Survivors Network of
those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
Accused Priests with Ties
December 6, 2005
SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
The following is a partial list of accused priests
that have been convicted, accused or suspected of molesting children and
have either allegedly traveled and/or abused in Mexico:
Aguilar Rivera, Nicolas
Rivera fled to Mexico when U.S. warrant was issued for his arrest in
Los Angeles Cardinal Mahony Ignored Warnings 4/30/04 Los Angeles
(AP) "A 1987 letter from a Mexican bishop telling Cardinal Roger
Mahony about a visiting priest's "...problems" went unheeded,
allowing the priest to allegedly molest 26 boys in the Los Angeles Archdiocese,
according to attorneys. The attorneys, who represent alleged victims of
sexual abuse, charge that Mahony assigned Father Nicolas Aguilar Rivera
to work in Los Angeles parishes in 1987 despite at least one warning from
Bishop Norberto Rivera of Tecuacan, Mexico.
Avila Avelar, Heladio
He was accused of sexually abusing three boys in 1996, Avelar admitted
to the charges and was sent to a rehabilitation center. http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/spanish/SexAbuseChart.htm
Baker told LA Cardinal Roger Mahony in 1986 that he molested young boys
but was reassigned to parishes and allegedly continued his sexual abuse
of minors for more than a decade, documents and interviews show. Mahony
later approved a secret $1.3 million payment to two men who said they
had been abused by the priest, Fr. Michael Stephen Baker, from 1984 to
1999. The cardinal arranged for the priest to quietly retire from the
archdiocese in 2000.
Cabot, Samuel (Sam)
Spent a lot of time at an orphanage in Mexico and ultimately allegedly
brought a young girl back to the states and abused her between the ages
of 5-10. He is currently accused of molestation in a civil lawsuit.
Camacho Baruqui, Manuel Esteban
He was accused of raping a young boy in 2001.
The Rev. Willebaldo Castro was made associate at St. Mary of the Assumption
Church in Santa Maria in January 1976, just four months after he was accused
of molesting a 16-year-old boy, according to the documents. Castro, who
left the archdiocese and returned to his native Mexico in 1980, also faces
a lawsuit alleging he molested a minor at St. Mary's in 1977.
Cervantes Gallardo, Alejandro
Four minors from Aguascalientes accused him of sexual abuse. He was charged
with corruption of minors and for lewd acts with a minor under 16. http://www.rcadena.net/escandalo.htm
Chavez Mendoza, Geronimo
Convicted of raping a boy in 1997 and was sent prison.
Accused of abusing 12 children based on Los Angeles Diocean report.
Coria Mendoza, Salvador
Mendoza, who was about to be ordained, was transferred in July 2002 after
being accused of propositioning a 17-year-old boy. The complaint was first
filed in June 2001, six months after the incident is said to have occurred.
The boy's family claims they reported the abuse to a priest and a bishop,
who blocked Coria's ordination, but took no further action. Eventually
the family reported the complaint to the Attorney General's office, and
charges were filed against Coria.
Daley, Wallace John
Daley is accused of child molestation in a civil lawsuit filed in Los
De Maria y Camps Lopez, Jose Luis
He is accused of abusing 3 minors in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico and was
charged with corruption of minors. His case has been sent to the Vatican
with a recommendation for him to be defrocked.
A support group for clergy abuse victims is asking a Catholic bishop
to turn over personnel files of a convicted abusive priest to law enforcement
and use public announcements to help police track him down and extradite
him from Mexico, where prosecutors believe he has fled. (Press-Enterprise,
article, 2/1/05). The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP),
is wrote San Bernardino Bishop Gerald Barnes to publicly urge anyone who
experienced or witnessed sex crimes by Fr. Jesse Dominguez, either in
California or Mexico, to come forward and contact to criminal authorities.
Barnes has been unwilling to release Dominguez' personnel records to local
prosecutors. He claims he's afraid Dominguez will sue him for privacy
violations (Press-Enterprise article, 3/8/05).
García, Peter (Pedro)
Accused of child molestation in civil lawsuit against the Los Angeles
García, Richard Francis (Ricardo Francisco)
Accused of child molestation in the Los Angeles Archdiocesan report.
