|Three Former SA Priests Accused of Sex Abuse
Louis White, David Zumaya, Larry Hernandez Publically Accused in Sunday
March 9, 2009
SAN ANTONIO -- Three former priests of the Archdiocese of San Antonio have been accused of sexual abuse of a minor more than two decades ago, and are asking parishioners who may have been affected to come forward.
The archdiocese released the information Sunday in its various church bulletins across the area, making public the names of the three accused and a list of their assignments throughout their time in the archdiocese. The letter from San Antonio Archbishop Jose Gomez named David Zumaya, Larry Hernandez and Louis White as the priests who allegedly molested a teenage boy between 1978 and 1982.
The three have not been formally charged by law enforcement officials, but the archdiocese said they have forwarded all of their information to police and the district attorney's office.
"We need to tell (parishioners) that the allegations are out there (and) when the men served in their parishes so they can come forward if they need to talk to us," said Deacon Pat Rodgers.
The abuse was alleged to have occurred during the times when all three men served at San Fernando Cathedral, and again when Zumaya was assigned to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Carrizo Springs, Texas, according to a news release. Two of the men, White and Zumaya, had a history of similar accusations by others, according to the archdiocese. Those investigations were handled internally and no other information was available.
"Putting it in their little church bulletins is not going to do it," said Barbara Garcia Boehland of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
Hernandez, ordained in 1978, served at St. James Church in Gonzales, Texas, in 1978, San Fernando Cathedral from 1978 to 1980 and St. Paul's in San Antonio from 1980 to 1982. He left the archdiocese in 1982 and had his priestly duties suspended in 2008 after the allegations arose, according to the news release.
Zumaya worked in the archdiocese from 1977 to 1998. He worked at Our Lady of Grace in San Antonio from 1977 to 1978, Sacred Heart in Uvalde, Texas, from 1978-1980, St. Gregory the Great in San Antonio in 1980, San Fernando from 1980 to 1982, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Carrizo Springs from 1982 to 1986, St. Mary Magdalen in Bracketville, Texas, from 1986 to 1995 and St. Joseph's in Nixon, Texas, from 1995 to 1998. He is no longer in the ministry and has no priestly faculties, according to the release.
White, ordained in 1975, served at St. Ann's in San Antonio between 1975 and 1976, St. Joseph in Yoakum, Texas, from 1976 to 1978, Notre Dame in Kerrville, Texas, from 1978 to 1981, San Fernando from 1981 to 1984, St. Luke in Loire, Texas, from 1984 to 1987 and St. Vincent de Paul in San Antonio from 1987-1988. He left the ministry in 1987 and was laicized -- removed of priestly rights -- in 1988, according to the release.
The alleged victim is currently being ministered by the archdiocese through its Office of Victim Assistance and Safe Environment, according to the release. Anybody with questions or concerns about the three former priests is asked to contact Steve Martinez, the director of the OVASE, at 210-734-7786 or 877-700-1888.
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