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Fr. Rubin Abaya

Ordained: 1977
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

One of seven priests named as defendants in 1984 civil suits filed by a 16-year-old girl sexually abused by Santiago (Henry) Tamayo and then by six other Filipino priests in Los Angeles. All fled the country (with support from Archdiocese) after suits filed. Others include Henry Caboang, Valentine Tugade, Sylvio Lacar, Victor Balbin, and Angelo Cruces. One of the priests (revealed in 2007 to have been Tugade) fathered the girl's child. Archdiocese contributed to support of child after dismissal of one suit. Survivor received $500K as part of the large 2007 Los Angeles settlement.

Fr. Jeffrey N. Acebo

Ordained: 1986
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

As a newly ordained priest, Acebo confessed to Bishop Cummins in 1986 that he had molested a 16-year-old girl. He wanted to make the 'relationship' public but Bishop refused. He sent Acebo for treatment and reassigned him. Acebo served in four parishes over the next 15 years. Named in civil suit and apology service. On the diocese's list in 2019. It notes abuse 1986-88, and that he was removed in 4/02. Given a life of prayer and penance.

Fr. Nicolas Aguilar-Rivera

Ordained: 1970
Status: Charged

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Priest of the the diocese of Tehuacan, Mexico, where he was accused in 1987. Would have young men and teenagers spend the night with him at his parish rectory. Severely beaten in 1986 or 1987, possibly one or more of these guests. Sent to the U.S. Archdiocese of Los Angeles, assigned to a parish. Warrant issued 1988 for abuse of at least two boys. L.A. archdiocesan officials didn't contact police until after confronting Aguilar. Fled to Mexico. Reportedly abused at least 26 boys in L.A. in 10 months. Estimated to have abused at least 60 children in Mexico, before and after his time in the U.S. Criminally charged in Mexico in 1997, convicted in 2003. Not sentenced, allowed to stay in ministry. In 9/2006, some survivors filed suit in L.A. accusing a Cardinal from Mexico of covering up Aguilar's past and helping him transfer to U.S. before abuse. Laicization announced in 7/2009. New suits 6/2009, 8/2010, 12/2010 and 3/2013. Personnel files released 1/2013. Settlement of 11 claims 2/18/2014. Suit filed 6/2014 by two brothers claiming Aguilar sexually abused them at St. Agatha's in L.A. in 1987, when they were ages 9-11; settled 12/2015. In 2013 was known to be wanted for sexual abuse in Mexico and L.A. Reportedly in 12/2020, the Archdiocese of Mexico City said they believed Aguilar was dead and that they were not aware of complaints against him.

Deacon Arturo Federico Ahumada

Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Deacon. Pleaded no contest in 3/02 of providing pornographic material to two boys and to misdemeanor sexual battery on one of them between 1999-2000 at Epiphany Church in South El Monte. Taken into custody in 5/02 pending sentencing. Sentenced 6/02 to one year in county jail, a 44-month suspended state prison term and five years felony probation. Required to register as sex offender. Per the Los Angeles archdiocese's list in 12/18, Ahumada is deceased.

Fr. Pierre Albalaa

Ordained: 1995
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Maronite Rite priest with authority to practice within Maronite and Latin Rite churches. Suspended from ministry at a Columbus OH parish in 5/18 due to an investigation in Los Angeles of a credible allegation that he has sexually abused a minor in 2004. On the Los Angeles archdiocese's updated list 12/6/18; noted to have left the archdiocese in 2007. On Columbus diocese's list 3/1/19. Removed from ministry.

Fr. Thomas G. Allender

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

Named publicly as accused by the Diocese of Sacramento on its list 4/30/2019. Worked at Jesuit High School 1970-1975. Report from Jesuits West to the diocese in 2019 of allegation deemed credible of abuse of a boy 1970-1975. Included on the Jesuits West Province list in 12/2020. Noted to have been removed from ministry and living under a safety plan at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, CA.

Fr. Joseph F. Alzugaray

Ordained: 1967
Status: Sued

Died: 01/31/2014
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Ordained for Los Angeles, incardinated into Diocese of Santa Rosa 6/17/96. Sued 2004. Accused of abuse of girl, age 8. He sued her for defamation of character (also sued SNAP and woman's attorney); his suit dismissed 4/06. Diocese said he was absolved of wrongdoing in 1995 and again in 2005. SNAP sued him for malicious prosecution and settled. Diocese reopened the investigation 2/08. Bishop ignored Review Board's advice; he was still active as of 4/10. Retired 10/31/11. Died 01/31/14. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19. Noted to have been accused in 1993 of abuse 1967-93 in L.A.

Fr. Andrew Christian Andersen

Ordained: 1982
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Convicted in 1986 of 26 counts of felony molestation of four boys. Sentenced to five years probation after treatment at Servants of the Paraclete. Continued to molest boys while in therapy. Arrested in New Mexico in 1990 for abuse of another youth. Sentenced to six years prison for violating CA probation. Laicized in the mid-1990s. Prior to 2005 there were $4.62M in settlements regarding Andersen.

Fr. Henry F. Angelino

Ordained: 1943
Status: Arrested

Died: 08/30/1986
Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Named publicly as credibly accused on the Fresno diocese's list in 2021. Ordained for the Diocese of Monterey-Fresno. Noted to have left the diocese in 1952. The 1954 Official Catholic Directory (which reflects 1953-54) shows Angelino as a priest of the Monterey-Fresno diocese, retired. The following year he is indexed as a U.S. Army chaplain. Per news articles in April 1952, Angelino was arrested and charged on two counts of "immoral conduct" with a boy, and admitted to "improper conduct" with two boys for over more than a year. He was pastor of Sacred Heart in Merced at the time. In 1977 a news piece shows that Angelino was appointed by the Orthodox Roman Catholic Movement to Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Walnut Creek CA. Angelino died in 1986.


Fr. Aloysius (Luis William) Antlitz

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Order: OFM
Ordained: 1930
Status: Accused

Died: 08/28/1992
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Also known as Luis William Antlitz. Entered the Franciscans in 1924. Named publicly as accused on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/2019. Allegations noted of the sexual abuse of minors 1934-1950s, with a report in 1934. Worked in CA, AZ and NM. Antlitz left the order in 1966. Incardinated into the Diocese of Alexandria LA in 10/1966, where he was assigned in Moreaubille, Alexandria, Pineville and Ebarb. He died in 8/1992.

Fr. Francis Arakal

Order: OCD
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Stockton CA

From India. Arrived in the U.S. in 1998. Placed on leave in 4/02, reinstated in 7/02. A woman filed suit in 9/02 claiming Arakal had touched her 13-year-old daughter on her breasts in a sexual manner in 2001. Also accused of touching the breasts and pelvic area of younger daughter. One girl told another priest who told Arakal; both men confronted the girl. Jury cleared Arakal of sexual battery but awarded family $20K for way the two priests responded. In 2009 Arakal was parochial vicar at St. Bernard in Tracy, CA.

Fr. Sofronio A. Aranda

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Per March 1996 obituary, Aranda was born in the Philippines and arrived in the U.S. in 1975. Worked in Corona for five years. Moved to Texas in 1992 or 1993, where he worked in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston as chaplain at a county hospital. Named by the diocese in 2004 as one of six priests accused of the sexual abuse of minors. Allegations against all six were received during 2003 and deemed credible. Subject of $1.55M settlement in 2005. Died in 3/1996.

Fr. Peter Gomez Armstrong

Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Died: 11/17/2009
Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Monsignor. Parish priest, longtime director of boys' homes, CYO director. Held numerous chancery positions. Chaplain for the San Francisco 49ers. At some point between 1992 and 2002 a teenage Marin County boy accused Armstrong of having improper contact with him.  Died 11/17/2009.

Deacon Alejandro Arroyo

Ordained: 1991
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

Deacon. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 4/30/19, Assigned to St. Anthony's in Winters 1991-2012. Two allegations received by the diocese in 2012 of abuse of girls under age 14, occurring 1977-83. One of the allegations had been reported to the parish in 2009, but not to the diocese. Removed from ministry and faculties withdrawn in 2012.

Bishop Juan Arzube

Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Died: 12/25/2007
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

From Ecuador. Ordained for Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In 2003 allegations arose of abuse of an 11-year-old boy 1975-76, while pastor at St. Alphonsus parish in East Los Angeles. L.A. archdiocese listed one accuser. Arzube denied the allegations. Retired in 1993. Named in a civil suit which was included in $660M settlement with archdiocese in summer 2007. Died 12/25/07. Limited personnel file released 1/13.

Br. Gregory Atherton

Order: OSM
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Sued in 1993, accused of abuse of three boys. Per LA archdiocese's 2/04 report, there were five accusers alleging abuse 1967-86. Also accused of abusing in the Diocese of Orange where two suits were filed in 1/03. Orange settled in 2005 for $4,169,325 but did not include Atherton on its list of accused priests. Reportedly in 2002, he was still a member of his order, working at the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother in Portland, OR, under close supervision. The L.A. archdiocese's list in 12/21 shows Atherton to be deceased.

Fr. Edmund Austin

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Order: OFM
Ordained: 1927
Status: Sued

Died: 05/23/1975
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

One of several religious assigned to Santa Barbara who were named as abusers in civil suit filed in 8/08 which alleged that the Franciscans constituted "an ongoing public nuisance as a result of their practice of shuttling pedophile priests among communities without warning members of the public that a sexual predator might be in their midst." Abuse allegedly took place in the 1970s.

Fr. Saul Ayala

Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

From the Archdiocese of Morelia in Mexico. Arrived in CA in 1982, incardinated into the Diocese of San Bernardino. In 6/2002 an allegation of "sexual harassment and misconduct involving a minor" was filed with the church by a woman. Placed on leave. In 9/2002 two sisters filed suit alleging Ayala abused them at ages 7 and 9 in 1988 and 1989 when he baby-sat them. Their mother had reported their abuse to the Diocese in the late 1980s, with no response. The Diocese settled with them for $30K in 2004. Ayala moved to Mexico shortly after he was placed on leave; possibly in active ministry there. Indications in 2014 he was a retired priest there. Name included on the San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/2018, noted to be "permanently barred from ministry in the Diocese."


Fr. James W. Aylward

Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Accused of abuse of a boy in 1997. Another priest saw them "wrestling" and notified authorities. The boy denied the abuse but his parents sued. Settled for $750K in 2000. Aylward was supported by the archbishop until Aylward admitted in a 1999 deposition that he inappropriately touched numerous boys over a 12-year period. Placed on leave in 2000. Retired in 2005.

Fr. Lawrence J. Baird

Order: CPPS
Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Monsignor. Longtime spokesman for the diocese. Accused in 2002 of abusing a girl who came to him for advice after being abused by Rev. John Lenihan. Baird countersued plaintiff in 4/02. His suit was dismissed in 2002 and he was ordered to pay attorney fees for plaintiff. A second woman also alleged abuse as a child. Continued in active ministry. Retired in 2017.

Fr. Michael Stephen Baker

Ordained: 1974
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

At least 23 accusers. Told Cardinal Mahony in 1986 that he had sexually abused two boys. Sent to treatment in NM, returned to ministry in nine more parishes; continued to abuse many more children. The two brothers settled in 2000 for $1.3M for abuse 1984-1999, beginning when they were ages 5 and 7. Baker continued to abuse the boys after the family moved to Mexico in 1986, despite being 'monitored' by the archdiocese. He would fly the boys to CA and AZ. Removed from ministry. Laicized in 12/2000. Arrested in 2003, charged with over 12 offenses against boys ; charges dropped due to CA Supreme Court ruling. Arrested again in 1/2006. Included in a 12/2006 $60M settlement involving 22 priests. Also included in a 7/2007 massive $660M settlement. Pleaded guilty in 12/2007 to abuse of two boys. Sentenced to 10 years and 4 months in prison. New suit in 6/2010. Released on parole in 10/2011. Arrested for probation violations in 11/2011 and in 9/2012. Some personnel files released in 1/2013. Settlement with 4 in 3/2013 for $9.9M. Suit filed in 2/2020 v the archdiocese and Cardinal Mahony related to Baker's abuse of a boy, ages 6-10, in 1993-1997 at St. Columbkille in South Los Angeles. Confessed to abuse of children in the U.S., Mexico, Thailand and Nepal.

Fr. Felipe Baldonado

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1938
Status: Accused

Died: 12/3/2003
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Named publicly as accused by the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans on its list 5/31/2019. Allegation received in 2003 of abuse in 1959. Included on the Las Cruces diocese's list 6/24/2019, where he worked at Holy Cross Retreat Center in 1969. Died in 2003. Added to Stockton list in 11/2020, where he had faculties 1953-1964 as a mission preacher.

Fr. Edward Lawrence Ball

Order: MSC
Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Died: 10/25/2016
Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

Indicted in 9/92 on four counts of abuse of a minor; pleaded guilty to one count. Sentenced to nine months in jail and five years probation. Three victims. Family of two boys settled out of court in 1994. Criminally charged in 1999 with 31 counts of sexually abusing two other boys 1979-1986. Sentenced to three years in prison. Settlement of $4.2M from Diocese and Order in 6/03. On Sex Offender Registry. On San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/18. Died in 2016. Included on the Order's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Theodore Baquedano Pech

Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Priest of the Archdiocese of Yucatan, Mexico, assigned in the Archdiocese of San Francisco CA 1967-1975.  In 1993 a 30-year-old woman reported to San Francisco that Baquedano Pech sexually abused her for several years, beginning when she was 11; the Archdiocese said it was not responsible because he was a visiting priest. She repeatedly warned Mexico church officials, but was kept in ministry there. The woman sued the San Francisco Archdiocese and received a settlement in 2006. He was suspended 4/26/2010 by the Yucatan archdiocese, just after the allegations appeared in a Washington Post news article. 


Fr. Roberto A. Barco

Ordained: 1983
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

From Argentina, Diocese of Chascomus. Assigned to San Salvador parish in Colton, CA 2009 and St. Louis parish in Cathedral City, CA 2011-2014. Included on San Bernardino diocese list 10/9/18. Accused in 4/16 of child sex abuse in 2009-10. Police report filed. Was working in Los Angeles archdiocese at time of report. Removed in 5/16. Returned to Argentina. On Los Angeles archdiocese's list updated 12/6/18.

Fr. Kevin P. Barmasse

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Ordained: 1982
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Sued in 2003. Accused of abuse 1982-1988. (Also allegations in Tucson, AZ). The L.A. archdiocese counted eight accusers. Settlement in AZ in 2005/2006 under bankruptcy plan for five claiming abuse by Barmasse. These individuals also sued the L.A. archdiocese and were included in massive $660M settlement in 7/07. Criminal investigation reopened in AZ in 7/07. Laicized 5/2/06 per L.A. personnel file released in 1/13.

Fr. Orlando Alberto Battagliola

Ordained: 1963
Status: Sued

Died: 02/17/1977
Diocese: Diocese of Monterey CA

From Argentina. Arrived in the Monterey-Fresno diocese in 1963. Reportedly the diocese had knew of allegations against Battagliola in 1967. In the late 1990s a woman told the diocese that in 1974 Battagliola sexually abused her son, who was then a 14-year-old altar boy, in San Luis Obispo. Battagliola frequently visited their home. One night Battagliola took the boy for a drive, got him drunk, and had sex with him; the boy contracted a sexually transmitted disease. Lawsuit filed in 2003.  Battagliola was found murdered in a San Francisco motel room in 2/77. He had been seen checking into the room with a young man in his early 20s. Personnel file released in 1/13. Included on the Monterey diocese's 1/2/19 list of credibly accused.


Fr. John Bauer

Ordained: 1963
Status: Convicted

Died: 10/26/1992
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Ordained for the Diocese of Helena, MT. Director of Catholic Charities. Left active priesthood in 1970.Taught Social Work classes at Montana State University 1970-1981. Opened a sex shop/adult book store in Bozeman, MT in 1981, and another in Spokane. Referred to as "Priest of Porn." On the run for 8 months after a drug-related arrest in 1988. Sold store prior to his 12/1989 arrest. Pleaded no contest in 1990 in Los Angeles to charges of making child porn videos in Mexico and California, recruiting young Mexican boys to participate. Sentenced to 8 years in prison. Died of a heart attack in federal prison in 1992. Included on the Helena diocese's list posted to its website 4/29/2015 in compliance with the non-monetary terms of the 3/5/2015 bankruptcy settlement.

