Tag: Oakland Sexual Abuse

Fr. Rayner Harrington – Diocese of Oakland

Father Rayner Harrington 

Diocese of Oakland/Franciscans

Rayner Harrington Horowitz LawOrdained: Unknown

Died: 1996

Assigned as follows:

  • 1941-1948: St. Anthony’s (San Francisco, CA )
  • 1948-1949: St. Francis of Assisi (Spokane, WA)
  • 1949-1961: Our Lady of Lourdes (Seattle, WA)
  • 1961-1967: St. Anthony’s (Tigard, OR)
  • 1967-1968: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland, CA)
  • 1968-1969: Serra High School (Salem, OR)
  • 6/69-9/69: Our Lady of Peace Friary (Salem, OR)
  • 1969-1976: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland, CA)
  • 1976-1983: St. George’s (Seattle, WA)
  • 1983-1986: (Edmonds, WA)
  • 1986-1995: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Rayner Harrington:

Fr. Rayner Harrington was a Franciscan priest. In 2020, his name appeared on the Franciscans’ Santa Barbara Province list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted an allegation of child sex abuse in 1996 reported that same year. Harrington was also included on the Diocese of Oakland list. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Harrington’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

Harrington died in 1996.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Oakland. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland now have legal options, 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 Oakland and nationwide. We can help.

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Br. Joseph (Jesse) Gutierrez-Cervantes – Diocese of Oakland

Brother Joseph (Jesse) Gutierrez-Cervantes 

Diocese of Oakland

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Joined order: N/A

Left order: 1985

Dismissed: 1986

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970: Christ the King (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1971- 1972: St. Peter Church (Lamitan, Philippines)
  • 1973-1974: Rt. 4, Box 105G (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1975-1980: Cordi Marian-Sisters/Villa (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1981-1984: St. Anthony Claret (Fresno, CA)
  • 1984-1986: Hanna Boys Center (Sonoma, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Joseph (Jesse) Gutierrez-Cervantes:

Br. Joseph (Jesse) Gutierrez-Cervantes was a member of the Brothers of the Christian School, Christian Brothers religious order. He was a teacher at De La Salle and a licensed therapist at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. According to a 1968 memo by his provincial, Gutierrez-Cervantes was transferred to Concord from Berkeley, “where he had relationships with students that had sexual overtones”. According to media reports, he left the order in 1985. He worked as a counselor at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, California. The following year, in 1986, he was fired after his patients said he sexually abused them during therapy sessions. 

In 2003, Gutierrez-Cervantes was named in a civil lawsuit that alleged he sexually abused a minor at De La Salle High School. The suit was settled for $4 million in late 2004. In early 2019, new allegations of child sexual abuse in 1986 surfaced. In October 2019, Gutierrez-Cervantes was named in a lawsuit filed by another De La Salle alumnus alleging that he drugged and abused him multiple times while he was a student from 1968 to 1972.

“I’ve suffered from anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, you know, have been diagnosed with bipolar, PTSD. Pretty much everything you can think of,” the former student said.

Gutierrez-Cervantes’ name appeared on the Diocese of Oaklands’ 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He was last known to have a communication consulting company in Sonoma and went by the name of Jesse Gutierrez-Cervantes. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Oakland. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland now have legal options, 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 Oakland and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. Steven Kain – Diocese of Oakland

Father Steven Kain

Diocese of Oakland/Franciscans

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Ordained: 1974

Removed: 1993 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1974: Sts. Simon & Jude (Huntington Beach CA)
  • 1974-1976: Mt. Carmel (Fresno, CA)
  • 1976-1978: Sts. Simon & Jude (Huntington Beach CA)
  • 1978-1982: St. Anthony’s (Tigard, OR)
  • 1982-1987: St. Anthony’s (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1987-1988: Sts. Simon & Jude (Huntington Beach CA)
  • 1988-1993: Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)
  • 1993-2001: St. Boniface (San Francisco, CA)
  • 2001-2010: Lived with and cared for parents
  • 2010-2019: San Damiano (Danville, CA)
  • 2019-present: Elder Care Facility (CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Steven Kain:

Fr. Steven (Stephen) Kain was a Franciscan priest ordained in 1974. In 2001, an allegation was reported that Kain sexually abused a minor child while serving at St. William’s in Los Altos, California. According to the lawsuit, the priest testified in court that his parishioners were never warned, despite the Franciscans’ knowledge of his child sexual abuse history.

