Convicted predator quietly put back in SD parish

Convicted predator quietly put back in SD parish

  • Convicted predator quietly put back in SD parish
  • He pled guilty to unlawful sexual touching
  • Yet, months later, he's back around kids, teens
  • Victim and her family were subject to "lynch mob"
  • SNAP: "Bishop breaks promises & endangers parishioners"

A Catholic priest who was convicted of trying to sexually assault a 20-year-old woman earlier this year has quietly been put back to work in a San Diego parish.

Clergy sex abuse victims want him removed. They fear he may assault other vulnerable young women.

According to the parish website, Fr. Jose Alexis Davila is now the Associate Pastor at St. Jude’s Catholic Church (3785 Boston Ave, San Diego, CA 92113, 619-264-2195). A concerned parishioner alerted a support group called SNAP, (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) to the assignment. http://stjudesd.com/uploads/486700_May_06_2012.pdf

Today, leaders of SNAP are writing San Diego Bishop Brom and and his successor Bishop Crillo Flores, urging them to oust Davila.

“These Catholic officials are basically telling employees that ‘If you try to rape a woman, we’ll still give you a job – but quietly - even if you’re convicted in court,'" said Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Western Regional Director.

Fr. Davila was arrested in January 2012 for attempting to sexually assault a 20-year-old woman who attended church at St. Jude's Shrine of the West in Southcrest. http://www.fox5sandiego.com/news/kswb-rev-jose-davila-catholic-priest-arrested-on-suspicion-of-sexually-assaulting-young-woman-20120104,0,7227170.story. He pleaded guilty to battery and "engaging in an unlawful touching of an intimate part of the victim's body" in April and was sentenced to three years' probation. He was also ordered to stay away from the victim. http://www.10news.com/news/30931281/detail.html

Last week, SNAP learned from an anonymous source that Davila was back at the St. Jude's. Calls to the parish confirmed that Davila is currently on the job. As best as SNAP can tell, there was no public announcement that Davila was reinstated.

In a letter sent today to Brom and Flores, SNAP is pushing for Davila’s permanent removal
SNAP is also worried because a state-funded child care center is located at the parish. http://stjudesd.com/Stjudechildcarectr.php

SNAP’s letter urges Brom and his successor to:

-- Immediately remove Davila from the parish

--Put him in a remote, secure, independently run treatment center where he has no contact with women or children,

--Apologize to the victim and her family for their “irresponsible” actions, and

-- Disclose Davila’s presence at the parish to the California State Board of Education, which funds the child care center at St. Jude's parish.

"We were shocked to hear that a convicted predator is back working in a parish," said Casteix. "This should have been a slam-dunk: Davila pled guilty to sexually attacking a vulnerable young woman. He should never work in a parish again, period. That's what the bishops have promised us for the past 10 years. And once again, Brom and his successor Flores have turned their backs on the victims they promised to protect."

SNAP's letter pulls no punches.

"You are violating both the letter and the spirit of your own 2002 abuse 'reforms,'" the letter says. "If Davila can go unpunished for attacking a woman, every woman, including others at and near his parish, are at risk.”

SNAP is also concerned about the treatment of the victim in this case. According to press reports, parishioners harassed her family members, came to her home to try and force her to recant, and kicked her mother out of her Bible study group. Because Davila has been ordered to stay away from the victim, it is unknown if the victim and her family are even able to attend mass at the parish. http://www.10news.com/news/30138281/detail.html

SNAP believes that these actions scare other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers into staying silent.

"When parishioners lashed out at the victim and shunned her mother from the church, you did nothing," the letter says. "Because you are not reaching out and guiding your flock, you are supporting a predator at the cost of his victim and her family and the well-being of others. We hope that the victim is reaching out and getting help and support from organizations and people who care about the welfare for survivors."

The diocese of San Diego is no stranger to sex abuse and cover up. In 2007, the Diocese settled with 144 victims of child sex abuse for $200 million.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/08/us/08church.html Diocese officials had attempted to hide behind bankruptcy protection, but allegations of fraud on the part of the Diocese eventually led to a settlement http://articles.latimes.com/2007/aug/11/local/me-sddiocese11. Documents were released in October 2010 that exposed the scope and scale of the abuse and cover-up http://www.bishop-accountability.org/docs/san_diego/.

The letter, sent via fax and email, is below.

