Fr. John J. Daly – Diocese of San Diego

Father John Joseph Daly

Diocese of San Diego

John Joseph Daly Diocese of San Diego Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Died: 1989

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958-1961:      St. Theresa’s (Palm Springs, CA)
  • 1962-1968:      St. Martins (La Mesa, CA)
  • 1968-1969:      St. John of the Cross (Lemon Grove, CA)
  • 1970-1973:    St. Augustine’s (Eagle Mountain, CA)
  • 1974-1975:      St. Joan of Arc (Blythe, CA; Palo Verde Junior College (Blythe, CA)
  • 1976-1977:      St. Joseph (Holtville, CA)
  • 1978-1981:      Immaculate Conception (Colton, CA)
  • 1982-1985:      Sacred Heart (Riverside, CA)
  • 1986-1989:      Holy Family (Hesperia, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Joseph Daly:

Father John Joseph Daly, a native of Ireland, was ordained a priest in 1951. He is believed to have worked in Australia until 1958, and was then transferred to the Diocese of San Diego. According to media reports, in 2002, Father Daly was named in a civil lawsuit for allegedly sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy in 1977. The boy and his friend were picked up by Father Daly while hitchhiking. They accepted his offer of shelter at St. Joseph in Holtville, where the boy is said to have awakened in the night and discovered that Father Daly was orally copulating him.

The boys ran away and reported the incident to the police that same night. Father Daly was arrested, but charges were not filed because the Diocese of San Diego told the County District Attorney that he would be moved out of the area. Father Daly was sent to El Carmelo Retreat house for a month, and then transferred to San Bernardino, successfully avoiding prosecution. Police reports showed that he had two prior arrests for sexual molestation in La Mesa, California and San Antonio, Texas. The lawsuit was set for trial in March 2007, but was dismissed in January 2007. He retired in 1987 and died two years later in October 1989.

Father Daly’s name was not included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor released in March 2007. In October 2010, as part of a settlement with survivors of child sexual abuse, the Diocese of San Diego released his personnel file. 

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