Fr. Juan Bazalar

Diocese:  Archdiocese of New York


Bazalar was indicted in December 1991 for sexually abusing a 15-year-old altar boy at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello, New York. Bazalar fled to Canada, where he prepared to travel to his native Peru. Bazalar was then arrested, jailed, and extradited to the United States. Bazalar was convicted in 1993 with the jury finding him guilty of sexual abuse. He was sentenced to 5-15 years in state prison.

In 1995, the conviction was overturned on appeal. Bazalar was found not guilty in a retrial after the prosecution’s key witness died. Bazalar reportedly returned to Peru to resume his career as a priest.

Sources:  Dallas Morning News 02.27.93; River Reporter 08.10.95; Times Herald-Record 03.19.02; NY Post 04.06.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Times Herald-Record 02.28.04; Times Herald-Record 01.15.07;Chicago Tribune 03.11.12