Fr. George J. Francis
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA
Accused of having raped a 7-year-old girl in 1959. His alleged victim filed a lawsuit in the early 1990s; settled in 1993. Officials denied any wrongdoing by Francis. Another suit filed 11/02 by a woman who alleged that Francis abused her 1979-1982, when she was ages 5-11. Settled in 1/04 for $3 million. Both victims went public in 2002; diocese admitted abuse and that there were other victims. At least nine known victims. On the diocese’s list in 2019. It notes abuse occurring in the 1960s and 1972. Removed from ministry/retired 4/4/86. Died 5/4/98.
- Diocese of Oakland Apology Services 2004
- Daily Review 11.15.02
- Oakland Tribune 12.23.02
- LA Times 01.24.04
- SF Chronicle 01.26.04
- Tri-Valley Herald 03.03.04
- San Jose Mercury News 03.30.08
- San Jose Mercury News 03.31.08
- Bay Area News Group 04.01.08
- Contra Costa Times 04.01.08
- Diocese of Oakland List 06.01.19
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