Tag: Diocese of San Bernardino

Fr. Rodrigo Marciel Garcia – Diocese of San Bernardino

Father Rodrigo Marciel Garcia

Diocese of San Bernardino

Rodrigo Marciel Garcia Horowitz LawOrdained: Unknown

Removed: 2020

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Rodrigo Marciel Garcia:

Fr. Rodrigo Marciel Garcia was added to the Diocese of San Bernardino’s List of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor on March 4, 2021. According to the list, the alleged sexual abuse by Garcia occurred in 1996 but wasn’t reported to the Diocese and police until January 2020.

Very little is known of Rodrigo’s activities within the church as the Diocese of San Bernardino has not released any information about his assignment history. In addition, information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Rodrigo’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

Garcia is permanently banned from ministry in the Diocese of San Bernardino and in his home Diocese of Atlacomulco, Mexico.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Daniel Polizzi – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father Daniel Polizzi

Diocese of Santa Rosa

Daniel Polizzi Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Removed: 1997

Died: 2003

Assignment History:

  • 1970: St. Francis Solano (Sonoma, CA)
  • 1971: Immaculate Conception (Colton, CA)
  • 1972-1973: St. George (Ontario, CA)
  • 1974: Sacred Heart (Ocean Beach) (San Diego, CA)
  • 1975: St. Catherine Laboure (San Diego, CA)
  • 1976: San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
  • 1977-1981: St. Catherine Laboure (San Diego, CA)
  • 1982-1989: Special Assignment
  • 1990: Our Lady of Refuge (Pacific Beach) (San Diego, CA)
  • 1991-1993: On Duty Outside Diocese
  • 1992: Christ the King (Kahului, HI)
  • 1994: Unassigned
  • 1995-1997: Scripps Hospital (San Diego, CA)
  • 1995-1997: All Hallows Church (La Jolla, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Daniel Polizzi:

Fr. Daniel Polizzi was ordained a priest in 1969, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. In May 1970, he was transferred to the Diocese of San Diego. According to media reports, in 1996, a hospital-bound 16-year-old boy who dependent on a ventilator for several years and only able to communicate by using his eyes managed to let hospital workers know he had been fondled by the priest. Scripps Memorial Hospital reported the incident to Child Protective Services, the Diocese of San Diego, and the police. Father Polizzi denied the allegation. No criminal charges were pursued. He was immediately suspended after being accused of the abuse in October 1996.

Fr. Polizzi was permanently removed from ministry in 1997. He died in 2003. In March 2007, his name was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors, and on the Diocese of Santa Rosa’s list released in January 2019.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Santa Rosa, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Jesus Jesse Dominguez – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Jesus Jesse Dominguez

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Salesians)

Jesus Jesse Dominguez Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1983

Laicized: 2000

Assignment History:

  • 1984: St. Edward (Corona, CA)
  • 1985-1987: Our Lady of Soledad (Coachella, CA)
  • 1988-1991: Unknown
  • 1992-1993: Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • 1994-1995: Absent on leave
  • 1996-Present: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Jesus Jesse Dominguez:

Fr. Jesus Jesse Dominguez was ordained a Salesian priest in 1983, and served in multiple parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he has been accused and named in six civil lawsuits of sexually abusing at least six children between 1973 and 1988. The abuse allegedly occurred at Our Lady of Soledad in Coachella and a Los Angeles County Catholic school. According to media reports, in 2005, Dominguez faced 58 counts of sexual abuse for criminal cases in California.

One of his victims alleges that Fr. Dominguez gained his trust when he was an orphan boy by buying him clothes and taking him on outings. During the two years of contact, each outing resulted in sexual molestation. This happened two or three times per week. When the boy expressed discomfort with the situation, Dominguez feigned heart attacks and threatened to kill the boy and himself if the situation was revealed to anyone.

Fr. Dominguez was laicized in 2000. In 2001, he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor child molestation. As of 2004, Fr. Dominguez was a registered sex offender. In 2005, Fr. Dominguez was criminally charged with sexually abusing two boys from 1988 to 1989, but prosecutors believe he fled to Mexico before he could be arrested. It is presumed he is somewhere in Mexico, and since Mexico has no extradition agreement with the United States, he is a free man.

Fr. Dominguez was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2004 list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. He was also listed on San Bernardino Diocese’s list in 2018. Fr. Dominguez’s current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Owen da Silva – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Owen da Silva

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Franciscan)

Owen da Silva Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1936

Died: 1967

Assignment History:

  • 1936-1937: St. Anthony’s Seminary (Santa Barbara, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Owen da Silva:

Fr. Owen da Silva, a member of the Franciscan Friars, was was ordained a priest in 1936, and served in multiple parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he was named in multiple civil lawsuits, including a 2008 lawsuit filed against the Franciscan Friars, Old Mission Santa Barbara. The survivor alleges that he was sexually abused by Fr. da Silva from 1936 to 1937 at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara, California. It is reported that Fr. da Silva was the first known perpetrator of clergy child sexual abuse in Santa Barbara.

