Fr. John Jairo Velez

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Order: SM
Ordained: 1988
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Monterey CA

Visiting priest from Mexico. Left the El Paso TX diocese in 1990 “under a cloud of suspicion.” In 1991 the Monterey Diocese learned of the abuse by Velez and another priest of a Salinas CA altar boy, and met with the victim and his family. The Diocese expelled Velez and notified his Order. Order recalled Velez to Mexico, sending an escort to ensure his return. Diocese says civil authorities were notified in 1991. Sued in 2003 by this plaintiff. The case settled in 5/2009 for $1.2M just before trial. Reportedly worked a as a priest in Mexico before being deported to his native Colombia. Thought in 2009 to be in active ministry in Colombia. Per the Monterey diocese’s list 1/2/2019, Velez is deceased. 

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