Fr. Gaspar Bautista

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

From the Diocese of Tulancingo in Huejutla, Mexico. Incardinated into the Diocese of Fresno CA in 2004. Placed on leave in 3/2016 due to allegations of inappropriate behavior with a minor when he was assigned to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Allegations not made public until 10/2018. On the Los Angeles archdiocese's updated list 12/6/2018, which noted a report in 2016 of incidents in 1999 or 2000. Case closed by the Vatican's CDF after it deemed the allegations not proven. Per the Los Angeles archdiocese's list in 12/2021, the Fresno diocese expected to restore Bautista's faculties. 


Fr. John M. Beatty

Order: CSV
Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Died: 07/9/1997
Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Parish priest, high school teacher, hospital chaplain. Worked in the Diocese of Peoria until 1963, when he was transferred to San Diego. Died in 7/1997. First named publicly as accused on the San Diego diocese's 9/14/2018 list. Added to the Diocese of Joliet's list in 2/2021. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report. Report in 1955 to Beatty's superior, Fr. John Burke, that Beatty fondled a St. Patrick Central Catholic High School student, age 16. Beatty was transferred. (Burke is also an accused priest.) Beatty's victim did not come forward again until he spoke with the Attorney General's investigators in 2018. In 2004 another former St. Patrick's student had reported abuse by Beatty in the early 1960s; the allegation was deemed credible, but not publicized.

Fr. Joseph C. Bell

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

First named publicly as accused on the San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/18. Assigned to St. Peter and St. Paul in Alta Loma 1985-86. Died in 1/87. Per diocese, it was first aware in 1985 of allegations in the 1960s-70s. Abuse reportedly occurred in IN, KY and NY. (There was also a Wheeling WV diocesan priest, Fr. Joseph G. Bell, who died in 6/86.)


Fr. Gerardo Beltran Rico

Ordained: 1982
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

 Warrant issued in 1992 for alleged abuse in 1991 of young girls in Sacramento CA. Fled to Mexico before warrant could be served; became an active priest in the Archdiocese of Acapulco. Reports in 2007 that Mexican villagers wanted him removed because of rumors about him and teen girls for many years. Another US accuser (male) came forward in 2/2007. Suit filed in 3/2007. Diocese sued accuser in 8/2007. Rico was arrested in Mexico in 3/2008; released in 8/2008 before extradition. Another alleged victim came forward in 4/2008. Laicization announced in 2008. More accusations surfaced. On the Sacramento diocese's list 4/30/2019, showing twelve female accusers and three male, all abused under age 14. New allegations in 2019 and 2020 that he sexually abused boys under age 18 and 14. Remained a fugitive as of 10/2021, on the FBI's Most Wanter list. 


Fr. Gustavo Benson

Ordained: 1972
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

Full surname Benson Sotomayor. Accused of abusing at least three boys in San Bernardino, Barstow and Colton in the 1970s and 1980s. Arrested in 1/1987. Pleaded no contest to sexual abuse of one altar boy while working in Barstow CA. Sent to Via Coeli, NM for treatment and ordered to register as a sex offender. With San Bernardino Bishop Starling's approval Benson was transferred in 1987 to the Diocese of Tijuana, México. Tijuana Bishop Emilio Berlie was informed of Benson's past. Two filed suit in 12/2003. Benson's name was included in 3/2007 on the San Diego diocese list. Personnel file released in 10/2010. In 2010 Benson remained an active priest in St. San Judas Ta Deo Church, Ensenada, México. As of 2017, he was believed to be living in Tucson, AZ. Included on the San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/2018.


Fr. Christopher Berbena

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1980
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse in 1980. One accuser, per the L.A. archdiocese on its list of accused priests in 2004. Working in Oakland when placed on leave. Returned to active ministry within a month after the archdiocese could not supply information on the accuser. Named in a civil suit as one of ten accused Franciscans. Settlement announced 8/10/06. Placed on leave again in 2006. Reinstated in 2/08 after archdiocese could not substantiate the accusation.

Fr. Thomas Bettencourt

Ordained: 1976
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of San Jose CA

First named publicly as accused on the diocese's 10/18/18 list. Allegation reported in 1997 that Bettencourt engaged in sexual misconduct with a child while assigned to St. Justin's in 1982. Bettencourt died of AIDS 2/25/90. Lawsuit in 2021 by a man alleging he was drugged and raped at age 16 in 1981 by Bettencourt, and that he contracted HIV as a result.

Br. Salvatore Billante

Order: SDB
Status: Guilty plea

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Abused as many as 25 boys 1969-1989. Pled guilty to abuse of one; sentenced to eight years' prison in 1989. Released in 1994. Registered sex offender. Left the Salesians. Arrested again in 2002 for abuse of one; charges dropped after CA Supreme Court decision. Named in 2003 civil suit. On Oakland diocese's list in 2019. More suits with claims against Billante were filed under the CA Child Victims Act between 2020-2022.


Fr. Honesto Bayranta Bismonte

Ordained: 1954
Status: Guilty plea

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

From the Philippines. Arrived in CA 1981. Assigned to St. Joseph's in Pomona when removed in 4/2002 due to allegations of abuse of two sisters, ages 12 and 8, 1997-2001. The abuse occurred at the girls' aunt's home in Fontana. Arrested. Pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in 2003. Received two years probation. One of the two sisters filed suit in 11/2019. After the girls came forward in 2002, a 32 woman alleged she was sexually battered by Bismonte ten years prior.


Fr. Robert Boley

Order: OCarm
Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Worked in IL, NJ, Ontario CA, KY, CA, WDC, WI, PA and MA. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 2006 in L.A. of "accosting" a young girl at a parish in the early 1980s. At the time the suit was filed, Boley was working as parochial vicar in Darien, IL. He left the assignment in 10/2006 and moved to a Carmelite house in Joliet under a "safety plan." Case included in massive 7/2007 $660M settlement by L.A. Archdiocese with 508 plaintiffs. Added 11/22/2020 to the Diocese of Joliet's list of accused. Allegations in a lawsuit of repeatedly sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl, including rape, in the 1980s at St. Cyril's Parish School in Chicago. Settled in 6/2022. Boley was the girl's teacher; the abuse would allegedly occur when he would make her stay inside during recess under the guise of helping her with her math homework. Boley's accuser said that she likely wasn't the only child he abused because he had someone stay in for recess every day. Included on the Chicago archdiocese's list in 10/2022. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Anthony Bolger

Ordained: 1969
Status: Sued

Died: 01/7/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Santa Rosa CA

Ordained for Diocese of Santa Rosa. Reportedly placed on leave in 1978. Assigned the same year to St. Anthony's in Kailua, HI. Incardinated into the Diocese of Honolulu 6/18/1984. Accused of abusing a boy at St. Anthony's 1978-1981. Bolger was teacher at the school. Allowed to retire for 'medical' reasons in 2002. Civil suit filed 5/8/2013. Same plaintiff says he was abused by Bishop Ferrario while Ferrario was still a priest at St. Anthony's. Possibly named as accused (but not defendant) in original suit against Ferrario. Died 1/7/2015 in Tijuana, Mexico, where he had been living. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/2019. It notes he was accused in 1994 of abuse of a minor 1972-1973, and that Honolulu was notified in 1994. Accused in one or more lawsuits sometime between 2019-2022. 


Fr. Jean-Pierre Bongila

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1991
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 11/2004 of sexually abusing a girl 1996-2000, starting when she was ages 16-17. Bongila was working in the Archdiocese of San Francisco during the time in question. He denied the allegations. The suit settled in 2006. The archdiocese investigated and reportedly "cleared" Bongila. In 2013 a second lawsuit reportedly was filed, claiming Bongila sexually abused a male under age 18. It was dismissed in 7/2019 because of lack of participation from the plaintiff in the case. Bongila began work in 2006 as the founding director of the International Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis MN, where he remained as of 1/2022.


Fr. James T. Booth

Ordained: 1946
Status: Sued

Died: 01/24/2012
Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

A woman filed suit in 2/03 alleging that Booth abused her when she was age 15 in the late 1960s. A second woman filed suit in 12/03 alleging that he molested her 1965-67. He left the priesthood in 1971 to marry a 19-year-old university student. He later became an Episcopal priest, living in California. He denied all allegations. Name appears on list released by San Diego Diocese 3/07. Personnel file released 10/24/10. Died 1/24/12.

Fr. Leland Boyer

Ordained: 1949
Status: Sued

Died: 01/14/2003
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Sued in 2003, accused of abusing 1973-82. L.A. archdiocese in 2004 counted two accusers. Retired 1/15/94. Died 1/14/03. Personnel file released in 1/13 revealed three complaints 1990-2002. Placed on restricted ministry in 1995 after a man alleged that Boyer molested him in the rectory at least twice at age 13 in 1982-83. File revealed another complaint from the early 1980s involving open-mouth kissing of a young man. Three more complainants known.

Fr. Edward Boyle

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Order: CSsR
Ordained: 1939
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

In suit filed in 2002 a woman alleged she was molested by Boyle in 1967 at age 17. Per news article, her mother reported the incident to another priest in the diocese. Boyle was later transferred to Reno and then to Hawaii. He died in 1998. The woman said she reported abuse to the Sacramento diocese in 4/02. On Sacramento diocese's list 4/30/19.

Fr. John A. Bradley

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

"Jack." Per 12/03 news, a woman had filed suit alleging that when she was 17 and pregnant in the early 1960s, her family sent her to live with friends in Fresno. Suit says that Bradley, a priest at St. Agnes Mission, abused her for five months while she was pregnant. He is not indexed in Official Catholic Directory after 1970. Included in 2021 on the Diocese of Fresno's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Vincent Brady

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

From Ireland. Ordained for Sacramento. In 1999 a woman alleged abuse by Brady in the 1970s when she was in her early teens. She filed suit 2000; settled for $350K. Brady was sent for therapy and reassigned. In 2002 another woman alleged abuse as a girl in the 1970s. Allegation deemed credible. She filed suit; settled in 2/04. A third woman also sued. First alleged victim filed a new suit claiming defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress after Brady revealed her suit. On diocese's list 4/30/19. It shows reports in 2000 and 2003 of abuse of girls in the 1970s. Also, faculties withdrawn 2002, and retired 2004.

Fr. Roberto Bravo

Order: OP
Ordained: 1998
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Accused of abuse of six teenage girls in 1999 in Antioch. He was reported to police but the girls refused to testify and the charges were dropped. He was transferred to Utah and had "similar problems" there. Transferred to San Francisco and then to St. Albert's Seminary in Oakland in 2002, to live with several other admitted sex offenders. Bravo was allowed to come and go freely. He left St. Albert's in 2/2005 when restrictions were placed on him. Included on the Oakland diocese's list in 2019. On the Holy Name Province Domincans' list in 10/2021; noted to have died in 2014.


Fr. Vincent Ignatius Breen

Ordained: 1936
Status: Sued

Died: 12/31/1986
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Forced at age 70 in 1982 to retire, seek treatment, and leave area to avoid prosecution for fondling eight girls over a 1 1/2 year period. May have been as many as 100 victims, 1950s-1980s. In 1967 one girl disclosed abuse by Breen to a nun, who was her school principal; the nun is believed to have informed the diocese. Vicar General Macchi stated in 1982 that he had first heard "rumors" about Msgr. Breen three years prior. Died 12/31/86. Civil suit filed in early 2000s. New suit filed 11/10 claiming abuse in 1980-81. On diocese's list in 2019. Another suit in 10/19.

Fr. John J. Brenkle

Ordained: 1958
Status: Cleared

Diocese: Diocese of Santa Rosa CA

Per 9/08 article, Brenkle was placed on leave in 2005 after a man complained that he had molested his 7th grade son in about 1995. Brenkle denied the allegation. He was investigated and exonerated by the diocese, then returned to ministry. Brenkle said he had a letter from the youth saying that nothing happened. Brenkle was chairman of the diocese's Lay Review Board.

Fr. Donald Eugene Broderson

Ordained: 1968
Status: Settled

Died: 09/19/2010
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Accused in a 4/03 lawsuit of molesting an altar boy many times in the 1970s. Broderson was "forced into retirement" in 1991 and officially retired later. Diocese knew of complaints against him in 1991. Became a marriage family therapist/licensed hypnotist in Richmond, CA. Settlements in 2003. Admitted to abuse. Laicized 3/21/05. Six brothers sued in 2007. Case dismissed then reinstated 2/09 by appeals court. CA Sup Court dismissed 3/29/12. Broderson died 9/19/10. On diocese's list in 2019.

Br. Bernard (Lawrence Maria) Brown

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Order: OCarm
Status: Settled

Died: 02/28/1980
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abusing a minor 1955-1956. Died in 1980. Sued. At least one claim included in the 11/2006 $10M settlement with the Carmelites, the Los Angeles Archdiocese and 7 people alleging abuse by 5 priests and religious. Included on the Carmelites' list 11/22/2020.

Bishop Tod David Brown

Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Bishop of Boise City ID 1989-98; Bishop of Orange CA 1998-2012. Retired. A man came forward in early 2007 to allege abuse by Baker in Bakersfield in 1965 when he was approximately 12 years old. The man produced copies of correspondence to and from the Fresno diocese in 7/97 about the alleged abuse. He also wrote to Cardinal Mahony in 2002. Brown admitted in a deposition in 9/07 that he had been accused and that the church had investigated. He denied the abuse. Retirement announced 9/12.

Fr. Michael Bucaro

Ordained: 1980
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

A man sued in 2004 alleging he was abused by Bucaro at St. Matthew's Church in Corona and in San Diego in the 1980s. Suit names both dioceses, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and his former Order, the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. San Bernardino denied any record of past complaint of any kind. Bucaro had been working in prison ministry since 1983. He countersued for slander in 2005. Original suit settled in 2008. On San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/18.

Fr. Robert Buchanan

Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Sued in 2003. Accused of abuse of a girl in 1972 at University High School. 'Retired' just about the time the allegations became public. Had been working in Reno, Nevada for years but was still part of San Bernardino diocese when he retired. Reportedly in 2006 he was "no longer in the ministry."

Fr. Michael Daniel Buckley

Ordained: 1955
Status: Sued

Died: 05/1/2007
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse occurring 1965-75. Per L.A. archdiocese in 2004 there were eight accusers. Lawsuit filed. As part of 2007 $660M settlement with 508 plaintiffs, archdiocese was to release personnel files. Buckley's files released 1/13. Complaints about his morals were received from parents in the mid-1960s. Died 5/1/07.

Fr. Franklin Buckman

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Accused of abuse between 1962 and 1981. Per L.A. archdiocese's 2004 report there were three accusers. Named in a civil suit. Resigned in 1984 from parish in Orange diocese "because of the burden of administration." Later revealed that he resigned because of abuse allegation. Transferred to the Diocese of Baker, OR. A woman in California alleged he abused her son in 1989. Removed from ministry at some point. Retired to Arizona in 2002. Settlement in 2005 in Orange for $1,959,700. Status as of 8/16 was "Life of Prayer and Penance."

Fr. Edward Thomas Burke

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1956
Status: Convicted

Died: 02/27/2009
Diocese: Diocese of San Jose CA

Burke admitted to his Jesuit superior in 2000 that he sexually abused a dependent adult man living/working at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, where Burke had been living since 1979. The Jesuits moved Burke but did not report the abuse to police. Criminally charged 5/9/2002; pled guilty. Sentenced 6/28/2002 to two years in prison at age 80. Claims against Burke and Br. Charles Leonard Connor SJ settled 6/4/2002 by the Jesuits for $7.5M. Died 2/27/2009. Included on the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/2018. It notes the sexual abuse of vulnerable adults 1990-2000.

Seminarian Ed Byrom

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Order: OFM
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Pre-novitiate candidate, left the program in 1988. Accused in a 2004 civil suit of abusing at least one minor at Saint Anthony Seminary. Included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/2019. It notes his name may have been Ed "Byron" rather than "Byrom," and that an allegation of the sex abuse of minors in the 1980s was received in 1993.

