July 31, 2005

Ex-aide’s search warrant could lead to more charges

Reno Gazette-Journal

Posted: 7/30/2005 10:17 pm

Prosecutors in Southern California have charged Reno Bishop Phillip Straling’s former aide with 58 counts of child molestation concerning abuse that occurred while Jesus Dominguez was a priest in the San Bernardino, Calif., diocese.

Dominguez, 56, Straling’s assistant during special Masses, is accused of sexually assaulting two boys, ages 16 and 17, in two different parishes in 1988 and 1989, said Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Morgan Gire.
He faces 11 counts of engaging in oral copulation with a minor and two counts of sodomy with a minor for the first victim, said Gire. He’s charged with 19 counts of oral copulation with a minor, 13 counts of unlawful sexual penetration and 13 counts of sodomy with a minor with the second victim, the prosecutor said.

Dominguez has disappeared from his Los Angeles residence and is believed to have fled to Mexico, Gire said. If found and convicted, he faces a maximum of more than 44 years in prison, Gire said.

When asked about Dominguez and other accused priests, Straling declined to comment and referred all questions to officials in San Bernardino, where

Posted by kshaw at July 31, 2005 08:36 AM