Fr. Ochoa took advantage of the delay to decamp to Mexico, where he apparently remains. A warrant is out for him on 10 felony raps and one misdemeanor involving three boys.
In a one-page public statement, Bishop Walsh says he "made an error in judgment" and chose "caution" instead of "doing the right thing." He says he knows his apology could get him charged with a crime; a probe has been underway. State law requires medical, school and clergy personnel to report claims of sex abuse of children right away.
The bishop says, "If I am found guilty for not taking immediate action, I will accept whatever punishment is imposed."
There might be more to the story. Reports are circulating that veteran author-researcher Mrs. Randy Engel's forthcoming new 1,318-page book, The Rite of Sodomy: Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church, discusses Fr. Ochoa, his connection with the resigned Bishop Patrick Ziemann and what Fr. Ochoa might know about members of the clergy in California.
Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy and Help of Christians, pray for us!