$10 million LA settlement - Mahony, Australian entertainer arrested - Savile
- $10 million Los Angeles settlement first since document release
by Brian Roewe Mar. 28, 2013
As Cardinal Roger Mahony entered the Sistine Chapel in Rome March 12 to
begin the process of electing the next pope, his name made headlines in his
home diocese for other reasons.
The cardinal, the Los Angeles archdiocese and an ex-priest agreed to
settlements in four clergy abuse-related cases, totaling $9.9 million. The
settlements are the first since the late January court-ordered release of 12,000
pages of abuse-related documents, and Mahony's ban from public and
administrative duties in the archdiocese.
On the same day another case, at the northern end of the state, also made
headlines when a visiting priest was arrested on suspicion of child abuse.
The former priest at the center of the Los Angeles settlements was Michael
Baker, who was removed from the priesthood in 2000 and convicted in 2007
of molesting two children. He was paroled in 2011 after initially receiving
a 10-year prison sentence.
The release of the files factored into the settlements, an attorney for
the alleged victims told the Los Angeles Times.
"Once we got the files, it confirmed everything we had argued for years
and years. Cardinal Mahony's fingerprints were all over the case," Vince
Finaldi told the Times.
The documents pertaining to Baker reveal that in December 1986 Mahony sent
him for psychological evaluation in New Mexico after Baker confessed to
the then-archbishop his sexual relationships with two boys, beginning in the
early 1980s. The psychological evaluation expressed concern with Baker's
attitude toward the relationships, saying they were "quite disturbing to
"At no point did he indicate any awareness at all that his sexual
involvement with these two boys may have consequences for them nor did he seem the
least bit concerned about any consequences for him except that he may now
have to go through a treatment program which he feels would be extraneous,"
read the evaluations, which did recommend immediate treatment.
Therapy continued for Baker as he re-entered ministry in the archdiocese.
He initially worked with the elderly and retired priests before serving
numerous parishes as an administrator or associate pastor. Ultimately, the
archdiocese placed him on inactive leave in April 2000 after allegations came
forward that he had continued to molest the same boys.
....Dominican Fr. Tom Doyle told NCR.
He also speculated Mahony himself could eventually face charges.
"I would not be at all surprised if Mahony were, if another grand jury
were convened and Mahony were indicted. Not at all surprised," he said.
Farther north in the state, new abuse allegations involving a foreign
visiting priest emerged March 12. Fr. Julio Guarin-Sosa, a visiting priest to
the Stockton, Calif., diocese, was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery
and molestation of a minor. The alleged incident occurred in Yuba City,
Calif., part of the Sacramento diocese, and approximately 80 miles north of his
assignment at St. Anne Parish in Lodi, Calif.
Guarin-Sosa was arraigned March 12 in Sutter County Superior Court and is
being held in the county jail. The Colombian priest had been assisting at
St. Anne for almost a month, while his brother, Fr. Mario Guarin, a
parochial vicar at the parish, was on vacation.
The Stockton diocese released a brief statement shortly after
"As a result of the charges, Father Guarin's permission to exercise
ministry in the Diocese of Stockton has been revoked. His diocese in Colombia has
been informed," the diocese stated.....
Prominent Australian entertainer arrested in relation to Jimmy Savile
child sex investigation
Jon Kaila News Limited Network March 29, 2013
A PROMINENT Australian entertainer has been arrested by Scotland Yard
detectives in London on suspicion of sexual offences. Metropolitan Police
confirmed officers have arrested an 82-year-old man living in Berkshire.
He was arrested by detectives involved in Operation Yewtree - which is
investigating the Jimmy Savile child sex abuse scandal that has rocked the UK.
He was released about 11.30pm UK time after being questioned by
detectives. His present whereabouts are unknown. A Scotland Yard spokesman said he
was bailed to a date in May, pending further inquiries.
Operation Yewtree was former in the wake of revelations the now deceased
television host and radio DJ Savile, sexually abused and assaulted more
than 400 people, mostly children, over five decades in hospitals, schools and
BBC's London studios....
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