Father Luis Angel Bonilla Margarito
Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania)
Removed from ministry: Nov. 2009
Assigned as follows:
- 2000-2002 St. Joseph the Worker (Orefield, PA)
- 2002-2003 St. Peter (Reading, PA)
- 2003-2005 St. Ann (Emmaus, PA)
- 2005-2007 St. Joseph (Reading, PA)
- 2008-2010 St. Joseph/Central Catholic High School (Reading, PA)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Luis Bonilla Margarito:
In August 2010, the Diocese of Allentown was sued following the alleged sexual abuse of a teenage girl that Bonilla was counseling at Reading Central Catholic High School from 2008-2009. He was removed from ministry in November 2009 and sent for evaluation and treatment, where he apparently continued the sexual relationship with his victim. She later gave birth to his child. According to media reports, the parents brought the conduct to the Diocese of Allentown when they recorded sexual contact between the priest and teenager on a hidden camera in their basement.
Bonilla does not appear on the Diocese of Allentown’s list of credibly accused priests. In the 2010 lawsuit, the Diocese of Allentown argued that the lawsuit must be dismissed because the girl turned 18 during the period of abuse and, therefore, it became consensual. It may be that its position in the lawsuit, which was rejected by a judge, is the reason why they do not consider Bonilla to have been ‘credibly accused.’
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