Tag: Oakland Sexual Abuse

Fr. Rayner Harrington (Franciscans) – Diocese of Oakland

Father Rayner Harrington 

Diocese of Oakland

Ordained: 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:

Father Rayner Harrington was a Franciscan priest. According to media reports, 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. He 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

Ordained: N/A

Left order: 1985

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:

Brother 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, Brother 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. The following year, in 1986, he was fired after his patients said he sexually abused them during therapy sessions. 

In 2003, Brother 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 against him surfaced. In October 2019, he was named in a lawsuit filed by another De La Salle alumnus alleging that Brother Gutierrez-Cervantes 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.

Brother 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 (Franciscans) – Diocese of Oakland

Father Steven Kain

Diocese of Oakland

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)
  • 2019-2020      Elder Care Facility (CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Steven Kain:

in 2020, Father Steven Kain’s name appeared on the Franciscan Friars’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted incidents of child sexual abuse from 1981 to 1987, reported in 1993, 2004, 2006 and 2008. It also noted that he was removed from ministry in 1993 and is living under restrictions.

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

In 2004, Father 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 Father 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

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) 
  • 2002-2020      Unknown

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

Father 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. 

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

Fr. Francis J. Ford – Diocese of Oakland

Father Francis J. Ford

Diocese of Oakland

Ordained: 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:

Father 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.”

Father 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

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, Father Robert E. Freitas was accused of molesting two teen boys at Our Lady of the Rosary in Union City. He was sent for treatment and placed on “restricted ministry.” In 2002, a man told the Diocese that Father Freitas molested him in 1979 when he was a 15-year-old boy at Santa Paula in Fremont. Police were notified. The accuser wore a wire during a meeting in which Father 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, Father 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. At least four more of his child sex abuse victims are believed to have not yet come forward, according to Police. 

In June 2003, Father 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.” He was laicized in 2007, and died in 2011. His name appeared on the Diocese of Oaklands’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors in 2019.

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

Ordained: Unknown

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 Father William Green was a member of the Redemptorist religious order prior to being ordained as a priest. According to media reports, he was arrested in April 1999 for sending sexually explicit messages and pornography to a 14-year-old boy in an internet chatroom. A few months later in July, he 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 Father 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 (Franciscan Friars) – Diocese of Oakland

Brother Adrian Furman 

Diocese of Oakland

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:

Brother Adrian Furman was a member of the Franciscan Friars. He died in 2003. 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. The details of the allegations, including where the abuse occurred, 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.  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 Archdiocese of Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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:

Father J. Patrick Foley was ordained as 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. He later returned to the ministry.

In 2010, Father 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, Father Foley was once again removed from 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. 

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

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

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:

Monsignor George J. Francis was ordained for the Diocese of San Francisco in 1937. In 1986, he was removed from ministry/retired and died in 1998. 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 Monsignor Francis, but settled the case in 1993. 

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 Monsignor 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 Monsignor 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, Monsignor 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.

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.