Catholic Priest

Joseph Pacheco

Ordained: 1957

A 2003 lawsuit accused Joseph Pacheco of sexually abusing an altar boy between 1965 and 1968 while Pacheco was serving at parishes in Tulare and Merced, California.  Bishop John Steinbock eventually apologized to the victim and stated that the diocese had since learned that Pacheco had, in fact, abused several other boys over the years.  The diocese settled the lawsuit for $750,000.  Pacheco died in 1992.

Father Pacheco's Assignments

U.S. Naval Ordinance Test StationChina Lake, CA1957..1961
St. AloysiusTulare, CA1961..1967
Sacred HeartMerced, CA1967..1971
St. George'sEl Nido, CA1967..1973
St. John the BaptistHopeton, CA1971..1973
Pontifical College JosephinumWorthington, OH1973..1977
Catholic Church of MercedMerced, CA1977..1981
St. George'sEl Nido, CA1977..1981
Holy GhostGustine, CA1981..1986
Diocesan HeadquartersFresno, CA1981..1992
Our Lady of MiraclesGustine, CA1986..1992