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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
New lawsuit filed involving predator priest
It charges top Houston Catholic officials with fraud
Child molesting cleric reportedly molested several kids
He was first publicly accused of abuse just three months ago
The suit, filed today in Houston state district court, charges church staff with three types of fraud and seeks unspecified damages. It is unusual because instead of focusing on the alleged sexual abuse by the priest, it focuses on the alleged complicity of church staff who “knew or should have known” that Peguero “was a child molester and knew or should have known that Peguero was a danger to children.”
In July, four adults from Texas and Georgia filed a similar lawsuit against the Houston diocese involving alleged crimes by Peguero in the 1970s. It is still pending.
Peguero died in November 2000 at age 79. According to the Houston Chronicle, “Peguero, a Port Arthur native, was ordained in 1947 and then served as assistant pastor at St. Anne Church in Beaumont. He also served at Beaumont St. Joseph in 1956 before becoming priest at Our Lady of St. John in Houston 1957. He retired in 1993 at the age of 72.”
Today, Fr. Edwin Coreas is St. John’s pastor (http://ourladyofsaintjohns.com/default.aspx).
Gonzales, now in her early 60s, lives in Humble, Texas.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests