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Seeking Potential Victims in Jaime Gonzalez-Farias Investigation

The FBI’s Columbia Division is seeking information regarding potential victims in a federal child sex crimes investigation.

Fr. Jaime Gonzalez-Farias a/k/a “Father Gonzales” a/k/a “Father Jamie” was indicted in October 2022 and arrested in November 2022 for coercion and enticement of a minor, aggravated sexual abuse of a child, and transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. He is being prosecuted in federal court in South Carolina. The charges are merely allegations, and Gonzalez-Farias is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Gonzalez-Farias served in various roles with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston (South Carolina) between 2015-2020. He has served in the church in at least Chile and the United States. He held various roles, including pastor, parochial vicar, administrator, chaplain, and priest. He has been ordained as a priest since at least 1990.

If you believe you or your minor dependent(s) were victimized by Gonzalez-Farias, or if you have relevant information about Gonzalez-Farias that the FBI should know, please fill out this short questionnaire.

Your responses are voluntary. Even if you already provided this information to law enforcement, please provide it again on this questionnaire. Based on your responses, you may be contacted by the FBI and asked to provide additional information. All identities of victims will be kept confidential.

The FBI is legally mandated to identify victims of federal crimes it investigates. Victims may be eligible for certain services, restitution, and rights under federal and/or state law.

Contact Information
Date of Birth
/ /  
Current Address
1. I am under the age of 18

2. I am filling this form out on behalf of:

3. If filling this form out for a minor/dependent(s), please provide their first name, last name, date of birth, and primary language.
Date of Birth
/ /  
4. Have you or your dependent had contact of a sexual nature with Fr. Jaime Gonzalez-Farias? If yes, please also answer question 5. If not, skip to question 9.

5. If yes, were you or your dependent(s) a minor at the time of this contact? If yes, please also answer 6.

6. If yes, please provide the approximate date(s) of the contact, if known.
8. How did you or your dependent(s) communicate with Fr. Jaime Gonzalez-Farias? Select all that apply:
9. If images and/or videos were exchanged, do you or your dependent(s) have access to the communication? (i.e. screenshots or social media messages)

10. Has this contact been reported to any of the following? Select all that apply:

Privacy Act Statement

The FBI is authorized to collect the information on this form by one or more of the following provisions: Title 28, United States Code, sections 533 and 534; Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations, section 0.85; and the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance. The information requested will assist the FBI in providing you with assistance to which crime victims are entitled under federal law. You do not have to provide the requested information; however, failure to do so may hinder the FBI in providing you with crime victim assistance. The information collected on this form is protected by the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, Title 5, United States Code section 552a, and is maintained in the FBI’s Central Records System, DOJ/FBI-002, a description of which was published in the Federal Register at 63 Fed. Reg. 8671 (Feb. 20, 1998) and which may be viewed at