March 27, 2006

Man alleges priest raped him

Daily Bulletin

By Jannise Johnson, Staff Writer

POMONA - When a Pomona boy needed help 26 years ago dealing with emotional problems brought on by a physically abusive father, he did what many would do: seek the help of a priest.
That decision, he said, drastically altered his life for the worse.

Mark Gallegos, 34, passed out fliers and spoke to members of the media as well as parishioners Sunday morning at Sacred Heart Church, 1215 S. Hamilton Blvd. Gallegos said he hoped those attending Mass would get his message: The church does little to nothing to help survivors of priest abuse.

"I think these priests think they are above the law," Gallegos said.

Gallegos alleges he was raped when he was 8-years-old by the Rev. Manuel Sanchez.

Posted by kshaw at March 27, 2006 08:11 AM