Br. Samuel Charles Cabot

Order: OFM
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Worked in CA, AZ, the Philippines and in the Archdiocese of Hermosillo in Guaymas, Sonora Mexico. Accused in 2002 of abusing two young girls, who were cousins, 1981-1985. The abuse of one of the girls began when she was age 4; Cabot had helped her family adopt her when she was an infant. Removed from public ministry in 2002. The cousins filed a civil suit in 2003. Settlement announced in 8/2006. Cabot "may be" the perpetrator in an 8/2008 civil suit. Plaintiffs uncertain. (See additional information in two suits filed in Fall 2009.) Personnel file released in 5/2012. Name included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/2019. On the Las Cruces diocese's list 6/24/2019, where he worked 1956-1957. Died in 2019. Included in 8/2021 on the Fresno diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Kenneth J. Cabral

Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Died: 03/3/1996
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Accused of abuse at St. Catherine of Siena in Martinez 1964-65. Absent on sick leave 1987-91. Removed from ministry/retired 6/30/91. Named publicly in 2004 at one of the diocese's apology services. Died 3/3/96. On diocese's list in 2019.

Fr. Lynn Richard Caffoe

Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Died: 11/23/2009
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Archdiocese received notice on 1/21/75 that Caffoe sexually abused altar boys at his first parish. Faculty had been concerned during his seminary training at St. John's in Camarillo. File summaries indicate at least 15 victims. Accused in every parish, including St. Callistus in what later became the Orange diocese. Removed after his therapist reported to authorities on 5/8/91. Treated at St. Luke's Institute 1991-92. Laicized 1/06. Settlement 7/14/07. Died in 2009. Personnel files released 1/13.

Fr. James Cairns

Order: CM
Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse occurring 1971-1973. In 2004 the L.A. archdiocese counted one accuser. Added to the Stockton diocese's list in 11/20. It notes that he was assigned to Sacred Heart in Patterson 1980-82, Catholic Charities 1982-86 and Central Catholic High School 1981-86. Left his order in 2001.

Br. Felix (Raymond) Calonge

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Order: OFM
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Named publicly as accused on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/2019. Allegation received in 2018 of the sexual abuse of a minor in 1965. Included on the Las Cruces diocese's list 6/24/2019. First assignment was in 1965 in NM. Left the order in 1966. Included in 8/2021 on the Fresno diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Antonio Camacho

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Stockton CA

Extern priest from the Diocese of San Juan de lost Lagos in Jalisco, Mexico working in the Dioceses of Stockton and Oakland CA. Accused of abuse of two high school boys at St. Stanislaus in Modesto 1/11/1982 - 02/1719/84. He was briefly at St. Anthony Parish in Hughson 12/1981 - 1/1982. Removed from ministry and returned to Mexico at request of (then) Bishop Mahony of Stockton. Named in Cardinal Mahony's 2004 deposition and a memo from the Bishop of Stockton to police. Name is included on list of claimed abusers attached to Stockton Diocese's 5/9/2014 filing in bankruptcy court.

Fr. Stuart Bede Campbell

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Order: OP
Ordained: 1930
Status: Sued

Died: 09/22/1986
Diocese: Diocese of Monterey CA

A case filed in Fresno County in 2003 or 2004 accused Campbell of abuse 1956-1959, before the Diocese of Monterey was created. Included on the Los Angeles archdiocese's updated list 12/6/2018; it notes a report in 2010 of incidents 1956-1959 and 1978-1980, and death year as 1982. On Dominicans St. Joseph Province list in late 2018; death year noted as 1986, and and that allegation was established in 2007. On Reno diocese's list 4/5/2019; there 1959-1976. It notes death year as 1988. Per Monterey Bishop Ryan, Campbell died in 1986. On Las Vegas diocese's list 4/12/2019. On Columbus diocese's list 12/3/2019. On Covington diocese's list 7/31/2020 with death date 9/22/86; the Official Catholic Directory confirms this date. Included in 8/2021 on the Fresno diocese's list of credibly accused. On the Dominicans Holy Name Province list in 10/26/2021. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Juan Cano

Ordained: 2015
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

From the Archdiocese of Chihuahua, Mexico. Associate pastor of Our Lady of Grace in Encino CA. Placed on leave in 1/2018 pending an investigation by the Los Angeles Archdiocese and City Attorney after reports that Cano engaged in "inappropriate contact" with several women, including a minor, at his parish. The District Attorney declined prosecution. On Archdiocese's updated list of credibly accused 12/6/2018. Incidents alleged to have occurred 2014-2017. Removed from ministry. Reportedly six accusers. Canonical penal process pending as of 12/2018. Per the Los Angeles Archdiocese's list in 12/2021, Cano was on administrative leave. 


Fr. David Carriere

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Died: 08/4/2000
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Also known as Laurian Carriere). Accused of abuse occurring 1978-1979. Two accusers, per the L.A. archdiocese in 2004. Its errata says only one accuser. At least one civil suit filed. Named in a 8/2006 settlement. Personnel file released in 5/2012. Included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans List 7/23/2019. It notes the sexual abuse of a minor 1977-1979, reported in 2004 and 2006. Carrier died in 2000. Added to the Stockton diocese's list, where he worked 1982-1985 at St. Mary of the Assumption.

Fr. Arthur Carrillo

Order: CP
Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

The Passionists announced in a letter on 3/7/19 that the Holy Cross Province had recently received an allegation that Carrillo sexually abused a female minor in the early 1970s. Removed from public ministry pending investigation. Carrillo was assigned to Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center in Sierra Madre 1970-75 and 1987-94.

Fr. Michael J. Carroll

Ordained: 1967
Status: Sued

Died: 05/27/2011
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

From Ireland, ordained in Los Angeles. Assignments included St. Anselm's, St. Michael High School, St. Brendan, St. John the Baptist de la Salle, St. Luke the Evangelist, St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, then pastor of at St. Lorenzo Luis in Walnut. Also St. Mary Magdalen Blessed Junipero Serra, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. Julie Billiart. Sued in 2003. Accused in 1995 of abuse of teen girl 1968-71 while he was at St. Anselm's. Allegations deemed unfounded and Carroll remained in ministry. Died 5/27/11.

Fr. Daniel E. Carter

Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

A woman filed a police report in 2002 accusing Carter of sexually abusing her when she was an 8-year-old student at Notre Dame des Victoires School in the late 1970s. Carter was then a Marist brother. The archdiocese investigated, found the allegations inconclusive and allowed Carter to remain active. The woman filed a civil suit in 8/2002 and Carter was placed on leave. In 4/2008 the archdiocese allowed him to return to active ministry, saying again that the charges were inconclusive. Carter retired in 7/2021. In lawsuits filed under the CA Child Victims Act between 2020 and 2022, six other people - male and female - claimed abuse as children by Carter.

Fr. Raul Carvajal Hernandez

Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

From Guayaquil, Ecuador. Named publicly as accused on the Los Angeles archdiocese's updated list 12/6/18. Report received 2009 of incident(s) in 1976. Carvajal Hernandez noted to have left the archdiocese in 1982. Name on Monterey diocese's list 1/2/19 (under the category of those not previously in the public domain.) Diocese received a report in 2005 of abuse by Carvajal 1984-85. Faculties removed.

Fr. Santino Anthony Casimano

Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Died: 08/8/2005
Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Ordained for the Gallup diocese. Moved to the Diocese of Orange in 1976, on loan from Gallup. Navy Chaplain 1980-2000. Accused in 2004 of abuse of two brothers while in Orange. Principal of St. Bernard High School in Uncasville, CT in 2004 when allegations made. Name sometimes spelled Casamino. Orange diocese paid the brothers $4.2M in a 2005 settlement. Died in 2005. On Norwich diocese's list 2/22/2019. On Gallup diocese's list in 12/2018.

Fr. Robert Casper

Order: SDS
Ordained: 1944
Status: Accused

Died: 05/10/1988
Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

Given name Berthold Rudolph Caper. Named publicly as accused by the Sacramento diocese on its list 4/30/19. It notes allegation received in 1986 of abuse of a boy in 1962. Assigned to the diocese 1959-86. Faculties withdrawn and left the diocese in 1986. Died 5/10/88.

Fr. Alejandro Jose Castillo

Ordained: 1981
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

From Mexico City. Ordained in 1981 for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA. Transferred in 1988 to the Diocese of San Bernardino. Removed from Our Lady of Guadalupe in Ontario CA in 6/2010 after allegations he abused two brothers within the previous two years. Review Board found allegations credible in 9/2010. Subject of prior complaint involving two adults and one youth; no arrests due to the statute of limitations. Arrested 10/25/2010. Pleaded guilty in 4/2011 to a lewd act with a minor. Sentenced 8/31/2011 to a year in jail and sex offender registration. Released 4/21/2012; re-arrested 5/9/2012 for probation violation; released. Two lawsuits filed 9/22/2011 settled in 2/2014 for $3.8M. Third suit filed in 2012. On the San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/2018. 


Fr. Alexander Q. Castillo

Ordained: 2011
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

From Costa Rica. Arrived in the U.S. in 2008. Assignments included parishes in Oakley and Fremont. Teacher at St. Junipero Serra Catechetical Institute and academic dean of Escuela de Ministerios Pastorales. Director of Dept. of Faith Formation and Evangelization and episcopal master of ceremonies. Castillo was informed on 1/30/19 that he had been placed on leave during an investigation of sexual misconduct toward a minor. Leave publicly announced in a 1/31/19 press release; police were notified of the allegation 5 hours later. Fled the country. Denied the allegation. Wrote a letter to to other Oakland priests saying the situation was a "misunderstanding" and that he was "not strong enough" to prove his innocence. Diocese filed a missing persons report 2/22/19. In 12/22 the Diocese claimed to have had no contact with Castillo and to not know where his whereabouts. Police said there were actually two possible victims, abused between 2011 and 2014.

Fr. Willebaldo Castro

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Ordained: 1953
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Extern priest from the Archdiocese of Tlalnepantla, Mexico. Assigned  in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA in 1956, then returned to Mexico. Returned to Los Angeles in 1969, assigned there to a parish in 1972. Had been the subject of a "morals charge" in Mexico. Accused in 1975 of abusing a 16-year-old boy. Was moved to another parish. Accused in a lawsuit of molesting another minor in 1977.  Per the  archdiocese in 2005, there were four accusers. Arrested for approaching a security guard in a store bathroom, apparently for sex. Reportedly returned to Mexico in 1980. Personnel file released in 1/2013.


Fr. Camillus Charles Cavagnaro

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1946
Status: Accused

Died: 03/14/2011
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Named publicly as accused by the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans on its list 5/31/2019. Allegation received in 2004 of the sexual abuse of a minor 1962-1965. Worked in Spokane WA 1961-1964. On the Las Cruces diocese's list 6/24/2019 (misspelled Cavagaro), where he worked 1971-1973 and 1989-1990. Added to the Gallup diocese's list in 8/2019; assigned there 9/1/1978-5/1984. On the Phoenix diocese's list, where he worked in 1985. Also included on the Diocese of Tucson's list of credibly accused; there 2002-2005 and 2006-2007. Assigned to Casa Franciscana, Guaymas, Sonora in the Diocese of Ciudad Obregon Mexico 1990-2002. Cavagnaro died 3/14/2011.

Fr. Hermy Dave O. Ceniza

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Ordained for the Archdiocese of Davao, Philippines. A civil lawsuit filed in 4/10 alleged Ceniza abused and stalked a youth while at St. Francis Church in Bakersfield around 1991. In 1993 his accuser called Bishop Steinbock, who met with him and promised Ceniza would no longer be a priest. The accuser later learned that Ceniza was living in the Philippines and still an active priest. The suit alleges fraud on the part of the diocese. Ceniza's name was included in 2021 on the Diocese of Fresno's list of credibly accused.

Fr. David Paul Chandler

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Order: CSP
Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Named as accused by the Los Angeles archdiocese in its "Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God" in 10/08. Included on the Paulists' list 3/8/19. It notes allegations received 1986 and 2004 of abuse in 1982 at St. Paul the Apostle in Los Angeles. Chandler went on leave of absence 1981-82, then left the Paulists.

Fr. Jose Chavarin

Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

From Mexico. Accused in 6/2008 of abusing three boys in San Diego in the 1980s. Placed on leave by the San Francisco archdiocese, where he worked for 11 years in the Metropolitan Tribunal. Chavarin denied the allegations when confronted, then fled to Mexico. Name added to San Diego diocese's list in 9/2018.

Fr. Ricardo Chavez

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Accused in a lawsuit settled in late 2020 for $3.5M of sexually abusing an altar boy at St. Peter Martyr in Pittsburg CA, beginning when the boy was age 10 in 2003 and continuing for over ten years. The plaintiff's attorney said that Chavez had been accused of molesting minors in the 1990s while pastor of St. Leander in San Leandro, and that the diocese did not investigate. Further, she said Chavez was allowed to continue in active ministry for months after it received the new allegations in 10/19. Chavez's accuser, a former seminarian, alleged in 2019 rape several years prior by Rev. Michael Van Dinh, and abuse as a seminarian in OR by Rev. Luis Lopez.

Br. Damien Chong

Order: OCarm
Status: Settled

Died: 10/21/2014
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Name quietly added, along with 23 others, to the Los Angeles archdiocese's Final Addendum posted on its website 1/31/2013. Accused in lawsuit settled in 3/2015 of abusing a boy at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino CA, 1984-1986. Plaintiff said Chong would sexually abuse him after football practice in Chong's living quarters, sometimes plying him with alcohol. Also worked in the dioceses and archdioceses of Cleveland, Washington DC, Chicago. He was assigned 1997-2014 to a Carmelite Chapel at a Boston area mall. Died 10/21/2014. Included on the Carmelites' list 11/22/202. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Br. Gerald T. Chumik

Order: OFM
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of forcing a boy at ages 12 and 15 to perform oral sex during the 1970s in Canada. Criminal charges were filed in 1990. Lived in a Franciscan retirement home in Santa Barbara CA for many years. Retired. Reportedly in 2005, was living at Wounded Brothers (RECON), a Franklin County, MO home for troubled priests. Included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans' list 5/31/2019. It notes the sexual abuse of a minor in 1973 reported in 1990, and that Chumik was living in an 'elder care facility' in MO since 2004. Included in 8/2021 on the Fresno diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Mario Cimmarrusti

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Died: 11/23/2013
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Minor seminary faculty member in OR and CA 1958-1970. Parish priest. Assigned 1970-1981 to a medical dispensary in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico in the Diocese of Ciudad Obregon. Treated at Servants of the Paraclete center 1981-1982. Admitted to mental health professionals to sexually abusing hundreds of boys. Accused in 1993 of abuse of boys at St. Anthony Minor seminary in Santa Barbara. Per the L.A. archdiocese, there were 12 accusers claiming abuse 1962-1969. One former St. Anthony's student said he reported attempted rape by Cimmarrusti to the seminary rector in 1965 and was expelled. Cimmarrusti is said to have required students to submit to his "examining" their genitalia for proper development, and hernia checks. He used embarrassment, humiliation and threats. His accusers describe violent spankings during which Cimmarrusti was clearly sexually aroused, after which he would pray for his victims while pressing their faces into his groin. They said he would then threaten them with eternal damnation. Named in a 2003 civil suit. Ccivil settlements in 3/2006.  Last known address was San Damiano Retreat House in Danville CA. Personnel file released in 5/2012. Died 11/23/2013. On Oakland diocese's list in 2019. On the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/2019. It notes allegations of the sexual abuse of minors 1962-1969 reported in 1993 and 2004. On the Diocese of Stockton's 12/2020 list, where he worked 1982-1985.

Fr. James A. Clark

Ordained: 1947
Status: Settled

Died: 07/27/1989
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Arrested and convicted in 1963 on felony charge of oral copulation with a 19-year-old man in Santa Cruz. Given probation. Transferred to Corpus Christi parish in Fremont in 1965, where he allegedly abused "numerous" children. Retired 4/29/84. Two brothers filed suit in 12/03 alleging abuse by Clark 1968-1972. Third plaintiff filed separate suit. Clark died 7/27/89. At least one claim included as part of a $56.4M payout to 56 childhood sexual abuse survivors in 8/05.

Br. Didachus Clavell

Order: OFM
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Stockton CA

Correct spelling of first name is believed to be Didacus. Assigned to St. Mary's High School in approximately 1964. Name first publicly shown on list of claimed abusers attached to Stockton Diocese's 5/9/2014 filing in bankruptcy court. Still active as of 2012-2013. Included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/2019. It notes "substantial contrary evidence; unable to corroborate allegation."

