Sacramento Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorneys
Many in the congregation at a Roman Catholic Parish are drawn to the Church for spiritual guidance, strong values, and forgiveness. Unfortunately, many priests, permanent deacons, and clergy members use the power of the Catholic Church to harm others through rape, molestation, sodomy, and sexual abuse.
In California, over 700 predatory priests have been identified with credible evidence of sexually molesting innocent children and vulnerable young people. The list of sexual assault incidents has been increasing for decades. While many of the predator priests have been held legally accountable, most of the clergy abusers were never removed from active ministry or died before they faced any allegations in California or the United States.
In 2019, California, like six other states and Washington DC, extended its statute of limitations to extend the time limit for alleged victims of clergy sexual assault to file civil lawsuits. The CA state legislators passed a bill in October 2019 to extend the time limit to file a sex abuse claim, and Governor Newsom signed it into law days later. Within days, many sexually assaulted survivors took immediate legal action to seek financial compensation from their abusers, the Church and Diocese Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto.
Sacramento Diocese Clergy Abuse Attorney
Every sexual abuse survivor deserves to have their story heard. A compassionate clergy abuse lawyer from Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is here to listen in a confidential setting. Let us provide legal advice and counseling on how best to proceed to resolve your case successfully.
With our years of experience, we have handled all types of sexual assault cases involving religious leaders, health care providers, youth organizations, sports groups, the Boy Scouts, academies, and schools, and can handle your case too.
Why Victims Are Filing Civil Lawsuits
Sexually assaulting an innocent victim is a horrible crime that often leaves the survivor with emotional scars and physical injury. The consequences and lifelong burden carried by the abused can last a lifetime. Sometimes, the journey to full recovery and healing of all the emotional and physical pain can be overwhelming. Victims are often left broken, not knowing where to turn for help.
The California Legislature recently reformed the statute of limitation laws on filing a claim for allegations of abuse. Taking legal action now ensures that the predator is held responsible for the harm they did, and Church church leaders and the priest’s religious order are held accountable for the cover-up. Many survivors now realize that they can move forward and put the past behind them once they file suit and start the litigation process.
Our legal team understands that failure to protect any victim of sexual assault is reprehensible. We use California law to ensure that the religious organization, predator, church leaders, and all those involved in the attack are answerable to the law. We are currently investigating sexual abuse cases and will not tolerate a predator hiding behind the Church to avoid justice.
List of Priests and Bishops Accused of Clergy Abuse in the Diocese of Sacramento
Allender, Thomas G
The Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father Thomas G. Allender’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Reverend Allender was publicly identified on the 2019 Sacramento Diocese list involving religious leaders accused of sexually abusing innocent children and adults. Between 1970 and 1975, Father Thomas G. Allender worked at the Sacramento Diocese Jesuit High School.
Current Status: Accused of sexual assault
The Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Deacon Alejandro Arroyo’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The 2019 Sacramento Diocese list revealed evidence involving religious leaders, including Arroyo, accused of sexual misconduct. Between 1991 and 2002, church officials assigned Deacon Arroyo Saint Anthony’s in Winters. The Diocese of Sacramento received two allegations in 2012 accusing the Deacon of abusing underage females (younger than fourteen years old) in incidents that allegedly occurred between 1977 and 1983. Although the Parish was made aware of the allegations in 2009, the Sacramento Diocese was not told. Church officials removed Arroyo from ministry in 2012 and withdrew his faculties.
Current Status: Removed from ministry
Beltran Rico, Gerardo
In 1992, law enforcement issued a warrant for Father Gerardo Beltran Rico over allegations of sexual misconduct in Sacramento involving young girls in incidents occurring during the previous year. Reverend Beltran Rico fled to Mexico before being served the warrant. He remained in active ministry there. In 2007, Mexican villagers reported that they wanted the Reverend removed from the Parish over rumors about him sexually assaulting teenage girls for years. Another accuser stepped forward in the United States in 2007 and filed a lawsuit. That same year, the Diocese of Sacramento countersued the accuser. In 2008, Father Beltran Rico was arrested in Mexico but released before he could be extradited back to the United States. In April 2008, and other alleged victim made allegations. The Catholic Church laicized (defrocked) Beltran Rico in 2008 when more accusations arose. As of 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento’s list identified Father Gerardo Beltran Rico with three male sexual assault accusers and twelve female accusers in molestation incidents that all occurred when they were under fourteen years of age. As of 2019, the priest is still a fugitive from the law.
