Fr. Lawrence Joseph Lovell

Order: CMF
Ordained: 1951
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Convicted in 1986 in Los Angeles for abuse of a boy, age 14. Got three years probation. Convicted in 2004 for abuse of several boys in the 1970s-80s in Phoenix. Sentenced to 14 years prison. Placed on leave in 1985. Laicized 1992. Married a woman with three boys in 1995. She knew he had been a priest but not of past allegations until his arrest in 2003. He was a counselor and worked for U. of NM health center. Civil suits filed 1996 and 12/03. Limited personnel files released 1/13. Suit filed under the CA Child Victims Act, settled with LA archdiocese, Lovell and Claretians in 1/20 for $1.9M. Plaintiff alleged abuse as an altar boy, ages 9-11, in 1982-84. He said he told church officials when he was age 15-16. Released from AZ prison in 5/21.


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