Father Tilak Jayawardene (Extern)
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Assigned as follows:
- 1973-1987 Unknown
- 1988-1991 Incarnation (Glendale, CA)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Tilak Jayawardene:
Father Tilak Jayawardene was an extern priest visiting from Sri Lanka who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to the Archdiocese, he reportedly fled to Sri Lanka in 1990 after he learned about child sexual abuse allegations made against him by a teenage boy.
According to media reports, in 1991, he was criminally charged with six counts of oral copulation in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred between Oct. 23 and Nov. 5, 1990. Five of the incidents are alleged to have occurred in the priest’s bedroom at the Glendale Incarnation Church rectory, while the sixth allegedly took place at the 17-year-old boy’s home.
United States authorities have sought his extradition to force his return. Catholic officials reportedly informed Father Jayawardene’s superiors in Sri Lanka about the allegations in December 1990.
Father Jayawardene’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. As of 2012, he is still a fugitive of the law, and his current whereabouts are unknown.
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