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Fr. Philip Wolfe – Diocese of Orange

Father Philip Wolfe

Diocese of Orange/Franciscan

Philip Wolfe Horowitz Law

 

Ordained: 1980

Removed: 1989

Died: 1994

Assignment History:

  • 1981-1982: Unknown
  • 1983-1984: St. Anthony’s Seminary High School (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1985: Unknown
  • 1986-1987: St. Anne’s (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1988-1989: St. Barbara’s (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1990-1993: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Philip Wolfe:

Fr. Philip M. Wolfe, O.F.M., a member of the Franciscan Order, was convicted in 1989 of sexually abusing a young boy from 1975 to 1989 while he worked as the victim’s choir teacher at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara, CA.

Fr. Wolfe was sentenced to one year in jail and five years’ probation. The Franciscans defrocked Fr. Wolfe after his conviction. Fr. Wolfe has been named in several civil lawsuits. One suit was filed in 2001, alleging Fr. Wolfe sexually abused a boy in Portland, Oregon, in 1982.

In the fall of 2009, two more suits against Fr. Wolfe surfaced. He committed suicide in 1994, but his legacy lives on. Fr. Wolfe was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2019 list and on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orange 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 Orange now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Orange, 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Ramon Varela – Diocese of Orange

Father Ramon Varela

Diocese of Orange/Franciscan

Ramon Varela Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1949

Died: 2002

Assignment History:

  • 1949-1955: Native American Mission, AZ
  • 1955-1960: St. Mary’s (Stockton, CA)
  • 1960-1962: Mission San Miguel (San Miguel, CA)
  • 1962-1963: St. Peter’s (Bapchule, AZ)
  • 1963-1967: Sacred Heart (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1967-1968: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland CA)
  • 1968-1970: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Fresno, CA)
  • 1970-1972: Our Lady of Guadalupe (San Jose, CA)
  • 1972-1976: Ascension (Portland, OR)
  • 1975-1978: Saints Simon and Jude (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • 1978-1979: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Delano, CA)
  • 1979 Sacred Heart (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1979-1993: St. Francis Home (Santa Ana, NM)
  • 1993-2001: ElderCare Facilities (NM)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Ramon Varela:

Fr. Ramon Varela, a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. Barbara, was named publicly as accused by the Franciscans’ Santa Barbara Province on its 2019 list Friars that are Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. According to this list, a report was made in 1994, alleging that Fr. Varela sexually abused minors from 1949 to 1979. Fr. Varela died in 2002. His status as a priest and whether he had access to children from 1993 until his death is unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orange 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 Orange now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Orange, 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Br. Joe Sharkey – Diocese of Orange

Brother Joe Sharkey

Diocese of Orange/Servite

Joe Sharkey Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1943

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Joe Sharkey:

Br. Joe Sharkey, a member of the Servite religious order, has been named in a civil lawsuit that alleged that he sexually abused a child in 1967 to 1968. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

He was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. Br. Sharkey’s clerical status, 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 Orange 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 Orange now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Orange, 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John Ruhl – Diocese of Orange

Father John Ruhl

Diocese of Orange/Vincentian

John Ruhl Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1964

Removed: 2002

Assignment History:

  • 1965-1966: Unknown
  • 1967-1971: Seminary of Our Lady Queen Of Angels (San Fernando, CA) 1971: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Newell, CA)
  • 1972-1977: St. Vincent Seminary (Montebello, CA)
  • 1978-1979: St. Vincent de Paul (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • 1980-1981: St. Anthony Claret (Anaheim, CA)
  • 1982: Unknown
  • 1983-1987: Mission San Juan (Capistrano, CA)
  • 1988-1991: St. Joseph’s (Placentia, CA)
  • 1992-2001: Inactive Leave

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Fr. John Ruhl:

Fr. John Ruhl, a member of the Vincentian religious order, has been accused of child sexual abuse by at least three people. He was named in two civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse; one from 1972 to 1973 while at St. Vincent Seminary in Montebello, CA, and the other abuse from 1981 to 1982, while serving at St. Anthony Claret in Anaheim, CA.

In 1992, a lawsuit was filed against Fr. Ruhl, the Diocese of Orange, bishops, and other church officials. The lawsuit asked for a temporary restraining order and alleged that Fr. Ruhl physically assaulted a kindergartener at St. Joseph Elementary School in Placentia. Fr. Ruhl attended dinner every Friday night with the family the victim. Shortly after this lawsuit was filed, Fr. Ruhl took a leave of absence.

According to Fr. Ruhl’s priest files that were released in 2013, in 1993 church officials noted that they had given Fr. Ruhl a lie detector test after a previous accusation had come to light and said: “that there was reason to suspect that there had possibly been other inappropriate behaviors.”