In 2004, Kain was named in a civil lawsuit alleging he sexually assaulted a student while he served at St. Anthony’s Seminary High School in Santa Barbara in the 1980s. He was removed from ministry in 1993 and transferred to St. Boniface in San Francisco. In 2006, he was named in another child sex abuse lawsuit with another priest, Joseph Prochnow. The case was settled for more than $28 million. He was named in two more lawsuits in Fall 2009.

In 2019, his name appeared on the Franciscans’ Santa Barbara Province list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted allegations of abuse from 1981 to 1987 reported in 1993, 2004, 2006, and 2008. It also noted Kain had been removed from ministry in 1993 and was living under restrictions. In 2019, his name also appeared on the Diocese of Oakland’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

He is currently living at an Elder Care Facility in California.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Oakland. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland now have legal options, 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 Oakland and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. David (Dave) E. Johnson – Diocese of Oakland

Father David (Dave) E. Johnson 

Diocese of Oakland

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Ordained: 1984

Left Order: 2001

Laicized: 2001

Assigned as follows:

  • 1977-1980: St. Anthony’s (Santa Barbara, CA) 
  • 1980-1981: (Berkley, CA) 
  • 1981-1982: (Oakland, CA) 
  • 1982-1983: St. Anthony’s (Santa Barbara, CA) 
  • 1983-1984: Franciscan School of Theology (Berkley, CA)
  • 1984-1985: St. James (Las Vegas, NV) 
  • 1985-1988: St. George (Seattle, WA)
  • 1988-1999: St. Anthony’s (Three Rivers, CA)
  • 2000-2001: Old Mission San Luis Rey (San Diego, CA) 
  • 2002-present: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father David (Dave) E Johnson:

Fr. David E Johnson was a member of the Franciscan Friars. According to media reports, at least five people have named him in civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse. In 2001, he left the order and was laicized. 

Johnson’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Seattle’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In 2019, his name appeared on the Franciscans’ Santa Barbara Province list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted allegations of child sex abuse from approximately 1978 to 1982 were reported in 1993, 2006, 2007, and 2009. Johnson was also included on the Diocese of Oakland list.

As of 2016, he was believed to be living in Hurricane, Utah.

Johnson’s current whereabouts 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 Oakland. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland now have legal options, 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 Oakland and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Francis J. Ford – Diocese of Oakland

Father Francis J. Ford

Diocese of Oakland

Francis J. Ford Horowitz LawOrdained: 1951

Died: 1985 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1952-1953: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland, CA) 
  • 1954-1959: U.S. Air Force
  • 1960: St. Anthony’s (San Francisco, CA) 
  • 1961-1962: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland, CA)
  • 1963-1964: Ascension (Portland, Oregon)
  • 1965-1966: St. Paul of the Shipwreck (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1967-1968: St. Luke’s (Woodburn, Oregon)
  • 1969: St. Apollinaris (Napa, CA)
  • 1970-1972: St. Rose’s (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • 1973: St. John the Baptist (Napa, CA)
  • 1974-1976: Napa State Hospital (Napa, CA)
  • 1977-1985: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Francis J Ford:

Fr. Francis J Ford, (aka John E. Ford) began his career in 1951 in Oakland, served in the U.S. Air Force and was posted as a priest in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Portland, OR, and Astoria, OR. According to media reports, in May 2002, he was accused of repeatedly molesting a 12-year old altar boy over a period of approximately two years, starting in the early 1960s. The abuse allegedly took place in Portland, where he was a parish priest at Ascension, and during a trip to the Seattle World’s Fair.

In a press release, the victim said, “I have been freed from my silence by the courage of the other men and women who have come forward to disclose their abuse by a priest.”

