Fr. Ricardo Chavez

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Accused in a lawsuit settled in late 2020 for $3.5M of sexually abusing an altar boy at St. Peter Martyr in Pittsburg CA, beginning when the boy was age 10 in 2003 and continuing for over ten years. The plaintiff’s attorney said that Chavez had been accused of molesting minors in the 1990s while pastor of St. Leander in San Leandro, and that the diocese did not investigate. Further, she said Chavez was allowed to continue in active ministry for months after it received the new allegations in 10/19. Chavez’s accuser, a former seminarian, alleged in 2019 rape several years prior by Rev. Michael Van Dinh, and abuse as a seminarian in OR by Rev. Luis Lopez.

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