Catholic Priest

Richard Allen Henry

Ordained: 1972

In 1991, Richard Allen Henry pled guilty to sexual abuse of four boys between 1985-1991. In 1993, he was sentenced to 8 years in prison. That same year, he was removed from active ministry.  Other victims came forward in 2002 and 2003.  According to the Los Angeles Archdiocese, there are a total of 13 accusers.

Before his 1991 guilty plea, the Archbishop had warned in writing about Henry’s inappropriate behavior around young boys.  Henry’s personnel file shows four pre-1991 complaints against him — the first in 1980, when a parishioner passed on a rumor that Henry had a boy “living in his house” every weekend. The other three were made in 1988: a layperson reported that the priest “grabs little boys and hugs them,” a nun said he “favors boys over girls,” and a pastor said Henry was spending too much time alone with a boy.  Instead of being removed from ministry, he received psychotherapy and was allowed to remain at his parish.

Father Henry's Assignments

St. Joseph Catholic ChurchLong Beach, California1973..1973
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic ChurchSun Valley, California1974..1974
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic ChurchGardena, California1975..1978
St. Madeleine Catholic ChurchPomona, California1979..1982
Holy Redeemer Catholic ChurchMontrose, California1983..1986
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic ChurchParamount, California1987..1991
Absent on Sick Leave1992..1993