Fr. Carlos Enrique Peralta

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1989
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Allegations of sexual misconduct began while Peralta was a seminarian in Chile in the 1980s. Other allegations followed in Guatemala and Peru. Accused in 1991 and 1995 in Peru of the sexual abuse of boys. Sent to Argentina for sex offender treatment 1997, then transferred to Chicago in 1998. Peralta arrived with permission papers from a top Salesian official in Peru saying Peralta “enjoys a good reputation and has no problem working with minors.” In Chicago, he was accused of abusing four children in one family in 1998-1999. Order again transferred him before any investigation could begin, first to a treatment facility in VA, then to a monitored residence in NJ. After a year he returned to the Salesian Provincial House in Mexico City. Allowed active ministry in Mexico in 2001. Sued in 2002. In 2004 he was still working as priest in Mexico. Laicized in 2006, per the Salesians list of accused in 3/2020. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General’s Report. It notes evidence that Peralta may have molested many other minors in Chicago.

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