Father Carmelo Blatazar
Diocese of Santa Rosa/Malolos, Philippines
Assigned as Follows:
- Diocese of Malolos (Philippines)
- 1981-1982: Queen of the Valley Hospital (West Covina, CA)
- 1983: St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (Boise, ID)
- 1983-1984: Diocese of Cleveland
- 1984-1985:Diocese of Santa Rosa
- 1985: Diocese of San Diego
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Carmelo Blatazar:
Originally ordained in the Diocese of Malolos in the Philippines in 1960, Father Carmelo Baltazar was first suspected of sexually abusing boys in 1966. He was working under the Cleveland Diocese at the time the news of abuse broke and Baltazar was merely transferred over to the Diocese of Santa Rosa in 1981.
In 1985, Father Carmelo Baltazar was finally criminally charged and was convicted of lewd conduct with a 15-year-old boy in Idaho and sentenced to seven years in prison. During the trial, it was made clear that his supervisors at church assignments around the world were aware that he had been sexually abusing young boys for the past 20 years. It was also known that Father Baltazar would go after young boys who were mentally unstable, or physically unwell. It was even documented that he abused one teenage boy who was connected to a dialysis machine and another in a double-leg traction.
After the sentencing, he was released from prison after three years and sent to treatment. In 2003, a civil suit against Baltazar was filed and claimed that the plaintiff lived with Baltazar and traveled with him for 5 years during military assignments. Since then, he has been named in several other civil suits against him and several dioceses that he was transferred too over the years. Fr. Baltazar has been included on Santa Rosa’s list of accused priests as of January 2019, and also on Las Vegas Diocese’s list as well as Reno’s and Boise’s list in 2019.
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