On February 14, 2004, Diocese of San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath distributed information regarding the John Jay study on clerical sexual abuse in the United States. The information reported by the Diocese included data from 1981 when the diocese was created, through 2002. Data was also included for Santa Clara County from 1950 to 1980 during which time the area was part of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
The total number or priests who served a Diocese of San Jose parish, school or other diocesan facility was 405 and included diocesan, religious order priests and priests on assignment from other dioceses. The Diocese did not include religious order priests who worked or resided at schools and other institutions operated by a religious order.
Since 1981, the Diocese of San Jose reported that six priests were accused of sexual abuse. Claims against five of the six priests with allegations of abuse were substantiated by the Diocese. Between 1950 and 1981, 11 priests were accused of sexual abuse and these cases were reported to the John Jay study by the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
The names of the priests accused of sexual abuse in the Diocese of San Jose were not released, and the report failed to specify how many children were sexually abused by the priests. A total number of 405 priests worked in the diocese during that time period.
The Mercury News identified two priests who were convicted of sexual misconduct with minors while working in Diocesan parishes since 1981, Fr. Angel Mariano and Fr. Robert Gray. Additionally, Fr. Leonel Noia was convicted in 1976 and Fr. Arthur Harrison was charged in Marin County, but the charges were later dismissed due to the statute of limitations. Fr. Harrison was later accused by two girls of abuse but was never charged.
In 2003, the California legislature opened a one year, retroactive window for survivors of child sexual abuse to file civil claims. As a result, the identities and histories of sexual abusers within the clergy were disclosed to the public. This report contains the names of clergy associated with the Archdiocese of San Francisco; the Diocese of Oakland; and the Diocese of San Jose who have been accused of sexual misconduct. The vast majority of the claims against these individuals have been settled or have not been fully evaluated in a civil 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