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The stories behind each of San Jose’s 15 accused priests

The stories behind each of San Jose's 15 accused priests

These are the priests named Thursday by the Diocese of San Jose as credibly accused of abusing youngsters throughout their time within the diocese.

Leonel Noia

Whereas a pastor on the former St. Patrick parish in San Jose, Noia was arrested and convicted in 1976 after two boys reported he sexually abused them on a tenting journey. When he obtained out of jail in 1978, he was transferred to 3 different San Jose parishes: St. Julie Billiart till 1982, St. Anthony till 1986 and 5 Wounds, the place he served for 16 years till 2002, when the church banned all priest youngster molesters from ministry. Every time Noia was launched at a brand new parish, based on a newspaper account in 2004, both he or the pastor introduced to the parish his previous document. The similar information account says he was accused of sexual misconduct with two boys whereas he was at St. Anthony’s parish in 1985, though the the household didn’t pursue compensation or a lawsuit and people accusations will not be listed within the diocese account.

Robert Grey

Whereas a priest at St. Justin parish in Santa Clara from 1991 to 1993, Grey was accused of sexually abusing three teenage boys he taught in a karate class, together with at the very least one from St. Christopher parish. In 1993, in change for a no contest plea in a single case, two different counts have been dropped. Grey served 160 days in jail and acquired psychiatric remedy earlier than returning to the diocese in 1995, when he was given a job as an administrator within the cemeteries division. He was nonetheless allowed to serve Mass weekly at totally different parishes and preside over weddings. He was completely banned from ministry in 2002, in accordance with the Dallas Constitution.

Hernan Toro

Initially of the Archdiocese of Popayan in Colombia, Toro was accused of sexual misconduct with a toddler whereas at Our Woman Star of the Sea Parish in Alviso in 1983. He was convicted and registered as a intercourse offender in 1983, however that didn’t cease his work within the church. After his conviction, Toro went on to serve at St. Athanasius Parish in Mountain View; St. Catherine Parish in Morgan Hill; and St. Aloysius Parish in Palo Alto. He was despatched to a detention ministry in 1988 and was completely banned from the ministry two years later. Toro retired that yr and now lives in San Leandro, in accordance with the Diocese. The allegations towards him had not beforehand been disclosed.

Laurent Largente

Father Laurent Largente is pictured in an article from the Friday, October 27, 1967 difficulty of The Spartan Every day, the San Jose State College newspaper. Largente is on an inventory of 15 priest names launched by San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath on Thursday he stated have been discovered to have been credibly accused of abusing youngsters inside the diocese. 

Largente was faraway from ministry in 1994, the identical yr the sufferer got here ahead recounting sexual molestation by Largente at St. Patrick Cathedral between 1980 and 1983. The case apparently wasn’t made public till this week. Largente was placed on depart from St. Patrick’s in 1987, though the rationale isn’t defined. He was transferred to Church of the Ascension in Saratoga later that yr. Though he was “removed from ministry” in 1994, in accordance with the Dallas Constitution, he was completely banned from ministry in 2002.

Thomas Bettencourt

Bettencourt reportedly engaged in sexual misconduct with a toddler whereas serving at St. Justin Parish in Santa Clara in 1982. The diocese says the abuse was not reported till 1997, seven years after Bettencourt, the 48-year-old scion of two well-known San Jose households and a heavy smoker, died from respiratory failure. From 1974 to 1988 he served at parishes and Catholic faculties from San Francisco to San Jose to Campbell to Los Gatos. In a 1981 article, a yr earlier than the abuse, Bettencourt advised a reporter he discovered probably the most satisfaction in “restoring the faith of someone who has been driven from the church by the insensitivity of some other priest.” Bettencourt’s father, Anthony Bettencourt, owned a fountain at 17th Road and Santa Clara Avenue that turned a well-liked hangout for San Jose households, and his mom Elizabeth was half of the Pasetta development household. The allegations towards Bettencourt had not beforehand been disclosed.

Joseph Pritchard

Pritchard, a priest from the 1950s via late 1980s, was accused of sexual abuse by a minimum of 19 victims, no less than 10 from St. Martin of Excursions parish in San Jose and one from St. Nicholas in Los Altos. The instances weren’t made public till the early 2000s, when the St. Martin’s victims got here ahead. Nevertheless, the daddy of one of the victims stated that in 1977, he wrote a letter of grievance to church officers and was informed that Pritchard was in remedy and can be transferred. Pritchard left St. Martin’s in 1978 and moved to St. Nicholas in Los Altos, the place he served till the yr of his dying in 1988. The diocese’s record Thursday stated it was not alerted to Pritchard’s abuse till lawsuits have been filed in 2002 and 2003. Nevertheless, a sufferer’s father mailed a letter in 1977 alerting church officers to the abuse of his son and different youngsters by Pritchard. Through the years, the diocese has stated the letter didn’t exist, however it later stipulated in courtroom that the daddy despatched the letter.
Lawyer Rob Mezzetti, who represented about 10 of Pritchard’s victims, stated “that list is wrong and they know it’s wrong.” Mezzetti stated he deposed Bishop McGrath in the course of the case.

Alexander Larkin

Father Alexander C. Larkin. This photograph appeared within the Saratoga Information, September 11, 1996. 

