"So while this is the first time they are being posted publicly, they were shared with law enforcement." Erstad said the diocese in June started an effort, called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, to provide financial compensation to abuse survivors.
After being barred from the church in 1992, Lara began his career in teaching, first as a visiting professor of art and humanities in Colombia.
Francis Xavier Church in Brooklyn, New York, the victims' attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, told in a Friday telephone interview.
“This is just another instance of the Catholic Church hiding a predator and therefore unnecessarily putting children in danger," he said.
Administrators apparently did not know he spent nearly two decades as a priest, and Lara's time in active ministry — where he was known as Rev.
James Lara — is notably absent from his 18-page CV, reviewed by It was unclear Friday whether the university would conduct any follow-up investigations into Lara or the process through which he was hired.
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A statement from the diocese late Friday said that providing the names of living priests who were laicized because of allegations of sexual abuse was an effort to protect children.
"It is important to note that all of the names posted on the Diocese of Brooklyn's website were passed along to the appropriate law enforcement agencies years ago," Carolyn Erstad, diocese spokeswoman, said.
He called the church's announcement this week involving Lara as "spin control.""My clients are trying to gain a degree of closure and move on with their lives,” he said, adding that ASU failed to fully vet Lara's history before bringing him aboard the institution.
"Unfortunately, his stature in the community, however false, was not a surprise to me."Attempts to reach Lara for comment on this story Friday were unsuccessful.