming and shame placed on them by the community or congregation.

Legally, anyone with information about sexual abuse must report what they know to the proper authorities to ensure the allegation is investigated. If the case is handled correctly, predator priests are held accountable even if the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahony, Religious Order, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or archdiocesan oversight board is pushing back the defend one of their own. An independent review board might find that an alleged sex offender of young people is guilty of the sexual abuse of minors.

Suffering the Ongoing Trauma

Sometimes, the reason a sexual molester chooses vulnerable young adults and children as their prey is to ensure they remain dominant over their victim. These men and women use the trust of their authority given by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles as a weapon against those who cannot protect themselves. Typically, the predator targets defenseless victims knowing that they will never report what occurred with anyone.

In addition to dealing with sexual abuse trauma, the victim can develop ongoing emotional trauma that may take years to resolve. During their healing, they may develop intense anxiety, confusion, a deep sense of depression, thoughts of suicide, and challenging personal relationships as they mature. Traditionally, the Catholic Church has turned away from sexual abuse survivors who seek financial assistance to help with their counseling and allow them to move on.

List of Clergymen Accused of Sexual Molestation in the Catholic Diocese of Los Angeles:

Abaya, Rubin

Ordained: prior to 1977

In 1984, Father Rubin Abaya was named as a defendant along with other priests in a civil lawsuit filed. An underage girl had been sexually assaulted by seven Filipino priests, including Abaya who all ministered at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. After the lawsuits had been filed, each Reverend fled the United States with the support of church officials. The Church continued to provide support to the underage victim’s child that had been fathered by one of the priests, not Reverend Abaya.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Aguilar-Rivera, Nicolas

Ordained: 1970

Father Nicolas Aguilar-Rivera was accused of sexual assault while ministering to parishioners in Tehuacan, Mexico. In 1988, Mexican law enforcement issued a warrant accusing the priest of sexually assaulting at least two innocent victims. Church officials from the Los Angeles Archdiocese first confronted the priest of the allegations before contacting the police. Afterward, Reverend Aguilar-Rivera fled back to Mexico over reports that he had sexually assaulted at least twenty-six underage males in less than a year. Some sexual assault survivors filed numerous lawsuits in Los Angeles in September 2006. The lawsuit documents accuse a Mexican Cardinal of covering up the priest’s past sexual misconduct and providing him assistance to relocate to the United States. Lawsuits were announced in 2009, 2010, and 2013. Church officials released the Reverend’s files in 2013 that were part of a settlement involving eleven claims that were resolved in 2014. However, that same year, two brothers stepped forward to claim that Reverend Aguilar-Rivera had sexually assaulted them in 1987 at the Los Angeles Diocese Saint Agatha’s Parish when they were both nine and eleven years old. The Catholic Church settled that case in December 2015.

Current Status: Laicized 2009

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Ahumada, Arturo

In March 2002, Deacon Arturo Ahumada pled no contest to providing two underage male victims pornographic material. The Deacon was also charged with a sexual battery misdemeanor for incidents that occurred between 1999 and 2000. The alleged crimes were committed at the South El Monte Epiphany Church. In May 2002, law enforcement took Ahumada into custody. The religious leader was sentenced to a year in the county jail followed by a forty-four-month suspended prison sentence along with five years of felony probation. The judge ordered Deacon Ahumada to register as a sex offender.

Current Status: Sentenced to county jail 2002

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Albalaa, Pierre

Ordained: 1995

In May 2018, church officials suspended Father Pierre Albalaa from ministry while he was working in Columbus Ohio over credible allegations that he had sexually assaulted an underage child in 2004. Reverend Albalaa was a Maronite Rite priest practicing in Latin Rite and Maronite churches. Albalaa’s name appeared on the 2018 Archdiocese of Los Angeles updated list with notations of sexual misconduct documented in 2007. Church officials removed Albalaa from ministry.

Current Status: Removed from ministry

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Altamirano Torres, Sebastian

Ordained: 1976

The Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Sebastian Altamirano Torres’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims.   Reverend Torres was publicly identified on the 2018 Los Angeles Diocese list involving religious leaders accused of sexually abusing victims. The report noted that the incidents allegedly occurred between 1986 and 1992. Father Torres left the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1990.

Current Status: Accused of sexual assault

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Alzugaray, Joseph F.

Ordained: 1967

In June 1996, Father Joseph F. Alzugaray was incardinated (reassigned from one diocese to another) into the Santa Rosa Diocese after ordination in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. In 2004, Reverend Alzugaray was named in a lawsuit over accusations of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old female. The priest retaliated by filing a civil lawsuit accusing the victim, her attorney, and SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) of defamation of character. The court dismissed his defamation lawsuit in April 2006. However, in 1995, and again in 2005, church officials resolved Alzugaray of wrongdoing, before settling a malicious prosecution case filed against him by SNAP.  In 2008, the Diocese reopened the priest’s investigation. However, the Diocese Bishop ignored the advice given by the Investigative Review Board and allowed the priest to remain active in ministry as of April 2010. The following year, Reverend Alzugaray retired from the Church and died three years later. The 2019 Santa Rosa Diocese’s list revealed notations involving the priest’s sexual misconduct accusations that arose in 1993 concerning abuse that allegedly occurred between 1967 in 1993 in Los Angeles.

Current Status: Died 2014

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Anderson, David

Ordained: 1969

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father David E. Anderson’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims.   Reverend Anderson was identified on the 2018 Los Angeles Archdiocese list involving religious leaders accused of sexually abusing children and adults. The 2015 Church Report noted credible allegations involving sexual misconduct that likely occurred between 1987 and 1992.

Current Status: Died 2013

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Anderson, Roger

Father Roger Anderson’s name appeared in at least one civil lawsuit involving sexual misconduct. Allegations arose of sexually inappropriate behavior occurring at Old Mission Santa Ines Parish between 1981 and 1983. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles stated there were at least two accusers.

Current Status: Accused in a civil lawsuit.

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Antlitz, Aloysius

The Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Brother Aloysius Antlitz’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Brother Antlitz’s sname appeared on the 2019 Santa Barbara Robbins Franciscans’ list revealing evidence of sexual abuse involving minors between 1934 and the 1950s. Accusations began to arise in 1934. However, the documentation does not indicate whether the religious leader was a brother or priest.

Current Status: Deceased

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Arias, Andreas

Ordained: before 1936

Father Andreas Arias’ name appeared in a civil lawsuit involving credible allegations of sexual assault occurring in Lompoc, CA in 1936.

Current Status: likely deceased

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Arzube, Juan (Bp.)

Ordained: 1954

Father Juan Arzube, a native of Ecuador, was ordained at the Los Angeles Archdiocese. In 2003, Church officials were made aware of allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior between Reverend Arzube and an eleven-year-old male. The sexual molestation incidents allegedly occurred between 1975 and 1976. At that time, Father Juan Arzube served as the East Los Angeles Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church pastor before his retirement in 1993. Archdiocese Officials identified only one accuser involved in the allegation. The Reverend denied the charges but was named in the 2007 Archdiocese of Los Angeles $660 million settlement.

Current Status: Died 12/2007

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Austin, Edmund

In August 2008, a civil lawsuit named Father Edmund Austin, among other religious leaders, assigned to Santa Barbara Province named as sexual abusers. The lawsuit alleges that the members of the Franciscan Order constituted “an ongoing public nuisance as a result of their practice of shuttling pedophile priests among communities without warning members of the public that the sexual predator might be in their midst.” The documentation shows that sexual molestation of innocent victims likely occurred during the 1970s.

Current Status: Accused

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Babilonia, Delfin

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Delfin Babilonia’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The 2018 Archdiocese’s list identifies Reverend Babilonia and other religious leaders accused of sexually abusing children and adults. Church documents note that the Archdiocese received a 2010 report involving incidents of sexual molestation occurring in 1962. The following year, the priest left the Archdiocese.

Current Status: Left Ministry 1963

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Baker, Michael Stephen

Ordained: 1974

In 2000, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled a $1.3 million case involving two brothers accusing Father Michael Stephen Baker of sexual molestation. The Attorney General’s office dropped criminal charges against Reverend Baker because of a California Supreme Court ruling. However, in January 2006, the priest was arrested again, six years after being laicized (defrocked) from the church. Reverend Baker’s name was included in the 2006 sexual abuse settlement for $60 million, involving twenty-two religious leaders. The priest’s name also appeared on the 2007 massive out-of-court settlement for $660 million. That same year, Baker pled guilty to abusing two underage males and received a ten-year and four-month prison sentence. In 2010, a new lawsuit was filed. The following year, the California Department of Corrections released Father Baker on parole. The following month, and the next year, Reverend Baker was arrested for probation violations. In 2013, attorneys working on behalf of sexual abuse plaintiffs negotiated a $9.9 million settlement with victims, Baker and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In February 2020, the Los Angeles Archdiocese and Cardinal Mahoney were named in a civil lawsuit involving Baker sexually abusing an underage male that allegedly occurred between 1993 and 1997 when the child was 6 to 10 years of age. The alleged incidents happened at the South Los Angeles St. Columbkille Parish.

Current Status: Convicted and Laicized in 2000

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Balak, Frederick R.

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed the church had credible evidence involving Father Frederick R. Balak sexually abusing innocent victims. The alleged incidents occurred between 1967 and 1968.

Current Status: Accused of a sexual assaulter

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Balbin, Victor

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified one accuser alleging that Father Victor Balbin had sexually assaulted her when she was a teenage girl. At the time, Reverend Balbin was working at the Archdiocese as an extern priest.

Current Status: Accused

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Baldonado, Felipe

Ordained: 1938

The Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Felipe Baldonado’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The 2019 Los Angeles Diocese list identified Reverend Baldonado and religious leaders accused of molesting innocent children and adults. Archdiocese Church officials received the allegation in 2003 that the priest sexually assaulted victims in 1959. As of 2019, his name appeared on the Las Cruces New Mexico Diocese’s list where he ministers parishioners at Holy Cross Retreat Center in 1969.

Current Status: Died 2003

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Barmasse, Kevin P

Ordained: 1982

In 2003, Father Kevin P. Barmasse faced a civil lawsuit over allegations of sexual misconduct occurring between 1982 and 1988. There were additional allegations of sexual assault from the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified eight accusers. Between 2005 and 2006, the Catholic Church in Arizona settled cases through their bankruptcy plan for five accusers alleging that Reverend Barmasse had sexually assaulted them. The victim’s names were also included in the massive 2007 settlement involving the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for $660 million. In July 2007, Arizona justice reopened a criminal investigation with incidents involving the priest. Catholic church officials laicized (defrocked) the priest in 2006.

Current Status: Laicized: 2006

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Bauer, John

Ordained: 1963

Father John Bauer ministered in Montana before leaving the priesthood in 1970. In 1981, Bauer opened a Bozeman, MT adult book store/sex shop, calling himself the “Priest of Porn.” In 1988, after Bauer was arrested on drug-related charges, he remained on the run for eight months but was rearrested again in December 1989 after selling his store. In 1990, the former priest faced charges of creating child pornography films and videos in California and Mexico. The court sentenced Bauer to eight years in prison after pleading guilty. In 1992, Bauer died after suffering a heart attack while in prison. Some document shows that he was removed from active ministry after opening the bookstore, not a decade earlier.

Current Status: Died in federal prison 1992

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Bautista, Gaspar

Ordained: 1975

In 2004, Father Gaspar Bautista was incardinated (reassigned from one diocese to another) into the Fresno Diocese from Mexico. In 2016, the Fresno Diocese placed Reverend Bautista on leave after receiving allegations of sexual misconduct between Bautista and an underage child while he was assigned at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. However, church officials kept the allegations private until October 2018. That year, church documents noted that they had received a report involving the priest’s sexual misconduct involving innocent victims that likely occurred in 1999 or 2000.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate behavior

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Berbena, Christopher

Ordained: 1980

In 1980, sexual assault victims accused Father Christopher Berbena of abuse. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles listed one accuser involved with Berbena on their 2004 website. During this time, Reverend Berbena was working in the Oakland Diocese. Church officials placed the Reverend on leave but allowed him to return to the active duty within a month after the Los Angeles Archdiocese could not find credible evidence from the accuser. In 2006, Father Berbena’s name was found in a civil lawsuit with nine other alleged sexual assault abusers when the Church reached a negotiated settlement to resolve the claims. That same year, Church officials placed the Reverend on leave, but he was allowed to return to active duty two years later when the LA Archdiocese could not substantiate the accusations.

Current Status: returned to ministry

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Berumen, Matthias A.

Ordained: 1986

Documents dated 1999 from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles listed one accuser alleging that Father Matthias A. Berumen had engaged in sexual molestation of an innocent victim between 1985 and 1988. Reverend Berumen in a civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit _________________________________________________________________________

Bismonte, Honesto Bayranta

Ordained: 1954

In 1981, Father Honesto Bayranta Bismonte arrived from the Philippines. By April 2002, church officials removed Reverend Bismonte from ministry over allegations of sexually assaulting two sisters from 1997 through 2003 when the girls were ages eight and twelve. At that time, the priest was ministering to parishioners at the Pomona, CA St. Joseph’s Parish. Law enforcement arrested the Reverend, who pled guilty in 2003 to misdemeanor battery. The Court system sentenced Reverend Bismonte to two years probation. A civil lawsuit filed in November 2019 accuses the Reverend of sexually assaulting a girl starting in 1993 when she was eight until she was twelve years old. The victim claims that the abuse occurred at her aunt’s residence while Reverend Bismonte was in active ministry at the Gardena, CA Saint Anthony’s Parish.

Current Status: Arrested and convicted _________________________________________________________________________

Boley, Robert

Ordained: 1975

In 2006, a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles accused Father Robert Boley of sexually “accosting” an underage girl during the 1980s at a Southern California Parish. When the accusation arose decades later, the Reverend was working in ministry as the Darien, Illinois Parochial Victor. In October 2006, Reverend Boley was reassigned to the Joliet, Illinois Carmelite house. The priest’s name was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles massive $660 million negotiated settlement in July 2007. The lawsuit included 508 plaintiffs.

Current Status: Part of a $660 million settlement

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Bond, Richard

The Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Robert Bond’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The 2018 Los Angeles Diocese list identified Reverend Bond and other religious leaders accused of sexually abusing children and adults. the allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct that were first reported to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2010likely occurred during the 1970s.   

Current Status: Died 2007

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Bouska, Jerome

Ordained: 1956

Between 1963 and 2009, Father Jerome Bouska held chancery positions and served as a high school chaplain and parish priest. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles added Reverend Bouska’s name to their January 2013 Final Addendum list along with twenty-three other religious leaders who had sexually assaulted innocent victims.

Current Status: Died 2010

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Boyer, Leland

Ordained: 1949

In 2003, Father Leland Boyer’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit with accusations of sexual assault occurring between 1973 and 1982. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified two of his accusers, including complaints received in January 2013 involving sexual misconduct occurring between 1990 and 2002. In 1995, Church officials placed Reverend Boyer on the restricted ministry after one of his alleged victims came forward, accusing the priest of sexual assault that occurred in the parish rectory. The victim says that there were at least two incidents from 1982 two 1983 when he/she was thirteen years old. Documents reveal a second complaint that arose in the early 1980s involving Father Boyer “mouth-kissing” an underage boy. Other reports indicate that there were three more complainants identified.

Current Status: Died 2003

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Brennan, John Lawrence

Ordained: 1932

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified one accuser making allegations against Father John Lawrence Brennan claiming he sexually assaulted them between 1954 and 1956.

Current Status: Died 1983

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Brown, Lawrence

A filed lawsuit revealed claims made against Brother Lawrence Brown involving sexual misconduct occurring between 1955 and 1956. In November 2006, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles resolved at least one claim in a negotiated $10 million settlement. However, seven other individuals alleged that they have also been sexually assaulted by five other religious leaders in the Archdiocese.

Current Status: Named in a lawsuit

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Buckley, Michael Daniel

Ordained: 1955

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified eight accusers alleging that Father Michael Daniel Buckley had sexually assaulted them. Some plaintiffs filed a lawsuit that became part of the 2007 LA Archdiocese $660 million negotiated settlement that included over 500 plaintiffs. The Archdiocese received complaints about Buckley’s morals from many victims’ parents during the 1960s.

Current Status: Died 5/2007

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Burt, Ronald Francis

Ordained: 1951

The Diocese of Los Angeles and 2019 Paulist Order publicly exposed Father Ronald Francis Burt’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. documents revealed allegations were reported in 1986 and 2018 involving sexual molestation occurring at New York Good Shepherd Parish between 1973 and 1979.

Current Status: Died 1994

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Byronof, Ed

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Ed Byronof sexual molestation.

Current Status: Named in a lawsuit

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Caboang, Honorato (Henry)

Ordained: 1960

In 1984, a civil lawsuit revealed that Father Honorato (Henry) Caboang and six other religious leaders had been accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles later identified one accuser. The victim had been sexually assaulted by the Filipino priests, including Henry Caboang, who all ministered at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The plaintiffs involved in this part of the case with Father Honorato Caboang and the six other religious leaders received $0.5 million.

Current Status: Part of a 2007 $660 million settlement

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Cabot, Samuel Charles

In 2002, Church officials removed Brother Samuel Charles Cabot from public ministry after accusations arose of him sexually abusing innocent victims between 1980 and 1985. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified two female accusers who were cousins. The victims filed a civil lawsuit in 2003. In August 2006, The Church negotiated a settlement with the plaintiffs. A separate 2008 civil lawsuit identified Cabot as a probable predatory priest. The Reverend worked as a Santa Barbara Province Franciscan in California and at the Las Cruces, NM Diocese.

Current Status: Died 2019

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Caffoe, Richard

Ordained: 1971

In January 1975, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles became aware that Father Lynn Richard Caffoe had sexually assaulted altar boys at the Church where he had been first assigned years before. Camarillo St. John’s Seminary faculty members were concerned about his behavior when he was receiving seminary training before being ordained. Some civil lawsuit filed summaries indicate that Reverend Caffoe likely had a minimum of fifteen victims. His accusers were from each Church where he had been assigned, including the Diocese of Orange Saint Callistus Parish. Church officials removed Father Caffoe from ministry after the treatment therapist reported allegations of his inappropriate sexual behavior to proper authorities in 1991. The Reverend received treatment between 1991 and 1992 at the St. Luke’s Institute. In 2007, the Church settled cases filed by plaintiffs who were harmed by the priest.

Current Status: Died 2009

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Cairns, James

Ordained: 1969

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified one accuser alleging that Father James Cairns had sexually assaulted them between 1971 and 1973.

Current Status: Accused of sexual inappropriate behavior

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Calonge, Felix (Raymond)

The Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Felix (Raymond) Calonge’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The 2019 Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list publicly identified Calonge as a sexual assaulter. In 2018, Church officials received allegations that Reverend Calonge had sexually molested an underage child in 1965. The priest was first assigned in New Mexico in 1965 before leaving the Franciscan Order the following year. As of 2019, his name remained on the Las Cruces Diocese’s list.

Career Status: Left order in 1966

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Cano, Juan

Ordained: 2015

Father Juan Cano arrived from Chihuahua Mexico and served as the Encino, CA Our Lady of Grace Associate Pastor, before being placed on leave by Church officials in January 2018. The Reverend remained on leave, pending the investigation by the local City Attorney’s office and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The investigation involved reports that the priest had engaged in “inappropriate conduct” with numerous women, including an underage female, while he was serving ministry at his Parish. In December 2018, Church officials removed Father Juan Cano from ministry after six accusers came forward alleging sexual misconduct.

Current Status: Removed from ministry

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Carey, Cleve W.

Ordained: 1960

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named two accusers alleging that Father Cleve W. Carey had sexually assaulted them between 1963 and 1966. Reverend Carey’s name was listed in at least one civil lawsuit involving sexual misconduct. The Reverend retired from ministry in 1976.

Current Status: Died 5/1988

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Carriere, (Laurian) David

Ordained: 1963

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified two accusers alleging that Father (Laurian) David Carriere had sexually assaulted them between 1978 and 1979. One victim filed a civil lawsuit that appears to have been settled in August 2006. The Archdiocese’s 2019 Santa Barbara Province Franciscan’s list indicated that Reverend Carriere had sexually assaulted an underage child between 1977 and 1979 that was first reported to Church officials in 2004 and 2006, years after the priest died.

Current Status: Died 2000

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Carroll, Michael J.

