Fr. Leo Suarez

Ordained: 1988
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Stockton CA

From Mexico. The Diocese announced in 1/2010 that Suarez was permanently removed in 2009 after he admitted that he had abused a minor girl during his initial assignment as associate pastor at St. Anthony’s in Hughson. He left there in 1991. After his removal, Suarez was sent for treatment. Per the Diocese, this was first allegation against him. Police report filed in 9/2009. No criminal investigation due to the statute of limitations. Diocese settled for $300K with one person in 9/2010. Name included on list of claimed abusers attached to Stockton diocese’s 5/9/2014 filing in bankruptcy court. The list revised in 2019 shows allegations in 2014 of abuse in 1996.

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