|Rev. Joseph Pacheco
Summary of Case: Pacheco was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused an altar boy between 1965-1968, while assigned to Merced and Tulare parishes. In 2006 Fresno bishop Steinbock acknowledged the abuse occurred, apologized to the victim, and said the diocese had learned since 2003 that Pacheco had sexually abused other boys.
Died: May 17, 1992
Monterey-Fresno bishop was Aloysius Joseph Willinger, C.SS.R (1953-1967)
|1961||U.S. N.O.T.S. (Naval Ordnance Test Station)||China Lake||CA||Chaplain|
Pacheco was the priest listed as serving St. Aloysius' mission parish, St. Rita's. He is not listed in the Monterey-Fresno diocesan pages of the Directories at St. Aloysius.
St. Aloysius had a school with 169-137 boys and 181-187 girls.
• Pacheco was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of having sexually abused an altar boy between 1965-1968, while at this parish and Sacred Heart in Merced.
Pacheco was also vice chair of the Tulare Interracial Advisory Council, while at St. Rita's. The Council was a youth organization. Additionally, he was a leader of the Columbian Squires, which was a group for boys ages 14-18.
|St. Rita's was a mission of St. Aloysius in Tulare.|
Fresno split off to become its own diocese in 1967. Its bishop was Timothy Manning (1967-1969), followed by Hugh Aloysius Donohoe (1969-1980)
• The accuser in the 2003 lawsuit claimed he would spend nights in Pacheco's rectory rooms in Tulare and Merced, and that he would spend weekends with Pacheco at a mountain camp.
|CA||1/1, 1/2||In 2006 Fresno's Bishop Steinbock apologized to the Pacheco's victim, and said that the diocese learned after 2003 that Pacheco had sexually abused other boys.|
|1967||1973||St. George's||El Nido||CA||This was a mission of Sacred Heart in Merced, later of the Catholic Church of Merced, which combined Sacred Heart with two other parishes.|
|1971||1973||Catholic Church of Merced||Merced||CA||3/5, 3/4||
This was a combination of Our Lady of Mercy, Sacred Heart, and St. Patrick).
Parish had a school with 122-116 boys and 163-158 girls.
|1971||1973||St. John the Baptist||Hopeton||CA||This was a mission of the Catholic Church of Merced.|
Columbus bishop was Edward John Herrmann (1973-1982)
|1977||On Duty Outside the Diocese/Pontifical College Josephinum||Worthington||OH||
Donohoe was succeeded as Fresno bishop by Jose de Jesus Madera Uribe, M.Sp.S. (1980-1991)
|1981||Catholic Church of Merced||Merced||CA||
4/4, 1/4, 1/3
|Parish had a school with 317-453 students.|
|1977||1981||St. John the Baptist||Hopeton||CA||This was a mission of Catholic Church of Merced.|
|1977||1981||St. George||El Nido||CA||This was a mission of Catholic Church of Merced.|
Pacheco was elevated to Monsignor in 1983.
|Parish had a school with 150-189 students.|
|1982||1992||Diocesan Finance Committee||Fresno||CA|
|1982||1984||Senate of Priests
|1983||1987||Bishop's Advisory Council||Fresno||CA|
John Thomas Steinbock replaced Uribe (1991-2010)
|1992||Our Lady of Miracles||Gustine||CA||1/1||
Parish had a school with 189-176 students.
Pacheco died May 17, 1992
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1958-1993)
• Fresno Diocese Sued in Alleged Abuse in 1960s, By Michael Baker, Fresno Bee (California), December 16, 2003