Monsignor Craig Harrison

Monsignor Craig Harrison

The Bakersfield Police Department received an anonymous allegation in 2002 of inappropriate contact by Monsignor Craig Harrison with a group of teen juveniles but determined the claims to be unfounded, the department said Friday in a news release.

Allegations of inappropriate contact between Harrison, the popular Bakersfield priest who is now facing new accusations, and several juveniles was reported to the BPD in April 2002 by a third-party, records show.

No one named in the 2002 letter could corroborate any of the allegations at the time, BPD said.

“Detectives determined these allegations to have been unfounded and the case was closed in May 2002,” the department said.

Reached late Friday, Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno communications director Teresa Dominguez said she wasn't aware of the past allegation investigated by BPD. 

"The information is not familiar to me," she wrote in an email. "I will forward it to those conducting the investigation."

Dominguez said the diocese has received no new allegations at this time. 

Harrison was placed on administrative leave by the diocese last week after a man came forward and claimed he had been inappropriately touched by the priest while an altar boy at a church in Firebaugh. Harrison was pastor at St. Joseph's in Firebaugh from July 1, 1992 to June 30, 1999, according to the diocese. 

Since the initial allegation became public last week, a second man has come forward alleging abuse by Harrison at a church in Merced, and the diocese also disclosed an allegation was made about Harrison to Firebaugh Police in 1998. That accuser also reported the incident to the diocese in 2002, and the diocese investigated it and found it to be unsubstantiated. 

(20) comments

bakoreader

Is investigative reporting dead at The Californian?? So many questions this reporter could have asked, maybe he/she should watch the film "Spotlight" to get a lesson. Regarding this 2002 allegation: WHY didn't the BPD report their investigation to the Diocese; Wasn't Monsignor Craig and/or St. Francis Parish under a duty to let the Diocese know Harrison was being investigated?? If the Parish had a duty, and Harrison runs the Parish, isn't this an inherent conflict? How in the world could the Diocese NOT be aware Harrison was under investigation in 2002?? Californian reporters: please do your job.

This monster is finally exposed! He is ruined, and hopefully he will be convicted and sent to prison. He is hiding out at his fat pig lawyer’s condo.

REMUDA

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larry dieter

IT SEEMS FUNNY TO ME THAT PEOPLE WAIT ALL THESE YEARS BEFORE THEY WANT TO ACCUSE SOME ONE OF SOMETHING IF ANYTHING HAPPENED TO ME I WOULD IMMEDIATELY SAY SOMETHING-----WHEN PEOPLE WAIT SO LONG TO SAY SOMETHING I HAVE REASON NOT TO BELIEVE THEM

Copper

YOU DONT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS DO YOU?!

Vavoom

predatory people put themselves in settings to victimize.... and they are very successful. a veil over your eyes... he is a man... and all of you followers idolize a MAN! scary

Tony Tee

Dear God:
I want my hand to hold steady to the Plow;
Moving forward with eyes focused on the now.
I let no idle hearsay enter my soul. I send blessings to Monsignor Harrison without disdain. No one is guilty until proven guilty. Blessings out to Copper and Churchchillis

Help me God remember that everything is under your control.
Grant me the strength to rise above this difficult circumstance, and to respond with grace to every difficult person.

I release my word into the world that is filled with God’s Glory. Praise God, Master of all. Amen.

Copper

Hmm still no pray to support victims of sexual abuse interesting

barbara meuleman-girga

Here we go again...specualation of what might have happened! What happened to "innocent UNTIL proven guilty" I know, people are shocked by even a suggestion of anything wrong being done, but let's be fair. Just because he is a likeable person does't mean we ignore charges, BUT also that we not put him in the bag with those priests who have hurt others over the years. Those priests did their criminal behavior all of the time. These charges for this priest date back years. So, keep your thoughts, one way or another, to yourself, not in the media until ALL FACTS ARE OUT. The Golden Rule still works!

Athanasios

Ironic that you tell people to keep thoughts to themselves in a post on a social platform. While I agree that he is innocent until proven guilty I think there is still the right in this country to express opinions (no matter how ignorant they may be).

Copper

Exactly which should include the church not holding a vigil for Craig . It should have been for all victims and those involved in these situations.

Athanasios

To clarify, the email notice I received says he was cleared a second time. That’s not what the story says.

Athanasios

Doesn’t sound like a reinvestigation as the headline seems to infer but rather a review of the documentation already on file. Headline seems to be misleading. Certainly not judging but I think that the headline seems to infer a new investigation.

Copper

Exactly powers that be in this town are trying really hard to victim shame and intimidate any new victim from coming forward. Nothing new here.

Athanasios

I contacted Robert Price and he said they made a mistake and quickly corrected. Just a mistake, not part of some grand plan.

Churchillis1

Those who rushed to judgement hardest hit.....

Copper

Churchill’s 1 . What does that even mean. Do you actually think people want this to be true? That is such an ignorant statement. Has he been cleared of all charges? So who’s judging here? You judging alleged victim ? Shame on you.

Churchillis1

You love to use that “shame on you” tactic, I see. From the beginning, I have counseled only praying for justice. As to the “alleged victim” to which you are alluding, the charges were determined to be “unfounded” in this case so I’m not “judging” a victim, now am I. As for the other cases, I am content to pray for justice and not rush to judgement.If Craig is guilty, I hope and pray he is punished to the full extent of the law. If Craig is not guilty, I hope and pray that the people who smeared him face justice. Take your “shame on you” church lady act and stuff it in a sack.

Copper

Actually Churchill I won’t !you saying those rush to judgment hardest hit was a rude and flippant response . And I will continue to cast shame on “Christians” who participate in victim intimidation. And shaming tactics. I will be an advocate voice for them. Let’s Not forget just because there’s not sufficient evidence to charge someone or even convict someone also does t make them innocent . Anybody remember OJ? This is 1 case . How many different accusations have been brought up now? 3,4? Is this the norm for priests? To have multiple accusations brought against them? Why would someone even put themselves in a situation they are alone with children therefore leaving themselves vulnerable to accusations. Not very smart if you ask me. Especially in this environment the Catholic Church finds itself in. Guilty or not the headlines of support for Craig and the prayer vigils and the victim shamers are all wrong. Are all gross humans who are participating in this. If it keeps one hurt child from coming forward it is a travesty in which they are guilty of.

Churchillis1

Thanks for displaying the exact kind of rush to judgement I was condemning in your reply to me. Drop the finger wagging and faux shaming on everybody who won’t join you in your premature condemnation of the accused if you want to be taken seriously.

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