Current Status: Remains a fugitive 2019
In 2002, a civil lawsuit filed by two male plaintiffs alleges that Father Mario Blanco had sexually molested the boys during their teen years. Church Officials likely ordered the priest, originally from Costa Rica, out of the Sacramento Diocese after completing an investigation into the accusations involving sexual misconduct. In 1991, the Church settled one claim involving Reverend Blanco. In January 2004, seventeen males or more formally claimed that Reverend Blanco sexually abused them. In July 2005, sixteen cases were settled just before a civil trial was to begin. Father Mario Blanco’s name was included on the Seattle Archdiocese 2016 list of religious leaders with credible accusations or admissions of sexually assaulting minors.
Current Status: Named in the lawsuit settlement
In 2002, an alleged female victim filed a lawsuit claiming Father Edward Boyle sexually assaulted her when she was seventeen years old in 1967. Reports indicate that the mother had discussed the incident with another diocese’s reverend. Church officials later relocated Reverend Boyle to Reno Nevada, followed by an assignment in Hawaii. The victim stated that she notified the Diocese of Sacramento in April 2002 of the allegations.
Current Status: Died 1998
After arriving from Ireland, Father Vincent Brady was ordained at the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. In 1999, an alleged victim accused Reverend Brady of sexually assaulting her during the 1970s during her early teen years. In 2000, she filed a lawsuit. Church officials settled the claim for $350,000 and sent Reverend Brady to therapy before his reassignment. In 2002, the second female victim came forward, alleging the priest had sexually assaulted her during the 1970s when she was a girl. Church officials found the allegations credible and settled her filed lawsuit in February 2004. A third victim also stepped forward. This plaintiff filed a second lawsuit claiming that Father Brady had defamed her and intentionally caused infliction of emotional distress after publicly revealing she had filed the lawsuit. The 2019 Sacramento Diocese’s list notes that Reverend Brady is reported to have abused girls during the 1970s. The church withdrew his faculties in 2002, two years before he retired.
Current Status: Retired 2004
The Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father James Casey’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. After arriving from Ireland, Father James Casey was ordained in the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. In 2011, the Diocese received allegations that Reverend James Casey had sexually assaulted an underage male during the 1950s.
Current Status: Died 1992
The Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father Robert Casper’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The Diocese’s 2019 list notes revealed allegations the Catholic Church received in 1986 that Reverend Casper had sexually assaulted an underage male in 1962 while he had been assigned to the Sacramento Diocese. In 1986, the Church withdrew his faculties. He left the Diocese and died two years later.
Current Status: Died 1988
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father Andrew Coffey’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. In 1953, Church officials incardinated (reassigned from one diocese to another) Reverend Coffey into the Diocese of Sacramento after he arrived from Ireland. In 2002, he faced accusations of inappropriate kissing an underage girl in 1972.
Current Status: Died 2010
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father Malachy Conway’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Reverend Conway was ordained in the Diocese of Sacramento after arriving from Ireland. In 1997, the priest was accused of “nudity in the presence of minors and attempted sexual touching.” That same year, Church Officials withdrew Fr. Conway’s faculties.
Current Status: Faculties withdrawn: 1997
Gonzales, Hector Coria
In January 2011, Father Hector Coria Gonzales was ordained into the Catholic Church when he was approximately forty-two years of age. In 2014, law enforcement arrested Reverend Gonzalez and charged him with oral copulation and statutory rape of an underage girl starting in 2013. At the time of the sexual molestation, Gonzalez was working at the Davis, CA St. James Parish. The following day, the court system released Gonzalez on bond. Church officials removed the priest from ministry without privileges until the police investigation was completed. The next month, Gonzalez was arraigned on three felony counts, including a misdemeanor charge of oral copulation with a child under eighteen years of age and unlawful sexual intercourse. In a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, Gonzalez pled guilty to the charges of sexual intercourse with a minor child. By the end of the summer, the judge had sentenced Gonzalez to ninety days in jail, followed by three years probation. The court ordered Gonzalez to attend sexual offender counseling and forbade him to have any contact with the victim until she reaches her eighteenth year. During the hearing, the girl admitted that her sexual liaison with Gonzalez was consensual and did not want to prosecute the priest. The Church laicized (defrocked) Reverend Gonzalez in December 2014. In 2017, the court reduced Gonzalez’s felony conviction to a misdemeanor. In 2019, his name appeared on the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento list.
