Fr. Francis Gillespie – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. Francis Gillespie

Diocese of Charlotte

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Ordained: 1972

Removed: 2021

Assignment History: 

  • 1994-2001: Our Lady of the Assumption Church and School (Charlotte, NC)

  • 2002-2008: Diocese of Raleigh, NC

  • 2008-2021: Diocese of Charleston, SC

  • 2021: St. Mary’s (Laurinburg, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Gillespie

In October 2021, the Diocese of Charlotte reported Fr. Francis Gillespie to the police after he allegedly abused a minor at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish more than 20 years ago. Accordingly, the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus—which supervises Fr. Gillespie—removed the priest while they investigated the allegation.

According to sources, Fr. Gillespie was pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Church and School from 1994 to 2001. The incident allegedly occurred in the mid-to-late 1990s while the victim was a student, an article reads

Additional details about the nature of the abuse are not yet publicly available.

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Ordained in 1972, sources say Fr. Francis Gillespie has pastored for five years in the Savannah Diocese, seven years in the Charlotte Diocese, six years in the Raleigh Diocese, and three years in the Charleston Diocese. 

Additionally, reports say Fr. Gillespie taught Jesuit grade school for two years in Osorno, Chile, where he also coached basketball for the high school. 

At the time of his removal, Fr. Gillespie was serving in Laurinburg, North Carolina. 

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Fr. James Vallely – Diocese of Portland

Father James Vallely

Diocese of Portland

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Ordained: 1949

Privileges removed: 1993

Died: 1997

Assigned as follows:

  • 1949-1951: St. Rose (Portland, OR)
  • 1951-1953: St. Joseph (Waterville, ME)
  • 1953: St. Mary (Bangor, ME)
  • 1953-1956: St. John (Bangor, ME)
  • 1953-1956: Bangor State Hospital (Bangor, MA)
  • 1956-1967: St. Dominic (Portland, MA)
  • 1956-1967: St. Elizabeth’s Orphanage (Portland, ME)
  • 1967-1968: St. Louis (Limestone, ME)
  • 1968-1974: Holy Name of Jesus (Macias, ME)
  • 1968-1972: Our Lady of Wisdom (Whitneyville, ME)
  • 1968-1974: St. Michael (Cherryfield, ME)
  • 1974-1988: St. Michael (South Berwick, ME)
  • St. Stephen (Winter Springs, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. James Vallely:

Fr. James Vallely was ordained in 1949 in Portland, OR. He moved to Portland, ME in 1951 and was indoctrinated to the Diocese of Portland in 1952. According to media reports, between January and March of 1993, the Diocese of Portland received five allegations of sexual abuse against Fr. Vallely. The first victim to come forward alleges that Vallely abused him on a weekly basis for four years beginning in the late 1950’s when he was a nine-year old altar boy at St. Dominic. The alleged abuse occurred in the church and the rectory and at a camp on a lake.

The other four alleged victims were between 9-12 when the abuse began. Two were altar boys at St. Dominic, and one was an altar boy at St. John. The alleged abuse included fondling, hugging, and masturbation. The incidents occurred in church sacristies, in automobiles, and at a church run camp. After these allegations surfaced, Fr. Vallely was sent to outpatient treatment in Florida, and his privileges were removed.

According to media reports, in 1994, a woman told the pastor at St. Michael in South Berwick that Fr. Vallely sexually abused her in 1976 when she was an 11-year-old altar server at the church. The pastor told her forgive Vallely and move on with her life. The Diocese of Portland made a $200,000 settlement with the woman in 2009.

Two brothers reportedly sued the Diocese of Portland in 2013 for alleged abuse they suffered from Fr. Vallely in 1976-1979 when they were altar servers at St. Michael in South Berwick. The brothers were 10 and 11 years-old when the alleged abuse began.

In 2016, six men alleging child sexual abuse between 1956-1977 against Fr. Vallely sued the Diocese of Portland in six separate suits. The alleged victims were altar boys between the ages of 8-15 years old at the time of the abuse. The suits claimed that the Diocese of Portland had knowledge of multiple allegations of child sexual abuse against Fr. Vallely for decades but chose to conceal it. The case settled in 2016 for $1.2 million.

Fr. Vallely died in 1997.

