Fr. Jose Maria B. Avila

Ordained: 1930
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

One of 21 names of accused priests published by the Fall River District Attorney in 9/02. Name was misspelled as George Avellar. List says one alleged victim. D.A.’s office confirmed allegations regarding Avila 9/26/02. May have molested over 100 children over his 44 year career. Apparently his history was well known around several of the older Portuguese parishes. Retired in 1974. Died in 1988. Included on the diocese’s list in 1/21 of those with credible accusations of the sexual abuse of a minor(s).

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