Father Jose Alonso
Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Extern)
- St. Agnes (Paterson, NJ)
- St. John Cathedral (Paterson, NJ)
- Our Lady of Victories (Paterson, NJ)
- St. John the Baptist (Los Angeles, CA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Jose Alonso:
Father Jose Alonso was ordained a priest in 1968, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in January 2004, a lawsuit against the Diocese of Paterson alleging sex abuse by several area priests was filed. The lawsuit included as a defendant Fr. Jose Alonso (a/k/a Jose Alonzo), a Paterson priest.
In a 1989 sworn deposition, Bishop Rodimer confirmed that he received reports that Fr. Jose Alonso was sexually abusing children that concerned him enough to personally investigate. According to his deposition, Rodimer’s “investigation” was limited to asking the two priests who resided with Alonso if they knew of any wrongdoing. When they denied any suspicious conduct, Rodimer let it go.
In 1988, Alonso was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison for the sexual abuse of two brothers, who were also altar boys. Alonso was named in at least three civil suits. In 2005, at least 2 claims were included in the settlement with the Diocese of Paterson for $5 million and four years of paid counseling.
Alonso served four and a half years of a five-year sentence in a state treatment center for sex offenders. He died in 2003, not long after his release from prison. Alonso’s name appears on the Diocese of Paterson’s 2019 list of credibly accused priests, as well as on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2019 list.
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