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Diocese Of San Bernardino Releases List Of Priests Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse Going Back 40 Years

STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — The Diocese of San Bernardino has released the names of nearly three dozen priests it claims were accused of sexual abuse over the past four decades.
The list out Monday contains the names 34 credibly accused clergy members who have been reported to the police; suspended, removed or both; or died. The incidents span from the 1960s to as recently as 2014.


The Diocese today has released the names of all priests credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor (1978-present). This is an action of transparency intended to promote healing for victims & for the Catholic faithful. View the list at https://t.co/UC0fq4NEtJ
— SanBernardinoDiocese (@sbdiocese) October 8, 2018

In a video accompanying the release, Bishop Gerald Barnes read a statement addressing “the past and present realities of the clergy sexual abuse crisis.
“In this difficult time, I want to be open, honest and accountable to the Catholic faith and to all people of good will. And so I have made the decision to release publicly a list of the names of all priests who have ministered in the Diocese of San Bernardino that have credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor during our 40 years as a diocese.”
Bishop Barnes goes on to apologize for the abuse and urges people who have been victimized by priests on the list to come forward with their stories.
The move comes nearly two months after a Pennsylvania grand jury released a report detailing the sexual abuse of some 1,000 children at the hands of about 300 priests, and it follows a similar release from the Diocese of San Diego , of which the San Bernardino Diocese was a part until 1978.
According to the list, more than half the priests listed previously served in Riverside schools or churches.
Earlier this month, an Orange County man who was allegedly abused by a priest as a child  sued all California bishops over what he and his lawyer claimed are “secret lists” of predator priests. Days later, an Oxnard man went further, suing the Vatican and asking Pope Francis to release the names and files regarding pedophile priests worldwide. Manuel Vega reached a settlement with the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 2007 in a case stemming from his alleged abuse by a priest in Oxnard.
People who believe they might have been victims of sexual abuse by priests can call the San Bernardino abuse reporting diocesan hotline at (888)206-9090, or the diocesan child & youth protection office at (909)475-5125.
Barnes’ full statement, which was made available in English and Spanish, can be read here .
Below is the list of the 34 priests, including the first ten whose names had not previously been made public, and the years the alleged incidents occurred. The full list with details of their tenures and places they served can be found on the diocese website .

Daniel De Dominicis: 1975-85
Joseph Jablonski: 2014
Robert Kurilec: 1970, 1972
Peter McCormick: 1990
Dominic Gaioni: 1993
Roberto Barco: 2009-2010
Alex Castillo: 2009
Robert Donat: 1984
Timothy Keppel: 1976-79
Louis Perreault: 1990-92
Gustavo Benson: 1978, 1985-86
Jesus Dominguez: 1983, 1988
Rudy Gil: 1987
J. Ernest Hayes: 1978-83, 1981, 1987
Malachy McGinn: 1969, 1981
Paul Nguyen: 1993
Anthony Rodrigue [sic]: 1978
Charles Rourke: 1979
Ed Ball: 1979-86
Jospeh Fertal: 1995
Howard Melzer: 1976-80
John Schmitz: 1985
Paul Shanley: 1990
Bernard Waltos: 1984-90
Fidencio Silva-Flores: 1979-85, 1995
Ponciano Ramos: 1993
Esteban Trujullo: 1998, 2001
Joseph Bell: 1960s-70s
Ruben Garcia: 1981
John Haberthier: 1973
Terrence Reilly: 1983
James Stauber: 1970
Saul Ayala: 1988-89
Michael Bucaro: 1983-89

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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