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Priest accused of sexual abuse in Kansas still working in Philippines

July 21, 2010


Despite having a credible allegation of sexual abuse made against him, a priest who served in the Dodge City Diocese is still in active ministry in a foreign country, according to the website for the Diocese of Boac, which is in the Philippines.

Orestes Huerta was named in a May 2010 statement released by the Dodge City Diocese as one of three priests from the diocese who had been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor.

Information about Huerta was discovered following a two-year Journal-World/6News investigative series on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Kansas.

The Dodge City Diocese did not provide further information about Huerta’s case other than confirming that Huerta was originally from Boac and served temporarily in Dodge City.

The Catholic Church’s Charter on the Protection for Children and Young People, established in 2002, states that for “even a single act of sexual abuse of a minor — whenever it occurred — which is admitted or established after an appropriate process ... the offending priest or deacon is to be permanently removed from ministry.”

The Diocese of Boac did not respond to an e-mail request for more information. On its website, Huerta is listed as the assistant director for the Commission on Cultural Heritage, as well as the director of the Sacred Heart Pastoral Care Center.


Loyola_Alum 7 years, 10 months ago

Father Angel Mariano, a native of the Philippines, is a registered sex offender who was convicted of felony sex crimes with minors.

Mariano was arrested about midnight Sept. 21, 1998, in Campbell, Calif., near San Jose when a police officer caught him in a sex act with a 17-year-old student in a parked car. According to police reports, Mariano arranged to meet two teenagers by posing as a 25-year-old woman on an Internet chat room. He wore lipstick and rouge when he met the boys.

Mariano was convicted March 16, 1999, on two felony counts of oral copulation with a minor and spent about five months in Santa Clara County Jail. At the time of his arrest, Mariano served as an associate pastor for four years at Most Holy Trinity Church in San Jose, one of 13 parishes that are staffed by Jesuits within the California province.

Mariano was removed without any explanation. Asked why parishioners at Holy Trinity were not made aware of the reasons for Mariano's departure, Fr. Thomas Smolich, now the highest ranking Jesuit official in the United States, said: "Why should they? This doesn't involve people at the parish. It wasn't a priest thing. He wasn't dressed in a collar."

Danimal 7 years, 10 months ago

This is what happens when you have a former Nazi as Pope. And for everyone who says things like "he was ONLY in the Hitler Youth" or "everyone in Germany then was a Nazi" I'm not having it. The Pope was a Nazi, and as a bishop and a cardinal he worked tirelessly to cover up sexual abuse. One of the Church's favorite tactics is to transfer pederastic priests to quiet, third-world diocese where they can continue quietly molesting children for the remainder of their careers.

imastinker 7 years, 10 months ago

Don't confuse this with disagreeing with the conclusion here, but the way he starts out seems pretty inflammatory.

How do you "credibly accuse" someone of this? Was there no trial? What happened with the trial? Why was he not arrested in May if it is a credible accusation?

whats_going_on 7 years, 10 months ago

because he's above the law? I don't get it either.

Shaun Hittle 7 years, 10 months ago

The "credible accusation" language comes from the church, which is their wording for when an accusation of sexual abuse goes before their internal review board. They hear from the victim and the accused, collect evidence, and come to a conclusion of either "credible" or "not-credible." Sometimes they say "substantiated" or "unsubstantiated."

The church did not give dates for when the alleged abuse occurred. My guess is that there was no criminal case because the statute of limitations on sexual assault expired (five years in Kansas). However, as part of the church's reforms, they are supposed to notify police of any abuse of a minor.

Hope that helps clear it up some.

Shaun Hittle LJW

jackpot 7 years, 10 months ago

Remember now that the LJW will not ID someone Accused of sex crime unless convicted.

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