San Fernando Valley Priest Removed For Suspected Inappropriate Conduct

CBS News [New York NY]

January 29, 2019


 A priest from a congregation in the San Fernando Valley has been removed after reports of inappropriate conduct.

“Surprising because the father was a really good man.”

That was the reaction from Giovanni Rios after he learned Father Juan Cano, who had served as an associate pastor at Our Lady of Grace Church in Encino.

In a statement from the L.A. Archdiocese, Cano “was removed from ministry and placed on administrative leave as a result of reports of inappropriate contact by Father Cano involving several females in the parish, including one who is a current minor.”

Rios says parishioners learned about the move at the end of Sunday Mass.

“It was really general. It wasn’t like detailed.  But you know, something happened with children or something like that,” Rios said.