Catholic clergy members accused of sexual assault in Bay Area dioceses

SAN FRANCISCO — These are the names and faces of the 212 clergy members accused of sexual assault from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Dioceses of Oakland and San Jose.

Jeff Anderson and Associates compiled a 66-page report, accusing church leadership of covering up allegations and enabling habitual abusers.

This following a lawsuit against every California bishop.

“This lawsuit is designed to disclose the names, the identities, the history of offenders and the top officials complicit across the state.”

At least two Filipinos, Father Jose Superiaso and Brother Joseph Gutierrez-Cervantes were among those named in the report.

Father Superiaso pled guilty in 2005 after being arrested in 2003 on sexual abuse charges.

He was deported back to the Philippine after serving a 10-year sentence.

In 2003, victims from De la Salle High School accused Gutierrez-Cervantes of sexual abuse.

His current whereabouts are unknown.

For Melanie Sakoda of the Survivors Network of those abused by priests says she is not shocked by the report.

Former priest turned predator priest-hunter — Patrick Wall — says that the church is not fixing the problem simply by moving alleged offenders around.

“Priests fail just like any other human being, so therefore they should be held to the same standard as every other human being. They should be getting a second, a third, a fourth chance. Priests need to be held accountable to the law.”

The three dioceses released their own statements regarding clergy abuse — each acknowledging that “there are reliable reports of ministers violating their vows,” and that “names of all clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors will be released soon.”

The dioceses are arranging for a former FBI executive assistant director to oversee an in-depth independent review of the 212 named individuals — the report accuses 135 offenders from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 95 from the diocese of Oakland, and 33 from Diocese of San Jose, with some serving in multiple dioceses.

A total of 130 priests named in the report are deceased.

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