California Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
California has made great efforts over the last 16 years to improve the state’s statute of limitation laws whereby extending the time allowed for victims to receive civil compensation. These laws enable lawyers handling sexual abuse claims in California to file cases against sexual predators, including clergy members, and the Catholic church.
Below you will find California lawsuits news & updates, as well as additional information on California’s statute of limitations laws. These laws are important because they dictate how long a lawyer handling a California sexual assault cases has to file a claim on behalf of a survivor. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of California’s settlements and jury awards received by sexual abuse and assault survivors and a list of California’s ‘credibly’ accused priests released by the dioceses.
California Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse & Assault
Since 2002, California has been a leader in statute of limitation (SOL) law reform aimed at helping survivors of sexual abuse and assault.
Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws for California
Beginning in 2002, California law makers began passing laws extending the SOL for sex offenses and allowing for prosecution in sex crimes where DNA identification is later discovered. In 2014, California extended the criminal SOL to age 40, from 28. Then in 2017, California removed any SOL restrictions for a number of felony sex crimes, including rape, molestation, and sexual abuse. Child USA, who has evaluated every state based on their criminal statute of limitation laws, gave California a Criminal SOL score of 3, on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the highest. A score of 3 is defined as a criminal SOL eliminated for felonies only.
Civil Statute of Limitations Laws for California
In a direct response to the news regarding the sexual abuse against children by priests in the Boston Archdiocese, California passed a law allowing a 1-year window, which renewed all sexual abuse claims in the 2003 calendar year. In 2018, California almost passed another law which would have opened another window for survivors to pursue civil cases against their abusers, but the bill was vetoed by the Governor at the time, Jerry Brown. However, in 2019 a new SOL amendment was passed which accomplished the following:
- Lengthened the civil SOL age to 40; meaning a victim of childhood sexual abuse has until age 40 to bring a civil claim in California; and
- Extends the discovery rule to 5 years. Doing so allows those survivors, who may have suppressed the memories of their childhood sexual abuse, a 5-year window to file a claim after those memories are recalled.
- Opens another 3-year window, allowing previously expired claims to be brought against perpetrators and the institutions who may have covered up the sexual abuse.
Child USA, who has also evaluated every state based on their civil statute of limitation laws, gave California a Civil SOL Age Cap score of 3, on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the highest. A score of 3 is defined as a civil SOL age cap between 35 and 49 years old for survivors. Additionally, Child USA gave California a related SOL Revival Law score of 4 on the same 1-5 scale. A score of 4 is defined as a revival window for 2 or more years or revival up to age 55, for claims against perpetrators, individuals, private organizations, and government.
If you or someone you love was sexually abused or assaulted in California, contact us now. Due to California’s new 3-year revival window, those sexually abused as a minor likely still have a claim against their abuser, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. Even if the abuser is deceased, you may still have a claim against the organization responsible. Don’t wait to file your claim. California’s current revival window is set to close on December 31, 2022
Go to our main sexual abuse page to learn more about the process of filing a sexual abuse claim.
California Sexual Abuse Settlements & Jury Awards
California Dioceses have paid over $1.5 billion in settlements to thousands of sexual abuse victims over the last 20 years. In addition, in 2019 the Dioceses of Fresno, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Diego all came together to create a compensation fund for victims of priest molestation. They stated their goal was to make it easier for victims to come forward without the fear of potentially having to go to court. That said, there are victims who caution others about trying to get compensation without representation. To read more click here. Lawyers with experience handling sexual abuse lawsuits against the Catholic church can help victims navigate the legal process as well as the application for these compensation funds.
February 1991 – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of money to Mary Staggs, who’s claims indicated she was molested numerous times from age 13 to age 17, by Rev. John Lenihan during the time she was a member of his church youth group at St. Norbert Catholic Church in Orange.
March 1996 – The Archdiocese of San Francisco and Santa Rosa collectively agreed to pay ~$2.5 million to 15 male survivors of sexual abuse against 3 priests; Rev. Austin Peter Keegan, Monsignor Patrick O’Shea, the Rev. Gary Timmons.
July 1998 – A jury awarded two brothers $30 million in damages, making it the largest jury verdict for sexual molestation claims in California at the time. The award consisted of $6 million in compensatory damages and $24 million in punitive damages. The brothers’ claims were not only against the abuser, Rev. Oliver O’Grady, but the three bishops who covered up the abuse and did nothing to prevent further incidents. O’Grady was later sentenced to 14 years in jail.
March 2000 – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa paid $1.6 million to settle claims brought by four victims of sexual abuse against former priest Don Kimball. Of the $1.6 million settlement, $500,000 would go to set up programs to assist victims of sexual abuse while the remaining would be split among the victims.
