Fr. Francisco Javier Garcia Ortiz

Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

From Mexico. Ordained fo the Diocese of Acapulco. Incardinated into the Diocese of Sacramento in 1989. Fled to Mexico in 1995 after a dozen felony molestation charges were filed against him in Yolo and Colusa counties in CA. Mexico agreed to prosecute the U.S. charges but eventually dismissed the case. Accused in 2002 of abuse of a boy 1970-1975. Diocese settled at least eight claims. Four new lawsuits were expected to be filed in 6/2006 by men alleging abuse 1987-1994. Laicized in 10/2007. Two men filed suit 9/16/2014 in Sacramento. On Sacramento diocese’s list 4/30/2019. By 2015 there were 24 known alleged male victims of sex abuse by Garcia, occurring 1973-1995. Remained a fugitive in 2021. A 25th case was reported in 2020 and a 26th in 2022.

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