Former Texas Priest Pleads Guilty to Charges of Sexual Abuse

A former priest of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has pleaded guilty to charges of sexual abuse he committed 20 years ago in Montgomery County, Texas.

Manuel La Rosa-Lopez was sentenced to ten years in prison after admitting he acted indecently with teenagers who came to him for mentorship, Bluebonnet News reported.

As detailed in the allegations, La Rosa-Lopez sexually abused his victims, who were aged 13-16 years old at the time, by kissing them, exposing himself, and repeatedly touching them inappropriately when he was a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe, Texas.

The two-year-long investigation of the crimes committed by La Rosa-Lopez was conducted by the Conroe Police Department, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Texas Rangers, Homeland Security, and other federal agencies. At the time of his arrest in 2018, La Rosa-Lopez was a priest at the St. John Fisher Church in Richmond, Texas.

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