August 2001– The Los Angeles and Orange Dioceses publicly announced an agreement to pay $5.2 million to settle the sexual abuse claims against Msgr. Michael A. Harris, nicknamed “Father Hollywood”. Harris was the principal of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana and later the head of Santa Margarita High School. The settlement also brought mandatory changes to church procedures including monitoring of schools and parishes, prohibiting priests to be alone with minors, and establishing toll free numbers and websites which would allow anonymous claims of abuse to be reported.
April 2002 – The Los Angeles and Orange Dioceses settled a claim against Rev. John Lenihan for sexual molesting, impregnating a teenage girl, and later paying for her abortion. The Orange Diocese was responsible for $960,000 while the Los Angeles Diocese paid $240,000 of the $1.2 million settlement.
October 2003 – After accused priest, Rev. Edward L. Ball, failed to appear for the start of his trial, Judge Bob Krug moved forward with a one-day hearing in which he heard testimony from the two brothers alleging the sexual abuse. He later awarded them $26 million but it’s unclear if they ever received any of the money. The two were previously paid $4.2 million by the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino and the missionary group which ordained Ball. Ball had previously pled ‘no contest’ to molesting the brothers in 1999 and was sentenced to 3 years in prison for 31 counts of child molestation related to the brothers abuse which occurred from 1979 to 1986. He was later released after the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the law which allowed criminal prosecution for decades-old sexual abuse offenses.
November 2003 – A settlement was reached between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland and a man who said he was molested by Rev. Robert Freitas in 1979 while he was serving at Santa Paula Catholic Church in Fremont. Freitas pled guilt to one count of child molestation and was sentenced to 6 months in prison. He also agreed to pay $16 million to his victim as well, although it’s unclear as to whether he had that amount of money to pay. The same U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the sentence of Edward L. Ball (above) also threw out Freitas’ conviction.
January 2005 – Tod Brown, the Bishop of the Diocese of Orange announced that after two years of mediation, the church would settle a sexual abuse suit for $100 million brought by 87 victims. The claims were against 30 priests, 2 nuns, 1 regional brother and 10 lay personnel. Of the 30 priests, 11 claims were against Eleuterio Ramos and 9 against Siegfried Widera, who had previously committed suicide in 2003. Also named was Andrew Christian Andersen who later was ordered to serve 6 years in prison in Albuquerque for sexual abuse of a minor.
March 2005 – A San Francisco jury awarded $437,000 to man who was repeatedly sexually abused by Rev. Joseph Pritchard during the 1970s while he was an altar boy at St. Martin of Tours. The jury found that the Archdiocese of San Francisco should have known that Pritchard was molesting young boys.
April 2005 – A second jury ordered the Archdiocese of San Francisco to pay nearly $6 million to 4 additional victims of sexual abuse suffered at the hands of Rev. Joseph Pritchard while he was a priest in San Jose in the 1970s.
April 2005 – An Alameda County jury awarded $1.93 million to two brothers molested by Rev. Robert Ponciroli of St. Ignatius Church in Antioch, CA in 1980.
June 2005 – The Archdiocese of San Francisco agreed to pay 15 victims of priest molestation $21.2 million. The priests responsible include Rev. Joseph Pritchard who served at St. Martin of Tours Church in San Jose, Rev. Leonel Noia, who served 16 years as the pastor of Five Wounds Portuguese Nation Church in San Jose before he was removed from the church in 2002, Rev. Arthur Harrison who served in San Jose, and retired in 1990 after leaving to church to marry, and Rev. Gregory Ingels of San Mateo who ironically was chosen by the Canon Law Society of America to be one of the four experts responsible of advising U.S. Bishops on clergy sexual abuse. He was also removed from the ministry in 2002.
June 2005 – The Diocese of Sacramento agreed to pay $35 million to 33 victims of priest molestation. The agreement includes names the following priests: Michael Lynch, Edward Boyle, Jorge Moreno, Javier Garcia, Jose Urbina, Vincent Brady, Jerome Henson, James Mennis, and Mario Blanco. The abuse occurred throughout California while the above named priests were part of the following parishes: St. Mary Parish in Vacaville; St. Joseph, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Rose, Holy Spirit, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Fatima, all in Sacramento; Our Lady of Lourdes in Colusa; Holy Rosary in Woodland; Holy Cross in Arbuckle; St. Joe in Marysville; and St. Isidore in Yuba City.
July 2005 – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa agreed to pay $7.3 million to eight victims of priest molestation. The priests named in the settlement included Rev. Patrick Gleeson, Don Kimball and Gary Timmons.
July 2005 – 12 people molested by Rev. Joseph Pritchard while he was a priest in San Jose were awarded $16 million by the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
August 2005 – The Diocese of Oakland settles it’s remaining lawsuits, agreeing to pay $56 million to settle claims brought by 56 victims. While the full list of priests included in the settlement was not made public, it was reported that there were 2 claims against Robert F. Ponciroli and 4 claims of abuse by Stephen M. Kiesle.
