Ex-Stockton priest accused of sexual misconduct with minor

Ex-Stockton priest accused of sexual misconduct with minor
Ex-Stockton priest accused of sexual misconduct with minor
nA Catholic priest who served in Modesto and throughout Stanislaus County nearly two decades ago is under criminal investigation, suspected of sexual misconduct with a child.

The alleged incident in 1999 involved a 15-year-old girl who was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, according to Heather Graves, spokesperson for the Modesto Police Department.

Father Eduardo De Jesus Perez Torrez is the focus of the police investigation and a review by the Diocesan Review Board, the Diocese of Stockton wrote in a statement released late Thursday afternoon.

Eduardo Perez, as he’s been referred to throughout his time in the San Joaquin Valley, also served at churches in Ceres, Oakdale, Riverbank and Stockton.

Graves said Friday detectives were alerted to the 1999 incident by the Stockton diocese in 2008 when the girl initially came forward. After an investigation by police, there was “not enough information that a crime occurred,” Graves said.

However, in late January, the diocese received additional information from a person representing the victim, and reported it to Modesto police, who reopened the case.

The diocese believes Perez is serving for the Diocese of Palmira in Colombia. He last served in the San Joaquin Valley at St. Gertrude’s in Stockton in 2014. That was the last contact he had with the diocese, according to Joseph Dondero, communications coordinator.

On Friday, St. Stanislaus referred all questions regarding the case to the Diocese of Stockton.

Perez served at St. Jude’s in Ceres from April 14, 1999 to December of that year. From there, he went to:

Nobody at the other Stanislaus County churches would comment or were available to comment on Friday.

Perez’s picture appeared with a story in The Bee in December 2001 at a pre-dawn service at St. Stanislaus celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day.

“Without the Virgin of Guadalupe, for us Mexicans, Mexico would not exist,” he told The Bee.

He also was pictured in The Bee serving a Spanish Easter Mass at St. Stanislaus in 2002.

Before leaving St. Mary’s of Stockton for Riverbank in 2008, parishioners at St. Mary’s were upset about the departure of the Spanish-speaking Perez, according to a story in The Record of Stockton.

The Diocese of Stockton, which has been cooperating with law enforcement, requests that anyone with information regarding this matter or any sexual abuse of a minor call Connie Jacob, the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, at 209-466-0636.

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Record news services STOCKTON ; A priest who served in Stockton, Modesto and throughout the area has been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.

The Rev. Eduardo De Jesus Perez Torrez is the focus of a review by the Diocesan Review Board, the Diocese of Stockton wrote in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

The alleged incident in 1999 involved a 15-year-old girl who was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Heather Graves, a spokeswoman for the Modesto Police Department, told The Modesto Bee.

Graves said Friday that detectives were alerted to the 1999 incident by the Stockton diocese in 2008 when the girl initially came forward. After an investigation by police, there was ;not enough information that a crime occurred,; Graves said.

However, in late January, the diocese received additional information from a person representing the victim, and reported it to Modesto police, who reopened the case.

;In accord with the diocesan policy, the Modesto Police Department was notified,; the statement said. ;The Diocese will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement.;

The statement said he is a priest of the Diocese of Palmira, Colombia. According to the statement, he last served in the Diocese of Stockton in June 2014.

Eduardo Perez, as he;s been referred to throughout his time in the San Joaquin Valley, served at St. Jude;s in Ceres from April 14, 1999 to December of that year. From there, he went to:

Before leaving St. Mary;s of Stockton for Riverbank in 2008, parishioners at St. Mary;s were upset about the departure of the Spanish-speaking Perez and roughly three dozen people marched outside the church;s Washington Street office, angry at the transfer of an active priest who they said understands the needs of the largely Spanish-speaking parish community, according to Record archives. At St. Mary of the Assumption, hundreds of people attend the Spanish-language Masses that are celebrated four times a day on Sundays.

Protesters said they would stop making financial contributions to the parish, charging that his transfer was in retaliation after he raised questions of financial mismanagement in the parish office earlier that year. Diocesan officials told members at the time that was not the reason for his transfer.

Perez;s replacement at St. Mary;s was the Rev. Dean McFalls, formerly of Lathrop;s Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. McFalls later resigned as pastor of St. Mary;s in 2013, telling parishioners he was about to become the father of a baby son and was no longer able to perform his duties as a priest.

The diocese asks anyone who has information regarding Perez, or any sexual abuse of a minor, to contact Connie Jacob, the diocesan victim assistance coordinator, at (209) 466-0636.

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