Civil child sex abuse suit pending.
Gaudencio Hidalgo, Edgar
In September 2002, Hidalgo was arrested in Mexico City and extradited
to Italy where he was wanted since November 1999. Hidalgo is charged with
abusing several minors.
Accused of child molestation in pending civil lawsuit against the Los
Kane, Thomas A.
The Rev. Thomas A. Kane, who left the Catholic Diocese of Worcester in
1993 after he was accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old
boy, has spent the past five years as director of an international training
institute for teachers in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Lenihan, an Orange County priest has admitted to molesting two teenagers
and having multiple affairs, has agreed to ask Pope John Paul II to remove
him from the priesthood, church officials announced Thursday. Lenihan
visited orphanages in Mexico http://www.snapnetwork.org/news/calif/Calif_News_BackPage_4.htm
Loomis, Richard (Ricardo)
Two weeks ago, Msgr. Richard A. Loomis, pastor at Sts. Felicitas and
Perpetua parish in San Marino, was one of 11 priests referred to by the
archdiocese as priests remaining "in active service because there
is a lack of sufficient or credible evidence to remove them from ministry."
When a second allegation against Loomis subsequently surfaced, he was
placed on administrative leave. http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1141/is_17_40/ai_114009611
López, Joseph (José)
Accused of molesting at least one youth according to Los Angeles Archdiocesan
Maciel Degollado, Marcial
After decades of silence, nine men have come forward to accuse the head
of an international Roman Catholic order of sexually abusing them when
they were boys and young men training to be priests. The men, in interviews
in the US and Mexico, said the Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado, the founder
of the Legionaries of Christ, molested them in Spain and Italy during
the 1940s, '50s and '60s. Those making the allegations include a priest,
guidance counselor, professor, engineer and lawyer. Two highly respected
journalists, Jerald Renner & Jason Berry, have written a book about
the case against Maciel called Vows of Silence. http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:tOh2jKZtJkcJ:users2.ev1.
Mandujano Tinajero, Jose Antonio
Tinajero raped the adolescent daughter of a church worker, who had his
child in March of 2002.
Accused of abuse in civil lawsuit.
Martinez faces accusation of child sexual abuse in a civil lawsuit filed
against the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
Accused of molesting at least one child in a civil sex abuse lawsuit
pending against the Los Angeles Archdiocese
Mendez is listed as a priest accused of child molestation in the LA Archdiocesan
Orellana Mendoza, Samuel
Orellana is reportedly one of at least ten accused Los Angeles priests
still on active ministry, each of whom denied the allegations personally
or through an attorney. Orellana is working today at Presentation of Mary
Catholic Church in LA. He is accused of child molestation in a pending
civil lawsuit. http://www.snapnetwork.org/news/calif/ten_priests_still_onjob.htm
Salesian priest from South America allegedly abused four boys in Chicago
in late 1990s, according to lawsuit. Priest now in Mexico.
Pérez, Henry (Enrique)
Indicted in 2003 and sued in 1993 for alleged abuse. Perez was accused
of sexual abuse when he was a priest serving in Arizona. He was removed
in 1991 when officials in his new California diocese became aware of the
prior allegations. Perez now works as a priest in the Anglican Catholic
Church, where he celebrates Mass weekly. (AP 6/2/03)
Piña, Joseph (José)
Pina was accused of abusing a 14-year-old girl and currently facing charges
in a civil lawsuit filed against the Los Angeles Archdiocese. http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/spanish/SexAbuseChart.htm
In one case, the Rev. Eleuterio Ramos, who admitted to the police in
2003 that he had molested at least 25 boys, including involvement in the
gang-rape of a boy in a San Diego hotel room in 1984, was transferred
in 1985 to a parish in Tijuana, Mexico, where the Orange County Diocese
continued to send him a monthly paycheck and pay his car expenses. The
Tijuana Diocese was not informed of the full extent of the priest's abuses,
according to the documents. Father Ramos died last year. http://www.snapnetwork.org/news/calif/documents_show_coverup.htm
Romero Yáñez, Leopoldo
He was detained in Tamazula, Jalisco Mexico for pedophilia.
