Fr. Paul R. Valdez

Fr. Paul R. Valdez

1982: Ordained

1983-1984: Sacred Heart, Salinas, CA; Christ the King, Salinas, CA

1985: Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo, Monterey, CA; Annunciation, Stephen Place, CA; Monterey Peninsula, CA

1986-1987: St. Joseph’s, Capitola, CA

1988-1989: US Military

1990: Sacred Heart, Hollister, CA; Immaculate Conception, Tres Pinos, CA

1990-1992: Holy Cross, Santa Cruz, CA

1993-1994: St. John the Baptist, King City, CA; St. Luke, San Lucas, CA

1995: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Los Osos, CA

1996-1999: Sacred Heart, Salinas, CA

2000-2005: St. Michael’s, Boulder Creek, CA

2004: Christ Child, Los Gatos, CA (SJ)

2005-2011: St. Jude Parish Community, Marina, CA

2010: Defenders of the Bond; Finance Council, Insurance Committee, Safety Committee

2011: Priest’s Pension Plan, Vicar for Retired Priests

2012-2018: Unknown

Notes: Fr. Paul R. Valdez worked in multiple California dioceses, including the Diocese of San Jose. In 1999, he reportedly inappropriately touched a sixth-grade girl at Sacred Heart School in Salinas. The girl did not tell anyone until months after the alleged touching took place when, at the end of the day when her class was scheduled to attend confession with Fr. Valdez, she began crying hysterically and told her teacher, Sister Lynne, she didn’t want to go to confession with Fr. Valdez. Upon hearing this, Sister Lynne had her, as well as several other girls who said they didn’t like to go to confession with Fr. Valdez, write their reasons anonymously. The girl wrote: “Father Paul touches me where I don’t want to be touched and touched my private parts and I don’t like it.” Sister Lynne recognized the girl’s handwriting and, along with the principal of the school, berated the girl in front of the class for spreading rumors. As a mandated reporter, the principal did call CPS, but reportedly downplayed the event. Police conducted a 6-month investigation, but no charges were filed. The girl’s parents sued the Diocese of Monterey and the case settled. Fr. Valdez who continued to serve for many years after the accusation and was reportedly an active priest in the Diocese of Monterey as of 2011. His status as a priest, current whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.

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