Fr. Polienato Bernabe

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Ordained: 1966
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of St. Petersburg FL

Visiting priest from the Lingayen-Dugapan archdiocese in the Philippines. Worked in St. Petersburg diocese 1975-89. Accused of repeatedly raping a girl there 1978-86, starting when she was age 8. Listed as Army chaplain in Ogdensburg NY diocese 1989-91. Listed in Palm Beach FL diocese as parish priest 1992-94. Fled country after allegations became known in 2002. Warrant out for his arrest. In 1/03 the Diocese of St. Petersburg reached a $33,500 out-of-court settlement with the woman. Announcement 4/06 that Bernabe died in 2004.


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