Father Roberto Barco
Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Extern)
- 2009: St. Mary (Palmdale, CA)
- 2011-2014: St. Louis (Cathedral City, CA)
- 2015: Unknown
- 2016: St. Mary (Palmdale, CA)
- 2018: Unknown
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Roberto Barco:
Fr. Roberto Barco, an Argentinian, was ordained a priest in 1983. He arrived in California in 2009 and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in 2016, Father Barco was accused of sexually abusing a child from 2009 to 2010. He was serving at St. Mary in Palmdale at the time the accusation was reported to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by the San Bernardino Diocese. The allegation was immediately reported to law enforcement. Announcements were made at the parishes and schools where the priest had been present. The matter was investigated and reviewed by the Archdiocese Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board.
Following the accusation, Father Barco was removed from ministry in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and permanently banned from ministry in the Diocese of San Bernardino and returned to his home Diocese in Argentina. He was included in the Diocese of San Bernardino’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse and in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Report to the People of God List of Priests Accused of Sexual Misconduct with Minors 2018 Update. Father Barco’s current whereabouts, status as a priest, and whether he has access to children are unknown.
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