Rev. Paul R. Valdez

Summary of Case: In March 1999 an 11 year-old girl told her parochial school teacher that she didn't want to go to Valdez for confession, because Valdez had put his hand on her groin during confession the previous December. The teacher and the school principal humiliated the girl in front of the class, told them not to tell anyone, and downplayed the incident to the Dept. of Social Services.
The girl's family sued, resulting in a settlement. In 2011 Valdez remains an active priest of the Monterey diocese.

Ordained: 1982
Incardinated: Monterey diocese


   

Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1982

Monterey Bishop was Thaddeus Anthony Shubsda (1982-1991)

1984 Sacred Heart Salinas CA 2/3 Parish had a grade school with 305 students, and a junior high school with 125 boys.
1982 1984 Christ the King Salinas CA   This was a mission of Sacred Heart
1984 1985 Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo Monterey CA 2/2 Parish had a school with 274 students.
1984 1985 Annunciation Stephen Place CA   This was a mission of the Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo.
1984 1985 Monterey Peninsula   CA   This was a mission of the Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo.
1985 1987 St. Joseph's Capitola CA 3/3, 2/2 Parish had a school with 200 students.
1987 1989 U.S. Military     Chaplain  
1989 1990 Sacred Heart Hollister CA 4/4 Parish had a school with 311 students.
1989 1990 Immaculate Conception Tres Pinos CA    

1990

Shubsda was succeeded by Sylvester Donovan Ryan (1992-2006)

1992 Holy Cross Santa Cruz CA 3/3 Parish had a school with 215 students.
1992 1994 St. John the Baptist King City CA 1/2, 1/3 Parish had a religious education program with 500-515 students.
1992 1994 St. Luke San Lucas CA   This was a mission of St. John the Baptist in King City.
1994 1995 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Los Osos CA 1/1 Parish had a religious education program with 140 students.
1995 1999 Sacred Heart

Salinas

In March 1999 an 11 year-old female Sacred Heart sixth grader told her teacher that Valdez had put his hand on her groin during confession in Dec. 1998. The girl told her mother while "crying hysterically" about the incident she said had occurred the previous December. Per a police report, several other girls in the class also said they didn't want to go to Valdez for confession.

CA 1/4, 1/3

Parish had a school with 307-301 students, and a religious education program with 600 students.

Sr Lynne, who was the girl's teacher, and the school principal, Sr. Paulette Tiefenbrunn, humiliated the girl in front of the class, downplayed the incident to child protective services, and told students not to tell anyone.

The girl's family sued the diocese in Dec. 1999, resulting in a settlement.

1999 2005 St. Michael's Boulder Creek CA 1/1 Parish had a religious education program with 80-30 students.
2003 2004 Christ Child Los Gatos CA

2/3

Administrator

Parish had a religious education program with 21 students.

2005

Ryan was replaced by Richard John Garcia (2006-)

2011 St. Jude Parish Community (Filipino-Korean) Marina CA 1/1 Parish had a religious education program with 210-187 students.
  2010 Defenders of the Bond        
  2011 Priests' Pension Plan     Administrative Committee  
  2010 Finance Council        
  2010 Insurance Commitee        
  2010 Safety Committee        
  2011 Vicar for Retired Priests        

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1983-2010)

Records Show 4 Priests Accused, By Alex Friedrich, Monterey County Herald, May 5, 2002
Alleged Clergy Abuse Mishandled, Report Says, By Alex Friedrich, Monterey County Herald, May 17, 2002
Special Reports: Catholic Bishops and Sex Abuse, Dallas Morning News, June 12, 2002
No Grounds Found for Prosecuting Allegations of Abuse, By Alex Friedrich , Monterey County Herald [Monterey CA], Downloaded March 29, 2003
Monterey Diocesan Directory, 2010



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This assignment record was last updated on July 19, 2011