Catholic Priest in Modesto Placed on Leave Pending Investigation Into Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Rev. Editho Mascardo, a priest at Modesto’s Holy Family Catholic Church, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations that he engaged in inappropriate conduct with a minor. The Holy Family Catholic Church is part of the Diocese of Stockton, overseen by Bishop Stephen Blaire. The Stockton Police Department is investigating the… read more

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Criminal Charges Brought Against Franciscan Friars Following Molestation Revelations

Three leaders of the Franciscan Religious Order, Giles Schinelli, Robert D’Aversa, and Anthony M. Criscitelli, have been criminally charged following allegations that they knowingly allowed a child molester to take on jobs, including a position as a high school athletic trainer, that enabled him to molest more than 100 children. That friar, Stephen Baker, killed… read more

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Bible Study Teacher Arrested for Child Molestation

A 54 year old man named Shawn Edward Shaffer has been arrested on suspicion of molesting multiple young boys under the age of 16. Shaffer of Corona, California, was a bible study teacher. While some victims have come forward, the Corona Police Department is looking for any one who may have information. For more information… read more

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Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa Settles Childhood Sexual Abuse Case for 3.5 Million Dollars

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa has agreed to pay 3.5 million dollars to settle a lawsuit filed by a 17-year-old boy who alleged that a diocesan priest molested him when he was 12. The plaintiff was represented by Manly, Stewart & Finaldi. The priest, Father Ted Oswald, died in 2010. The Plaintiff alleged… read more

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JSerra High School Spanish Teacher Convicted of Committing Lewd Acts Upon a Child

Ricardo Aldana, a former Spanish teacher at the Catholic JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, California, has been convicted of committing lewd acts upon a 14-year-old child. Aldana had picked the young girl up from her home and drove her to his home in Dana Point, where he raped her. Aldana faces up to… read more

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With Bankruptcy Filing, Diocese of Stockton Joins Ranks of Other Bankrupt Dioceses

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, the Diocese of Stockton became the 10th Diocese in the nation to file for bankruptcy protection in the face of mounting liability stemming from childhood sexual abuse allegations. The move comes on the heels of the indictment of one of the Diocese’s priests for child molestation. The Diocese estimates that… read more

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Diocese of Stockton Files for Bankruptcy

The Diocese of Stockton has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it can no longer afford to pay legal expenses in connection with clergy sexual abuse allegations. The city of Stockton is also filing for bankruptcy. The Stockton Diocese is one of ten total dioceses in the United States to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy… read more

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Father Kelly Facing 14 Years in Prision Following Grand Jury Indictment

Father Michael Kelly, a long time priest of the Diocese of Stockton, has been indicted by a grand jury on three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct on a child and one count of oral copulation. Kelly, who has not been defrocked, faces up to 14 years in prison. The District Attorney’s Office will seek… read more

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Archdiocese of Los Angeles Settles Case For 10 Million Dollars

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has settled four clergy sex abuse cases brought by individuals who were molested by one of the Diocese’s most notorious pedophile priests, Father Michael Baker. The settlement comes just after the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released thousands of documents relating to sexual abuse within the Church. Some of those documents… read more

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Archdiocese of Los Angeles Releases Files Documenting Attempts to Cover up Sexual Molestation of Children

The Los Angeles Times has reported what many had suspected for years: Roger Mahony and his key aides actively concealed abuse to avoid detection by the police and the victims of pedophile priests. This dramatic new evidence comes in the form of hundreds of documents released this week, which includes documents composed by Cardinal Mahony… read more

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