Fr. Edgardo Arrunataegui Jimenez

Ordained: 1983
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Ordained in Peru. Worked in Honduras for a time, arrived in the Diocese of Orange CA in 1987. Left to perform “missionary work” in Peru in the early 1990s. Worked in the Diocese of Fresno 1997-2004. First public identification as accused in 1/04. Diocese of Orange dealt with the allegations “years ago” but didn’t tell police until 2004. As of 2009 Jimenez was found to be working as a priest in Madrid but was still listed as part of the Diocese of Chimbote in Peru. Found in 2017 by a news team, working as a hospital chaplain for the diocese in Chimbote. Since leaving Orange in the early 1990s, Jimenez had “bounced around the world” using different versions of his name (e.g. Horacio Jimenez, Edgardo Arrunategui, etc.) The Chimbote bishop said the 2017 news story was false, and that the Orange diocese’s list was irrelevant.

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