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Fr. James Pulskamp – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Fr. James Pulskamp

Diocese of Santa Rosa (San Francisco)

James Pulskamp Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1968

Assignment History:

  • 1968-1976: St. Andrew’s (Daly City, CA)
  • 1977-1992: Hanna Boys Center  Menlo Park, CA)
  • 1992: Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Santa, Rosa, CA)
  • 2000-2012: St. Eugene’s Church (Santa, Rosa, CA)
  • 2012-2022: Star of the Valley Catholic Church (Santa Rosa, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father James Pulskamp:

Father James Pulskamp worked in various parishes within the Diocese of Santa Rosa. Beginning in 1977, Fr. Pulskamp ran the Hanna Boys Center, a school and residential treatment center for vulnerable children, and then spent many years as pastor in Santa Rosa. 

In 2012, Bishop Robert Vasa announced the appointment of 22 new pastors and their assistants at parishes throughout the Santa Rosa Diocese, shaking things up in Northern California with no explanations. Fr. James Pulskamp was among them, as he was told he was being transferred from St. Eugene’s to Star of the Valley. Pulskamp commented that was a sign to “slow down.”

In 2020, California lifted the statute of limitations for civil claims against private institutions for sexual abuse of minors by its employees. As a result of the three-year “lookback” window that allows new child sex abuse lawsuits based on formerly barred claims, Fr. Pulskamp was named and accused by at least one victim. His accuser alleges that Pulskamp sexually abused him during his time at the Hanna Boys Center in the 1970s, the school he ran for 15 years.

Pulskamp did not respond to NBC Bay Area’s request for comment, but according to media reports, investigators claim that despite hundreds of new Northern California legal filings against four Bay Area priests as of June 2022, the diocese’s internal review board did not substantiate the claims against Pulskamp. Bishop Vasa stated that Pulskamp remains in ministry after an internal review board recommended no action be taken against the priest unless new details emerge in the investigation. Vasa stated that he finds it difficult to give the allegation any credence given the priest’s stellar reputation over the past 50 years. Currently, Pulskamp serves as the pastor of Star of the Valley Catholic Church and is listed as a Regent Emeritus on the Hanna Boys Center’s website.

So far, more than 200 lawsuits have been filed in Northern California accusing priests or church employees of abuse. Other new names will likely emerge by the three-year lookback window that closes on Dec. 31, 2022.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Santa Rosa, 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. Michael Mahoney – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Father Michael Mahoney

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Franciscans

Michael Mahoney Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1974

Assignment History:

  • 1974-1984: Priest Psychologist Department of Justice (Dublin, Limerick, and Cork, Ireland)
  • 1984-2001: Unknown
  • 2001-2009: Old Mission (Santa Ines, CA)
  • 2010-2022: Our Lady of Angels (Burlingame, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Michael Mahoney:

Ordained in Ireland, Fr. Michael Mahoney worked in several parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, beginning in the mid-1980s. As of 2022, Fr. Mahoney currently serves as pastor of Our Lady of Angels in Burlingame.

In 2020, the state of California lifted the statute of limitations for civil claims against private institutions for sexual abuse of minors by its employees. As a result of the three-year “lookback” window that allows new child sex abuse lawsuits based on formerly barred claims, Fr. Mahoney was named and accused by at least one victim claiming he was sexually molested in the 1980s when he was in the second grade. The victim alleges Mahoney would stare at him through the classroom window following the abuse, intimidating him not to come forward.

According to media reports, investigators claim that despite hundreds of new Northern California legal filings against four Bay Area priests as of June 2022, the diocese’s internal review board did not substantiate the claims against Fr. Mahoney, and therefore they state that it would be unjust to keep him out of ministry. Fr. Mahoney declined to comment when investigators of NBC Bay Area reached out.

So far, more than 200 lawsuits have been filed in Northern California accusing priests or church employees of abuse. It’s likely other new names will emerge by the time the three-year lookback window closes on Dec. 31, 2022.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 Archdiocese of San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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.