October 2005 – Two brothers were paid $2.6 million to settle their claims against the Archdiocese of San Francisco relating to their claims of sexual abuse by Monsignor Patrick O’Shea in 1972.
March 2006 – An agreement was reached between 25 sexual abuse victims in California and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Franciscan Friars of California for $28 million. 22 of the 25 victims received $1.275 million each, while the remaining 3 received about $100,000 each. The majority of the abuse occurred at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara and nearly half of the claims involved Mario Cimmarrusti who was the prefect of discipline there. Other claims involved Robert Van Handel, who earlier was sentenced to 8 years in prison for child molestation charges and Gus Krumm who was removed from the church in 2002 after admitting to the abuse.
October 2006 – The Los Angeles Archdiocese and the Carmelite Roman Catholic religious order agreed to pay $10 million to 7 people sexually abuse by clergy members at Crespi Carmelite High School by priest Dominic Savino, former Principal John Knoernschild and two others not associated with the school.
December 2006 – A judge ordered a mistrial of a case brought against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno and Father Eric Swearingen after the jury was unable to come to a consensus. Swearingen was accused of molesting a boy at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Bakersfield and then at St. Alphonsus parish in southwest Fresno. Rather than retrying the case, the parties reached an agreement; the details of which were not made public.
December 2006 – The Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to pay $60 million to settle cases brought by 45 victims of priest molestation. The priests responsible include Michael Baker, Richard Allen Henry, Carlos Rene Rodriguez, Michael Edwin Wempe, and Edward Dober.
July 2007 – Claims against 221 priests, brothers, teachers and church employees was settled by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, paying 508 survivors $660 million.
September 2007 – A judge awards $198.1 million to 144 sexual abuse victims to end a bankruptcy case filed by the San Diego Diocese. According to judge Louise DeCarl Adler, “Chapter 11 is not supposed to be a vehicle, a method, to hammer down the claims of those abused.”
September 2007 – The San Bernardino Diocese agreed to pay $15.1 million to 11 victims sexually abused by priests, including Monsignor Patrick O’Keefe of Highland Church.
September 2007 – The Santa Rosa Roman Catholic Diocese agreed to pay over $5 million to 10 victims who were abused by Rev. Francisco Ochoa-Perez, also known as Francisco Xavier Ochoa who fled to Mexico in 2006 to avoid prosecution on 10 felonies.
October 2007 – $6.7 million settlement was reached between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and a woman who was abused by her former basketball coach Jeff Andrade while attending school at Mater Dei High School.
May 2008 – The Salesian Society of Catholic priests agreed to settle a case brought by 17 survivors of sexual abuse just prior to the start of trial for $19.5 million. They were the only religious order that chose not join the $660 million settlement reached by the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 2007 (above). The claims centered around sexual molestation and abuse by Father Titian Miani. Victims further claimed that the Salesians knew of the abuse allegations against Father Miani prior to assigning him to St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower in the 1960s where the victims were abused.
April 2009 – The Fresno Diocese was found not liable by a jury, believing that the diocese had no knowledge of the abuse. Jurors however all agreed that Monsignor Anthony Herdegen was guilty of molesting the two brothers while he was a priest at St. John’s Catholic Church in Wasco from 1959 to 1972.
January 2020 – The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA agreed to a $1.9 million settlement with a man who was repeatedly sexually abused by Father Lawrence (LJ) Lovell during the early 1980s while he was an altar boy at Gabriel Mission Church in San Gabriel. This was the first Catholic Church sexual abuse case settled in California since they opened a new 3-year revival window on January 1, 2020.
December 2020 – The Diocese of Oakland agreed to pay a former seminarian $3,500,000 for sexual abuse suffered at the hands of Father Michael Van Dinh in 2017. Van Dinh served at St. Michaels Parish in Livermore, CA at the time.
*The settlements listed above are offered for educational purposes only and do not guarantee any future outcome or settlement. Each legal situation is different, and past performance does not guarantee future results. We do not maintain that is a full list of all settlements in the state of California but merely a grouping of those we choose to share on our website. Please contact us if you would like additional settlements included or if you notice any inaccuracies on our site. We strive to provide our viewers the most up to date and accurate information as possible.
California Catholic Dioceses Release Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children
Catholic Dioceses in California have released the names of priests and clergy members who they deemed to be ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse of a child.
The lists below will be updated as litigation or investigations are concluded so that new names of credibly accused priests in Calinfornia can be added.
Use the links below to navigate directly to a particular diocese’s clergy list.
- Archdiocese of Los Angeles Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Monterey Credibly Accused Priest Lis
- Diocese of Oakland Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Orange Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Sacramento Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of San Bernardino Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of San Diego Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of San Jose Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Santa Rosa Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Stockton Credibly Accused Priest List
Archdiocese of Los Angeles Credibly Accused Priest List
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles released an updated list of clergy who have been accused of molesting children. The full list of those included in the ‘2018 Update to the Report to the People of God’ provided by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to the document, ‘the following list includes the name of a priest if the allegation could be investigated and was found to be credible after an investigation and review by the independent Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board.’
