CA – East Bay priest investigated for sexual misconduct, victims’ group responds

For immediate release Wednesday, November 29

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California, volunteer East Bay Leader for SNAP (melanie.sakoda@gmail.com925-708-6175)

According to the Diocese of Oakland, Father Van Dinh from the parish of St. Michael in Livermore has been placed on administrative leave while the police investigate allegations of sexual misconduct. Authorities say that the Diocese called them on November 21st about an incident involving an unidentified 25-year-old man which had taken place a few days earlier at the church.  

SNAP, the Survivors Network, commends the young man for promptly reporting to the Diocese of Oakland, and the Diocese for promptly reporting to the police. We hope that anyone who has any information that bears on the incident will contact the Livermore Police Department at 925-371-4900immediately. 

While we have no information about the allegations in this case, we have worked with adults who have been sexually assaulted or abused by a trusted pastor as an adult. The consequences to the survivor can be absolutely devastating, even deadly. We urge anyone who has been the victim of such an assault to report to the civil authorities, and to reach out to groups like ours for help and support.


(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Our website is

Melanie Sakoda 925-708-6175, Joelle Casteix, or Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director (

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