Fr. Leland Boyer – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

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

Father Leland Boyer

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Ordained: 1949

Retired: 1994

Died: 2003

Assignment History:

  • 1949: Precious Blood (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1950-1955: St. Anthony’s (Long Beach, CA)
  • 1956-1958: Holy Angels (Arcadia, CA)
  • 1959-1971: St. Gregory Nazianzen (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1972-1975: Divine Savior (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1976-2002: St. Bede The Venerable (La Canada, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Leland Boyer:

Fr. Leland Boyer was ordained a priest in 1949, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he was named in a 2003 lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused a child while serving at Divine Savior in Los Angeles, CA.

Fr. Boyer retired in approximately 1994. He was placed on restricted ministry in 1995 after one accuser came forward, claiming that Fr. Boyer had molested him in the rectory at least twice between 1982 and 1983 when he was 13 years old.

According to media reports, in 2013, Fr. Boyer’s personnel file was released, which revealed four complaints against him between the 1980s and 2002. Following his death in 2003, two more individuals alleged that Fr. Boyer had sexually abused them. In 1981, a man reported to a church official that Boyer had open-mouth kissed him when he was a young boy. In 1995, a second man said Boyer had sexually abused on more than one occasion a decade earlier when the accuser was about 13. In 2002, a third man reported that when he was age 13 to 16, he was sexually abused by Boyer in 1972-1975.

Archdiocese officials restricted Boyer’s ministry in 1995 but allowed him to remain pastor emeritus at his parish, which had a school, until his death in 2003. He was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2004 list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.

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