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This is our second database of accused clergy in Latin America (see our Argentina database); we eventually will produce accused priest databases for all countries with significant Catholic populations. Jose Andres Aguirre Ovalle Brother Armando Alegría, SM Rev. Alegria's most recent assignment was in computer services at the Marists' general house in Rome, 2011-2017.(Also see the Chilean database in Spanish.) This database collates information from media coverage and court filings, which exist only because of the courage of survivors and the diligence of journalists. Exseminarista denunci abusos a la congregacin Marista hace 35 aos, by Claudio Pizarro and Jonás Romero, The Clinic, El escándalo de pederastia de los Maristas se reproduce en Chile, by Guillem Sánchez, El Periódico, Los Maristas de Chile admiten que silenciaron abusos sexuales a menores, by Guillem Sánchez, El Periódico, Vicar general of the Copiapó diocese in 2004 when accused of raping a Catholic school student. Not named in the Chilean bishops' original list of 18 guilty clerics, published November 11, 2011, but named in all subsequent iterations of the list, from 2012 to 2016. In apologizing for its "errors and omissions" in handling the case, the Society finally admitted that Aguinaldo indeed had abused the two children and had been rightfully convicted. Plácido Soto Quiroz Unnamed Marist Brothers Unnamed Priests Rev. Aguinaldo was sentenced January 2012 to a 4-year, 200-day probation rather than the eight years in prison requested by the prosecutor. Following the arrest warrant, the Society refused to disclose his whereabouts, "sheltered him in various branches and buildings of the congregation," and invested resources to defend him.A church investigation had uncovered 20 victims of Precht, ranging from age 15 to 35. The Church was guilty of failing to act with care to prevent future crimes, the judge said.Yet Precht is now allowed again to say Mass publicly, Ezzati said; he has regained “his fundamental exercise of the rights he has as a presbyter." Ezzati's lenience toward Precht is reflected in the Chilean bishops' latest abuse policy: Care and Hope: Guidelines of the Episcopal Conference of Chile to Deal with the Cases of Sexual Abuse of Minors. It instead gives the bishop the option of a range of penalties (see paragraph 60, page 42). Francisco Javier Cartes Aburto, CMF Bishop Cristián Contreras Molina, OLM Brother Luis Cornejo Silva, SM Archbishop Francisco José Cox Huneeus, Schön Rev. Aguirre was released from prison in November 2012, 24 months early, sparking concern among residents of the Santo Domingo district where he decided to locate.
Bishop presents this profile of child sex abuse in the Chilean church in the hopes of facilitating more disclosure and more accountability. He disclosed the abuse in 1981 to Marist brother Mariano Varona, who stated in a 2018 interview that he informed his provincial at the time. There had been rumors of Alegría's proclivities with boys; in 1977 two students had found a polaroid of Alegría masturbating with a boy in a tent during a camping trip.
They openly reinstate, for instance, priests who have faced multiple allegations of abuse. Juan Carlos González Deacon Luis Rubio González Rev. (He reportedly had raped and impregnated at least one girl when she was age 13.) Aguirre thus became the first Chilean priest to be convicted of sexually abusing children.
Chile’s senior churchman, Santiago archbishop Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, announced in December 2016 that Cristián Precht Bañados had fulfilled his canonical sentence of five years’ suspension from ministry. Although the criminal trial considered only crimes committed by the priest between 19, the judge ruled that the Church had had prior notice of Aguirre's criminal tendencies and so was jointly responsible for reparations to the victims.
Most of the cases detailed below involve abuse that has occurred since 2000 and was reported to law enforcement quickly -- within just a few years of occurrence. The girls were members of the parish where Aguirre worked, in the Santiago municipality of Quilicura [Santiago Province].
We know from Catholic abuse data published elsewhere that such cases comprise a small fraction of the total scope of the problem. The abuse of the two children lasted from 1999 to 2002. Tato." He worked at a number of Catholic girls' schools, including in Honduras, where he had been sent in 1994 by Cardinal Carlos Oviedo (Santiago archbishop 1990-1998) following earlier reports of child sexual abuse.