Fr. Alexander Q. Castillo

Ordained: 2011
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

From Costa Rica. Arrived in the U.S. in 2008. Assignments included parishes in Oakley and Fremont. Teacher at St. Junipero Serra Catechetical Institute and academic dean of Escuela de Ministerios Pastorales. Director of Dept. of Faith Formation and Evangelization and episcopal master of ceremonies. Castillo was informed on 1/30/19 that he had been placed on leave during an investigation of sexual misconduct toward a minor. Leave publicly announced in a 1/31/19 press release; police were notified of the allegation 5 hours later. Fled the country. Denied the allegation. Wrote a letter to to other Oakland priests saying the situation was a “misunderstanding” and that he was “not strong enough” to prove his innocence. Diocese filed a missing persons report 2/22/19. In 12/22 the Diocese claimed to have had no contact with Castillo and to not know where his whereabouts. Police said there were actually two possible victims, abused between 2011 and 2014.

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