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 (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.
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