Ordained: 1967

After arriving from Ireland, Father Michael J. Carroll was ordained in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and assigned to numerous positions at Saint Luke the Evangelist, St. John the Baptist de a LaSalle, Long Beach St. Mary Medical Center, Saint Brendan, Saint Michael High School, and Saint Anselm Parish. Reverend Carroll also served as the Walnut, CA Saint Lorenzo Luis pastor, and at Saint Julie Billiart, St. Mary Magdalen Blessed Junipero Serra, and Saint Maximilian Kolbe. One victim filed a lawsuit in 2003 over accusations arising in 1995 that the priest had sexually assaulted a teenage girl between 1968 and 1971 while he was assigned to Saint Anselm. Church officials found the allegations unfounded and allowed the Reverend to remain in active ministry.

Current Status: Died 5/2011

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Carvajal Hernandez, Raul

The Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Raul Carvajal Hernandez’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The Archdiocese’s 2018 updated list revealed credible evidence that identified Ecuadorian Reverend Carvajal Hernandez as a sexual assaulter. In 2009, the Church received a report of sexual abuse incidents involving the priest that occurred in 1976. Documents reveal that in 1982, the priest left the Los Angeles Archdiocese. However, the January 2019 Moderate Diocese’s list identifies Father Raul Carvajal Hernandez in its records. In 2005, the Church received reports of abuse caused by Father Carvajal Hernandez, occurring in 1984 and 1985. The Catholic Church removed the priest’s faculties due to the allegations.

Current Status: Left the LA Diocese: 1982

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Casey, Edward J.

Ordained: 1960

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified three accusers alleging that Father Edward J. Casey sexually assaulted them between 1974 and 1979. TReverend Casey’s name appeared in the lease one civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Casey, John Joseph

Ordained: 1932

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified one accuser who alleges that Father John Joseph Casey sexually molested them between 1944 and 1945. Reverend John Casey’s name appears in at least one civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Deceased

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Casey, Michael Joseph

The Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Michael Joseph Casey’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The archdiocese received information in 2010 over allegations of abuse involving Reverend Michael Casey sexually assaulting at least one individual during the 1960s.

Current Status: Died 1968

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Castro, Willebaldo

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified four accusers alleging that Father Willebaldo Castro had sexually assaulted them between 1973 and 1978. Reverend Castro had arrived from Mexico as an extern priest and ministered for the LA Archdiocese beginning in 1956. The Reverend was also arrested for seeking sex after he approached a security guard in a bathroom. Church documents reveal that Father Castro returned to Mexico after his arrest. His name appears in at least one civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Arrested

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Cavagnaro, Camillus Charles

Ordained: 1946

The Diocese of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Province Franciscans publicly exposed Father Camillus Charles Cavagnaro’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. In 2004, Catholic Church officials received allegations that the Reverend had sexually assaulted a minor between 1962 and 1965. Father Cavagnaro’s name appears on the 2019 Las Cruces, NM, Diocese’s list, where he ministered between 1971 and 1973 and again between 1989 and 1990. The priest’s name also shows up on the Phoenix, AZ, Diocese’s list from his work there in 1985, and the Gallup, NM, list where he was assigned between 1978 and 1984.

Current Status: Died 2011

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Cavalli, Vincent V.

Ordained: 1948

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified one accuser who alleged that Father Vincent V. Cavalli had sexually assaulted him/her between 1966 and 1968. Reverend Cavalli’s name appears on at least one civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Chandler, David Paul

Ordained: 1975

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father David Paul Chandler in its October 2008 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” with notes from 1986 and 2004 that Reverend Chandler allegedly sexually assaulted a victim. At the time of the alleged incident, Chandler was working at the Los Angeles St. Paul the Apostle Parish. Between 1981 and 1982, Church officials placed the priest on a leave of absence before he left the Paulist Order.

Current Status: Left the ministry in the early 1980s

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Chong, Damien (Patrick)

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Brother Damien (Patrick) Chong in its “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” in 2013. Lawsuit documents from a negotiated settlement (3/2015) reveal accusations of Brother Chong molesting an underage male between 1984 and 1986 at the Encino, CA Crespi Carmelite High School. The victim stated that the Brother sexually assaulted him in the religious leader’s living quarters after the boy had finished football practice. In some incidents, Brother Chong plied the victim with alcohol. Church documents reveal that Chong was assigned to numerous archdioceses and dioceses in Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, and Cleveland.

Current Status: Died 2014

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Chumik, Gerald

In 1990, Brother Gerald Chumik faced criminal charges in Canada on allegations of enticing an underage male to engage in oral sex when the child was between the twelve and fifteen years old. The priest remained wanted by the Canadian justice system for years while living in retirement in a Santa Barbara, CA Franciscan home. Later, public information identified Brother Chumik living at a Franklin County, MO “Wounded Brothers” home for troubled priests. Church documents dated in 1990 note that the Brother sexually assaulted a minor in 1973, and since 2004, lives at a Missouri “elder care facility.”

Current Status: Retired

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Cimmarrusti, Mario

Ordained: 1956

In 1994, Father Mario Cimmarrusti was accused of sexual abuse occurring at the Saint Anthony Seminary. The Church was aware that he had abused underage boys before the priest received therapy at the Servants of the Paraclete Center between 1981 and 1982. Reverend Cimmarrusti’s name appears in two civil lawsuits (2003 & 2006). The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified a dozen accusers alleging he had sexually molested them between 1962 and 1969. Church documents dated 1993 and 2004 released in 2012 validate the allegations that the priest sexually assaulted minors during that time. Father Mario Cimmarrusti’s name remains on the 2019 Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ list and the 2019 Diocese of Oakland’s list.

Current Status: Died 2013

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Colosimo, Eugene J.

Ordained: 1943

In 2018, the Jesuits West Province publicly exposed Father Eugene J. Colosimo’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Church documents dated 1993 note that Father Eugene J. Colosimo molested an underage child between 1957 and 1959.  In 2016, Catholic Church officials became aware of a sexual abuse incident involving Reverend Colosimo that occurred in 1978. For years, Father Colosimo served as a teacher at Jesuit high schools in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Jose, California, and in Phoenix, Arizona. The Church also assigned the Reverend to minister in numerous parishes, including the San Leandro St Leander Parish, where he worked for years. In 1994, Colosimo relocated to a new residence at the Los Gatos Sacred Hearts Jesuit Center until he died in 2006. His name appears on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles list as of December 2018.

Current Status: Died 2006

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Cook, Ozia Bailey

Ordained: 1940

The Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Ozias Bailey Cook’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. In 2010, allegations arose of Reverend Cook’s sexually inappropriate behavior with incidents occurring in either or 1974 or 1975.

Current Status: Died 1984

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Corcoles, Candido

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles added the name of Father Candido Corcoles along with twenty-three other religious leaders to its 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God.” The Reverend had served the Archdiocese as an extern priest.

Current Status: Accused

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Corral, Andres S.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified one accuser alleging that Father Andres S. Corral had sexually assaulted them in 1981. At the time, Reverend Corral was working for the Archdiocese as an extern priest from the Philippines.

Current Status: Accused

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Cosgrove, John V.

Ordained: 1955

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified one accuser who alleges that Father John V. Cosgrove sexually assaulted him/her between 1979 and 1980. Reverend Cosgrove’s name appeared in at least one civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Died 1989

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Cotter, Patrick J.

Ordained: 1957

The Los Angeles Archdiocese identified two accusers who alleges that Father Patrick J. Cotter sexually assaulted him/her between 1963 and 1964. The plaintiffs filed a civil lawsuit against the Church and Reverend Cotter in 2003.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Cousineau, R. David

Ordained: 1972

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified one accuser who alleges that Father R. David Cousineau sexually assaulted him/her between 1970 and 1973. In 1994, the Church suspended Reverend Cousineau after he got married. The priest’s name appears in at least one filed civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Suspended from ministry 1994

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Cremins, Daniel J.

Ordained: Before 1965

The Los Angeles Archdiocese identified one accuser who alleges that Father Daniel J. Cremins sexually assaulted him/her between 1965 and 1971. The plaintiffs filed a civil lawsuit against the Church and Reverend Cremins.

Current Status: Accused

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Cronin, Sean

Ordained: 1973

In 1982, Ireland-native Father Sean Cronin was ordained in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In 2003, Reverend Cronin was named in a civil lawsuit accusing the priest of sexually abusing two victims between 1972 and 1980. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified the two accusers. In January 2013, a release of the priest’s personnel file revealed that the Reverend had provided underage teenager alcohol during counseling sessions. During the sessions, Cronin would ask the minor child questions about sex and took him to the movies to watch homosexual sex scenes. Church officials at the Los Angeles Archdiocese placed Father Sean Cronin on administrative leave from 2004 until 2011 when he was defrocked.

Current Status: Laicized: 2011

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Cruces, Angel

Ordained: 1961

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified one accuser who alleges that Father Angel Cruces sexually assaulted him/her. In 1983, the plaintiff filed a civil lawsuit against the Church in a case that involved Reverend Cruces, who had worked for the Archdiocese starting in 1978 as an extern priest from the Philippines. Although the priest died in 1996, the Los Angeles Archdiocese settled with the plaintiff out of court as a part of its massive 2007 $660 million negotiated agreement that resolved cases involving over 500 plaintiffs.

Current Status: Died 1996

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Cuevas, Jose Luis

Ordained: 1974

In 2006, former Combonian Missionary priest Father Jose Luis Cuevas was incardinated (reassigned from one diocese to another) into the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Six years later, in 2012, Mexican law enforcement officials arrested Reverend Cuevas on charges that he had sexually assaulted a seventeen-year-old girl and two adult women. The Mexican court system immediately extradited the priest to Los Angeles, California. LA law enforcement charged Reverend Cuevas with a felony count of lewd acts with a child along with eight misdemeanors. Church officials removed the priest from the LA Archdiocese St Athanasius Parish. Church officials stated that the allegations against the Reverend appear to be credible. In January 2013, Cuevas pled no contest to the charges and received a five-year probation sentence. The judge ordered the Reverend to register as a sex offender. In 2018, the Vatican ordered that Cuevas live a “life of prayer and penance.

Current Status: Arrested, convicted, and sentenced

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Cunningham, Christopher

Ordained: 1989

In March 2004, Los Angeles Archdiocese Cardinal Mahoney removed Father Christopher Cunningham from his assigned Parish to another Church without explanation until two months later. In May 2004, the Cardinal said Cunningham was relocated due to being “emotionally unstable, harsh in exercising authority and [he] interfered with an internal church investigation.” Documents show that Cunningham remained an outspoken critic of how the Cardinal was handling cases involving predatory priests. Church officials removed Reverend Cunningham from active ministry in 2006. Church officials quietly included Cunningham’s name to their 2008 list of clergy members with credible accusations of sexual molestation. In May 2015, a civil lawsuit revealed allegations of Father Cunningham’s sexually abusing a twelve or thirteen-year-old boy between 2001 and 2002 while the priest served as a Covina parish pastor.

Current Status: Named in a lawsuit settlement

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Daley, Wallace J.

Ordained: 1955

In 2002, Father Wallace J. Daley faced accusations of sexually assaulting an underage male between 1957 and 1963. In 1976, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles incardinated (transferred to another diocese) Father Wallace J. Daley. Church documents show that he likely remains active in ministry in the Diocese of Orange and Baja, Mexico. Daley’s name appears in at least one civil lawsuit that was settled by the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 2006. In 2013, the Archdiocese released the Reverend’s personnel file that revealed numerous leaves of absence and sporadic assignments.

Current Status: Excardinated: 1976

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Dawson, John. H.

Ordained: 1967

In 1993, church officials placed Father John H. Dawson on sick leave after allegations of sexual impropriety arose. The Church sent Reverend Dawson for therapy at the Paracletes. In 1995, he was placed on “inactive leave.” The priest has been accused of sexual molestation involving at least ten victims occurring from the 1970s into the 1980s. For years, the Los Angeles Archdiocese supported Father John H. Dawson and failed to notify local law enforcement of the accusations made against the priest. Reverend Dawson’s name appears in at least one filed civil lawsuit that was settled as part of the 2007 Los Angeles Archdiocese$660 million agreement to resolve cases involving more than 500 sexual assault survivors.

Current Status: Named in a lawsuit

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Deady, John P.

Ordained: 1939

In 2002, a complainant filed a lawsuit after accusing Father John P. Deady of sexually assaulting a victim between 1956 and 1957. Between 1943 and 1946, Reverend Deady was assigned as a Navy chaplain.

Current Status: Died 1989

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DeForewas, Donald

Brother Donald DeForewas accused of sexual abuse.

Current Status: Accused

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DeJonghe, Harold J.

Ordained: 1957

In 2003, Father Harold J. DeJonghe faced allegations revealed in a civil lawsuit by an individual who said he/she had been sexually assaulted by the priest between 1980 and 1982. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles investigated the charges and found the accusation made by the victim unfounded.

Current Status: Died 1998

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DeLisle, Harold F.

Ordained: Before 1967

Father Harold F. DeLisle of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles faced accusations that he sexually assaulted two accusers between 1967 and 1977. Although he was listed as dead on the LA Archdiocese list as of 2004, others claimed that he might be residing in Twenty-Nine Palms, California.

Current Status: Deceased

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Devaney, James

A lawsuit filed by the victim accused Father James Devaney of sexually assaulting them alleging sexual abuse survivor between 1968 and 1970.

Current Status: Accused

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Di Peri, Joseph B.

Ordained: 1956

Father Joseph B. Di Peri faced accusations of sexually assaulting a Canoga Park Chaminade High School student between 1977 and 1978. At the time, the Newark, New Jersey Reverend was assigned to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Reports indicate that he left active ministry and began a supervised life during his retirement years in a New Jersey retirement home for religious leaders. Di Peri’s name was listed in the massive 2007 Los Angeles Archdiocese compensation settlement agreement.

Current Status: Accused

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Diamond, William L.

Ordained: 1942

In 2018, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified credible evidence found against Father William L. Diamond that he had sexually assaulted innocent victims. The Church received the allegations in 2016 detailing sexual molestation incidents that occurred between Reverend Diamond and his victim(s)  between 1965 and 1974.

Current Status: Died: 1982

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Diesta, Arwyn N.

Ordained: 1978

Before returning to the Philippines, Father Arwyn N. Diesta worked for the Los Angeles Archdiocese as an extern priest. In 1992, several students accused Diesta of sexual molestation happening between 1982 and 1988. In 1993, Cardinal Maroney wrote to the Vatican and a Philippine Bishop seeking information about the priest. By 2001, Church officials found Diesta working as a chaplain in the US Navy while at a Philippine Seminary. Church officials informed Filipino authorities, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the US military. However, as of 2013, the priest remains in active ministry. in 2013, the church released his personnel file from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Current Status: Active in ministry: 2013

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Dittmar, Frederick

Father Frederick Dittmar’s name was listed in a filed civil lawsuit alleging sexual assault.

Current Status: Named in a lawsuit

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Doan, Michael Son Trong

Ordained: 2000

In 1991, sexual assault survivor accused Father Michael Son Trong Doan of abuse that occurred before he was ordained into the Roman Catholic Church. Reverend Father (Son) Doan’s name appears in the 2002 Catholic Directory lists that revealed the church reassigned him to the Vietnamese Redemptorist Mission.

Current Status: Accused

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Dobbins, Dan

In 2006, the Los Angeles Times Database listed the name of Brother Dan Dobbins as involved in sexual molestation occurring between 1979 and 1980 at the Chatsworth Rancho San Antonio Parish. Brother Dobbins’ name also appeared in at least one civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Named in a lawsuit

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Dober, Edward J.

Ordained: 1976

In May 2002, the Archdiocese received a letter accusing Father Edward J. Dober of inappropriately hugging an underage male between 1990 and 1991. The Reverend denied the charge. In October 2002, the Archdiocese Review Board investigated the claim and found the accusation unsubstantiated. In 2003, a filed a lawsuit became a part of the December 2006 global $60 million negotiated settlement that resolved cases involving forty-five complainants. Starting in 1996, Reverend Dober served in the U.S. Air Force as a reserve chaplain. By 2007, church officials reassigned Father Edward J. Dober as the Norwalk, CA St. John of God Parish pastor.

Current Status: Pastor of Norwalk St. John of God: 2007

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Doherty, Roger

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Roger Doherty’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. A Catholic Church report dated 2014 noted an incident of sexually inappropriate behavior involving Reverend Roger Doherty in 1962. Roger Doherty was a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Current Status: Died 1970

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Doherty, John B.

Ordained: 1939

In 2003, a lawsuit was filed by an accuser alleges that Father John B. Doherty had sexually assaulted him/her between 1967 in 1969. The Reverend retired from the ministry in 1987 and passed away in 2002.

Current Status: Died: 2002

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Dolan, James E.

Ordained: 1925

One accuser alleges that Father James E. Dolan of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles sexually assaulted him/her in 1962. Reverend Dolan’s name appears in one civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Died 1974

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Dove, Thomas J.

Ordained: 1961

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Thomas J. Dove’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The report identified that the Diocese became aware of the allegation in 2012 of incidents of sexual assault that occurred between 1972 and 1977. One complaint was made that Reverend had sexually assaulted an underage female at the Los Angeles Catholic Information Center when he worked in the Diocese between 1965 and 1974. Back in 1961 and 1962, the Church assigned Father Thomas Dove to the Boston Paulist Center. In 2014, Church officials removed Reverend Dove from ministry but allowed him to reside in a San Francisco Paulist home, where he remained until at least 2019. Reverend Thomas J. Dove’s name appears on the 2020 Memphis Diocese’s report.   

Current Status: Accused

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Dowd, Francis

In 2003, a civil lawsuit document revealed accusations that Father Francis Dowd had sexually assaulted an underage female between 1963 and 1964.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Duffin, Thomas

In May 2013, over thirty adult males accused two laymen and ten brothers, including Brother Thomas Duffin, of sexually abusing them in incidents occurring at three schools in Chicago. The schools were operated by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province. The victims agreed to an out of court settlement for $16.5 million paid out by the religious order that settled claims filed by over 400 plaintiffs, all accusing the brothers of inappropriate sexual behavior. After the settlement resolution, other accusers came forward, making allegations against some Brothers, including Brother Duffin.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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DuFour, Donald

Brother Donald J. DuFour’s name appeared in one civil lawsuit that revealed accusations by one accuser that the Brother had sexually assaulted him/her between 1977 and 1979.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Duggan, Albert Joseph

Ordained: 1932

In 2001, the Los Angeles Police Department became aware of accusations alleging that Father Albert Joseph Duggan had sexually assaulted an underage male (twelve years old) in 1969 while serving parishioners at the Azusa, CA, St. Francis Parish. In November 2003, a different victim filed a civil lawsuit accusing Reverend Dugan of sexually molesting an underage male between 1963 and 1967 at the same church. In February 2004, and Archdiocese of Los Angeles Report identified three incidents of alleged abuse involving Reverend Dugan occurring between 1963 and 1971. In 2007, one complainant has involved in the massive Los Angeles Archdiocese $660 million negotiated settlement that provided financial compensation over 500 plaintiffs. In 2013, the Archdiocese released the Reverend’s personnel file. He retired in 1976 and died two years later.

Current Status: Died 1979

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Dunne, Joseph

In 2004, allegations arose accusing Father Joseph Dunne of sexually assaulting one individual in 1993. While working for the Diocese of Glasgow, Scotland, Reverend Dunne was incardinated (reassigned from one diocese to another) to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as an extern priest. In January 2019, Church officials confirmed the alleged victim of Dunne’s sexual assault is an underage girl in an incident that was first reported in January 1993. Church documents reveal that the Reverend worked without permission beginning in 1992 at the Newhall, CA, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. While the incident was reported to law enforcement, no charges were pressed. Church officials from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles contacted the Diocese of Glasgow to relay the allegations that have been filed against Dunne. The priest might have fled to Scotland.

Current Status: Whereabouts unknown

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Duplessius, Donald

A lawsuit filed revealed an accuser’s allegations that Father Donald Duplessius had sexually assaulted him/her between 1968 and 1970.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Elanjimannil, Sebastian C.

Ordained: 1983

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Sebastian C. Elanjimannil’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Church documents dated 2018 note an incident of sexual abuse that occurred that same year. Other information revealed that Reverend Elanjimannil left the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2007.

Current Status: Accused

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Encinas, Andrew Gabriel

Ordained: 1990

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Andrew Gabriel Encinas’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Church documents dated 2009 noted alleged incidents of sexual inappropriate behavior regarding Reverend Encinas. In 1998, church officials placed the priest on inactive leave.

