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.

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