March 09, 2005

Diocese seeks defrocked priest's file

San Bernardino County Sun

By Brad A. Greenberg, Staff Writer

Seeking to screen information about a defrocked priest accused of sexually abusing two former altar boys, the Diocese of San Bernardino has asked a Riverside judge to return his personnel file.

Jesus Armando Dominguez, 55, was charged in January with 58 counts of sexual abuse the most ever filed against a priest from the diocese. Authorities believe Dominguez has fled to Mexico.

The Riverside District Attorney's Office seized his file Jan. 25. The diocese last week asked for it back because it contains privileged information, such as Dominguez's medical and psychological history, said Wilfrid Lemann, diocese attorney.

"He could turn around and sue the church,' Lemann said.

Phone messages left for district attorney officials were not returned Tuesday.

A local victims' advocate said the diocese's actions were "highly suspect.'

Posted by kshaw at March 9, 2005 05:31 AM