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  Home :: 2006 December :: Santa Rosa Bishop Opts for Counseling

Santa Rosa Bishop Opts forCounseling

SANTA ROSA,Calif. — Bishop DanielWalsh ofSanta Rosaagreed to enter a counseling program in lieu of misdemeanor charges for failingto report a case of sexual abuse by a priest, the Associate Press reported.

The case came about in April, whenFather Xavier Ochoa admitted to the bishop that he’d engaged in sexualmisconduct with a 12-year-old boy. Bishop Walsh immediately suspended FatherOchoa. But clergy, like other professionals, are also required by law to reportcases of child abuse.
A day after Father Ochoa’s admission, Bishop Walsh asked the diocese’s attorneyto make a report, but it was a weekend. The lawyer asked his secretary to filethe report on Monday morning, and a series of reporting errors ensued,including delay on the part of Child Protective Services. The Sonoma CountySheriff’s Department “officially” received a child-abuse report Wednesday,after Father Ochoa fled toMexico.

Media reporting on the casesuggested that Bishop Walsh willfully delayed filing the report long enough toallow the disgraced priest a chance to escape.

Participating in the counselingprogram will require the bishop to pay $350 and check in monthly with a caseworker. He might be required to undergo therapy or participate in communityservice.

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