Msgr. Michael Harriman – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Monsignor Michael Harriman

Archdiocese of San Francisco

Michael Harriman Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1968

Retired: 2017

Assignment History:

  • 1968-1977: St. Isabella Parish (San Rafael, CA)
  • 1978-1988: CYO Camp Armstrong (Occidental, CA)
  • 1978-1988: St. Vincent’s School for Boys (San Rafael, CA)
  • 1989-1998: St. Thomas the Apostle (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1999-2022: St. Cecilia (San Francisco, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Msgr. Michael Harriman:

Msgr. Michael Harriman worked in several parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, beginning in the early 1980s, including a private school for boys and a CYO summer camp. As of 2022, Msgr. Harriman was a serving pastor at St. Cecilia, after retiring five years ago after 53 years as a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

In 2020, the state of California lifted the statute of limitations for civil claims against private institutions for sexual abuse of minors by its employees. As a result of the three-year “lookback” window that allows new child sex abuse lawsuits based on formerly barred claims, Msgr. Michael Harriman was named and accused by at least one victim claiming he was sexually abused at St. Vincent’s School for Boys and at CYO Camp Armstrong, dating back 30-40 years. According to the Archdiocese, Harriman was placed on leave pending internal investigations but was returned to ministry when the review board did not sustain the allegations. According to media reports, investigators claim that despite hundreds of new Northern California legal filings against four Bay Area priests as of June 2022, the diocese’s internal review board did not substantiate the claims against Msgr. Harriman, and it would be unjust to keep him out of ministry.

“There’s been an investigation and I’ve been proven innocent,” said Harriman, who denied all allegations. So far, more than 200 lawsuits have been filed in Northern California accusing priests or church employees of abuse. It’s likely other new names will emerge by the time the three-year lookback window closes on Dec. 31, 2022.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 Archdiocese of San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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. David Ghiorso – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Father David Ghiorso

Archdiocese of San Francisco

David Ghiorso Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1981

Leave of Absence: 2021

Assignment History:

  • 1981-1995: St. Vincent’s School for Boys (San Rafael, CA)
  • 1982-1990: CYO Camp Armstrong (Occidental, CA)
  • 2000-2012: Leave
  • 2012-2022: St. Charles Parish (San Carlos, CA)
  • 2012-2022: St. Matthias (Redwood City, CA))

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father David Ghiorso:

Fr. David Ghiorso worked in several parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, beginning in the early 1980s, including a private school for boys and a CYO summer camp. As of 2022, Ghiorso was a serving pastor in San Carlos and Redwood City, CA.

In 2020, the state of California lifted the statute of limitations for civil claims against private institutions for sexual abuse of minors by its employees. As a result of the three-year “lookback” window that allows new child sex abuse lawsuits based on formerly barred claims, Fr. Ghiorso was named and accused by three separate victims claiming they were sexually abused at St. Vincent’s School for Boys and at CYO Camp Armstrong, dating back 30-40 years.

In late 2021, Fr. Ghiorso was quietly put on leave by Catholic officials after they received the allegations pending further investigation. The diocese did release a letter to parents and parishioners of those that attended either St. Charles and St. Matthias churches, stating that Fr. Ghiorso had been accused of misconduct dating back 30-40 years, therefore downplaying the allegations. It also said that Fr. Ghiroso has had 39 years of “faithful priestly ministry.” It is especially concerning that Fr. Ghiorso appears not to have had a pastoral assignment from 2000 until he was assigned to the parish of St. Charles in San Carlos and St. Matthias in Redwood City. This gap in his work history should be explained and clarified.

According to media reports, investigators claim that despite hundreds of new Northern California legal filings against four Bay Area priests as of June 2022, the diocese’s internal review board did not substantiate the claims against the men, and it would be unjust to keep them out of ministry.

One of the victims alleges in the civil complaint that he and other St. Vincent’s children were sex trafficked by priests between the school and a remote Sonoma County Catholic summer camp known as CYO Camp in the early 1980s. One of these priests was Fr. Ghiorso. The victim stated that Shortly after these trips to Camp Armstrong began taking place, the priests would round the boys up at night and after plying the boys with alcohol, the priests engaged in sexual acts with some of the boys or forced the boys to engage in sexual acts with one another. The victim said the range of sexual acts varied but included oral copulation and anal sex.

The lawsuit alleges that he reported the abuse to school officials at the time of the incident, but instead of reporting the criminal sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities or addressing the cause of abuse to protect others, St. Vincent’s immediately removed the victim from the school and placed him in a foster home, thereby ending his abuse.

The second plaintiff in the lawsuit alleges that he arrived at St. Vincent’s School for Boys in 1989. For about a year, he was given wine and raped by Fr. Ghiorso.

A separate lawsuit, filed in April 2022, accuses Fr. Ghiorso of repeatedly raping a 10-year-old boy during his time at St. Vincent’s between 1988 and 1991. According to the lawsuit, Ghiorso’s accuser attempted to run away from the school due to the abuse and was heavily medicated by school officials during his time there “in an attempt to control these behavioral outbursts.”

