Alleged Victims of Church Sex Abuse Seek Justice

It took decades for Manny Vega of Oxnard, Calif., to share his terrible secret with the world.

Vega says he was abused by a clergyman when he was only 10-years-old, and it lasted for years.

But he didn’t let that dark chapter in his life prohibit him from moving forward.

Vega was a police officer for nearly 20 years, working in the violent crime task force. He investigated homicides and sexual assault cases, often dealing with victims of the same kinds of abuse he endured. He also served his country as a Marine scout sniper, and received the Medal for Heroism, America’s highest peacetime award, for rescuing fellow Marines from a helicopter crash.

Vega, along with Rita Milla and Esther Miller, were all plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. On July 16, 2007, a settlement was reached between 508 alleged victims of abuse and the Archdiocese, worth $660 million, ending all pending abuse litigation against the diocese at that time.

The full response to our report from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles can be found here.