He is named publicly on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list and on the Las Cruces Diocese’s list of Credibly Accused Clergy of Child Sexual Abuse in 2019.

Fr. da Silva died in 1967. His whereabouts and whether he had access to children from 1937 until his death in 1967 are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Bernard Waltos – Diocese of San Bernardino

Father Bernard Waltos

Diocese of San Bernardino/FranciscanBernard Waltos Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1973

Died: 1992

Assignment History:

  • 1974-1977: St. Hedwig (Detroit, MI)
  • 1977-1978: Bishop Montgomery High School (Torrance, CA)
  • 1978-1979: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Hermosa Beach, CA)
  • 1979-1992: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Bernard Waltos:

Fr. Bernard Waltos worked at various parishes throughout Michigan and California. According to the Diocese of San Bernardino, Waltos was accused of abusing a minor from 1984 to 1990, while his status was unknown. In 2010, as part of a settlement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, the Diocese of San Diego released Waltos’ personnel file. Waltos was included in the Diocese of San Bernardino’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of San Bernardino, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Esteban Trujillo – Diocese of San Bernardino

Father Esteban Trujillo

Diocese of San Bernardino/Augustinian

Esteban Trujillo Horowitz LawOrdained: 1928

Died: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • 2001-2003: St. George (Fontana, CA) and St. Charles Borromeo (Bloomington, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Esteban Trujillo:

A visiting priest from Mexico, Fr. Esteban Trujillo reportedly worked in the Diocese of San Bernardino from 2001 to 2002. According to the Diocese of San Bernardino, Trujillo was accused of abusing a child in 1998 and 2001 in Mexico.

Trujillo is believed to have served at St. George in Fontana, California, and St. Charles Borromeo in Bloomington, California from 2001 to 2002. Trujillo was included in the Diocese of San Bernardino’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. According to media reports, as of 2003, Trujillo was believed to be residing in Mexico. According to the Diocese of San Bernardino, Trujillo has been permanently banned from ministry in the Diocese.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of San Bernardino, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Fidencio Silva-Flores – Diocese of San Bernardino

Father Fidencio Silva-Flores

Diocese of San Bernardino/Holy Spirit

Fidencio Silva Flores Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1978

Removed: 1998 

Assignment History:

  • 1979-1986: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Oxnard, CA)
  • 1987-1989: St. Katherine Church (Del Rey, CA)
  • 1989: Missionaries of the Holy Spirit (Playa del Rey, CA)
  • 1990-1994: Missionaries of the Holy Spirit Novitiate (Long Beach, CA)
  • 1991-1993: Hispanic Young Adult Ministry (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1994-1999: Unknown
  • 1999: St. Philip Neri Church (Barstow, CA)
  • 2000-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Fidencio Silva-Flores:

According to a list of priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct released by the Diocese of San Bernardino in October of 2018, in 1998, it became aware of allegations that Fr. Fidencio Silva-Flores engaged in child sexual abuse in 1979-1985 and 1995 in Oxnard and Lynnwood, CA. The incidents from the early eighties involved the alleged sexual abuse of eight boys at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Oxnard, CA.

Silva-Flores was removed in 1998, when he was serving at St. Philip Neri in Lenwood, CA. In 2002, he was charged with 25 counts of felony child molestation. Overall, Silva-Flores has been accused by at least 28 people of child sexual abuse occurring between 1979 and 1985 and named in at least 15 civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse.

Silva-Flores is considered permanently banned from ministry in the Diocese of San Bernardino and is believed to be living in his native country of Mexico.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of San Bernardino, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Frank A. Sierra – Diocese of San Bernardino

Father Frank A. Sierra

Diocese of San Bernardino/Sons of the Holy Family

Frank Sierra Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1946

Removed: 2002

Died: 2013

Assignment History:

  • 1947: Unknown
  • 1948-1950: Holy Family Seminary (Silver Spring, MD)
  • 1951-1952: Our Lady of Peace (Greeley, CO)
  • 1953: Holy Cross (Santa Cruz, NM)
  • 1954-1959: St. Francis Jerome Church (Center, CO)
  • 1960-1962: Holy Cross Church (Santa Fe, NM)
  • 1963-1968: Our Lady of Fatima (Bayard, NM)
  • 1969-1970: Our Lady of the Light (El Paso, TX)
  • 1971: Absent on Leave
  • 1972-1973: Chaplain (U.S. Army)
  • 1974-1978: University of Texas (El Paso, TX)
  • 1975: Our Lady of Soledad (Coachella, CA)
  • 1976-1979: St. John (Encinitas, CA)
  • 1979-1980: On Duty Outside the Diocese
  • 1980-1987: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Brawley, CA)
  • 1982-1983: On duty Outside the Diocese
  • 1988: Unknown
  • 1989-1990: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Calexico, CA)
  • 1990: Retired
  • 1991-1993: Retired; Our Lady of Guadalupe (Calexico, CA)
  • 1994-2008: Retired
  • 2009-2012: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Frank A. Sierra:

Fr. Frank A. Sierra was accused by multiple survivors of child sexual abuse while serving at Holy Cross in Santa Cruz, New Mexico, in the 1960s.

