Sean Cronin was a native of Ireland and moved to the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 1972. Cronin was accused of abuse by two victims between 1972 and 1980 while at St. Genevieve Parish in Panorama City and St. Monica Parish in Santa Monica. Personnel files released by the Los Angeles Archdiocese reveal that he provided liquor to an underage teen whom he was counseling. In addition, he asked the boy sexual questions, kissed him on several occasions, took him to see a movie with sexual scenes, and asked to see his genitals.
After the victims filed suit in 2004, Cronin was placed on administrative leave from 2004 to 2011. Despite the detailed account of Cronin’s grooming and sexual abuse, the board recommended he remain in parish ministry pending further investigation. He was not laicized until 2011.
Father Cronin's Assignments
|St. Genevieve Catholic Church||Panorama City, California||1974..1975|
|St. Andrew Catholic Church||Pasadena, California||1976..1977|
|St. Monica Catholic Church||Santa Monica, California||1978..1979|
|St. Michael Catholic Church||Los Angeles, California||1980..1982|
|St. Helen Catholic Church||South Gate, California||1983..1984|
|Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church||Wilmington, California||1985..1988|
|St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Church||Lomita, California||1989..1991|
|Absent on Leave||1992|
|St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Church||Lomita, California||1993..2000|
|Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church||Northridge, California||2002..2003|