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Diocese of San Bernardino

In early 2004, Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of the Diocese of San Bernardino issued a statement concerning the release of the John Jay study. Bishop Barnes stated that since the formation of the Diocese of San Bernardino in 1978, 13 priests were accused of child sexual abuse and a total of 38 survivors of sexual abuse came forward alleging abuse.

Report: Clerical Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of San Bernardino

In 2003, the California 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 San Bernardino, including those of whom were assigned within or working in the Diocese of San Diego within the geographical boundaries now encompassed by the Diocese of San Bernardino, 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.

Independent Compensation Program for the San Bernardino

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 San Bernardino. 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.

  • The Program is scheduled to launch in September of 2019.
  • Survivor participation in the Program is voluntary.
  • The Program is available to any survivor of sexual abuse as a minor by priests or clergy of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Diocese of Fresno, Diocese of Orange, Diocese of Sacramento, Diocese of San Bernardino, and Diocese of San Diego.
  • The Program does not apply to survivors of sexual abuse by religious order priests or by clergy of outside of the aforementioned Dioceses.
  • Both survivors who have an existing claim and those filing for the first time can seek compensation.
  • New claims are subject to initial review for eligibility.

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.