Fr. Edmond G. Cloutier

Ordained: 1946
Status: Sued

Died: 04/9/2003
Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Ordained for the Diocese of Portland, ME. Accused in lawsuits of sexually abusing four boys at Star of the Sea in San Francisco late 1940s-1957. Became a priest of the Oakland diocese when it was created in 1962. Removed/retired 12/31/1980. Died 4/9/2003. Included on the Oakland diocese's list in 2019, abuse noted to have occurred in the 1950s-1960s. On the Stockton diocese's list, which notes he was a supply priest in approximately the mid-1980s, and that his faculties were revoked there 12/20/1990.

Fr. John V. Coffield

Ordained: 1941
Status: Sued

Died: 02/2/2005
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in 5/02 of abusing a boy at Dolores Mission in Los Angeles 1960-62. Named in a civil suit filed in 12/03. Per archdiocese in 2004, there was one accuser. L.A. report says that he molested in the Orange diocese but he is not on diocesan list of abusers. A second accuser alleged abuse, also at Dolores Mission, after civil suit filed. Died 2/2/05 in California.

Fr. James Collins

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Ordained: 1933
Status: Settled

Died: 10/13/1977
Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Ordained in 1933 for the Diocese of Derry, Ireland. Appears to have arrived in the Diocese of Monterey-Fresno in 1947, where he was incardinated in 1949. Retired to Donegal and died 10/13/77. Accused in a 12/03 lawsuit of sexually abusing a girl for five years in the early 1960s, while assigned to St. Mary's in Buttonwillow CA. It settled in 8/06 for $875K. Accused in another lawsuit of sexually abusing girl multiple times 1958-60 when she was about ages 8-10, also while assigned to St. Mary's. The suit settled in 2020 in the low six figures. Collins name is included on the Fresno diocese's list released in 8/21 of credibly accused.

Fr. Eugene J. Colosimo

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 04/26/2006
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits West Province on its list 12/7/2018. It notes sexual abuse of a minor 1957-1959, reported in 1993. On Los Angeles archdiocese list 12/18/1208. Report in 2016 of an incident in 1978. Taught at Jesuit high schools in San Jose CA, Phoenix AZ, Santa Barbara CA, and Los Angeles CA. Did some parish work as well, including many years at St. Leander in San Leandro, per his obituary. Lived at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos 1994 until his death 4/26/2006.

Br. Charles Leonard Connor

Order: SJ
Status: Convicted

Died: 07/11/2011
Diocese: Diocese of San Jose CA

Accused 1995 and 1997 of abusing two dependent adult men living/working at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos. Admitted inappropriate touching; restricted but not reported to police. Case reopened in 2000; search warrant revealed documents; abuse may have lasted 1970-2000. Connor was sent to live at a school. Pled no contest in 2001; got no jail time. Settled 9/4/2002 for $7.5M. Accused in 2002 of abusing a Jesuit; complaint deemed unproven. Accusing priest died, an apparent suicide, after Connor was housed at the center with him again. Died 7/11/2011. On Jesuits West Province list 12/7/2018.

Fr. Hilary Cooper

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Named publicly as accused by the Oakland diocese on its list in 2019. Ordained for the Conception Abbey Benedictines in MO. Worked in at Mount Marty College in Sioux Falls, SD 1970-1972, Archbishop Rummel High School in Metarie, LA 1973-1975. Incardinated into the Oakland diocese 10/1/71976, where he was assigned to parishes in Oakland, Richmond and Concord. Abuse noted to have occurred in 1978. Removed from ministry in 1995. Given a life of prayer and penance.

Fr. Hector Coria Gonzales

Ordained: 2011
Status: Guilty plea

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

Approximately age 42 when ordained in 1/2011. Arrested 5/9/2014 on charges of statutory rape and oral copulation of a 16-year-old, girl beginning in 2013, while assigned to St. James in Davis. Released on bond 5/10/2014. Removed without privileges pending further investigation by police. Arraigned 6/10/2014 on three felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and a misdemeanor charge of oral copulation with a person younger than 18. Pleaded guilty under agreement with DA to one count of sexual intercourse with the girl. Sentenced 8/29/2014 to 90 days in jail, three years probation and sexual offender counseling. Forbidden to contact the girl until she turned 18. Girl said during hearing that the sex was consensual and that she did not want the matter prosecuted. Laicized in 12/2014. Was facing deportation to Mexico in 2015. Felony reduced to misdemeanor and dismissed in 12/2017. On diocese's list 4/30/2019.

Fr. James F. Corley

Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Died: 10/5/1990
Diocese: Diocese of Santa Rosa CA

Accused in a lawsuit sometime between 2020-2022 of the sexual abuse of a minor. Plaintiff claimed Corley sexually assaulted him twice at age 7 in 1977 at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Windsor. Died of AIDS in 1990. Per his obituary, Corley was assigned to St. Eugene's 1966-67, St. Bernard's in Eureka 1967-71, Holy Spirit in Santa Rosa 1971-74. He was pastor of St. Anthony's in Mendocino 1974-77, administrator of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Windsor (1977-83) and pastor until 1989 of Our Lady, Queen of Peace in Clearlake.


Fr. Antonio Cortes

Ordained: 1996
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Monterey CA

Arrested in 4/2009 for sexual assault and providing alcohol to 16-year-old boy, as well as child porn possession. Removed from assignment at St. Mary of Nativity in Salinas. Pleaded no contest in 3/2011 to 14 counts. Sentenced to one year in jail and probation. Released in 12/2012. Warrant issued when failed to register as a sex offender. Fled to his home state of Jalisco, Mexico. Civil suit filed 7/11/2011. Settlement with the Diocese in 3/2013. Court struck Cortes original answer in 6/2013; plaintiff to seek default judgment. On diocese's list 1/2/2019; noted to have been laicized.

Fr. Peter Covas

Ordained: 1957
Status: Sued

Died: 05/9/2004
Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

Resigned in 1983 as first financial director of the diocese after he loaned $225K of diocesan money to a man who had been convicted of fraud. Arrested twice, in 1987 and 1988, for public sexual misconduct. Covas left his parish in 4/02 amid accusations of sexual misconduct with minors. Sexual accusations came to light after internal diocesan review of files. Civil suits filed in 2003. Died 5/9/04. Personnel file released 10/25/10. Included on the San Diego diocese's list of accused.

Fr. James Creaton

Ordained: 1940
Status: Settled

Died: 07/28/1964
Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

From Ireland. Arrived in San Diego in 1947, assigned to Mary Star of the Sea. Died in 1964. Creaton's personnel file was among documents released in 2010 concerning priests of the diocese accused of child sexual abuse. The release was ordered by a judge in 8/08, as part of a large settlement.

Fr. George E. Crespin

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Chancellor and/or vicar general at various times 1979-94. Accused in a 2005 lawsuit of molesting a boy in 1975 while pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary in Union City. He denied all charges. Diocese investigated; Review Board found "insufficient evidence" to support allegations. Diocese paid plaintiff $600K as part of global settlement in 8/05. Crespin admitted not reporting incidents of abuse involving other priests. Privileges as retired priest were restored in 6/05. Lawsuit in 12/19 under the CA Child Victims Act by two men vs the diocese, claiming cover-up of abuse by Crespin and Rev. Stephen Kiesle at Our Lady of the Rosary in the 1970s. The man accusing Crespin said the abuse started when he was age 11, and that the priest also abused his best friend, who had recently died by suicide.

Fr. John S. Crews

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Santa Rosa CA

Executive Director of Hanna Boys Center in Sebastopol beginning 1984. Resigned 2/6/13 after report of an inappropriate relationship with a minor male 1971-75. Prior to Hanna Boys Center, Crews was assigned to St. Sebastian's in Sebastopol and St. Joseph's in Cotati. Alleged victim is deceased; matter reported by his widow to Sheriff's office prior to notification to diocese. On diocese's list 1/12/19. It notes "no assignment" and that he retired in 2013. In 4/17 two men stated publicly that Crews sexually abused them when they were teenage Hanna Boys Center residents, one 1999-2001, the other 1984-1985. In 4/19 Crews was living in SC. Accused in new lawsuit(s) in 2022. Settlement in 2022 with a man who claimed abuse by Crews and other Hannah Center staff over three years, beginning when he was age 11.

Fr. Sean Cronin

Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

From Ireland. Arrived in L.A. archdiocese in 1972. Sued in 2003, accused of abuse between 1972-80. In 2004 the archdiocese counted two accusers. Personnel file released in 1/13 reveals he provided liquor to an underage teen he was counseling, asked the boy sexual questions and took him to see a movie with homosexual sex scenes. On administrative leave 2004-11. Laicized 1/26/11.

Fr. Angel Cruces

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Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Sued in 1983. Accused of abuse of 1 girl. L.A. archdiocese counts 1 accuser. Extern priest from Philippines working in Archdiocese since 1978. Died in 1996. As part of 2007 $660M settlement with 508 plaintiffs, Archdiocese was to release personnel files. Personnel files released 1/13.

Fr. Jose Luis Cuevas

Ordained: 1974
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Former Combonian Missionary. Incardinated into the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2006. Arrested in 7/2012 after two women and a 17-year-old girl complained that he had sexually assaulted them. Arrest took place in Mexico; he was immediately extradited to Los Angeles. Charged with 8 misdemeanors plus one felony count involving lewd acts with a child. Removed from St. Athanasius parish. Archdiocese said allegations appeared credible. Pleaded no contest. Sentenced in 1/2013 to 5 years' probation, community service, sex offender counseling and to register as sex offender. Ordered by the Vatican in 2018 to a life of prayer and penance. Reportedly there were at least 16 other sexual battery allegations against Cuevas, but no prosecution due to the statute of limitations. Name included on  the Archdiocese's list updated 12/6/18.

Fr. Arthur Manuel Cunha

Ordained: 1984
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Prior to ordination Cunha was a teacher in the Fremont CA school system. Arrested in 6/1986 in Novato CA after a  waitress in a restaurant reported suspicious behavior involving a man and a boy, age 11. Cunha was in his first assignment after ordination. Pleaded guilty to molesting two boys. Sentenced to 60 days in jail and 4 months at a counseling center. At least three civil suits were been filed claiming abuse by Cunha of boys in 1986. One suit settled for $640K. May have left the priesthood.


Fr. Christopher John Cunningham

Ordained: 1989
Status: Charged

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Removed from his parish in 3/2004, no explanation. Sent to another by Cardinal Mahony. Had been an outspoken critic of Mahony's handling of sex abuse cases. Removed in 2006 from active ministry. Included on a list of credibly accused quietly posted on the archdiocesan website in 1/2013. Per a 5/7/2015 lawsuit, abused a boy, age 12 or 13, in 2001-2002. The suit claims Cunningham often had boys with him in his living quarters. Settled in 1/2019. Cunningham denied all allegations. The Archdiocese allegedly knew of Cunningham's behavior with boys as early as 1994. Accused in a 2017 suit of abuse of four boys, ages 10-15, in the mid-1990s - early 2000s at three parishes; the suit claims reports were made to superiors in each case, to no avail. Found in 11/2017 to be a psychologist with youth a counseling specialty in RI. Arrested in 4/2021 in RI, charged with the sexual assault in the 1990s-early 2000s of four Los Angeles boys, ages 10-12. Pleaded not guilty 4/30/2021.

Fr. Edito D’Amora

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Ordained: 1980
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

D'Amora was a priest of the Dipolog diocese in the Philippines. Included on the list of priests with credible allegations released by the San Diego diocese 3/30/07. Personnel file released 10/24/10. Accused in 1991 of abusing a 10-year-old girl on two occasions about eight years prior while a Navy chaplain. Settled.

Fr. Owen da Silva

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1936
Status: Sued

Died: 10/13/1967
Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

A man filed a 2004 amended pleading in his civil suit against Fr. Matthew Kelly alleging that at least 31 clergymen abused youths in Santa Barbara, CA and at St. Anthony's Seminary. Pleadings name da Silva as the first Santa Barbara perpetrator of child sexual assault and says that he abused an altar boy in 1936-1937 at the seminary. The source cited is a statement by the alleged victim. Fr. da Silva died in 1967. Included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/2019. On the Las Cruces diocese's list 6/24/2019, where he worked 1957-1964. (Name misspelled de Silva). Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Fr. Bernard Dabbene

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Died: 09/9/2010
Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

 In 1959 a 9th grade boy at Salesian High School in Richmond CA reported to Dabbene's superior that Dabbene had molested him twice. Dabenne was then a lay brother and a teacher at the school. Dabbene then "left [the boy] alone" and  went on to become principal at Salesian schools, and an official with the San Francisco archdiocese. In 1971 allegations were reported to the Diocese of Oakland (formerly part of the SF archdiocese). In 11/2000 Dabbene was arrested after he was found in a car with 17-year-old boy, both with their pants unzipped. Found guilty. Sentenced to three years probation and community service. Sent to St. John Vianney in Philadelphia for treatment. Named in a 2003 civil suit which alleged he was part of a ring of child molesters at Salesian High School 1969-1973. Lived at the Salesian provincial headquarters for years. Died 9/9/2010. Included on the Oakland diocese's list in 2019.


Fr. Wallace J. Daley

Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Died: 04/8/2000
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Ordained in 1955 for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Leave of Absence from the Archdiocese in 1965. Accepted the same year into the Novitiate of the Padres Benedictines Order in Morelia, Mexico. Many sporatic assignments and leaves. Accused in 2002 of abuse of a boy 1957-1963. Excardinated from the L.A. Archdiocese in 1976. Apparently remained active in the Diocese of Orange as well as in Baja and other remote places. The L.A. Archdiocese Report in 2004 notes six accusers. Named in at least one civil suit which settled in 2006. Died 4/8/2000, per personnel file released by L.A. archdiocese in 1/2013.

Fr. John Joseph Daly

Ordained: 1951
Status: Sued

Died: 10/17/1989
Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

From Ireland. Arrived in the San Diego diocese in 1958. Accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy at St. Joseph's in Holtville in 1977. He allegedly picked up the boy and a friend, who were hitchhiking, offered them a place to stay then orally copulated the boy during the night. The boys ran off and went to the police that night. Daly was arrested. Case was dropped after bishop visited the D.A. Diocese moved Daly out of the area. Had two prior arrests for sexual molestation in La Mesa and San Bernardino. Retired in 1987. Died 10/17/89. Civil suit filed in 2002. Moved several times by diocese. Case set for trial in 3/07 but dismissed by judge in 1/07. Name was NOT on list of abusive priests released by San Diego Diocese in 3/07. Personnel file released 10/25/10.

Fr. Nelson C. Damasco

Status: Accused

Died: 09/1/1988
Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Damasco was a priest of the Nueva Segovia diocese in the Philippines. Associate pastor 9/1/80 to 1/1/82 in the San Diego diocese, which listed him on 3/30/07 as credibly accused. San Diego list states that he then 'left diocese to return to Philippines' but Official Catholic Directories 1983-1984 list him as Army reserve chaplain on active duty, though omitted from index. Reportedly stationed at Fort Hood in the Austin TX diocese. Directories 1980-1981 show that before San Diego he worked briefly in Jersey City at St Mary's in the Newark archdiocese. Died 9/1/88.

Fr. Harold Danielson

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Associate pastor at Saints Peter and Paul parish in 2005 when accused in a lawsuit of child sex abuse. Denied the allegations. Claims may have been investigated in 2004 by the archdiocesan review board and deemed unsubstantiated, which corroborated the Salesians' findings that the claims were "unsubstantiated." Still active priest at same parish per website accessed 7/11/2011.

Fr. John H. Dawson

Ordained: 1967
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Placed on sick leave in 1993 after allegations. Sent to Paracletes for treatment. On inactive leave in 1995. Accused of abuse of at least 10 in 1970s-80s. Supported by Archdiocese for many years; never reported to police. Named in at least one lawsuit. As part of 2007 $660M settlement with 508 plaintiffs, archdiocese was to release personnel files. Personnel file released 1/13.

Br. Declan Day

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Order: OFM
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Named in one or more lawsuits with claims of child sexual abuse. Included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans' list in 11/2023, with no determination as to whether the allegations are credible because the allegations were still under investigation and discovery in the newly filed litigation. Day is noted on the list to have left the order in 1962. May or may not have been a Franciscan brother. No evidence found that he was a priest.


