Pervert ex-priest dead in Oregon weeks before Archdiocese files were released
By Martin Hill
LibertyFight.com
February 4, 2013


Richard Allen Henry, a defrocked priest who was one of the few clergy to be convicted and sent to prison for sexually abusing several young boys, died on January 10th, weeks before his 439-page personel file was to be released to the public. After initially being arrested by Los Angeles Police in 1991, Henry confessed to investigators and eventually pled "no-contest" to four felony counts of "lewd acts upon a child." Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley pushed for prison time rather than probation, and Henry was sentenced to eight years in prison in April 1993. However, he was released on parole in 1996. As of 2002, it was not clear whether Henry had been formally removed from the priesthood. In 2002, cardinal Roger Mahony told the L.A. Times "After he got out of prison, he disappeared from us."

Henry was featured in a Jan. 22 article Convicted Pervert Ex-Priest living in Oregon after rare prison sentence - Files set to be released, which relayed my personal experience with the priest when I was an altar boy. The obituary at http://www.autumn-funerals-cremation.com states "Richard Allen Henry was born in Los Angeles, California on June 29, 1945 and passed in Hillsboro, Oregon on January 10, 2013."

On page 2 of the files released by the Archdiocese, Henry's file states "Assignment History: Inactive Leave, faculties removed by decree on 12/9/1993. Beginning date 4/30/1993 Completion date 2/22/2007". The most recent entry states "Dismissed from the Clerical State, Rescript from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Prot. No. 286\2003 Beginning Date 2/23/2007." Both the obituary and the church files list Henry's birth date as 6/29/1945.

On January 1st, LibertyFight.com had sent an inquiry to the Maryland Office of Inspector General about the ex-priest:

"Hello, I am writing regarding a convicted sex offender who moved to Maryland but failed to register with police. I have done a search on the internet of both state and national Megan's law database but he does not appear to be listed either in CA or MD. His name is Richard Allen Henry. The website http://www.megans-law.net/Maryland-Megans-Law.asp states "Administrating Agency: Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, local law enforcement." I did not see any specific contact information for a Megan's law department listed on your website (http://www.socem.info/), so if you are not the correct person could you forward this to the appropriate person or respond to me so that I may do so? Thanks. More info on Mr. Henry is below, from the L.A. Times.
Priest Scandal Echoes Family's Decade of Pain
http://articles.latimes.com/print/2002/jun/17/local/me-henry17
...Failing to Register
While he is a registered sex offender in California, Henry has failed to register in Maryland. Under that state's law, a serious sex offender registered in another state must still register in Maryland if the crime occurred before 1997. The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections is looking into the matter, along with local police, after inquiries by The Times.

On January 10, 2013, the State of Maryland responded with the following:

"Dear Martin,

Thank you for your email concerning Mr. Richard Allen Henry. After reviewing the Maryland Sex Offender Registry's file on Mr. Henry I can see that he moved to the State of Oregon. Once an offender is confirmed as living in another state by our office he or she is removed from Maryland's registry website.
However, the State of Oregon, unlike Maryland and California, does not have what is referred to as an "offense-based" registry where all sex offense convictions are made public. Oregon has a "risk-based" registry and depending on the level of risk assessed the offender may or may not be subject to public registration. The MD Sex Offender Registry has confirmed that Mr. Henry is registered, and that he is currently compliant, but that information does not appear on any public website. More specific information is only available to law enforcement. You may want to contact the Oregon Sex Offender Registry for more information.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Bartholomew
Manager, MD Sex Offender Registry

It is not clear at this time whether the States of Maryland or Oregon law enforcement contacted Henry about the inquiry between Jan. 1st and Jan. 10th. The suspicious timing of the death hints at the possibility that the death could have been a suicide, but that has not yet been determined.

The L.A. Archdiocese website issued a page with all the latest files. Here is the PDF file on Henry. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez issued a "letter to Catholic faithful on the release of clergy files" on January 31, which was read aloud at Masses in L.A. County on Sunday Feb. 3rd. It stated, in part,

"My brothers and sisters in Christ, This week we are releasing the files of priests who sexually abused children while they were serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. These files document abuses that happened decades ago. But that does not make them less serious. I find these files to be brutal and painful reading. The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers and they failed. We need to acknowledge that terrible failure today. We need to pray for everyone who has ever been hurt by members of the Church. And we need to continue to support the long and painful process of healing their wounds and restoring the trust that was broken.
I cannot undo the failings of the past that we find in these pages. Reading these files, reflecting on the wounds that were caused, has been the saddest experience I’ve had since becoming your Archbishop in 2011. My predecessor, retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, has expressed his sorrow for his failure to fully protect young people entrusted to his care. Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry has also publicly apologized for his decisions while serving as Vicar for Clergy. I have accepted his request to be relieved of his responsibility as the Regional Bishop of Santa Barbara."
Archbishop Gomez also issued a clarification on February 1, stating
"Questions from the faithful and some members of the news media indicate that it would be helpful for me to clarify the status of Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry. Cardinal Mahony, as Archbishop Emeritus, and Bishop Curry, as Auxiliary Bishop, remain bishops in good standing in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, with full rights to celebrate the Holy Sacraments of the Church and to minister to the faithful without restriction."


Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, Economic Policy Journal, FreedomsPhoenix, Veterans Today, The Wayne Madsen Report, Devvy.com, Rense, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, National Motorists Association, RomanCatholicReport.com, Republic Broadcasting Network, WorldNetDaily, ZionCrimeFactory.com, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, BlackBoxVoting, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com.