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.

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