Middle school dean charged in teen sex case is a Roman Catholic priest on ‘inactive leave’

By Richard K. De Atley
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
August 23, 2018

Charles Mayer, dean of students for a Banning middle school, is accused of trying to meet who he thought was a 14-year-old boy for sex, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials.

A Banning school administrator who pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to lure a minor to have sex is on “inactive leave” as a Roman Catholic priest, the Los Angeles Archdiocese said Thursday.

Charles Patrick Mayer, 55, of Menifee, is “not in ministry and living privately, since September of 2000 due to a failure to adhere to Archdiocesan policies concerning interaction with youth and young adults. The Archdiocese has no record of allegations of sexual misconduct by Charles Mayer,” the statement read.

The statement was part of a bulletin to parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Northridge, which was Mayer’s first assignment as a priest after his 1996 ordination until 2000.

The bulletin asked “anyone who may have information concerning misconduct by Charles Mayer to please contact Detective Donald Patton of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department at 909-774-2852.”

Banning School District Superintendent Robert Guillen said Thursday evening he doubts the district could have obtained more than Mayer’s employment dates from the Diocese.

“I wish we could get more, but we can’t,” Guillen said.

The district previously said Mayer was immediately placed on unpaid administrative leave from his job as dean of students at Nicolet Middle School when it received word of his arrest.

The district also said he was barred from any district facility or school site, although Mayer remained in custody Thursday at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on a no-bail hold.

Mayer was arrested last weekend after San Bernardino County Sheriff’s investigators said he sent nude photos of himself to someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy he had met online. It was, in fact, an account run by undercover police.

Booking records show Mayer was arrested at Sixth Street and Golden Oak Road which is just outside Golden Oak Park in Rancho Cucamonga.

In Mayer’s application to Banning Unified before he was hired four years ago, he listed his employment as an associate pastor at Lourdes but did not mention his suspension, Guillen said Thursday.

Lourdes was the seventh-most-recent place of employment listed on the application, Guillen said. He wasn’t sure whether the district contacted Lourdes, considering that the position was so far in the past and that Mayer “had some very good recommendations.”

Mayer’s past employers included Lutheran schools, Guillen said.

The background check on Mayer that included running his fingerprints through a national database did not show any criminal record, Guillen said.



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