Contact:
Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director, 949-322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com
Barb Dorris of St. Louis, MO, SNAP Outreach Director, 314-503-0003, snapdorris@gmail.com
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director, 314-566-9790, snapclohessy@aol.com
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Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
PO Box 6416
Chicago, IL 60680-6416

June 5, 2012

Most Rev. Bishop Robert Brom
Co-Adjudicator Most Rev. Bishop Cirillo Flores
Diocese of San Diego
3888 Paducah Drive
San Diego, CA
Fax 858-490-8272


Dear Bishop Brom and Bishop Flores;

We are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We were shocked and disappointed to learn that convicted predator Fr. Jose Alexis Davila - who just two months ago pled guilty to battery and "engaging in an unlawful touching of an intimate part" of a parishioner's body - was back working at St. Jude's Shrine of the West.


You are not only directly jeopardizing the welfare of children and vulnerable adults at the parish, but you are violating both the letter and the spirit of your own 2002 child protection 'reforms.' If Davila can go unpunished for attacking a woman, every woman, including others at and near his parish, are at risk. He pled guilty, but your actions show that you care far more about convicted offenders than innocent victims.

When parishioners lashed out at the victim and shunned her mother from the church, you did nothing. Because you are not reaching out and guiding your flock, you are supporting a predator at the cost of his victim and her family and the well-being of others. We hope that the victim is reaching out and getting help and support from organizations and people who care about the welfare for survivors.

In light of this, we ask that you:

-- Immediately remove Davila from the parish and place him in a job where he has no contact with women or children,
-- Reach out to your parishioners, who are scared and confused and are lashing out at an innocent victim,
-- Reach out to the victim and her family, invite them back to the parish, and apologize for the actions of your flock, and
-- Inform the California State Board of Education, who funds your child care center, that a convicted predator is working at the church

For the sake of children, victims and innocence families, we await your immediate response.

SIncerely,

Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA,
SNAP Western Regional Director, 949-322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com

Barb Dorris of St. Louis, MO,
SNAP Outreach Director, 314-503-0003, snapdorris@gmail.com

David Clohessy of St. Louis,
SNAP Executive Director, 314-566-9790, snapclohessy@aol.com

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  • commented 2012-06-11 11:27:35 -0500
    Jeanie Guzman,a couple of important issues that i forgot to mention" if they don’t abolish the statute of limitation "then i feel this is sending a message to all Child Molesters " to become a Priest “and you’ll get away with hurting children”because the Chursh and state protects “the Pope,Priest and so on.And if not” they can always blame the Butler"he’ll go to jail for telling the truth about what is really going on behind the Vatican walls, I don’t get it " the Butler could get thirty years for telling the truth" and the Pope down to the Priest"are still out there.
  • commented 2012-06-11 10:31:25 -0500
    Jeanie Guzman,in the eyes of the Catholic Church not one of the Priest (Child Molesters) are guilty" and this is decades" of how the Pope" on down the line make the victims" of their abuse feel.The money is their power" but the $2.9 billion is suppose to be for the poor" not for the Catholic Church to pay for all their sick sexual behaviors.The only thing the Catholic Church feels guilty about “people are finding out about their evil sick ways . For many of years the Priest who have got caught Molesting” why aren’t they treated like all the other child Molesters ? this I’ll never understand ! All news stations need to keep the Child Molestation of the Priest in the news every day until all the Priest ( Child Molesters ) are brought to justice “because in this time and day silence isn’t golden” only for the Priest it is,Pope" Catholic Church and all who protect and cover up for them.
  • commented 2012-06-11 09:03:53 -0500
    Patricia: I knew that our government gave BIG money to the RCC, but I never, in my wildest dreams, ever even dreamed that it would be so much! Regarding the above case, Fr. Davila was found GUILTY in a court of law and given a PROBATION! Does that make him, “Not Guilty,” in the eyes of the bishops, because he didn’t spend time behind bars? If he’s taken out of his new parish, how much do you want to bet that he’ll be sent back to Mexico or to someplace in South America, where he can continue his life of sexually abusing young people, under the complete protection of the Roman Catholic Church!
  • commented 2012-06-05 12:16:12 -0500
    I saw this on MSNBC news " I think around the end of May, in 2010 our Goverment gave $2.9 billion dollars to the Catholic Church" and we “the victims” can’t get our Goverment behind us, to abolish the Statute of Limitation" this is the only way victims can have justice" and that doesn’t cost our Goverment anything ,if anything our Goverment can save that $2.9 billion dollars and help the poor" instead of giving it to the Priest to keep them in the Church business, where they have lots of Children in there Parish to molest. As a victim" I feel that the Pope on down the line are running a perverted,sick and I mean sick sex business !
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