Current Status: Convicted and sentenced to jail
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father Pablo Cortes’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The El Salvadoran priest was assigned to the diocese between 1970 and 1973. In 1990, Church officials became aware of the allegation of sexually inappropriate behavior involving Reverend Cortes with a girl under fourteen years of age in 1970.
Current Status: Accused
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father John Crowley’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Ireland-native Father Crowley was ordained in the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento and remained on the Diocese’s list as of May 2019. In 1988, the Church became aware of allegations that the Reverend had sexually assaulted a girl under fourteen years of age, possibly between 1965 and 1985. The Church removed Reverend Crowley’s faculties in 1988.
Current Status: Accused
In May 2006, Father Rodolfo Delgado faced allegations that he had sexually molested a fifteen-year-old male between 1983 and 1985. Church officials placed Reverend Delgado on leave, saying there was “a semblance of truth” that requires them to continue their investigation. The victim alleges that the abuse happened at the Rio Vista St. Joseph’s Parish and the Sacramento Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Parish. In March 2009, the accuser filed a civil lawsuit. In 2006, the church permanently removed Father Rodolfo Delgado from ministry.
Current Status: Named in the lawsuit
Three women accused Father Michael Dermody of having an affair with each one while he was providing them counseling. The three victims filed a lawsuit and received a $1.4 million judgment in 1992 against the priest, and not the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. The court awarded another woman $3 million in a claim filed only against the priest and not the Sacramento Diocese. In 1993, a female victim filed a lawsuit only against the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento attempting to receive financial compensation through the Catholic Church’s insurance policy. However, a judge in the California Superior Court dismissed the lawsuit and ruled that sexual molestation is not covered by the Diocese’s insurance policy. The dismissal was upheld by the third district appellate court in 1995. Church documents dated 1989 identified reports to the Diocese that a woman between eighteen and twenty-five years of age was being abused by the priest. Church officials withdrew Reverend Michael Dermody’s faculties.
Current Status: Named in a lawsuit settlement
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father Thomas Dermody’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. In 1992, the Diocese received reports from two separate women that Reverend Thomas Dermody had sexually assaulted them when they were underage in incidents happening between 1973 and 1985. In 1992, Thomas Dermody left the Diocese of Sacramento. Church officials reassigned the Reverend to a prison ministry outside of the Diocese. In 2002, the Church withdrew Thomas Dermody’s faculties.
Current Status: Died 2017
Before working in ministry for the Diocese of Sacramento between 1947 and 1981, Father John Dowling was ordained in the Savannah-Atlanta Diocese. Church officials withdrew Reverend Dowling’s faculties before dismissing him from the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. His dismissal was in response to a 1981 Report that he was found with child pornography. In 1983, the Church received an allegation that the priest had assaulted an underage male. There were an additional three accusations of sexual assault involving males under fourteen years of age that occurred between 1954 and 1981. The Diocese of Sacramento became aware of allegations of his sexually inappropriate behavior in 2002, 2004, in 2019.
Current Status: Accused
Falvey, Arthur A.
Ordained: Prior to 1930
In June 2009, the Jesuit Order settled a civil lawsuit with a male victim who alleged that Father Arthur A. Falvey repeatedly raped him for over four years starting in 1954. At the time of the molestation, the victim was seven years old, and Reverend Falvey was working at the Sacramento Saint Ignatius Parish. The priest passed away in 1966. However, his name appeared on the April 2019 Sacramento Diocese’s list with information received in 2018 involving allegations of raping a child under fourteen years old during the early 1960s. Father Arthur Falvey was a sibling of Reverend Mark Falvey, who had sexually violated at least ten minors in California. Mark Falvey was part of the Jesuit Order 2007 settlement.
Current Status: Likely deceased
In 2010, Father William Feeser retired due to health reasons. The following year (October 2011), Reverend Feeser was accused of sexually assaulting an underage female while at the Carmichael, CA, Our Lady of Assumption Parish. The Church had assigned him to duty at that Parish between 1977 and 1982. At the time of the allegations, he was residing at the Sacramento Immaculate Conception Parish. After the complaint was made, Church officials removed him from ministry. In 2016, four years after the priest’s death, a second victim accused him of sexually assaulting an underage boy between 1977 and 1978 while he ministered parishioners at Our Lady of Assumption. Both of the victims who stepped forward were less than fourteen years old when the abuse occurred.
