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San Joaquin Memorial High School

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St. John's Cathedral

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San Joaquin Memorial Catholic High School



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Flora Mae Hickman, 51, of ...

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Flora Mae Hickman, 51, of Fresno, Calif., says she was molested by Mahony while she was a student at San Joaquin Memorial Catholic High School in 1969.But contacted Saturday, Hickman offered no details of what she claims Mahony actually did. Mahony revealed the accusation, and denied it, in a three-page statement on Friday night. "My personal integrity and reputation demand that I take all possible steps to refute this false allegation," Mahony said. Mahony's statement came as more accusations against Catholic priests surfaced nationwide, including Saturday's admission by the Sacramento Diocese that 14 priests have been accused of sexual misconduct with children over the past 30 years. Mahony issued his statement after a Los Angeles radio station obtained and quoted from church emails about abuse cases that refer briefly to the woman's claim, which she first made to the pastor of St. John's Cathedral in Fresno on March 20. Hickman told The Associated Press on Saturday she was knocked unconscious while fighting with students and woke to find the "bottom" portion of her clothing removed and Mahony, then a monsignor in Fresno, "over her." Hickman also said she is taking medication for depression and has been told by a psychiatrist that she is a paranoid schizophrenic.She said she could not remember many details of what happened. The AP does not normally identify alleged victims in sexual assault cases, but Hickman gave permission for her name to be used.Her name was also included in Mahony's statement. On Thursday, confidential emails between Mahony and his staff, including his lawyers, were obtained by radio station KFI.

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Hickman also told of another incident involving Mahony during which she claims he hit her.Both incidents occurred between 1969 and when she graduated in 1970, Hickman said.A 1970 San Joaquin Memorial Catholic High School yearbook contains a photo of Hickman, confirming she was a member of the graduating class that year. Mahony, 66, became the head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1985 and was elevated to Cardinal in 1991. The internal emails he wrote during the past two weeks reveal his concerns over the church's response to sexual abuse allegations in the archdiocese, which serves 5 million Catholics in three Southern California counties.


Cardinal Mahony denies sexual abuse allegation | The-Tidings.com

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The allegation by Flora Mae Hickman, 51, of Fresno, was reported late last week when several confidential e-mails from Cardinal Mahony's office were leaked to media April 5.

The cardinal said in his statement that, as a public figure, complaints and even death threats have been made against him over the years "for a variety of reasons.The full investigation of all those complaints revealed that none of them had any basis in fact.
"Such false allegations," he said, "are hurtful and troubling to me, yet I continue to pray fervently for those who make them."
In her complaint, Ms. Hickman said she approached a Fresno priest in late March claiming that she was molested by then-Msgr.Mahony in 1970, when she was a student at San Joaquin Memorial Catholic High School.
The Associated Press, which interviewed her April 6, said she "offered no details of what she claims Mahony actually did."It reported that she said she was knocked unconscious in a fight with students at school and awoke to find the bottom portion of her clothing removed and Msgr.Mahony standing over her.
AP added, "Hickman also said she is taking medication for depression and has been told by a psychiatrist that she is a paranoid schizophrenic."It added that she "could not remember details" of the alleged event but insisted that "the charges are true."
In his statement, Cardinal Mahony reported that he had become aware of Ms. Hickman's complaint on March 22 through a phone call from Bishop John Steinbock of Fresno, detailing Ms. Hickman's allegation to Msgr.
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"I told Bishop Steinbock that I had never heard of Flora Mae Hickman, and I categorically denied ever having molested anyone either before or after my ordination as a priest and as a bishop," the cardinal said.His connection with San Joaquin Memorial High School "was primarily in celebrating Mass from time to time for the student body when so invited….I knew very few students by name, and I do not recall participating in student activities other than attending an occasional high school football game."
Following the call from Bishop Steinbock, Cardinal Mahony said he telephoned Det.
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On March 25, the Fresno police interviewed Ms. Hickman for two hours, and she approved the transcript of the interview.


