‘I’m a mad DA’: Brett Ligon won’t back down from investigating Conroe priest accused of molesting children

Brett Ligon has not been to Mass since the Sept. 11 arrest of Father Manuel La Rosa-Lopez. A longtime Catholic, he was married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe in 1993 and moved in recent years to St. Matthias the Apostle in Magnolia.

Now the district attorney of Montgomery County, he can’t bring himself to go back.

“I haven’t been to Mass since we arrested the priest — but that’s a personal issue,” he said. “I’m a mad DA, which is what victims need. We don’t need a DA who’s looking for forgiveness.”

Ligon, 50, made no secret of his ties to the Conroe church where La Rosa-Lopez worked as more than 60 local, state and federal law enforcement officials descended on the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s headquarters on Nov. 28, looking for evidence linked to accusations that the priest molested two young parishioners over a three-year period.

And Ligon’s made it clear he won’t stop there — warning that other members of the clergy who may have done wrong will come under scrutiny from his office.

“When I’m there on a Sunday, I’m there to worship,” Ligon said at the time of the search. “When I’m there on a Monday through Friday, my job is to investigate thoroughly.”

It’s the biggest case of alleged priest abuse in the Houston area in decades and the biggest of Ligon’s 10 years as Montgomery County district attorney, where he has built a reputation as an aggressive prosecutor who won’t back down. Ligon has vowed to go all the way to the Vatican to investig...

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  • Richard Kensinger, MSW
    commented 2019-01-28 17:26:59 -0600
    I reside in the altoona-johnstown diocese,pa. I too am mad as hell! I’ve divorced the Church. My wife taught in our local catholic schools and continues her church involvement. it is causing some strain in our relationship. our schools are celebrating “catholic schools week”! Focus is all on the positives; which there indeed are many. in the state AG’s report, 46 of the perpetrators are clergy; and the cover-up is massive. now under federal investigation which i fully support. I do not trust the church at. can you imagine how the victim/survivors feel!
    Rich, MSW

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