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Clergy Status||Year(s) of Alleged Incident(s)||Abuse First Reported|
|1||Alballa||Pierre M.L.M||[From Lebanon] Left Archdiocese - 2007, Removed from Ministry in Ohio - 2018||2004||2018|
|2||Altamirano Torres||Sebastian||[From Mexico] Left Archdiocese - 2007||1986-1990||2018|
|3||Anderson||David E.||Deceased - 2013||1987-1992||2015|
|4||Babilonia||Delfin||[From Philippines] Left Archdiocese - 1963||1962||2010|
|5||Barco||Roberto||Returned to Argentina (home diocese) - 2016||2009 or 2010||2016|
|6||Bautista||Gasper||[From Mexico] Incardinated to Diocese of Fresno - 2004, Removed from Ministry - 2016||1999 or 2000||2016|
|7||Bond||Robert||Deceased - 2007||1970s||2010|
|8||Campbell||Stuart B.||Deceased - 1982||1956-1959 & 1978-1980||2010|
|9||Cano||Juan||Removed - 2018||2014-2017||2018|
|10||Carvajal Hernandez||Raul||[From Ecuador] Left Archdiocese - 1982||1976||2009|
Diocese of Monterey Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Clergy Status||Diocese/Order|
|1||Abinate||Phillip||Deceased 2008||Diocese of Moterey|
|2||Carvajal||Raul||Faculties removed||Diocese of Moterey|
|3||Esquivel||Juan Carlos||Former Seminarian||Diocese of Moterey|
|4||Faria||Carl||Faculties removed 2002||Diocese of Moterey|
|5||Garcia||Luis||Former Seminarian||Diocese of Moterey|
|6||Jimenez||Manuel||Former Seminarian||Diocese of Moterey|
|7||McCarthy||Scott||Faculties removed2019||Diocese of Moterey|
|8||Meyer||Gilbert||Retired, not in ministry||Diocese of Moterey|
|9||Moore||Charles||Deceased 2007||Diocese of Moterey|
|10||O’Connor||Colman||Deceased 1996||Diocese of Moterey|
Diocese of Oakland Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||First Name||Last Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Diocese/Order||Assignments|
|1||Jeffrey N.||Acebo||Ordained 1986||Removed from Ministry 2002||Diocese of Oakland||St. John the Baptist, San Lorenzo (deacon, associate pastor); St. Joseph, Pinole (associate pastor); Holy Spirit, Fremont (associate pastor); St. Leonard, Fremont (parochial vicar); St. Anthony, Oakland (parochial vicar)|
|2||Thomas Duong||Binh-Minh||Ordained 1990||Removed from Ministry 2002||Diocese of Oakland||St. Felicitas, San Leandro (deacon); St. Philip Neri, Alameda (associate pastor); St. Mary Immaculate, Oakland (associate pastor); St. Mary/St. Francis de Sales, Oakland (associate pastor); Our Lady Queen of the World, Pittsburg (parochial vicar); Our Lady of Good Counsel, San Leandro (pastor); St. Anthony, Oakland (pastor)|
|3||Vincent I.||Breen||Ordained 1936||Deceased 1986||Diocese of Oakland||Serra High School, San Mateo (principal); St. Mary, Walnut Creek (administrator); Holy Spirit, Fremont (pastor)|
|4||Donald E.||Broderson||Ordained 1968||Deceased 2010||Diocese of Oakland||Santa Paula, Fremont (assistant pastor); St. Philip Neri, Alameda (assistant pastor); St. Joachim, Hayward (assistant pastor); Most Precious Blood, Concord (assistant pastor); St. Leonard, Fremont (assistant pastor); St. Raymond, Dublin (associate pastor); Transfiguration Church, Castro Valley (associate pastor)|
|5||Kenneth J.||Cabral||Ordained 1950||Deceased 1996||Diocese of Oakland||St. Lawrence OToole, Oakland (associate pastor); Assumption, San Leandro (associate pastor); St. Catherine, Martinez (associate pastor); St. Joseph, Berkeley (associate pastor); St. Mary, Walnut Creek (associate pastor); St. Columba, Oakland (pastor); St. Margaret Mary, Oakland (administrator); St. Alphonsus, San Leandro (associate pastor)|
|6||James A.||Clark||Ordained 1947||Deceased 1989||Diocese of Oakland||St. Louis Bertrand, Oakland (associate pastor); Church of the Nativity, Menlo Park (associate pastor); St. Leo, San Jose (associate pastor); St. Michael, Livermore (associate pastor); St. Paschal, Oakland (associate pastor); Corpus Christi, Fremont (pastor); St. Anne, Walnut Creek (pastor)|
|7||Edmond G.||Cloutier||Ordained 1946||Deceased 2003||Diocese of Oakland||Star of the Sea, San Francisco (associate pastor); Corpus Christi, Piedmont (associate pastor); St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda (associate pastor); St. Augustine, Pleasanton (pastor)|
