Fr. Richard Zamorano

Ordained: 1993
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

Priest of the Diocese of El Paso. Moved to Tucson in 2002 to care for his mother. Taught there at Salpointe Catholic High School and helped out in parishes. Also in 2002 Zamorano adopted two boys from Mexico. Reportedly in 2014, Zamorano was removed from ministry by the Tucson diocese in 2012 after he allegedly took a mentally disabled adult parishioner to a motel, gave him alcohol and sexually assaulted him. The District Attorney’s office investigated; no charges were filed. A civil suit filed in 6/2014 named Zamorano, the Diocese of Tucson, and the Diocese of El Paso. Per the 2017 Catholic Directory, he was still an El Paso priest, absent on leave.

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