Fr. Leonardo G. Mateo

Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Extern priest from the Philippines. Arrived in L.A. in 1959. A 2003 lawsuit alleged abuse in CA in 1959. Left L.A. 1960. In the El Paso diocese 1975-76. Working in the Joliet diocese by 1977 where allegations were made in 1983 and 1991. Left Joliet in 1984, worked in Chicago and later returned to the Archdiocese of Cebu. Died in 2004. Name on 3/13 Joliet list of priests with credible allegations. Joliet diocese agreed to release of personnel files 3/13 as part of settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Also named in a civil suit filed 4/30/14. An additional suit was filed by 3 men against the Joliet Diocese claiming 1980 abuse 9/18/14. Settled in 8/18 for $1.4M. On the Richmond diocese’s list 6/27/19.


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