Father Roberto Barco
Diocese of San Bernardino
Assigned as follows:
- 2009: St. Mary (Palmdale, CA)
- 2011-2014: St. Louis (Cathedral City, CA)
- 2015: Unknown
- 2016: St. Mary (Palmdale, CA)
- 2018: Unknown
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Roberto Barco:
Fr. Roberto Barco is an Argentinian priest who arrived in California in 2009. According to media reports, in 2016, Barco was accused of sexually abusing a child from 2009 to 2010. He was serving at St. Mary in Palmdale, California at the time the accusation was reported to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by the San Bernardino Diocese. The allegation was immediately reported to law enforcement, announcements were made at the parishes and schools where the priest had been present, and the matter was investigated and reviewed by the Archdiocese Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board.
Following the accusation, Barco was removed from ministry in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and permanently banned from ministry in the Diocese of San Bernardino. He returned to his home Diocese in Argentina. Barco was included in the Diocese of San Bernardino’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse and in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Report to the People of God List of Priests Accused of Sexual Misconduct with Minors 2018 Update.
Barco’s current whereabouts, status as a priest, and whether he has access to children are unknown.
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