Monsignor Peter Luque
Diocese of San Diego
Placed on Leave: 2002
Assigned as Follows:
- 1963 St. Anthony’s Church (San Bernardino, CA)
- 1964 St. Therese of the Child Jesus (San Diego, CA)
- 1965-1968 St. Edward (Corona, CA)
- 1969 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Riverside, CA)
- 1970-1978 San Salvador (Colton, CA)
- 1979 Unknown
- 1980-1987 Our Lady of Guadalupe (San Bernardino, CA)
- 1988 Unknown
- 1989-1994 Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Chino, CA)
- 1995-1999 Unknown
- 2000-2003 St. Edward Church (Corona, CA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Peter Luque:
Monsignor Peter Luque spent 40 years working in parishes located in what would become the Diocese of San Bernardino in 1978. Prior to that date, these churches were a part of the Diocese of San Diego. Monsignor Luque was a popular priest who was honored at a concert at St. Edward to mark the 40th anniversary of his ordination. According to media reports, Monsignor Luque resigned as pastor of St. Edward Church in Corona at the end of February 2002.
In March, his name was included on a list of 20 priests turned over to police, after the Diocese of San Bernardino reviewed their files for alleged sexual misconduct by clergy members. One month later, in April, he was placed on administrative leave. In April 2003, he was criminally charged with sexually abusing two teenage boys ages 13 and 14, at Our Lady of Guadalupe in San Bernardino and at San Salvador in Colton. Authorities alleged that the boys were sexually assaulted from June 1963 to February 1969.
He faced 12 felony counts, including oral copulation, lewd act on a child and sodomy; stemming from allegations he sexually assaulted the boys. He faced a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison. He remained on paid administrative leave.
In July 2003, the charges against Monsignor Luque were dismissed due to a United States Supreme Court ruling that changed the law surrounding the statute of limitations. He has been named in at least one civil lawsuit. Another accuser later came forward, and filed a civil suit in December 2003.
In March 2007, his name was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.
He died in 2013.
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