For the first time, a Bakersfield man details alleged sexual abuse by Monsignor Craig Harrison
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — An attorney representing a Bakersfield man who says he was inappropriately touched by Monsignor Craig Harrisonsays he has been trying to file a police report for the past week with Bakersfield Police on behalf of his client, but has received mixed messages of where to file the report.
According to Dr. Joseph George, a clinical psychologist and attorney out of Sacramento, his office got in touch with the head of the BPD Special Victims Unit, and will be filing a report on Wednesday, May 8.
George said his client was 13 to 14 years old when he became involved with Monsignor Harrison in Bakersfield. According to George, the alleged victim met Harrison prior to him becoming an Assistant Pastor in 1989.
The man says he attended St. Francis Elementary and was always around prior to Harrison relocating to Mojave. The man says he was an altar server, serving mass daily for years, five days a week.
The alleged victim admits he idolized Harrison, coming from a less fortunate family. At one point, the alleged victim said Harrison asked his mother if he could adopt him and the mother told Harrison he could not.
According to the man, the Monsignor gave groceries to his family and would give gifts to his friends.
The alleged victim said the sexual contact began through wrestling with Harrison, then grabbing and feeling through clothing.
Between 1989 and 1992, he says he wo...