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Archdiocese for Years Kept Claims of Abuse From Police

SUNDAY REPORT

Church also let accused priests flee, say documents, interviews. But Mahony has been relatively aggressive in dismissing clergy.

August 18, 2002|GLENN F. BUNTING, RALPH FRAMMOLINO and RICHARD WINTON | TIMES STAFF WRITERS

Monsignor Timothy J. Dyer, 54, ordained in 1974. Vicar for clergy from 1991 to 1995. Quote: ``We're all struggling to understand what has happened and why.''

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Bishop Thomas J. Curry, 59, ordained in 1967. Vicar for clergy from 1986 to 1990. Appointed by Mahony in 1994 to be bishop of Santa Barbara. Quote: ``Our main concern was to respond to victims, get them help, to get the priests help, too.''

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday August 20, 2002 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 2 inches; 100 words Type of Material: Correction
Los Angeles Archdiocese--An asterisk in a chart published in Sunday's Section A should have indicated that the Los Angeles Archdiocese and the Diocese of Orange shared the cost of a $1.2-million settlement involving alleged sexual misconduct by Father John Lenihan, not Father Michael S. Baker. The Los Angeles Archdiocese and Baker shared the cost of a $1.3-million settlement involving accusations against him.

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Sex Abuse Allegations Against Los Angeles Archdiocese Priests

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The archdiocese has not made the names of accused priests public, but a review of lawsuits, police reports and internal archdiocese records found at least 33 priests and one deacon accused of sexual abuse since Roger M. Mahony became archbishop in 1985.

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Priests Removed This Year

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Gerald B. Fessard, 56, pleaded no contest in 1987 to misdemeanors of soliciting lewd acts and battery and received 36 months' probation. Subsequently resided at St. Timothy Church in Los Angeles and St. Luke Church in Temple City. Could not be reached for comment.

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Roderic Guerrini, 70, former pastor at St. Mark Church in Venice. LAPD investigating 1992 claims that he engaged in sexual misconduct with two teenage girls in the late 1970s. Living at Los Angeles church retirement home. Denies allegations.

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James F. O'Grady, retired in Ireland. Former pastor at St. Anthony Church in El Segundo. LAPD investigating 1997 claim that he molested altar girl years earlier. Incident previously reported to El Segundo police. Could not be reached.

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G. Neville Rucker, 81, retired in 1987 as pastor at Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades. Forced to move out of rectory in April. LAPD investigating claims that he molested two girls at St. Anthony Church in El Segundo in 1960s and four girls at St. Agatha Church in Los Angeles in early 1970s. Had no comment.

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Carl Sutphin, 70, retired as associate pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral. LAPD and Ventura County sheriffs investigating claims that he sexually abused two pairs of brothers in 1960s and 1970s. Could not be reached for comment.

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Michael Wempe, 62, retired. LAPD and Ventura County sheriffs investigating claims that he molested three boys between 1976 and 1985 while serving at St. Jude Church in Westlake Village, Sacred Heart Church in Ventura County and St. Mary Church in Palmdale. Could not be reached for comment.

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John Wishard, 70, retired in 1997. Charged in 1980 with felony oral copulation involving a boy and pleaded no contest. Sentenced to probation. Conviction later dismissed. In 1987, returned to active ministry at St. Genevieve Church in Panorama City and later in Santa Maria. Could not be reached.

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Priests Who Fled

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Lynn Caffoe, 56, out of ministry. Left in 1994 after a high school student reported allegation of molestation at St. James Church in Redondo Beach to a counselor at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance. Whereabouts unknown.

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Tilak Jayawardene, 58, returned to Sri Lanka in 1990. Left post as associate pastor at Glendale's Incarnation Church after learning of abuse allegations by a teenage boy. Charged in 1991 with six counts of oral copulation. Prosecutors seeking extradition.

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Patrick Kelly, 71, returned to his native Ireland from Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Tujunga after allegedly fondling a young girl. Promised to return to Los Angeles to face charges, but pleaded no contest to misdemeanor from Ireland and received three years' probation.

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Nicolas Aguilar Rivera, 60, went to Mexico City after learning of allegations that he sexually abused altar boys at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Sereno and St. Agatha Church in Los Angeles. Charges dismissed in Mexico in 1995. LAPD still investigating.

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Arulappan Savrianandam, 56, returned to India. At St. Paul of the Cross Church in La Mirada was accused in 1996 by a teenage girl of sexual touching. Left after being sent to a retreat house by the archdiocese.

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Santiago Tamayo, died in 1996. Accused in a lawsuit of having sex with an underage girl in the 1970s and '80s while at St. Philomena Church in Carson. Later apologized to victim. After he fled to his native Philippines, the L.A. Archdiocese in 1980s urged him to stay and become a priest there.

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Priests Convicted

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Richard Allen Henry, 49, sentenced to eight years in prison in 1993 after pleading no contest to committing sex acts on four children from one family at Holy Redeemer Church in Montrose. Registered sex offender. Now living on East Coast.

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John Anthony Salazar, 53, sentenced to six years in prison in 1988 after pleading guilty to molesting two boys, ages 13 and 14, in his living quarters at St. Lucy Church in East Los Angeles. Registered sex offender.

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Deacon Arturo Ahumada, 46, sentenced to a year in County Jail in June for providing pornographic material to two boys and committing sexual battery on another while serving at Epiphany Church in South El Monte.

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Charges Dismissed

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