Father Richard Henry
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Assigned as follows:
- 1972 St. Joseph (Long Beach, CA)
- 1973 Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Sun Valley, CA)
- 1974-1977 St. Anthony de Padua (Gardena, CA)
- 1978-1981 St. Madeline (Pomona, CA)
- 1982-1985 Holy Redeemer (Montrose, CA)
- 1986-1990 Our Lady of the Rosary (Paramount, CA)
- 1991 Sick Leave
- 1992 St. Luke Institute, (Baltimore, MD)
- 1992-1993 Absent on Sick Leave
- 1993-1996 Prison
- 1996 In residence at Immaculate Heart Retreat House
- 1997 Las Encinas Hospital, Patient (Pasadena, CA)
- 1997 St. Luke Institute (Silver Spring, MD)
- 1997-1998 St. Luke Halfway House
- 1999-2020 Unknown
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Richard Henry:
Father Richard Henry was ordained a priest in 1972, who served in multiple parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, at least 13 survivors have alleged child sexual abuse by between approximately 1982 and 1992 while he worked at Holy Redeemer in Montrose and Our Lady of the Rosary in Paramount. The Archdiocese, including Archbishop Roger Mahony, was aware of Henry’s behavior around young boys as early as 1988. In October 1988, Father Henry was ordered in a letter from superior, then-Monsignor Thomas Curry, to “not be alone with minors.”
In December 1991, Father Henry pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of four boys from 1985 to 1991. He was sent to St. Luke Institute for treatment and in 1993, he was sentenced to eight years in prison. He was also removed from active ministry in 1993. He was released on parole in 1996.
In 2002, new allegations of child sexual abuse were reported, and a civil suit was brought by three plaintiffs in 2003. According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, a total of 13 accusers have alleged child sexual abuse by Father Henry. The plaintiffs were Included in a $60 million settlement involving 22 priests. His personnel file was released in 2013. Father Henry’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. His current whereabouts are unknown.
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