Fr. Emmanuel O. Omemaga

Ordained: 1983
Status: Charged

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Originally from the Philippines. Came to San Diego in 1990. Charged in 1993 with 40 counts of abusing a 14-yr-old girl just after returning from Pope John Paul II's Mass in Denver 8/93. Mom told diocese and he confessed. Surrendered faculties 10/93 and fled to Philippines. Considered a fugitive from criminal charges. Civil suit also filed. Name appears on 3/07 San Diego list of priests with credible allegations. Still a fugitive in 2010. Personnel file released 10/10.

San Diego priest who covered up sex assault placed in charge of sex abuse hotline

The Raw Story

07 DEC 2015

A group representing victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests has blasted the San Diego Catholic Diocese for appointing a priest who admitted to destroying documents detailing sexual assaults to oversee their sex abuse hotline.

Likening him to “an admitted embezzler [who] shouldn’t oversee bank accounts,” Melanie Sakoda of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) said Fr. Steven Callahan shouldn’t be allowed to “oversee abuse reports.”

Callahan is listed as the Victims’ Assistance Coordinator on the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego website — with a phone number to call the priest as well as an email address.

In a court deposition in 2007, after approximately 150 men and women filed suit against the San Diego diocese over sexual abuse claims, Callahan admitted to destroying documents in the early 90’s implicating a fellow priest.