Third accuser says archdiocese knew about abuse allegations by Houston-area priest as early as 1992
By Nicole Hensley
The headline caught the 37-year-old Army veteran’s eye. Swiping through the results of his fantasy football league, he spied the news on his phone that a Richmond priest had been arrested for decades-old claims that he molested two children at a church in Conroe.
Though he barely recognized the gray-haired man in the Montgomery County booking photo as the young Peruvian seminary student from his days as a 12-year-old altar boy at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Houston, the news report from September ripped open years of guilt and shame he had long buried.
“My heart just broke,” the Houston-area man told the Houston Chronicle, asking that he not be identified.
Within days, he had contacted the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office — becoming the third accuser to step forward with allegations of molestation against Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, now a priest at the center of a growing investigation that has engulfed the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.