|8||Hilary||Cooper||Incardinated 1976||Deceased 2021||Diocese of Oakland||St, Cyril, Oakland (associate pastor); St. Bernard, Oakland (administrator, pastor); St. Paschal, Oakland (pastor); St. David, Richmond (in residence, administrator); St. Mark, RIchmond (pastor); Queen of all Saints, Concord (associate pastor); St. Anthony, Oakland (associate pastor, pastor)|
|9||Pearse P.||Donovan||Ordained 1943||Deceased 1986||Diocese of Oakland||Bishop ODowd High School, Oakland; Corpus Christi, Piedmont (pastor)|
|10||Joseph||Ferreira||Ordained 1959||Deceased 2014||Diocese of Oakland||Queen of all Saints, Concord (associate pastor); St. Paschal, Oakland (associate pastor); St. Leonard, Oakland (associate pastor); Our Lady of Good Counsel, San Leandro (pastor); St. Alphonsus, San Leandro (pastor)|
Diocese of Orange Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Clergy Status||Diocease/Order|
|1||Anderson||Christian||Removed from ministry||Diocese of Orange|
|2||Harris||Michael||Removed from ministry||Diocese of Orange|
|3||Lenihan||John||Removed from ministry||Diocese of Orange|
|4||Murray||Daniel J.||Removed from ministry||Diocese of Orange|
|5||Pecharich||Michael||Removed from ministry||Diocese of Orange|
|6||Plesetz||Gerald||Removed from ministry||Diocese of Orange|
|7||Salazar||Caesar||Removed from ministry||Diocese of Orange|
|8||Coughlin||Richard||Suspended from ministry||Diocese of Orange|
|9||Nguyen||Dominic||Suspended from ministry||Diocese of Orange|
|10||Buckman||Franklin||Life of prayer and penance||Diocese of Orange|
Diocese of Sacramento Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||First Name||Last Name||Clergy Status||Diocese/Order||Years Active in Diocese|
|1||Gerardo Beltran||Rico||Fugitive from justice||Diocese of Sacramento||1982 to 1991|
|2||Vincent||Brady||Retired without faculties||Diocese of Sacramento||1967 to 2002|
|3||James||Casey||Deceased||Diocese of Sacramento||1933 to 1992|
|4||Andrew||Coffey||Deceased||Diocese of Sacramento||1948 to 2006|
|5||Malachy||Conway||Removed from ministry, faculties withdrawn||Diocese of Sacramento||1995 to 1997|
|6||Hector||Coria||Dismissed from the clerical state||Diocese of Sacramento||2011 to 2014|
|7||John||Crowley||Deceased||Diocese of Sacramento||1971 to 1988|
|8||Rodolfo||Delgado||Life of prayer and penance||Diocese of Sacramento||1982 to 2006|
|9||Michael||Dermody||Deceased||Diocese of Sacramento||1958 to 1989|
|10||Thomas||Dermody||Deceased||Diocese of Sacramento||1962 to 1990|
Diocese of San Bernardino Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Clergy Status||Diocese/Order||Assignments|
|1||De Dominicis||Daniel||Deceased||Missionaries of the Precious Blood||Notre Dame High School, Riverside (1958-68); Our Lady of the Valley, Hemet (1976-78)|
|2||Jablonski||Joseph||Permanently banned from ministry||Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus||St. Joseph, Upland (1997-2000)|
|3||Kurilec||Robert||Deceased||Sisters of St. Joseph||Notre Dame High School, Riverside (1980-83); Enters U.S. Military Archdiocese as a Navy Chaplain in 1984|
|4||McCormick||Peter||Permanently banned from ministry||Religious Order||Sacred Heart, Palm Desert (1984-2000)|
|5||Gaioni||Dominic||Permanently banned from ministry||Society of the Divine Word||St. Catherine of Siena, Rialto (1986-92)|
|6||Garcia||Rodrigo Marciel||Permanently banned from ministry||Diocese of San Bernardino||No faculties; No assignments|
|7||Barco||Roberto||Permanently banned from ministry||Diocese of San Bernardino||San Salvador, Colton (2009); St. Louis, Cathedral City (2011-2014)|
|8||Castillo||Alex||Removed from the priesthood||Diocese of San Bernardino||St. Anthony, San Bernardino (1988-89); Diocesan Diaconate Hispanic Ministry (1991-96); St. Catherine of Siena, Rialto (2000-03); Our Lady of Guadalupe, Ontario (2003-09); St. George, Ontario (2006-07)|
|9||Donat||Robert||Permanently banned from ministry||Diocese of San Bernardino||St. Bernardine, San Bernardino (1977); St. Anne, San Bernardino (1979); Aquinas High School, San Bernardino (1969-1993); Our Lady of Lourdes, Montclair (1993-2006)|
