John Peter Lenihan
In 1991, John Lenihan entered therapy after admitting to sexual contact with a young girl in 1978. Police briefly investigated Lenihan and recorded an admission to sexual contact on a phone call between Lenihan and the woman. However, the criminal statute of limitations had expired and police were unable to identify other potential victims, so Lenihan faced no charges. A civil suit brought by the woman was settled for $25,000, and Lenihan continued to work as a priest until he was removed in 2001 and laicized in 2002. When another woman brought a civil suit in 2001 alleging that Lenihan molested her when she was a child in the 1970s, it resulted in a settlement for $1.2 million.
Father Lenihan's Assignments
|St. Angela Merici||Brea, CA||1974..1976|
|St. Norbert||Orange, CA||1977..1981|
|St. Boniface||Anaheim, CA||1982..1994|
|St. Edward||Dana Point, CA||1995..2001|