Fr. Stephen C. Hernandez: Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Minors

Fr. Stephen C. Hernandez

Ordained: 1982
  • 1982-1983: St. Alphonsus, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1983-1984: Santa Clara Church; Santa Clara High School (Vice Principal), Oxnard, CA
  • 1985: Incardinated in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • 1985-1986: St. Stephen, Monterey Park, CA
  • 1985-1986: Cantwell High School, Montebello (Principal)
  • 1986-1990: Our Lady Queen of Angels Seminary, San Fernando, CA
  • 1990-1992: St. Genevieve Parish; St. Genevieve High School, Van Nuys, CA
  • 1992-1993: St. Stephen, Monterey Park, CA
  • 1993-1997: St. Camillus de Lellis, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1997-1999: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Rose Hill, CA
  • 1999: Retired
  • 2000-2018: Unknown

Fr. Stephen C. Hernandez was incardinated in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1985. At least two survivors have come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Fr. Hernandez. The Los Angeles Police Department investigated a claim that he repeatedly sexually abused a teenage boy from approximately 1998 to 2002 when he worked as a counselor at Eastlake Juvenile Hall. The boy said Fr. Hernandez sexually abused him at his family home and at the priest’s residence at Our Lady of Guadalupe. In 2004, Fr. Hernandez was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Fr. Hernandez attempted suicide in 2006 when he learned he had been investigated for alleged child sexual abuse four years prior. He was sentenced in 2006 to three years’ probation and ordered to stay away from children. Fr. Hernandez was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Fr. Hernandez’s current status as a priest, his whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.

Detailed Clergy Assignment Record: Fr. Stephen C. Hernandez