Documents Detail Abuse Allegations
By Martin Espinoza firstname.lastname@example.org
The Press Democrat [Santa Rosa CA]
July 28, 2006
[See also Walsh Defends Delay in Ochoa Case: Santa Rosa Bishop
Says Keeping Priest from Kids Was His First Priority and That Filing a
Report Didn't Cross His Mind, by Martin Espinoza, Press Democrat (7/28/06).]
As the search for fugitive priest Xavier Ochoa moves south into Mexico,
details have emerged that paint a more sinister pattern of alleged sexual
Until this week, most of the information released about the investigation
has described a Sonoma Valley priest who collected pornography and frequently
touched and kissed young Latino boys.
But in documents supporting the federal no-bail warrant issued this week
against Ochoa, investigators say the Roman Catholic priest brought a 15-year-old
boy - now an adult in his 30s - from Mexico and installed him in his diocese-owned
residence where the two engaged in regular, sometimes violent, sex.
"If victim No. 3 refused to cooperate with Ochoa, Ochoa would violently
rape him," wrote Sonoma County Sheriff's Detective Ruben Martinez.
"Victim No. 3 thought Ochoa had sex with him two to three times a
week for approximately one year.
"Victim No. 3 stated that he was young and he did not know how to
stop Ochoa from sexually molesting him."
The affidavit says the abuse started when he was 14 and living in Carichi,
"Victim No. 3 was approximately 15 years old when Ochoa got permission
from victim No. 3's parents to bring him to Cotati .. . Victim No. 3 was
approximately 16 years old when the molestation from Ochoa stopped,"
according to Detective Martinez.
It was this alleged victim who tipped off sheriff's investigators to a
storage unit that Ochoa rented just before he left the county. Authorities
seized a plastic penis, videos of "men having sexual activities"
and other pornographic material.
Michael Meadows, a Walnut Creek attorney representing Ochoa's alleged
victims, said he has documented at least nine abuse victims from three
families. He believes Ochoa was molesting at least one boy at any given
time since he came to Sonoma County from Mexico in the late 1980s.
"This guy is a classic serial child molester," said Meadows.
"It's difficult to calculate the exact number of boys he molested."