Father Gregory Kareta
Diocese of Monterey/Franciscans
- 1956-1958 Thomas the Apostle (Detroit, MI)
- 1958-1963 Hedwig’s (Polish) (Detroit, MI)
- 1963-1964 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Hermosa Beach, CA)
- 1964-1965 St. Josephat’s (Milwaukee, WI)
- 1965-1971 Bishop Montgomery High School (Torrance, CA)
- 1971-1978 Paul the Apostle (Pismo Beach, CA)
- 1971-1978 California’s Men’s Colony (California)
- 1978-1979 Queen of Angels (Riverside, CA)
- 1979-1980 Joseph’s (Barstow, CA)
- 1979-1980 Franciscan Center (Newberry Springs, CA)
- 1979-1980 MCSC Base (Baker, CA)
- 1979-1980 A station of St. Joseph’s (Kelso, CA)
- 1979-1980 A station of St. Joseph’s (Mountain Pass, CA)
- 1980-1981 Queen of Angels (Riverside, CA)
- 1981-1982 Thomas (Riverside, CA)
- 1981-1982 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Riverside, CA)
- 1982-1984 Kareta is not indexed in the 1983 or 1984 Directories
- 1984-1996 Paul the Apostle (Coalinga, CA)
- 1996-2002 Joseph’s (Avenal, CA)
- 1996-2002 Cecilia’s (Kavanaugh, CA)
- 2002-2003 Kareta is not indexed in the 2003 Directory
- 2003-2004 Retired, St. Joseph Cupertino Friary (Arroyo Grande, CA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Gregory Kareta:
In 2003, Fr. Gregory Kareta was accused and charged with two counts of child molestation when abusing an 11-year-old back in 1973-1974 when Kareta was assigned to St. Paul of the Apostle Catholic Church in Pismo Beach, California. According to court records, Kareta repeatedly molested the 11-year-old altar boy during the summers of 1973 and 1974 when Kareta was the pastor of St. Paul of the Apostle Catholic Church. Three other alleged victims corroborated the charges. The charges against Fr. Gregory Kareta were dismissed that same year due to a Supreme Court ruling that had lifted the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children. Shockingly, Fr. Gregory Kareta was kept active.
Before going to the authorities in 2003, the former 11-year-old altar boy initially reported the abuse approximately 10 years after the incident to the bishop at the Montgomery Church in Torrance in 1985 but was encouraged to not report Fr. Gregory Kareta. According to media reports, in approximately 1985, when the victim reported the abuse to the church, Kareta allegedly admitted the crimes to church officials, but authorities were not contacted.
After getting authorities involved, according to media reports, police reports indicate that in 1973, the 11-year-old boy was sent to stay with Kareta in St. Paul of the Apostle Catholic Church in Pismo Beach, CA where Fr. Gregory Kareta molested the boy numerous times. The police reports continue to state that the following year, the boy was again sent to Kareta in St. Paul of the Apostle Catholic Church in Pismo Beach, CA in which the abuse allegedly occurred daily.
In 2002, Fr. Gregory Kareta was removed from St. Joseph’s when the allegation surfaced that he had molested an 11-year-old boy in 1973 and 1974 while assigned to St. Paul of the Apostle Catholic Church in Pismo Beach, CA.
Sexual Abuse in Milwaukee, MI
Fr. Gregory Kareta admitted to abusing youth in the 1960s in Milwaukee, WI. According to the Bishop Accountability website, letters from Kareta’s personnel file show that Kareta was accused of molesting a boy while he was pastor of this parish (St. Josephat’s in Milwaukee, WI). Kareta admitted the abuse in a letter of apology to the victim.
In 2019, Fr. Gregory Kareta was included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Monterey who was named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse.
Kareta died in 2006.
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