Fr. Laurence A. Florez

Ordained: 1959
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Ordained for Gallup NM diocese. Priest of the Phoenix diocese when it was when established in 1969. Two men, one of them his nephew, claimed abuse over a period of several years by Florez, J. Giandelone, and Henry Perez. Abuse of both boys allegedly occurred while Florez was under treatment at St. Joseph’s Center. Civil suit filed 6/30/1993. On 5/16/1996 the AZ Supreme Court ruled that one plaintiff’s case was barred by the statute of limitations. No mention of second plaintiff in ruling. Florez left the priesthood before the suit was filed. He died in 2002. Added to the Gallup diocese’s list in 12/2018.

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