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Type of Case (Legal, Clinical, Other): Other

Location (State or Country): Florida

Form of Corroboration (other victim, witness of event, family member/mother, advisory organization, confession): confession by perpetrator


Diane McKenzie’s recovered memories of abuse by priest Emilio Garcia. Diane McKenzie was abused and raped by Emilio Garcia, a Spanish priest, in the 1960s and came forward in 2000 in Pinellas County, Florida, when she was working as a junior sacristan at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. McKenzie’s memories started to resurface only after 34 years had passed since the abuse, when her brother was getting married. McKenzie went to confront Garcia when she remembered the incidents, and he admitted to the crimes. As a result, the Diocese of Orlando removed him and sent him back to Spain.


1. Day. (2007, February 5).Their struggle put a face on clergy abuse priest. St. Petersburg Times.

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