In a December 2003 newsletter to parishioners, Diocese of Santa Rosa Bishop Daniel Walsh said that 16 of the 410 priests working in the Diocese since 1962 had been involved in sexual misconduct with minors. A total of 59 children were sexually abused and an additional 10 victims came forward under the 2003 one-year legislative window.
Priests with public allegations of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Santa Rosa include Fr. Gary Timmons, Fr. Don Kimball and Fr. Austin Peter Keegan who were all laicized. Frs. John Rogers, Vincent O’Neill and Patrick Gleeson are deceased.