Fr. Luis Eugene de Francisco

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Ordained: 1931
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Extern priest from the diocese of Cali, Colombia. Worked in the San Diego Diocese 1962-1963. Accused of abusing children of migrant workers. Arrested in 8/1963. San Diego Bishop Buddy told the Diocese of Cali that if de Francisco left the US and never returned, charges would be set aside. De Francisco was delivered the the border at Tijuana, Mexico and told to return to Cali. Included on the San Diego diocese's list of priests with credible allegations released 3/30/2007. Personnel file released 10/24/2010. Also worked in TX and FL. Included on the Galveston-Houston archdiocese's list 1/31/2019. It notes that De Francisco was removed from ministry in 1960. Believed to have died in the early 1990s.


Fr. Richard Delahunty

Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Per news in 1/04, Delahunty had just been placed on leave pending investigation of allegation that he sexually molested a boy in 1981. Civil suit filed. Delahunty denied the allegation. Plaintiff says he notified an administrator at the time of the abuse. Delahunty's name appears on list released by the Orange diocese of six priests accused in 2003 of sexual abuse of minors. Settled in 2005. Returned him to ministry in 11/04 after review board found "no credible evidence" against him. Retired in 2016.

Fr. Rodolfo Delgado

Ordained: 1982
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

From Mexico, where he attended the Seminario Diocesano del Senor in Jalisco, Archdiocese of Guadalajara. Ordained for the Diocese of Sacramento CA in 1982. Allegations in 5/2006 of the assault of a 15-year-old boy 1983-1985. Placed on leave. Diocese said there was a "semblance of truth" which warranted further investigation. Abuse was alleged to have occurred at St. Joseph's in Rio Vista and at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. Same accuser filed civil suit 3/2009. Name included on the Diocese's list 4/30/2019. Permanently removed from ministry in 2006. Sentenced by the Holy See to a life of prayer and penance.

Fr. Harold F. DeLisle

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Assigned briefly after ordination to St. Genevieve's in Van Nuys, then to St. Andrew's in Pasadena 1960-65, and to Ss. Peter and Paul in Wilmington 1965-68. DeLisle was Absent on Leave 1968-69, then reassigned. Per the Official Catholic Directory he was at St. Linus in Norwalk 1969-70, St. Athanasius in Long Beach 1970-75, St. Didacus in Sylmar 1975-78 and Our Lady of Grace in Encino 1978-79. He was Absent on Leave again beginning in 1979. Accused of abuse of two minors between 1967 and 1977. Deceased, per 2004 Archdiocese list. However, in 6/10 a reader notified BishopAccountability that DeLisle was alive and living in Twentynine Palms, CA.

Fr. Michael Dermody

Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

Accused of 'affairs' with three women he counseled. They won $1.4 million judgment against him in 1992, but not against Diocese; another woman won a $3 million judgment against him but not diocese. In 1993 women sued in attempt to recover damages from church insurance policy. California Superior Court Judge dismissed women's suit which attempted to collect from Insurance Co., saying that abuse not covered by the policy. 3rd Dist. Appellate Court affirmed the decision 2/3/95. On diocese's list 4/30/19. On diocese's list 4/30/19. It notes report to diocese in 1989 of abuse of a woman, ages 18-25. Faculties withdrawn. Dermody died in 2006.

Fr. Thomas Dermody

Ordained: 1962
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

From Ireland. Ordained for Sacramento. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 4/30/19. Reports to the diocese in 1992 by two separate women of abuse as minors, occurring 1973-85. Dermody left the Sacramento diocese in 1992 and was assigned to prison ministry elsewhere. Retired, faculties withdrawn in 2002. Died in 2017.

Fr. Joseph B. Di Peri

Order: SM
Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse of student at Chaminade High School in Canoga Park in 1977-78. He was a priest from Newark NJ working in LA archdiocese. He reportedly removed himself from active priesthood and was living under supervision in a retirement home for priests in NJ. Died in 3/07. Marianist personnel file released 7/13 as part of 2007 L.A. settlement. Included on the Newark archdiocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Arwyn N. Diesta

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Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Extern priest from Philippines working in Archdiocese 1978-88. Returned to Philippines. Accused in 1992 of abuse of several students 1982-88. Cardinal Mahony wrote in 1993 to Diesta's Bishop in Philippines and to the Vatican. In 2001, Mahony found him working as a U.S. Navy chaplain and at a seminary in the Philippines. Mahony wrote again to Vatican and also informed US Military, LA Police and authorities in Philippines. Still active priest there as of 2013. L.A. personnel file released 1/13.

Fr. Edward J. Dober

Ordained: 1976
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in a 5/21/02 letter to the archdiocese of improperly hugging a boy in 1990-91. Dober denied the charge and the archdiocesan review board deemed the accusation unfounded on 10/9/02. The complainant filed suit in 2003 and was included in the global $60M settlement in 12/06 with 44 others. Beginning in 1976, Dober was a reserve chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. Pastor of St. John of God in Norwalk, CA 2007 until his retirement in 2016.

Fr. William C. Dodgson

Ordained: 1950
Status: Sued

Died: 01/5/1998
Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Accused in a lawsuit[s] filed in CA sometime between 2020-2022 of the sexual abuse of a minor[s]. (Name misspelled Dodson). Dodgson was a Philadelphia priest until his transfer in 1958 to Fresno CA. News accounts show that he was arrested in 1955 for fraud, having taken money from two men with the false promise of buying them cars. He was a heavy race-track gambler. Dodgson resurfaced as an active priest in 1958 in the Diocese of Monterey-Fresno. He transferred in 1965 to the Diocese of Boise, where he spent the remainder of his priesthood. Dodgson died in 1998.


Fr. Jesus A. Dominguez

Ordained: 1983
Status: Guilty plea

Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

"Jesse." From Chihuahua, Mexico. Worked in the San Bernardino diocese 1983-93. Placed on leave. Pleaded no contest in 2001 to misdemeanor child molestation. Laicized in 2000. (Initially included on the L.A. archdiocese's list of accused, later shown to have been a mistake.) Charged in 2005 with abusing two boys in 1988-1989. Fled to Mexico before he could be arrested. Six men filed civil suits. Accused in a 2015 lawsuit of abusing a boy in a San Antonio TX orphanage 1980-1983, while a seminary student. Name included on San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/2018. It shows that the diocese was aware in 1988 of abuse occurring in 1983 and 1988. 


Fr. Robert J. Donat

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

Donat worked in San Diego Diocese 1966-69. In 1969-93 he taught at Aquinas High School in San Bernardino. After leaving Aquinas, he was pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Montclair until 2006. Diocese first learned in 12/10 that Donat allegedly abused a student at Aquinas in 1973. At least 4-5 other accusers have contacted attorneys claiming abuse. Privileges removed in 8/11 after review board found allegations credible. Sentenced by Vatican to Prayer and Penance. On diocese's list 10/9/18.

Fr. L. Joseph Dondero

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1946
Status: Accused

Died: 06/28/1997
Diocese: Diocese of San Jose CA

First named publicly as accused on diocese's list 10/18/2018. Allegation in 2002 that Dondero sexually abused a child in the 1960s, while at St. Joseph's. Dondero died 6/28/1997. Included on the Jesuits West Province's list 12/7/2018. It notes sexual abuse of a minor 1961-1965, reported in 2003 and 2005. On the Stockton diocese's list, which notes he was at St. Frances of Rome in Riverbank 8/30/1986-9/14/1986.

Fr. Pearse P. Donovan

Ordained: 1943
Status: Sued

Died: 09/12/1986
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Accused in a 2003 civil suit of molesting a boy beginning in 1978 at St. Clement, and of later passing him on to an abusive Holy Cross brother, Lawrence O'Brien. During this same time period, Donovan was being treated for alcoholism at two treatment centers. He served as Superintendent of Schools 1963-1972. Removed from ministry/retired 1983. Died 9/12/86. On the diocese's list in 2019. It notes abuse having occurred 1978-80.

Fr. Thomas J. Dove

Order: CSP
Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Died: 10/2/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Named publicly as accused by the Los Angeles archdiocese on its list updated 12/6/2018. It notes an allegation received in 2014 of incidents 1972-1977. Allegations were reportedly of the sexual abuse of a minor female at the Catholic Information Center in L.A. He worked in L.A. 1965-1974. Assigned to the Paulist Center in Boston 1961-1962. Removed from ministry in 2014, living at a Paulist residence in San Francisco; still there in 2019. On the Paulists' list 3/8/2019. Included in the Memphis diocese's report 2/28/2020. Dove died in 10/2020. Included in 10/2022 on the Chicago archdiocese's list, where he was assigned 1985-1992. Included in the IL Attorney General's Report 5/23/2023.

Fr. John W. Dowling

Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 04/5/2000
Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

Ordained for the Diocese of Savannah-Atlanta. On leave 1947-1951. Worked in the Sacramento diocese 1947-1981. Faculties withdrawn and dismissed from Sacramento diocese after a report in 1981 of child pornography. Three allegations of abuse of boys under age 14, occurring 1954-1981, were received by the Sacramento diocese in 2002, 2004 and 2019. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused in 4/2019. On the Atlanta archdiocese's list in 11/2020. Included in the GA PAC's Report 3/24/2023. It details six reports of abuse of children. One alleged abuse ages 7-12 beginning in 1940 in Savannah. The boy told his mother about the abuse when he was in 7th grade, and Dowling was moved to Atlanta. Report in 2019 of abuse in 1975 in CA of a boy, ages 11-12. Another child was allegedly molested in 1972, reported in 1981. Dowling retired to FL after law enforcement told the Diocese they would press charges if he stayed in the county. Another report was of abuse in 1975, another in 1954-1955, and another in 1983. Dowling died in 2000.

Fr. Donald F. Doxie

Ordained: 1952
Status: Sued

Died: 11/16/1976
Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Accused in 12/11/03 suit of sexually abusing boy 1969-1972 starting at age 15. Diocese stated this was the only allegation. Was secretary to Bishop Charles F. Buddy 1955-1957. Worked as Navy chaplain 1957-1961. Was vice chancellor 1961-1968. Died 11/16/76. Personnel file released 10/25/10.

Br. Ronald Gordon Drum

Order: OFM
Status: Accused

Died: 04/23/2010
Diocese: Diocese of Monterey CA

Entered the order in 1954 and made his final vows in 1961. Named publicly as credibly accused by the St. Barbara Province Franciscans on its list in 9/2020. Drum was accused in 1972 and left the order the same year. Retired to Kihei, Hawaii, where he died in 4/2010. Per his obituary, Drum was a retired typesetter for the State of California.


Br. Donald J. DuFour

Order: CSC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Per the Los Angeles diocese in 2005, DuFour was accused by one person of abuse occurring 1977-79, while assigned to Rancho San Antonio Boys Home in Chatsworth, CA. Named in a civil suit. Per social media in 2022, a Don Dufour, CSC was living in New York and in 2018 was pictured with children while visiting his alma mater, Holy Cross School, in New Orleans.

Fr. Albert Joseph Duggan

Ordained: 1932
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Report to L.A. police in 2001 that Duggan sexually abused a boy, age 12, in 1969 at St. Frances in Azusa, CA. Accused in 11/21/03 suit of abusing a boy 1963-67 at same parish. L.A. archdiocesan report on 2/17/04 counted 3 alleging abuse 1963-71, presumably the 2001 and 2003 complainants and one other. The 2001 complainant was included in $660M LA settlement on 7/14/07. Retired 1976; died 9/79. Personnel file "proffer" released 1/13.

Fr. Paul E. Duggan

Ordained: 1948
Status: Accused

Died: 03/30/2007
Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Diocese of San Jose on its list updated 4/5/2019. It notes that Duggan was removed from public ministry by the San Francisco archdiocese in 2002 due to a recent report of "sexual misconduct with a child at St. Patrick School during the 1950s." Duggan retired in 1983 and died 3/30/2007.


Fr. Joseph Dunne

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Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Per archdiocese in 2004, accused of abuse of one person in 1993. Extern priest from the Glasgow, Scotland diocese. Archdiocese confirmed in 1/19 that Dunne's alleged victim was a girl and that the abuse was reported in 1/93. He had been working without permission since summer 1992 at OLPH parish in Newhall. Law enforcement did not press charges. Archdiocese contacted Glasgow diocese, which revealed that there were previous allegations against Dunne. He may have returned to Scotland.

Br. Kevin Dunne

Order: OFM
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

One of several religious accused in 1993 of abuse of students at St. Anthony Seminary. Per a 2002 news article, Dunne was living with his Order at St. Mary's Basilica in Phoenix, serving as their treasurer, doing housework and without contact with children. As of 2007, he was living in a retreat house near Monterey CA, in failing health and with dementia. (See additional information in two petitions filed in Fall 2009.) Included on the Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/2019. It notes accusations in 2002 for abuse elsewhere in 1993. Died in 2010. On the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/2019. It notes a report in 1993 of alleged sexual abuse of a minor 1970-1973. On the Las Cruces diocese's list 6/24/2019 (misspelled Dunn), where he worked 1955-1961. On Phoenix diocese's list, no known allegations there.

Fr. Charles J. Durkin

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Died: 04/18/2006
Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Durkin retired in 4/2002, just after the San Francisco D.A.'s office requested church records related to years of allegations of abuse. He was the subject of a "recent child molestation complaint" stemming from conduct that allegedly occurred more than 30 years prior. Received treatment at Southdown in Toronto in 2002. Died 4/18/2006.

Fr. Vincent Dwyer

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Order: OCSO
Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Monterey CA

Trappist monk from Worcester, MA. In 1969 allegedly began sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl, who was a student at Santa Catalina School in the Diocese of Monterey, and continuing off and on for 13 years. In 1995 the woman reached a $75K settlement with his superiors at St. Joseph's Abbey in MA. The woman sued the Monterey Diocese and school 12/03 for failing to prevent the abuse. Accused in 1999 Dwyer had receive numerous awards and honors for his writings. Active priest until at least 2002.

Fr. I. Brent Eagen

Ordained: 1956
Status: Sued

Died: 10/14/1997
Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Monsignor. A woman claimed in a 2003 lawsuit that she was raped by Msgr. Eagen in 1972 after he befriended her at Nazareth House (an orphanage run by the diocese). Eagen was assigned as parish priest at a nearby mission. Later became Chancellor of San Diego diocese. Died in 1997. Diocese said he had exemplary record and no previous allegations of misconduct. The woman also alleged prior abuse at orphanage by a nun and a handyman as well as later abuse by Fr. Robert Buchanan. Personnel file released 10/25/10.

Fr. Donald W. Eagleson

Order: CSC
Ordained: 1985
Status: Settled

Died: 10/22/2004
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Accused in 2002 of abuse in 1971 when he was a Holy Cross brother teaching at Moreau High School in Hayward. Ordained for the Diocese of Santa Rosa in 1985. Suspended in 2002 on new allegation of 1971 abuse; not revealed to parishioners or public until 2006. Partial settlement of 2004 civil suit in 2005. Died 10/22/04. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19. On the Oakland diocese's list in 2019. Accused in a lawsuit[s] filed sometime between 2019-2022.

Fr. John Esquivel

Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Accusation publicly in 6/19 of sexually abusing a 17- or 18-year-old girl in the mid-1980s at St. Joseph's in Bakersfield. Suspended for a few months during investigation. Esquivel's accuser said that he groped, open-mouth kissed and verbally abused her. She was working at the time as his secretary. SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) stated that three other women told them in recent years that Esquivel sexually abused them, two at age 16. Two of the alleged victims reportedly told another priest in around 1992, but no action. Suit filed in 1/20 by two of the women, each claiming abuse as teenagers by Esquivel. Remained in active ministry in 1/20.

Fr. Clifton Raymond Etienne

Order: SVD
Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Died: 05/22/1998
Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

Accused in a civil suit of abuse at Divine Word Seminary in Riverside when he was a religious brother, prior to ordination. Assigned as a priest to St. Patrick's parish in the Oakland diocese 1979-80, St. Anthony's in San Bernardino 1981-88, then back to Divine Word Seminary 1988-98. Died in 5/98. Personnel file released10/25/10. On San Diego diocese's 9/18 list.

Fr. Patrick Evard

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1967
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Publicly named as accused on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans' list in 11/2023. Subject of allegation(s) of child sexual abuse in pending litigation. No determination as to credibility of claim(s). Noted to not be in ministry. Prior to entering the seminary in the midwest, Evard worked at an advertising agency in Los Angeles.


