Diocese of San Diego

Bishop Robert Brom presented a memo to the priests of the Diocese of San Diego on February 24, 2004 regarding sexual abuse by priests in the Diocese from 1950-2003. The time period includes the first 29 years of what became the Diocese of San Bernardino in 1978.

Bishop Brom stated “slightly over 200 priests” had ministered in the Diocese of San Diego and 60 priests had been accused of sexual abuse. Of the 42 priests with credible or substantiated allegations, 21 priests had “left” or were removed from ministry. A total of 128 people came forward alleging child sexual abuse.

On February, 27, 2007, the Diocese of San Diego filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection just hours before the start of a civil child sex abuse trial. One month later the Diocese and Bishop Robert Brom released the names of 37 priests who were credibly accused of child sexual abuse. The list of accused priests included the assignment history of each priest and his current stats. The Diocese did not specify the nature or extent of the abuse claims.

Seven months later in September 2007, the Diocese of San Diego reached a settlement of nearly $200 million with 144 sexual abuse survivors.

The Diocese of San Diego has not updated its lists of priests with allegations of sexual abuse since the 2007 list was released as part of the bankruptcy process and the list has since been removed from the Diocese’s website.

Independent Compensation Program for the Diocese of San Diego

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 San Diego. 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 San Diego

The list below contain the names of clergy who were assigned within or working in the California Diocese of San Diego 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.