An accuser of a local priest facing four charges of indecency with a child is suing Sacred Heart of Conroe and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Harris County, details allegations of abuse by Manuel La Rosa-Lopez dating back to 1992, when a sixth-grade boy accused the priest of inappropriately touching him.
The accuser is not named in the lawsuit to protect his identity as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, the document says.
He says La Rosa-Lopez exposed his penis during confession in the summer of 2000, when the boy was 15 years old. The boy was confessing his homosexuality to the priest, who according to the lawsuit, asked descriptive and vulgar follow-up questions.
The boy did not respond to the most graphic questions. The lawsuit says La Rosa-Lopez opened the partition window in the confessional booth and exposed his penis to the boy, who then left the booth.
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