Fr. Murty M. Fahy

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Died: 03/2/2001
Diocese: Diocese of Stockton CA

Associate pastor at St. Anne's Church, Lodi 8/85-3/01. Also teacher at St. Mary High School 1970-85. Accused in 2006 of abuse of a girl in the mid-1990s at his church's elementary school. Police conducted investigation but were unable to substantiate the allegations. Diocese officials still investigating as of 01/07. Civil suit filed in 12/06 by a woman alleging abuse age 5-11. Plaintiff dismissed suit 11/07. Fahy died 3/2/01. Name included on list of claimed abusers attached to Stockton diocese's 5/9/14 filing in bankruptcy court.

Fr. Arthur A. Falvey

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1930
Status: Settled

Died: 02/23/1966
Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

In 6/2009, the Jesuits settled with a man who alleged that Falvey raped him repeatedly over a four-year period, beginning in 1954 when he was age 7 and Falvey was assigned to St. Ignatius in Sacramento. Falvey was the brother of Fr. Mark Falvey who abused at least 10 children in CA and was the subject of a 2007 settlement by the Jesuits. The same man later received settlements from the Jesuits, the Sacramento diocese and Los Angeles archdiocese for claims of abuse in Sacramento by both Frs. Mark and Arthur Falvey 1955-1961. The abuse allegedly occurred during Mark Falvey's visits with Arthur in Sacramento. Arthur Falvey died 2/23/1966. Included on the Sacramento diocese's list 4/30/2019. It notes an allegation received in 2018 of the rape of a boy under age 14 in the early 1960s. On the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/2018.

Fr. Mark A. Falvey

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1928
Status: Settled

Died: 05/13/1975
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in 2002 and 2003 by three people of abuse in 1950s-1960s. Named in multiple civil suits. Worked in CA, China, the Philippines. Accused of abusing at least 10 children 1959-1975. Died 5/13/1975. Tentative settlement of $16M reached between 9 plaintiffs and the Jesuits in 5/2007. Philippines presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte said in 12/2015 that Falvey abused him when he was a freshman at Ateneo de Davao High School, and that he molested other students as well. Brother of Fr. Arthur Falvey who also was accused of abuse in a 2009 settlement of a separate case. The same man later received settlements from the Jesuits, the Sacramento diocese and Los Angeles archdiocese for claims of abuse in Sacramento by both Frs. Mark and Arthur Falvey 1955-1961. The abuse allegedly occurred during Mark Falvey's visits with Arthur in Sacramento.


Fr. Donald G. Farmer

Ordained: 1963
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Left priesthood in the late 1960s. Laicized in 1972. Working as marriage and family counselor in 2003 when arrested for the abuse in 1966 of four preteens. Charged with 14 felony counts. Charges dismissed in 2003 when CA law was overruled by Supreme Court. Named in at least three civil suits.

Fr. Thomas Farrell

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Ordained: 1935
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Diocese of Fresno on its list in 2021. Noted to have left the diocese in 1945. The Official Catholic Directory shows Farrell as on leave of absence in 1945, then as an assistant at a Bakersfield parish the following year. He is then indexed with a chancery address for several years, and seems to surface later as a priest of the Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs, NM, which was a treatment center for troubled priests, including pedophiles. He is noted on the Fresno list to have died in 1962. The only Thomas Farrell listed in the Necrology section of the 1963 Official Catholic Directory (which reflects 1962-63) died 6/4/62 at the Servants of the Paraclete's Via Coeli in Jemez Springs, NM.


Br. William C. Farrington

Order: SJ
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of San Jose CA

Removed from Jesuit High in Sacramento in 1987 after two reports of "misconduct." Had worked there since 1976. Removed in 2002 from his administrative job at Loyola Marymount U. after allegations he had abused a Jesuit High student. In 2012 a 1968 graduate of Bellarmine Prep in San Jose told the Jesuits that Farrington sexually abused him at the school in the 1960s. Farrington supervised students who lived on campus. After a letter from the school to alumni, more former students reportedly said they had also been abused. Sent in 2003 to live under supervision at the Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Los Gatos. In 2012 SNAP said four others had come forward. On the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/2018. It notes abuse 1963-1970, 1973-1975, 1981-1986, reported in 2003 and 2012. A lawsuit was filed in 1/2020 claiming abuse in the 1960s of a Bellarmine Prep student.

Fr. John V. Farris

Order: CM
Ordained: 1949
Status: Sued

Died: 07/6/2003
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Attended St. John Seminary in Kansas City and worked in nine Missouri parishes. Major issues with alcoholism throughout career. Spent seven years at St. John's and/or Queen of Angels Seminary in CA. Sued in 2003 in CA, accused of abuse of a youth 1951-1954. Died in 2003. Personnel file released 09/09/2013. Also worked in Denver CO and Cape Girardeau and Perryville, MO. On Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese's list updated 4/1/2019. Included on the Vincentians list in 2020. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report.

Br. Charles George Fatooh

Order: SM
Ordained: 1985
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in a 2006 lawsuit of abuse of a student 1973-74 at Chaminade College Prep in Canoga Park, where he was later principal. Left the Marianists and was ordained a priest on 8/24/85 for the Monterey diocese, where he became monsignor, Chancellor, and Moderator of the Curia. Still listed as an active priest at St. Joseph church in Cayucos in the 2010 Monterey Directory. Marianist personnel file released 7/13 as part of 2007 LA settlement.

Fr. Gerald Faue

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1951
Status: Sued

Died: 01/30/1988
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Also known as Fr. Mathias. Accused of abuse in 1965-67 at St. Benedict in Montebello CA. Named in at least two civil suits. Died 1/30/88. Some of his personnel files released in 7/13 reference "his problem" or "difficulty." Buried at Saint Gregory Abbey Cemetery in Shawnee, OK. Included on the Archiocese of Oklahoma's list in 10/19 of those credibly accused of abuse of a minor in the archdiocese. 


Fr. William Feeser

Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Died: 09/4/2012
Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

Retired in 2010 for health reasons. Living at Immaculate Conception Parish in Sacramento when accused in 10/11 of sex abuse of a girl at Our Lady of Assumption in Carmichael, where he was assigned 1977-82. Removed from ministry. Died in 2012. Accused in 2016 of abuse of a boy while at Our Lady of Assumption between 1977 and 1978. Both alleged victims were under age 14 at time of the abuse. On diocese's list 4/30/19. In 2019-21 there were new allegations that Feeser sexually abused two boys under age 18, and a girl younger than 14.

Fr. Walter Fernando

Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Ordained in 1973 in Sri Lanka. Visiting priest in Los Angeles in 1981. Incardinated into the archdiocese in 1986. Sued in 2003, accused of abusing of girl, age 17, in 1980-81 while assigned to St. Hilary's in Pico Rivera. Placed on leave in 2004.

Fr. Joseph A. Ferreira

Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Died: 12/21/2014
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

In a lawsuit filed in 11/06, a woman alleged she was molested by Ferreira at Our Lady of Good Counsel in San Leandro in 1973 and 1974 when she was in her teens. She also claimed that Ferreira continued to harass and stalk her throughout the years. Case later settled out of court. A second woman filed suit 6/09 alleging abuse by Ferreira 1970-1972 at Our Lady of Good Counsel in San Leandro. On diocese's list in 2019. It notes that Ferreira was removed from ministry/retired 12/28/98. Died 12/21/14.

Fr. Joseph Fertal

Order: SVD
Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

Working in the Philippines in 1989 when suspected of abuse. Returned to his order's seminary in Riverside, CA, then assigned to parishes. Accused in 1995 of molesting a 16-year-old boy from a catechism class. Civil suit filed in 1996; later settled out of court. Criminal investigation dropped for lack of evidence. Forced by church officials to leave a CA retirement home in 2002 after it learned of his past history. In treatment several times. Added to Scranton diocese's list in 12/2018. Living in Chicago at the time. Reportedly died in 2021. Included on the Society of the Divine Word list of credibly accused. Noted to have been assigned in the Philippines 1960-1967, Techny IL 1967-1972, Philippines 1972-1989, California 1990-2004, Dittmer MO 2004-2016, Techny IL 2016-2021. Abuse occurred in Techny IL in 1968, Niles IL 1971, Scranton PA 1972 and Corona CA 1995. On the Archdiocese of Chicago's list as of 4/5/2023. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General's Report, which notes at least two "reported survivors."

Fr. Gerald B. Fessard

Ordained: 1972
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in 1987 to sexually abusing children. Sent to Servants of the Paraclete for treatment. Pled no contest to battery and assault of students at San Fernando Mission minor seminary. Sentenced to three years probation. May have had conviction expunged after probation ended. Worked at Tribunal 1987 until his removal by the archdiocese in 2002. In 1994 sent to St. Luke's institute for treatment after parishioners complaint he would show up at youth group meetings, at times drunk. Accused in 1997 by a man of abusing him as a boy, age 8 or 9. Accused of abuse by at least eight people. Reportedly abused more than twenty. Fessard was one of six accused priests assigned to Santa Clara Parish in Oxnard 1962-96. Personnel file released 1/13. Laicized 12/19/07.

Fr. Oscar Figueroa

Ordained: 2000
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

From Mexico. Ordained for the Sacramento diocese. Faculties removed n 2008  after an allegation of sexual misconduct 1993-2006 with a young adult male. Faculties restored in 2009 then removed again the same year after further investigation, which yielded discovery of sexual abuse of a minor while Figueroa was a seminarian at Seminario Conciliar, Archdiocese of Mexico in Mexico City. Another report of sexual misconduct with a young adult male was reported to the Diocese in 2016. Included in 2019 on the Diocese's list of credibly accused.


Fr. Edward Fitz-Henry

Ordained: 1985
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Monterey CA

Ordained in Ireland. Worked in Monterey for over 20 years. Removed after complaint received 1/11 of abuse at Madonna Del Sasso parish. More info received on allegation of abuse involving a minor made about 20 years prior. Review Board found earlier allegation to be credible. Civil suit filed 2/15/11 by recent accuser. Fitz-Henry denied all allegations. Civil suit settled 2/12 for $500K. Fitz-Henry also sued Diocese 2/12. Settled in 3/13. Left priesthood and requested laicization. Docs to be released in 1/14. On diocese's list 1/2/19. It notes 1990 abuse reported to diocese in 1991. Laicized.

Fr. James J. Fitzpatrick

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Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Died: 01/31/2019
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Ordained for the Dallas-Ft. Worth diocese. Accused of abusing in Los Angeles 1967-68. Described in L.A. archdiocesan report as extern priest from TX. Worked 1969-73 at a parish in the Ft. Worth diocese. Died 8/6/73. On Dallas diocese's list 1/31/19.

Fr. Kevin M. Fitzpatrick

Order: OSM
Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Died: 06/5/1997
Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Accused in a 2022 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy, beginning when the boy was age 13 in 1976 and continuing throughout his time as a student at Servite High School in Anaheim. Fitzpatrick was assigned to the high school 1970-1992, where he was a teacher and swim coach. He was transferred in 1993 to a parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, then in 1994 to a parish in Portland OR. Also worked in Milwaukee WI. He died in 1997. Four more former Servite students filed claims of abuse against Fitzpatrick in 9/22, and three more were filed several months later.


Fr. Don D. Flickinger

Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of San Jose CA

Ordained for the Diocese of Fresno. Accused in a civil suit filed 8/9/11 of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy at St. Frances Cabrini in San Jose in 2001. It also claimed abuse in the San Francisco and Fresno dioceses over a period of 40 years, and that church authorities were aware. The suit included statements by many other witnesses and alleged victims. A woman also sued. Another lawsuit filed 9/12. All three cases settled 9/13. In 10/18 was still a priest of the Fresno diocese. Permanently banned from active ministry in 2006, except for participation in funeral masses for other priests. On San Jose diocese's list 10/18/18. It notes allegations reported in 2002, 2005 and 2006. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19. Christian Brothers Novitiate chaplain there 1981-83. On the Diocese of Fresno's list of credibly accused in 8/21. Accused in one or more lawsuits filed between 2019-2022. Per news in 12/22, Flickinger is deceased.

Fr. Miguel Flores

Ordained: 1994
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

From Guadalajara, Mexico. Ordained in Bolivia. Ministered and taught in Chile. Studied in Argentina and Australia. Taught in Peru, studied in Colombia. Arrived in the Fresno diocese from Mexico in 1999. Accused by a 16-year-old girl in 2002 of sexual assault 1/2002-2/2002. She was his office assistant at parishes in Tranquility and Hanford. Acquitted by jury in 8/2002 on three counts of forcible rape, three counts of sex with a minor and charge of making threats and intimidating a witness. Returned to active ministry. Case reopened in 2019 after new information deemed credible. Placed on leave in 2/2019. HIs alleged victim filed suit against the diocese in 2/2020 under the CA Child Victims Act.

Fr. James Patrick Foley

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

Named publicly as accused on San Diego diocese's 9/18 list. San Diego priest, in Northern CA since 1991. Suspended in 7/10, accused of sex abuse of two boys in the Sacramento area. Canonical trial, which ended in 1/11, yielded an "unclear" verdict. Faculties restored 1/12, again removed in 8/15. In 5/17 was offering retreats and spiritual counsel. In 7/18 led a "cluster mission" at a parish in Dubuque IA. Bio on the Oakland diocese's website in 3/14 said Foley had worked in parishes, campus ministry, administration, and in high schools and colleges as a teacher, and that missions and retreats were his focus since 1995. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19, where he led " Missions and Parish Retreats 1998-2006." On Sacramento list 4/30/19. On Oakland diocese's list in 2019. Foley filed a defamation suit against the San Diego diocese in 9/19. On Stockton's list, where he worked 10/25-30 2014.

Fr. Robert C. Foley

Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Per 2002 report, in 1985 then-chancellor of the Orange diocese, Michael Driscoll, who was later Bishop of the Diocese of Boise, wrote to a priest in Liverpool, England, begging him to take Foley. Foley had just admitted to molesting an 8-year-old boy during a camping trip organized by St. Justin Martyr parish. The boy's mother threatened to go to the police; Foley was in jeopardy of arrest and possible imprisonment in he stayed in the U.S. Foley left for England and never faced prosecution for the molestation. Civil suit settled. Per the diocese's website in 8/16, Foley's status was "voluntary permanent leave". The diocese's list updated 4/2/19 notes that he is living a life of prayer and penance. Its list in 12/20 shows that Foley was seeking laicization.

Fr. James Michael Ford

Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Died: 05/22/2011
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in a lawsuit in L.A. of abuse of a boy 1968-71 at Mater Dei High School and Holy Family Cathedral, beginning when the boy was age 14. Archdiocese investigated and found no basis for the allegation. Accuser received $225K from the Orange diocese (established in 1976) and more from L.A. He told Archbishop Mahony of many other victims. Ford was sent to Santa Barbara in 1971 even after his accuser told two priests (both accused) that he was abused. Retired 6/05. Faculties removed 2006 and restored in 2008. Died 5/22/11. Personnel file released 1/13.

Fr. Linh Tien Nguyen

Ordained: 2004
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 11/2022 of sexually abusing a boy, ages 10-13, from about 2005-2008. The boy was a student and altar boy at St. Pius in Redwood City. Nguyen was assigned to St. Pius 2005-2009. He was placed on leave in 10/2022 and reinstated two months later. The Archdiocese denied the allegations.


Fr. Sauveur Tambourin

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Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Died: 11/5/1994
Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

"Sam." Ordained for the Diocese of Tarbes-Lourdes, France. Incardinated in 1971 into the Diocese of Fresno. Included in 2021 on the Fresno diocese's list of credibly accused. Noted to have left the diocese in 1974 to work as a US Navy chaplain and to have died in 1994. Per his obituary, Tambourin was a Navy chaplain for 20 years. At the time of his death he was pastor of St. Mary of the Mountains in Virginia City and a chaplain at Fallon Naval Base.


Fr. George J. Francis

Ordained: 1937
Status: Settled

Died: 05/4/1998
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Accused of having raped a 7-year-old girl in 1959. His alleged victim filed a lawsuit in the early 1990s; settled in 1993. Officials denied any wrongdoing by Francis. Another suit filed 11/02 by a woman who alleged that Francis abused her 1979-1982, when she was ages 5-11. Settled in 1/04 for $3 million. Both victims went public in 2002; diocese admitted abuse and that there were other victims. At least nine known victims. On the diocese's list in 2019. It notes abuse occurring in the 1960s and 1972. Removed from ministry/retired 4/4/86. Died 5/4/98.