|10||Keppel||Timothy||Permanently banned from ministry||Congregation of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ||St. Joseph, Fontana (1977-80); Resurrection, Fontana (1984-87); Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Arrowhead (1997-2009), St. John XXIII, Fontana (2009); Our Lady of the Desert, Apple Valley (2010-2012)|
Diocese of San Diego Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Clergy Status||Diocese/Order||Assignment|
|1||Beatty||John||Deceased 1997||Diocese of San Diego||Blessed Sacrament, San Diego; Returned to Order; Marian High School, Imperial Beach; St. Pius X, Chula Vista; Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Bernardino; Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Riverside; In residence Mercy Hospital, University Hospital, San Diego; St. John of the Cross, Lemon Grove; St. Columba, San Diego; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, San Ysidro|
|2||Benson||Gustavo||Excardinated||SD/SB/Tijuana||Our Lady of Sacred Heart, San Diego; St. John Church, Encinitas; Mary Star of the Sea, Oceanside; Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Bernardino; San Salvador, Colton; Appointed Episcopal Vicar for Rialto Deanery; Immaculate Conception, Colton; St Joseph Church, Barstow|
|3||Booth||James T.||Laicized 1971||Diocese of San Diego||St. Joseph Cathedral, San Diego; St. Vincent, San Diego; Sacred Heart, Redlands; Blessed Sacrament, Descanso; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Indio; Our Lady of Angels, San Diego; St. Ann, Needles; Graduate Study - North American College, Rome; Patton State Hospital, Patton; Our Lady of Angels, San Diego; St. John Church, San Diego; Mission San Diego de Alcala, San Diego|
|4||Chavarin||Jose||Left diocese 1991||Papantla, Veracruz||De Guadalupe, Independencia, Vera Cruz; San Jose, San Jose Acateno, Pueblo; In residence Mary Star of the Sea, La Jolla; Hispanic Cursillos, San Diego; Our Lady of Guadalupe, Calexico; St. John of the Cross, Lemon Grove|
|5||Covas||Peter||Deceased 2004||Diocese of San Bernardino||Sacred Heart, Detroit, MI; Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA; Sacred Heart, Lake Charles, LA; St. John, Tucson, AZ; Notre Dame, Riverside; Notre Dame, Riverside; St. Catherine of Alexandria, Riverside; Diocese of San Bernardino, San Bernardino; Incardinated in San Bernardino Diocese; Diocese of San Bernardino, San Bernardino; Our Lady of Fatima, San Bernardino; Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, San Bernardino; Holy Family, Hesperia; St. Peter & St. Paul, Alta Loma|
|6||Doxie||Donald F.||Deceased 1976||Diocese of San Diego||Immaculate Heart Seminary, El Cajon; St. Margaret, Chino; St. George, Ontario; St. Charles Borromeo, San Diego; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lakeside; Our Lady of Rosary, San Diego; San Diego; St. Charles Borromeo, San Diego; St. Joseph Cathedral, San Diego; Leave of Absence; San Diego|
|7||Engl||Simeon (Samuel)||Deceased 1989||Diocese of Green Bay||St. Patrick, Green Bay, WI; St. Stephen, Stevens Point, WI; St. Mary, De Pere, WI; St. Mary, Hilbert, WI; Sacred Heart, Aurora, WI; St. Leonard, Laone, WI; Hospital Chaplain; Holy Trinity, Jericho, WI; Leave of Absence; St. Sebastian, Isaar, WI; St. Michael, Suring, WI; Leave of Absence, Green Bay, WI; St. Joseph, Upland; Our Lady of Guadalupe, Calexico; Precious Blood, Banning; St. Jude, San Diego; St. Mel, Norco; Mercy Hosp, San Diego; St. Mary Magdalen, Jacumba|
|8||Foley||James Patrick||Faculties withdrawn||Diocese of San Diego||St. Michael, San Diego; Our Lady of Grace, El Cajon; University High School, San Diego; St. Therese, San Diego; University of San Diego, San Diego; Blessed Sacrament, San Diego; Given permission for further studies; St. Mary Magdalene, San Diego; St. Francis Seminary, San Diego; University of San Diego, San Diego; Leave of absence (family and personal issues); Christian Brothers High School, Sacramento; Santa Rosa Diocese; Suspended from ministry; Faculties restored, San Diego|
|9||French||Michael||Deceased||Diocese of San Diego||Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Queens, NY; St. Anselm, Brooklyn, NY; San Diego; Benedictine Convent for Perpetual Adoration, San Diego|
