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Fr. Ramon Malfo – Diocese of San Diego

Father Ramon Malfo

Diocese of San Diego

Ramon Malfo Horowitz Law

Appointed: 1976

Assignment History:

  • 2010-2019: Fallbrook Apostolic Catholic Parish and School

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Ramon Malfo:

Fr. Ramon Malfo was appointed in 1976. According to media reports, he was assigned to various locations in San Diego County, including churches in San Diego, Oceanside, Chula Vista, Vista, Fallbrook, and Escondido.

Very little is known of Malfo’s activities within the church as the Diocese of San Diego has not released the information about Malfo’s assignment history, only the cities in which he was assigned. In addition, information about the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Malfo’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown. However, according to media reports, the plaintiff claims he was abused in Rialto during the 1970s.

The plaintiff’s lawyer filed a complaint about Malfo in the parish and there was a settlement through an independent compensation program established in 2019 for victims who were sexually abused as minors by parish priests in San Diego.

Malfo’s current whereabouts 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 San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922) or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Ramon Marrufo – Diocese of San Diego

Father Ramon Marrufo 

Diocese of San Diego

Ramon Marrufo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1976

Assignment History:

  •  2010-2019: St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Parish and School (Fallbrook, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Ramon Marrufo:

Fr. Ramon Marrufo was ordained a priest in 1976. Marrufo has been assigned to parishes in San Diego, Oceanside, Chula Vista, Vista, Fallbrook, and Escondido, California throughout his priesthood.

In June 2021, a lawsuit was filed by a man alleging abuse by Marrufo when he was a young boy. The abuse started when he was in second grade in Rialto, California. According to media reports, the plaintiff alleges he was molested over the course of several years starting in the 1970s.

The Diocese of San Diego along with the Diocese of San Bernardino and two San Bernardino County schools are listed as defendants in the lawsuit. The plaintiff alleges he was sexually abused by Marrufo and later by another priest in the two San Bernardino County schools.

A separate allegation has allegedly been made against Marrufo in which the Diocese confirmed there was a settlement made with the victim through its Independent Compensation Program that was established in 2019.

Marrufo was last assigned to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Parish and School in Fallbrook, California. His 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 San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Barry Vinyard – Diocese of San Diego

Father Barry Vinyard

Diocese of San Diego

Ordained: 1975

Removed: 2004

Retired: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974-1975: St. Joseph (Barstow, CA)
  • 1976: On Duty Outside the Diocese
  • 1977-1981: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Calexico, CA)
  • 1982-1983: St. John Church (Encinitas, CA)
  • 1984-1985: St. Patrick Church (Carlsbad, CA)
  • 1986: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (San Diego, CA)
  • 1987-1991: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Calexico, CA)
  • 1991-1997: University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • 1998-2000: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Lakeside, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Barry Vinyard:

Prior to being ordained a priest Father Barry Vinyard worked as a deacon at St. Joseph in Barstow in 1975. According to media reports, in 2003 a man filed a lawsuit alleging that Father Vinyard had sexually abused him from 1978 to 1979 while working at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Calexico. Father Vinyard denied the allegations. After the lawsuit was filed, Father Vinyard requested of the Bishop to retire in January 2004.  The Diocese of San Diego revoked his faculties. He was referred to as the first actively serving priest in the diocese to be named in a lawsuit.

Father Vinyard was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. His personnel file was released in October 2010. As of 2016, he was believed to be living in San Diego. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922) or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. William Valverde – Diocese of San Diego

Father William Valverde

Diocese of San Diego

Ordained: 1962

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1963-1964      Mary Star of the Sea (Oceanside, CA)
  • 1965                Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Indio, CA)
  • 1966                St. Mary (El Centro, CA)
  • 1967                Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine (Riverside, CA)
  • 1968                St. Joseph (Upland, CA)
  • 1969-1970      St. Edward (Corona, CA)
  • 1971-1973      St. Mary (Escondido, CA)
  • 1974-1976      St. Ann Church (Needles, CA)
  • 1977                City County Jail (San Diego, CA)
  • 1978-1982      Patton State Hospital (Patton, CA)
  • 1983-1984      On Leave

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William Valverde:

Father William Valverde left active priesthood in 1983. According to media reports, in December 2003, he was named in a civil lawsuit filed by two men alleging that in the mid-1970s, Father Valverde had repeatedly exposed them and others to “alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and deviant sex” while they were minors at St. Ann in Needles, California. According to their attorney, four adult parishioners traveled to San Diego to meet with Bishop Leo Maher, who had jurisdiction over the San Bernardino County parish. They warned him that Father Valverde, was “out of control.” 

