Fr. John V. Coffield: Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Minors

Fr. John V. Coffield

Ordained: 1941
  • 1942: Our Lady Help of Christians, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1943-1954: Nativity Catholic Church, El Monte, CA
  • 1955-1961: Dolores Mission, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1962-1964: Ascension Catholic Church, Los Angeles
  • 1965: St. Carthage Catholic Church, Chicago, IL
  • 1966-1967: Unknown
  • 1968: Lived at a private residence in El Monte
  • 1969: St. Anne, Santa Ana, CA
  • 1970-1974: Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, Santa Ana, CA
  • 1972-1973: Jesuit Theology Seminary, Berkeley, CA (OAK)
  • 1975-1976: Retired, Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
  • 1977: Retired (San Louis Rey, CA)
  • 1978-1980: Retired (San Marcos, CA)
  • 1981: Administrator Emeritus at San Felipe de Jesus, Capistrano Beach, CA
  • 1982-2004: Unknown
  • 2005: Died

In 2002, Fr. John V. Coffield was accused of sexually abusing a boy at Dolores Mission from 1960 to 1962. Fr. Coffield was named in a civil lawsuit in 2003. Fr. Coffield’s alleged victim said that Fr. Coffield gained the trust of his parents and sexually abused him in multiple locations on and around the church grounds. After the first civil lawsuit was filed against him, a second accuser came forward. Fr. Coffield was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. From approximately 1982 to his death in 2005, Fr. Coffield’s whereabouts, his status as a priest, and whether he had access to children are unknown.

Detailed Clergy Assignment Record: Fr. John V. Coffield