Suit Filed over Hermiston Abuse Accusations
September 5, 2014
The Capuchin Franciscans, the Diocese of Baker and Our Lady of Angels Church in Hermiston are being sued for $8.1 million by a man who says a friar abused him 26 years ago.
The federal suit, which withholds the identity of the accuser, names Capuchin Father Luis Jaramillo for abuse allegedly committed in 1988 and 1989. The accuser says Father Jaramillo prepared him as an altar boy and abused him on parish grounds.
The suit says Father Jaramillo was transferred to Hermiston after committing abuse in California and that the priest admitted to the Hermiston incidents. The suit says Capuchin leaders dissuaded the boy’s mother from contacting local police.
Father Jaramillo was sent to New Mexico for counseling.