Sex Abuse Allegations Against Los Angeles Archdiocese
In Sunday Report: Archdiocese for Years Kept Allegations of Abuse
By Glenn F. Bunting, Ralph Frammolino, and Richard Winton
August 18, 2002
[See also the main
article in this feature and essays on four accused priests: Revs.
Rivera, Michael S. Baker,
and Carl Sutphin.]
The archdiocese has not made the names of accused priests public, but
a review of lawsuits, police reports and internal archdiocese records
found at least 33 priests and one deacon accused of sexual abuse since
Roger M. Mahony became archbishop in 1985.
[ Aguilar Rivera | Ahumada
| Baker | Berumen | Bismonte
| Caffoe | Cotter | Dawson
| Fernando | Fessard |
Granadino | Guerrini
| Henry | Hernandez | Jayawardene
| Kavanaugh | Kearney
| Kelly | Llanos | Miller
| O'Grady | Pina | Rucker
| Salazar | Santillan
| Savino | Savrianandam
| Silva | Sutphin | Tamayo
| Tresler | Van Liefde
| Wempe | Wishard ]
Priests Removed This Year
Fessard, 56, pleaded no contest in 1987 to misdemeanors of
soliciting lewd acts and battery and received 36 months' probation.
Subsequently resided at St. Timothy Church in Los Angeles and St.
Luke Church in Temple City. Could not be reached for comment.
Guerrini, 70, former pastor at St. Mark Church in Venice.
LAPD investigating 1992 claims that he engaged in sexual misconduct
with two teenage girls in the late 1970s. Living at Los Angeles church
retirement home. Denies allegations.
O'Grady, retired in Ireland. Former pastor at St. Anthony
Church in El Segundo. LAPD investigating 1997 claim that he molested
altar girl years earlier. Incident previously reported to El Segundo
police. Could not be reached.
Rucker, 81, retired in 1987 as pastor at Corpus Christi Church
in Pacific Palisades. Forced to move out of rectory in April. LAPD
investigating claims that he molested two girls at St. Anthony Church
in El Segundo in 1960s and four girls at St. Agatha Church in Los
Angeles in early 1970s. Had no comment.
70, retired as associate pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral.
LAPD and Ventura County sheriffs investigating claims that he sexually
abused two pairs of brothers in 1960s and 1970s. Could not be reached
62, retired. LAPD and Ventura County sheriffs investigating claims
that he molested three boys between 1976 and 1985 while serving at
St. Jude Church in Westlake Village, Sacred Heart Church in Ventura
County and St. Mary Church in Palmdale. Could not be reached for comment.
Wishard, 70, retired in 1997. Charged in 1980 with felony
oral copulation involving a boy and pleaded no contest. Sentenced
to probation. Conviction later dismissed. In 1987, returned to active
ministry at St. Genevieve Church in Panorama City and later in Santa
Maria. Could not be reached.
Priests Who Fled
56, out of ministry. Left in 1994 after a high school student reported
allegation of molestation at St. James Church in Redondo Beach to
a counselor at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance. Whereabouts
Jayawardene, 58, returned to Sri Lanka in 1990. Left post
as associate pastor at Glendale's Incarnation Church after learning
of abuse allegations by a teenage boy. Charged in 1991 with six counts
of oral copulation. Prosecutors seeking extradition.
71, returned to his native Ireland from Our Lady of Lourdes Church
in Tujunga after allegedly fondling a young girl. Promised to return
to Los Angeles to face charges, but pleaded no contest to misdemeanor
from Ireland and received three years' probation.
Aguilar Rivera, 60, went to Mexico City after learning of
allegations that he sexually abused altar boys at Our Lady of Guadalupe
Church in El Sereno and St. Agatha Church in Los Angeles. Charges
dismissed in Mexico in 1995. LAPD still investigating.
Savrianandam, 56, returned to India. At St. Paul of the Cross
Church in La Mirada was accused in 1996 by a teenage girl of sexual
touching. Left after being sent to a retreat house by the archdiocese.
Tamayo, died in 1996. Accused in a lawsuit of having sex
with an underage girl in the 1970s and '80s while at St. Philomena
Church in Carson. Later apologized to victim. After he fled to his
native Philippines, the L.A. Archdiocese in 1980s urged him to stay
and become a priest there.