LA Police Clear Cardinal Mahony of false sexual predator charges - Voluntary Online Adventist Forum

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Lt. Dwayne Johnson said there was no physical evidence or witnesses to support the allegation made last month by Flora Mae Hickman, who said she had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

Hickman, 51, said Mahony sexually assaulted her when she was a student at San Joaquin Memorial Catholic High School in 1969.Mahony was then a monsignor in Fresno.
As head of the nation's largest Roman Catholic diocese, Mahony was the highest church official to be accused in the sex abuse scandal that has shaken the church.
Mahony revealed the Hickman accusation April 5, and denied it.
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Hickman insisted Thursday that the incident happened, but said she would not pursue the case.
"I told the story, what I believed," she said."I wouldn't have made it up.Maybe if I'd come out a long time ago, maybe something would have been done."
She said she was looking for compensation to cover her psychiatric bills.She filed for bankruptcy two years ago and said her disability payments were cut.
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Hickman had claimed she was knocked unconscious while fighting with students and woke to find her bottom garment removed and Mahony "over her."
Police interviewed teachers who worked at the Catholic school, sought any documents supporting the woman's claims and considered her credibility.
"In this case, we had no evidence," Johnson said Thursday."Of course we're going back 32 years.That makes it difficult.A victim's ability to recall can present some unique difficulties."
Hickman's claims were vague.


COURTTV.COM- TOP NEWS

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Lt. Dwayne Johnson said there was no physical evidence or witnesses to support the allegation made last month by Flora Mae Hickman, who said she had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

Hickman, 51, said Mahony sexually assaulted her when she was a student at San Joaquin Memorial Catholic High School in 1969.Mahony was then a monsignor in Fresno.
As head of the nation's largest Roman Catholic diocese, Mahony was the highest church official to be accused in the sex abuse scandal that has shaken the church.
Mahony revealed the Hickman accusation April 5, and denied it.
...
Hickman insisted Thursday that the incident happened, but said she would not pursue the case.
"I told the story, what I believed," she said."I wouldn't have made it up.Maybe if I'd come out a long time ago, maybe something would have been done."
She said she was looking for compensation to cover her psychiatric bills.She filed for bankruptcy two years ago and said her disability payments were cut.
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Hickman had claimed she was knocked unconscious while fighting with students and woke to find her bottom garment removed and Mahony "over her."
Police interviewed teachers who worked at the Catholic school, sought any documents supporting the woman's claims and considered her credibility.
"In this case, we had no evidence," Johnson said Thursday."Of course we're going back 32 years.That makes it difficult.A victim's ability to recall can present some unique difficulties."
Hickman's claims were vague.


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Lt. Dwayne Johnson said there was no physical evidence or witnesses to support the allegation made last month by Flora Mae Hickman, who said she had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

Hickman, 51, of Fresno, said Mahony sexually assaulted her when she was a student at San Joaquin Memorial Catholic High School in 1969.
As head of the nation's largest Roman Catholic diocese, Mahony was the highest church official to be accused in the sex abuse scandal that has shaken the church.
Mahony revealed the Hickman accusation Friday, and denied it.
Through a spokesman, Mahony said he was grateful to police for their thorough investigation and he was pleased with the result.
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Hickman insisted Thursday that the incident happened, but said she would not pursue the case.She said she was looking for compensation to cover her psychiatric bills.She filed for bankruptcy two years ago and said her disability payments were cut.
Hickman had claimed she was knocked unconscious while fighting with students and woke to find her bottom garment removed and Mahony, then a monsignor in Fresno, "over her."
Police interviewed teachers who worked at the Catholic school at the time, sought any documents supporting the woman's claims and considered her credibility.
"In this case, we had no evidence," Johnson said Thursday."Of course we're going back 32 years.That makes it difficult.A victim's ability to recall can present some unique difficulties."
Hickman's claims were vague.

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