Current Status: On active leave: 1998

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English, Thomas Patrick

Ordained: 1927

In 2003, a civil lawsuit document revealed accusations regarding Father Thomas Patrick English sexually abusing a victim in 1969. An investigation conducted by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles found the allegations unsubstantiated.

Current Status: Died: 1975

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Epperson, Mark

A civil lawsuit document reveals one accuser making allegations that Brother Mark Epperson sexually assaulted him/her between 1980 and 1982. Brother Epperson’s name appeared in the Los Angeles Archdiocese Addendum Report.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Eslava, Joseph

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles quietly added the name of Brother Joseph Eslava and nearly 2 dozen other religious leaders to their Final Addendum posted in January 2013 on its website.

Current Status: Accused

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Falvey, Mark A.

Ordained: 1928

In 2002 and 2003, Father Mark A. Falvey faced allegations that he had sexually assaulted three individuals during the 1950s and 1960s. His name appeared in at least one civil lawsuit. During his ministry, he was assigned to Catholic Church locations in the Philippines, China, and California. Reverend Falvey faced allegations of abusing at least ten minors between 1959 and 1975, the year of his death. He was the sibling of Reverend Arthur Falvey, who allegedly sexually assaulted and raped a boy for over four years beginning in 1954. In May 2007, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles reached a tentative settlement agreement of $16 million to resolve cases involving the Jesuit Order and nine plaintiffs. A Philippine’s presidential candidate claimed that Reverend Father Mark Falvey sexually assaulted him during his high school freshman year.

Current Status: Accused

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Farabaugh, Clint

Ordained: 1955

Father Clint Farabaugh was accused of sexually abusing victims.

Current Status: Deceased

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Farmer, Donald G.

Ordained: 1963

Current Status: Arrested

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Farris, John V.

Ordained: 1949

Father John V. Farris suffered from significant problems associated with alcoholism throughout his ministry, including at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Reverend worked at nine parishes throughout Missouri and attended the Kansas City Saint John Seminary. For seven years, he was at the California Queen of Angels Seminary and Saint John Seminary, beginning in 2003. A filed lawsuit revealed accusations that Reverend Farris had sexually assaulted an underage child between 1951 and 1954. In 2013, Church officials released the Reverend’s personnel file that showed the priest had also been assigned to religious work in Perryville and Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Denver, Colorado. Father John V. Farris’ name is found on the April 2019 Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese’s list.

Current Status: Died: 2003

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Fatooh, Charles George

Ordained: 1985

In 2006, a filed civil lawsuit revealed accusations that Brother Charles George Fatooh had sexually assaulted a Canoga Park Chaminade College prep student, where the Brother later served as principal. In April 1985, he left the Marianists Order after his ordination into the Catholic Church to take a position as a priest in the Diocese of Monterey. In later years, Fathoon became a Chancellor, Monsignor, and Moderator of the Curia. As of 2010, the Reverend remained active in the Cayucos St. Joseph’s Church. In July 2013, Church officials released his Marianist personnel file as a part of the 2007 Los Angeles Archdiocese settlement.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Faue, Gerald

Ordained: 1951

Father Gerald Faue was ordained into the Catholic Church in 1951 after serving as a religious Brother at St. John’s Abbey. Reverend Faue was accused of sexual molestation starting in 1965 through 1967. The Reverend’s name appeared in at least two civil lawsuits. His accusers alleges that he sexually assaulted them while at the Montebello, CA, Saint Benedict Parish. In July 2013, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released personnel files that made references to his “difficulty” and “his problem.”

Current Status: Died: 1988

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Feeney, John J.C.

Ordained: 1955

In January 2013, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles quietly added the name of Father John J.C. Feeney along with nearly two dozen others to their Final Addendum revealing religious leaders with credible allegations of sexual misconduct.

Current Status: Accused

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Fernando, Arthur (Arturo)

Father Arthur (Arturo) N. Fernando’s name appeared in at least one civil lawsuit with allegations that he had sexually assaulted one victim between 1973 and 1975.

Current Status: Part of a civil lawsuit

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Fernando, Walter

Ordained: 1973

After his ordination in Sri Lankan 1973, Father Walter Fernando he served as a temporary priest in the LA Archdiocese (1981). He was incardinated (reassigned from one diocese to another) permanently in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles starting in 1986. A filed a lawsuit in 2003 revealed allegations that he had sexually assaulted a seventeen-year-old girl beginning in 1980 until 1981. In 2004, church officials placed Reverend Fernando on leave.

Current Status: Placed on leave

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Fessard, Gerald B.

Ordained: 1972

In 1987, Father Gerald B. Fessard pled no contest on charges of assault and battery of an underage San Fernando Mission Seminary student. The court sentenced the priest to three years of probation. Between 1987 and 2002, Reverend Fessard was assigned at the Tribunal. By 2003, a plaintiff had accused him of sexual assault. Since then, eight more individuals have come forward accusing him of sexually molesting them. Father Gerald Fessard and five other identified sexual abusers have been assigned to work at the Oxnard Santa Clara Parish. The Vatican laicized (defrocked) Reverend Father Gerald B. Fessard in 2007.

Current Status: Laicized: 2007

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Finn, William

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles quietly added the name of Father William Finn along with nearly two dozen other religious leaders in their online January 2013 Final Addendum identifying sexual abusers in the Catholic Church in the LA area.

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Fitzpatrick, James J.

Ordained: 1954

In 1954, Father James J. Fitzpatrick was ordained in the Diocese of Dallas/Fort Worth. Later, Reverend Fitzpatrick faced accusations of sexually abusing an innocent victim in Los Angeles between 1967 and 1968. The LA Archdiocese report described the Texan extern priest as assigned to work in the Diocese. Between 1969 and 1973, Fitzpatrick was assigned to the Fort Worth Diocese. The Reverend died in 1973. However, his name remains on the Dallas Diocese’s list as of January 2019.

Current Status: Died 1973

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Fitzpatrick, Thomas Q.

Ordained: 1976

Father Thomas Q. Fitzpatrick was accused of sexually assaulting an innocent victim in 1987.

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Flannery, Patrick

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Patrick Flannery’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. In 2010, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles became aware of allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior involving Reverend Flannery in incidents that occurred between 1955 and 1960.

Current Status: Died 1973

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Flynn, Stephen

In 2016, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Vincent Stephen Flynn’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims.   

Current Status: Died 1969

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Foley, George

Ordained: 1963

In 2002, Ireland-ordained Father George Foley faced accusations of sexual assault involving an underage female between 1971 and 1974. During the time of the alleged victimization of a minor, the Reverend was sexually involved with the victim’s mother. Church documents reveal that the Archdiocese was aware of the priest’s involvement with women and allegations of his inappropriate sexual behavior as far back as 1974. That same year, Father Foley left the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and his order. In 2003, the victim filed a civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Left the ministry in 1974 and sued in 2003

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Ford, James Michael

Ordained: 1966

Father James Michael Ford faced allegations that he had sexually assaulted an underage male between 1968 and 1971 while at Holy Family Parish and Orange County Mater Dei High School. Lawsuit documents reveal that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles investigated the incident and found no credible evidence. However, Church Officials settled with the alleged victim for $225,000. The accuser told the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Bishop that there were many other victims. In 1971, the Catholic Church reassigned Reverend James Ford to Santa Barbara after the alleged victim in the lawsuit had discussed with two priests what Ford had done. Both of the other priests were also accused abusers. Father James Ford retired in June 2005. The following year, the Church removed his faculties that were restored in 2008.

Current Status: Died 2011

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Gaioni, Dominic

Ordained: 1967

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that Father Dominic T. Gaioni faced allegations of sexually assaulting a victim in 1977. Church records indicate that the Reverend worked at the Rialto Saint Catherine of Siena Parish between 1986 and 1992.

Current Status: Faced Accusations

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Gallagher, George Michael

Ordained: 1928

A LA report and a filed civil lawsuit revealed that Father George Michael Gallagher had sexually assaulted one woman between 1953 and 1962. The Reverend’s personnel file revealed that he retired from ministry in 1979.

Current Status: Died 1983

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Garay, Jesus

Ordained: 1991

In 2004, a civil lawsuit revealed that Argentinian-extern Father Jesus Garay faced accusations of raping an underage girl in 1997. The victim worked part-time as a Wilmington, Holy Family Church secretary were the priest was working. The victim stated that at the end of 1997, after becoming pregnant, she was pressured by Reverend Garay to get an abortion. Instead, the victim gave birth. However, the lawsuit indicates that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles never informed local authorities that the abuse had occurred and never provided medical coverage during the victim’s pregnancy nor child support after the baby’s birth. Before it was evident that the girl was pregnant, Reverend Garay returned to Argentina. Church officials allowed him to continue in the ministry at an Argentinian Concordia Diocese Parish. Records indicate that in 2008, the Reverend left the ministry and married.

Current Status: Married in Argentina

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Garcia, Christobal

In 1983, Father Christobal Garcia arrived at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and left two years later in November 1985. In 1988, Reverend Garcia faced a civil lawsuit over accusations that he had sexually assaulted two underage males between 1983 and 1986. The lawsuit states that there were allegations of sexual molestation and boundary violations. In 1985, the Dominican Order suspended and then later expelled Father Garcia. The priest fled to the Philippines, where he began working at the Cebu Archdiocese. In 2003, a second allegation of sexual misconduct arose in a filed civil lawsuit. In June 2012, the Cebu Archbishop removed Reverend Garcia’s privileges based on the allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct in California. Father Garcia’s name has also been linked to smuggling ivory.

Current Status: Likely living in the Phillipines

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Garcia, Peter E.

Ordained: 1966

In 2003, a civil lawsuit revealed that Father Peter E. Garcia had sexually molested at least a dozen victims between 1961 and 1983. Documents indicate that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles knew of Reverend Garcia’s past abuse as early as 1988. The priest remained on leave between 1984 and 2006. In 2007, one lawsuit became part of the massive $660 million California Catholic Church settlement that involved over 500 plaintiffs. In January 2013, the church released Garcia’s personnel files that revealed the priest targeted underage illegal immigrant males and threatened deportation if they ever spoke of the sexual abuse. Reverend Garcia admitted that he had sexually assaulted underage males as long as he had been a priest (from his ordination). During that mid-1980s, church officials sent Reverend Garcia to a New Mexico facility to receive treatment.

Current Status: Died 2009

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Garcia, Ramon

Father Ramon Garcia’s name appeared in a filed civil lawsuit and the 2002 Archdiocese of Los Angeles addendum report containing the names of religious leaders with credible evidence of sexual assaults. One of Garcia’s accusers claims that the Reverend sexually molested him/her between 1950 and 1952.

Current Status: Deceased

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Garcia, Richard

Ordained: 1958

In 2002, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles received a complaint that Father Richard Garcia had sexually assaulted a male victim from 1961 and 1963. In 1967, Reverend Richard Francis Garcia left the priesthood.

Current Status: Left the priesthood

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Garcia, Sergio

Ordained: 1994

In 2018, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Sergio E. Garcia’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims.  Church Officials revealed that Reverend Garcia allegedly sexually abused victims in 1995 and 2013. The Church removed Father Sergio Garcia’s faculties in 2013. Church personnel files indicate that the Reverend was a member of the Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception.

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Gates, Martin (Marty)

Ordained: 1963

In 2019, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Martin (Marty) Gates’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent underage children.  Church documents reveal allegations of sexually molesting minors between 1970 and 1979 that were reported to church officials in 1993 and 1995. In 1970, the Church assigned Reverend Gates to a Diocese of Phoenix Parish before he was reassigned in Mexico between 1971 and 1999.

Current Status: Died: 2000

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Ginty, Denis

Ordained: 1927

Ireland-native Father Denis Ginty was assigned to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1928. In 1993, Church officials became aware of accusations that Ginty had sexually assaulted an innocent victim in 1932. In 1977, an additional allegation of sexual molestation arose involving incidents that had occurred between 1978 and 1980. A 2003 civil lawsuit detailed the abuse that occurred in 1932. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles reports that at least four alleged victims accused Reverend Ginty of sexual assault.

Current Status: Died 1985

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Granadino, David F.

Ordained: 1981

In 2002, Church officials placed Father David F. Granadino on leave after facing allegations of sexually assaulting an underage boy in the 1980s. Reverend Granadino denied the accusation. However, other alleged victims have also made accusations. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles 2006 negotiated settlement involving twenty-two priests did not include any claims made against Father Granadino.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Grasha, Donald

Ordained: 1984

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father Donald Grasha, along with nearly two dozen other religious leaders in its October 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God,” with credible allegations that he had sexually assaulted innocent victims. Per the Archdiocese’s website, in 2020, the Reverend still identified himself as a priest and available to perform weddings. Graha’s personnel records indicate that he works as a Southern California addiction counselor and was married.

Current Status: Still performs weddings in Southern California

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Grill, Phillip L.

Ordained: 1943

In 1998, Father Phillip L Grill entered a retirement home. A civil lawsuit filed against Reverend Grill accuses him of the sexual molestation of innocent victims occurring between 1965 and 1966.

Current Status: Retired 1989

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Grimes, James

Ordained: 1942

During Father James Grimes’ career, Church officials had placed him on “sick leave” at least four different times. Reverend Grimes was also accused of sexually assaulting an innocent victim between 1958 and 1959. In 1974, the priest retired from the ministry.

Current Status: Died 1978

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Guerrero, Matteo

In August 2008, Brother Matteo Guerrero’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit along with other religious leaders assigned to Santa Barbara involving allegations of sexual misconduct. The document alleges that the Franciscan Brothers created “an ongoing public nuisance as a result of their practice of shuttling pedophile priests among communities without warning members of the public that the sexual predator might be in their midst.” The sexual assaults were alleged to have occurred in the 1970s and between the 1990s and 2000s. A 2006 Archdiocese of Los Angeles note indicates that the investigators attempted to retrieve credible evidence from a “purported victim,” to no avail and determined that the evidence was unconfirmed.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Guerrini, Roderic M.

Ordained: 1963

Ireland-native Father Roderic M. Guerrini began working for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1975 before being incardinated in 1988. In 1992, a female victim spoke to Church officials at the Archdiocese. The woman indicated that Reverend Guerrini had sexually molested her in the Oxnard Santa Clara Parish when she was fifteen years old. Additionally, her two sisters also made allegations of sexual misconduct against the priest. Law enforcement investigated the accusations. Church officials referred Guerrini to a therapist before allowing him to return to ministry. After the allegations became public in June 2002, Father Guerrini retired. In 2003, a massive lawsuit was filed against the priest and the Archdiocese. The church settled the claims for years later as a part of the massive LA Archdiocese $660 million settlement involving over 500 plaintiffs. In 2018, Father Roderic Guerrini’s name appeared in another civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Retired 2002

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Gunst, George A.

Ordained: 1950

In 2003, Father George A. Gunst’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit involving accusations of sexual misconduct occurring in 1955 with an innocent victim. The Reverend was placed on sick leave in 1974 and on military leave on at least two occasions.

Current Status: Died 1995

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Guzman, Vincente

Mexico-native extern Father Vincente Guzman worked in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and faced accusations of sexual misconduct occurring between 1931 and 1941. In 2003, Reverend Guzman’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit involving sexual abuse.

Current Status: Deceased

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Hackett, John Joseph

Father John Joseph Hackett’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit involving accusations of sexually assaulting one individual in 1969.

Current Status: Died 1988

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Hagenback, Clinton Vincent

Ordained: 1961

A civil lawsuit identifying sexual misconduct involving Father Clinton Vincent Hagenbach was settled for $1.5 million in 2002. Reverend Hagenbach was also accused of sexually assaulting two other individuals. Documents reveal that sexual assault occurred from the 1960s through the 1980s. An article published in 2007 stated that Reverend Hagenbach had sexually assaulted over two dozen victims between the late 1960s and the early 1970s at two parishes. A 2007 trial listed sixteen plaintiffs in a case involving Father Hagenbach. Later that year, these plaintiffs were part of the 2007 Archdiocese of Los Angeles $660 million settlement agreement that involved over 500 cases. The case was settled just before the trial began.

Current Status: Died 1987

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Hanley, Bernard Brian

Ordained: 1958

Ireland-native Father Bernard Brian Hanley arrived at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1958 before returning back to his homeland in 1965. In either 2002 or 2003, allegations were made by a female victim of sexual assault that allegedly occurred when she was four years old. Reverend Hanley’s name also appears in a 2004 lawsuit alleging he had sexually molested two victims in 1965. Documents reveal that the church officials did not believe the accusations.

Current Status: Returned to Ireland

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Haran, Michael Joseph

Ordained: 1945

A victim stepped forward, accusing Father Michael Joseph Haran of sexual misconduct in 1948. In 2003, a civil lawsuit document alleged abuse of another victim occurring between 1949 and 1957. However, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released only a single page of the Reverend’s personnel file dated in January 2013 at the time it released personnel files of over 200 accused religious clergy charged with sexual misconduct, limiting publicly available information on the priest’s actions.

Current Status: Died 1973

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Hardy, Paschal

Ordained: 1956

The Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Paschal Hardy’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims.  In 2008, the reported allegations of the incidents of sexual inappropriate behavior occurred between 1958 and 1961.

Current Status: Died 1989

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Harman, Charles

Ordained: 1954

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Charles Harman/Harmon’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. In 2009, the reported allegations involved incidents of sexual misconduct that occurred between 1967 and 1974.

Current Status: Died: 2006

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Hartman, Richard A.

Father Richard A. Hartman’s name appears on a Diocese of Orange list of credibly accused sexual assaulters. The Reverend’s name appears in at least one civil lawsuit on accusations that he sexually molested an innocent victim between 1958 and 1959.

Current Status: Deceased

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Havel, Thomas E.

Ordained: 1963

In 1972, Father Thomas E. Havel became a Marianist priest after his ordination in the Los Angeles Archdiocese and remained in ministry in Los Angeles until 1980. In 1989, the California courts dismissed a civil lawsuit involving inappropriate sexual conduct due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. In 2002, a female victim stepped forward, accusing Reverend Havel of sexual abuse occurring between 1968 and 1973. The Marianist Order negotiated a settlement with the victim to resolve her claim. In 2003, another civil lawsuit was filed. Church officials laicized (defrocked) Reverend Havel, who then became a psychiatrist/doctor.

Current Status: Laicized/Defrocked

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Hawkes, Benjamin

Ordained: 1950

Before Reverend Mahoney became the Archbishop of Los Angeles in 1985, Father Benjamin Hawkes served as the Archdiocese’s Treasurer and Administrative Officer. In 1995, Reverend Hawkes faced accusations that he sexually assaulted two underage male victims between 1973 and 1985. The Archdiocese settled the claims as a part of the 2007 $660 million negotiated settlement that involved over 500 plaintiffs. In January 2013, the Archdiocese released the personnel files of over two dozen religious leaders, including Father Benjamin Hawkes.

Current Status: Settled a lawsuit

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Heather, Gerald

In 2004, a filed civil lawsuit accused Brother Gerald Heather along with Reverend Robert Van Handel of sexually assaulting two Santa Barbara St Anthony Seminary choir boys between 1989 and 1994.

Current Status: Part of a civil lawsuit

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Henry, Richard Allen

Ordained: 1972

In 1998, Los Angeles Archbishop Mahoney wrote concerns about Father Richard Allen Henry’s behavior when he was around underage boys. In 1991, church officials removed Reverend Henry from the ministry. By December 1991, Henry pled guilty to sexually assaulting four boys from 1985 to 1991. The Reverend received treatment. In 1993, the California court system gave Reverend Henry an eight-year prison sentence. That same year, the Church removed Reverend Henry from active ministry. By 2002, new accusations arose, and by 2003, three plaintiffs have filed a civil lawsuit. According to Archdiocese officials, thirteen victims accusing Father Henry were included in the 2006 Archdiocese $60 million settlement that involved twenty-two religious leaders

Current Status: Convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison

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Hernandez, Alfred

Ordained: 1955

In October 2014, a civil lawsuit identified Monsignor Alfred Hernandez as a sexual assaulter. The suit accused the priest of repeatedly sexually molesting a six-year-old male Parish school first-grade student in 1993. At the time of the alleged sexual abuse, Monsignor Hernandez ministered at the Highland Park Saint Ignatius Parish as its pastor. Until his retirement in 1996, he had served parishioners for more than eighteen years. The details of the lawsuit stated that the victim’s teacher would routinely send the child to the parish rectory, where the incidents of sexual abuse happened. The victim stated that the Monsignor would make the boy read Bible passages while he was being sodomized by the priest. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled the victim’s claim in March 2017.

