Father Victor Balbin
Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Extern)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Victor Balbin:
Fr. Victor Balbin, an extern priest from the Philippines who was ordained in 1978, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he was one of seven priests sued in civil suits filed by a 16-year-old girl claiming they sexually abused her between 1978-1984 in the Los Angeles area. The girl became pregnant by one of the other priests and was sent to the Philippines, where she endured a difficult pregnancy and nearly died giving birth.
In 1984, a lawsuit was filed. With support from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, all the priests fled the country and returned to the Philippines. The suit was dropped soon after. In 1991, Father Tamayo, the priest who first raped the girl and impregnated her, publicly apologized to the victim in a news conference, for his crimes and for involving the other priests in her abuse.
In 2007, the case was settled for $500,000, part of a $660-million settlement between the church and hundreds of people alleging abuse by priests.
Fr. Balbin was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2004 list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Fr. Balbin’s current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.
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