Catholic priest who worked in Atlanta recently found to be "credibly accused" elsewhere: SNAP urges outreach
For Immediate Release: September 26, 2022
On September 22, 2022, the Diocese of Sacramento added Fr. Roberto Jaramillo to its list of clergy who have been "credibly accused" of child sex abuse. The priest also worked in the Archdiocese of Atlanta between 2005 and 2008, when Cardinal Wilton Gregory headed the Archdiocese. SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is concerned that Fr. Jaramillo may have victimized locally as well and begs Archbishop Gregory John Hartmayer to appeal to any survivors, witnesses, and whistleblowers to make a report directly to law enforcement.
Fr. Jaramillo is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a female child between 1996 and 1999, and he is the subject of a felony arrest warrant on those charges. The Diocese of Sacramento is also aware of two additional allegations against the priest. He was accused of kissing a juvenile boy in 1999, and he was accused of sexually abusing an adult man in 2001.
While in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Fr. Jaramillo worked in at least two parishes. He was a parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta and later a parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Americas Mission in Lilburn. The priest returned to his home diocese in Columbia in 2008.The survivors' group greatly fears that the three reported incidents in California were not isolated cases. In addition to urging the Archbishop to reach out to those who may have been hurt locally, SNAP also wants Fr. Jaramillo added to the Archdioceses' list of the "credibly accused." The group also suggests that the list be more prominently featured on the Archdiocese's homepage, to help victims who may be wondering if anyone else has reported their abuser.
CONTACT: Georgiana Pryzbylek, SNAP Atlanta ([email protected],404-406-3034), Dorothy Small, SNAP Sacramento ([email protected], 530-908-3676) Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Coordinator ([email protected], 925-708-6175) Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager ([email protected], 267-261-0578)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for more than 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)