Current Status: Died 2014

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Hernandez, Stephen C.

Ordained: 1982

In April 2002, Church officials placed Father Stephen C Hernandez on leave over allegations of multiple victims being sexually assaulted by the Reverend before 1985. In October 2003, one civil lawsuit alleges that Reverend Stephen Hernandez had sexually molested an underage female during the 1970s at the Santa Clara Parish. Two months later, another suit that was filed accusing Reverend Hernandez of sexually assaulting an innocent victim at the Eastlake Juvenile Hall between 1998 and 2002. In June 2004, law enforcement arrested Reverend Hernandez. The court system sentenced the priest in January 2006 to three years probation over a misdemeanor charge involving contributing to “the delinquency of a minor.”

Current Status: Arrested, convicted, sentenced

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Higson, John

Ordained: 1980

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father John Higson and nearly two dozen other religious members in its January 2018 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” with credible evidence that the clergy members are sexual assaulters.

Current Status: Accused of sexual inappropriate behavior

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Hill, Patrick J.

Ordained: 1968

Father Patrick J Hill was accused of sexually molesting one innocent victim between 1979 and 1981. However, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles investigate the case and could not find credible evidence to remove Reverend Hill from active ministry.

Current Status: Accused of sexual inappropriate behavior

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Hollenback, Frank

Ordained: 1949

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father Frank Hollenbach along with nearly two dozen other clergy members in its January 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” with credible evidence that the religious leaders had sexually assaulted innocent victims. Father Hollenback served as an extern priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles before retiring in 1984 and relocating in 1989 to Mesa, Arizona.

Current Status: Died 2005

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Hollinger, William

Ordained: 1946

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father William Hollinger in its January 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” with credible evidence that he and nearly two dozen other clergy members had sexually assaulted innocent victims. A report dated September 2018 revealed allegations that Reverend Hollinger had sexually assaulted an underage female, including rape. The incidents occurred between 1954 and 1958 in Torrance, California when the victim was between the age of 6 to 9 years old.

Current Status: Died 1988

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Hunt, Michael A.

Ordained: 1939

Father Michael A. Hunt was named in a lawsuit with accusations that he had sexually abused an underage female between 1957 and 1958.

Current Status: Deceased 1984

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Hurley, John J.

Ordained: 1928

Ireland-native Father John J Hurley was named in a lawsuit with accusations that he had sexually abused an underage female between 1957 and 1958. Reverend Hurley was incarnated (transferred to another diocese) to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles after his ordination in Ireland. In December 2003, his name appeared in a civil lawsuit identifying him as a sexual abuser involved in molesting an innocent victim in 1949.

Current Status: Died 1992

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Hurley, Richard

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles added the name of Father Richard Hurley with credible evidence of sexually assaulting an innocent victim between 1993 and 1994. Reverend Hurley’s name appeared in a filed civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Ilagan, Jose Medrano

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father Jose Medrano Ilagan and twenty-three other religious leaders in its January 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” with credible evidence of being involved in sexual abuse.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual behavior

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James, Joseph

A 2004 Archdiocese of Los Angeles report named Father Joseph James as an accused sexual assaulter of an innocent victim in an incident that occurred in 1958.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual behavior

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James, Melvin P.

Ordained: 1975

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Melvin P. James’ credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior were first reported to the Archdiocese in 2015, where the incidents of molestation occurred during the 1990s.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual behavior

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Jaramillo, Luis

Ordained: 1976

Columbia, South America-ordained Father Luis Jaramillo was working in active ministry in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles when he was accused of sexually assaulting two innocent victims between 1986 and 1988. Reverend Jaramillo left Los Angeles in 1988. In June 2003, the priest’s name was found in a civil lawsuit. The priest also faced accusations of sexual molestation in the Diocese of Baker in Oregon after relocating from Los Angeles. The plaintiffs in those civil lawsuits filed against the Reverend were a part of the massive 2007 Archdiocese $660 million negotiated settlement that involve over 500 plaintiffs. Church officials released previously hidden information in his personnel file along with twenty-four other clergy members. In September 2014, his name appeared in another civil lawsuit filed against him and the Diocese of Baker. The lawsuit alleged sexual molestation involving an underage child in incidents occurring between 1988 and 1989 while the Reverend was working at the Hermiston, Oregon Our Lady of Angels Parish. Church officials sent Father Luis Jaramillo to a treatment center. He returned to Mexico because he did not respond well to the treatment. Over the priest’s career, the Reverend has ministered in the United States, Mexico, the Philippines, and Argentina.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Jayawardene, Tilak A.

Ordained: 1972

Sri Lanka-native extern Father Tilak A. Jayawardene was incardinated (transferred to another diocese) to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1987. In 1991, a grand jury indicted Reverend Jayawardene for allegedly sexually abusing an innocent victim in 1990. In response, the priest fled back to Sri Lanka before law enforcement could stop and arrest him. As of 2012, he remained a fugitive from the law.

Current Status: Indicted on charges and remains a fugitive

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Jimenez-Pelayo, Emmanuel

The 2004 Archdiocese of Los Angeles report named Father Emmanuel Jimenez-Pelayo as having credible evidence that he sexually assaulted one person in 1975.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual behavior

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Johnson, David (Dave) E.

Ordained: 1984

In 2003, Father David (Dave) E. Johnson’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit that was settled in August 2006. The suit alleges that Reverend Johnson sexually assaulted two underage children between 1978 and 1979 at Saint Anthony Seminary and other locations. In 2009, three new civil lawsuits were filed, alleging that Father Johnson and Phillip Wolf had sexually molested three minors when they were Saint Anthony Seminary students starting in 1979. In May 2012, the Archdiocese released the Reverend Dave Johnson’s personnel file. The information indicates that the priest was likely laicized (defrocked) in 2001. During the priest’s career, he administered at the Seattle St. George Parish between 1986 and 1988. His name appears on the May 2019 Franciscans Santa Barbara Province list with notes dated between 1993 and 2009 that Father Dave had sexually assaulted underage children between 1978 and 1982. In 2001, Reverend Johnson left the Franciscan Order.

Current Status: Laicized: Defrocked

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Juarez, Anthony

In 2004, an Archdiocese of Los Angeles report identified Brother Anthony Juarez as having credible evidence to support a case involving the sexual abuse of one individual starting in 1958.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual behavior

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Juarez, Jesus

Ordained: 1980

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Robert Jesus Juarez’s accusation with credible evidence that he sexually assaulted innocent victims. The Archdiocese reported Church officials became aware in 1992 and 2009 of incidents of the Reverend’s inappropriate sexual behavior with innocent victims that allegedly occurred between 1980 and 1981. In 2017, the priest was living a life of prayer and penance.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual behavior

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Kain, Stephen

In 2004, Father Stephen Kain’s name appeared in a filed civil lawsuit with allegations that he had sexually assaulted at least one Saint Anthony Seminary student. Church documents reveal that allegations of inappropriate sexual activity with the priest had been reported between 1993 and 2008 involving incidents of sexual assault of underage children between 1981 and  1987. In 1993, the Church removed Reverend Kain from ministry and required that he live under restrictions.

Current Status: Removed from ministry

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Kavanaugh, Philip

Ordained: 1973

Father Philip Kavanaugh’s name appeared in an Archdiocese of Los Angeles report with credible evidence to support an accusation that he had sexually assaulted an innocent victim in 1973. Church officials placed the Reverend on leave. Police investigated the case.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual behavior

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Kearney, Christopher

Ordained: 1968

In 2002, Church officials removed Father Christopher Kearney as the head of the Santa Ynes,   San Lorenzo Seminary, when accusations of sexual abuse involving underage males arose. The incidents allegedly occurred between 1971 and 1984. The Church received at least two civil lawsuits filed by the victims. However, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles indicates that there are at least eleven accusers. In December 2019, a victim filed a civil lawsuit under the California Child Victims Act, alleging the sexual molestation of an underage male child who was between the ages of fifteen and seventeen when the incidents occurred from 1984 through 1986. At the time, the victim was an altar boy and a St. Francis High School student in La Canada Flintridge. From 1970 through 1995, the Reverend taught at the high school. In 1995, Church officials removed him from the school after allegations arose. Church documents indicate that Father Kearney sexually assaulted the underage males using a guise of wrestling to commit his inappropriate acts. By December 2019, five additional lawsuits were filed against Kearney and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Current Status: Named in civil lawsuits

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Keeney, Jean

According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Father Jean Keeney was accused of sexually abusing an innocent victim.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual behavior

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Kelly, Matthew H.

Ordained: 1942

As early as the 1970s, Los Angeles Archdiocese parishioners complained of the inappropriate behavior of Father Matthew H. Kelly. Church officials transferred Reverend Kelly to two other parishes before his retirement in 1989. In 2003 and 2004, Father Kelly’s name appears in civil lawsuits involving at least seven plaintiffs that alleged the Reverend sexually assaulted them as boys at a Santa Ynes mountain cabin during the 1960s and 1970s. The claims were settled as a part of the 2007 Archdiocese of Los Angeles $660 million negotiated settlement involving over 500 plaintiffs.

Current Status: Died 2002

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Kelly, Patrick

Ordained: 1950

In 1991, Father Patrick Kelly returned to Ireland after working in the United States as a visiting priest. Just before leaving America, he faced allegations that he had sexually assaulted an underage child. As a condition to return to Ireland, the priest promised the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that he would come back to face his charges. However, he never returned and instead pled no contest to the charges. Without returning to the United States, he received a three-year probation sentence. In 1992, the victim filed a civil lawsuit. In 1991, the Los Angeles Archdiocese reported that there are at least four accusers in total.

Current Status: Convicted but fled to Ireland

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Kenney, John M.

Ordained: 1975

A Los Angeles Archdiocese report identified Father John M. Kenney with credible evidence involving accusations of sexual abuse involving innocent victims occurring between 1976 and 1977. Reverend Kenney’s name appears on the Orange Diocese and LA Archdiocese lists of predatory priests. Church documents reveal that he subsequently abused innocent victims in the Diocese of Baker, Oregon area. Victims filed civil lawsuits in both Baker diocese and Los Angeles Archdiocese.

Current Status: Named in civil lawsuits

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Killeen, John F.

Ordained: 1950

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father John F. Killeen’s credible evidence involving an accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. A 2011 report revealed incidents that Father Killeen sexually assaulted an innocent victim in 1960.

Current Status: Died 1991

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Killeen, Sister Mary Joseph

In 1929, Sister Mary Joseph Killeen took her final vows. The nun worked in Washington, Arizona, and Idaho as a nurse. Published information revealed information in a civil lawsuit that alleges Sister Killeen and others sexually molested children while the nuns were assigned to work at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior were revealed after she died. The nun’s Order stated that an investigation results could not substantiate the claims.

Current Status: Died 1971

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King, Thomas F.

Ordained: 1964

In 2004, Father Thomas F. King was accused of sodomizing an underage male between 1967 and 1968 when the victim was eleven years old. At that time, the priest served parishioners at the Covina St Louise De Marillac Parish as an associate pastor. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles conducted an investigation and found the allegations against the Reverend to be unfounded. Church officials allowed Reverend King to remain in active ministry as a priest.

Current Status: Remains in active ministry

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Klikunas, Bruce J.

Ordained: 1972

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles reported that there was at least one accuser who came forward and claimed that Father Bruce J. Klikunas had sexually assaulted them between 1976 and 1977. Reverend Klikunas’s name appears in at least one civil lawsuit.

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Kohlbeck, Frank

Seminarian Frank Kohlbeck’s name appeared in at least one civil lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The document makes accusations that Kohlbeck had sexually assaulted four individuals between 1981 and 1983. At the time of the sexual molestations, Kohlbeck was a seminary student.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Kohnke, John

Ordained: 1937

In 1974, local law enforcement officers arrested Father John Kohnke and charged him with oral copulation with an underage child from 1973 through 1974. There were two additional arrests in California on charges that the priest had engaged in lewd behavior in a restroom. Reverend Kohnke’s name appeared in a 2003 civil lawsuit. The priest’s name was also included on the April 2015 Diocese of Helena list, and his personnel file was released per a bankruptcy settlement. Church documents indicate that there were multiple allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior involving the priest. During his career, Father Kohnke was assigned to multiple parishes in California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Montana, and Wisconsin, even after law enforcement arrested him on charges of inappropriate sexual contact with minors.

Current Status: Died 1987

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Krumm, Gustave R. (Gus)

Ordained: 1982

In 1981, Father Gustave R. (Gus) Krumm, while a seminarian at an LA seminary, was accused of sexually molesting an underage male child the year before. The Reverend’s Order stated that the evidence was not credible and allowed Krumm to be ordained. During his career, Father Krumm was assigned to the Diocese of Orange, the archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the Reno Diocese. In 1993, a review of the same accusations deemed the evidence to be credible (not by the Reverend’s Order). In 1995, the church settled a civil lawsuit. In 2002, more accusations arose concerning the priest’s sexually abusing innocent victims in 1980. Reverend Krumm admitted to the indiscretions he made during the 1970s and 1980s. In March 2006, the Roman Catholic Church settled a suit with new plaintiffs. In June 2009, a new lawsuit with new plaintiffs was filed, and two years later, the Church settled a sexual abuse claim against Krumm filed by two brothers. As of 2019, Father Gus Krumm’s name appears on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscan’s List and the Diocese of Las Vegas List.

Current Status: Laicized/Defrocked 2006

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Lacar, Sylvio

Father Sylvio Lacar’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit filed in 1984 involving accusations that he sexually molested a teenage female during the early 1970s. Reverend Lacar served as a Philippines-native extern priest assigned to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Lalor, Michael

Ordained: 1930

The Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Michael Lalor’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. In 1949, Ireland-native Father Michael Lalor served parishioners as the founding pastor of the Encino, CA Saint Cyril’s Parish. Reverend Lalor remained in that position until his death in April 1967. Church documents reveal a 2012 report of incidents involving inappropriate sexual conduct with innocent victims occurring between 1959 and 1962.

Current Status: Died 1967

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Lane, Timothy R.

Ordained: 1995

In June 2006, accusations arose alleging that Father Timothy R. Lane had sexually molested an eighteen-year-old female just after her high school graduation. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles failed to notify local law enforcement of the sexual abuse until three months later in September 2006 after Church officials completed an internal investigation. Afterward, the Roman Catholic Church reassigned Reverend Lane to Missouri. A July 2007 published article revealed that law enforcement never filed criminal charges claiming there was insufficient evidence. However, Father Lane’s name appears on the 2018 updated Archdiocese of Los Angeles list of identified predatory priests.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual contact

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LaPierre, David

Ordained: 1969

Father David LaPierre’s name appeared on at least one filed civil lawsuit involving the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Church documents reveal accusations of the priest engaging in sexual abuse involving one individual occurring between 1983 and 1984.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Lawless, Fergus

Ordained: 1933

In 2004 or 2005, accusations arose alleging that Father Fergus Lawless had sexually molested one individual between 1952 and 1953. Reverend Lawless’ name appeared in a civil lawsuit and on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles list.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Leon, Modesto

In 2008, Brother Modesto Leon faced accusations that he sexually assaulted an underage minor (between fourteen and sixteen years old) in incidents that occurred from 1996 through 1999. A report released by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles indicated that sexual molestation occurred from 1995 to 1996. At the time that the sexual assaults took place, Brother Leon served as the Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA) Incorporating Executive Director. The victim was abused at Angeles National Forest Unity retreats. Between 2006 and 2010, the Archdiocese settled cases involving Brother Leon’s inappropriate sexual contact with a minor.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Lindner, Jerold

Ordained: 1976

In 1975, a civil lawsuit alleges that Father Jerold W. Lindner sexually assaulted two brothers. In 1998, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled the case for $625,000. In 2003, Reverend Lindner was also named in at least one more civil lawsuit filed by two accusers, who alleged sexual molestation that occurred between 1973 and 1983. Publish articles indicate that there may be ten victims in all, including three of Lindner’s sexual abuse survivors who were then five years old. A report indicates that he might have also sexually abused his nephews and nieces. From 2001, Father Lindner resided at the Los Gatos Sacred Hearts Jesuit Center. In May 2010, while at Los Gatos, he was allegedly beaten by an accuser who was charged but then acquitted of felony assault during the trial in July 2012. The judge ordered Litton’s testimony to be stricken from the record.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Llanos, Theodore

Ordained: 1974

In 1995, Father Theodore Llanos faced allegations that he had sexually assaulted more than thirty victims years ago. In 1996, six plaintiffs filed a civil lawsuit against him and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The cases were dismissed in 1996 due to the expiration of the California statute of limitations. The following year, Reverend Llanos committed suicide. That same year, two additional civil lawsuits were filed against the church, and the priest and another two were filed in 2003. Reports indicate that there may be over twenty-one victims sexually assaulted by the priest. Father Llanos’ name appears as number four of the top ten predatory priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Each one of these abusers was included in the Archdiocese’s massive $660 million settlement in July 2007 than involved over 500 plaintiffs.

Current Status: Committed suicide

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Loofborough, Charles

Brother Charles Loofborough’s name appeared in a 2003 lawsuit accusing him of sexual misconduct occurring between 1978 and 1981.

Current status: unknown

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Loomis, Richard A.

Ordained: 1976

Before Monsignor Richard A. Loomis was ordained, he was known as Brother Beckett. In 2003, Monsignor Loomis’ name appeared in a civil lawsuit involving accusations that he sexually molested one innocent victim between 1968 and 1971. In 2004, the Church became aware of another incident involving sexual abuse that allegedly occurred in 1974. In February 2004, Church officials placed Father Loomis on leave. However, even though the priest was removed, the Catholic Directory still listed the Monsignor as assigned to the San Marino, CA Saints Felicitas and Perpetua Parish until June 2009. Starting in 2001, the Monsignor was the Canonical Investigator that handled abuse allegations. In 2009, Monsignor Loomis gave a deposition and revealed that Cardinal Mahoney did not correctly deal with known sexual assaulter Michael Baker. In November 2014, Church officials announced that the Vatican Tribunal determined that Loomis’ accusations of sexual misconduct were not proven. In response, LA Church officials lifted the priest’s restrictions and deemed him to be “in good standing” with the Church.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Lopez, Joseph

Ordained: Before 1963

In 1992, Father Joseph Lopez’s Order informed the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that the Reverend had faced accusations of sexually molesting an underage female between 1962 and 1966.

Current Status: Left the priesthood 1970

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Lopez, Fernando

Ordained: 2000

In 2004, local law enforcement arrested Columbia-native Father Fernando Lopez over allegations that he sexually assaulted an innocent victim. Reverend Lopez left Rome, Italy, in 2001 and was incardinated (transferred to another diocese) to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He served parishioners at the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. In 2005, he was convicted on charges and sentenced to prison. However, in April 2006, the Appeals Court overturned the conviction. In January 2008, the California Supreme Court overturned the decision by the Appeals Court and returned Lopez’s case to the original court. In 2008 the lower court upheld its initial conviction. Afterward, the California Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal. In May 2009, a twenty-year-old male victim filed a lawsuit against Father Lopez and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to an order involving California sex offenders, immigration deported the Reverend to Italy. A June 2011 news report revealed that Father Lopez had been convicted in Rome.

Current Status: Convicted of sexual molestation

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Lorenzoni, Larry

Ordained: 1951

In 1939, Italy-native Father Larry Lorenzoni joined the United States Salesians. By 2002, the priest faced accusations that he sexually assaulted a student between 1957 and 1958. The victim filed a civil lawsuit against the church and the Reverend. A second victim made a public allegation accusing Lorenzoni of molestation that occurred when the sexual survivor was a high school student in Watsonville, California, between 1959 and 1960. From 1957 through 1967, Reverend Lorenzoni worked at parishes and taught at LA Archdiocese Salesians High Schools in Los Angeles, San Gabriel, and Bellflower. Between 1966 and 1971, the priest lectured at Southern Illinois University. From 1985 until 1990, Father Lorenzoni was assigned as the Director Documentation for Caritas International in Rome and worked at the Salesian Provincial Office. A January 2006 article revealed that the Reverend was employed at the Vatican Press Office during the 1990s and remained at that position for four years.

