The Diocese of Orange issued a press release on January 10, 2004, announcing it had reported 16 priests with accusations of sexual abuse to the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Approximately 589 clergy ministered in the Diocese since its founding in 1976. A total of 47 people had come forward. Lay church employees were not included in the data presented.
As a result of the reports of courageous sexual abuse survivors, 12 of the priests were removed from active ministry and 15 of the 16 identities of the accused priests were released to the public.
In 2003, the California State Legislature opened a one year, retroactive window for survivors of child sexual abuse to file civil claims against their perpetrator and the institution that covered up the sexual abuse. This report contains the names of clergy associated with the Diocese of Orange, including those of whom were assigned within or working in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles within the geographical boundaries now encompassed by the Diocese of Orange, who have been accused of sexual misconduct. While lawsuits were filed involving many of these alleged perpetrators, the vast majority of the claims against these individuals have been settled or have not been fully evaluated in a civil or criminal court. Accordingly, the allegations should be considered just allegations and should not be considered proved or substantiated in a court of law. Download the report.
On May 14, 2019, the Catholic bishops of California announced the establishment of an Independent Compensation Program for Victim-Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests (ICP) for six California dioceses, including the Diocese of Orange. The independent program will be administered by Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille Biros, with an oversight committee including include former governor Gray Davis and Maria Contreras-Sweet.
We encourage all survivors of priest sexual abuse to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim as part of these compensation programs in California. We have extensive experience navigating similar programs in New York and Pennsylvania, and our California attorneys and advocates are ready to help you explore your options to determine whether this is the right path for you.