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Fr. Armand Thibault – Diocese of Portland

Father Armand Thibault

Diocese of Portland (Marist) 

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Ordained: 1985

Ministry restricted: 1995

Privileges removed: 2002

Died: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Michael’s College (Colchester, VT)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • 953-1955: Sacred Heart School for Boys (Sharon, MA)
  • 1956-1977: Brothers of the Sacred Heart African Missions (Lesotho and Zambia, Africa)
  • St. Ann (Lawrence, MA)
  • 1985-1987: St. Joseph (Haverhill, MA)
  • 1987-1991: Immaculate Conception (Westerly, RI)
  • 1991-1992: St. Bruno-St. Remi (Van Buren, ME)
  • 1991-1992: St. Rose (Van Buren, ME)
  • 1995-2009: Our Lady of Victories “in residence” (Boston, MA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Armand Thibault:

Fr. Armand Thibault (a/k/a Br. Raymond) entered the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in 1946. He professed his final vows in 1950 and spent most of his time as a brother serving missions in Africa. In 1982, Thibault entered the Marist order. He was ordained a priest in 1985, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Portland.

According to media reportsFr. Thibault was accused of fondling a 13-year-old boy scout at a church-owned lakeside cabin in 1992. Thibault spent the night at the cabin with two scouts after completing renovations at the camp. Following the incident, the victim’s parents brought the allegation to Bishop Proulx and Thibault’s Marist superior. Fr. Thibault was removed from his assignment at St. Bruno-St. Remi Parish.

In 1993, The State of Maine indicted Fr. Thibault on the following charges: unlawful sexual contact with a child under 14 and endangering the welfare of a minor by providing beer. Later that year, Thibault was found not guilty on the first charge. He plead no contest to the second charge. He then spent two years in treatment at the New Life Center in VA and was barred from parish ministry. In January of 2002, Fr. Thibault was removed from “any and all public ministry.”

Fr. Armand Thibault died in 2012.

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Fr. John Shorty – Diocese of Portland

Father John Shorty

Diocese of Portland

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Ordained: 1974

Placed on leave: 1994

Laicized: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • Holy Rosary (Caribou, ME)
  • St. Patrick (Portland, ME)
  • St. Mary Star of the Sea (Stonington, ME)
  • St. Mary (Augusta, ME)
  • St. Francis of Assisi (Belfast, ME)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. John Shorty:

Fr. John Shorty was ordained a priest in 1975, who served multiple parishes in Caribou, Portland, Stonington and Augusta in the Diocese of PortlandHe was Youth Director and Moderator of the Diocesan CYO and Chaplain at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. According to media reports, he was placed on leave in 1994 following an allegation of child sexual abuse in 1976-1981. The alleged abuse took place in Caribou and Portland. The Diocese of Portland did not release information regarding the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged abuse. When he was removed, parishioners at St. Mary were told he was leaving due to stress.

The Vatican laicized Fr. Shorty in 2006. He does not receive a pension or health care benefits from the church and is prohibited from celebrating Mass. His current whereabouts are unknown.

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Fr. Lawrence Sabatino – Diocese of Portland

Father Lawrence Sabatino

Diocese of Portland

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Ordained: 1955

Died: 1990

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955: Cathedral of Immaculate Conception (Portland, ME)
  • 1955-1956: St. Martin of Tours (Millinocket, ME)
  • 1956-1958: St. Patrick (Lewiston, ME)
  • St. Dominic (Portland, ME)
  • 1958-1970: St. Peter (Portland, ME)
  • 1970-1974: St. Joseph (Brewer, ME)
  • 1974-1978: St. Francis Xavier (Brownville Junction, ME)
  • 1978-1990: St. Agnes (Pittsfield, ME)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Lawrence Sabatino:

Fr. Lawrence Sabatino served the Diocese of Portland for 35 years. At least fourteen women have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Sabatino. According to a statement by a diocese spokesperson, Sabatino is the only known case in which a Maine priest continued to sexually assault children after being reported to the Diocese of Portland.

According to media reports, the first known report of child sexual abuse against Sabatino was reported in 1958. The alleged victim was a 6-year-old female student at St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Lewiston. According to statements obtained from the victim and her family, Fr. Sabatino removed the victim and her brother (2 years older than the victim) from school and took them for a drive to the Thom Craig Bird Sanctuary. Sabatino sent the brother away from the car to pick berries. When the brother returned, he found his six-year-old sister on the hood of Sabatino’s car. Sabatino was kissing her, and she was trying to push him away. The girl’s brother told Sabatino to leave his sister alone.

The next time Sabatino removed the alleged victim from school, he did not take the girl’s brother. When the brother realized that Sabatino had taken his sister from the school, he went home and told his mother. When the mother arrived at the school, she found her daughter crouched down on the floor of Sabatino’s automobile beneath the dashboard. The mother then took her daughter to the doctor’s office. The doctor found that the girl had vaginal bruising and swelling. The mother then reported the suspected abuse and the doctor’s findings to the Lewiston police. The police took no action, and an officer told the mother that she would have to report the abuse to Bishop Daniel Feeney. When the family went to the bishop’s office the next day, they were told that Fr. Sabatino would be monitored and kept away from children. The Diocese of Portland then transferred Sabatino to St. Peter in Portland.

Once established at St. Peter, Sabatino began inviting young girls to an after-school program called Sodality where he would abuse them. According to documents released by the Maine Attorney General’s Office in 2005, Fr. Sabatino is accused of abusing twelve more minor females while he was assigned to St. Peter, between 1958-1970. The alleged victims range in age from 6-17. Many of the victims reported being abused during games of hide and seek in the basement of the parish hall. Fr. Sabatino would pick one girl to hide with him and abuse her when they were alone. Alleged victims were also abused on field trips to the woods and to the beach. The victims report similar patterns of abuse: touching, rubbing, grinding, and in some instances, digital penetration.

According to media reports, in March 2002, the Diocese of Portland received an allegation of child sexual abuse in 1972 against Fr. Sabatino. The alleged victim was a female minor between 7-8 years-old, and the alleged abuse occurred when Fr. Sabatino was assigned to St. Joseph in Brewer, ME. The Diocese of Portland did not provide details regarding the nature of the alleged abuse.

Fr. Lawrence Sabatino died in 1990.

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Fr. Christian Roy – Diocese of Portland

Father Christian Roy

Diocese of Portland

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Ordained: 1975

Laicized: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975-1976: St. Augustine (Augusta, ME)
  • 1976-1979: St. Joseph (Biddeford, ME)
  • 1979-1981: St. Ignatius Martyr (Sanford, ME)
  • 1979-1981: St. Thomas School (Sanford, ME)
  • 1981-1986: Holy Family (Lewiston, ME)
  • 1981-1993: Diocesan Catholic Scouting (Diocese of Portland)
  • 1986-1991: St. Bernard (Rockland, ME)
  • 1986-1991: St. James (Thomaston, ME)
  • 1987-1991: St. Michael (Station Waldoboro, ME)
  • 1987-1991: Maine State Prison (Thomaston, ME)
  • 1991-1993: St. Francis of Assisi (Belfast, ME)
  • 1991-1993: St Mary of the Isles (Islesboro, ME)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Christian Roy:

Fr. Christian Roy was ordained a priest in 1975, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Portland. He was chaplain for the Diocese’s scouting program and a part-time prison chaplain at the Maine State Prison in Thomaston. According to media reports, in 1993, Fr. Roy was removed from active ministry after an allegation surfaced that he had sexually abused a minor form 1983-1990. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Portland. The diocese substantiated the allegations, and Fr. Roy was never allowed to serve as a priest again.

In 1994, a woman sued Fr. Roy and the Diocese of Portland alleging that Fr. Roy began a homosexual relationship with her husband while the couple was seeing Fr. Roy for marital counseling at St. Francis of Assisi in 1992. According to the suit, Fr. Roy hired the woman’s husband as a janitor at St. Francis while the couple was in counseling and then stole the husband’s affections. The couple divorced in 1993.

A Maine State Prison inmate serving a 60-year sentence for the murder of his grandfather, reportedly  filed a suit against the Diocese of Portland in 2016 alleging that Fr. Roy sexually abused him from 1979-1982. At the time of the abuse, the victim was living with his grandparents. The abuse occurred in multiple locations including during outings to Red Sox baseball games at Fenway Park in Boston.

According to the alleged victim, after the games Fr. Roy sometimes took him to the home of another priest, Fr. Lauzon, where both priests sexually assaulted him. The suit also alleges that Fr. Roy sexually abused the victim between 1987-1991 when the victim was imprisoned for his grandfather’s murder and Fr. Christian Roy was assigned to the Maine State Prison as a part-time chaplain.

The Vatican laicized Fr. Christian Roy in 2006. His current whereabouts are unknown.

