Fr. Cesar M. Salazar
Notes: In 2001, a laymen found child pornography on Fr. Salazar’s old computer, who at the time was assigned to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Santa Ana, California. The Santa Ana Police Department was contacted and an investigation was conducted. The investigative report submitted to the Orange County District Attorney’s office recommended that Salazar be charged with felony possession of child pornography. The prosecutors, however, rejected the case, stating it would be too difficult to prove Fr. Salazar was the one who downloaded the pornographic images. Following the investigation, Fr. Salazar was allowed to continue working because, according to the Diocese of Orange, child pornography does not fall under the diocese’s “zero tolerance” policy for sexual abuse. In 2016, Fr. Salazar was listed on the Diocese of Orange’s list of members and former members of the clergy who have been removed from ministry resulting from a credible allegation of sexual abuse as being removed from the priesthood and laicized through canonical process. Fr. Salazar’s current location and whether he has access to children is unknown.
1994-1997 Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, La Habra, CA
1998-1999 St. Anne’s Church, Santa Ana, CA
2000-2004 St. Joseph’s Church, Santa Ana, CA
2004-2010 Administrative Leave