Father Carlos Rene Rodriguez
Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Vincentians)
Carlos Rene Rodriguez’s Assignment History:
- 1987: St. Vincent (Los Angeles, CA)
- 1988: St. Luke Institute
- 1989-1993: St. Mary’s Seminary Evangelization Center and Retreat (Santa Barbara, CA)
- 1994-Present: Unknown
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Carlos Rene Rodriguez:
Fr. Carlos Rodriguez was ordained a priest in 1986 who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he was accused by at least six people of child sexual abuse from 1984 to 1994 and named in at least five civil lawsuits since. In 1987, Fr. Rodriguez confessed to sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy. In 1988, Fr. Rodriguez was sent to St. Luke Institute, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. In 1993, Fr. Rodriguez left the Vincentian community and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles removed his faculties as a priest. He was laicized in 1998.
In 2004, Fr. Rodriguez was criminally convicted of sexually abusing two boys while working at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Paula in the 1990s and was sentenced to eight years in prison. In January 2008, Fr. Rodriguez was released from prison on parole. As of 2013, Fr. Rodriguez residing at a private residence in Huntington Beach and registered as a sex offender in California. In 2016, Rodriguez was found ministering at a church in Los Angeles with no affiliation to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; he was using the name, Carlos Ramirez. He was removed after the church found out about his history. In 2019, despite being a sex offender former priest, Carlos Rene Rodriguez was celebrating Masses held at residences in Fillmore and surrounding areas.
In a lawsuit filed in October 2018, Fr. Rodriguez was accused again of sexually abusing two minor boys (aged 7 and 12) at Our Lady of Guadalupe in the 1990s. The lawsuit alleged that Fr. Rodriguez was working at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Riverside, CA, in the early 1990s. Fr. Rodriguez was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Fr. Rodriguez’ current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown. He was last known in 2021 to be living at a sober living, transitional facility in Bakersfield.
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