Current Status: Died 2017

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Lovell, Lawrence Joseph (LJ)

Ordained: 1951

In 1986, the California justice system convicted Father Lawrence Joseph (LJ) Lovell on charges that he sexually molested a fourteen-year-old boy. The court sentenced the Reverend to three years of probation. In 2004, the priest was again convicted of abusing several underage males in Phoenix, Arizona, from the 1970s through the 1980s. The court sentenced the Reverend to fourteen years in prison. In 1985, church officials placed Father Lovell on leave and laicized (defrocked) him in 1992. In 1995, the former priest got married to a woman with three boys from a previous marriage. Documents reveal that the new bride was aware that her husband had been an ordained priest, but was unaware of his past sexual misconduct allegations until he was arrested in 2003. During his career, Father Lovell worked as a counselor at the University of New Mexico Health Center. In 1996 and 2003, civil lawsuits were filed against the priest and the Church. As of January 2013, he remained in prison. In January 2020, another plaintiff’s lawsuit filed under the newly enacted California Child Victims Act reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Lovell, and Lovell’s Order (the Claretians) for $1.9 million. The lawsuit document revealed that Father Lovell allegedly sexually assaulted the victim while he was an altar boy between the ages of nine and eleven from 1982 until 1984. The plaintiff revealed that he had discussed the priest’s inappropriate sexual contact with church officials when he was fifteen or sixteen years old. The Arizona Corrections Department is scheduled to release Lovell from prison in March 2021.

Current Status: Remains in prison as of 2020

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Lyons, Denis

Ordained: 1958

In 2002, Church officials removed Father Denis Lyons after allegations arose that the priest sexually abused an innocent victim in 1979. In 2003, law enforcement arrested Reverend Lyons and charged him with abusing teenagers. However, due to a Supreme Court ruling, all of the charges filed against him were dropped in 2003 based on the required changes to the California statute of limitations laws. Numerous lawsuits revealed that the Reverend faced allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct several times. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled one lawsuit filed in 2008 involving the priest sexually molesting victims in incidents that occurred between 1994 and 1995. The Orange Diocese of Southern California paid out over $4 million in negotiated settlements. In July 2009, law enforcement arrested Father Lyons on new charges. In March 2012, the Reverend pled guilty and received a one-year jail sentence followed by five years of probation. The court requires that he register as a sex offender. In March 2012, a new lawsuit was filed against the Reverend and the Orange Diocese.

Current Status: Living a life of prayer and penance

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Garcia, Cristobal

In 1998, Brother Juan Macias was named in a civil lawsuit along with Reverend Cristobal Garcia. The lawsuit document states that the clergymen gave the altar boy drugs and sexually molested him between 1983 and 1986.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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MacSweeney, Eugene

Ordained: 1927

In December 2003, Father Eugene MacSweeney was named in a civil lawsuit on accusations that he sexually assaulted an innocent victim, likely in 1959.

Current Status: Died 1975

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Mahony, Roger

Ordained: 1962

During Bishop Roger Mahony’s career, he faced two allegations that he sexually assaulted innocent victims. However, the Church could not substantiate the accusations and took no further action. In 2013, the Catholic Church released documents showing that the Bishop had “maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the Church and keep parishioners in the dark about sexual abuse in their parishes.” In February 2013, the Bishop’s position was succeeded by Archbishop Gomez after the Church stripped Mahony of his public and administrative duties. However, Mahony remained in good standing and can assist in electing the new Pope.

Current Status: Relieved of administrative and public duties

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Maio, Eugene A.

Ordained: 1960

A lawsuit document revealed allegations that accuse Father Eugene A. Maio of sexually assaulting an underage child at the Los Angeles, CA Marymount High School. During the time that the alleged abuse occurred between 1963 and 1967, Reverend Maio was a faculty member at Loyola University. The 2018 Jesuits West Province List notations revealed that the incidents involving Maio’s sexual misconduct that occurred between 1963 and 1964 were reported between 1964 and 2003. Other Church documents reveal that Maio resigned from the Jesuit Order in 1970 and the priesthood the following year. During his career, Reverend Maio received training at the Archdiocese of Kansas before becoming a faculty member at the St. Louis University, Missouri. He stayed in that position for two years. In 2003, he was known to be living in Akron, Ohio.

Current Status: Left the priesthood 1971

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Mancuso, Sylvester E.

In 2019 the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans publicly exposed Father Sylvester E. Mancuso’s credible evidence that he sexually assaulted innocent underage children. Reverend Mancuso received his first assignment in the Roman Catholic Church in 1942. In 1999 and 2004, allegations of inappropriate sexual activity arose, alleging that Reverend Mancuso had sexually assaulted underage children in 1961 and again throughout the 1970s. The priest’s name appears on the 2019 Las Cruces Diocese’s list and the 2019 Gallup Diocese’s list. Reverend Mancuso was assigned to work in Las Cruces between 1952 and 1955 and worked in Gallup, New Mexico, between 1964 and 1971.

Current Status: Died 1979

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Mark, (unknown)

In 2003, a civil lawsuit named Brother Mark with allegations that he had sexually molested an innocent victim between 1979 and 1983. Since the lawsuit was filed, the alleged victim committed suicide.

Current Status: Unknown

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Marshall, Thomas Reon

Ordained: 1959

Local law enforcement charged Father Thomas Reon Marshall Jr with twenty counts of participating in lewd acts with minors under fourteen years of age. The alleged sexual abuse involving at least three victims occurred between 1959 and 1963. Church officials reassigned to the Reverend to Canada. In 2003, the local District Attorney’s Office attempted to extradite Father Marshall to the United States to face his charges. In 2003, Marshall was named in a civil lawsuit. By 2009, the priest was residing in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada Paulist Centre for Catholic Evangelization. Reverend Marshall’s name appears on the 2018 Diocese of Buffalo updated list and the 2019 Paulists’ list with notations that revealed allegations had been reported to the Order numerous times between 2002 and 2018. The alleged incidents occurred on numerous occasions in Lake George, New York, between 1959 and 1960, between 1960 and 1962, between 1961 and 1962, and in 1956 and 1959. Additional sexual abuse allegations revealed that the alleged molestation involving Father Marshall occurred in 1982 in Buffalo, New York.

Current Status: Died 2012

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Martin, James ALoysius

Ordained: Prior to 1934

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report identified Father James Aloysius Martin with accusations of sexually molesting an innocent victim between 1934 and 1938. A document reveals that Reverend Martin retired in 1954.

Current Status: Assumed deceased

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Martinez, Ernest

The release of an Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed accusations involving Brother Ernest Martinez sexually assaulting an innocent victim between 1965 and 1966. At the time of the alleged sexual abuse, Martinez was assigned to the Bellflower, CA St. John Bosco High School. As of 1989, he worked at Bishop Mora High School. Brother Martinez’s name appears in at least one was filed a civil lawsuit. At some point during his career, he worked at the San Francisco Salesian Provincial headquarters.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Martinez, Ruben D.

Ordained: 1968

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report identified the name of Father Ruben D. Martinez with allegations of sexually abusing seven underage children between 1970 and 1981. By December 2003, at least two civil lawsuits involving the priest and the Archdiocese were filed. That same year, The Church reassigned Reverend Martinez to the Diocese of Oakland. In 2007, the Catholic Church settled eight lawsuits. In 2013, the Reverend’s Order released his personnel files that revealed allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct. The accusation was written in Japanese characters to disguise any admission of his relationship with underage males. In 2005, Father Martinez admitted he had abused more than 100 boys. In 2013, documents showed that he is likely residing in Oakland or at a Missouri Catholic Center.

Current Status: Named in civil lawsuits

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Martini, Richard M.

Ordained: 1980

In December 2003, a civil lawsuit revealed accusations against Father Richard M. Martini, alleging that the priest sexually assaulted an underage male at Our Lady Queen of Angels Seminary between 1990 and 1991. Church officials revealed the Archdiocese of Los Angeles conducted an investigation and found the accusations were unfounded. However, in December 2006, the Roman Catholic Church settled the case as part of its massive $60 million negotiated agreement resolving claims involving twenty-two predatory religious leaders. The Los Angeles Archdiocese reassigned Father Martini and failed to tell the parishioners of the Reverend’s past allegations. Martini was named in a civil lawsuit filed in October 2018.

Current Status: Named in two civil lawsuits

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Mateo, Leonardo

Ordained: 1959

In 1959, Philippines-native Father Leonardo G. Mateo arrived in America to work at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as an extern priest and to left the following year. In 2003, a filed civil lawsuit alleges that Reverend Mateo sexually assaulted an innocent victim in California in 1959. Church officials reassigned Mateo to the Joliet Diocese in 1977. In 1983 and 1991, allegations arose of sexual misconduct involving Mateo before he was excardinated (transferred to another diocese) from Joliet to Chicago. Father Leonardo G. Mateo later returned to the Cebu Archdiocese in the Philippines. In 2013, Matteo’s name appeared on the Joliet Diocese list of predatory priests with credible evidence alleging sexual misconduct. That same year, the Diocese agreed to release the Reverend’s personnel file as a part of a negotiated lawsuit settlement. His personnel record was eventually released in April 2014. That same month, Reverend Mateo’s name appears on a new civil lawsuit listing the priest and the Diocese of Joliet as defendants. The new suit was filed in April 2014 by three adult males who claimed the Reverend sexually assaulted them in the 1980s. The Roman Catholic Church settle that case in August 2018 for $1.4 million.

Current Status: Named in a negotiated $1.4 million lawsuit settlement

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Mateos, Francisco

Ordained: 1958

In 1958, Mateos was ordained into the Roman Catholic Church in Spain. In 1974, Reverend Mateos was incardinated (reassigned to a new diocese) to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Church documents revealed that allegations arose involving the priest sexually molesting an innocent victim between 1976 and 1979. In 2003, Mateos was named in a civil lawsuit. The church investigated the accusations and found no credible evidence to remove the Reverend from ministry.

Current Status: Still active in ministry

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Mayer, Charles Patrick

Ordained: 1996

In August 2018, law enforcement arrested Mayer on charges that he sent nude photographs of himself online to an undercover officer. While actively online, Reverend Mayer thought he was sharing the photos with a fourteen-year-old boy. The priest pled not guilty to the charges. Previously, in September 2000, Church officials removed Father Mayer from active ministry for his “failure to adhere to the Archdiocese policies concerning… youth and young adults.” At the time of his arrest, Reverend Mayer served as the Banning Middle School Dean of Students.

Current Status: Charged and pled guilty

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McAsey, Joseph

Ordained: 1945

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father Joseph McAsey in its October 2008 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” with notes from 2007 that Reverend McAsey allegedly sexually assaulted a minor while the priest was assigned to the Alhambra, Ca, St.Thomas More Parish. Father McAsey’s name appeared on the December 2018 Jesuits West Province List.

Current Status: Died 1991

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McCabe, Vincent

Ordained: 1946

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Vincent McCabe’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The reported incidents of inappropriate sexual conduct allegedly occurred during the 1970s.

Current Status: Died 2015

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McCarthy, Kevin

Ordained: 1948

The Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Kevin McCarthy’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Newfoundland, Canada-native Father Kevin McCarthy was ordained at the St. John Diocese before arriving in Los Angeles, California, in the early 1960s. Church officials assigned Reverend McCarthy to a Pico Rivera Parish. In 1964, McCarthy was placed on sick leave until his reassignment as an Inglewood, CA hospital chaplain. The Church then reassigned McCarthy to work in the Fresno area when it was still part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1967. Father Kevin McCarthy was then excardinated (transferred to another diocese) from the LA archdiocese to the Diocese of Little Rock and Arkansas. He remained there from 1971 until he died in 1992. In January 2013, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released Reverend’s McCarthy’s name on a list of predatory priests with credible accusations that he had sexually assaulted an innocent victim.

Current Status: Died 1992

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McDonald, Angus R.

Ordained: 1965

After Father Angus R. McDonald’s ordination into the priesthood at Diocese of Fairbanks, he worked in Barrow, Alaska, between 1966 and 1971. Church officials also assigned Reverend McDonald to the Portland and Baker Dioceses in Oregon. In January 2010, the Fairbanks Diocese Church documents released during its bankruptcy reorganization listed McDonald’s name as involved in two pending claims. The December 2018 West Province Jesuits’ list identified Father McDonald as a predatory priest with allegations of sexually assaulting a minor in 1956. The incident was reported in 1957. At that time, Reverend McDonald was assigned to the Los Angeles, CA Loyola High School. The case was dismissed in 1957, likely when McDonald was a Jesuit seminarian. The 2020 Archdiocese of Anchorage list indicates that McDonald had worked for the Church in that location between 1972 and 1973. Church notes indicate that the Reverend had inappropriate sexual contact with a vulnerable adult in 1976.

Current Status: Accused on inappropriate sexual contact

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McDonald, Forrest

In August 2008, Father Forrest McDonald’s name was listed in a filed civil lawsuit is one of several religious leaders assigned to Santa Barbara accused of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The document claims that the actions of the Franciscan Order created “an ongoing public nuisance as a result of their practice of shuttling pedophile priests among communities without warning members of the public that a sexual predator might be in their midst.” The lawsuit states that the sexual molestation involving Reverend McDonald and other priests allegedly occurred during the 1960s and 1970s. However, the May 2019 Santa Barbara province Franciscan’s list noted that “the Province has received no allegation involving a minor.”

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual contact

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McDonough, Daniel

In May 2013, a civil lawsuit accused Brother Daniel McDonough, along with nine other Brothers and two laymen of sexually assaulting over thirty males. The alleged sexual assault occurred at three schools in the Chicago area operated by the North American Province Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to settle the case involving over 400 plaintiffs and multiple religious orders for $16.5 million. No documents were released to clarify if Brother McDonough’s Order found the accusations to be credible.

Current Status: A part of a mass civil lawsuit

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McElhatton, Thomas

Ordained: Prior to 1943

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed a civil lawsuit filed in 2003 accusing Father Thomas McElhatton of sexually assaulting an innocent victim between 1943 and 1945.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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McGloin, James

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed credible evidence that Brother James McGloin had sexually assaulted one individual in 1963. A filed civil lawsuit also revealed that the abuse allegedly occurred at the Gardena, CA Junipero Serra High School, when McGloin was assigned as a school instructor. In April 1970, the Catholic Church dispensed Brother McGloin’s perpetual vows when he was working in Hawaii. In July 2013, his Order released personnel files. The files did not specify that the abuse involved an underage child. However, Brother McGloin admitted that maintaining a celibate lifestyle had always been an issue.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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McGrath, Se’an John

Ordained: 1954

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Seán John McGrath’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The Church ordained Irish-native Reverend McGrath for the Columban Fathers before his assignment in the Philippines that lasted until 1974. McGrath was then assigned to work in London, England, until around 1984. In 1986, the priest worked for one decade in Belize before being reassigned to the United States. In 2014, he returned to his native land and died four years later.

Current Status: Died 2018

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McHugh, Patrick

Ordained: 1943

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Patrick McHugh of sexual molestation occurring between 1972 and 1974. In 2003, lawsuit papers revealed that at least seven plaintiffs allege that they were sexually abused during the 1960s. In 2005, a court dismissed the civil suit. However, in September 2006, the Diocese of Monterey settled with six plaintiffs for $1.5 million and offered to pay for lifetime counseling. In January 2019, the Diocese of Monterey list had notations that the Church had received reports in 2002 of incidents involving McHugh and sexual abuse occurring during the 1960s.

Current Status: Died 1979

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McKeon, Martin

Ordained: 1952

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that two individuals accused Father Martin McKeon of sexual assault that occurred between 1962 and 1965. At the time of the alleged sexual molestation, Reverend McKeon was at the Saint Anthony Seminary. One of the accused filed a civil lawsuit in December 2003. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled with the victim as a part of the $28 million negotiated agreement by the Santa Barbara Franciscans. Two additional petitions were filed in 2009. In May 2012, the Church released McKeon’s personnel file. The May 2019 Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list had notations of allegations of inappropriate sexual activity involving Father McKeon that were reported in 1993 and 2004. The report indicates that Reverend McKeon sexually assaulted underage children in the 1960s.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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McNamara, Patrick

Ordained: 1962

In 1968, the Jesuit Order dismissed Father Patrick McNamara from service in the ministry. Afterward, he wrote several books. In 2003, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles revealed allegations that Reverend McNamara had sexually assaulted an underage child in 1961. The priest’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Mejia Gonzales, Jose

In 2018, the updated Archdiocese of Los Angeles list identified public information involving allegations that Father Jose Mejia Gonzales had sexually assaulted an innocent victim between 1983 and 1985. The Church stated that it received a report of the abuse in 2015. As of that year, Reverend Mejia Gonzales had no faculties while the investigation remained pending.

Current Status: Accused on inappropriate sexual contact

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Mendez, Jose J.

Ordained: 1983

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused of sexual molestation occurring between 1985 and 1987. In 1993, Reverend Mendez left the Los Angeles Archdiocese. The priest was named in at least one filed civil lawsuit. In 2013, with the release of its personnel files, records revealed that he fathered at least one child and received a threat of a paternity suit in a separate case. During Father Menendez’s career, he was also assigned to the Kansas City, Kansas Saint Augustine’s Monastery.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Messenger, William P.

Ordained: 1977

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father William P. Messenger of sexual molestation that occurred in 1980. In May 2005, the Roman Catholic Church placed Reverend Messenger on leave while he had been serving as a University of Southern California chaplain.

Current Status: Credibly accused of inappropriate sexual contact

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Meyer, Louis L.

Ordained: 1945

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Louis L. Meyer of sexual molestation in 1968. In 2003, the female plaintiff filed a civil lawsuit against Reverend Meyer and the Archdiocese. The Reverend’s Order’s list dated June 2019 shows records including a 2007 note involving allegations of inappropriate sexual activity occurring during the 1960s in California. The internal case was handled by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In 1974, the priest’s Order withdrew his faculties to serve in active ministry.

Current Status: Deceased

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Miani, Titian Jim (Athos)

Ordained: 1955

In 2003, law enforcement arrested Father Titian Jim (Athos) Miani on charges that he sexually assaulted two underage females. In 2003, with a new California Supreme Court ruling, all charges were dropped. An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that four alleged victims accused Reverend Miani of abuse that occurred between 1957 and 1967. At least one victim filed a civil lawsuit. In 1967, Miani left the Archdiocese to be reassigned at the Archdiocese of San Francisco. In 1974, Father Miani was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) to the Diocese of Stockton. In January 2008, three siblings filed a civil lawsuit against the Reverend and the Salesian Order claiming sexual abuse that occurred in the 1960s. A review of Miani’s personnel file revealed that he had also abused innocent victims in Canada, Italy, and Brazil. During his career, Father Miani was also assigned to work in the Diocese of Oakland. Some of his victims’ cases were resolved in May 2008 for $19.5 million in a negotiated settlement with the Salesian Order. Miani’s name appeared on the 2014 Diocese of Stockton list of predatory priests with credible evidence of inappropriate sexual activity.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Miller, George Michael

Ordained: 1963

In 1997, Church officials removed from active ministry after receiving accusations that the Reverend had sexually molested an underage male from the 1970s and 1980s. In 2002, law enforcement arrested Father Miller. However, in 2003, with a new ruling by the US Supreme Court, all the charges against him were dropped. In October 2003, a civil lawsuit filed by two complainants accused Reverend Miller of inappropriate sexual activity. In December 2006, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled some of the claims in a $60 million a negotiated agreement that involve twenty-two predatory priests. In July 2007, four more claims were settled out of court in the massive $660 million Los Angeles Archdiocese case that involved over 500 plaintiffs. In July 2007, law enforcement arrested Miller again for molesting an underage male that occurred between 1988 and 1991. In December 2008, the Reverend pled guilty and admitted that he had sexually assaulted three more victims. In January 2009, the court sentenced him to three years in prison. Some of the civil lawsuits filed against the Reverend were settled for $13 million in 2014. In October 2018, his name appeared in a newly filed civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Likely Deceased

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Mitchell, John Dennis

Ordained: 1938

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father John Dennis Mitchell of sexual molestation that occurred in 1968. The March 2019 Paulists’ list noted that Church officials received one allegation of inappropriate sexual activity involving Father Mitchell in 1994 of abuse that occurred in 1968 in Los Angeles, California.

Current Status: Died 1996

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Moholy, John Ralph

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father John Ralph Moholy’s credible accusation of sexually molesting a minor. Church records indicate that the sexual assault with an underage child occurred in 1960. Between 1949 and 1964, the Catholic Church had assigned Reverend Moholy at the Los Angeles, CA Loyola University.

Current Status: Died 1997

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Molthen, Vincent

Ordained: 1951

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Vincent Molthen of sexual abuse occurring between 1961 and 1962.

