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Report: 43 Diocese Of Fresno Priests Accused Of Sexual Abuse. At Least One Still Works For Church

There are at least 43 priests within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno who have been accused of sexual abuse or misconduct, according to a report released this week by a national law firm. The data collected by Jeff Anderson & Associates exposes the "enormous magnitude" of the intentional cover-up of allegations of sexual abuse by the diocese. “Perhaps most shocking among the discoveries is that some perpetrators were intentionally transferred and retained in trusted positions with...

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Another priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno has been accused of sexual abuse and currently works at a church in Reedley.

 

At a press conference Monday, 52-year-old Sylvia Gomez Ray spoke about the alleged abuse she experienced as a teenager while working at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bakersfield. She claims Msgr. John Esquivel sexually assaulted her after he groomed and recruited her to work as the church's secretary.

 

Kerry Klein

The California Report recently reported on a 2013 case of domestic violence in which the alleged abuser was a Clovis police officer. Though that particular instance occurred six years ago, domestic violence remains commonplace in the San Joaquin Valley—in fact, local law enforcement agencies warned in May that cases appear to be increasing.

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Last week we brought you a story about high schoolers in Merced asking for a mental health class, and getting one. This week, moderator Kathleen Schock digs deeper into youth and mental illness with Christina Valdez-Roup, executive director of the Fresno National Alliance on Mental Illness, and teacher Abraham Perez from Edison High School. Perez has spent the last two years teaching a mental health class as part of the school’s bio-med career technical education pathway.

Kings Lions Club

It’s time for the Weekend, where we find out what people in the San Joaquin Valley do for fun when they have a little time off. This Saturday evening, the Kings Lions Club is hosting the Kings Brewfest. The annual 21-and-over event brings together commercial and craft breweries in Lemoore to raise money for organizations benefiting Kings County.

This week on Valley Edition: Rates of domestic violence appear to be climbing in the Central Valley. How pervasive is it, and what’s behind the increase? We bring you the story of one survivor whose abuser was a Clovis cop.

We also hear from mental health educators who work with high schoolers and other youth. Kids are learning the signs of mental illness, and if a career in mental health is for them.

Later, we talk about a festival brewing in Lemoore, and it’s all about lagers, IPAs, and ales to name a few.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno

 

  One priest has been put on leave since a report was released last week by a Minnesota-based law firm listing 43 priests within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno who have been accused of sexual abuse or misconduct.

 

Father Eric Swearingen was put on paid administrative leave June 5, officials at the diocese confirmed Tuesday.

 

ACLU

Before last November’s national election, Fresno County removed the Unitarian Universalist Church on Alluvial Avenue as a polling location because of concerns over two “Black Lives Matter” banners.

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Valley Public Radio is a critical service for tens of thousands of local residents, especially in the case of an emergency, when internet and cellular communications may be disrupted. But while the station has backup generators at its two transmitter sites (Round Mountain near Bakersfield, and Meadow Lakes near Auberry) the station does not have a backup generator for its Clovis broadcast center, where a potential electricity outage would take both stations off the air.

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For the first time in two years, legislators in Sacramento may have paved the way toward establishing a statewide safe drinking water fund.

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Welcome to the Weekend, a new segment where we find out what people in the San Joaquin Valley do for fun when they have a little time off. Today we hear from Carla Chancellor. She's a retired teacher who lives in the foothills town of Springville. About eight months ago, she took up ballroom dancing. She liked it so much that she started a “Dancing in the South Valley” Meetup and Facebook page.

Listen to the interview above to learn more.

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Valley Public Radio Backup Generator Project

Valley Public Radio is a critical service for tens of thousands of local residents, especially in the case of an emergency, when internet and cellular communications may be disrupted. But while the station has backup generators at its two transmitter sites (Round Mountain near Bakersfield, and Meadow Lakes near Auberry) the station does not have a backup generator for its Clovis broadcast center, where a potential electricity outage would take both stations off the air. Now, with the threat...

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Morning Edition Launches New Theme Music

Start off your day on a different beat. NPR’s Morning Edition has launched brand new theme music for the first time in 40 years. Don’t sleep on our fresh sound, tune in to hear the show every weekday morning from 3:00 AM till 9:00 AM on FM89 and KVPR.org. “Mornings will be sounding a little different at NPR,” said NPR’s Chief Marketing Officer, Meg Goldthwaite. “The iconic theme music listeners of Morning Edition have loved for decades be getting a tune-up. We want to make every aspect of the...

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