Msgr. Otto L. Garcia – Diocese of Brooklyn

Monsignor Otto L. Garcia  

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1973

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974-1975      St. Michael Church (Flushing, NY)
  • 1976-1978      On Duty Outside the Diocese, Graduate Studies (North American College (Casa Santa Maria, Rome)  
  • 1979-1981      St. John the Evangelist (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1982-1983      Vice-Chancellor 
  • 1982-1999      Special Assignment (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1984                Unknown
  • 1985-1999      Chancellor  
  • 1993-2006      The Cathedral-Basilica of St. James (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 2002-2003      Vicar General 
  • 2004-2006      Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia; Presbyteral Council; Diocesan Consultors
  • 2007-2018      St. Joan of Arc (Jackson Heights, NY)
  • 2010-2014      Diocesan Judges (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 2012-2018      Attorneys and Counselors at Canon Law (Jackson Heights, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Otto L. Garcia:

Monsignor Otto L. Garcia is one of the most powerful leaders in the Diocese of Brooklyn. He served as a Tribunal judge, canon lawyer, moderator of the Curia, and Chancellor and Vicar General of the Diocese of Brooklyn. According to media reports, he oversaw and allegedly concealed acts of child sexual abuse prior to allegations surfacing that he abused at least two minor boys in the 1970s. 

In 2017, a man reported to the Diocese of Brooklyn that Monsignor Garcia had sexually abused him when he was a child from 1973 to 1975 at St. Michael’s in Flushing, New York. His family was active in church life, with his mother working as a fifth-grade teacher in the parish school and his father the parish basketball coach.

“He was able to pick me as a prime victim because of my parent’s involvement in the church. I just didn’t think anyone would believe me. I said nothing until my parents passed.”

After a two-day investigation, the survivor was told that there was “insufficient support” for his claim. In August 2019, under the New York Child Victims Act, he filed a lawsuit against the Diocese and Monsignor Garcia. 

“He’d make me stand up, he’d put his hands under my shirt and try to get under my pants. Then he would start grinding me from behind and rub my nipples. I was terrified,” he said. 

A second suit was filed on the same day by another survivor who alleged Monsignor Garcia sexually abused him as a child in 1973 and 1974 at St. Michael’s in Flushing, New York. Msgr. Garcia was quietly removed from St. Joan of Arc in Jackson Heights, New York sometime in 2019. 

In February 2019, Monsignor Garcia’s name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. According to the list, the Diocese’s internal Review Board deemed the allegation to be unsubstantiated. He remains an active priest, and is listed as the Parochial Vicar in the September 2019 bulletin of the Church of St. Teresa in Woodside.

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