Current Status: Deceased

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Monte, Alfred

Ordained: 1940

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Alfred Monte of sexual assault that occurred in 1947. Reverend Monte’s name appeared in at least one civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Deceased

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Moody, Michael Andre

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least to alleged victims accused Brother Michael Andre Moody of sexual assault occurring in 1980. In 2003, Reverend Moody’s name appeared in a filed civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Named in the lawsuit

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Morales, Raymond D.

Ordained: 1981

The Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Raymond D. Morales’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Church records stated 2005 and 2018 revealed that the Diocese received a report in 2003 revealing allegations involving Father  Morales engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct in 1968.

Current Status: Faculties removed 2018

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Moreno, Kolbe

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father Kolbe Moreno in its January 2013 online “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” that the Reverend and nearly two dozen other religious leaders had sexually assaulted innocent victims.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual conduct

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Murguia, Ralph

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Brother Ralph Murguia of inappropriate sexual conduct that occurred between 1957 and 1960. Brother Murguia’s name appeared in at least one civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Murphy, Francis J.

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Francis J. Murphy’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting an innocent victim. In 2008, the Archdiocese received a report concerning Reverend Murphy and allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct that occurred from 1964 to 1965.

Current Status: Died 1970

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Murphy, Joseph L.

Ordained: 1936

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Joseph L. Murphy of sexual molestation occurring between 1957 and 1960 at San Fernando, CA Saint Ferdinand’s Parish. The Reverend’s Order released his personnel file in July 2013. However, the record did not include any details on the alleged abuse. During Father Murphy’s career, he also worked at the Diocese of Oakland.

Current Status: Died 1975

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Murray, Daniel

Ordained: 1973

In 2003, a civil lawsuit revealed allegations that Father Daniel Murray had sexually assaulted a youth between 1973 and 1979. In 2003, the lawsuit was resolved through a negotiated out-of-court settlement for $500,000. However, the resolution agreement was kept secret for one year, when Church officials placed Reverend Murray on leave. In 1991, the priest was accused of sexual misconduct. However, in this case, the Diocese could not substantiate the allegation. Reverend Murray’s name appeared in an Archdiocese of Los Angeles report addendum. As of August 2016, Murray’s case was continuing and the canonical penal process. The Roman Catholic Church laicized (defrocked) Father Murray from the priesthood. During his career, he worked as the former Orange Diocese’s Vocations Director.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Newell, Jeffrey David

Ordained: 1990

In 1991, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles revealed allegations that Father Jeffrey David Newell had sexually assaulted an underage male in 1986 when the boy was fifteen years old. In 1993, Church officials told the victim that they would permanently remove Reverend Newell from ministry “for other reasons.” The Catholic Church sent the priest to treatment after he admitted he had abused an innocent victim. In 2010, Father Newell was found in Tijuana, Mexico, working as a priest alongside young men. In June 2010, his accuser filed a civil lawsuit alleging that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had committed fraud. In June 2014, Reverend Newell was among seven priests working at the Archdiocese of Tijuana in Mexico who had been removed by the Catholic Church without their privileges. The victim’s case was sent to the Vatican. In November 2019, a reporter found Newell serving parishioners as pastor at a Tijuana Church. In February 2020, a second male victim filed a civil lawsuit in California accusing Reverend Newell of abusing him when he was a young teenager, starting in 1993.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Nocita, Michael Stephen

Ordained: 1977

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Michael Stephen Nocita of sexual misconduct involving three victims between 1975 and 1985. Reverend Nocita’s name appears in at least one filed civil lawsuit. In 1988, law enforcement received a report of at least one allegation of inappropriate sexual conduct involving the priest that occurred between 1980 and 1982. Church officials removed Nocita from ministry in 1991 and revoked his faculties in 2000. In July 2007, civil lawsuits were settled as a part of the massive Archdiocese of Los Angeles $660 million negotiated agreement. In 2012, Father Michael Nocita’s name appeared in the second lawsuit involving allegations that he sexually assaulted an underage girl at the Santa Fe Springs, CA St. Paul’s High School in 1980. The victim claimed that the Church paid for her counseling, which prevented her from filing suit against them in 2003. In 2006, the Vatican laicized (defrocked) Father Nocita. In February 2014, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled some claims against Nocita and the Church as a part of the $13 million negotiated agreement.

Current Status: Named in civil lawsuit

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Nwankwo, Cyril

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Cyril Nwankwo of inappropriate sexual contact in 1997. That same year, Reverend Nwankwo left the Archdiocese.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual conduct

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O’Brien, Kenneth

Ordained: 1940

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Monsignor Kenneth O’Brien in its January 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” on a list of two dozen religious leaders with credible allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with innocent victims. Monsignor O’Brien worked as a canon lawyer and held Church positions from 1949 to 1999 on the LA Archdiocese Tribunal.

Current Status: Died 1999

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O’Byrne, John F.

Ordained: 1961

Father John F. O’Byrne’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit involving inappropriate sexual conduct. An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Reverend O’Byrne of sexual abuse that occurred in 1965 and 1967. In 2011, O’Byrne served parishioners as the Torrance, CA Saint Catherine Laboure Parish pastor.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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O’Carroll, Charles W.

Ordained: 1922

After his ordination in the Catholic Church in Ireland, Father Charles W. O’Carroll relocated to Los Angeles and was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) to the LA Archdiocese in 1929. Reverend O’Carroll’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit. An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused the priest of sexual abuse occurring between 1956 and 1958.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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O’Connor, Donal P.

Ordained: 1955

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Ireland-native Father Donal P. O’Connor of sexual abuse occurring between 1959 and 1961. In 2002, Church officials placed O’Connor on leave without faculties before his retirement. Reverend O’Connor’s name appeared in at least one civil lawsuit. The LA Archdiocese released his personnel file in January 2013.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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O’Dwyer, Patrick

Ordained: 1924

Father Patrick O’Dwyer’s name appeared in at least one civil lawsuit alleging the Reverend had sexually molested an innocent victim in 1959.

Current Status: Died: 1971

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O’Grady, James F.

Ordained: 1954

In 1997, law enforcement investigated an allegation that Father James F O’Grady sexually molested an underage female years before.

Current Status: Retired in Ireland

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O’Leary, Mark

Ordained: 1985

Church documents reveal the two individuals accused Father Mark O’Leary of inappropriate sexual conduct that occurred in Southern California between 1974 and 1977. The Reverend’s Order conceded that the allegations against the priest were credible. Between 1993 and 2002, Reverend O’Leary was assigned to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital as a chaplain. His name remained on the 2019 Santa Rosa Diocese’s list.

Current Status: Permanently removed from ministry 2002

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O’Loghlen, Martin

Ordained: 1961

A 2004 Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Martin O’Loghlen of inappropriate sexual conduct. The alleged sexual assault occurred between 1965 and 1968. In 2004, Reverend O’Loghlen remained in active ministry in the Philippines and Myanmar. In 2011, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles removed O’Loghlen from his assignment at the San Dimas, CA Holy Name of Mary Parish. The Reverend held that position for two years. O’Loghlen resigned from his position of checking records as the Vicar of the clergy. Church officials admitted that they “did not fully consult the records” that show that Father O’Loghlen had admitted he had a sexual relationship with an underage high school girl during the 1960s. A female victim filed a civil lawsuit against the Church and Reverend O’Loghlen in 1999 that settled for $100,000.

Current Status: Named in a settled lawsuit

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O’Rourke, Thomas E.

Ordained: 1943

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Thomas E. O’Rourke of sexual abuse occurring at Loyola High School. The 2018 Jesuits West Province List contained a note from 2013 of allegations that Reverend O’Rourke sexually assaulted a minor in 1969. During Father O’Rourke’s career, he was assigned to work at the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the LA Archdiocese, and in Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked at Brophy Preparatory from 1975 until he died in 1993.

Current StatusDied 1993

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Ochoa, Javier

Reverend Father Javier Ochoa was publicly identified on the 2018 Archdiocese of Los Angeles list involving religious leaders accused of sexually abusing innocent, vulnerable adults and underage minors. Church documents dated and 2017 revealed allegations of inappropriate sexual activity occurring between 1995 and 2002.

Current Status: Died 2014

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Orellana, Samuel

Ordained: 1968

In 1981, El Salvador-ordained Father Samuel Orellana Mendoza began working in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles before he was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) in Los Angeles. In 1987, Reverend Mendoza faced accusations that he sexually molested an underage female in 1987. An Archdiocese of LA report revealed the priest’s name, among others with credible evidence of a sexual assault. After a comprehensive internal investigation, Church officials found there was no substantial evidence to remove Mendoza from the ministry. However, in December 2006, his name was among twenty-two priests involved in the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s $60 million negotiated settlement. The financial agreement covered cases of sexual abuse occurring since Bishop Mahoney ran the Archdiocese starting in 1985.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Ortiz, Miguel Angel

In 2018, the Jesuits West Province list publicly exposed Father Miguel Angel Ortiz’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting an innocent victim. Documents dated 2005 revealed Reverend Ortiz’s sexual molestation of a minor. Church officials dismissed the priest from the Jesuit Order. Father Ortiz worked at the Los Angeles Vrebum Dei High School during the time of the alleged abuse.

Current Status: Publicly accused as a sexual assaulter

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Pacheco, Gary

Ordained: 1974

In 1994, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled one of two cases involving Father Gary Pacheco’s sexual misconduct. Church officials removed Reverend Pacheco from active ministry in 1987. A LA Archdiocese report revealed that the priest had sexually molested at least one minor in 1975. In 1994, the Church laicized (defrocked) Pacheco, permanently removing his faculties. An Orange Diocese report also lists Gary Pacheco’s name along with other abusive priests. Church documents reveal that he might have also been involved in other litigation. In May 2012, the Archdiocese released the Reverend’s personnel file. The May 2019 Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ list note revealed allegations that Pacheco sexually assaulted others in 1975, and from 1978 two 1983. The documents indicate that the Church received this information in 1988, 1992, 2004, and 2019.

Current Status: Named in a settled civil lawsuit

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Pacheco, Mario

Ordained: 1976

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Mario Pacheco’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting an innocent victim. Church officials stated that in 2013 they received a report of Reverend Mario Pacheco’s sexual misconduct that allegedly happened between 1993 and 1995. In 2013, the Church removed Pacheco’s faculties.

Current Status: Removed from ministry

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Pecharich, Michael P.

Ordained: 1973

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Michael P. Pecharich of sexually molesting four minors between 1974 and 1984. Reverend Pecharich had previously admitted he had sexually abused a nineteen-year-old male. Pecharich’s name appeared in at least one filed civil lawsuit and on the Diocese of Orange list of predator priests who have credible evidence of sexually molesting victims. Church officials permanently removed Father Pecharich from the ministry.

Current Status: Laicized/Defrocked

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Peck, Daniel

Ordained: 1965

A 1996 Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that Reverend Daniel Peck faced at least one accusation of sexual misconduct.

Current Status: Current status unknown

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Peguero, Robert H.

Ordained: 1975

In 2019, the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ lists revealed credible allegations that Father Robert H. Peguero sexually assaulted two minors. Church notes indicate that the incidents of sexual abuse involving Reverend Peguero and underage children allegedly occurred from 1987 to 1988. In 1995, Peguero left the Franciscans’ Order. Father Peguero’s name appears on the Diocese of Oakland list.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Pena, Amado

A 2004 Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that Seminarian Amado Pena had sexually abused at least one innocent victim. Pena left the seminary as a student before being ordained. In 2003, Pena faced charges in California of sexually assaulting two underage males from 1980 through 1982. In 2003, Massachusetts law enforcement arrested Pena on an outstanding 1987 MA warrant on allegations that he sexually assaulted a twelve-year-old male. In 2003, the charges were dropped against Pena after a ruling by the Supreme Court changed California law. However, the results of what happened to the seminarian on the Massachusetts charges of sexual assault are unknown.

Current Status: Charged for sexual misconduct

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Perez, Francisco Javier

Ordained: 1973

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Francisco Javier Perez of sexual assault that occurred between 1985 and 1998.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Perez Carilla, Antonio

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father Antonio Perez Carilla in its January 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” along with twenty-three other religious leaders with credible allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Person, James

Ordained: 1979

In June 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father James Person’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. A 2013 LA Archdiocese report revealed incidents involving Reverend Person’s sexual misconduct that is alleged to have happened between 1984 and 1987. In 1989, Church officials placed Father Person on inactive leave of absence.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Pick, Louis V.

Ordained: 1939

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Louis V. Pick of sexual misconduct that occurred in 1947. Reverend Pick’s name appears in at least one civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Died 1969

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Pina, Joseph D.

Ordained: 1972

In 2002, law enforcement began an investigation into allegations that Father Joseph D. Pina had sexually assaulted an underage female in the 1970s. Documents also reveal a second female accuser. Church officials sent Reverend Pina to the Paracletes to receive treatment. In 1999, the Church placed the priest on permanent inactive leave. In 2003, Reverend Pina’s name appeared in the filed civil lawsuit. In 2004, an Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed the name of Father Pina as a predator priests with credible evidence of sexual misconduct. Documents reveal that before 2010, officials at the Archdiocese knew of Pina’s problems with minors while he was working for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he worked from 2002 until 2012.

Current Status: Laicized/Defrocked

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Pleimann, Thomas

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Brother Bernard Thomas Pleimann of sexually molesting an innocent victim. The assault allegedly occurred while Brother Pleimann was teaching at the Gardena, CA Junipero Serra High School. In July 2013, the Brother’s Order released his personnel file that revealed that Pleimann took his final vows in 1940. However, in May 1973, his vows were dispensed while he was working as a teacher in Japan.

Current Status: Died 1986

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Plesetz, Gerald John

Ordained: 1970

In 1976, Father Gerald John Plesetz was excardinated (transferred to another diocese) to the Diocese of Orange. In 2002, law enforcement arrested Reverend Plesetz on charges that he sexually molested a teenage girl between 1973 and 1977. The victim made a public accusation that Plesetz fathered her child. In 2003, all charges filed against Father Plesetz were dropped after a new ruling by the California Supreme Court redefined the law. A second female accused Reverend Plesetz of fathering her child. In 1977, the Reverend left the priesthood to marry. Father Plesetz‘s name appears that at least one civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Laicized/Defrocked 1978

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Poon, Stanislaus

Ordained: 1962

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Stanislaus Poon’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting an innocent victim. In 2013, Church documents revealed incidents involving Reverend Poon’s sexual misconduct that allegedly happened in 1977. In 1982, Father Poon was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to the Diocese of Oakland.

Current Status: Retired 1996

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Porter, Thomas A.

Ordained: 1965

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Thomas A. Porter of sexual misconduct that occurred between 1966 and 1968. From 1968 until 1973, Church officials kept Reverend Porter on inactive leave. Porter’s name appears in at least one filed civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Laicized/Defrocked 1973

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Power, Vincent

Ordained: 1985

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father Vincent Power in its January 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” with the names of twenty-three other predatory priests with credible evidence of sexual misconduct. Reverend Power worked as an extern (visiting) priest for the LA Archdiocese.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Prochnow, Joseph

Ordained: 1963

The May 2019 Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ list notes revealed allegations that Father Joseph Prochnow sexually assaulted a minor between 1972 and 1975. The incident was reported to Church officials in 1993. Church documents reveal additional sexual abuse allegations involving Prochnow that occurred during the 1970s and 1980s. Reverend Prochnow’s name appears along with other predatory priests identified in an August 2008 civil lawsuit against several religious orders in Santa Barbara. The lawsuit document states that the Franciscans Order constituted “an ongoing public nuisance as a result of their practice of shuttling pedophile priests among communities without warning members of the public that the sexual predator might be in their midst.”

Current Status: Removed from ministry

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Puthenkandam, Joseph

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father Joseph Puthenkandam in its January 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” with the names of twenty-three other predatory priests with credible evidence of sexual molestation. Puthenkandam belongs to the Carmelite of Mary Immaculate.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Quatannen, John C.

Ordained: 1936

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father John C. Quatannens’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting an innocent victim. Church documents dated 2009 revealed that the alleged sexual molestation occurred from 1971 until 1972.

Current Status: Died 1994

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Quinlan, Celestine

Ordained: 1957

Father Celestine Quinlan’s name appeared in a 2003 civil lawsuit with accusations that he sexually molested four altar boys at St. Francis of Assisi Parish between 1957 and 1962. The victim stated that other altar boys were also abused by Reverend Quinlan. The plaintiffs in the case stated that Reverend Quinlan would rush through Mass to provide time for him to molest them. After one victim’s mother spoke with authorities, Church officials transferred Father Quinlan to Willits, CA. At that time, the San Francisco Archdiocese managed the parishes in Willits before the Diocese of Santa Rosa was created in 1962. The plaintiffs’ lawyer believes that the Diocese reassigned Quinlan to an Arizona Native American Reservation to live a life of prayer and penance. Quinlan’s name appears on the 2019 Diocese of Santa Rosa list and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles reports.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Ramos, Eleuterio

Ordained: 1966

Archdiocese of Los Angeles priest, Father Eleuterio Ramos, admitted to sexually molesting at least twenty-five underage males. Reverend Ramos also worked for the Orange Diocese. Church officials kept Ramos in ministry while he was in and out of treatment. In 1985, the Church placed Father Ramos on administrative leave of absence. That same year, Ramos was reassigned to a parish in Tijuana Mexico to direct the children’s ministry. In 1991, Church officials removed Father Ramos from priestly activities. In January 2013, the Los Angeles Archdiocese released his personnel file. In March 2017, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the widow of a plaintiff who committed suicide two years earlier. The document names the priest, the Diocese of Orange and Archdiocese of Los Angeles as defendants. The lawsuit document accuses Father Ramos of sexual molestation that occurred between 1975 and 1978 when the victim was a ten-year-old Placentia, CA St. Joseph’s Parish altar boy.

Current Status: Died 2004

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Reagan, Joseph Franklin

In 2003, a filed civil lawsuit revealed the name of Brother Joseph Franklin Reagan as a defendant in a sexual molestation case. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles was also named as a defendant. The allegation stated that the sexual assault involving Brother Reagan happened in 1965 when he was assigned to the Chatsworth, CA Rancho San Antonio Parish. Joseph Franklin Reagan is also identified as Joseph Franklin Regan. At age 18, Brother Reagan joined the Order before leaving it four years later in 1966 to pursue a career in baseball. Reagan never took his permanent vows.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Reilly, Patrick

Ordained: 1958

In 2003, Father Patrick Reilly’s name appeared in a filed civil lawsuit with accusations that he sexually assaulted an innocent victim between 1980 and 1984. In 2004, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that the accusations were unfounded. Church officials allowed Reverend Reilly to continue functioning in ministry as a priest but made him retire.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Reilly, Terence John

Ordained: 1959

In 2002, Father Terence John Reilly was accused of sexually assaulting an innocent victim in 1976. In December 2003, Reverend Reilly’s name appeared in a sexual abuse civil lawsuit. An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that there were at least four accusers that claimed sexual molestation involving Reilly that occurred between 1959 and 1976. During that time, Father Reilly had been living for years at the San Francisco, CA Saint Dominic’s Parish that also had a school. In 2018, the San Diego Diocese’s list name to Reilly as working and that diocese between 1988 and 1993 at the Riverside, CA Notre Dame High School. Church documents from San Bernardino revealed the alleged abuse occurred in 1983 in Eugene Oregon were Church officials became aware of accusations in May 1993. That same month, the priest left the diocese. The 2018 Dominicans St. Joseph province list identifies Reilly and notes he was reassigned in 1974 to the Province of the Holy Name.

Current Status: Died 2016

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Reina, Nicholas

Ordained: 1978

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Nicholas Reina’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Church documents indicate that the incidents of sexual molestation occurred in 2000. In 2018, Church officials removed Reverend Reina from the ministry. In 2000, the Salesians Order received accusations that Reina sexually molested a child in 1975 before he was ordained. In 2012, an adult notified Reina’s Order that back in 2000, the priest had made “an improper advance” toward him. Father Reina received Richmond’s Educator of the Year award in 2013 at the Salesian High School.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Riebe, Loren

Ordained: 1970

Father Loren Riebe was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) into the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for four years at the Santa Monica, CA Saint Ann’s Parish, following his ordination. In 1972, Reverend Riebe relocated to Mexico for twenty-one years and ministered to the Native Mexicans. In 1995, the Mexican government expelled Father Riebe. In early 2008, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles notified other dioceses nationwide of the credible allegations against Riebe accusing him of sexually assaulting minors as far back as the early 1970s. Between 1996 and 1997, the Reverend was assigned to the Phoenix Diocese under the name of “Lawrence” Riebe. In 2008, Riebe was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) to the Chiapas, Mexico San Cristobal de las Cases Diocese.

