Fr. Leo Suarez

Ordained: 1988
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Stockton CA

Diocese announced in 1/10 that Suarez, a native of Mexico, 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 diocese, this was first allegation against him. Police report filed in 9/09. No criminal investigation due to statute of limitations. Diocese settled for $300K with one person in 9/10. Name included on list of claimed abusers attached to Stockton diocese’s 5/9/14 filing in bankruptcy court.

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