Newberg Dentist Sues Sacramento Diocese, Claiming Abuse

By Ted Sickinger
The Oregonian
March 15, 2009

A Newberg dentist said he sued the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento on Friday, claiming he was sexually abused by a priest as a teenager. Marco Gutierrez claims that between 1983 and 1985, starting when he was 16, he was sexually abused by the Rev. Rodolfo Delgado, whom he met at a Halloween party.

Gutierrez, now 41, said Sunday that the alleged abuse took place at his parents' home, at a church in Rio Vista, Calif., and at the cathedral in Sacramento.

Delgado was removed from ministry in 2006 after Gutierrez contacted church officials with his allegations, according to a report in The Sacramento Bee.

Gutierrez said that he was interviewed twice by church officials during their internal investigation but that they haven't responded to his follow-up inquiries or requests for a public apology.

"I want the church to come forward and admit there was sexual misconduct," he said. "I want an apology and to make sure this doesn't happen again."

The diocese could not be reached for comment Sunday.


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