14 clergy with credible allegations of sexual assault listed on Brownsville Diocese list


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    The Diocese of Brownsville has released a list of 14 clergy with credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.

    Here is the complete list of clergy with credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor before 2002:


    Humberto Acosta
    Born: February 7, 1949
    Ordained: May 30, 1974
    Left diocese in 1994. Allegation fully disclosed to receiving Military Ordinary in Venezuela.
    Assignments: St. Mary, Mother of the Church, Brownsville; St. Joseph Church, Edinburg; St. Anthony Church, Harlingen; Our Lady of Mercy Church, Mercedes; St. Margaret Mary Church, Pharr

    Lee DaCosta
    Born: June 29, 1937
    Ordained: April 23, 1973
    Retired in 2012. Faculties removed in 2019 after review team identified him as a priest who had a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.
    Assignments: Sacred Heart Church, Edinburg; Sacred Heart Church, Escobares; St. Theresa Mission Church, Faysville; St. Anthony Church, Harlingen; Holy Family Church, La Grulla; St. Joseph the Worker Church, McAllen; Sacred Heart Church, McAllen; St. Joseph the Worker Mission Church, San Carlos; St. Anne Mission Church, San Manuel; Immaculate Conception Church, Rio Grande City; Our Lady, Queen of the Universe Church, San Benito; St. Joan of Arc Church, Weslaco; San Martin Porres Church, Weslaco; St. Pius X Church, Weslaco

    George B. Dyer, O.P.
    (deceased)
    Born: January 6, 1935
    Ordained: June 9, 1961 for the Dominican Friars
    He returned to the Dominican Friars in 1983.
    Died: 2013
    Assignments: St. Luke Church, Brownsville; Campus Ministry, Brownsville and Edinburg

    Armando Escobedo
    Born: June 8, 1936
    Ordained: June 6, 1964
    Removed from ministry in 2002.
    Assignments: Christ the King Church, Brownsville; St. Luke Church, Brownsville; St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Church, Laredo; Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Lyford; Our Lady of Mercy Church, Mercedes; Our Lady of St. John of the Fields Church, Mission; St. Anthony Church, Raymondville

    Terrence Fowler
    Born: March 18, 1961
    Ordained: June 4, 1988
    Faculties removed in 1998. Laicization in process.
    Assignments: St. Joseph Church, Alamo; Christ the King Church, Brownsville; St. Luke Church, Brownsville; Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Harlingen; Our Lady, Queen of the Universe Church, San Benito

    Frank Gomez
    (deceased)
    Born: October 28, 1928
    Ordained: May 27, 1961
    Died: May 20, 2014
    Faculties removed in 1994.
    Assignments: St. Joseph Church, Alamo; Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Brownsville; St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Church, Laredo; St. Francis Xavier Church, La Feria; Sacred Heart Church, Mercedes; St. Theresa Church, San Benito; St. Mary Church, Santa Rosa; San Martin de Porres Church, Weslaco;

    James Jeffrey
    (deceased)
    Born: June 15, 1933
    Ordained: May 30, 1959 for the Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota
    Died: May 28, 2017
    A priest who was on loan to Diocese of Brownsville. Faculties removed in 1988 and he returned to home diocese.
    Assignments: Christ the King Church, Brownsville; St. Francis Xavier Church, La Feria

    Basil Onyia
    Born: May 22, 1966
    Ordained: July 13, 1996 for the Diocese of Aba in Nigeria
    On loan from the Diocese of Aba from 1999 to 2001.
    Removed from ministry in 2001. He fled the country after he was reported to civil authorities.
    Laicized: 2016
    Assignments: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Harlingen; Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine, San Juan

    Benedicto Ortiz
    (deceased)
    Born: September 1, 1930
    Ordained: April 13, 1957 for the Diocese of Areciba in Puerto Rico
    Incardinated to the Diocese of Brownsville: June 1, 1974
    Died: May 14, 2011
    Credible abuse report received in 2016.
    Assignments: Good Shepherd Church, Brownsville; Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Brownsville; St. Anthony Church, Harlingen; Our Lady of Sorrows Church, McAllen; St. Anne, Mother of Mary Church, Pharr; Knapp Memorial Methodist Hospital, Weslaco; and HCA Rio Grande Regional Hospital, McAllen

    Salvador Rangel, MSF
    (deceased)
    Born: August 6, 1947
    Ordained: September 1, 1973
    Died: May 18, 2002
    Removed from ministry in 1977, returned to his religious community
    Assignments: St. Joseph Church, Donna; Our Lady of Assumption Church, Harlingen; Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen

    Ivan M. Rovira
    Born: March 26, 1945
    Ordained: May 30, 1971 for the Diocese of Rockford
    Incardinated to Diocese of Brownsville: June 6, 1977
    Faculties removed in 2002.
    Assignments: Holy Family Church, Brownsville; St. Mary, Mother of the Church, Brownsville; Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Brownsville; St. Joseph Church, Edinburg; Our Lady of Sorrows Church, McAllen; St. Joseph & St. Peter Seminary, Mission; St.Pius X Church, Weslaco

    Salomon (David) Sandoval
    (deceased)
    Born: October 16, 1950
    Ordained: June 30, 1979
    Died: Date unknown
    Removed from ministry in the Diocese of Brownsville 1986. Allegation fully disclosed to receiving bishop in Ciudad Victoria.
    Assignments: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Brownsville; St. Joseph Church, Edinburg; Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, Mission; San Martin de Porres Church, Weslaco

    Marti G. Zuber
    Born: May 11, 1950
    Ordained: June 26, 1976
    Removed from ministry in 1993. Laicization in process.
    Assignments: St. Joseph Church, Edinburg; Campus Ministry, Edinburg; St. Anthony Church, Harlingen; St. Joseph Church the Worker, McAllen; Holy Spirit Church, McAllen; Immaculate Conception Church, McCook; Holy Spirit Church, Progreso; St. Anthony Church, Raymondville; San Martin de Porres Church, Weslaco;

    List of Clergy with Credible Allegation of Sexual Abuse of a Minor after the Year 2002:


    Ronaldo Mitchell Chavez
    Born: August 13, 1973
    Ordained to permanent diaconate: December 18, 2010
    He was removed from active ministry in 2012. Pled guilty and sentenced to seven years in prison.
    Assignments: San Cristobal Magallanes & Companions Church, Mission

    The Diocese went on to say,

    A team of eight lay persons (seven women and one male) who hold positions of trust in the public and private sector, reviewed files of all bishops, priests, and deacons dating back to 1965 when the Diocese of Brownsville was founded. They, along with the assistance of the Chancellor and Victims Assistance Coordinator, reviewed each file to identify any credible allegation of clergy sexual abuse of a minor. Every record in our archives has been reviewed.

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