Help Us Reach The Wounded And Protect Kids
Who are we? We are clergy sex abuse victims and family members trying to recover from our trauma and protect kids and vulnerable people in the church. And we are concerned Catholics who want to reach out to victims and also safeguard those at risk.
Why are we here? Edward Anthony Rodrigue, also known as "Fr. Tony" was ordained in 1962, registered as a sex offender in 1980 and was then assigned to your parish, St. Joseph the Worker. He was removed from the priesthood in 1992. He admitted in a lie detector test that he sexually abused 4-5 young boys a year while he was a priest. Rodrigue was finally sentenced to prison for one offense, despite admitting that he abused over a hundred children. He served 8 ½ years of his 10 year sentence. http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_3434484
Rodrique has been released from prison this week and is residing in San Bernardino County where he lived, worked and abused children. His assignment history is on the back of this leaflet.
What do we want? At every opportunity, we want the bishops to "explicitly warn parishioners about Rodrigue's history, his release from prison and the likelihood he may contact former parishioners and/or re-offend," while also "prodding victims and witnesses to contact law enforcement."
What should you do? If you or someone you know is a victim of clergy abuse, please know that you are not alone and that help is available. Contact the San Bernardino Police Department @ (909) 384-5742 and SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (A confidential self-help support group of men and women who have been victimized by clergy) (909) 576-8117 or (626) 419-2930. Website: SNAPnetwork.org
How can you help protect kids?
2) Ask your family members if they were victimized. Many times, abuse
victims will continue to "keep the secret" unless specifically
invited to disclose their victimization by someone they love and trust.
Even raising this topic can be very uncomfortable. But it must be done.
It may be very awkward and your family members may even act resentful
at first. But soon they will remember that you really care about them,
and will see your question as a sign of that care. Talk to your children
about "safe touch" TODAY.
Because molesters may return to the same families and places where they've built up trust, we're worried about the safety of kids --both San Bernardino and San Diego counties where Rodrigue lived, worked and abused children. Former parishioners , unaware of Rodrigue's history, may be more than happy to welcome their former parish priest back into their lives--thus unwittingly putting children at risk today.
4) Contact the police or prosecutor, if you have any information or
suspicions whatsoever. It's your duty as a citizen to call the proper
civil authorities if you have any information (even if it's "second
hand" or vague) that might help law enforcement. It's your duty
as a Christian to help seek justice and protect others from harm. Exposing
sexual crimes is also ultimately healing. And remember it is police
who are almost always unbiased professionals with the skills and experience
to investigate crimes, NOT church officials.
History of Edward Anthony Rodrigue
1963-64 La Jolla - Mary Star of the Sea
1965-66 Lakeside - Our Lady of Perpetual Help
1967 Encinitas - St. Johns
1968-71 Calexico - Our Lady of Guadalupe
1972 Barstow - St. Joseph
1973 Residing at St. Joseph with additional assignment to Barstow College Newman Center under the authority of Phillip Straling, Diocesan Director
1974 Eagle Mountain/Desert
Hot Springs - St. Augustine
1976 El Centro - Our Lady of Guadalupe
1976 Coachella - Our Lady of Soledad (June-Sept)
976 Sent to the House of Affirmation in Massachussetts. In early 1977 he was sent to Oakland, California for "graduate studies."
1977-79 Ontario - St. George
1979 Rodrigue pleaded no contest to the sexual assault of an Ontario boy and was placed on 3 years probation. In 1980 he was sent to Cavena Tratment facility in Azusa for psychiatric treatment.
1982 Loma Linda - St. Joseph the Worker
1983-85 "Outside Institution"
39100 Orchard, Cherry Valley, CA 92405
and living at 32350 Acacia #2, San Bernardino, CA 92405
1997 Arrested for the sexual assault of an 11 year old boy at an apartment complex where he worked as a janitor. In 1998 Rodrigue pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and was sentenced to ten years in State Prison.
Jan. 2006 released from prison.