Current Status: Died 2012
Mexico-native Father Oscar Figueroa was ordained in the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Sacramento. In 2008, he faced accusations of sexually abusing innocent victims between 1993 and 2006. A 2016 report identified Reverend Figueroa of sexually assaulting a young adult male. The investigation into his inappropriate sexual behavior yielded credible evidence that he had molested an underage child while he was in a Mexico City seminary.
Current Status: Accused
Foley, J. Patrick
In 2018, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father J. Patrick Foley’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Since 1991, the Reverend was assigned to parishes throughout northern California in the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. In July 2010, Church Officials suspended the priest over accusations that he had sexually assaulted two underage males in the Sacramento area. In January 2011, the conclusion of a Canonical Trial rendered a verdict of “unclear.” In January 2012, the Catholic Church restored Reverend Foley’s faculties. By May 2017, the priest was providing spiritual counseling. The following year, he was at a Dubuque, Iowa Parish. Reverend Foley’s biography states that he had been assigned as a teacher at colleges and high schools, worked in administration and campus ministry. The document states that between 1998 in 2006, he worked at Missions and Parish Retreats. In September 2019, the priest filed a defamation lawsuit against the Diocese of San Diego.
Current Status: Likely working in Dubuque, Iowa
Garcia, Francisco Javier
Mexico-native Father Francisco Javier Garcia was ordained in the Acapulco Diocese and, in 1989, incarnated into the Sacramento Diocese. In 1995, Reverend Garcia fled to Mexico after being accused and charged with sexually molesting a minor under fourteen years of age. In 2002, Reverend Garcia faced accusations of abusing an underage male between 1970 and 1975. The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento settled at least four civil lawsuits. By 2006, an additional four lawsuits were expected to be filed by male victims who alleges that Francisco Garcia sexually assaulted them between 1987 and 1994. Church Officials laicized (defrocked) Reverend Garcia in October 2007. In September 2014, two additional male victims came forward and filed a civil lawsuit in Sacramento. As of 2015, there were at least two dozen known male victims of alleged sexual assault conducted by Father Francisco Javier Garcia that occurred between 1973 and 1995. As of 2019, Reverend Garcia remained a fugitive from justice.
Current Status: Remains a fugitive
Ireland-native Father John Hannon was ordained in the Sacramento Diocese. In 2011, the Diocese became aware of allegations of abuse involving Reverend Hannon and an underage female that occurred in 1977. Church officials withdrew the priest’s faculties.
Current Status: Died 2017
Henson, Jerome M.
In 1981, Father Jerome M. Henson was caught in a “compromising position” when he and a thirteen-year-old boy were found in a graveyard at night in the Sacramento area. Afterward, Diocese Bishop McFarland reassigned Reverend Henson to Reno and then reassigned him to the Orange Diocese in 1984. Two years later, McFarland became the Orange Diocese Bishop. By 2002, the Church placed Reverend Henson on leave following to victims filing separate lawsuits against the priest. The Reverend also worked in the Diocese of Oakland. In 2005, thirty-three victims were part of the $35 million settlement to resolve claims. Henson’s Order insurance coverage provider did not want to reimburse the Diocese for $1.5 million as a part of the settlement. Reports indicated that Church officials became aware in 2003 of additional boys who were victimized by the Reverend when they were under fourteen years of age. These incidents occurred between 1978 and 1981. According to church documents, Reverend Henry is currently living a life of prayer and penance.
Current Status: Living a life of prayer and penance
Hernandez Cota, David
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father David Hernandez Cota’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Mexico-native Father David Hernandez was ordained in the Diocese of Sacramento and excardinated (transferred to another diocese) to the Nuevo Casas Diocese in Mexico in 1985. Diocese of Sacramento Church documents released in 2009 revealed allegations of sexual abuse involving an underage male victim in 1974. Church officials in the Mexican Dioceses were informed.
Current Status: Incardinated to Mexico in 1985
Hernandez – Tovar, Francisco
In January 2008, Church officials from the Diocese of Sacramento placed Mexican-native Father Francisco Hernandez-Tovar on permanent leave after the Church’s Review Board found the allegations of sexual abuse against the Reverend to be credible. In July 2007, a male victim alleges that Reverend Hernandez-Tovar had sexually assaulted him when he was thirteen years old between 1986 and 1987. At that time, Father Francisco Hernandez-Tovar served parishioners at the Colusa Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.
Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct
In 1982, Father William Holt faced accusations of sexually abusing innocent victims while at Woodland Holy Rosary Parish. By 2002, the Sacramento Diocese acknowledged that they had received accusations involving his inappropriate sexual behavior three years earlier. During Reverends Holt’s career, he was also assigned to the Diocese of Oakland. In 1998, Church officials withdrew his faculties. The priest relocated to Central Point, Oregon. The Sacramento Diocese 2019 list revealed notes involving Reverend Hold and two separate accusations against him received from victims in 1998 that alleges he sexually molested boys under fourteen years of age in incidents that occurred between 1976 and 1978.
Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual behavior
In 2018, the Jesuit West Province list publicly exposed Father Gunter Klingenbrunner’s credible evidence of accusations of that he sexually assaulted an innocent victim. A 2006 report revealed that the priest had sexually abused an underage child between 1981 and 1984. Between 1984 and 1985, Reverend Klingenbrunner was assigned to the Carmichael, CA Jesuit High School.
Current Status: Accused of inappropriate sexual contact
Irish-native Father Michael Lynch was ordained and incardinated (assigned to a diocese) to the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. In 2003, the Diocese became aware of allegations that Reverend Lynch had sexually assaulted an underage girl, including rape, in 1965.
Current Status: Died 1993
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Deacon Jesus Magallanes’s credible evidence that he sexually assaulted innocent victims. Documents revealed that Church officials received reports in 1995 of allegations that Deacon Magallanes had sexually molested two females when one of them was under fourteen years old. The alleged sexual molestation happened between 1975 and 1980. In 1996, the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento withdrew Deacon Magallanes’ faculties and removed him from active ministry.
Current Status: No longer in active ministry
In 2001, Roman Catholic Church officials assigned Father Robert Marsicek to the Wauwatosa, WI Saint Pius X Parish. By 2013, the Church removed Reverend Bob Marsicek after receiving a report from a teacher involving the priest’s questionable behavior toward a school student. Church leaders ordered Marsicek to stay away from minors and live under his Order’s supervision while the police investigation was pending. Church documents reveal that similar incidents involving Marsicek occurred throughout the 1980s and 1990s in the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. These incidents were reported to the Church in Wisconsin in May 2013. Law enforcement was notified in late 2012. In 2017, Marsicek was charged with felony child sexual assault that involved abuse of an underage female that occurred between 2007 and 2010 at the Street Pius X Parish and school. The documents revealed that sexual molestation began when the innocent victim was six years old. In October 2017, Reverend Bob Marsicek pled guilty to reduced charges. Two months later, a California court sentenced Marsicek to a year in the custody of the House of Corrections. In April 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento released a list with a 2012 report that the priest sexually assaulted underage males (younger than fourteen) and a 2019 report of sexual abuse of a female under fourteen years of age. These alleged abuses happened between 1988 and 1995. Church documents show that Robert Marsicek worked in the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento between 1987 and 2000.
Current Status: Pled guilty and incarcerated
Mennis, James Finbarr
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father James Finbarr Mennis’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. The Catholic Church ordained Ireland-native Reverend Mennis to be incardinated (assigned to a diocese) into the Diocese of Sacramento. Church officials became aware in 1969 that there were allegations that Father Mennis had sexually assaulted an underage female between 1967 in 1969. In 1969, he began thirty years of service as a Navy chaplain. In 2004, the Roman Catholic Church withdrew Mennis’ faculties to remain active in ministry.
Current Status: Died 2014
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Monsignor Vito Mistretta’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting an innocent victim. In 1993, Church officials received allegations that Reverend Mistretta sexually assaulted a boy in 1999 who was under eighteen years of age at the time. In 2018, a new allegation arose that Mistretta sexually molested another male. That investigation is still pending. Father Mistretta retired from the ministry in 1990.
Current Status: Died 2009
Monaghan, James Thomas
In 1992, the California court system convicted Sacramento, CA Saint Ignatius Parish Pastor Father James Thomas Monaghan, of fondling a seven-year-old girl. Reverend Monaghan received five years of probation and 120 hours of community service. Church officials relocated Father Monaghan to the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Retirement Center he remained there with other sex offenders until his death at age 89. The December 2018 Jesuits West Province List noted it had received reports of allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior involving Reverend Father James Thomas Monaghan in 1992. The alleged incidents of molestation of a minor occurred between 1988 and 1989. The April 2019 Sacramento Diocese’s List noted that Church officials received other allegations of inappropriate sexual activity occurring in 1988 and 1989 involving Monaghan and a female victim under fourteen years of age. Between 1962 and 1963, and again between 1975 and 1991, Father James Thomas Monaghan worked for the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento.
