Father Ruben Martinez
Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Oblates)
- 1969-1970: Unknown
- 1971-1972: St. Ferdinand (San Fernando, CA)
- 1973-1974: Holy Family (Wilmington, CA)
- 1975-1982: Mary Immaculate (Pacoima, CA)
- 1983-1992: Holy Family (Wilmington, CA)
- 1993-2018: Unknown
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Ruben Martinez:
Fr. Ruben Martinez, a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate religious order, was ordained a priest in 1968, who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he has been accused of sexually abusing at least seven people and was named in at least eight civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse. The alleged sexual abuse occurred at St. Ferdinand, Holy Family, and Mary Immaculate with dates of abuse ranging from 1970 to 1982.
In 1991, Fr. Martinez was sent to Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. In 1993, Fr. Martinez was removed from active ministry.
In 2005, he admitted to abusing as many as 100 boys, including his younger brother. As of 2013, Fr. Martinez was reportedly living at a Catholic center for troubled clergy in Missouri. His files were released by Order in 2013 and show some allegations written in Japanese characters to disguise references to the acknowledgment of homosexuality and admitting to relations with boys.
Fr. Martinez was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors and the Oakland Diocese’s list in 2019.
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