Fr. Carlton Whitten – Diocese of Sacramento

Father Carlton Whitten

Diocese of Sacramento/Jesuit

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Ordained: 1961

Removed: 2007

Assignment History:

  • 1961-1962: Alma College (Los Gatos, CA)
  • 1962-1963: Manresa Hall (Port Townsend, WA)
  • 1963-1965: Jesuit High School (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1965-1972: Bellarmine College Prep. (San Jose, CA)
  • 1972-1977: Brophy College Prep. (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1977-1980: St. Ignatius Prep. (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1980-1987: Jesuit High School (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1987-1990: Loyola High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1990-1992: Jesuit High School Community of Sacramento (Carmichael, CA)
  • 1992-1999: Jesuit High School (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1999-2001: San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • 2002-2003: St. Agnes’ (San Francisco, CA)
  • 2004-2007: St. Charles Borromeo (Peoria, AZ)
  • 2008: Bellarmine College Prep. (San Jose, CA)
  • 2009-2018: Sacred Heart Jesuit Center (Los Gatos, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Carlton Whitten:

According to media reports, in December 2007, Fr. Carlton Whitten, a Jesuit priest, was removed from active ministry while the Jesuits investigated an allegation that he had sexually abused a 17-year-old boy while working at St. Joseph in White Salmon, Washington. Pornography was also found on the computer that he used.

Whitten was reportedly a visiting priest sent to work at St. Joseph temporarily. During his “semi-retirement” years, he frequently worked along the west coast for priests on vacation or leave. He was moved from his residence at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California, to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, while the allegation of the abuse was investigated.

As of the 2012 Official Catholic Directory, Whitten is still living at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos.

In October 2012, Whitten was named on the Diocese of Phoenix list of names of priests that have been laicized and/or removed from ministry due to sexual misconduct with a minor. Whitten was also named on the Jesuits West Province list with credible claims of sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult. In addition, Whitten is named on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors and the Diocese of Sacramento list.

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