Fr. Robert E. Freitas

Ordained: 1972
Status: Convicted

Died: 11/14/2011
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Sent to treatment and placed on "restricted ministry" in 1985 after two boys alleged sex abuse. In 2002, a man told the diocese that Freitas molested him in 1979. Police notified. Accuser wore a wire during meeting; Freitas admitted abuse and was arrested. Accuser filed suit. Police believe there were at least four more victims from about the same time frame. Pled guilty 12/02; sentenced to six months jail and five years probation. Released 6/03 after US Supreme Court ruling. Settlement 11/03. On diocese's list 2/17/19. Laicized 2007. Died 11/14/11.

Fr. Michael French

Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Died: 06/21/1995
Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

First named publicly as accused by the San Diego diocese in 9/18. It received a report in 2003 of abuse of a boy in 1980. Victim received settlement. Had been in San Diego from 1973 for study at the CA School of Professional Psychology. Per 1988 Catholic Directory, was a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, "Released from Diocesan Assignment." Chaplain in 1975 at a Benedictine Convent. Director of Catholic Community Services, and diocesan director of Worldwide Marriage Encounter. Died in 1995.

Fr. Benjamin S. Gabriel

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Ordained: 1947
Status: Sued

Died: 03/27/1986
Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Ordained for the Archdiocese of Lipa, Philippines. Incardinated into the Fresno diocese in 1979, where he had worked in parishes since at least 1971. Accused in a 2003 lawsuit of abusing a boy at St. Jude's in Earlimart for two years in the mid-1970s. Gabriel died in 1986. His name was included in 8/21 on the Fresno diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Rudolph Galindo

Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Accused of sexual improprieties with a Vietnamese altar boy. He denied the accusations. Suspended from ministry. Civil suit filed. Archdiocese settled with the boy's family for $75K in 1985. Reassigned. Retired in 5/86. Permanently removed in 2002 after admitting abuse of three youths. Sued by seven. Included on San Diego diocese's list 3/31/07. Personnel file released 10/25/10. Per the diocese's list in 9/18, Galindo is deceased.

Fr. Robert Gamel

Ordained: 1990
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Removed 8/15/14. Investigated by police for alleged internet-related sex crimes involving at least one teenage boy. Computers and hard drives seized from rectory of St. Joseph's in Los Banos where he had worked since 2009. Police said parishioners were uncomfortable with Gamel's behavior with young males, including rubbing the back of a sleeping teen, and hugging a youth in a single-person restroom. Pleaded no contest 3/11/16 to possessing child porn. Sentenced in 5/16 to 11 months in jail and 4 years probation. Ordered to register as a sex offender. Assignments included Christ the King and St. Joseph's Mission in Oildale, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bakersfield, St. Ann's in Ridgecrest, St. Joseph's in Boron and Our Lady of Lourdes in California City. Released from jail in 12/16. Arrested again 4/12/17 on child porn possession. Pleaded not guilty 5/17. Pleaded no contest 11/28/17, sentenced to 4 years in state prison. Released 4/13/19.

Fr. James A. Ganahl

Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Died: 02/13/2010
Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

Name appears on list of accused priests with credible allegations from San Diego/San Bernardino dioceses released by San Diego 3/30/07. Retired 1987. Privileges removed 11/98. Per personnel file released 10/25/10, he was accused of abusing four girls between 1961-1963. They told San Bernardino in 1999 and reached settlement. San Diego diocese reported to police in 2002 but family chose not to pursue criminal charges. Ganahl died 2/13/10.

Fr. Jesus Garay

Ordained: 1991
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Extern priest from Argentina. Accused in a 2004 lawsuit of raping a 17-year-old girl in 1997. The girl worked as a part-time secretary at Holy Family Church in Wilmington, CA, where Garay was assigned. She said she became pregnant in 12/97, the abuse continued until about 4/98, and Garay pressured her to have an abortion. She gave birth to the child and, per the lawsuit, the archdiocese did not inform authorities of the abuse, nor did they provide medical coverage during the pregnancy or support after the baby was born. He was returned to Argentina when the girl became visibly pregnant and was allowed parish ministry in the Diocese of Concordia. Garay was named in the 2005 Los Angeles archdiocesan report addendum. He reportedly left ministry in 2008 and married.

Fr. Cristobal Garcia

Order: OP
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Arrived in Los Angeles in 1983 and left in 11/85. Sued in 1988 for abuse of two boys between 1983-86. Accused of abuse and boundary violations. Suspended by his order in 1985 and later expelled. Fled to the Philippines. Became part of the Archdiocese of Cebu. A second allegation in a civil suit in 2003. Removed without privileges in 6/12 by Cebu Archbishop on CA allegations. Also linked to ivory smuggling. Personnel files were to be released in Fall 2012. Included in 10/21 on the Dominicans Holy Name Province list. Laicized in 2017. Died in 2021.

Fr. Francisco Javier Garcia Ortiz

Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

From Mexico. Ordained fo the Diocese of Acapulco. Incardinated into the Diocese of Sacramento in 1989. Fled to Mexico in 1995 after a dozen felony molestation charges were filed against him in Yolo and Colusa counties in CA. Mexico agreed to prosecute the U.S. charges but eventually dismissed the case. Accused in 2002 of abuse of a boy 1970-1975. Diocese settled at least eight claims. Four new lawsuits were expected to be filed in 6/2006 by men alleging abuse 1987-1994. Laicized in 10/2007. Two men filed suit 9/16/2014 in Sacramento. On Sacramento diocese's list 4/30/2019. By 2015 there were 24 known alleged male victims of sex abuse by Garcia, occurring 1973-1995. Remained a fugitive in 2021. A 25th case was reported in 2020 and a 26th in 2022.

Fr. John G. Garcia

Ordained: 1947
Status: Sued

Died: 04/5/2003
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

In 11/22 a 34-year-old man claimed in a lawsuit that Garcia sexually abused him over two years, beginning when he was an 8-year-old altar boy in the late 1990s. Garcia was assigned at the time in question to Immaculate Heart of Mary in Brentwood. The abuse allegedly included rape. Garcia retired from the parish in 2001, after 17 years. He died in 2003. He was accused in a 12/22 suit of raping a boy, age 12, in the late 1960s, and of telling the boy he would die if he told. Another lawsuit the same month alleged abuse by Garcia of a boy in 1974. In 12/22 there were reportedly four known accusers.


Fr. Louis Aloysius Garcia

Ordained: 1963
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Accused of abusing several developmentally disabled patients 5/79-8/80 at Porterville State Hospital, where he was chaplain. Suspended in 1981. Civil litigation and criminal charges filed. Matters taken to California's Court of Appeals. Sentenced to 6 years in 1983. Garcia was on sick leave per 1988 Catholic Directory. Listed on CA sex offender registry as of 5/15/11. Included in 8/21 on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Peter Edward Garcia

Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Died: 07/29/2009
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Monsignor. Archdiocesan Secretary for Hispanic Affairs. On leave 1984-2006. Laicized 1/3/2006. Died 7/29/2009. Archdiocese knew of past abuse by at least 1988. Sued in 2003. Accused of abusing at least 12 minors 1961-1983. At least one claim settled as part of 2007 $660M settlement with 508 plaintiffs. Personnel files released in 1/2013 reveal that Garcia often targeted boys who were illegal immigrants, and would threaten to have them deported if they told. He admitted to having abused boys since ordination. Received treatment in NM in the mid-1980s, where he also worked.

Fr. Anthony Martinez Garduno

Ordained: 1990
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

Accusations that Garduno asked an adult man to strip during premarital counseling surfaced in about 1993. Sent for treatment. Church trial for heresy after Garduno founded a separate Catholic sect in 1996. He was "removed from the clerical state." Arrested 12/09 and charged with abuse of a 17-year-old boy 4 years before and continued sale of drugs from the church. Accuser said he knew of other minor victims who had been abused at that location. Sentenced 3/10 to 2 years prison on drug and gun charges.

Fr. Martin Gates

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Died: 07/7/2000
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

"Marty." Initially took the name "Marius." Named publicly as accused by the Santa Barbara Franciscans on its list 5/31/2019. It notes allegations of the sexual abuse of minors 1970-1979, reported in 1993 and 1995. Gates was assigned in 1970 to a Phoenix parish, then worked in the Guaymas, Mexico in the Diocese of Ciudad Obregon 1971-1999. He died in 2000. On the Phoenix diocese's list, with no known allegations there. On the Stockton diocese's list 11/12/2020, where he worked 1964-1965.


Fr. Elwood F. Geary

Ordained: 1943
Status: Sued

Died: 04/18/1981
Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Accused in a lawsuit sometime between 2020-2022 of sexually abusing a boy, age 11, in 1968 at Our Lady Queen of Apostles in San Jose. Geary allegedly fondled the boy's genitals and forced oral sex on him. Geary was the parish's founding pastor in 1960, remaining in that role until 1979. The parish was part of the Archdiocese of San Francisco until the Diocese of San Jose was established in 1981, the year Geary died.


Br. Michael Geilenfeld

Brother of the Missionaries of Charity, entering in 1974. From Iowa. Worked as a brother in Los Angeles, Cambodia, El Salvador and India before settling in Haiti. Left the order and founded St. Joseph's orphanage for boys in Port-au-Prince in 1985. The boys were destitute, living in the streets. Geilenfeld would take boys across the U.S. and in England for fundraising tours, in which the boys performed as a dance troupe. Allegations first surfaced publicly in 12/1995 when 8 boys on tour in Detroit told authorities that Geilenfeld sexually and physically abused them at the orphanage. A judge ordered them to return to Haiti with Geilenfeld, saying he had no jurisdiction. The boys' attorney said there were allegations as early as 1987, and that boys also complained while touring England. In 2011 Haiti journalist Cyrus Sibert broke the story of allegations against Geilenfeld after a missionary contacted him. Survivor advocate Paul Kendrick, from ME, got involved; he and Sibert worked together for years to demand Geilenfeld's arrest. Dozens of boys and young men came forward. Geilenfeld was arrested in 2014 in Port-Au-Prince and spent a year in jail. The case was dismissed after 5 alleged victims did not show up for a hearing. Geilenfeld and a charity funding him, Hearts with Haiti, sued Kendrick for defamation. A jury decided for Geilenfeld, dismissed on appeal. Settled in 2019, $3M for the charity, nothing for Geilenfeld. Arrested in the Dominican Republic in 4/2019, to where he allegedly had fled from Haiti to avoid arrest there. He had also opened a home for boys in the Dominican Republic. Arrested in Denver CO 1/22/24, charged with traveling from Miami FL to Haiti to have sex with children between 11/2006 and 12/2010.


Fr. Robert J. Gemmet

Ordained: 1964
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Accused in a 3/2020 lawsuit of repeatedly sexually abusing an altar boy, beginning with grooming when the boy was age 10 in 1967. Gemmet allegedly told boy that God would kill him and that he would "have to watch his parents and siblings die" if he told anyone about the abuse. After ordination Gemmet was assigned to St. Timothy in San Mateo. Per the San Jose diocese, in the 1960s and 1970s he was assigned to St. Christopher in San Jose and St. Mary in Gilroy. He reportedly worked as a seminarian at day camps in San Francisco and Redwood City. Prior to that he taught CCD at St. Simon in Los Altos. His name last appears in the 1980 Official Catholic Directory. He died in 1985 at age 46.


Fr. David A. Ghiorso

Ordained: 1981
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

In a 10/20/2021 letter to his parishioners, the Archdiocese announced that Ghiorso had been accused in a civil claim of the sexual abuse of a minor 30-40 years previously. Placed on leave pending investigation. Returned to ministry in 12/2021. Three suits reportedly were filed by 6/23/2022. One claims Ghiorso plied an altar boy with wine and raped him at St. Vincents School for Boys for a year beginning in 1989. Another suit, filed in 4/2022, claims Ghiorso raped a boy multiple times at St. Vincents 1988-1991, beginning when the boy was age 10. One accuser said he reported the abuse at the time to the school and was then placed in a foster home. Ghiorso's attorney denied the allegations.


Fr. Rudi Gil

Order: OSST
Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

Gil arrived in the San Bernardino diocese from Canada in 1987. Accused in 1993 of sexual misconduct with a boy in 1987. Faculties removed. Treated in California at a facility run by Servants of Paraclete for "sexual identity issues." Admitted during counseling that he had sexually abused a child. Left after about two weeks because he said his therapist was ineffective. Said San Diego Bishop Gilbert Chavez helped him find a job in Mexico. No criminal charges. In active ministry in the Diocese of Ensenada at a Tijuana parish in 2002. On San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/2018, noting that police were informed in 2002, and that Gil was removed from the priesthood.

Fr. Paul Gill

Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Died: 10/29/2020
Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

A civil suit filed in 9/02 alleged Gill molested a 14-year-old boy in 1977 in a rectory and on a trip to New Hampshire. The alleged victim did not tell his parents until 2002; they then told the diocese. Gill, who retired in 1998, was barred from public ministry at that time. Another man filed suit in 6/03 alleging abuse in 1975. Name appears on list of priests released by the San Diego diocese in 3/07. Gill died 10/29/20.

Fr. Denis Ginty

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Ordained: 1927
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Ordained in Ireland. Arrived in Los Angeles in 1928. Died in 1985. Allegations in 1993 of abuse in 1932. Allegations in 1997 of abuse 1978-80. Civil suit filed in 2003 claimed abuse in 1932. Archdiocese counted four accusers in its 2004 report. Accused in a lawsuit that settled in 2020 in the low five figures of sexually abusing a girl, age 10, in 1968. The girl was a CCD student at Church of the Nativity in El Monte, where Ginty was assigned.

Fr. Patrick Gleeson

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Ordained: 1943
Status: Settled

Died: 04/15/1991
Diocese: Diocese of Santa Rosa CA

From Ireland. Ordained for Diocese of Sacramento. Incardinated into the Santa Rosa diocese when it was created in 1962. Retired 8/21/89. Died 4/15/91. A man filed civil suit 11/02 against diocese alleging abuse as a boy by Gleeson 1968-72, when Gleeson was pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Calistoga. Diocese said there were no previous accusations against Gleeson. Two cases settled in 6/05 as part of $7.3M deal with 8 people. On diocese's list 1/12/19. Suits filed by five men in 12/19 under the CA Child Victims Act, claiming abuse as altar boys.

Fr. Maximiliano Gomez Macouzet

Ordained: 1946
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

Monsignor. From Mexico. Ordained for San Diego in 1946. Graduate studies in Rome 1948-1951. Began working in San Bernardino diocese in 8/1953. Left the diocese in 1966 and was incardinated into the Diocese of Tlalnepantla, Mexico in 619/67. A civil suit was filed in 1966 claiming assault and battery of a 17-year-old boy in 1962. Judgment of $35K in 6/1968. Name included on list of priests with credible allegations released by the San Diego Diocese in 3/2007. Personnel file released in 10/25/2010 by San Diego.

Fr. Ramon Salvador Gomez

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Named publicly as accused by the Archdiocese of San Antonio on its list 1/31/2019. Ordained for the Diocese of Tapachula, Mexico. Extern priest in the Diocese of Fresno 1980-1981. Worked in the San Antonio diocese at two parishes, one in Carrizo Springs, 1984-1987. Dismissed after law enforcement from California informed the Archdiocese that Gomez was accused of child sex abuse in that state. Gomez moved to Jalisco, Mexico, and would return to Carrizo Springs without faculties or permission for priestly ministry, despite the objections of the parish pastor and letter from the archbishop to Tapachula's bishop. In 1991 a teenage boy reported that he and two others had been abused by Gomez during a visit to Carrizo Springs. The Archdiocese deemed the allegations credible, and informed law enforcement. Released by a judge in Mexico in 2006 for lack of evidence after being accused of raping minors. Included in 2021 on the Diocese of Fresno's list of credibly accused.

Fr. David F. Granadino

Ordained: 1981
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Multiple allegations. Placed on leave in 2002 due to an accusation of abuse of a boy in the 1980s. The abuse allegedly began when the boy was age 13 and continued for almost eight years. Granadino denied the allegation. Included in the Archdiocese's 2004 report. Per the archdiocese's updated report in 12/21, Granadino had been laicized.

Fr. Donald Grasha

Ordained: 1984
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Name quietly added, along with 23 others, to the Los Angeles archdiocese's Final Addendum posted on its website 1/31/13. Per WeddingPriest.org, a website accessed in 2/20, Grasha was presenting himself as a priest, available to perform weddings. The site's bio also stated he was an addiction counselor in Southern CA, and had a wife.