Current Status: Died 2018

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Robinson, James Richard

Ordained: 1971

Father James Richard Robinson faced multiple allegations of inappropriate sexual contact in the United Kingdom, starting when he attended seminary. In 1973, the first complaint was reported. In 1986, Church officials from the UK Archdiocese of Birmingham excardinated (transferred to another diocese) him to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Church documents report that he was assigned to five parishes throughout the LA Archdiocese between 1986 and 1993.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Rodie, Ernest

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Brother Ernest Rodie of sexual molestation between 1964 and 1965. Brother Rodie’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Rodriguez, Carlos Rene

Ordained: 1986

In 1987, the first reports arose of Father Carlos Rene Rodriguez’s sexual misconduct. In 1993, Church officials placed Reverend Rodriguez on leave. In 2004, Reverend Rodriguez was convicted and received an eight-year prison sentence for the sexual molestation of two underage males between 1988 and 1993. Some cases involving Father Rodriguez were a part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles $60 million negotiated settlement that involved twenty-two religious leaders. The case covered claims involving sexual abuse that occurred when Bishop Mahoney was in charge of the Los Angeles Archdiocese beginning in 1985. In January 2008, the California Department of Corrections released former Reverend Rodriguez from prison. The LA Archdiocese and the Rodriguez’s Order released his personnel file in 2013. In August 2016, Rodriguez was found providing ministry services at a church in Los Angeles, not affiliated with the LA Archdiocese. At that time, he served the congregation as Carlos Ramirez. That church removed him from serving the congregation due to the publicity. In October 2018, two brothers filed a civil lawsuit accusing Rodriguez of sexual molestation that occurred in Riverside, CA, during the 1990s. The victims stated that the sexual abuse occurred when they were twelve and seven years old. In June 2019, the Archdiocese warned that former Reverend Rodriguez was saying mass in private residential homes. Church officials stated that Rodriguez is a convicted abuser and not a priest.

Current Status: Laicized, convicted and sent to prison

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Rodriguez Macal, Saul

Ordained: 1966

El Salvador-native Father Saul Rodriguez Macal was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and remained there between 1982 and 1991. Church officials then placed Reverend Rodriguez Macal on sick leave between 1991 and 1993. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Rodriguez Macal in its January 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” along with twenty-three other religious leaders with credible evidence of sexually assaulting innocent victims.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Roebert, Michael M.

Ordained: 1966

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Michael M. Roebert of sexual molestation that occurred when the victim was a child between 1969 and 1970. Reverend Roebert’s name appeared in a sexual abuse civil lawsuit in November 2003. Church documents reveal that the Archdiocese investigated the claims in 2004 and found the accusations to be unfounded.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Roemer, Donald Patrick

Ordained: 1970

In 1981, Church officials removed Father Donald Patrick Roemer’s privileges after his conviction of sexually abusing underage children. Reverend Roemer was sentenced to two years in a mental hospital and received ten years of probation. The charges involved sexual abuse of an underage male. However, a female also alleges abuse by Roemer. In 1984, 2003, and 2004, Reverend Roemer‘s name appears in civil lawsuits. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles lists him as #8 of ten religious leaders who have the most allegations of sexual assault with thirteen accusations. Roemer admitted he had sexually molested at least thirty victims.

Current Status: Convicted and sentenced to time in a mental hospital

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Roper, William

Ordained: Prior to 1968

In 2002, Father William Roper faced accusations of sexually molesting an underage female between 1968 and 1969. An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report names Reverend Roper in a filed civil lawsuit. During Roper’s career, he also worked at the Gallup Diocese between 1964 and 1965. A December 2014 Gallup Diocese list identifies Father Roper among religious leaders credibly accused of sexually assaulting minors.

Current Status: Deceased

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Rosas Flores, Fidel

In 2018, the Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Fidel Rosas Flores’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting an innocent victim. The reports documented as having been received in 2008 involving incidents that occurred between 2001 and 2005. However, the LA Archdiocese says that there is no record of the priest serving in the Archdiocese.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual contact

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Rowe, Dorian G.

Ordained: 1964

In 2003, a filed civil lawsuit alleges that Father Dorian G. Rowe sexually molested an underage minor between 1967 and 1968. Additionally, a report by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles revealed that there were two accusers involved in sexual assault incidents that occurred between 1967 and 1969.

Current Status: Died 1991

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Rozo Rincon, Efrain

Ordained: 1953

In February 2006, Father Efrain Rozo Rincon confessed under oath that he had sexually molested his nephew and showed him pornography between 1967 in 1969. At the time of the sexual assault, Father Rincon was assigned to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles while studying at Loyola Marymount. Reverend Rincon also admitted he had fondled an underage seminarian when he was previously in Columbia. In September 2006, his alleged victim claimed in a broadcast in Bogata, Columbia, of the priest’s taped confession that he had been raped by Rincon. The accuser also alleges that a Bishop and other religious leaders had also sexually assaulted him. Rincon was cleared by a Colombian Church Tribunal in July 2007, claiming that the Catholic canonical statute of limitations had expired. The Tribunal commended his youth apostolate.

Current Status: Confessed to sexual misconduct under oath

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Rucker, George Neville

Ordained: 1946

In 1967, law enforcement first investigated accusations alleging Father George Neville Rucker sexually molested innocent victims. A record of sexual assault reveals that the abuse started after the priest was ordained. In 1994, the Archdiocese and Rucker were named in a civil lawsuit. In 2002, law enforcement arrested Reverend Rucker on charges of sexual abuse involving a dozen girls. However, in 2003, the District Attorney’s Office dropped the criminal charges due to a ruling made by the Supreme Court. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles names Father Rucker as #1 on an extensive list of the top ten predator priests in the Archdiocese. Rucker’s case involves 38 to 41 known accusers. In December 2006, some of the claims were settled by the Archdiocese of LA in a $60 million negotiated agreement that involved twenty-two religious leaders, including Reverend Rucker. In July 2007, the Church settled other claims in its massive $660 million negotiated agreement with victims. The Archdiocese released Father Rucker’s personnel records in 2013.

Current Status: Laicized/Defrocked

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Ryan, Joseph Francis

Ordained: 1936

Ireland-native Father Joseph Francis Ryan was excardinated (transferred to another diocese) to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1965. Before then, Church officials had placed Reverend Ryan on leave between 1945 and 1960. In 2002, an accuser alleged that Father Ryan had sexually abused the sister and brother between 1945 and 1946. Reverend Joseph Ryan’s name appears in a sexual abuse civil lawsuit. In January 2013, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released its personnel file.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Ryan, Thomas

Ordained: 1942

In 2018, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Thomas Ryan’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Church documents reveal that the alleged sexual assault occurred in 1957.

Current Status: Died 1988

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Salazar, Alexander

Ordained: 1984

In 2004, the Roman Catholic Church elevated Father Alexander Salazar to Auxiliary Bishop. In December 2018, law enforcement investigated a 2002 alleged incident of sexual abuse involving a minor that occurred during the 1990s. At the time of the alleged assault, Salazar served parishioners as a parish priest. Church officials at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles said they did not become aware of Salazar’s sexual abuse accusations until 2005. Afterward, the Vatican investigated Salazar’s case and restricted the priest’s activity through precautionary measures. The Archdiocese Oversight Board reviewed Salazar’s case and deemed the allegations of sexual wrongdoing to be credible. In December 2018, Pope Francis at the Vatican accepted the resignation of Father Salazar.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual activity

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Salazar, Armando

In December 2018, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Armando Salazar’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting an innocent victim. An Archdiocese report dated 2016 revealed sexual incidents that allegedly occurred in 1967.

Current Status: Died 1972

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Salazar – Jimenez, John Anthony

Ordained: 1984

In 1986, a civil lawsuit was filed against Father John Anthony Salazar-Jimenez claiming sexual molestation. In 1987, the California justice system convicted Father Salazar-Jimenez of sexually assaulting two underage males. The priest received a six-year prison sentence and served four years before his release. Archdiocese of Los Angeles Church officials banned Reverend Salazar-Jimenez from working in the Archdiocese for life. In 1991, the Church reassigned the Reverend to the Diocese of Amarillo in Texas. In 2002, California law enforcement charged the priest with crimes that were dropped in 2003. That same year, other charges were filed in Dallas, Texas, charging sexual assault involving an eighteen-year-old. In July 2005, the Texas court system convicted Reverend Salazar-Jimenez and gave him a life sentence. However, in September 2011, the court ordered a new trial. In 2013, the court accepted a plea agreement, and Salazar-Jimenez was released on time served. In 2007 and 2008, sexual abuse cases filed against the Reverend in California and Texas were settled. In 2013, the Roman Catholic Church released the priest’s personnel files. In December 2013, Salazar-Jimenez pled guilty to additional charges in Texas and received a ten-year sentence. Church documents show that the priest worked in the Archdiocese of Amarillo between July 1991 and July 2002.

Current Status: Laicized/Defrocked 2005

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Salinas, Gabriel

Ordained: 1916

Spain-native Father Gabriel Salinas is the first priest from the Augustinian Order to work in the United States. Reverend Salinas was assigned to work in Nebraska between 1917 and 1948. Salinas faced accusations that he sexually molested an innocent victim between 1958 and 1960 at Cristo Rey in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.. The Archdiocese released Reverend Salinas’ personnel file in September 2013.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Sanchez, Jose L.

Ordained: 1996

In 2018, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Jose L. Sanchez’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. A 2014 Archdiocese of Los Angeles report identified incidents of alleged sexual abuse that occurred during the 1990s. Church documents reveal that Father José Sanchez left the Archdiocese in 2009.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Sanchez, Jose/Joseph G.

Ordained: 1983

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father Jose/Joseph G. Sanchez in its October 2008 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” with twenty-three other religious leaders with credible evidence of the sexual assault.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Sanchez, Juan Francisco

Ordained: 1957

In 1992, an Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Juan Francisco Sanchez of sexual molestation.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Sanchez, Manual Ontiveros

Ordained: 1954

Spain-native Father Manuel Ontiveros Sanchez was ordained into the priesthood and 1954 and began working for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1971. In 1976, Reverend Sanchez was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) into the LA Archdiocese. An Archdiocese report indicated that Church officials were investigating an accusation of sexual assault involving Reverend Sanchez that allegedly occurred between 1978 and 1981. The Church investigated the case and did not find sufficient evidence to support the charges. Reverend Sanchez denied the allegations. However, his victim(s) were part of the massive July 2007 LA Archdiocese $660 million negotiated settlement. After Father Sanchez retired from ministry, he returned to his homeland and Spain in 2000.

Current Status: Returned to Spain 2000

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Sandstrom, Lawrence

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least two individuals allege that Brother Lawrence Sandstrom had sexually assaulted five minors between 1955 and 1969. In December 2003, three civil lawsuits were filed by victims who accuse the priest of engaging in sexual molestation between 1967 and 1969. The allegations involve Maryvale Catholic orphanage orphans in Rosemead, CA. Afterward, Brother Sandstrom was reassigned to the Pasadena, CA LaSalle High School, and other Catholic parochial schools in New Orleans and Hayward. In 2003, other accusers alleged the Brother sexually abused them during the 1960s at the Chatsworth, CA Rancho San Antonio Parish. Two male plaintiffs reached a negotiated settlement in 1997  to resolve their case. That same year, Brother Sandstrom left his Order. In 2013, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released his personnel file.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Santillan, Juan (John)

Ordained: 1969

In 2002, Church officials removed Father Juan (John) Santillan from active ministry after allegations arose that he sexually assaulted an underage child (age 12 to 17 years) for five years during the 1970s. In 1998, the victim filed a civil lawsuit that was eventually dismissed. In 2002, law enforcement investigated claims of inappropriate sexual conduct. A report released by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles revealed that two accusers alleged that Reverend Father Juan (John) Santillan sexually abused them. Since 1998, Father Juan (John) Santillan has been serving parishioners in Bolivia.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Santomassimo, Sister Agnes

Between 1950 and 1969, Sister Agnes Santomassimo was assigned to work in hospitals in Montréal, Canada, Chicago, and New York. Between 1969 and 2001, Sister Santomassimo worked as a secretary/treasurer for the Provincial Office. She retired from active ministry in either 2001 or 2002. In July 2013, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released Sister Santomassimo’s limited personnel file. The document states that along with others, Santomassimo was named in a civil lawsuit for sexually assaulting children while she provided services to the LA Archdiocese.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Satterthwaite, Richard

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles addendum report identified Brother Richard Satterthwaite as the sexual assaulter with incidents that occurred at the Montebello, CA Cantwell High School between 1961 and 1962. Brother Satterthwaite’s name appears in a filed civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Savrianandam, Arulappan

In 2002, Church officials in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles removed Father Arulappan Savrianandam from active ministry after allegations of sexual assault involving an underage girl arose. Afterward, Reverend Savrianandam left for India.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Schaller, Emmett Gilroy

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Emmett Gilroy Schaller of sexual assault that occurred between 1979 and 1980. Schaller’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit identifying sexual abuse of an underage male occurring at Saint Ferdinand’s Parish. The Reverend admitted while receiving treatment that he had sexual behavior difficulties. In July 2013, the Los Angeles Archdiocese released his personnel file. Church documents revealed that Reverend Schaller might have left the priesthood.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Scheier, Maurice

Ordained: 1927

In 2004, An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Maurice Scheier of sexual molestation that occurred in 1948. In November 2018, Reverend Scheier’s name was found on the Diocese of Buffalo list, where he was assigned between 1928 and 1986 at Saint Bonaventure University. While at the university, the priest served as the Dean of Science and the head of the math department. Between 1961 and 1998, Reverend Scheier was assigned to the Knapp Creek, CA Sacred Heart Parish as its pastor. The May 2019 Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list identified Scheier. The New York Order’s Holy Name Province stated they had handled the allegation in 2004.

Current Status: Died 1991

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Scott, George M.

Ordained: 1925

Father George M. Scott was named in a civil lawsuit filed by two plaintiffs in December 2003, identifying the priest of sexually assaulting a girl and a boy (around seven or eight years of age) between 1947 and 1958. The claims against Reverend Scott were part of the massive 2007 Archdiocese of Los Angeles $660 million settlement that resolved over 500 claims.

Current Status: Died 1986

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Selmo, Louis

Ordained: 1939

In 2018, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Louis Selmo’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting an innocent victim. A report released by the Archdiocese in 2014 identified the incidents of sexual molestation occurring around 1982. Reverend Selmo was ordained into the priesthood for the Congregation of St. Joseph.

Current Status: Died 2005

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Serratos, Avdon (Audon)

Mexico-native extern priest, Father Avdon (Audon) Serratos, confessed to sexually molesting a fifteen-year-old female. The Reverend admitted to sexual assault in August 2003 during confession. Southern California law enforcement arrested Reverend Serratos, who pled no contest to the charges. In 2004, Father Serratos received a one-year jail sentence and had to register as a sex offender. Church officials for the LA archdiocese were unable to determine if any diocese had granted Father Serratos faculties to minister to parishioners. A review of the California Sex Offender Registry in January 2012 revealed that the federal government deported Serratos.

Current Status: Convicted sex offender

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Sharkey, Joe

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Brother Joe Sharkey of sexual molestation that occurred between 1967 and 1968. Brother Sharkey’s name appears in a filed civil lawsuit. The Diocese of Orange list also identifies Brother Joe Sharkey as a sexual predator.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Sharpe, Joseph F.

In 1971, an Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Joseph F. Sharpe as a sexual molester with incidents that occurred between 1958 and 1964. The accuser was a junior who was confessing to the Reverend. Father Sharpe was excardinated (transferred to another diocese) from the LA Archdiocese to the Diocese of Orange in 1976. In 2003, the Archdiocese released Father Joseph F. Sharpe’s personnel file. The Roman Catholic Church identified Sharpe has an abusive priest. He was sued in 2003.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Shelton, Charles

Ordained: 1981

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father Charles Shelton in its January 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” along with twenty-three other religious leaders with credible evidence of the sexual assault.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Shepherd, John R.

Ordained: 1951

In 2018, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father John R. Shepherd’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The Archdiocese received a report of incidents involving Reverend Shepherd sexually assaulting victims in the 1970s and 1980s. A December 2018 Jesuits West Province List had notations of sexual molestation with a child occurring in 1978 and in the 1980s that were reported to Church officials in 2007 and 2015. Until 1958, Father Shepherd worked at Jesuit high schools in Arizona and California. Between 1959 and 1991, the Church assigned Father Shepherd to the Azusa, CA Manresa Retreat House.

Current Status: Died 1991

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Shimmaly, Edward E.

Ordained: 1961

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Edward E. Shimmaly of sexual molestation that occurred between 1961 and 1963. Reverend Shimmaly’s name appears in at least one filed civil lawsuit. In some records, Father Shimmaly is spelled Schimmaly.

Current Status: Deceased

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Silva-Flores, Fidencio Simon

Ordained: 1978

In May 1995, Mexico-native Father Fidencio Simon Silva-Flores left the Archdiocese of Los Angeles without his privileges to minister to parishioners. In 2002, many lawsuits were filed against the Church and the Reverend. Silva-Flores is accused of sexually molesting up to twenty-eight underage males between 1979 and 1985. Although charged with the offenses, the criminal charges were dropped when there was a change in the California Supreme Court ruling. Some believed that Father Silva-Flores likely return to his homeland in Mexico. Church officials at the Archdiocese referred to Reverend Fidencio Silva-Flores as Father Fidencio Flores Silva. In January 2013, the Archdiocese released Silva-Flores’ personnel file. Some of the claims filed against him and the Church were settled in the massive LA Archdiocese $660 million negotiated agreement that resolved cases involving over 500 plaintiffs. In October 2018, one of Silva-Flores’ victims filed a lawsuit against the Vatican. That same month, Silva-Flores’ name appeared on the Diocese of San Bernardino list. Church officials assigned Father Silva-Flores to the Lynwood, CA Saint Philip Neri Parish in 1988. In November of that year, the Reverend was removed from ministry. As of May 2019, reports indicate that Silva-Flores was assigned to a parish in Mexico.

Current Status: Named in settled lawsuit

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Simon, Francis (Raymond E.)

Ordained: 1943

In July 2013, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released the personnel file of Father Francis (Raymond E). Simon. The documents revealed accusations that he sexually abused a male between 1963 and 1967 while the priest was assigned to the Montebello, CA Saint Benedict’s Parish. The accusations stated that Simon sexually assaulted the male victim with Reverend Faue.

Current Status: Died 2018

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Sintef, Michael

Ordained: 1981

In January 2013, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’s list identified Father Michael Sintef as a sexual assaulter. Between 1981 and 1985, Church officials assigned Reverend Sintef to the Baldwin Park, CA St. John the Baptist Parish. From 1985 to 1988, Sintef worked at the Van Nuys, CA St Genevieve’s Parish. The accusations revealed that he was sexually involved with a seventeen-year-old girl when the priest was thirty years old. During an interview in 2018, Father Sintef acknowledged that the girl had “caught his eye” when she was fifteen years old. The victim discussed with her therapist the details of what happened. The therapist then notified law enforcement. However, no criminal charges were filed. Instead, the police informed the Los Angeles Archdiocese of what occurred. Afterward, Church officials gave the priest a warning. The “relationship” between the underage girl and the Reverend lasted for several more years. The Church finally sent Father Sintef to Maryland to receive treatment. Afterward, Father Michael Sintef resigned from the priesthood and moved to Marin County, California, to practice hypnotherapy. Currently, Father Michael Sintef is married and has a daughter

Current Status: Now married and has a child

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Spader, Robert William

Ordained: 1962

In 2018, the Archdiocese Diocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Robert William Spader’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting an innocent victim. In 2007 and 2008, the Archdiocese received reports that incidents of sexual assault involving Reverend Spader that occurred between 1972 and 1973.

Current Status: Died 1982

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Speciale, Stephen Emmett

Ordained: 1985

In 1993, a civil lawsuit filed against Father Stephen Emmett Speciale was settled for $60,000 over accusations that he had sexually abused an innocent victim between 1985 and 1986. In 2003, his name appeared in another civil lawsuit. A note in the 2018 Jesuits West Province List identified a report received by the Archdiocese in 1991. The note indicates sexual abuse occurred by Reverend Speciale involving an underage child. The Reverend’s Order dismissed the priest from active ministry in December 1989.

