King of County Pedophiles
A Conversation with a Police Report on Admitted Pederast Eleuterio Ramos
By Gustavo Arellano
Orange County Weekly
February 5, 2004
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articles by Gustavo Arellano.]
The Diocese of Orange has sheltered its share of child molesters over
the years. There was John Lenihan, who admitted to sleeping with two pubescent
girls during the 1970s yet continued presiding over Mass at different
churches for more than 20 years. Always memorable is Andrew Christian
Andersen, convicted in 1986 of molesting four altar boys while at St.
Bonaventure in Huntington Beach and arrested in New Mexico in 1993 for
luring a 14-year-old into a car and attempting to rape him over three
hours. And how can anyone forget former St. John the Baptist pastor Jerome
Henson, who was caught in a graveyard by a Sacramento-area police officer
in 1981 with the legs of a 13-year-old boy wrapped around his shoulders?
But the king of county pedophiles remains Father Eleuterio Ramos. The
diocese is still dealing with Ramosí legacy even though he hasnít served
in the county since 1991. Church officials didnít get around to defrocking
Ramos until last year, when a 33-year-old male victim filed a lawsuit
against the Orange diocese in Orange County Superior Court seeking damages
for alleged repeated abuse at the hands of Ramos; the lawsuit is pending.
This litigation comes nearly a decade after diocesan lawyers settled two
cases involving Ramos during the early 1990s for undisclosed amounts.
Ramosí superiors maintained his innocence while settling the complaints,
ignoring evidence presented against the priest that included written confessions
by him and suggestive love letters Ramos sent to victims.
We wanted to ask Ramos about some of his favorite memories of Orange County
over the years, but he now lives in a Pico Rivera apartment and refuses
to speak to the press. So filling in for the ex-priest is a May 2003 Orange
police report. Itís part of the most recent lawsuit against Ramos and
features him admitting to detectives that he repeatedly molested the plaintiff
and at least 25 other boys during a decade-long stint in the county. Included
in that police report is an incident in which the victim alleges Ramos
allowed three men to bind, blindfold and rape the then-14-year-old in
a San Diego motel in 1984.
OC Weekly: Father Ramos, what was your most memorable vacation
as a priest?
Orange Police Report: The third incident occurred when [the victim] came
back on vacation for the 1984 Olympics. [The victim] V-3 said he was 14
years old and in 10th grade. Ramos drove up from [Tijuana], where the
[Orange Diocese] had sent him. Ramos took V-3 to Mexico where they drank
Iím sure you found the Tijuana lodgings too seedy for an overnight
They came back to the U.S. side of the border and rented a hotel room.
V-3 said when he took his clothes off to shower, Ramos started rubbing
his body including his buttocks, telling V-3 he had nice muscles. V-3
said later that night, he woke up to Ramos orally copulating him until
the point of orgasm.
So later on in the day, you returned to Mexico and spent the day
riding horses, eating and drinking with the boy. How did you finish the
That evening, back on the U.S. side of the border, Ramos took V-3 into
a pornographic-video business, where he told V-3 to look at some movies.
How about your friends? Did you invite them to join the both of
Ramos spoke with three unknown men. They went back to the hotel room,
where V-3 was going to take a shower. Ramos took Polaroid photos of V-3ís
penis. Ramos then held V-3ís penis and stroked it until his penis became
erect and then orally copulated V-3. Ramos also inserted his finger into
V-3ís anus while [he] orally copulated him to the point of orgasm.
After such a long day, the boy probably went straight to sleep.
V-3 said he grabbed something to put over his face because he did not
want to see what was going on. V-3 said although he did not want the incidents
to occur, he did not resist in any way. V-3 said he blocked the incident
out of his mind and spent five to six years in therapy to be able to talk
about the following incident.
Did you and your friends talk late into the night?
V-3 said he heard a knock on the door, and three strange voices entered
the room. V-3 said the three strangers proceeded to sodomize and orally
copulate V-3, including hav[ing] V-3 orally copulate them. V-3 said two
subjects would sodomize him at the same time while the other subject would
place his penis in his mouth, and then they would switch, and two subjects
would place their penises in his mouth at the same time while the other
subject would sodomize him. V-3 said at one point, they tied him up, which
he did not physically resist.
Guys tend to be messyówas the motel room left in good shape after
you checked out?
V-3 said when they took the blindfold off, he noticed blood, semen and
feces on the sheet. . . . An unknown subject or Ramos was taking pictures.