|10||Galindo||Rudolph||Deceased||Diocese of San Diego||St. Edward, Corona; Our Lady of Guadalupe, Otay; Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Bernardino; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, San Ysidro; St. Joseph Cathedral, San Diego; Our Lady of Guadalupe, Calexico|
Diocese of San Jose Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Clergy Status||Diocese/Order||Assignments|
|1||Bettencourt||Thomas||Deceased 1990||Diocese of San Jose||1974-1975 Mater Dolorosa Parish - South San Francisco, CA; 1975-1976 Santa Teresa Parish - San Jose, CA; 1976-1979 St. Lucy Parish - Campbell, CA; 1979-1981 O'Connor Hospital - San Jose, CA; 1981-1982 St. Justin Parish - Santa Clara, CA; 1982-1988 St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception - Los Gatos, CA|
|2||Duggan||Paul||Deceased 2007||Diocese of San Jose||1951-1956 St. Patrick’s Cathedral - San Jose, CA; 1978-1981 St. William Parish - Los Altos, CA|
|3||Flickinger||Don||Removed from ministry 2006||Diocese of San Jose||1993-1994 Archbishop Mitty High School - San Jose, CA; 1993-1995 In residence at Sacred Heart Parish - Saratoga, CA; 1995-2006 In residence at St. Frances Cabrini Parish - San Jose, CA|
|4||Gray||Robert||Removed from ministry 1993||Diocese of San Jose||1988-1991 St. Christopher Parish - San Jose, CA; 1991-1993 St. Justin Parish - Santa Clara, CA; 1993-1995 Administrative Leave 1995-2002 Administrative Assignments; Last Known Whereabouts: Sunnyvale, CA|
|5||Harrison||Arthur||Deceased 2006||Diocese of San Jose||1956-1960 St. Thomas Aquinas Parish - Palo Alto, CA; 1960-1964 Our Lady of Loretto Parish - Novato, CA; 1964-1967 St. Frances Cabrini Parish - San Jose, CA; 1967-1976 St. Raphael Parish - San Rafael, CA; 1967-1976 San Quentin Prison Chaplain - San Quentin, CA; 1976-1987 St. Elizabeth Parish - Milpitas, CA; 1987-1989 Church of the Ascension - Saratoga, CA; 1989 On Leave|
|6||Largente||Laurent||Deceased 2015||Diocese of San Jose||1959-1961 St. Michael Parish - San Francisco, CA; 1961-1964 St. Leo the Great Parish - San Jose, CA; 1964-1973 St. Patrick Parish - San Jose, CA; 1973-1976 Sacred Heart Parish - Saratoga, CA; 1976-1978 Catholic Women’s Center - San Jose, CA; 1978-1987 St. Patrick Cathedral - San Jose, CA; 1987 On Leave 1987-1992 Church of the Ascension - Saratoga, CA; 1992-1993 St. Joseph Cathedral - San Jose, CA|
|7||Larkin||Alexander||Removed from ministry 2009||Diocese of San Jose||1967-1968 St. Cecilia Parish - San Francisco, CA; 1968-1974 St. Pius X Parish - Redwood City, CA; 1974-1981 Our Lady of the Rosary Parish - Palo Alto, CA; 1981-1985 St. William’s Parish - Los Altos, CA; 1985-1987 St. John Vianney Parish - San Jose, CA; 1987-1987 Stanford University Newman Center - Stanford, CA; 1987-1992 St. Thomas Aquinas Parish - Palo Alto, CA; 1992-1996 Chancery, Diocese of San Jose - San Jose, CA; 1996-2005 Sacred Heart Parish - Saratoga, CA; Last Known Whereabouts: San Jose, CA|
|8||McCrillis||Philip||Deceased 2007||Diocese of San Jose||1961-1966 St. Anne Parish - San Francisco, CA; 1966-1969 St. Albert the Great Parish - Palo Alto, CA; 1969-1969 St. Anthony Parish - Menlo Park, CA; 1969-1972 St. Patrick Seminary - Menlo Park, CA; 1972-1976 SJSU Newman Center - San Jose, CA; 1973-1976 St. Nicholas Parish - Los Altos, CA; 1977-1983 On Leave 1983-1991 St. Nicholas Parish - Los Altos, CA; 1991-1996 Holy Spirit Parish - San Jose, CA; 1996-1999 Chancery - San Jose, CA; 2000-2004 On Leave|
|9||Moss||George||Deceased 1989||Diocese of San Jose||1963-1976 St. Joseph Parish - Mountain View, CA|
|10||Noia||Leonel||Deceased 2005||Diocese of San Jose||1972-1973 St. Victor Parish - San Jose, CA; 1973-1975 St. Patrick Parish- San Jose, CA; 1975-1975 St. Joseph Parish - Mountain View, CA; 1975-1978 Suspended Faculties - Incarcerated; 1978-1982 St. Julie Billiart Parish - San Jose, CA; 1982-1986 St. Anthony Parish - San Jose, CA; 1986-2002 Five Wounds Parish - San Jose, CA|
Diocese of Santa Rosa Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Assignments|
|2||Baltazar||Carmelo||1960||Deceased||Chaplain Queen of the Valley Hospital 1981 to 82|
