Diocese of Sacramento
The Diocese of Sacramento and Bishop William K. Weigand issued a media statement on January 6, 2004, reporting that from 1950 to 2002, of the 1,215 priests in the Diocese, 21 priests were accused of child sexual abuse. According to Bishop Weigand, four of the priests had been exonerated.
As a result of the California State Legislature opening a one-year window in 2003 for survivors of sexual abuse to come forward with civil claims, 33 people filed sexual abuse lawsuits against the Diocese. Nearly half of the lawsuits involved a Salesian priest, Father Mario Blanco, who worked in the Diocese of Sacramento from 1969 to 1973.
As of January 2004, the Diocese of Sacramento stated that since its formation in 1976, the Diocese had received allegations of priest sexual abuse involving 47 alleged victims.
Independent Compensation Program for the Diocese of Sacramento
On May 14, 2019, the Catholic bishops of California announced the establishment of an Independent Compensation Program for Victim-Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests (ICP) for six California dioceses, including the Diocese of Sacramento. The independent program will be administered by Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille Biros, with an oversight committee including include former governor Gray Davis and Maria Contreras-Sweet.
- The Program is scheduled to launch in September of 2019.
- Survivor participation in the Program is voluntary.
- The Program is available to any survivor of sexual abuse as a minor by priests or clergy of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Diocese of Fresno, Diocese of Orange, Diocese of Sacramento, Diocese of San Bernardino, and Diocese of San Diego.
- The Program does not apply to survivors of sexual abuse by religious order priests or by clergy of outside of the aforementioned Dioceses.
- Both survivors who have an existing claim and those filing for the first time can seek compensation.
- New claims are subject to initial review for eligibility.
We encourage all survivors of priest sexual abuse to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim as part of these compensation programs in California. We have extensive experience navigating similar programs in New York and Pennsylvania, and our California attorneys and advocates are ready to help you explore your options to determine whether this is the right path for you.
Clergy accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Sacramento.
The list below contain the names of clergy who were assigned within or working in the California Diocese of Sacramento who have been accused of sexual misconduct. While lawsuits were filed involving many of these alleged perpetrators, the vast majority of the claims against these individuals have been settled or have not been fully evaluated in a civil or criminal court. Accordingly, the allegations should be considered just allegations and should not be considered proved or substantiated in a court of law.
All individuals should be considered innocent until proven guilty. In some situations, the statute of limitations has expired preventing cases from being heard in a court of law. The information contained herein is an attempt to compile information already available to the public including information obtained from the media, www.bishopaccountability.org, the Diocese’s public statements, lists and reports that were released to the public, and other sources that have attempted to chronicle this information for public use.