Assignment RecordRev. Jose F. Superiaso

Summary of Case: A native of the Philippines, where he was ordained in 1985, Superiaso went to the U.S. to study at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA in 1989 or 1990. He worked in several San Francisco parishes before being transferred to the Santa Fe archdiocese in 1998. There he worked there with Pueblo Indians. In 2003 a young woman reported to San Francisco police that Superiaso had molested her at a Daly City parish many times in 1994 and 1995, when she was 12 and 13 years old. Superiaso was a family friend who often babysat at the family's home. They were recent immigrants from the Philippines. Superiaso threatened to send the girl back to the Philippines if she told. In July 2003, at the request of the police, the young woman invited Superiaso to meet her in San Francisco. The police arrested him on his arrival. He pleaded innocent, and an ensuing trial ended in a hung jury. Superiaso pleaded guilty in June 2005 after investigators uncovered more evidence. He was sentenced to ten years in prison. In 2009, with the help of the Philippines' Chief Public Attorney, Superiaso appealed to President Obama and CA Governor Schwarzenegger for a pardon. The public attorney expressed doubt about Superiaso's guilt and said that, if released, he would be returned to ministry in the Philippines. Superiaso was eligible for parole by the end of 2013, but was released from jail in January 2012 due to time served prior to his conviction. After his release, Superiaso's victim's elder sister alleged publicly that Superiaso had taken advantage of her sexually in the 1990s, when she was in her 20s, after she confided in him that she had been molested as a child in the Philippines. Deportation proceedings were pending in February 2012.

Ordained: 1985


   

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
1985 1991     Philippines Superiaso is not indexed in the 1986-1991 Directories.

1991

San Francisco archbishop was John Raphael Quinn (1977-1995), followed by William Joseph Levada (1995-2005)

1997 St. Andrew's

Daly City

Superiaso was arrested in 2003 after a 20 year-old woman accused him of molesting her in the St. Andrew's rectory many times between July 18, 1994 and Nov. 30, 1995, when the woman was a 12 to 13 year-old girl. Superiaso was a family friend who often babysat for them. The girl was a recent immigrant from the Philippines. She said she didn't disclose the abuse because she thought no one would believe her and because Superiaso threatened to send her back to the Philippines.

CA

2/2

In residence 1991-1995

St. Andrew's had a religious education program with 257-400 students.

Superiaso arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989 or 1990 to attend graduate school at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley.

May 1997 July 1997 Our Lady of the Pillar Half Moon Bay CA    
1997 1998 Immaculate Heart of Mary Belmont CA 2/3, 2/4

Immaculate Heart of Mary had a school with 305 students, and a religious education program with 356 students.

Superiaso is he 1999 Directory-as at IHM in Belmont, CA, and at St. Anne's in Santa Fe, NM.

mid-1998

Santa Fe archbishop was Michael Jarboe Sheehan (1993-)

1999 St. Anne's Santa Fe NM 2/2 St. Anne's had a religious education program with 337 students.
1999 2000 La Santisima Trinidad Arroyo Seco NM 2/2 La Santisima Trinidad had a religious education program with 95 students.
1999 2000 San Antonio de Padua Valdez NM   This was a mission of La Santisima Trinidad in Arroyo Seco.
1999 2000 Santo Nino de Atocha Las Colonias NM   This was a mission of La Santisima Trinidad in Arroyo Seco.
1999 2000 San Cristobal San Cristobal NM   This was a mission of La Santisima Trinidad in Arroyo Seco.
1999 2000 Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Taos NM 2/2 Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe had a religious education program with 380 students. The parish was a mission of La Santisima Trinidad in Arroyo Seco.
1999 2000 St. Jerome's Taos NM   This was a mission of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Taos.
1999 2000   Taos Pueblo NM   This was a mission of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Taos.
1999 2000 St. Theresa El Prado NM   This was a chapel of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Taos.
1999 2000 Our Lay of Sorrows

Canon NM   This was a chapel of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Taos.
1999 2000 Immaculate Conception Ranchitos NM   This was a chapel of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Taos.
1999 2000 San Antonio La Loma NM   This was a chapel of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Taos.
2000 2003 Cathedral of San Francisco de Asis Santa Fe NM

2/4

Superiaso was a musician who often directed the parish school's childrens' choir and the cathedral's youth choir.