Henry, 49, sentenced to eight years in prison in 1993 after
pleading no contest to committing sex acts on four children from one
family at Holy Redeemer Church in Montrose. Registered sex offender.
Now living on East Coast.
Salazar, 53, sentenced to six years in prison in 1988 after
pleading guilty to molesting two boys, ages 13 and 14, in his living
quarters at St. Lucy Church in East Los Angeles. Registered sex offender.
Arturo Ahumada, 46, sentenced to a year in County Jail in
June for providing pornographic material to two boys and committing
sexual battery on another while serving at Epiphany Church in South
Llanos, committed suicide in 1997. Charged in 1995 on 38
counts of sexual abuse of minors while serving at St. Barnabas Church
in Long Beach and other parishes. A judge dismissed all charges in
1996 because statute of limitations had expired.
Other Priests Under Investigation
Baker, 54, resigned in 2000. Admitted molesting two boys
to Cardinal Mahony in 1986. Reassigned to several parishes until archdiocese
agreed to $1.3-million settlement with two brothers in 2000. Los Angeles
County sheriff investigating. Had no comment.
Berumen, 41, out of ministry. A 25-year-old adult male said
he was abused from 1985 to 1988 while Berumen served at St. Martha
Church in Valinda. Los Angeles district attorney examining files.
Could not be reached.
Bismonte, 72, on leave pending charges filed in April on
four counts of lewd conduct with two teenage girls in Fontana between
1997 and 2001 while at St. Joseph Church in Pomona. Pleaded not guilty.
70, retired. L.A. County sheriff investigating claims that he molested
a teenage girl about a decade ago while serving at St. Joseph Church
in Pomona. Could not be reached.
61, out of ministry. LAPD investigating claims that he molested three
boys in the 1970s and 1980s while serving at Our Lady of Refuge Church
in Long Beach and St. Sebastian Church in Los Angeles. Removed after
allegation in 1992 of sexually abusing a boy in 1970s. Could not be
Fernando, 58, on inactive leave from Assumption Church in
Pasadena. LAPD investigating claim that he fondled a teenage girl
in the 1980s while serving at St. Hilary Church in Pico Rivera. Denies
Granadino, 46, on inactive leave as pastor at St. Francis
of Rome Church in Azusa. L.A. County sheriff investigating claim that
he molested a teenage boy in the 1980s in Norwalk. Denies allegations.
Hernandez, 68, on inactive leave. LAPD investigating claim
that he repeatedly fondled a teenage boy from 1998 to 2002 at county
Central Juvenile Hall. Denies allegations.
Kavanaugh, 56, on inactive leave as pastor of Precious Blood
Church in Los Angeles. LAPD investigating claims that he molested
a teenager in 1973 while serving at Cathedral Chapel in Los Angeles.
Could not be reached.
Kearney, 59, at left, is on inactive leave. L.A. County sheriff
investigating claims that he molested several boys during impromptu
wrestling matches between 1970 and 1995 at St. Francis High School
in La Canada Flintridge. Could not be reached.
Miller, 64, retired. LAPD investigating claims that he
molested boys during the 1970s and 1980s while serving at Guardian
Angel Church in Pacoima. Denies allegations.
Pina, 56, at left. L.A. County sheriff investigating claims
that he sexually abused a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s while serving
at a Los Angeles parish. Could not be reached.
63, on inactive leave. Removed as president of Encino's Crespi Catholic
boys school. LAPD is investigating claims that he molested minors
in the 1970s and 1980s. Could not be reached.
63, now in Bolivia. LAPD investigating claim that he sexually abused
an altar boy in the 1970s while serving at Santa Teresita Church in
Los Angeles. Denies allegations.
54. Oxnard police investigating claim he sexually abused eight boys
from 1979-85 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Alleged victims suing
Silva and archdiocese. Now in Mexico. Denies allegations.
37. Authorities investigating claim that he engaged in sexual misconduct
with a 15-year-old boy in 1998 while serving at Resurrection Church
in Los Angeles. Removed from ministry in Los Angeles. Now serving
as a priest in Peru. Could not be reached for comment.
Christian Van Liefde, 53, on inactive leave as pastor of
St. Genevieve Church in Panorama City. LAPD investigating claim that
he sexually abused a minor in 1974. Could not be reached.