Fr. Jesus Atilios Garay – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

On Behalf of | Sep 2, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Jesus Atilios Garay (Extern)

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Ordained: 1991

Left ministry: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1991-1997:      Unknown
  • 1998-1999:      Holy Family Church (Wilmington, CA)
  • 2000-2020:      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Jesus Atilios Garay:

Father Jesus Atilios Garay was an extern priest from Argentina ordained in 1991, who served in multiple parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in 2004, he was accused in a lawsuit of raping a 17-year-old girl in 1997. The girl worked as a part-time secretary at Holy Family Church in Wilmington, CA, where Father Garay was assigned. She said she got pregnant in December 1997, and the abuse continued until about April 1998. She also said that Father Garay pressured her to have an abortion. He was returned to Argentina when the girl became visibly pregnant and was allowed parish ministry in the Diocese of Concordia.

The girl gave birth to the child and, according to the lawsuit, the archdiocese did not report the abuse to authorities, nor did they provide medical coverage during the pregnancy or support after the baby was born.

In 2005, Father Garay was named in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles report addendum of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He reportedly left ministry in 2008 and got married. His current whereabouts are unknown.

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