Br. Joseph Gutierrez-Cervantes – Diocese of Santa Rosa

| Dec 19, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Brother Joseph Gutierrez-Cervantes

Diocese of Santa Rosa (Christian Brothers)

Ordained: 1970

Left order: 1985

Assignment History:

  • 1970: Christ the King (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1971- 1972: St. Peter Church (Lamitan, Philippines)
  • 1975-1980: Cordi Marian-Sisters/Villa (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1981-1984: St. Anthony Claret (Fresno, CA)
  • 1984-1986: Hanna Boys Center (Sonoma, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Joseph Gutierrez-Cervantes:

Br. Joseph (Jesse) Gutierrez-Cervantes was a member of the Christian Brothers religious order who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. Br. Gutierrez-Cervantes was a teacher at De la Salle and a licensed therapist at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. According to media reports, after leaving the order in 1985, he obtained a job as a contract psychologist at Hanna Boys’ Center in Sonoma. He was fired after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced. Br. Gutierrez-Cervantes’ victims said that they were sexually abused during therapy sessions.

Br. Gutierrez was named in a civil lawsuit in 2003 that alleged he sexually abused a minor at De La Salle High School, which was settled in 2004. According to a 1968 memo by Br. Gutierrez-Cervantes’ provincial, Br. Gutierrez was transferred to Concord from Berkeley, “where he had relationships with students that had sexual overtones.”

According to media reports, in 2019, another victim alleged sexual abuse as a minor by Br. Gutierrez, claiming he was drugged and abused by Gutierrez several times between 1968-1972 while at De la Salle. Br. Gutierrez-Cervantes was last known to have a communication consulting company in Sonoma in the 2000s and was known as Jesse Gutierrez-Cervantes.

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