SNAP Disappointed as Houston Priest Escapes Criminal Charges
A priest who was removed from his parish in 2019 following allegations of inappropriate behavior with another adult was in court this week in Houston, but a grand jury elected not to proceed with the criminal case against him. Our hearts ache for the victim who has been out and public about the abuse he suffered and we hope that he is getting the support and help that he needs.
Fr. Alfonso Delgado was removed from Prince of Peace in Houston in 2019 after he was alleged to have behaved inappropriately with another adult and was removed from his position pending an investigation. Ultimately, on July 14 a grand jury decided that there were no criminal actions that could be charged. While we recognize the decision there was no criminal behavior in this case, we firmly stand behind the victim – who has been in close contact with our volunteers in Houston – and believe that he was harmed by this man. Even though his behavior could not be charged criminally, we know that the victim in this case has suffered and hope that he will have another opportunity to share his story.
“The victim suffers lonely and quietly holding his scars of that terrible night close to his heart. It is decisions such as this one that make victims afraid to come forward when they are sexually abused, especially adult males,” said Eduardo Lopez de Cases, leader of SNAP Houston. “We will continue their support for this victim and hopes that other doors will open and justice will be served. “
CONTACT: Eduardo Lopez de Casas, SNAP Houston and member of the Board of Directors ( [email protected], 832 641 6319)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)