Larkin was eliminated as pastor of Sacred Coronary heart Church in Saratoga in 2005 after the diocese was served with a lawsuit by two males who allege he molested them whereas they have been altar boys at Our Woman of the Rosary in Palo Alto within the late 1970s. One of the lads, generally known as “John Doe 31” in courtroom filings, advised the Mercury Information in 2005 that Larkin was a trusted pal of the household who visited them three to 4 occasions every week. He escaped his abuse, he stated, when he went off to school. On the similar time he was submitting his lawsuit, the diocese was contacting regulation enforcement and initiating an investigation into Larkin based mostly on an nameless letter posted on automotive home windows at Sacred Coronary heart. The letter author described being abused as a teen by Larkin at St. William in Los Altos. Larkin was placed on restrictive ministry duties in 2005 and was completely banned in 2009. He nonetheless resides in San Jose, in accordance with the diocese.

George Moss

Moss was accused of sexual misconduct with youngsters whereas at St. Joseph Parish in Mountain View from 1963 to 1976, when it was half of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The allegations have been reported in 2002, 2004 and 2012 to the Diocese of San Jose, established in 1981. Moss had retired in 1976 and died a decade later, the diocese stated. The allegations had not beforehand been made public.

Don Flickinger

Don Flickinger is on an inventory of 15 priest names launched by San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath on Thursday. McGrath stated the priests have been discovered to have been credibly accused of abusing youngsters inside the diocese. (Courtesy of KMPH/FOX26) 

The diocese discovered credible sexual misconduct allegations involving youngsters towards visiting priest Flickinger whereas he stayed at St. Frances Cabrini in San Jose and Sacred Coronary heart Parish in Saratoga from the 1990s to the early 2000s. The diocese stated they discovered of the abuse in 2002, 2005 and 2006, the latter yr Flickinger was completely banned from the ministry.
Flickinger, who was a visiting priest from the Fresno diocese and allowed to remain within the South Bay rectories as he cared for his ailing mom, was sued by at the least three people who alleged he molested them as youngsters — two boys and a woman. On the Saratoga parish, Flickinger would hear confessions and put together second-graders for his or her First Communions.

Noel Senevirante

Senevirante was accused of sexual misconduct with a toddler a while between 1971 and 1972 whereas at St. Leo the Nice Faculty in San Jose. The San Jose diocese related him with a diocese in Sri Lanka however indicated he hung out in San Jose in 1970 at St. Martin of Excursions, St. Leo the Nice and St. Maria Goretti parishes. The abuse was reported in 2002 and the diocese stated he was completely banned from ministry that yr and that he died in 2009. The allegations towards Senevirante had not beforehand been disclosed.

Phil Sunseri

Sunseri was accused of sexual misconduct with youngsters at St. Christopher Parish in 1986 and whereas at Holy Household Parish the next yr. The abuse was reported in 1987 and 2018, and the diocese stated Sunseri was completely banned from ministry in 1988 however nonetheless dwelling in San Jose. The allegations towards Sunseri had not beforehand been disclosed.

Philip McCrillis

McCrillis was accused by two sisters of sexual misconduct throughout his time at St. Albert the Nice Parish & St. Patrick Seminary between 1968-1969. The sisters stated McCrillis turned near the household after their mother and father divorced and that he and their mom had an affair. Once they have been in junior excessive, they stated he started molesting them. Parkinson’s illness pressured him to retire in 2003. The sisters sued in 2004, gained a settlement, and he was banned from ministry that yr. Apart from a number of pastoral assignments, McCrillis additionally ran two eating places and wrote poetry. However by the point he died in 2007, many parishioners nonetheless didn’t know concerning the accusations, and people who did have been angered by the glowing obituaries and memorials he acquired upon his dying.

Angel Mariano

Mariano was reported and convicted in 1998 of having intercourse with a 17-year-old boy that he met in an web chat room. He was convicted of two felonies and spent 5 months in Santa Clara County Jail. Mariano was completely banned from the ministry in 1998, the identical yr he left Most Holy Trinity Parish in San Jose. However in line with parishioners, the diocese didn’t disclose the knowledge to them, and lots of questioned why Mariano quietly left the church with out discover. They didn’t discover out concerning the expenses towards him till 2002, when his identify got here up in information stories in an inventory of priests accused of sexual abuse. After being pressured out of the church, Mariano, like different priests, was taken to Sacred Coronary heart Jesuit Middle in Los Gatos.

Joseph Dondero

Dondero was accused of sexual misconduct with a toddler whereas at St. Joseph Parish within the 1960s, in response to the diocese, which stated the incident wasn’t reported to them till 2002. Dondero had a number of pastoral assignments all through the South Bay and a stint at Loyola Marymount College in Los Angeles within the 1950s. After leaving St. Thomas Cantebury Parish in Campbell in 1980, Dondero spent seven years on the Sacred Coronary heart Jesuit Middle in Los Gatos, the place he died in 1997.

Arthur Harrison

Harrison was accused of sexually abusing youngsters he met at St. Frances Cabrini parish in San Jose between 1974 and 1976, in addition to at Our Woman of Loretto Parish in Novato in 1961. Though he was not her parish priest, one of the victims advised this information group that stated she had been repeatedly molested within the 1970s at Harrison’s cabin within the Santa Cruz Mountains. Harrison was listed as chaplain at San Quentin Jail on the time. The first victims didn’t come ahead till 1988 — after Harrison had been serving for 10 years as priest at St. Elizabeth parish in Milpitas and had moved to Church of the Ascension in Saratoga. In 1989, Harrison was placed on depart. He retired in 1992, was completely banned from ministry in 2002, and died in 2005.