So far, more than 200 lawsuits have been filed in Northern California accusing priests or church employees of abuse. It’s likely other new names will emerge by the time the three-year lookback window closes on Dec. 31, 2022.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 Archdiocese of San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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. James Walsh – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Fr. James Walsh

Diocese of Santa Rosa (San Francisco)

James Walsh Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1943

Died: 1993

Assignment History:

  • 1960s: St. Helena Catholic Church (St. Helena, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father James Walsh:

Father James Walsh was ordained a priest in 1943 for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Santa Rosa when it was established in 1962. He was assigned to the St. Helena Catholic Church in the 1960s and oversaw the opening of the St. Helena Catholic School.

According to media reports, Father Walsh’s name was included on a list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse released by the Diocese of Santa Rosa in 2019. According to this list, Fr. Walsh was accused in 2005 of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred in 1965 while serving at St. Helena Church. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

He died in 1993.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Santa Rosa, 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. Mark Liening – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Father Mark Liening

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Franciscans

Fr. Mark Liening Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1941

Dead: 1985

Assignment History:

  • 1941: Immaculate Conception (San Diego, CA)
  • 1941-1942: Old Mission (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1942: St. Mary’s (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1942-1943: St. Joseph’s (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1943: St. Joseph’s Hospital (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1943-1944: St. Mary’s (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1944-1945: Immaculate Conception (Provo, UT)
  • 1945: St. Joseph’s (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1945-1947: St. Mary’s (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1947-1948: St. Francis (Spokane, WA)
  • 1948-1949: Greek Rite Franciscan Commissariat (New Canaan, CT)
  • 1949-1950: Sybertsville Monastery (Sybertsville, PA)
  • 1950-1951: St. Mary’s (Phoenix, AZ
  • 1951-1953: St. Francis de Paula (Tularosa, NM)
  • 1953-1955: San Carlos, AZ
  • 1955-1957: Holy Family (Pueblo, CO)
  • 1957-1962: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland, CA)
  • 1962-1964: St. Francis de Paula (Tularosa, NM)
  • 1964: St. Boniface (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1964: Covered Wells, AZ
  • 1964-1966: St. Mary’s (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1966-1968: St. Joseph’s (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1968-1969: Ensenada, Mexico
  • 1969-1970: St. Joseph’s (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1970: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Fresno, CA)
  • 1970-1972: St. Joseph’s (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1972-1974: Old Mission (San Luis Rey, CA)
  • 1974-1979: St. Mary’s (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1979-1985: St. Francis de Paula (Tularosa, NM)
  • 1985: Old Mission (Santa Barbara, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Mark Liening:

Fr. Mark Liening was a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of Santa Barbara, part of what is formally known as the Order of Friars Minor.

In 2019, his name appeared on the Franciscans’ Santa Barbara Province list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted allegations reported in 2007 of child sex abuse of a minor in 1943-1944. 

During the time of the abuse, Liening was assigned to St. Mary’s in Phoenix, Arizona.

Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims or the nature of the alleged sexual abuse is unknown.

In 2019, his name also appeared on the Diocese of Oakland, the Las Cruces Diocese, and the Diocese of Phoenix list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Liening died in 1985.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 Archdiocese of San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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. Epiphanius Lewis – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Father Epiphanius Lewis

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Franciscans

Epiphanius Lewis Horowitz LawOrdained: Unknown

Left Province: 1965

Assignment History:

  • Year unknown: St. Paul Shipwreck (San Francisco, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Epiphanius Lewis:

Fr. Epiphanius Lewis was a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of Saint Barbara, part of what is formally known as the Order of Friars Minor.

In 2019, his name appeared on the Franciscans’ Santa Barbara Province list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted allegations reported in 1993, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 of child sex abuse of a minor in 1964-1968. 

Very little is known of Lewis’ activities within the church as the Franciscans’ Santa Barbara Province has not released any information about Lewis’ assignment history nor the year he was ordained. In addition, information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Lewis’ assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

At some point, Lewis was assigned to St. Paul Shipwreck in San Francisco, California.