In March 2007, his name was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. Through clerical errors, these 2 plaintiffs were not included in 2007 San Diego settlement and their lawsuit still existed until a settlement was reached in April 2008. 

Father Valverde was sentenced to a life of prayer and penance in 2010.

His current whereabouts 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 San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922) or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Victor Uboldi – Diocese of San Diego

Father Victor Uboldi

Diocese of San Diego
Victor Uboldi

Ordained: 1945

Retired: 1982

Died: 2001

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1946-1964      Unknown
  • 1965                Santa Anita Hospital (Lake Arrowhead, CA)
  • 1966                St. Patrick (Carlsbad, CA)
  • 1967-1968      Our Lady of Guadalupe (Chino, CA)
  • 1969-1970      Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine (Riverside, CA)
  • 1971-1974      St. Jude (San Diego, CA)
  • 1975                Mission San Diego De Alcala (San Diego, CA)
  • 1975                St. Anthony (San Bernardino, CA)
  • 1976-1982      St. Mary Church (Escondido, CA)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Victor Uboldi:

According to media reports, in February 1992, a woman filed a lawsuit alleging that Father Victor Uboldi (sometimes spelled Ubaldi) and another man, a gardener and janitor, raped and sexually abused her hundreds of times at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church over a five-year period. The alleged abuse started when she was age 12 and continued until age 17, from 1974 until 1979. After the allegations were aired in a television news broadcast, another woman came forward alleging she, too, was sexually abused as a child by Father Uboldi. She said that Father Ubaldi fondled her at the age of 12 or 13 when he came to her house to give Communion to her sick grandmother. He denied the allegations.

After his retirement in due to ill health, in 1982, Father Uboldi moved to Italy.

He died in 2001.

In December 2005, Father Uboldi’s lawsuit led to a federal judge upholding the constitutionality of a California law that enabled more than 1,000 people to sue the Roman Catholic Church for allegedly failing to protect them from predator priests. In March, 2007, he was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

His personnel file released in October 2010. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922) or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Msgr. Matthew Thompson – Diocese of San Diego

Monsignor Matthew Thompson

Diocese of San Diego

Ordained: 1928

Retired: 1975

Died: 1976

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1929-1930      St. Gregory of Nazianzen (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1931-1934      St. Ignatius of Loyola, (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1935-1937      St. Joseph’s Cathedral (San Diego, CA)
  • 1938-1939      Our Lady of Guadalupe (Calexico, CA)
  • 1940                Our Lady of Guadalupe (San Diego, CA)
  • 1941-1942      Nazareth House Orphanage (San Diego, CA)
  • 1943                St. Joseph’s (Big Bear Lake, CA)
  • 1944-1975      St. Edward (Corona, CA)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Matthew Thompson:

Monsignor Matthew Thompson worked in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Diocese of San Diego. According to media reports, at least two survivors have alleged that Monsignor Thompson sexually abused them as children. One man claimed he was an altar boy in the late 1950s-early 1960s when the abuse occurred. The allegations were deemed credible, and their claims against him were included in the Diocese of San Diego’s $200M settlement with survivors of child sexual abuse in 2007. 

Monsignor Thompson retired in 1975 and died October 1976. After his death, the City of Corona honored him by naming a street after him. In March 2007, his name was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. 

At the request of the Diocese of San Bernardino and sexual abuse victims, in 2009, the City of Corona changed the name of the street. In October 2010, as part of a settlement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, the Diocese of San Diego released his personnel file.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922) or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Msgr. William Spain – Diocese of San Diego

Monsignor William Spain

Diocese of San Diego

Ordained: 1956

Removed: 1985

Died: 1993

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1956                St. Bernardine’s (San Bernardino, CA)
  • 1956                Sacred Heart (Ocean Beach, CA)
  • 1957-1961      College for Men (San Diego, CA)
  • 1962-1963      University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • 1964-1969      St. Mark (San Marcos, CA)
  • 1970-1984      St. James Church (Solana Beach, CA)
  • 1985-1986      Sacred Heart Church (Coronado, CA)
  • 1987-1993      Retired
  • 1993               Holy Trinity (Honolulu, HI)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor William Spain:

Monsignor William Spain had a long and distinguished career. He founded St. Mark’s parish in San Marcos and was named a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, an honorary Roman Catholic order. He was the University of San Diego’s first vice president and was a member of its board of trustees from 1973 until 1984.