Ford died at the Old Santa Barbara Mission in 1985.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Oakland. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland now have legal options, 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 Oakland and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Robert E. Freitas – Diocese of Oakland

Father Robert E. Freitas 

Diocese of Oakland

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Ordained: 1972

Removed: 2002

Laicized: 2007

Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1972-1976: All Saints (Hayward, CA)
  • 1976-1978: St. Felicitas (San Leandro, CA)
  • 1978-1979: St. Edward’s (Newark, CA)
  • 1979-1982: Santa Paula (Fremont, CA)
  • 1982-1985: Our Lady of the Rosary (Union City, CA)
  • 1985-1987: St. Catherine of Sienna (Martinez, CA)
  • 1987-1990: Good Shepherd (Pittsburg, CA)
  • 1991: Unknown
  • 1992: St. Anthony (Oakley, CA)
  • 1993: Unknown
  • 1994-1997: St. Lawrence O’Toole (Oakland, CA)
  • 1995-2002: The AIDS Project (Oakland, CA)
  • 1995-2002: Sisters of the Holy Family Motherhouse (Fremont, CA)
  • 1997-2002: St. Alphonsus Liguori (San Leandro, CA)
  • 2002-2011: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert E Freitas:

According to media reports, in 1985, Fr. Robert E Freitas was accused of molesting two teen boys at Our Lady of the Rosary in Union City, California. He was sent for treatment and placed on “restricted ministry”.

According to media reports, in 2002, a man told the Diocese that Freitas molested him in 1979 when he was a 15-year-old boy at Santa Paula in Fremont, CA and the police were notified. The accuser wore a wire during a meeting in which Freitas admitted the abuse and was arrested. He pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a minor and was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation. 

In 2002, Freitas was removed from ministry for six months and sent to the House of Affirmation, a treatment center for clergy, in Massachusetts. In 2003, he was accused of sexually abusing an 11-year old boy in 1977 at All Saints in Hayward, CA. At least four more of his child sex abuse victims are believed to have not yet come forward, according to Police. 

In June 2003, Freitas was released from prison when the Supreme Court overturned a ruling that had lifted the statute of limitations for sexual abuse of children. A settlement was reached in November 2003. 

In June 2004, the Diocese publicly apologized to parish communities for his “acts of clerical sexual abuse of minors that occurred”. Freitas’ name appeared on the Diocese of Oaklands’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors in 2019.

Freitas was laicized in 2007 and died in 2011.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Oakland. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland now have legal options, 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 Oakland and nationwide. We can help.

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

Br./Fr. William S. Green – Diocese of Oakland

Brother/Father William S. Green  

Diocese of Oakland

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Ordained: 1990

Assigned as follows:

  • 1984-1995: Redemptorist-St. Clement’s House (Berkeley, CA) 
  • 1996-2018: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother/Father William S Green:

It is believed Fr. William S Green was a member of the Redemptorist religious order prior to being ordained as a priest in 1990. He was arrested in April 1999 for sending sexually explicit messages and pornography to a 14-year-old boy in an internet chatroom.

According to media reports, a few months later in July, Green pleaded guilty to two counts of oral copulation of a minor and one charge of attempting to send harmful material to a minor. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

It is believed Green may have lived in Antioch, CA. His current whereabouts 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 Oakland. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland now have legal options, 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 Oakland and nationwide. We can help.

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

Br. Adrian Furman – Diocese of Oakland

Brother Adrian Furman 

Diocese of Oakland/Franciscan Friars

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Ordained: N/A

Died: 2003

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Elizabeth (Oakland, CA)
  • St. Boniface (San Francisco, CA)
  • Old Mission (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • San Xavier del Bac, (Tucson, AZ
  • St. Anthony’s (San Francisco, CA)
  • St. Joseph’s (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • St. Boniface (San Francisco, CA)
  • Serra Press (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • St. Mary’s (Lakeport, CA)
  • Serra (Salem, OR)
  • St. Mary’s (Phoenix, AZ)
  • St. Boniface (San Francisco, CA)
  • Serra Retreat (Malibu, CA)
  • Old Mission (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Elder Care Facility (Phoenix, AZ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Adrian Furman:

Br. Adrian Furman was a member of the Franciscan Friars. According to media reports, he was accused of sexually abusing children from 1959 to 1965. The incidents were reported in 2002 and 2010.