The Cathedral had a school with 236-224 students, and a religious education program with 193-222 students.
2000 2001 Santa Clara Indian Pueblo Rio Arriba Co.     This was a mission of the Cathedral of San Francisco de Asis in Santa Fe. (The 2002 and 2003 Directories
do not mention missions).
2000 2001 San Ildefonso Indian Pueblo Santa Fe Co.     This was a mission of the Cathedral of San Francisco de Asis in Santa Fe
2000 2001 Tesuque Indian Pueblo Santa Fe Co.    

This was a mission of the Cathedral of San Francisco de Asis in Santa Fe.

Superiaso is not indexed in the Directories beyond 2003. He was placed on Administrative Leave by the Santa Fe archdiocese in July 2003 after a 20 year-old woman reported having been molested at St. Andrew's in Daly City by Superiaso in 1994 and 1995. Police asked her to phone Superiaso and invite him to come to San Francisco to meet her. He traveled to meet her and police, rather than the woman, were there to meet him. He was arrested in on charges of 25 counts of child molestation. Superiaso pleaded innocent.

2003 Jan. 2012 Prison   CA   A Sept. 2004 trial resulted in a hung jury. In June 2005 Superiato pleaded guilty to six counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under the age of 14. He was sentenced to ten years in prison, and was eligible for parole in late 2013.

In 2009 Superiaso appealed to President Obama and CA Governor Schwarzenegger for a pardon. The Philippines' Chief Public Attorney was involved in the effort, and said that, if released, Superiaso would return to ministry in the Philippines, and, "...by serving half of his sentence he has been rehabilitated, if, in fact, there is any truth to the alleged charges."
Jan. 2012          

Superiaso was released from prison January 24, 2012. After his release, his victim's elder sister alleged publicly that Superiaso took advantage of her sexually when she was in her 20s in the 1990s and was working as a parish youth coordinator. She said his advances toward her started after she confided in him that another priest had molested her when she was a child in the Philippines. She said she was horrified when she later found out he was molesting her little sister. It was then that the family reported to the police the girl's abuse by Superiaso.

When it was announced that Superiaso was to be deported back to the Philippines, the elder sister reportedly wrote to the Manila archbishop, "I beg you to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults by preventing Superiaso from continuing to minister in Manila or any other part of the country."

A retired Philippines archbishop who was a Tribunal official said Superiaso would face charges before the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) upon his arrival in the country.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1992-2003)

Priest Arrested in Molest Case, By Jim Herron Zamora, San Francisco Chronicle , June 11, 2003
Priest Faces 25 Counts of Child Molestation, The Mercury News [California], Downloaded June 11, 2003
Former St. Francis Priest Arrested, By Erika Davila, Santa Fe New Mexican, June 12, 2003
Priest Denies Abuse Charges, Pleads Innocent in Calif. Court, Albuquerque Journal [New Mexico], August 1, 2003
Deadline Looms for Molestation Lawsuits, By Michelle Durand , San Mateo Daily Journal [California], Downloaded December 30, 2003
Priest's Molest Case Waits for a Trial Date, By Amy Yarbrough, San Mateo County Times, San Mateo [County CA], August 24, 2004
Priest's Trial Set to Go, By Sabrina Crawford, San Francisco Examiner, August 24, 2004
Jury Hung in Daly City Priest's Molestation Trial, By Tim Hay, San Mateo County Times, September 18, 2004
Ex-Priest Will Be Tried on Additional Molestation Counts, By Amy Yarbrough, San Mateo County Times, October 7, 2004
Priest Convicted of Sex Abuse Won't Return to Santa Fe, By Erika Dávila, New Mexican [New Mexico], March 12, 2006
Ex Nm & CA Pedophile Priest Wants Pardon from Obama, By Barbara Dorris, SNAP, January 28 2009
Filipino Public Defender Helps San Mateo County Priest Seek Pardon for Molesting Girl, By Elizabeth Pfeffer, San Mateo County Times, February 13, 2009
Priest Convicted of Child Molestation May Be Deported, By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN, February 14, 2012
Convicted Predator Priest to Be Deported; SNAP Responds, By Barbara Dorris, Network of Those Abused by Priests, February 14, 2012
Pinoy Ex-priest Faces Deportation after Imprisonment for Molesting Girl in US, GMA News, February 16, 2012
Priest in US Child Sex Case to Face CBCP Court, ABS-CBNnews.com, February 16, 2012

 

 

 

 



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This assignment record was last updated on January 13, 2015.


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