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Roman Catholics in the coastal area of Northern California are reeling from allegations of sexual misconduct with young men by longtime priests. Gary Edward Timmons, a lean, ascetic-looking year-old priest, faces charges that he had sex with boys aged 7 to 17 while serving at various parishes. In 27 years in the priesthood, Timmons has been pastor of St.
He also served at St. Michael near Leggett in Mendocino County. Timmons, who asserts his innocence, is also a co-defendant with the Catholic Church in a civil suit filed in San Francisco by a group of men who claim Timmons molested them at Camp St. Michael and other locations. The diocese of Santa Rosa also issued a public apology, according to a statement released Friday by the diocese. Austin Peter Keegan. Keegan fled to Mexico and is reportedly no longer a practicing cleric. On Nov. John K. Rogers, a noted religious scholar, committed suicide in a forest near Louveigne, Belgium. Rogers, a former campus minister at Humboldt State University, had been ordered back to the United States to face accusations of molesting a year-old boy.
Two of the plaintiffs in the civil suit against Timmons, Doug Sauvageau, 40, a Roseville computer analyst, and Don Hoard, 33, a partner in a Santa Rosa CPA firm, say the church needs to learn how to deal with the reality of child abuse and take steps to correct situations when they occur. A permanent change in church policy is what both men want to see out of the civil suit. Sauvageau and Hoard want the Catholic Church to be mandated to report complaints of child molestation to police authorities, as are other institutions serving the public.
A lawyer for the plaintiffs, Maja Ramsey, said the settlement was fair and preferable to continuing litigation. The accusations against Timmons surfaced in early when a Santa Rosa newspaper published s of two men who said they were molested by the priest. The reports prompted other men to go public with their accusations and resulted in the filing of the civil suit in May, After the news reports, Timmons was relieved of his duties as pastor at St.
He was sent last September to the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago, where he was arrested on the criminal complaint Halloween night. Timmons waived extradition and was transported back to California on a prisoners bus. He is now living with his family in the Sacramento area after family friends on Nov.
In fighting the accusations, Timmons is holding what may turn out to be a legal trump card. Eleven of the felony counts go back well beyond the statute of limitations, some as far back as All Sections. About Us. B2B Publishing. Business Visionaries.
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