Fr. Ruhl was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2019 list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Fr. Ruhl was also named in the Diocese of Orange’s list of clergy removed from ministry due to a credible allegation of sexual abuse. As of 2016, the Diocese of Orange listed Fr. Ruhl’s status as a “Life of Prayer and Penance.”  Fr. Ruhl’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 Orange 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 Orange now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Orange, 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Luis Eduardo Ramirez – Diocese of Orange

Father Luis Eduardo Ramirez

Diocese of Orange/Augustinian Recollects

Luis Eduardo Ramirez Horowitz Law

Ordained: 2003

Removed: 2009

Assignment History:

  • 2004-2008: Our Lady of the Pillar (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 2009-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Luis Eduardo Ramirez:

In 2008, Fr. Luis Eduardo Ramirez, a member of the Augustinian Recollects order, was arrested and charged by Anaheim police on suspicion of child annoyance or molestation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to reports, Fr. Ramirez told the victim’s parents that he was taking their son to a youth seminar, but instead drove to a restaurant in Orange where he ordered two margaritas for the victim, then brought the boy to Cortona Inn and Suites in Anaheim. There, the priest rented a room and tried to order a pornographic film. He was arrested after taking the 17-year-old parishioner to a motel room where he rented a pornographic movie.

Fr. Ramirez was arrested and bailed out by his order. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and burglary.  He was sentenced to six months in jail and 3 years probation but was released from jail in 2009. Upon his release, he had all privileges removed. Fr. Ramirez’s current location and whether he has access to children is unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orange 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 Orange now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Orange 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Henry Perez – Diocese of Orange

Father Henry Perez

Diocese of Orange/Marist FatherHenry Perez Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1973

Removed: 1991

Died: 2003

Assignment History:

  • 1974-1976: Notre Dame Des Victoires (San Francisco, California)
  • 1977-1978: St. Matthew’s (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1979-1980: St. Mary’s (Chandler, AZ)
  • 1981: St. Margaret (Tempe, AZ)
  • 1982: Immaculate Heart of Mary (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1983-1984: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Glendale, AZ)
  • 1985-1986: Holy Spirit (Fountain Valley, CA)
  • 1987-1989: St. Edward (Dana Point, CA)
  • 1990-1992: St. Anne’s (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1993-2001: Inactive Leave

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Henry Perez:

Fr. Henry Perez was originally ordained a Marist priest in Arizona. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Orange, California, in May 1989. According to media reports, in 1991, Fr. Perez left active ministry and was placed on administrative leave without faculties in the Diocese of Orange after the Diocese learned of allegations of sexual abuse in Arizona.

In 1993, two lawsuits were filed against him in Phoenix. He was accused of sexually abusing a minor boy from approximately the late 1970s to the early 1980s while he worked in the Diocese of Phoenix. He was also accused of taking boys on trips from Arizona to California, giving them drugs and forcing them into orgies with other priests.

In 2002, he was working with children as a “self-described Anglican Catholic priest.” In 2003, he was indicted in Phoenix on six felony charges of sexual conduct with a minor and one charge of misdemeanor public sexual indecency. A man told investigators Father Perez encouraged him to be an altar boy at St. Mary’s Parish in Chandler, took him out to dinner and on trips to Las Vegas, and bought him cigarettes and alcohol as a teenager.

On two occasions, the man described how Fr. Perez hugged, kissed and molested him. The man “said he didn’t know whether to scream or cry and run away,” according to county attorney documents. Another man told investigators he also was a victim of Father Perez at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale. The man, who agreed to massage Father Perez for money to fix his father’s truck, said he was molested by Father Perez with an electric massager on one occasion and had sex with Father Perez on a second. Shortly after the indictment, Fr. Perez died of a heart attack at age 63.

In February 2004, he was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’, “Report to the People of God: Clergy Sexual Abuse Archdiocese of Los Angeles.”  He was also named on the Diocese of Orange’s “List of Credibly Accused Priests Incardinated in the Diocese of Orange” and on the Diocese of Phoenix’s 2018 List of names of priests of religious communities that have been laicized and/or removed from ministry by their communities due to sexual misconduct with a minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orange 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 Orange now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Orange, 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Gary Pacheco – Diocese of Orange/Franciscan

Father Gary Pacheco

Diocese of Orange/Franciscan

Gary Pacheco Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1974

Removed: 1988

Laicized: 1994

Assignment History:

  • 1975: Unknown
  • 1976-1977: Saints Simon and Jude (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • 1978: Unknown
  • 1979-1985: Saints Simon and Jude (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • 1986: St. Polycarp (Stanton, CA)
  • 1987-1988: St. John the Baptist (Costa Mesa, CA)
  • 1988: Removed from Diocese of Orange
  • 1989-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Gary Pacheco:

Fr. Gary Pacheco, a Franciscan priest, has been accused of molesting numerous children in the 1970 and 1980’s. In 1988, a complaint in 1988 was reported to the Diocese of Orange. The diocese requested that Fr. Pacheco attend the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. He had been sent to other facilities in the past for what was labeled as ”an alcohol problem”.

