Brother Matteo Guerrero (Franciscan Friar)
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Assigned as follows:
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Matteo Guerrero:
Brother Matteo Guerrero was a member of the Franciscan Friars, who served in multiple parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in August 2008, he was one of several religious brothers named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Franciscan Friars and Old Mission Santa Barbara. The alleged abuse occurred in the 1970s, 1990s and 2000s. The suit alleged that the Franciscans constituted “an ongoing public nuisance as a result of their practice of shuttling pedophile priests among communities without warning members of the public that a sexual predator might be in their midst.”
In May 2019, Brother Guerrero’s name appeared on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscan’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted an allegation of child sexual abuse in 2006, but the “purported victim” was not forthcoming with information despite numerous attempts. The details and credibility of the allegation remain unconfirmed.
In 2010, it is believed he was living in San Juan Bautista, CA. His current whereabouts are unknown.
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