Fr Julian Sanz – Diocese of Tucson

Father Julian Sanz

Diocese of Tucson


Ordained: 1977

Removed: 2010


Assigned as follows:

  • 1980-1984 St. Bernard Parish (Pirtleville, AZ)
  • 1986-1987 St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Yuma, AZ)
  • 1987-1990 Sacred Heart Parish (Clifton, AZ)
  • 1990-1992 St. Joseph Parish (Wellton, AZ)
  • 1992-2001 St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (San Luis, AZ)
  • 2001-2002 Immaculate Conception Parish (Douglas, AZ)


Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Julian Sanz:

According to media reports, Father Julian Sanz, a native of Spain, came to the Diocese of Tucson in 1980. Became diocesan priest in 1994. In August 2002, he was placed on leave after a boy said he had been molested earlier that month. Another victim came forward later to say he was molested at age 12 during confession in 1982. His memory of being sexually abused was repressed until 1996. 

The victim said or many years, “I was never able to trust anybody. I was afraid to talk to people, to approach people.”

“When I do see a priest in their garb, something I wonder to myself is: Is this person going to do the same things the other man did to me?”

In February 2003, Father Sanz was arrested on two counts of sexual abuse of a child. He pleaded  “no contest” to the allegations in October 2003, and was sentenced to five years in prison. A civil suit filed in January 2004, by the same man in the criminal charges. He was removed from the priesthood in 2010.


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