Sued in 1993, accused of abuse of three boys. Per LA archdiocese's 2/04 report, there were five accusers alleging abuse 1967-86. Also accused of abusing in the Diocese of Orange where two suits were filed in 1/03. Orange settled in 2005 for $4,169,325 but did not include Atherton on its list of accused priests. Reporteldy in 2002, he was still a member of his order, working at the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother in Portland, OR, under close supervision.
Accused in 1994 of abuse in 1970s of a 15-year-old boy in New Jersey. Admitted the abuse. A second victim came forward. Forced to step down as head of the Chicago-based Servites. Went to Africa for a few years. Hired 1997 by St. Paul University in Ottawa, ON, Canada. By 2002 he was still a priest and professor and vice dean of canon law at St. Paul's. St. Paul's said he took "medical leave for the treatment of severe depression" in 8/02 after allegation surfaced. Ottawa archbishop said Huels was leaving Servites and would seek laicization. In 9/18 he was still professor of canon law at Saint Paul's. He was removed from that position after publicity the same month.
Accused of abuse of a seminarian in Ireland. Sent to the U.S. Accused of abuse of male high school students in Chicago in 1963-64. Sent to Portland OR; abused in the mid-1960s. Suit filed in 2002 in OR claiming abuse in 1966. Laicized in 1966. Died in 1992. Documents released by Portland AD in 11/08 (see last page). Plaintiff sued Holy See; US Sup. Court said suit could go forward in 6/10. Vatican posted some files on its website in 8/11. Judge ruled in 8/12 that Vatican not employer.
Worked in a number of dioceses, including Chicago, Winona, Lansing, Miami, Los Angeles. Assignments included parishes, schools, and prison ministry. Named publicly as accused by the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese on its list updated 4/1/19. Alleged abuse in the 1960s reported in 2018. Per news in 1993, a friend of Santo's, who was staying with him at the rectory of a Diocese of Winona MN parish, was arrested for possession of child pornography. The Springfield-Cape Giradeau list notes that Santos died in 2013, but the Catholic Directory shows that he died in 2008.