In 2003, Rev. Orlando Alberto Battagliola (Battaglio) was accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old altar boy in the early 1970s. The alleged abuse occurred while Battagliola was assigned to the Mission Church and School in San Luis Obispo. The victim alleged that Battagliola had befriended the boy’s family and slowly began to groom the young teenager, buying him pizza and gifts. After the boy obtained his driving permit, Battagliola invited him driving and offered the use of his car to practice. Once alone, Battagliola served the boy alcohol until he was intoxicated and then proceeded to sexually abuse him.
Battagliola, a native of Argentina, was found murdered in 1977 after checking into a San Francisco hotel room with a 20-something unidentified male.
Father Battagliola's Assignments
|St. Katherine's||Del Ray, CA||1963..1964|
|St. Lucy's||Fowler, CA||1963..1964|
|Our Lady of Sorrows||Parlier, CA||1964..1965|
|Our Lady of Solitude||Soledad, CA||1965..1971|
|San Luis Obispo Old Mission School||San Luis Obispo, CA||1971..1974|
|Our Lady of Refuge||Castroville, CA||1974..1977|
|Boy Scouts of America||Castroville, CA||1974..1977|
Articles about Father Battagliola
- San Luis Obispo Tribune - Abuse in '70s at Mission Alleged (16/03/2003)
- Monterey County Herald - Man Says Abuse "Tore me Down" (24/03/2003)
- San Luis Obispo Tribune - Litigant Wants Info on Priest: Suspect in Child Molestation was Slain in 1977 (29/03/2003)
- San Luis Obispo Tribune - Clergy Abuse Details Emerge: Monterey Bishop Refers to Local Claims in Newsletter (16/04/2003)
- San Luis Obispo Tribune - Diocese of Monterey Facing Millions in Sex-Abuse Lawsuits (27/01/2004)