Fr. Jose Antonio Pinal

Ordained: 1980
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

Costellano Jose Pinal, aka Antonio Pinal. From Mexico. Ordained for Sacramento. Accused in 1989 of twice sodomizing a 14-year-old boy in 1983 and fondling the boy on a trip to Mexico. Returned to Mexico where Bishop Quinn helped him find ministry and advised him to stay in Mexico 5-6 years before returning to the U.S. According to prosecutors, Pinal “made admissions” in a 1991 letter to a bishop and asked whether he would face criminal prosecution if he returned to the US. Incardinated into Cuernavaca diocese 1991, worked there for decades. Criminal charges dropped in 2003 after Supreme Court ruling. Fraud suit against diocese filed 7/10. On diocese’s list 4/30/19. It shows three more allegations of abuse of boys, received in 1989, and an allegation in 2016 of abuse of a girl. All known abuse allegedly occurred 1981-86. New suit 10/19.


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