Church Cover-up Lawsuit Goes to Court

July 20, 2010

Allegations concerning sexual abuse and cover-up inside the Catholic Church in Northern California are headed for a courtroom.

The case surrounds Father Antonio Pinal, who was ordained in 1980, and worked in Gridley, Biggs, Live Oak, Winters and Esparto.

Although the church paid one of Pinal's alleged abuse victims for therapy in the late '80s, the lawsuit charges church officials never reported the priest to law enforcement until 2002 -- after the statute of limitations had run out.

"He learned that father Pinal continues to be a priest in the diocese of Cuernavaca in Mexico, attorney Joe George said. "That's when he contacted us to investigate the possibility of filing a lawsuit for fraud, because he was told, in fact, that father Pinal would not have access to children and that the Diocese would keep a close eye on father Pinal ... neither of which happened."


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