In May 2019, his name appeared on the St. Barbara Province’s list of credibly accused Franciscan Friars. His name was also included on the Diocese of Oakland list. The details of the allegations, including the information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Furman’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

Furman died in 2003.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Oakland. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland now have legal options, 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 Oakland and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. J. Patrick Foley – Diocese of Oakland

Father J. Patrick Foley

Diocese of Oakland

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Ordained: 1973

Removed: 2010 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1974: St. Michael (San Diego, CA)
  • 1974: Our Lady of Grace (El Cajon, CA)
  • 1974-1977: University High School (San Diego, CA)
  • 1977: St. Therese (San Diego, CA)
  • 1977-1978: University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • 1982-1983: Blessed Sacrament (San Diego, CA)
  • 1983-1984: St. Mary Magdalene (San Diego, CA)
  • 1984-1990: St. Francis Seminary (San Diego, CA)
  • 1990-1991: University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • 1991: Leave of Absence (family and personal issues)
  • 1991-1994: Christian Brothers High School (Sacramento, CA) 
  • 1998-1999: Diocese of Santa Rosa (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • 2000-2009: Unknown
  • 2010: Suspended from Ministry
  • 2011: Unknown
  • 2012: Faculties Restored (San Diego, CA)
  • 2013-2014: Unknown
  • 2015: Faculties Restored
  • 2015-2020: (Northern CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father J Patrick Foley:

Fr. J Patrick Foley was ordained as a priest of the Diocese of San Diego in 1973. He worked in parishes, campus ministry, and in high schools and colleges as a teacher. According to media reports, in 1989, he was first accused of inappropriately touching a child while he provided emergency medical care. Former Bishop Robert Henry Brom sent him for treatment at a mental health facility in Connecticut and he later returned to the ministry.

In 2010, Foley was suspended from ministry amidst another allegation that he molested two young Sacramento boys. A canonical trial resulted in an “unclear” verdict by three priests who were unable to reach a finding of any wrongdoing. In 2012, his faculties were restored. 

In 2015, Foley was once again removed from the ministry. As of 2017, he continued to work as a retreat leader, advertising himself as a preacher online.

In September 2018, he was named in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

In 2019, Foley was included the Diocese of Santa Rosa list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse, in addition to the Diocese of Sacramento list several months later. In addition, he was named on the Diocese of Oakland list.

In September 2019, he filed a lawsuit alleging the Roman Catholic Diocese published “false and defamatory material” in a “reckless disregard for the truth.” 

In 2020, Foley was included on the Diocese of Stockton list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

He currently lives in Northern California.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Oakland. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland now have legal options, 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 Oakland and nationwide. We can help.

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

Msgr. George J. Francis – Diocese of Oakland

Monsignor George J. Francis  

Diocese of Oakland

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Ordained: 1937 

Removed: 1986 

Died: 1998

Assigned as follows:

  • 1938-1943: St. Patrick’s (San Jose, CA)
  • 1944-1949: St. Cyril’s (Oakland, CA)
  • 1950-1956: Epiphany (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1957-1987: St. Bede (Hayward, CA) 
  • 1988-1998: Retired, St. Bede (Hayward, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor George J Francis:

Msgr. George J Francis was ordained for the Diocese of San Francisco in 1937. According to media reports, in 1990, he was named in a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleged that he raped her as a 7-year old girl in 1959. Church officials denied any wrongdoing by Francis but settled the case in 1993. 

According to media reports, another lawsuit was filed in 2002, alleging that he sexually abused a girl from approximately 1979 to 1982 starting when she was about age 5 through 8. She said during that time, he became a close friend to her parents, often visiting for dinner and joining them on family trips, including a summer vacation to Hawaii in 1980. The abuse occurred when he took her on several unsupervised day and weekend trips to Sacramento and San Jose. He also abused her every other Friday at St. Bede’s rectory. The case was later settled in 2004 for $3 million. 

“I was raped several times by Francis, very ritualistically and sadistically,” she said. “He [Francis] told me that God would take someone I loved if I told anyone.” 

In 2002, both victims went public, and the Diocese of Oakland admitted that Francis was a serial child sexual abuser and that they knew of at least nine more girls that were his victims. During the apology service at St. Bede’s, one victim said as she pointed to a windowless, wooden chamber in the back corner of the church, “I was raped in that confessional right back there, that one.”

In 2019, Francis’ name appeared on the Diocese of Oaklands’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted incidents of abuse occurring in the 1960s and 1972.

In 1986, Francis was removed from ministry/retired and died in 1998.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Oakland. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland now have legal options, 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 Oakland and nationwide. We can help.

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