||From Mexico, ordained in Yakima. Removed from public ministry 5/5/17, as reported by the diocese 6//12/17, for the "forcible fondling" of a teenage boy 5 or 6 years prior. Church deemed allegation credible. Gomez Santos denied the allegation, but admitted to giving alcohol, massages and gifts to minors, including trips to Disneyland. He also allowed teens to sleep over in his parish residences. Said by diocese to be living in supervised setting. No criminal charges due to 3-year statute of limitations in WA. Lawsuit v diocese filed 10/17 re alleged abuse of teen boy at St. Juan Diego parish in Cowiche in 2012. On diocese's list 7/9/19. It notes laicization process underway.
Clay Center Dispatch 06.12.17; El Sol de Yakima 06.12.17; KIMA 06.12.17; Yakima Herald 06.12.17; NBC Right Now 06.13.17; Daily Sun 06.14.17; Yakima Herald-Republic 10.25.17; AP via US News and World Report 10.26.17; KIMA TV 10.26.17; Diocese of Yakima List 07.09.19