Fr. Pacheco has been named in at least two civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse, both of which settled in the 1990s. According to court records, Fr. Pacheco groomed children by taking them to Disneyland or attending their birthday parties.

Fr. Pacheco was reportedly removed from the Diocese of Orange in 1988, but still permitted to practice. He was finally laicized in 1994. Fr. Pacheco was included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans 2019 list and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.

As of 2010, Fr. Pacheco was believed to be living in Fountain Valley, California. Fr. Pacheco’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 Orange 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 Orange now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Orange, 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

 

Fr. Jose J. Mendez – Diocese of Orange

Father Jose J. Mendez

Diocese of Orange/Augustinian RecollectsJose Mendez Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1983

Retired: 1994

Assignment History:

  • 1984: Unknown
  • 1985: Casa Morena (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1986-1887: San Miguel (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1988-1990: Cristo Rey (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1991-1993: St. Augustine Priory (Oxnard, CA)
  • 1994: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1995-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Jose J. Mendez:

Fr. Jose Mendez, a member of the Augustinian Recollects, was publicly named in a civil lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse of a minor from 1985 to 1987, while serving at San Miguel in Los Angeles, CA.

A report from his superiors recommended that Fr. Mendez be dismissed from the order and stated that Fr. Mendez “probably should never have been professed a religious or ordained a priest.”  He left the Diocese of Orange in 1994.

Fr. Mendez admitted to fathering at least one child and was threatened with a separate paternity suit. His status as a priest, current whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown. Fr. Mendez was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2004 list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orange 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 Orange now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Orange, 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Alexander Manville – Diocese of Orange

Father Alexander Manville

Diocese of Orange/Franciscan

Alexander Manville Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1953

Retired: 2011

Died: 2016

Assignment History:

  • 1954: Unknown
  • 1955-1958: Immaculate Conception (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1959: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland, CA)
  • 1960-1968: Bishop Garcia Diego High School (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1969-1976: Old Mission (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1977: St. Francis Retreat (San Juan Bautista, CA)
  • 1978-1982: Franciscan Renewal Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • 1983-1994: SS. Simon and Jude Church (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • 1995-1998: Franciscan Renewal Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • 2001-2004: Serra Retreat (Malibu, CA)
  • 2004-2009: SS. Simon and Jude (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • 2010: Unknown
  • 2011-2012: Retired-Serra Retreat (Malibu, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Alexander Manville:

In 2009, a civil lawsuit was filed against Fr. Alexander Manville accusing him of sexually abusing an eight-year-old boy from 1992 to 1994 while at SS. Simon and Jude Church in Huntington Beach, California. The lawsuit includes allegations that Fr. Manville and Fr. Gus Krumm engaged in illegal sexual contact with the boy, including one time simultaneously.

In 2011, the plaintiff’s brother joined the suit, alleging he had also been sexually abused by Fr. Manville and Fr. Krumm. The Diocese of Orange reached a settlement with the brothers in 2011 for $200,000, although a jury cleared his name. Fr. Manville died in 2016 at the age of 89.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orange 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 Orange now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Orange, 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. David LaPierre – Diocese of Orange

Father David LaPierre

Diocese of Orange/Capuchin FriarDavid LaPierre Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Assignment History:

  • 1970: Unknown
  • 1971-1973: Capuchin Franciscan Fathers (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1974-1977: Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1978: St. Francis High School (La Canada Flintridge, CA)
  • 1979-1982: Capuchin Franciscan Fathers (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1983- 1988: St. Francis High School (La Canada Flintridge, CA)
  • 1989-1991: St. Francis of Assisi (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1992-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father David LaPierre:

A Capuchin priest in the Diocese of Orange, Fr. David LaPierre was accused of sexually abusing at least one child in a civil lawsuit that occurred from 1983 to 1984 at St. Francis High School in La Canada Flintridge, CA. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Fr. LaPierre’s name was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2019 list of priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. As of 2016, Fr. LaPierre was believed to be living in Cottonwood, CA. Fr. LaPierre’s status as a priest, 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 Orange 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 Orange now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Orange, 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.