|3||Beutner||Edward F.||1965||Deceased 2008||Assigned to Mont LaSalle in Napa in 1987|
|5||Brusky||David||1952||Deceased 2014||Served in the Diocese of Santa Rosa 1981 to 1985|
|6||Crews||John||1971||Retirement 2013||No Assigments|
|9||Flickinger||Don D.||1964||Retired||Chaplain to Christian Brothers Novitiate 1981 to 1983|
|10||Foley||J. Patrick||1973||Unknown||Provided many Missions and Parish Retreats 1998 to 2006|
Diocese of Stockton Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Clergy Status||Diocese/Order||Assignments|
|1||Kelly||Michael||Removed From Ministry 2012||Diocese of Stockton||Associate Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Modesto: 9/1/73-9/23/79; Associate Pastor, St. Bernard’s Parish Tracy: 9/24/79-6/14/84; Associate Pastor, Cathedral of the Annunciation, Stockton: 6/15/84-6/30/87; Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Sonora: 7/1/87-3/4/97 Administrator of Presentation Parish, Stockton; 3/5/97-6/12/97; Pastor of Presentation Parish, Stockton: 6/12/97-1/30/00; On Leave: 1/30/00-9/3/00; Administrator pro-tem of St. Andrew’s Parish, San Andreas: 9/3/00-3/30/01; Pastor of St. Andrew’s Parish, San Andreas: 3/30/01-8/1/02; Pastor of St. Joachim Parish, Lockeford: 8/1/02-10/11/07; On Administrative Leave: 10/11/07-3/14/08; Pastor of St. Joachim Parish, Lockeford: 3/22/08-4/6/12|
|2||Miani||Titian||Removed From Ministry 2002||Diocese of Stockton||Administrator of Holy Cross Parish, Linden: 8/15/72-1/26/81; Educational Leave - Vatican II Institute, St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park: 1/26/81-7/14/81; Associate Pastor, St. Patrick’s Parish, Angels Camp: 7/15/81-12/21/82; Administrator of St. Patrick’s Parish, Angels Camp: 12/21/82-12/31/82; Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Angels Camp: 1/1/83-5/1/85; Leave of Absence: 5/1/85-12/31/85; Pastor of Holy Cross Parish, Linden: 1/1/86-1/1/93; Retired 1/1/93|
|3||Noonan||Edward||Deceased 1970||Diocese of Stockton||Pastor of St. Joachim Parish, Newman: 6/23/39-1/13/43; Pastor of St. Gertrude Parish, Stockton: 1/13/43-10/12/66; Pastor Emeritus in residence at St. Gertrude Church: 1966-1969|
|4||O’Grady||Oliver||Laicized 2001||Diocese of Stockton||Associate Pastor, St. Anne’s Parish, Lodi: 9/1/71-5/31/77; Associate Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Turlock: 6/1/77-6/20/82; Associate Pastor, Presentation Parish, Stockton: 6/21/82-12/16/84; Administrator of St. Andrew’s Parish, San Andreas: 12/17/84-4/18/85; Pastor of St. Andrews Parish, San Andreas: 4/18/85-1992; Pastor of St. Anthony’s Parish, Hughson: 1992-6/23/93|
|5||Pelaez||Oskar||Laicized 2016||Diocese of Stockton||Associate Pastor, St. Anthony’s Parish, Hughson: 4/8/94-8/1/95; Associate Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Turlock: 8/1/95-9/1/98; Associate Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Modesto: 9/1/98-1/14/00; One-year leave of absence: 1/14/00-1/27/01; Associate Pastor, Cathedral of the Annunciation Parish: 1/27/01-11/30/01|
|6||Suarez||Leo||Laicized 2016||Diocese of Stockton||Associate Pastor, St. Anthony’s Church, Hughson: 10/7/88-2/1/91; Associate Pastor, St. Stanislaus Parish, Modesto: 2/1/91-12/1/92; Associate Pastor, St. George’s Parish, Stockton: 12/1/92-1/31/97; Administrator of St. Edward’s Parish, Stockton: 2/1/97-8/1/08; Associate Pastor, Sacred Heart Church, Turlock: 8/1/08-2/21/09; Associate Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Modesto: 2/21/09-7/22/09|
|7||Camacho||Antonio||Removed From Ministry 1984||Diocese of San Juan de los Lagos, Mexico||Associate Pastor, St. Anthony’s Parish, Hughson: 12/1/81-1/11/82; Associate Pastor, St. Stanislaus Parish, Modesto: 1/11/82-2/17/84|
|8||Clavell||Didachus||Retired 2012||Franciscan||St. Mary’s High School, approx. 1964|
|9||Fahy||Murty||Deceased 2001||Oblates of St. Francis de Sales||Teacher at St. Mary’s High School, Stockton: 1970-1985; Associate Pastor, St. Anne’s Church, Lodi: 8/1/85-3/2/01|
|10||Ladenburger||Louie||Laicized 1996||Franciscan||St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Stockton: 1972-1974|
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