Father Joseph Pina
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
- 1973-1975: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Los Angeles, CA)
- 1976: Vocations Commission (Los Angeles, CA)
- 1977-1979: St. Alphonsus (Los Angeles, CA)
- 1980-1983: Assumption (Los Angeles, CA)
- 1983-1985: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Los Angeles, CA)
- 1986-1993: St. Alphonsus (Los Angeles, CA)
- 1988-1993: San Francisco (Los Angeles, CA)
- 1994: Sick leave
- 1994-1998: San Buenaventura Mission (Ventura, CA)
- 1998: St. Emydius (Lynwood, CA)
- 1999-2000: Inactive leave
- 2006: Laicized
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph Pina:
Fr. Joseph Pina was ordained a priest in 1972 who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, at least two female survivors have come forward alleging child sexual abuse by the priest, between 1979 and 1990. The Archdiocese knew of Fr. Pina’s sexual misconduct, and they sent him to St. John Vianney and Del Amo, institutions known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. In 1999, the Archdiocese placed him on permanent, inactive leave.
In 2002, Fr. Pina was investigated by police on claims he had sexually abused a 14-year-old girl, in the 1970s, while he worked at St. Alphonsus in Los Angeles. In 2003, Fr. Pina was named in a child sexual abuse lawsuit. He was laicized in 2006. Fr. Pina allegedly admitted to having a sexual relationship with a minor.
Notes show that in 2001, the Archdiocese recommended Fr. Pina not be hired on an employment questionnaire received from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Nevertheless, Fr. Pina worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2002 until 2012. His job involved community outreach, building support for school projects, addressing community concerns, and organizing district events.
Fr. Pina was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. As of 2010, it was reported that Fr. Pina was living in Milton, FL. His personnel file was released in 2013.
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