In 1970, Sierra moved to the Diocese of San Diego, where he allegedly continued to abuse children. According to the Diocese of San Diego, Sierra worked at St. Joseph in Upland from 1970 to 1974, and in 1988, Sierra retired. Sierra was accused in a 1994 civil lawsuit of sexually abusing girls in Santa Cruz, NM.

Sierra was removed from ministry in 2002. Sierra was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of priests where the Diocese has received a credible allegation involving sexual abuse of a minor. He was also included in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of clergy accused of child sexual abuse. Sierra’s whereabouts and whether he had access to children from approximately 1994 until his death in 2013 are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of San Bernardino, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Charles Rourke – Diocese of San Bernardino

Father Charles Rourke

Diocese of San Bernardino

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Ordained: 1958

Suspended: 1984

Died: 1993

Assignment History:

  • 1958: St. Augustine Cathedral (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1958-1960: Immaculate Conception Parish (Douglas, AZ)
  • 1960-1961: Queen of Peace Parish (Mesa ()
  • 1961-1962: St. Joseph Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1962-1965: All Saints Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1966-1968: Newman Center (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1968-1969: St. Monica Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1969-1973: Leave of Absence and Archdiocese of Santa Fe
  • 1973-1975: Sacred Heart Parish (Nogales, AZ)
  • 1981-1984: St. Andrew Parish (Sierra Vista, AZ)
  • 1984-1990: Absent on Leave
  • 1991-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Charles Rourke:

According to the Diocese of San Bernardino, Fr. Charles Rourke was accused of sexually abusing a child in 1979. According to a Special Pastoral Report from the Diocese of Tucson in 2003, records revealed a failure to report allegations against Rourke and that the Diocese of Tucson continued to give Rourke assignments after allegations came to light.

Rourke was suspended from ministry in 1984 for alcohol-related medical reasons. He took a leave of absence from 1969-1973 and was assigned to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. He returned to Tucson from 1973-1975 and 1981-1984, with another leave of absence from 1975-1981 between those assignments. He was removed from ministry in 1979.

Rourke died by suicide in April 1993, while under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of children in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Diocese of Tucson said it became aware of the child abuse allegations after his death.

Rourke has been named in at least one civil lawsuit, which was settled in 2006 as part of the Diocese of Tucson bankruptcy. In October 2018, Rourke was named in the Diocese of San Bernardino list and the Diocese of Tucson’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse, as well as on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe list.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of San Bernardino, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Carlos Rene Rodriguez – Diocese of San Bernardino

Father Carlos Rene Rodriguez

Diocese of San Bernardino/VincentianCarlos Rene Rodriguez Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1986

Removed: 1993

Laicized: 1998

Assignment History:

  • 1987: St. Vincent (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1988: St. Luke Institute
  • 1989-1993: St. Mary’s Seminary Evangelization Center and Retreat (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1993: Inactive
  • 1994-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Carlos Rene Rodriguez:

Fr. Carlos Rodriguez was accused by at least six people of child sexual abuse from 1984 to 1994 and has been named in at least five civil lawsuits since. In 1987, Rodriguez confessed to sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy. In 1988, Rodriguez was sent to St. Luke Institute, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. In 1993, Rodriguez left the Vincentian community and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles removed his faculties as a priest. He was laicized in 1998.

According to the lawsuit, in 2004, Rodriguez was convicted of sexually abusing two boys while working at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Paula in the 1990s and was sentenced to eight years in prison. In January 2008, Rodriguez was released from prison on parole.

As of 2013, Rodriguez was residing at a private residence in Huntington Beach and registered as a sex offender in California. In 2016, Rodriguez was found ministering at a church in Los Angeles with no affiliation to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; he was using the name, Carlos Ramirez. He was removed after the church found out about his history.

In a lawsuit filed in October 2018, Rodriguez was accused again of sexually abusing two minor boys (aged 7 and 12) at Our Lady of Guadalupe in the 1990s. The lawsuit alleged that Rodriguez was working at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Riverside, CA, in the early 1990s. Rodriguez was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Rodriguez’s current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of San Bernardino, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.