Fr. Robert A. Gray

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Ordained: 1988
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of San Jose CA

Convicted of sexually abusing a teenage boy while teaching him karate in 1993. Charges regarding two other boys were dismissed. Sent to jail for 160 days and given 5 years probation. Received psychiatric treatment before being returned to job in the Diocese in 1995. Removed as head of cemeteries department and placed on permanent leave in June 2002. On diocese's list 10/18/18. It notes allegations of sexual misconduct with children while at St. Justin's 1991-93.

Fr. Julio Cesar Guarin-Sosa

Status: Not Guilty

Diocese: Diocese of Stockton CA

Visiting priest from Colombia. Filled-in at St. Anne in Lodi, CA while his brother (parish priest) was on vacation. Arrested in 3/13 on charges of molestation of a minor (kissing a 16-year-old girl), sexual battery and illegal entry. Reportedly, he was in town to preside at a private mass for the girl's family. Removed without privileges by Stockton bishop. Released on bail 3/28/13. Felony charges dropped 6/13. Found not guilty by jury of misdemeanor charges 10/11/13.

Br. Mateo Guerrero

Order: OFM
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

One of several religious assigned to Santa Barbara who were named as abusers in a civil suit filed in 8/2008, which alleged that the Franciscans constituted "an ongoing public nuisance as a result of their practice of shuttling pedophile priests among communities without warning members of the public that a sexual predator might be in their midst." Abuse allegedly took place in the 1970s, 1990s-2000s. (See information in two petitions filed fall 2009.) Included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscan's list 5/31/2019, which notes an allegation in 2006, but the "purported victim" was not forthcoming with information despite numerous attempts. Credibility and details "unconfirmed."

Fr. Roderic M. Guerrini

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Died: 03/14/2018
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Ordained in Ireland for the Jesuits. Assigned in Zambia Africa for 15 years. Arrived in the Los Angeles archdiocese in 1975, incardinated in 1988. In 1992 a woman told the Archdiocese that Guerrini sexually abused her at age 15 at Santa Clara in Oxnard. Her two sisters also alleged he abused them. Police investigated. Referred to a therapist, allowed to remain in ministry. Retired in 6/2002 after the allegations became public. Named in a massive lawsuit filed in 2003. Claims settled in 7/2007 when the Archdiocese agreed to a $660M settlement with over 500 plaintiffs. Named in a 10/2018 lawsuit. Included on the Jesuits West list of credibly accused 12/7/2018. Died in 3/2018.

Fr. George A. Gunst

Ordained: 1950
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused in a 2003 lawsuit of sexually abusing a girl in 1955 while assigned to Our Lady of Guadalupe and Nativity parishes in El Monte. Was on sick leave in 1974 and military leave on two occasions. Died in 1995.

Br. Joseph Gutierrez-Cervantes

Order: FSC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Left the Order in 1985. Worked at the Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma as a counselor. Dismissed from there in 1986. Accused in a 2003 civil suit of abusing a boy who was a student at De La Salle High School. Plaintiff received $4M in settlement in late 2004. Gutierrez was working as a consultant in Sonoma in the 2000s, known as Jesse Gutierrez-Cervantes. New allegations of abuse in 1986 against Gutierrez surfaced in early 2019. On the Oakland diocese's list in 2019. Lawsuit filed in 10/19 by another De La Salle alumnus claiming he was drugged and abused by Gutierrez several times 1968-72.

Fr. Clinton Vincent Hagenbach

Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Multiple allegations. Civil suit settled in 2002 for $1.5M. Died in 1987. Allegedly abused 1960s-1980s. Reportedly molested more than a dozen children at two parishes late 1960s-early 1970s. There were 16 plaintiffs in trial set for mid-2007. Massive LA archdiocese settlement for $660M for 500+ cases 7/14/07 just prior to this trial.

Fr. Sidney P. Hall

Ordained: 1957
Status: Sued

Died: 09/13/2016
Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 2022 of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl in 1966, while assigned to Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Hall was sent to Mexico to minister in 1966, returning in 1971 to Sacramento. He worked in parishes in Placerville, Galt and Knights Landing. He was involved in the diocesan Hispanic Apostolate, Cursillo and Marriage Encounter. He was also chaplain at Shriner's Hospital and a police chaplain. Per his obituary, Hall retired in 2002. A diocesan biography shows that Bishop Garcia asked him to step down as pastor from St. Peter's in June of that year due to concerns about his health. He was asked to help out at a West Sacramento parish, and did so for three years. Hall died in 2016.


Fr. Bernard Brian Hanley

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Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Ordained in Ireland and arrived in L.A. in 1958. Returned to Ireland in 1965 and continued as an active priest through at least the early 2000s. In 2002 or 2003 a woman alleged abuse by Hanley when she was age 4. Accused in a 2004 suit of abusing two minors in 1965. Church did not believe allegations. Personnel file released in 1/13.

Fr. Michael Joseph Haran

Ordained: 1945
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse. Died 1973. One victim alleged abuse in 1948. A 2003 civil suit alleged abuse of one 1949-57. Archdiocese released only one page from Haran's personnel file in 1/13 when it released those of over 200 accused priests.

Fr. Michael D. Harriman

Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Monsignor. Sued under the CA Child Victims Act which took effect 1/1/2020. Accused of sexually abusing boy(s) at St. Vincent's Boys Home and CYO Camp in the early 1980s. Denied the allegation(s). The review board did not substantiate the claim(s). In active ministry in 6/2022.


Fr. Michael A. Harris

Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Removed in 1/1994 after the mother of one youth who died of AIDS made allegations against Harris to the diocese. Accused of abuse of another male student at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana in 1991 per 1994 civil suit, which was later dropped. A third accuser settled for $5.2M in 2001. Laicized 11/13/2001. Several other victims filed suits  in 2003. Harris worked in both Orange and Los Angeles and is on lists released by both. Personnel file released in 5/2012. Civil suit settled with Orange for $2M just before trial in 6/2012. Suit filed in 12/2019.

Fr. Arthur Harrison

Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of San Jose CA

Charged in 2003 in a Marin County for sex abuse of 10-year-old girl in 1961 at Our Lady of Loretto parish. Case dismissed 7/03 after ruling by US Supreme Court. Accused in 1988 of molesting two San Jose girls, and having affair with their mother. Not charged. Retired in 1992. Two claims settled in 6/05 as part of $21.2 mil settlement with SF Archdiocese involving 5 priests. Died 11/06. On San Jose diocese's list 10/18/18.

Fr. Craig F. Harrison

Ordained: 1987
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Monsignor. Sheriff's Office and Police chaplain. Adopted 8 boys. Suspended in 4/19; investigation of inappropriate touch of a boy, ages 14-16, decades prior in Firebaugh. Report to diocese in 4/12; diocese told police three days later. Harrison denied the claims. The Bakersfield community responded with overwhelming support for Harrison. In late 4/19 two more men alleged  abuse as minors by Harrison. One of them had reported in 1998 and again in 2002 that Harrison abused him in Firebaugh in 1998. Unsubstantiated, per diocese in 2002. Case closed by Bakersfield police in 6/19. Fresno diocese continued to investigate. Harrison filed a slander lawsuit in 8/19 against the Roman Catholic Faithful, a group publicizing claims Harrison abused in Firebaugh. He also sued the diocese and a monk. Merced County DA said in 11/19 no charges due to the statute of limitations. In 2/20 the Fresno DA said no charges due to the statute of limitations, but allegations appeared credible. Resigned priesthood in 2/21. Two suits filed in 6/21. Included on the Fresno diocese's list in 8/21 of credibly accused.

Fr. Edward T. Haskins

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Ordained: 1934
Status: Accused

Died: 02/22/1981
Diocese: Diocese of Monterey CA

Named publicly as accused on the Monterey diocese's list 1/17/19. Report to diocese in 1996 of abuse in the 1950s and 1960s. Haskins died 2/22/81. Included in 8/21 on the Fresno diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. Thomas E. Havel

Order: SM
Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Ordained for the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Joined the Marianists in 1972. Became a psychiatrist. Accused of sexually abusing a girl 1968-1973, beginning when she was age 13 and seeing Havel for counseling. He was a priest at a Pasadena parish at the time of the alleged abuse, and a medical student beginning in 1971. She filed a civil suit in 1988. Order settled in 1992. Included in the Archdiocese's global settlement with victims in 2007. Requested and was granted laicization in 1997 after not practicing as a priest since 1988. Personnel file released by Order in 7/2013. Employed in 8/2023 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View; there since 1980. The hospital learned of allegations against Havel in 1988. 


Fr. Benjamin Hawkes

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Served as administrative officer and treasurer for archdiocese until Mahoney became archbishop in 1985. Died 9/85. Accused in 1995 of abuse of two boys 1973-85, while assigned to St. Basil in L.A. Claims settled. As part of 2007 $660M settlement with 508 plaintiffs, archdiocese was to release personnel files. Personnel files on 25 priests, including Hawkes released 1/13.

Fr. John P. Heaney

Ordained: 1953
Status: Indicted

Died: 01/29/2010
Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Retired in 1999. Placed on leave in 8/2002 when allegations arose that he abused two brothers in the early 1960s. In 2003 Heaney, a former senior chaplain for the San Francisco Police Department, was charged with molesting one of the brothers; charges dropped in 7/2003 after a Supreme Court ruling that the statute of limitations was unconstitutional. Died 1/29/2010.

Br. Gerald Heather

Order: OFM
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused with Rev. Robert Van Handel, OFM in a 2004 suit of abusing two choir boys at St. Anthony's Seminary in Santa Barbara 1989-1994. Called a priest in the article we cite but not listed in Directory. Provisionally listed here as a brother. Per the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans on its list 5/31/2019, "No record of this individual being a Friar. No files or complaint information available."

Fr. Richard Allen Henry

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Ordained: 1972
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Archbishop Mahony warned in writing in 1988 about Henry's behavior around young boys. Removed in 1991. Pled guilty in 12/91 to abuse of four boys 1985-1991. Received treatment. Sentenced in 1993 to eight years in prison. Removed from active ministry in 1993. New accusations in 2002. Civil suit 2003 by three plaintiffs. A total of 13 accusers per archdiocese list. Included in 12/06 $60M settlement involving 22 priests. Personnel file released in 1/13.

Fr. Jerome M. Henson

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Order: OP
Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

Caught in "compromising position" in 1981 in a graveyard at night with 13-year-old boy in Sacramento. Sent to Reno under Bishop McFarland, who sent him to Orange in 1984. (McFarland became bishop of the Diocese of Orange in 1986.) Placed on leave in 2002. Two separate suits filed 2002. Also worked in the Oakland diocese. Claims included in 2005 $35M settlement to 33 victims. Order's insurance company did not want to pay $1.5M to reimburse Diocese for settlement. Status per Orange diocese in 8/16 was "Life of Prayer and Penance". On Sacramento diocese's list 4/30/19. It notes two reports received in 2003 of abuse of boys under age 14, occurring 1978-81. Included on the Dominicans Holy Name Province list in 10/21.

Fr. Anthony G. Herdegen

Ordained: 1946
Status: Settled

Died: 03/17/2009
Diocese: Diocese of Fresno CA

Monsignor. Retired in 1995. Sued in 12/03. Accused of abuse of two brothers, ages 5-19 and 10-15, starting in 1959. No criminal charges due to the statute of limitations. Appeals Court ruled in 5/08 that the lawsuit could go forward because Cardinal Mahony's testimony indicated the church was or should have been aware that Herdegen might have been an abuser. CA Supreme Court declined to hear appeal on decision to go forward. Trial began in 3/09. Herdegen died 3/17/09. Jury found for Diocese on the statute of limitations 4/3/09. One plaintiff was to get a  new trial. The younger brother received a settlement. Herdegen's name was included on the Fresno diocese's list of credibly accused in 8/21.

Fr. Alfred Hernandez

Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Died: 05/26/2014
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Monsignor. Work included chaplaincies at juvenile detention facilities. Accused in lawsuit filed 10/14 of repeatedly sexually abusing a 6-year-old boy, who was first grader at his parish school, in 1993. Hernandez was pastor of St. Ignatius in Highland Park at the time, having been there for 18 years when he retired in 1996. The suit claimed the boy's teacher would send him to the rectory, where the abuse occurred. Plaintiff said the priest made him read bible passages while sodomizing him. Settled in 3/17. Hernandez died 5/26/14.

Fr. David Hernandez Cota

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Ordained: 1980
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

From Mexico, where he attended Ahome, Sinaloa and San Luis Potosi Seminaries. Ordained for the Diocese Sacramento CA. Excardinated from Sacramento and incardinated into the Diocese of Nuevo Casas, Mexico in 1985. Named publicly as accused by the Sacramento diocese on its list 4/30/2019. Allegation to the Sacramento diocese in 2009 of abuse of a male minor in 1974. Diocese of Nuevo Casas, Mexico informed.

Fr. Stephen C. Hernandez

Ordained: 1982
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Retired in 1997. Placed on leave in 4/02. Multiple victims before 1985. One suit filed in 10/03 alleged abuse of a girl at Santa Clara Parish in the 1970s. Another suit filed in 12/03 claimed abuse1998-2002 at Eastlake Juvenile Hall. Arrested in 6/04. Sentenced to three years probation 1/25/06 for misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Fr. Francisco Hernandez-Tovar

Ordained: 1980
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

From Mexico, where he attended Los Misioneros del Espiritu Santo Seminary in Mexico City. Ordained for the Diocese of Sacramento CA. Placed on permanent leave 1/2008 after the diocesan review board deemed credible allegations of abuse. A man had alleged in 7/2007 that Hernandez molested him 1986-1987 at age 13, while Hernandez was assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes in Colusa. On diocese's list 4/30/2019.

Fr. Michael K. Higgins

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

From Ireland. Ordained for the Diocese of San Diego. Removed from active ministry in 1982 after he was accused of soliciting sex from a boy in a confessional. Higgins denied the allegation. Appealed his case to the Vatican. In 1987 Higgins sued Bishop Maher and others alleging that he was falsely accused of sexual misconduct. Higgins has said that Vatican reversed Bishop's decision and he is a 'retired priest.' Diocese denied this, and said that the Pope affirmed the decision to remove his privileges. He was laicized in 1999.

Fr. John Higson

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Ordained: 1980
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Name quietly added, along with 23 others, to the Los Angeles archdiocese's Final Addendum, dated 2008, posted on its website 1/31/13.  Noted to be in "a lay state." Lawsuit in 10/17 claimed Higson sexually abused a boy, age 10, in 1988, in the bathroom of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Paramount. The boy was a CCD student.

Fr. A. Leo Hofstee

Order: OP
Ordained: 1935
Status: Accused

Died: 04/26/1986
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Named publicly by the Dominicans Holy Name Province on its list in 10/2021. It notes, "An allegation of an act of abuse was deemed established by the Provincial after consulation with the Province Review Board in 2018." (The list misspells his name "Hoffstee.") Hofstee first arrived in the Philippines in 1945; from 1947 until his death in 1986 he worked in the Philippines among lepers. He died in 1986.


Fr. William B. Hold

Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

Accused of abuse at Holy Rosary in Woodland in 1982. In 2002 the Diocese of Sacramento acknowledged receiving the allegation approximately three years previously. Also worked in the Diocese of Oakland. Faculties withdrawn in 1998. Moved to Central Point, OR. Died 3/26/12. On diocese's list 4/30/19. It notes two separate allegations received in 1998 of abuse of boys under age 14, occurring 1976-78.

Fr. Frank Hollenbach

Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Died: 08/3/2005
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Priest of the Diocese of Marquette, WI. Parish priest, high school teacher. Per obituaries, retired 1984, moved to Mesa AZ in 1989. Name quietly added, along with 23 others, to the Los Angeles archdiocese's Final Addendum posted on its website 1/31/13. Extern in L.A. at some point. Died 8/3/2005 in AZ.

Fr. William Hollinger

Ordained: 1946
Status: Accused

Died: 10/18/1988
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Name quietly added, along with 23 others, to the Los Angeles archdiocese's Final Addendum posted on its website 1/31/13. Reported in 9/18 to have sexually abused a girl, including rape, in Torrance 1954-58, when the girl was ages 6 through 9. Hollinger died 10/18/88.