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Important Youth Safety Information

San Antonio Catholic Church
October 3, 2010

http://www.sanantoniochurch.org/pdfs/bulletins/oct/10_bulletin_1003.pdf

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In keeping with our Diocesesan and Parish Policy against Sexual Misconduct with Minors and our pledge to be vigilant in the best interests of the children and youth of our parishes, we alert you to a current serious matter.

In late June of 2009 a complaint was filed in superior court against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange pertaining to alleged incidents of sexual misconduct that reportedly took place while the plaintiff was a student at St. Justin Martyr School from 1978 - 1986. The complaint alleges that in 2006 the plaintiff recovered dormant memories of abuse, repressed since childhood. This complaint named three former priests and one former lay employee at the time of its filing.

Earlier this year the plaintiff also recovered memory of abuse by another priest while at St. Justin Martyr. The plaintiff, through his attorney, reported an allegation against Rev. Timothy Ramaekers pertaining to when he was a parochial vicar at St. Justin Martyr Church in 1986. Rev. Ramaekers is currently the pastor of St. Joseph Church in Placentia, where he has served since 1997.

In keeping with established policy, upon receiving the allegations against Fr. Ramaekers, the Diocese of Orange Sexual Misconduct Oversight and Review Board launched an investigation conducted by an independent investigator. To date, this investigation has resulted in finding NO credible evidence to support this allegation against Rev. Ramaekers. Fr. Ramaekers, who was

ordained in 1982, and has not been the subject of any past complaints of such misconduct.

We are requested to announce this because of current reporting mandates. Should anyone have any information regarding alleged misconduct on the part of Rev. Timothy Ramaekers, you are requested to report such information directly to the Anaheim Police Department at (714) 765-1521. We also want to remind you of the Diocesan Assistance Ministry Program and the toll free reporting line 1-800-374-3046.


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