Fr. Patrick McHugh – Diocese of Orange

Father Patrick McHugh

Diocese of Orange

Patrick McHugh Diocese of Orange Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1943

Died: 1979

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1979      St. John’s (Felton, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Patrick McHugh:

Father Patrick McHugh was ordained a priest in 1943, who served in the Diocese of Orange. According to media reports, in 2003, at least seven men filed suit against  alleging sexual abuse between 1961 and 1968 at St. John’s in Felton. One victim said he told his father about the abuse, which occurred when he was 10 years old, but his father believed Father McHugh’s denials and explanations that he was checking the boy’s legs, and did nothing to stop it.

“I felt trapped, horrified and scared to death,” he said. “I got no help from anybody. And I had to go back and say Mass with this man.” 

The suit alleged the Diocese knew or should have known of Father McHugh’s pedophilia and should have protected them from him. It was dismissed in 2005, but six plaintiffs settled with the Diocese of Monterey in September 2006 for $1.5 million and lifetime counseling.  According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at least one survivor has come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Father McHugh from 1972 to 1974. 

Father McHugh died in March 1979. He was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ and list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. In January 2019, he was included on the Diocese of Monterey’s list, as well, noting a 2002 report of child sexual abuse in the 1960s.

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