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Fr. Gary Pacheco, O.F.M.

 

Ordination: 1974

Notes: Fr. Gary Pacheco was a Franciscan priest. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has only acknowledged one accuser, but Fr. Pacheco has been named in at least two civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse, both of which settled in the 1990s. Fr. Pacheco allegedly groomed children by taking them to Disneyland or attending their birthday parties. One of Fr. Pacheco’s victims said the priest abused him while on a trip to the Anaheim theme park. Fr. Pacheco was reportedly laicized in 1994. Fr. Pacheco was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors and was included in a press release issued by the Diocese of Orange in 2004 as a priest accused and removed from ministry. As of 2010, Fr. Pacheco was believed to be living in Fountain Valley, California. Fr. Pacheco’s current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.

Assignments:

1975 Ascension, Portland, OR

1976-1977 SS. Simon and Jude, Huntington Beach, CA

1978 St. Francis of Assisi, Spokane, WA

1979-1985 SS. Simon and Jude, Huntington Beach, CA

1986 St. Polycarp Church, Stanton, CA

1987-1988 St. John the Baptist, Costa Mesa, CA

1988 Removed from Diocese of Orange

1989-2018 Unknown