Fr. Rubin Abaya
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 (not Abaya) fathered the girl’s child. Archdiocese contributed to support of child after dismissal of one suit.
Our Database of Publicly Accused does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.