Read the shocking story of Salesian abuse in the USA, and follow the current litigation taking place in LA. Response to Salesian Kingpin Fr. John Itzaina
The current mouthpiece for the World Record holder Clergy
molesters, the Salesians of California, is Fr. John Itzaina. Itzaina
goes on record as attacking Attorney Ray Boucher, for “getting rich on
the misery of the abused”. This formidable statement is followed by
Itzainas claim that Salesians Clergys’ lives are ruined by “allegations
without proof”. How can Attorneys get rich on the misery of the abused,
if , according to Itzaina, the false accusers were not abused?
If it were true that the Salesians were merely innocent Priests
who have been falsely targeted, I could not go on record and state in
writing that: The Salesians Dabbenne and Billante were convicted,
Presenti and Miani are serial pedophiles, Whelan and Vitone were found
guilty by juries, and of course, “the Salesians are record holder
If Fr. Itzaina, and his reckless gang of accused, convicted, and
admitted sex offenders ever emerged from their cloud of self pity and
denial, they would see that they are their own worst enemy. Itzaina now
cries to the media that the Salesians are the victims, and they have to
sell their Mansion in San Francisco, that has housed countless child
rapists, to pay for their court settlement. Apparrantly it has not
occurred to the narcissist kingpin that generally, the public does not
have sympathy for rapists, deviates, molesters, child sodomizers, and
pedophiles who bask in the luxury of a San Francisco Mansion.
Itzaina has been immersed in a capacious pool of Salesian accused
molesters for years on end, and amazingly, and not believably, he
“knows nothing”. Predictably, he does not offer apology in his
statement, he typically denigrates the victims, and resumes denial.
That is the Salesian way. Along with the Salesian “empty files” of
their serial molesters histories, they come up empty with remorse for
the damage and destruction they have caused to so many children.
Most importantly, as the Salesians continue to wallow in their
cesspool of indulgent self pity, they should be reminded that they
could have settled the claims against their Mammoth Molestation Machine
years ago, and avoided all their court costs and attorneys fees.
The price the Salesians have to pay was driven by their vindictive
hatred, and their spiteful arrogance for their victims. The next time
you go before the altar in front of Jesus Christ, Fr. Itzaina, I want
you to light one candle for each of the victims the Salesians have
sexually molested in California.
I am sure the light from the candles will illuminate the entire West Coast.
May 28th 2008.
Salesians settle final L.A. Archdiocese priest abuse case for $19.5 million
A jury had just been seated in the civil trial of the lawsuit. The order expresses contrition to the victims.
The Salesian Society agreed Wednesday to pay $19.5 million to 17
childhood molestation victims, ending the last unresolved case
involving the Los Angeles Archdiocese's sexual abuse crisis.
settlement came after jurors were seated to hear allegations that the
Salesians knew Father Titian Miani, now 81, had been accused of preying
on youths when they assigned him to St. John Bosco High School in
Bellflower, where he allegedly molested four children.
Attorney Raymond Boucher, who represented the victims, said he believes
that the court process appeared to give the Salesians insight into
childhood abuse that resonated through the organization.
"The Salesians understood from the jury selection and by looking at the
panel that their pattern and practices were not going to go over well
with the jurors and they would be at substantial risk of damages so
high that they potentially could put them out of business," Boucher
The Salesian Society declined last summer to be part of a
$660-million settlement between more than 500 abuse victims and the Los
Angeles Archdiocese, its insurers and other religious orders.
In a statement after the settlement, the order was contrite about the actions of Miani, known as Father Jim.
"We understand the deep hurt that these incidents of abuse have caused
to young people -- who are the most vulnerable members of our society
-- and their families," said Father John Itzaina, vice provincial of
the Salesian Society. "We recognize the pain that has been caused by
this reprehensible behavior of some, and we are doing everything in our
power to ensure this never happens again."
The Survivors Network
of those Abused by Priests said no other order has been so resistant to
accepting responsibility for its members' abuse, shuffling predator
priests and playing legal hardball with victims.
money at the point of a gun," said David Clohessy, SNAP's national
director. "A trial would not have only exposed child sexual abuse, as
terrible as that is, but also revealed the Salesian hierarchy's
complicity and recalcitrance."
