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Accused California Priests: Miles O'Brien Riley

Sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic church are sadly nothing new. News stories in recent years have been filled with horrifying accounts of molestation by priests in their community. Worse yet, we learned that the church covered up many of these instances of clergy sexual abuse. One such example is the story of the accused California priest Miles O’Brien Riley, a clergy member whose misconduct was quietly dismissed.

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Assignments

Father Miles O’Brien Riley had assignments all over California, including in the following parishes:

1964-1968

St. Raphael’s San Rafael, CA
1964-1968

1964-1968

San Quentin State Prison San Rafael, CA
1964-1968

1968

Radio Ministry
1968

1968-1970

St. Paul’s San Francisco, CA
1968-1970

1970- 1982

Mission Dolores Basilica San Francisco, CA
1970- 1982

1982-1989

St. Gabriel San Francisco, CA
1982-1989

1991-1995

Special Assignment: Catholic Communications San Francisco, CA
1991-1995

1992-1994

Special Assignment: Pastoral Commission San Francisco, CA
1992-1994

1991-1995

St. Catherine of Siena Burlingame, CA
1991-1995

1992-1994

Special Assignment: Pastoral Commission San Francisco, CA
1992-1994

1995-2002

Special Assignment: Communications San Francisco, CA
1995-2002

1995-2002

St. Mark’s Belmont, CA
1995-2002

2002-2010

Retired
2002-2010
St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, La Mirada, CA
St. Bernard, Los Angeles, CA
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Life and Charges

Father Miles O’Brien Riley was first accused of inappropriate sexual contact in the 1990s by a woman who informed the San Francisco Archdiocese that Riley had sexual contact with her in the early 1970s when she was just 16 years old. The archdiocese reviewed this accusation in 2002 and allowed Riley to retire quietly.

Riley was well-versed in writing, producing, and hosting television programs. He completed his Doctorates in Communication at U.C. Berkeley and Ethics from the Gregorian University in Rome and the Graduate Theological Union. He also received a Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of San Francisco.

Father Riley was ordained at the North American College in Rome in 1963 and served as a priest at several parishes in the Bay Area. However, in 1970, he founded the Communication Center at the Archdiocese of San Francisco, where his primary focus became ministry through the mass media.

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Punishment

Once the archdiocese learned of Riley’s inappropriate sexual conduct, they allowed him to retire in 2002 after revisiting the accusations against him. However, as of 2011, Riley remained active with the International Speakers Bureau.

 

How We Can Help

If you or someone you loved has been a victim of clergy sexual abuse, contact an experienced sexual abuse attorney. Herman Law exclusively represents sexual abuse victims. We will fight for the justice and damages you deserve.