The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
New child sex abuse & cover up lawsuit is filed
Catholic priest has never been publicly accused before
Alleged victim will speak for the first time at the event
He was victimized by two clerics, one in Central America
One abuser was very popular & a Miami street is named after him
The victim, Alejandro Mora, was born in Nicaragua in 1972. He came from a devout family and was an altar boy. While in Nicaragua, he was sexually abused by a priest. In 1988, he immigrated to Miami, and like many victims, he sought counseling and guidance to heal from the abuse.
He approached O’Farrill, then a priest at St. Michael the Archangel parish, who brought Mora to confession and then moved the counseling session to the rectory. There he gave Alejandro orange juice laced with liquor, assaulted him, and performed oral sex on him.
The archdiocese “knew or should have known” that O’Farrill “sexually abused other boys” but “took no action against (him) and continued to give him unfettered access to young boys,” according to the suit. “In accordance with (long standing church) polices, practices and procedures, O’Farrill was (repeatedly) transferred and reassigned … for the purpose of concealing his sexual abuse of minors,” the suit says.
It specifically cites Father Gerard LaCerra as a church official who “destroyed, concealed and altered documents which would have (shown) that the archdiocese’s wrongful conduct” caused the victim’s injuries. The archdiocese “had a policy of concealment” in child sexual cases, the suit maintains..
The lawsuit was filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court early Wednesday morning. Copies will be available at the media event.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests