Probe: May 17, 2002

May 17, 2002

QUESTION: What happened to the Holtville priest after he left Holtville following his 1977 arrest after a youthful hitchhiker accused the priest of molesting him? — Curious, Holtville

The Rev. John Daly, who was arrested but never charged in connection with the incident, next surfaced in Colton, then went to Riverside, Hesperia and finally to San Bernardino, where he retired in 1987 and died in 1989. He was 70.

A San Diego television news team was in Holtville on Thursday doing interviews for an upcoming news segment about the priest.

According to a timeline put together from church records by Channel 8 reporter David Gotfredson, the priest started his career in the 1950s in San Bernardino, served two years in Palm Springs, went to parishes in La Mesa, Lemon Grove, San Diego, Eagle Mountain, Blythe and to Holtville in 1975.


ONLY AN ALLEGATION — The investigation is still under way into the alleged destruction of documents at the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Center in Laguna Niguel.

At this time the so-called document-shredding is just an allegation, not a fact.

In April two INS employees reported seeing contract workers shredding paper at the center. There's always some legitimate shredding of papers no longer needed. We don't know if any applications were destroyed.

All shredding at the center has been discontinued.

If the woman who filed an application to bring her mother into this country received a receipt from INS, the application was logged into the computer and she has nothing to worry about.

INS will do everything possible to make sure the possible loss of evidence (and any applications) as a result of the alleged shredding will not affect the outcome of any case.

If an applicant has moved, he or she should send in a change of address form in case we need to reach the applicant if we need more information. — INS Spokesman, Laguna Niguel

INS spokesman Ron Rogers said a two-year wait for INS to process an immigration application from Mexico is not unusual. He suggested you just sit tight until you hear.

"When you consider how many different things INS does, and the number of people it deals with, our error rate is very low," Rogers continued.

Sitting tight is easier said than done when you're waiting to unite a family.

QUESTION: I got this flyer in the mail offering college degrees for your "lifetime" experiences. Are the degrees any good? — Uneducated, Brawley

There are some good degree programs where you can study at home but this doesn't seem to be one. We called the 800 number. Three weeks later we got a return call.

Barkwood University promised to give us a bachelor of arts, a master's degree or a doctorate in any field we choose without the bother of taking a test. "We take your word for your qualification."

And no, you probably can't use the diploma to get into Stanford, but you could hang it on a wall or mention it on a job resume. If your prospective employer called to check, the school would confirm your diploma.

All this would cost only $1,200.

Today the school called again. There is still one opening that we could have at a discount, just $1,300.

It was tempting. There's a nice ring to Dr. PROBE. But we would feel like such a phony.

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