Fr. Cesar Salazar – Diocese of Orange

Father Cesar Salazar

Diocese of Orange

Ordained: 1993

Resigned: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1994-1997       Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (La Habra, CA)
  • 1998-1999       St. Anne’s Church (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 2000-2004       St. Joseph’s Church (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 2004-2010       Administrative Leave
  • 2011-2018       Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Cesar Salazar:

According to media reports, in 2001, a laymen found child pornography on Father Salazar’s old computer, who at the time was assigned to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Santa Ana, California. The Santa Ana Police Department was contacted and an investigation was conducted. 

The investigative report submitted to the Orange County District Attorney’s office recommended that Salazar be charged with felony possession of child pornography. The prosecutors rejected the case, stating it would be too difficult to prove Father Salazar was the one who downloaded the pornographic images. 

Following the investigation, Father Salazar was allowed to continue working because, according to the Diocese of Orange, child pornography does not fall under the diocese’s “zero tolerance” policy for sexual abuse. 

Father Salazar was elevated to Auxiliary Bishop in 2004. In 2016, Father Salazar was listed on the Diocese of Orange’s list of members and former members of the clergy who have been removed from ministry resulting from a credible allegation of sexual abuse as being removed from the priesthood and laicized through canonical process. 

According to media reports, in December 2018, Father Salazar was investigated by law enforcement in 2002 for an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor in the 1990s, when he was a parish priest. Father Salazar denied any wrongdoing. The archdiocese said it didn’t learn of the allegation until 2005. Law enforcement investigated and recommended that Salazar be prosecuted, but no charges were filed.

The Vatican investigated and reportedly imposed precautionary measures. An Archdiocesan oversight board reviewed the case and deemed the allegation credible. Pope Francis accepted Salazar’s resignation later that month.

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