Dallas Diocese priest arrested for indecency with a child

Credit: Garland Police Department

Ricardo Reyes Mata, 34, was arrested Monday by Garland police. 

2:20 PM CDT May 7, 2024


GARLAND, Texas — Garland police arrested a priest with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas on two felony counts of indecency with a child, police said in a release Tuesday. 

Ricardo Reyes Mata, who is also a Dallas resident, was arrested based on reports of inappropriate contact with juvenile victims at a residence in Garland. Garland detectives are communicating with the Diocese of Dallas about the case.

In a statement, the Diocese of Dallas said it was made aware of allegations last week that a priest inappropriately touched a juvenile girl. Diocesan officials immediately filed a report with Child Protective Services and law enforcement, the organization said in a statement. Mata was also removed from public ministry.

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