According to media reports, in 1985, he was accused of having a cocaine addiction and engaging in a six-year sexual relationship with a young man. It was a public scandal and he was sent to a treatment center for three months and was then reassigned to a post in Coronado, California.

He retired in June 1986 due to “ill health” and moved to Hawaii, where he served as an assistant pastor at Holy Trinity Church.

He died in July 1993. 

In March 2007, his name was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

His personnel file released was released in October 2010.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922) or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Frank Sierra – Diocese of San Diego

Father Frank Sierra

Diocese of San Diego

 

Ordained: 

Retired: 1988

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1970-1974 St. Joseph (Upland, CA)
  • 1974-1975 Our Lady of Soledad (Coachella, CA)
  • 1975-1979 St. John (Encinitas, CA)
  • 1979-1988 Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Brawley, CA)
  • 1988 Retired

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Frank Sierra:

Father Frank Sierra was ordained in 1946 and taught at a high school in Buenos Aires in 1951. He worked for several dioceses throughout his career, including New Mexico, San Diego, and worked at different parishes throughout El Paso.

He retired in 1988 and was accused of sexual abuse for the first time in 1994. A civil suit was filed and alleged the abuse of girls in Santa Cruz, New Mexico. The case was settled in court. He was reportedly removed from ministry in 2002. Frank Sierra has been named in several civil lawsuits since then. In 2010, as part of a settlement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, the Diocese of San Diego released his personnel file.

His name has been included on Santa Fe Archdiocese’s list of credibly accused priests, as well as Las Cruces’, El Paso and San Diego’s lists.

His whereabouts 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 San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922) or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Msgr. Gregory Sheridan – Diocese of San Diego

Monsignor Gregory Sheridan

Diocese of San Diego

Gregory Sheridan

Ordained: 1935

Died: 1991

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1948-1949      St. John Bosco (East Highlands, CA)
  • 1949-1954      St. Joseph (Upland, CA)
  • 1954-1970      St. Jude (San Diego, CA)
  • 1971-1983      St. Peter Church (Fallbrook, CA)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Gregory Sheridan:

Monsignor Gregory Sierra Sheridan was ordained in Spain in 1935. He started his career as a priest of the Augustinian Recollect religious order. Before coming to San Diego as a diocean priest in 1948, he served at Christ the King in Monahans, Texas. He has worked in various parishes including South Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Orchard Park and Sheridan.

He retired in 1983, and returned to Spain with letter of recommendation to the Spanish diocese. He died there in February 1991.

According to media reports, in January 2006, a woman accused Monsignor Sheridan of sexually abusing her in 1969 when she was eight years old. In March 2007, his name was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

In October 2010, as part of a settlement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, the Diocese of San Diego released his personnel file. In May 2019, two more women came forward alleging that Monsignor Sheridan sexual abused them as young girls over 30 years earlier, at St. Jude’s Shrine of the West in Southcrest. The three women filed a suit against the diocese alleging that Sheridan abused them all as young girls in the 1960’s.

A total of four alleged victims have come forward accusing child sexual abuse by Monsignor Sheridan.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922) or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Edward Sheehy – Diocese of San Diego

Father Edward Sheehy

Diocese of San Diego

Edward Sheehy

Ordained: 1940

Died: 1988

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1953-1955 Park Street Center (Boston, MA)
  • 1955-1957 Old St. Mary’s Cathedral (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1957-1959 Missions
  • 1958-1962 Blessed Sacrament Church (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • 1962-1963 In Residence (Sick Leave) (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1963-1964 Missions (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1964-1968 St. Paul the Apostle (New York, NY)
  • 1968-1969 St. Peter’s Minor Seminary (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1969-1984 St. Paul the Apostle (New York, NY)
  • 1984-1988 Senior Ministry Status (New York, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Edward Augustine Sheehy:

Originally ordained in the Diocese of Portland, Father Edward Sheehy joined the Paulists in 1950. He worked in several dioceses over the years, including San Diego. He was named publicly as an abuser by the Paulist order on March 19th, 2019. The allegations against him were received in 2003 of sexual abuse in San Diego between 1955 and 1957.

His name has also been included on the Baltimore Archdiocese’s list of credibly accused priests as of May 7th, 2019.

He died in 1988.

No further information has been released about the allegations against or the number of victims found. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Diego 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 San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the 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. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922) or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.