Lewis left the Province in 1965.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 Archdiocese of San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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. Conan Lee – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Father Conan Lee 

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Franciscans

Fr. Conan Lee Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1943

Dead: 1978

Assignment History:

  • 1944-1947: St. Mary’s (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1947-1951: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland, CA)
  • 1951-1953: Old Mission (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1953-1954: San Roque (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1954-1956: St. Francis (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1956: St. Joseph Hospital (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1956-1958: Holy Family (Pueblo, CO)
  • 1958-1962: St. Anthony’s (Tigard, OR)
  • 1962-1975: Sacred Heart (Winlock, WA)
  • 1975-1977: Old Mission (Santa Barbara, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Conan Lee:

Fr. Conan Lee was a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of Santa Barbara, part of what is formally known as the Order of Friars Minor.

In 2019, his name appeared on the Franciscans’ Santa Barbara Province list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted allegations reported in 2010 of child sex abuse of a minor in 1957-1961. In 2019, his name also appeared on the Diocese of Oakland’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse is unknown.

Lee died in 1978.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 Archdiocese of San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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. John P. Leary – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Father John P. Leary 

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Jesuits

Fr. John P. Leary Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Dead: 1993

Assignment History:

  • 1951-1952: Alma College (Alma, CA)
  • 1952-1954: Manresa Hall (Port Townsend, WA)
  • 1954-1955: Rome, Italy
  • 1955-1969: Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA)
  • 1969:  Cranwell Prep. School (Lenox, MA)
  • 1969-1970: Utah State University (Logan, UT)
  • 1970-1978: Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
  • 1971:  New College of California (Sausalito, CA)
  • Year unknown: New College of California (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1977:  Academic Year in New York (NY)
  • 1981-1985: Old College (Reno, NV)
  • 1985-1986: St. Joseph’s (New York, NY)
  • 1987-1988: Jesuit Seminary & Mission Bureau (Portland, OR)
  • 1988-1993: Jesuit Provincial Residence (Portland, OR)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John P Leary:

Fr. John P Leary was president of Gonzaga University when allegations were made that he sexually abused a student. Although records show that reports were initially made beginning in 1966, the police weren’t notified until 1969. The Spokane police went to the Jesuits with an offer that Leary would be spared arrest if he left town within 24 hours. Leary was quietly sent away to a Jesuit boys’ school in Lenox, MA, to “recuperate”. 

According to media reports, the Jesuit order has settled with two of Leary’s victims so far. One of his accusers said that Leary sexually abused him as a teenager in 1965. The victim was a Gonzaga student and asked to drive the president to a speaking engagement. When he parked the car, Leary made an aggressive pass. The student was able to fend off Leary’s attempts at sex, though he was still subjected to abuse.

Over the course of his tenure, Leary lived and worked in Utah, California, New York, Nevada, and Oregon. In 2006, The Oregon Province Jesuits claimed they didn’t learn the details of allegations against Leary until 2006; they said documents show Leary may have abused as many as 12 youths. 

In 2018, Leary was included on the Jesuits West Province list named as being credibly accused of child sex abuse. It notes reports in 2006 and 2009 of abuse that took place from 1965-1966.

Leary died in 1993.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 Archdiocese of San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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. Jerome Leach – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Father Jerome Leach

Archdiocese of San Francisco

Jerome Leach Horowitz LawOrdained: 1976

Suspended: 1993

Arrested: 2002

Dead: 2017

Assignment History:

  • 1976: All Souls (South San Francisco, CA)
  • 1976-1979: St. Pius (Redwood City, CA)
  • 1979-1983: St. Patrick’s (Larkspur, CA)
  • 1983-1986: St. Catherine of Siena (Burlingame, CA)
  • 1986-1987: Absent on sick leave
  • 1987-1989: St. Finnbarr (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1990-1991: Our Lady of Mercy (Daly City, CA)
  • 1991-1993: All Souls (South San Francisco, CA)
  • 1994-2015: Absent on leave

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Jerome Leach:

In 1993, Fr. Jerome “Jerry” Leach was accused of molesting an altar boy back in 1976. At the time, Leach was the Deacon at All Souls in South San Francisco, California. 

After this allegation surfaced, that Leach molested a boy at All Souls, he was suspended from ministry in May of 1993. Leach had not yet been ordained when assigned to All Souls in South San Francisco.

According to media reports, in 2002, Leach was accused of sexually abusing another minor. The victim was a 12-year-old altar boy in which Leach abused over a 10-month period back in 1979. Leach was assigned to St. Patrick’s in Larkspur, California during the time this abuse took place.

In November of 2002, Leach was arrested and charged with having molested and sodomized an altar boy in 1979. Eight months later, the charges were dropped when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a California statute of limitation law that would have allowed for prosecution.

Leach’s whereabouts and whether he had access to children from 1994 until his death are unknown. Leach died in 2017.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 Archdiocese of San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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.