Current Status: Died 2004
Mexico-native Father Jorge Moreno was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) into the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento after his ordination. In 1995, the Diocese received a report that Reverend Marino had sexually assaulted a male child when he was under fourteen years of age. In response, the priest fled to Mexico to avoid pending criminal charges. In April 2002, the accusations of his inappropriate sexual conduct were made public. In June 2005, the case was settled between the Diocese and the victim. In April 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento list revealed another accusation that Church officials had received in 2003. That case involved the sexual molestation of a boy under fourteen years of age. Church documents reveal that all known cases involving sexual abuse with Father Jorge Moreno occurred between 1970 and 1975.
Current Status: Died 2014
O’Connor, Cornelius F.
In 2008, Monsignor Cornelius F. O’Connor was accused of sexually assaulting an underage child starting in 1987 while the priest was at the Carmichael, CA Our Lady of the Assumption Parish. The alleged victim was eight years old when the sexual assault occurred. The boy’s family stated that the dioceses had told them that there were other victims. From 1968 through 1972, Father O’Connor served as a Dean. Between 1972 and 1986, he held offices in the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. The Catholic Church made O’Connor a Monsignor in 1979.
Current Status: Died 1990
Between 1998 and 2007, American-born and Mexico-raised Father Uriel Ojeda attended an Oregon seminary. In November 2011, law enforcement arrested Reverend Ojeda and charged him with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts involving an underage girl. The incident allegedly occurred between 2007 and 2009. In November 2011, the teenage victim’s family told Church officials what happened and then notified Child Protective Services and the police. At the time of Father Ojeda’s arrest, he was working at the Redding, CA Our Lady of Mercy Parish. In January 2012, he was released on bail. In April the same year, he pled not guilty to the charges. Three months later, in July 2013, the Reverend pled no contest to a single count of sexually molesting another female girl in her bedroom. In August 2013, Ojeda received an eight-year prison sentence. In 2016, the Church removed Father Uriel Ojeda from the priesthood.
Current Status: No longer active in priesthood
Onorato, Charles A.
In 2018, information from the Jesuits West Province List publicly exposed Father Charles A. Onorato’s credible accusation of that he sexually assaulted an innocent victim. In 1977, Onorato professed his final vows, sixteen years after joining the Jesuit Order. In 1980 and 2003, Brother Onorato faced accusations that he sexually molested a minor. Documents reveal that in 1980, Church officials removed Onorato from his assignment at the Carmichael, CA Jesuit High School. Afterward, Church reassigned Brother Onorato to the San Jose Bellarmine College Prep before he was removed from ministry in 2003. The Church then reassigned Onorato to the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center to follow a safety plan under supervision.
Current Status: Living at Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center
Perez, Z. Enrique
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father Z. Enrique Perez’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Columbia-native Reverend Enrique Perez was ordained in the Sacramento Diocese for the Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri. In 2001 and 2002, Perez faced two allegations of sexually molesting young men (eighteen and twenty-five years old). In 1999, Father Perez began working for the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. After the allegations arose, Church officials removed Perez’s faculties. In 2003, Reverend Perez retired to his Order after leaving active ministry.
Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father Vernon Petrich’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. In 1987, Reverend Petrich faced allegations that he sexually assaulted an underage male in the 1980s. At that time of the alleged molestation, Reverend was working at the Vallejo, CA St Basil Parish. In 1983, Church officials removed Petrich from the active ministry before he returned to the Wisconsin-based Salvatorians.
Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct
Pinal, Jose Antonio
Mexico-native Father Jose Antonio Pinal was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) to the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento after his ordination. In 1989, Reverend Pinal faced accusations that he twice sodomized an underage male in 1983. The priest also allegedly fondled the boy while on a trip to Mexico. After the allegations arose, Sacramento Bishop Quinn helped the priest become excardinated (transferred to another diocese) to the Diocese of Cuernavaca in Mexico, where he worked before. The Bishop advised Pinal to stay out of the country for five or six years before returning to America. American prosecutors noted that the Reverend had “made admissions” of his sexual misconduct that was revealed in a letter to the Bishop dated 1991. Pinal had asked the Bishop if he would be facing criminal prosecution upon his return to America. In 2003, all the charges against Pinal were dropped after a new ruling from the Supreme Court. In July 2011, an alleged victim filed a civil lawsuit claiming fraud against the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. Church documents dated 1989 indicate that the Church received additional allegations of Pinal sexually assaulting boys. There is also an additional accusation made in 2016 of Father Pinal abusing an underage female. All of these incidents allegedly happened between 1981 and 1986. In October 2019, the Sacramento Diocese and the priest were named in an additional civil lawsuit.
Current Status: Returned to Mexico
Porra, Mario Blanco
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father Mario Blanco Porras’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting nearly two dozen innocent victims. Reverend Porras was assigned to the Sacramento Diocese between 1969 and 1973. Porras faced allegations that he sexually molested twenty underage males between 1968 and 1981. As early as the 1980s, the Diocese of Sacramento received its first reports of Porras’ inappropriate sexual contact.
Current Status: Died 2008
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father Michael Prouix’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting an underage boy. In 2011, the Sacramento Diocese received information regarding Reverend Prouix’s sexual misconduct in raping a fourteen-year-old male during the 1950s. At the time of the alleged incident, Church officials had assigned Prouix to the Alturas, CA Sacred Heart Parish.
Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father William Storan’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting an innocent female victim. In 2001, Ireland-native Reverend Storan allegedly sexually assaulted a woman starting in 1974 when the woman was between eighteen and twenty-five years of age. In 2001, Church officials withdrew Storan’s faculties and allowed him to retire from active ministry.
Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct
In 2018, Father Simon Twomey faced allegations that he sexually assaulted an underage female between 1975 and 1976. An investigation with the Ireland-native Reverend remains pending. Twomey was ordained to be incardinated (assigned to a diocese) into the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento.
Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct
Urbina, Jose Luis
Mexico-native Father Jose Luis Urbina was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) into the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento after his ordination. In 1989, Reverend Urbina pled guilty to committing lewd acts with a fourteen-year-old minor. Before he was sentenced for his crime, Reverend Urbina skipped bail and fled to Mexico. In 2003, Urbina’s name appeared in a civil lawsuit naming him and the Sacramento Diocese as defendants. The case involved alleged sexual molestation of an underage male in the 1980s when the victim was between nine and seventeen years old. In 2005, Urbina was found working in active ministry in Navojoa, Mexico. The Mexican government rejected the United States’ request to extradite Father Urbina to California. The Roman Catholic Church laicized (defrocked) Urbina in 2008. In 2010, the California courts dismissed a filed civil lawsuit against the Church and Urbina, citing the statute of limitations laws. The April 2019 Diocese of Sacramento list had notes involving allegations concerning Reverend Urbina that had been received in 1989 and 2007. The allegations involve sexually assaulting an underage male in the 1980s. As of 2019, the State of California renewed its arrest warrant against Urbina.
Current Status: Active warrant for his arrest 2019
Ireland-native Monsignor Murrough Wallace was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) for the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento after his ordination. In December 2018, Church officials suspended Reverend Wallace after allegations arose that he sexually molested an underage male in 1985. The abuse allegedly occurred while Wallace was taking the victim on a camp work trip. Father Wallace worked as the Camp Pendola Director. The April 2019 Sacramento Diocese List revealed two allegations of inappropriate sexual activity reported to the diocese in 1995, involving Reverend Wallace. The document states that the priest sexually assaulted young adult men. An investigation into a 2018 allegation of sexual misconduct is pending.
Current Status: Accused of sexual misconduct
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father Michael Walsh’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting a young adult man. Irish-native Father Walsh was incardinated (assigned to a diocese) into the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento after his ordination. Church records indicate allegations of sexual abuse occurring in 1985 involving a young adult male. In 1992, the Church received a second accusation. In 2006, Church officials withdrew Reverend Michael Walsh’s faculties and allowed him to retire from the priesthood.
