Tag: Peter E. Garcia

Msgr. Peter E. Garcia – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Monsignor Peter E. Garcia

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Ordained: 1966

Resigned from ministry: 1989

Laicized: 2006

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1967-1970      St. Cecilia (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1971                Santa Isabel (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1972-1973      Our Lady of Guadalupe Sanctuary (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1974-1975      St. Stephen (Monterey Park, CA)
  • 1976                St. Polycarp (Stanton, CA)
  • 1977-1978      Holy Family (Glendale, CA)
  • 1979                St. Eugene (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1980                St. Anthony (San Gabriel, CA; St. Alphonsus, Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1981-1984      St. Marcellinus (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1984                Servants of the Paraclete (Jemez Springs, NM)
  • 1985-1986      San Miguel Parish (Scorro, NM)
  • 1987                Our Lady of Belen (Belen, NM); St. Luke Institute (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1988                Unknown
  • 1989                Absent on Sick Leave
  • 1990-2009      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Peter E. Garcia:

Monsignor Peter E. Garcia’s career consisted of many short term assignments throughout the Archdiocese. According to media reports, in 1984, the aunt of two minor boys reported that he engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct with her two nephews. At least 12 people have accused Monsignor Garcia of child sexual abuse from 1961 to 1983. He allegedly abused boys as young as 7 years old in his parish. He has been named in at least three civil lawsuits. 

The release of his personnel file in 2013, revealed Monsignor Garcia targeted boys who were illegal immigrants and would threaten to have them deported if they told anyone about the abuse. According to a letter to Cardinal Roger Mahony in 1987 about his relocation, Monsignor Thomas Curry wrote: “According to the doctor (name withheld), there are numerous – perhaps twenty – teenagers and young adults with whom Peter was involved in a felony in the first degree. The possibility of it being seen by one of them is simply too great. “

In 1989, Cardinal Mahony requested that Monsignor Garcia seek laicization. It is believed he resigned from ministry in 1989. In 1993, after another allegation of child sexual abuse was made against Monsignor Garica, he was sent to St. Luke Institute and Servants of the Paraclete for treatment. He reportedly admitted abusing boys from the time of his ordination in 1966.

Monsignor Garcia was laicized in 2006. In 2007, at least one claim was settled as part of a $660M settlement with 508 plaintiffs. His name appeared on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. From 1998 until his death in 2009, his whereabouts were 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.

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Msgr. Peter E. Garcia – Diocese of Orange

Monsignor Peter E. Garcia

Diocese of Orange

Ordained: 1966

Laicized: 2006

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1967-1970      St. Cecilia (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1971                Santa Isabel (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1972-1973      Sanctuary Our Lady of Guadalupe (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1974-1975      St. Stephen’s Church (Monterey Park, CA)
  • 1976                St. Polycarp (Stanton, CA)
  • 1977-1978      Holy Family (Glendale, CA)
  • 1979                St. Eugene (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1980                St. Anthony (San Fernando Rey Mission, CA)
  • 1981-1984      St. Marcellinus (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1984                 Servants of the Paraclete, (Jemez Springs, NM)
  • 1985-1987      Absent on Sick Leave
  • 1985-1986      San Miguel Parish (Scorro, NM)
  • 1987                 Our Lady of Belen (Belen, NM; St. Luke Institute, MD)
  • 1988                 Unknown
  • 1989                 Absent on Sick Leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Peter E. Garcia:

According to media reports, Monsignor Peter E. Garcia was first accused of sexually abusing minors in 1975. By the time he advanced to the rank of monsignor, he reportedly had sex with up to 20 boys.  In 1984, the aunt of two boys reported that Monsignor Garcia engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct with her two minor nephews. 

In 1989, Cardinal Roger Mahony requested that Monsignor Garcia seek laicization. It is believed Monsignor Garcia resigned from ministry in 1989, after returning to Los Angeles and refusing to take medication to contain his sexual urges toward children.In 1993, another allegation of sexual abuse was made against Monsignor Garica. 

Monsignor Garcia was sent to St. Luke Institute and Servants of the Paraclete, institutions known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. He left the priesthood in 1989 after refusing to take medication to suppress his sexual urges.

He has been accused by at least 12 people of child sexual abuse from 1961-1983, and has been named in at least three civil lawsuits. At least one claim was settled as part of a 2007 $660M settlement with 508 plaintiffs. 

Based on his priest file, it is believed he targeted boys aged 7-16, who were illegal immigrants. He threatened to have them deported if they told anyone about the abuse.  

Before his death in 2009, Monsignor Garcia admitted to a therapist of raping boys “on and off” soon after he was ordained as a priest in 1966. 

Evidence in the form of letters filed in a civil case against another abusive priest showed that the Catholic Church protected Monsignor Garcia and several other priests who had sexually abused children. The letters describe his behavior, and document incidents including him tying up a young boy and raping him.

He assured church officials his victims were unlikely to come forward because of their immigration status. In at least one case, according to a church memo, he threatened to have a boy he had raped deported if he went to the police.

Former Archbishop of Los Angeles Roger Mahoney Mahoney wrote, “I believe that if Monsignor Garcia were to reappear here within the archdiocese we might very well have some type of legal action filed in both criminal and civil sectors.”

Monsignor Garcia was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. His status as a priest, his whereabouts, and whether he had access to children are unknown. He never faced prosecution.

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 temporary change in California 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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