Rodriguez, Carlos Rene
Rodriguez, 48, pleaded guilty in Ventura County Superior Court to three
counts of molestation involving two boys in Santa Paula, California. The
acts took place between 1988 and 1993, when the then-priest was living
at a Catholic retreat in Santa Barbara and working for about two years
as a regional consultant with an Archdiocese of Los Angeles family life
office. Rodriguez reportedly met the boys' parents through a marriage
encounter program. Rodriguez originally denied the charges against him.
As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, two additional sex abuse
charges against him were dropped. Rodriguez, was sentence to 8 years and
eight months in prison where he is today. www.venturacountystar.com/vcs/sp/article/0,1375,VCS_170_2648910,00.html
Salazar, John (Juan)
Salazar was convicted of molesting children in 1988 and served nearly
three years of a six-year prison sentence. While on parole, he was hired
by the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, where he worked for 11 years.
Salazar was sentenced to life in prison on July 6, 2005 for sexually
assaulting a then-18-year-old parishioner after a wedding party in Irving
in 2003. John Salazar, former pastor of the Church of the Holy Spirit
in Tulia, was sentenced under a law that imposes an automatic life sentence
for a second conviction of felony sexual assault.
Denies allegation he sexually abused an altar boy in 1970s, police are
investigating; he was sent to Bolivia but died in Spain. He used to visit
a parish and seminary house run by the Calasanzian (Piarist) Order in
Simón Silva Flores, Fidencio
After an investigation that took nearly a year, prosecutors are sought
an arrest warrant for Father Fidencio Silva, 53, who served at Our Lady
of Guadalupe church in Oxnard, CA from 1978 to 1986. They planned to start
extradition proceedings when they located Silva, who as recently as 2002
was serving at a church in Mexico. However the case was later dismissed
because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that overruled Californias
criminal statute of limitations that released hundreds of admitted, convicted
and charged molesters in the State of California. Silva denied the accusations
and is reportedly serving with religious order in Mexico. Mexico)
A lawsuit has been filed by eight men, including two corporate executives,
an attorney and two police officers. They were altar boys, 11 to 15 years
old at the time, who helped Silva at services, according to a spokesman
for the district attorney's office.
Theodore Murr Letourveau, Charles (Charly)
Has been accused of sexual abuse at the orphanage he works at, Casa Hogar
Francisco Javier in Tepatitlan, Jalisco Mexico. http://www.proceso.com.mex/archivocomint.html?nid=35242
Valenzuela Cervantes, Felipe
He was detained in Los Mochis, Sinaloa Mexico for pedophilia.
Velasquez, Francisco Antonio
Velasquez is accused of raping three young boys of the same family in
1991. The parents of the boys were ashamed and did not want the cases
to come to trial.
Accused of molesting at least 7 youths according to Los Archdiocesan
Villa Gómez, Nemorio
Además del sacerdote Nicolás Aguilar Rivera, quien abusó
de 86 niños en Estados Unidos y México, están los
casos de los presbíteros Fidencio Simón Silva Flores, Willebaldo
Castro, Wallace John Daley y Nemorio Villa Gómez, enviados a México
aun cuando pesaban en su contra acusaciones de pederastia.
Widera plunged to his death from a Mexican hotel balcony, former priest
Sigfried Widera left behind two letters of apology - and accusers who
say they will never receive the closure that would have come from seeing
him brought to trial on sex abuse charges. Widera, who was charged with
42 counts of child molestation in Wisconsin and California, had been on
the run for more than a year before slipping across the border. Mexican
authorities had ordered his arrest and planned to extradite him to the
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WAS ABUSED BY CLERGY, COME FORWARD AND GET
HELP. Please know that you are not alone and are not to be blamed for
the crimes committed against you.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Eric Barragan, SNAP Mexico Regional Director 805-207-7424 or SNAPmexico@aol.com
Joaquin Aguilar of Mexico City, SNAP Leader 044-55-2030-6352 and 1-888-762-7767
Mary Grant, SNAP Western Regional Director 626 419-2930 or firstname.lastname@example.org