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Fr. Austin Park – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Fr. Austin Park

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained: 1955

Death: 2013

Assignment History:

  • 1957: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and Shrine (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1967-1968: Gesù Parish (Miami, FL)
  • 1969-1970:  St. Charles College (Grand Coteau, LA)
  • 1971-1976: Sacred Heart Church (Tampa, FL)
  • 1980-1983: St. Joseph Church (Houston, TX)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Austin Park

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In December 2018, the Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province publicly named Fr. Austin Park on its list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The Jesuits say they have received multiple allegations that Fr. Park abused a minor in the 1960s. When allegations were made, Fr. Park had already left the ministry due to dementia.

While the Jesuits have not shared additional details about the scope and nature of the abuse, they have deemed the allegations credible.

A credible allegation exists if the “provincial believes, with moral certitude, after careful investigation and review by professionals that an incident of sexual abuse of a minor or a vulnerable adult occurred . . .  with the possibility that it did not occur being highly unlikely,” according to the Jesuits’ website.

Filling in the Gaps in Fr. Austin Park’s Assignment History

Ordained in 1955, Fr. Austin Park spent his career teaching and working with Spanish-speaking communities in Spain, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. News reports also indicate he tutored provided private Spanish tutoring.

In addition to the churches mentioned above, Fr. Park also worked at Jesuit High School in Shreveport, Louisiana; Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama; Colegio San Ignacio in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico; Christ the King Church in Grand Coteau, Louisiana; and Oakdale Facility in Oakdale, Louisiana.

It’s unclear when Fr. Park left the ministry, but since 2019, he has appeared on lists of clergy credibly accused of abusing minors—including lists published by the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Diocese of Charleston, and the Diocese of Lake Charles.

Since 1983, Fr. Austin Park’s whereabouts are largely unknown. He died in 2013.

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Fr. Thomas Naughton – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Thomas Naughton

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained: 1965

Removed: 2002

Left: 2009

Death: 2012

Assignment History:

  • 1965-1966: Bellarmine School of Theology (North Aurora, IL)
  • 1966-1967: St. Stanislaus Novitiate (Cleveland, OH)
  • 1967-1968: Jesuit High School (El Paso, TX)
  • 1968-1970: Jesuit High School (Tampa, FL)
  • 1970-1972: St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO)
  • 1972-1973: Loyola University (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1973-1979: Jesuit College Preparatory School (Dallas, TX)
  • 1979-1980: Jesuit School of Theology (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1980-1982: Not indexed in the Directories
  • 1982-1989: Manresa House of Retreats (Convent, LA)
  • 1989-1990: Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School (Houston, TX)
  • 1990-1991: Immaculate Conception (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1991-1995: Montserrat Retreat House (Lake Dallas, TX)
  • 1995-April 2002: St. Kilian’s (Mission Viejo, CA)
  • April 2002: (New Orleans, LA)
  • Aug. 2012: (Laguna Woods, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Naughton

In December 2018, the Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province publicly named Fr. Thomas Naughton on its list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. According to the list, Fr. Naughton allegedly abused minors in the 1970s.

While the Jesuits have not shared additional details about the scope and nature of the abuse, they have deemed the allegations credible.

A credible allegation exists if the “provincial believes, with moral certitude, after careful investigation and review by professionals that an incident of sexual abuse of a minor or a vulnerable adult occurred . . .  with the possibility that it did not occur being highly unlikely,” according to the Jesuits’ website.

2002 Allegation and Removal

In April of 2002, church officials placed Fr. Thomas Naughton on leave after a former student alleged the priest abused him when he was a sophomore at Jesuit College Preparatory School 24 years prior. Fr. Naughton, principal of Jesuit College Preparatory from 1973 to 1979, “left in a hurry,” says a former board member of Jesuit Prep.

While church officials initially claimed this was the only allegation of sexual abuse against Fr. Naughton, reports indicate two complaints of misconduct were communicated to leadership in 1979.

According to a former president of Jesuit College Preparatory, Fr. Naughton allegedly groped a young faculty member in a locker room. It was also reported that Fr. Naughton was seen with someone in a “one-person tub” by student-athletes.

Further details about the reported abuse are not publicly available.

Fr. Thomas Naughton’s Career

Ordained in June 1965, Fr. Thomas Naughton spent approximately 37 years in ministry, working in high schools, parishes, and retreat houses. After Fr. Naughton’s removal in 2002, his whereabouts are unknown.

Fr. Thomas Naughton died in Laguna Woods, California, on August 12, 2012.