Miani was accused as a
seminarian in the 1940s of molesting a 13-year-old boy at an Italian
church retreat and of sexually abusing at least three youngsters at a
Salesian boarding school in Edmonton, Canada, according to court papers.
his transfer to St. John Bosco in Bellflower, he befriended a family
whose father had recently died. While the mother was busy at work and
night school, Miani would show up at the family home and molest the
15-year-old son and two daughters, the court documents said.
left the order in 1974 but continued to serve as a priest until his
retirement from clerical duties in 1993. His last known residence was
Stockton, according to court firstname.lastname@example.org
May 2nd 2008.
Salesian Catholic High School teacher arrested for sex abuse
SNAP blasts Salesian Principal for not protecting students
Group asks why the sex abuse was not reported months ago
Abuse victims ask students to come forward with new information
What: At a sidewalk news conference,
SNAP members will demand Salesian High School Principal Tim Chambers
explain why students were discouraged from receiving flyers months ago,
when suspicions of sex abuse were first brought to the schools
attention. Teacher Ricky Bonds has been arrested, and students have
been calling SNAP for months asking why nothing was done about the
Activists will demand that the Salesian Principal tell other students who may have been sexually abused to come forward.
When: Friday, May 2, 12 Noon
Who: Sex Abuse victims who were former students of Salesian High School ,and who are members of a support group called SNAP
(Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests).
Why: The Salesian Order of
the Bay Area has the largest number of accused and convicted child
molesters from one local school/group known to SNAP in the USA.
Abuse victims want to warn children and parents from the school
about what has happened in the past here, and ask why prevention
programs may not be working.
Where: 2851 Salesian Ave. Richmond (corner of 29th St. and Vale Rd) Richmond, Ca.
Backround: Salesian High School has been plagued with sex abuse lawsuits and accusations. On April 1 to 3rd,
there was an extensive report and expose in the Contra Costa newspapers
accusing the Salesian school of having the record for sex abuse
allegations in Northern California. This new allegation is a sign that
the Salesian Order and the School may not have gotten the message, or
learned their lessons from the past history of sex abuse and
allegations at the school.
SNAP is the nations largest and oldest support group for victims of clergy abuse .It has nearly 6000 members in all 50 states. WWW.SNAPNetwork.org
For more information:
Joey Piscitelli SNAP North Calif Director 925-262-3699 cell
David Clohessy SNAP National Director 314 - 566-9790 cell
March 4th 2008
110 Escobar Street
Martinez, Ca. 94553
Richmond Police Department
Sergeant Brian Dickerson
Sexual Assault Division
1701 Regatta Blvd.
Richmond, Calif. 94804
RE: Salesian High School Sex Abuse Reports filed this week
Dear Sergeant Dickerson,
This letter is regarding the two molestation complaints filed
this week, against the Clergy sex abusers at Salesian High School. I
understand your office has several complaints filed against several
Clergy child predators from Salesian High School. SNAP- (The Survivors
Network of those Abused by Priests) records show that there are 21
Salesian clerics locally in California that have been accused of crimes
against children including child rape, sodomy, oral copulation, lewd
and lascivious conduct, and molestation. This amount of 21 local
accused pedophiles is a world record.
The 21 local California Salesian Clerics who were convicted and/or accused are:
Fr. Bernard Dabbenne, Bro. Sal Billante, Fr. Steve Whelan, Fr. Harold
Danielson, Bro. Jesse Dominguez, Fr. Jim Miani, Bro. Mark Epperson,
Fr. Richard Presenti, Fr. Larry Lorenzoni, Bro. John Vas, Mr. Vitone,
Bro. Dan Pacheco, Fr. Al Mengon, Bro Ralph Murguia, Fr. Fleming, Fr.
Juan Sanchez, Fr. Emanual Palayo, Bro. John Verhart, Fr. Mario Blanco,
Bro. Anthony Juarez, and Bro. Ernie Martinez.
Many of these accused Salesian predators are scheduled for civil jury trials next month in L.A.
