Father John Anthony Salazar-Jimenez
Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Piarist Fathers)
Assigned as follows:
- 1985 Casa Calasanz (Los Angeles, CA)
- 1986 Westwood Hospital (Westwood, CA)
- 1987-1990 Prison (inmate)
- 1990 Servants of the Paraclete (Jemez Springs, NM)
- 1991-2002 Church of the Holy Spirit (Tulia, TX)
- 2002-2020 Unknown
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Anthony Salazar-Jimenez:
Father John Anthony Salazar-Jimenez was a member of the Piarist religious order. According to media reports, at least six people have accused him of child sexual abuse. He has been named in eight civil lawsuits alleging child sex abuse occurred between 1981 and 1985 at Santa Teresita in Los Angeles; St. Lucy in Los Angeles; St. Bernard High School in Playa Del Rey; and St. Anthony of Padua in Gardena.
In 1986, a felony complaint was filed against Father Salazar-Jimenez for lewd acts upon a child. The complaint alleged that he sexually abused four minors. Later that year, he was admitted to Westwood Hospital for therapeutic treatment. In 1987, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years in prison and was required to register as a sex offender. He served four years and was released in May 1990. He was then sent to Servants of the Paraclete for additional treatment. He was banned from serving as a priest for life in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Despite this, the Diocese of Amarillo hired him in 1991 while he was still on parole.
In 2002, two criminal charges were brought against Father Salazar-Jimenez, but they were dropped in 2003. Later in 2003, in Dallas, he was charged with sexually assaulting an 18-year-old former parishioner while he was unconscious. He was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to life in prison. He was laicized earlier that year. Claims in California and Texas were settled in 2007 and 2008.
In 2011, Father Salazar-Jimenez’s conviction was overturned on appeal. He accepted a plea deal and was released from prison for time served. Later in 2013, he was again charged with felony indecency with a child. In December 2013 he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to ten years in prison. His California personnel files were released earlier that year.
Father Salazar-Jimenez’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In 2019, his name was included on the Diocese of Amarillo’s list. He is currently serving time in prison in Angleton, TX.
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