Deacon Angel Garcia
Assigned as follows:
- Church of the Holy Family (Albany, NY)
- Greene Correctional Facility (Coxsackie, NY)
- Church of the Americas (Albany, NY)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Deacon Angel Garcia:
According to media reports, in August 2010, Deacon Angel Garcia was removed from assignment at Church of the Holy Family in Albany, New York. He was also removed from his position as chaplain at the state’s Greene Correctional Facility. The Diocese of Albany deemed credible a single allegation that Garcia had abused a minor in the early 1990s, before his training and ordination as a deacon. He denied the allegations.
In August 2014, he was convicted of two counts of sexual abuse of a 6-year-old girl in 2003. The victim testified that in 2003 her mother asked her to deliver vegetables to Garcia, who was a friend of the family. She said before she left his apartment, he approached her from behind and touched her genitals. She said Garcia took her into his bedroom, where he continued the abuse. The girl testified that Garcia told her to keep the abuse secret. Ten years later, she said, she confided in her aunt, who told her parents.
In September 2014, he was sentenced to five years in prison, and ten years of post-release supervision. He was also required to register as a sex offender.
According to media reports released in 2019, an error in the Albany County legal system allowed a defrocked deacon (Garcia) convicted of child sex abuse to avoid a five-year prison sentence and stay off New York’s sex offender registry. For the past three years, Garcia has been living quietly in an apartment in the Pine Hills after slipping through the cracks of a court system that found him guilty five years ago of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl in 2003.
In 2018, Garcia was included on the revised list of priests in the Diocese of Albany list who was named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse.
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