The greatest cause of concern is that there is a residence on the
Salesian school grounds in Richmond where many of these accused and
convicted molesters have lived, or may be living now. A Salesian
"kingpin" from San Francisco, Fr. Malloy, is currently listed as living
at the residence. Fr. Malloy, who shields and protects several of the
accused, previously had 3 of these accused predators in residence at
St. Peter and Pauls in SF with him. Fr. Steve Whelan, found guilty of
molestation by civil court trial in 2006, previously roomed with Malloy
in SF clear up to the court verdict. We do not know if Whelan is back
at the Salesian School grounds now. I can tell you firsthand that
Whelan is a violent
disturbed sex offender, as I have testified against him in court for molesting me as a child.
As you have suggested, I will contact the Community Violence Center as well.
Thank you for your cooperation,
SNAP North California 925-262-3699
Feb 23, 2008
First Three Trials are Scheduled Against Salesian Order in Los Angeles
Category: Sexual Abuse
Despite the fact that all of the other Defendants have settled a
total of more than 500 cases that were pending in the coordinated
litigation known as "Clergy I" in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, the
Salesian Order of priests and brothers remains on a dangerous course of
denial. At this time, Kiesel, Boucher & Larson is preparing for not
only its first trial (scheduled to begin April 14, 2008) involving
perpetrators Fr. Titian "Jim" Miani, Fr. Larry Lorenzoni, and Br. Ralph
Murguia, but also has trial dates set for July 2008 involving Br.
Anthony Juarez and November 2008 involving Br. Ernie Martinez. Miani,
Lorenzoni, Murguia, Juarez, and Martinez, all sexuallly abused children
while assigned at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California.
Additional trial dates are expected to be set against the Salesians
involving perpetrators Br. John Verhart and Br. Mark Epperson. While
Verhart also abused multiple children at St. John Bosco in Bellflower,
Epperson molested a boy at another nearby Southern California School,
St. Don Bsoco Technical School. Our Plaintiff in that case committed
suicide in 2003.
Many in the Church and its victims will continue to disagree about
the exact extent, cause, and the current state of the pedophilia crisis
and its future. But, most will agree that awareness has brought some
progress, although they may not want to give credit to one another.
Regardless, the Salesian leadership disrespects both the victims and
the Archdiocese in its current stance. Furthermore, they make a mockery
of their alleged mission to follow St. John Bosco, a mission to serve
vulnerable youth. Rather than acknowledge the egregious sins of its
past and make moves towards a better future, the Salesians continue to
do more damage with their aggressive defense. I wonder how many of
their parishioners and student body parents are even aware of this?
The Salesian Order continues to run St. John Bosco, St. Don Bosco,
and Salesian High School in Southern California. In Northern
California, they run another school also called Salesian High School as
well as St. Peter and Paul Parish, and central headquarters at 100
Franking Street in San Francisco.
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By Kay Ebeling
say there is no non-privileged information. In other words the
Salesians have information they believe is privileged. I’m asking for
at the minimum a privilege log.” -- Plaintiff Attorney Tony DeMarco
an interview below DeMarco talks about his attempts to squeze evidence
out of the Salesians in pretrial discovery. But it doesn't matter
anyway as according to their Motion in Limine #5 the Salesians really
don’t have anything to do with the Catholic Church at all.
into court Thursday at 8:20 the hearing was already in session and Tony
DeMarco was saying: “We've received nothing substantive there has been
no agreement.” Outside we talked on tape:
got witnesses who testified that they made complaints about Miani, that
he sexually molesting kids back in the fifties when they were students
at a school run by the Salesians. We've asked for any records they have
relating to those students, a fairly reasonable question.
Especially since those students have absolutely no objection to us getting to those records.
The Salesians have objected.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
By Kay Ebeling
New York grand jury ends its report on Alan Placa, pedophile priest,
with these words: “Ironically, Priest F would later become instrumental
in development of Diocesan policy in response to allegations of sexual
abuse of children by priests.” Irony? More like criminal conspiracy.
Below are more quotes from Suffolk County about Placa, who today
whispers in Rudy Giuliani’s ear, plus an interview with Richard
Tollner, one of Placa’s more vocal accusers.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
"The Salesians fight every victim tooth and nail, an utter disgrace to all Catholics."
Note: Civil cases involving the Salesians Religious Order were not part
of the $660 million settlement in LA last July. Jury trials on calendar
so far regarding Salesians: Nov. 5 cases involving Father Titian Miani;
January 28th cases involving former priest, Jesus Dominguez. Attorneys
meet this morning for a status conference on cases involving Brother
By Joey Piscitelli