The Diocese of Sacramento and Bishop William K. Weigand issued a media statement on January 6, 2004, reporting that from 1950 to 2002, of the 1,215 priests in the Diocese, 21 priests were accused of child sexual abuse. According to Bishop Weigand, four of the priests had been exonerated.
As a result of the California State Legislature opening a one-year window in 2003 for survivors of sexual abuse to come forward with civil claims, 33 people filed sexual abuse lawsuits against the Diocese. Nearly half of the lawsuits involved a Salesian priest, Father Mario Blanco, who worked in the Diocese of Sacramento from 1969 to 1973.
As of January 2004, the Diocese of Sacramento stated that since its formation in 1976, the Diocese had received allegations of priest sexual abuse involving 47 alleged victims.