Assignment Record Rev. Angel Armando Perez

Summary of Case: A native of Mexico, Angel Armando Perez entered El Seminario Mayor de Guadalajara at age 20. After 7 years he took two years off, returned briefly, then entered Mount Angel Seminary near Portland, OR in 1996. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2002, at age 37. He was assigned to parishes in Corvallis, Coos Bay and Woodburn. In August 2012 Perez was arrested on charges of sexual abuse, use of a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and furnishing alcohol to a minor. Perez had invited a 12-year-old boy to spend the night with him after a church party, the night before a planned trip to the mountains. The priest and the boy drank beer and watched a movie, then went to bed. The boy awakened to find Perez fondling him and taking pictures with a cell phone. The boy ran into the street and sought help from neighbors who were outside. Perez chased the boy, wearing only his underwear. When the neighbors said they were going to call the police, Perez fled. In April 2013 Perez pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 6 years, 3 months in prison. The boy's parents filed a lawsuit in April 2014. The archdiocese settled with them in December 2014.

Ordained: 2002

 

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Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

2002

Portland archbishop was John George Vlazny (1997-2013).

2005 St. Mary's

Corvallis

OR 2/2

St. Mary's had a religious education program with 550-526 children.

Perez was profiled as a new priest in a 2002 news article.

2005

2008 St. Monica's Coos Bay OR 1/1 St. Monica's had a religious education program with 83-80 students.
2008 2012 St. Luke's

Woodburn

Perez was arrested in August 2012 after police received a report that Perez had inappropriately touched a 12-year-old boy. He was charged with sexual abuse, use of a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and furnishing alcohol to a minor. Perez had invited the boy to sleep over after a church party, the night before the two were to go on a trip to the mountains. They watched a movie and drank beer before bed; the boy awakened to find Perez touching his genitals and taking cell phone pictures of him. The boy ran out into the street and Perez chased him, wearing only underwear. Perez ran away when witnesses said they were going to call the police.

OR 1/1, 1/2 St. Luke's had a school with 188-161 students and a religious education program with 215-375 students.
2008 2012 St. Agnes' Hubbard OR   This was a mission of St. Luke's in Woodburn.
2010 2012 Area Vicars Marion County OR    
2012   Absent on Leave   OR   Perez pleaded guilty in April 2013 and was sentenced to 6 years, 3 months in prison. The boy's parents filed a civil suit in April 2014. It was settled in December 2015.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 2003-2013)

The Monday Profile: Answering His Call in a New Country, By Shelby Oppel, The Oregonian, August 5, 2002 Woodburn Priest Accused of Child Sex Abuse, Arrested, KATU, August 13, 2012
Woodburn Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Was Ordained in Oregon, Popular Among Parishioners, By Everton Bailey Jr.,The Oregonian, August 13, 2012
Court Docs Reveal Disturbing Allegations against Woodburn Priest, KATU, August 14, 2012Archdiocese Responds to
Woodburn Priest's Arrest, By Nancy Haught, The Oregonian, August 14, 2012
Police: Woodburn Priest Chased Boy down Street after Abuse, By Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian, August 14, 2012
Seminary Leader Shocked by Sex Abuse Allegations against Woodburn Priest, By Noelle Crombie, The Oregonian, August 14, 2012
Boy Told Sister: "Father Angel Touched Me in My Privates," Court Affidavit Said, By Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonia,n
August 14, 2012
Woodburn Priest in Alleged Sex Abuse Case Appears in Court, By Kimberly A.C. Wilson, The Oregonian, August 14, 2012
Oregon Priest Charged with Sexual Abuse of Minor, By Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency, August 17, 2012
Catholic Priest Accused of Drunkenly Fondling Woodburn Boy Hires A-list Attorney, By Bryan Denson, The Oregonian,
August 17, 2012
Police Quick to Act on Boy's Claims in Priest Abuse Case, By Emily Gillespie, Statesman Journal, August 18, 2012
Woodburn Priest's Arrest Focuses Attention on Mount Angel Abbey, By Nancy Haught, The Oregonian, August 18, 2012
Woodburn Priest Held without Bail in Alleged Sex Abuse, By Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian, August 20, 2012
Archbishop's Statement, By John Vlazny, Catholic Sentinel, August 23, 2012
Archbishop Vlazny Defends Loan to Woodburn Priest in Alleged Abuse Case, By Nancy Haught, The Oregonian, August 24, 2012
A Tale of 2 Priests: Woodburn Priest, Best Friend from Seminary, Face Similar Sex Charges, By Kimberly A.C. Wilson,
The Oregonian, August 25, 2012
Judge Removes Himself from Priest Sex Abuse Case, Fox 12, September 18, 2012
Oregon Priest, a Friend of Sacramento-Area Priest Accused of Molestation, Faces Similar Charges, By Cynthia Hubert,
Modesto Bee, October 10, 2012
Oregon Priest Gets 6 Years for Child Sex Abuse, The Wnyt, April 2, 2013
Priest in Underwear Chases Boy down Street, Courthouse News Service, April 24, 2014
Suit: Oregon Church at Fault for Underwear-clad Priest Who Chased Boy Fleeing Molestation, By Travis Gettys, Raw Story, April 24, 2014
Priest Molester Who Chased 12-year-old Victim down Street Spurs $8.5 Million Lawsuit, By Aimee Green, The Oregonian, April 24, 2014
Family sues church for $8.5M in sex abuse case, By Tyler Francke, Portland Tribune, April 30, 2014
Suit against St. Luke, Archdiocese Has Settled out of Court, By Tyler Francke, Portland Tribune, December



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This assignment record was last updated on December 31, 2015.


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