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Fr. Michael O’Brien – Archdiocese of Denver

Father Michael O’Brien

Archdiocese of Denver

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Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 2021

Assignment History

  • 2002-2011: St. Mary Catholic Church (Aspen, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Michael O’Brien

In September 2021, the Archdiocese of Denver announced that it placed Fr. Michael O’Brien on administrative leave after he was accused of sexually abusing a male minor between 2004 and 2008.

According to the Aspen Police Department, an initial report included “dozens” of allegations of sexual abuse over four years. The diocese reported the allegation to the Aspen Police Department after it was reported on September 20.

Although it is still in the early stages, the Aspen Police Department says an investigation has begun and that they have an “open and active case.”

Further details about the nature of the abuse are not available. According to a spokesperson for the archdiocese, it will not publish more details about the allegation, citing privacy reasons. Accordingly, a complete record of Fr. O’Brien’s assignment history is not available.

What’s Known About Fr. Michael O’Brien’s Career

According to sources, Fr. Michael O’Brien was pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen for eight years. In 2011, Fr. O’Brien left St. Mary and took a six-month sabbatical in Lakewood to “address[] some health issues,” an announcement in the Aspen Times reads.

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Fr. Alfonso Madrid – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Alfonso Madrid

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained: 1950

Death: 1982

Settlement with Victim: 2013

Assignment History:

  • 1954-1959: St. Ignatius of Loyola (El Paso, TX)
  • 1959-1960: Escuela Pereyra (Torreon, Mexico)
  • 1960-1961: Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1961-1966: San Felipe de Neri (Albuquerque, NM)
  • 1961-1966: Mission in Los Duranes, Albuquerque, NM
  • 1966-1970: Our Lady of Guadalupe (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1970-1982: Sacred Heart (El Paso, TX)

Summary of Sexual Assault Abuse against Father Alfonso Madrid

In December 2018, the Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province publicly named Fr. Alfonso Madrid on its list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. While the Jesuits have not stated any additional details about the scope and nature of the abuse, they have deemed the allegations credible.

A credible allegation exists if the “provincial believes, with moral certitude, after careful investigation and review by professionals that an incident of sexual abuse of a minor or a vulnerable adult occurred . . .  with the possibility that it did not occur being highly unlikely,” according to the Jesuits’ website.

The Jesuits list does not refer to any specific allegation, but it’s known through lawsuits and reports that Fr. Madrid has allegedly abused numerous minors throughout his service.

1968 Allegation: Our Lady of Guadalupe in San Antonio, Texas

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In 1968, it was reported that Fr. Madrid had inappropriate contact with a nine-year-old boy while at Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is unclear if any action was taken in response to the allegation, but it has become apparent that a pattern of misconduct existed.

In 2014, the Archdiocese of San Antonio revealed that five additional survivors alleged Fr. Madrid abused them in the late 1960s. The archdiocese has since deemed the allegations credible.

According to reports, Our Lady of Guadalupe had a school of around 270 students during the late 1960s.

2011 Lawsuit: Sacred Heart in El Paso, Texas

In 2011, a man (the Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against the El Paso Diocese, alleging Fr. Alfonso Madrid molested him in the 1970s. Fr. Madrid “sexually abused [the Plaintiff] . . . for a period of approximately five years, beginning when [the Plaintiff] was 8 years old,” the complaint reads.

Furthermore, the Plaintiff argued that Fr. Madrid had mental health challenges the church knew about when they continued to place him in parishes throughout Texas and Louisiana. The mental health challenges were documented by church officials in records given to the Plaintiff, a news report says.

Ultimately, the lawsuit was settled on July 11, 2013. Details about the settlement amount are not publicly available.

2013 Lawsuit: Sacred Heart Church in El Paso, Texas

Shortly after the 2011 lawsuit was settled, another victim filed suit. According to the victim’s lawyer, “this [victim] was eight years old when he was sexually abused by [Fr.] Madrid at Sacred Heart Church in the El Paso Diocese.”

Until 1973, Sacred Heart had a school that enrolled more than 70 boys and 68 girls.

Fr. Alfonso Madrid’s Career

Ordained in 1950, Fr. Alfonso Madrid served for approximately 32 years. Throughout his career, Fr. Madrid worked at schools and churches. One of his first documented assignments was St. Ignatius of Loyola, which had nearly 700 students enrolled.

According to sources Fr. Madrid also served at Jesuit High School in the early 1960s, where nearly 1,000 all-male students were enrolled. Fr. Madrid’s last assignment was at Sacred Heart in El Paso; it had a school until 1973.

Fr. Alfonso Madrid died of natural causes in 1982.

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