Current Status: Named in a settled civil lawsuit

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Sprouffske, Matthew Michael

Ordained: 1954

In 1986, Father Matthew Michael Sprouffske faced accusations that he sexually assaulted a female relative under fourteen years of age during the 1950s. In December 2002, law enforcement arrested Reverend Sprouffske. However, in July 2003, all criminal charges were dropped after a change in the ruling by the California Supreme Court. In November 2006, a case involving Father Sprouffske was settled for $10 million between the Los Angeles Archdiocese, the Reverend’s Order, and seven other victims alleging they had been abused by five religious leaders. Additional claims were settled as part of the 2007 Archdiocese of Los Angeles $660 million negotiated agreement that resolved claims by over 500 plaintiffs. In 2012, the Archdiocese released the Reverend’s personnel file. The documents included the names of twenty-five priests including Father Matthew Michael Sprouffske.

Current Status: Named in a settled civil lawsuit

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Stadtfeld, William (Br Joseph)

Ordained: 1944

Brother William (Br Joseph) Stadtfeld faced accusations that he sexually assaulted two sisters from 1958 until 1966. In July 1944, Brother Stadtfeld accepted his temporary perfection position until he took his final vows for his perpetual profession in 1947. A 2004 Archdiocese report revealed that Brother Stadtfeld’s name appeared on at least one civil lawsuit. In 2007, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled the cases involving the sisters as part of its massive $660 million negotiated agreement with over 500 plaintiffs.

Current Status: Named in a settled civil lawsuit

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Stallkamp, Louis G.

Ordained: 1967

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least two individuals accusing Father Louis G. Stallkamp of sexual molestation occurred between 1974 and 1979. Reverend Stallkamp’s name also appears in a civil lawsuit filed in December 2003. During Stallkamp’s career, he was assigned to the LA Archdiocese and the Diocese of Orange.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Stiechen, Raymond

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father Raymond Stiechen in its January 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” with twenty-three other religious leaders who had credible evidence of sexually molesting victims.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Su, Stanislaus

Ordained: 1969

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father Stanislaus Su in its January 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” along with twenty-three other religious leaders with credible allegations involving sexual molestation. Reverend Su was a CSJB Member of the Congregation of Saint John the Baptist.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Sullivan, Thomas J.

Ordained: 1944

In 2002, allegations arose that Father Thomas J. Sullivan had sexually assaulted an innocent victim in 1953. In 2003, Reverend Sullivan’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit by a male victim who alleged Sullivan had sexually molested him between 1956 and 1958 while the victim was a Loyola High School student. At the time of the sexual assault, Reverend Sullivan was a Jesuit faculty resident. A report released by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles named three accusers alleging sexual assault involving Reverend Sullivan. These incidents allegedly occurred between 1952 and 1958. A December 2018 Jesuit West Province List had reports reports of Sullivan’s sexual abuse of a child that occurred between 1956 and 1958. Church officials received a report of this abuse in 2009. During Father Sullivan’s career, he was assigned to Los Angeles, Azusa, Santa Clara, and San Francisco. Between 1968 and 1969, he was assigned to the Rome, Italy Jesuit Curia. Afterward, he was assigned to the Newman Center at the University of Hawaii between 1969 and 1978.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Sutphin, Carl Maurice

Ordained: 1958

In 1991, Father Carl Maurice Sutphin faced accusations that he sexually assaulted at least one, and possibly two, underage children between 1964 and 1970. In 1994, another report arose that he had sexually molested two brothers when they were between ten and eleven years old. In 2002, Church officials removed Reverend Sutphin’s faculties and allowed him to retire from active ministry. In 2003, law enforcement arrested Sutphin. However, later that year all charges were dropped after a California Supreme Court ruling change the law on the statute of limitations. A report from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles revealed additional accusations of sexual molestation involving seventeen victims that occurred between 1958 and 1978. Father Carl Sutphin remains in the #6 position of the top ten prolific sexual abusers on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles list with twenty-three accusers. Father Carl Maurice Sutphin’s name appears on several filed civil lawsuits. In January 2013, the Archdiocese released the priest’s personnel file.

Current Status: Accused and charged with sexual misconduct

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Tacderas, Joseph

Ordained: 1979

In 1983, an Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Joseph Tacderas of sexual misconduct.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual behavior

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Tamayo, Santiago L.

Ordained: 1959

After Father Santiago L. Tamayo’s ordination in the Philippines, he worked for the LA Archdiocese in 1968 and was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) to the Archdiocese ten years later in 1978. In 1984, Reverend Tamayo’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit accusing him and six other religious leaders of sexually assaulting an underage female. In 1982, the victim had a daughter. Afterward, Father Tamayo fled to the Philippines. A report released by the LA Archdiocese revealed that at least one accuser alleged sexual assault involving the priest between 1978 and 1984. The victim settled her claim with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for $500,000 as part of the 2007 massive $660 million settlement that resolved cases involving over 500 plaintiffs. In January 2019, the Archdiocese released Father Santiago L. Tamayo’s personnel file that revealed he was also alleged to have sexually molested one male.

Current Status: Named in a settle civil lawsuit

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Teluma, Lukas Bao

Ordained: 1975

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Lukas Bao Teluma that allegedly occurred in 1995. As of 2004, he remained an active ministry.

Current Status: Accused

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Tepe, Raymond (Jose)

Ordained: 1931

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least two individuals accused Father Raymond (Jose) Tepe of sexual assault that allegedly occurred between 1958 and 1968.

Current Status: Died 1969

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Terra, Michael

Ordained: 1978

In 2002, Father Michael Terra faced accusations that he sexually assaulted a sixteen-year-old female between 1979 and 1980. Afterward, Reverend Terra left active ministry after church officials placed him on leave. In 1991, he remained on inactive leave. Terra’s name appears in a civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Thing, Tom

In 2004, a civil lawsuit named Brother Tom Thing on accusations that he sexually molested at least one St Anthony seminary student. During Tom Thing’s career, he served as a pre-novitiate candidate before he became a Brother. In 1995, his name appeared again in another civil lawsuit that was settled out of court. In March 2011, another victim filed a new civil lawsuit in Nevada on allegations involving sexual abuse with Thing when the male victim was a seventh-grade Las Vegas, NV St Christopher Elementary school student. That lawsuit was settled out of court in June 2012. The Brother’s Order released is personnel files before the Order dismissed him in 2004. Thing’s name appears on the 2019 Diocese of Oakland, the 2019 Diocese of Las Vegas list, and the May 2019 Providence’s list with reports dated 1993, 2004, 2014 involving sexually molesting children between 1982 and 1984.

Current Status: Named in a settled civil lawsuit

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Thorne, Vance Zebulon

Ordained: 1954

In 2004, An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Vance Zebulon Thorne of sexual molestation that occurred in the early 1970s. Between 1986 and 1987, in Mississippi, at least two criminal indictments and three civil lawsuits were filed against Reverend Thorne. One victim claimed that Father Thorne sexually assaulted him when the victim was fourteen years old at the Jackson Diocese Holy Ghost Parish. Another victim accused the Reverend of sexual assault, saying the priest victimized him when he was a nine-year-old boy. During Reverend Thorne’s career, he was assigned to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Trent Diocese in New Jersey, Jackson Diocese in Mississippi (1980 until 1987), and Austin Diocese in Texas between 1961 and 1971. Church documents dated 1986 reveal allegations of sexual misconduct involving Thorne. The following year, Church officials removed Reverend Thorne from active ministry.

Current Status: Named in civil lawsuits and criminal indictments

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Tresler, Carl D.

Ordained: 1991

In 1998, Church officials removed Father Carl D. Tresler from active ministry after an accusation arose of sexual molestation involving the priest and an underage male. An article published in March 2005 revealed that Reverend Tresler was still serving in active ministry in Peru.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual behavior

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Tugade, Valentine

In 1984, Father Valentine Tugade’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit with accusations that he sexually assaulted an underage female in 1978 until 1984. A report from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles revealed that six other priests also sexually molested the same girl. At the time of the alleged incident, Reverend Tugade was working for the Los Angeles Diocese as an extern (visiting) priest from the Philippines. In 2002, Tugade was found in Fremont, California. The following year, test results proved that Tugade was the father of the baby born to the sexually abused victim. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled the case involving Reverend Tugade and six other priests for $500,000. The settlement was part of the massive LA Archdiocese $660 million out of court negotiated agreement that resolved cases involving over 500 plaintiffs in 2007.

Current Status: Tests proved he fathered the victims child

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Turba, Jerome

In 2018, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Jerome Turba’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting an innocent victim. In 2011, the Archdiocese received a report of allegations involving Reverend Turbo sexually assaulting a victim that occurred in the 1960s through the 1970s. In 1973, Church officials placed Father Turbo on inactive leave.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual behavior

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Ugarte, Jose I.

Ordained: 1971

In May 1971, Spain-native Father Jose I. Ugarte was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) into the Archdiocese of Los Angeles after his ordination. Around 1993, a doctor notified the Archdiocese of Reverend Ugarte had drugged and raped an underage male in Ensenada. In 1983, Father Ugarte faced accusations of sexually molesting a seventeen-year-old. Church records also indicate that he was sexually involved with three young men. In November 1993, the Church placed Ugarte on inactive leave without ministry. Church officials told the priest that he must return to Spain and not come back for seven years without permission. The Church ordered him not to celebrate a public mass and to look for secular work.

Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual misconduct

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Van Liefde, Christopher

Ordained: 1973

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Christopher Van Liefde of inappropriate sexual conduct that occurred between 1973 and 1974. In 2002, Church officials placed Reverend Van Liefde on leave. The following year, another allegation arose, followed by another civil lawsuit. The LA Archdiocese Church documents identify two accusers accusing Reverend Van Liefde of sexual assault occurring between 1971 and 1975.

Current Status: Named in two civil lawsuits

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Van ter Toolen, Vincent

Father Vincent Van ter Toolen faced accusations that he sexually molested an innocent victim between 1962 and 1964. In 1970, Reverend Van ter Toolen left the LA Archdiocese. In 2002, an accuser made allegations that Van ter Toolen sexually assaulted him around 1961 when the victim was 3 to 5 years of age. Father Van ter Toolen’s name appears in the LA Archdiocese report and a civil lawsuit. The Roman Catholic Church and Van ter Toolen’s Order settled at least one of the priest’s civil lawsuits in the November 2006 Archdiocese $10 million negotiated agreement. That out-of-court settlement resolved cases involving seven plaintiffs that alleged five priests and religious leaders sexually assaulted them.

Current Status: Named in settled civil lawsuits

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Vasquez, Pedro

Brother Pedro Vasquez was named in an August 2008 civil lawsuit among other religious leaders assigned to Santa Barbara. The lawsuit alleges that the Franciscans Order constituted “an ongoing public nuisance as a result of their practice of shuttling pedophile priests among communities without warning members of the public that the sexual predator might be in their midst.” Church documents reveal that the alleged sexual abuse took place during the 2000s. The May 2019 Franciscans Santa Barbara Province list has notations concerning Brother Vasquez that “the Province has received no allegation involving a minor.”

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Verhart, John

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Brother John Verhart of sexual assault that occurred in 1957 and 1958. Brother Verhart’s name appears in at least one filed a civil lawsuit involving sexual molestation.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Vetter, Henry Xavier

Ordained: 1938

In 1993, Father Henry Xavier Vetter faced accusations that he sexually assaulted an innocent victim in the early 1960s. A report by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles identified seven accusers involved in sexual assault incidents with Reverend Vetter that occurred between 1953 and 1973. Church officials received other allegations of abuse that occurred between the 1960s and 1970s. In 2003, Father Henry Xavier Vetter’s name appeared in at least one civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Villa Gomez, Gillmero Nemoria

Ordained: 1957

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Gillmero Nemoria Villa Gomez of sexual molestation that occurred in 1964 and 1965. Reverend Father Gillmero Nemoria Villa Gomez is sometimes listed as Gillmero Nemorio Villagomez. Villa Gomez’s name appears in a civil lawsuit involving sexual assault.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Villaroya, Ernesto Corral

Philippine-native extern priest, Father Ernesto Corral Villaroya, was accused of sexually assaulting an innocent victim between 1981 and 1983. In 2002, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles received a civil lawsuit involving Villaroya that was dismissed in 2003 following a new ruling from the California Supreme Court. At the time the lawsuit was served, Villaroya was assigned to the Diocese of Dallas in Texas. After the lawsuit was dismissed, the Diocese Bishop reassigned Villaroya to a new parish. However, in 2003, the Parish congregation forced Father Villaroya to quit. Likely living in retirement in the Diocese of Dallas.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Villoria, Luis

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father Luis Villoria in its January 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” along with twenty-three other religious leaders accused of sexual molestation.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Vita, William S.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father William S. Vita in its “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” with notes that between 1947 and 1953, Reverend Vita allegedly sexually assaulted an innocent victim. Reverend Vita’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Named in a civil lawsuit

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Vorisek, Rudolph T.

Ordained: 1956

In 2018, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles publicly exposed Father Rudolph T. Vorisek’s credible accusation of sexual assault. Archdiocese of Los Angeles Church reports dated 2013 indicate the incidents of sexual assault occurred between 1966 and 1970. The Paulists priest’s obituary lists his Church assignments, including working at the University of California at Santa Barbara as a campus minister between 1968 and 1976. The 2019 Archdiocese of Baltimore list shows Vorisek was in Maryland between 1957 and 1968 at the Saint Peter’s Minor Seminary. Church documents show reports of sexual abuse allegations reported to the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 2013. These incidents of abuse allegedly occurred in 1970.

Current Status: Died 2011

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Wadeson, John H.

Ordained: 1969

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least two individuals accused Father John H. Wadeson of sexual molestation that occurred between 1973 and 1977. Church records indicate that Reverend Wadeson was also assigned to dioceses in Brooklyn, New York, Trenton, New Jersey, and Portland, Oregon. Church officials from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles banned Wadeson from working with its congregation. In 2014, Reverend Wadeson was found in Guam, working as a priest. The Reverend had likely been working there since at least 2000. While in Guam, Micronesia, Wadeson referred to himself as “an Australian priest of the Archdiocese of Agana.” However, the Archdiocese of Guam directory showed he was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) in Guam but was assigned to work in the San Francisco, CA Neocatechumenal Center. In 2000, Church officials from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles admitted they were aware of Wadeson’s past allegations of sexual misconduct when he was incarnated into the Archdiocese. By July 2014, Wadeson had left Guam and possibly relocated to San Francisco. In July 2014, the Church removed the Reverend from active ministry. That same month, the Archdiocese of San Francisco Church officials withdrew Wadeson’s privileges. The following year in April 2015, the Archdiocese of Agana reinstated Father Wadeson after his case was reviewed by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Church officials in Guam stated there appears to be no conviction or settlement involving Wadeson, making him a “priest in good standing.”

Current Status: Reinstated into active ministry

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Walsh, James Joseph

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father James Joseph Walsh of sexual molestation that allegedly occurred in 1967 and 1968. Reverend James Joseph Walsh’s name appeared in a sexual abuse civil lawsuit, likely dated 2003.

Current Status: Died 1984

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Warren, A. Thomas

Ordained: 1966

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least five alleged victims accused Father A. Thomas Warren of sexual molestation that occurred in 1991. A June 2004 article revealed the name of Reverend Thomas Warren on a Diocese of Tucson list of abusive priests with credible evidence of a sexual assault. The Tucson Diocese says they have no known victims in their documents.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Weber, Francis J.

Ordained: 1941

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least two alleged victims accused Father Francis J. Weber of sexual molestation that occurred in 1959.

Current Status: Died 1989

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Weitz, Wilfred

Ordained: 1936

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least one individual accused Father Wilfred Weitz of sexual abuse that occurred between 1959 and 1961. Reverend Weitz’s name appears in at least one filed civil lawsuit.

Current Status: Died 1991

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Wempe, Michael Edwin

Ordained: 1966

An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least thirteen alleged victims accused Father Michael Edwin Wempe of sexual assault that occurred between 1972 and 1995. In 2002 and 2003, the LA Archdiocese was served with several molestation lawsuits involving Reverend Wempe. While law enforcement initially charged Father Wempe, the charges were dropped after a change in the state’s statute of limitation laws by the California Supreme Court in 2003. However, that same year, the Reverend was rearrested and convicted on a single count in 2006. In May 2006, the California courts sentenced Wempe to five years in prison. Father Wempe’s victims who filed the civil lawsuit were a part of the December 2006 Los Angeles Archdiocese negotiated settlement to resolve their claims.

Current Status: Convicted and sentenced to prison

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Wertz, Gerald

Ordained: 1988

In February 2011, a filed civil lawsuit accused Father Gerald Wertz of sexually assaulting a fifteen-year-old minor in 1993 and 1994 at the Bellflower, CA St. John Bosco High School. At the time the alleged abuse occurred, Reverend Wertz was a school counselor and teacher. Church officials failed to discipline Wertz after the allegation arose. In 2011, Father Wertz was likely living at the San Francisco Salesian Provincial Residents down the street from the Cathedral school. The December 2018 updated Archdiocese of Los Angeles list revealed that Church officials only recently became aware of the incidents involving Wertz sexually molesting victims in 1993 and 1994.

Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct

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Wishard, John W.

Ordained: 1962

In 1980, Father John W. Wishard pled no contest over criminal charges of oral copulation involving an underage child. The court sentenced Reverend Wishard to five years of probation and then terminated the priest’s probation in 1982. In 1991, the District Attorney’s Office reduced the felony charges to a misdemeanor that was later dismissed. In 1987, Church officials allowed Father Wishard to return to active ministry. In either 1997 or 1998, Wishard retired from the priesthood. Before his dismissal in 2002, Wishard worked as a law enforcement chaplain. In 2002, the Vatican laicized (defrocked) Reverend Wishard to permanently remove him from ministry.

Current Status: Laicized/Defrocked

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Wolfe, Philip Mark

Ordained: 1980

In 1989, Father Philip Mark Wolfe was convicted of sexually assaulting an underage male. Reverend Wolfe received a one-year prison sentence followed by five years of probation. An Archdiocese of Los Angeles report revealed that at least three individuals accused Wolfe of sexual assault that occurred between 1975 and 1989. In 1992, a lawsuit filed the year before was settled out of court between the victims and the Catholic Church. At the time of the alleged assault, Father Wolfe was at the Saint Anthony Seminary. In 2001, an adult male filed a civil lawsuit against the California Franciscans alleging that Wolfe had sexually assaulted him when he was an underage boy in 1982. That incident allegedly occurred in Portland, Oregon, when the priest was visiting family. In May 2002, the Catholic Church settled the case for $10,000. In 2009, two new lawsuits were filed against Reverend Wolfe. The May 2019 Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ list revealed allegations that the Reverend had sexually assaulted minors between 1978 and 1986. Church documents reveal that officials became aware of the allegations in 1988, 1993, and 2009. In 1991, Wolfe had left his religious Order. Three years later, Wolfe committed suicide.

Current Status: Died by suicide 1994

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Wood, William J.

Ordained: 1965

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles named Father William J. Wood in its January 2013 “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” along with twenty-three other religious leaders with credible evidence of sexual molestation. The December 2018 Jesuits West Province List identified Reverend Wood as a sexual assaulter. A 2002 report revealed that he sexually molested an underage child that year. Between 2000 and 2002, Father Wood was assigned to the Los Angeles, CA Verbum Dei High School. Between 2002 and 2004, the priest was reassigned to the Los Gatos Sacred Hearts Jesuit Center. Afterward, until 2008, Woof was at the LA Columbiere House before returning to the Los Gatos Jesuit Center from 2008 until 2014.

Current Status: Died 2014

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Ziemann, G. Patrick

Ordained: 1967

In 1999, Santa Rosa Diocese Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann resigned from his position after a priest filed a civil lawsuit against him, citing a sexual relationship. Upon leaving his position, Ziemann had accrued a $30 million financial debt for the Diocese of Santa Rosa. In 2002, the Bishop faced allegations of sexually assaulting an underage minor in 1968. The victim stated that the molestation lasted several years. In December 2003, Bishop Ziemann was named in a civil lawsuit alleging a conspiracy involving twenty-eight religious leaders in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The allegation involves the priests covering up sexual abuse cases. A report by the Archdiocese identified Ziemann as a sexual assaulter of three innocent victims in incidents that occurred between 1967 and 1986. Until the Bishop’s death, he resided in the Tucson Diocese without faculties.

Current Status: Died 2009

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