Current Status: Retired from priesthood
In 2002, Church officials from the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento placed Father Michael Walsh on leave after receiving reports that he sexually assaulted two males during the 1970s and 1980s. This leave of absence was the second time Reverend Walsh was placed on leave, following an earlier accusation. Walsh relocated to San Francisco to work for the Archdiocese before returning to Sacramento in 1999. In 2002, Church officials again placed Reverend Walsh on a leave of absence while he had been working as the Diocese Communications Director. When he was told to leave his position, he had been residing at the parish rectory adjoined by a parochial school. In 1985, both of his victims filed a civil lawsuit that was settled by the Church. Reports indicated an adult female may be a third victim.
Current Status: Named in a settled lawsuit
Watts, John “Casper”
In 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento publicly exposed Father John “Casper” Watts’s credible accusation of sexually assaulting innocent victims. Church documents reveal that officials became aware in 1994 of the allegations involving Reverend Watts sexually assaulting a fourteen-year-old boy in 1972. During Father Watts’ career, he was assigned to the Citrus Heights, CA Christ the King Retreat Center. He may have also worked temporarily at Corning and Maxwell parishes.
Current Status: Left the diocese 1973
Additional Time to File a Child Sexual Abuse Case
San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez authored a bill that was enacted in the law in 2019 after public awareness arose on the number of allegations involving Catholic priests molesting minors nationwide. For many of these victims, the time limit ran out to file a civil lawsuit to hold the alleged abusers and church leaders legally accountable.
Before the bill was passed, the abuse victim could file a lawsuit until eight years after they reached adulthood or within three years from the date that the victim discovered they had damages from the abuse. Now, the new law extends the time limit a victim of childhood sexual assault can file for damages from there twenty-six birthday to their fortieth birthday.
In addition to extending the statute of limitations restrictions, Assembly Bill 218 also gives the victim a three-year open window to revive any past claim if their claim was dismissed because of a statute of limitations expiration. Now, victims shut out from the legal system can seek compensation from the alleged abusers for the harm and the California dioceses for covering up past alleged abuse or evidence.
The bill was passed not just to protect innocent victims sexually assaulted by priests, but to protect young adults harmed by other predators in the fields of academia and sports. In 2018, US Olympic gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar was convicted and sentenced for sexually assaulting young athletes. Nassar received a lengthy prison sentence. The length of the sentence will ensure he dies while incarcerated. His case gained notoriety after over 260 girls and women stepped forward, claiming he had sexually assaulted them from the 1990s.
Some victims of sexual assault by Father Gerardo Beltran Rico decades ago can now file a civil lawsuit against the Sacramento Diocese and Bishop Jaime Soto. Law enforcement and the former Executive Assistant Director of the FBI revealed that Reverend Gerardo Beltran Rico remains on the United States’ most-wanted list. A news release detailed the priest’s account of the history of sex abuse that involved 16 young people. His victims all allege that he committed sexual assault for years here in the United States before fleeing to Mexico in 1991.
Monetary Compensation Program
In May 2019, the Diocese of Sacramento announced its participation in a compensation program to assist clergy sexual abuse survivors. The newly formed program included other dioceses in California, including:
- Los Angeles Archdiocese
- Fresno Diocese
- Orange Diocese
- San Bernardino Diocese
- San Diego Diocese
- Monterey Diocese
- Santa Rosa Diocese
Participation in the Compensation Program is voluntary. However, to obtain funds, the sexual assault survivor must waive their rights to litigate against the Diocese of Sacramento or other Church ministries. An attorney working on behalf of the victim might provide legal guidance on how to ensure they receive the monetary compensation they deserve based on the extent of their injuries.
Many victims use these funds to handle their life’s challenges associated with sexual assault. The survivor may have developed intense anxiety, suicidal thoughts, lasting depression, post-traumatic stress disorder behaviors, sex addiction, dangerous drug use, alcoholism, or other unhealthy condition.
Hiring a Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento Diocese Sexual Abuse Attorney
The experienced attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have obtained over $250 million in financial compensation on behalf of our abused clients through trial awards and negotiated settlement. Our law firm can help your family too. If your loved one was the victim of child sex abuse by a priest or other clergy member, let us help. Take the first step on your pathway to heal by discussing your case with us through a no-obligation, free consultation provided in a confidential setting.
We handle every case through a contingency fee agreement. This arrangement provides immediate legal services without you needing to pay any upfront fees. Our services are paid when we have secured your financial compensation. If we do not win, you do not pay.
We are currently accepting clergy sexual abuse cases where the predator remains in “active ministry,” is on administrative leave, has been removed from the Church, is retired, or dead. We also accept cases involving priests associated with the Jesuits and Franciscan Order.