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Former Sacred Heart Priest Pleads Guilty

Former Sacred Heart Priest Pleads Guilty

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by: TheWoodlandsTXDotCom Active Indicator LED Icon Site Admin
~ 2 weeks, 1 day ago   Nov 18 2020, 11:31am 
Former Sacred Heart Priest Pleads Guilty
 
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On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, in the 435th District Court with Judge Patty Maginnis presiding, Manuel La Rosa-Lopez plead guilty to two charges of Indecency with a Child, a Second Degree Felony with a penalty range of probation up to 20 years in prison.
 
The case was reset to December 16, 2020 at which time La Rosa-Lopez will be sentenced to 10 years in the Texas Department of Corrections.
 
The charges arise out of acts that took place approximately 20 years ago while La Rosa-Lopez was a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe, TX.
 
Law enforcement became aware of La Rosa-Lopez's crimes when two victims reported the abuse to Conroe Police Department in August and September of 2018.
 
Detective Joe McGrew investigated the case, which led to the arrest of La Rosa-Lopez on September 11, 2018.
 
Following his arrest, two additional victims stated that La Rosa abused them when they were children.
 
All of the victims (ages 13 - 16) were heavily involved in the Catholic Church and considered La Rosa-Lopez to be their spiritual leader and mentor.
 
They reported that La Rosa-Lopez violated their trust in him as a priest by kissing them, exposing himself to them, and touching them inappropriately on numerous occasions.
 
Conroe Police Department, with close cooperation from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, launched an in-depth investigation into the claims.
 
Law enforcement officers from Conroe PD, Texas Rangers, and several federal agencies assisted in executing several search warrants to obtain a large amount of evidence and documents.
 
These search warrants included the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Shalom Center, where La Rosa-Lopez was treated after one of the victims reported the abuse to the Archdiocese in 2001.
 
Subsequently, La Rosa-Lopez was assigned to the St. John Fisher Church in Richmond, TX where he was a priest until his arrest in 2018.
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~ 2 weeks, 1 day ago   Nov 18 2020, 11:39am 
Former Sacred Heart Priest Pleads Guilty On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, in the 435th District Court with Judge Patty Maginnis presiding, Manuel La Rosa-Lopez plead guilty to two charges of Indecency with a Child, a Second Degree Felony with a penalty range of probation up to 20 years in prison. The case was reset to December 16, 2020 at which time La Rosa-Lopez will be sentenced to 10 years in the Texas Department of Corrections. The charges arise out of acts that took place approximately 20 years ago while La Rosa-Lopez was a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe, TX. Law enforcement became aware of La Rosa-Lopez's crimes when two victims reported the abuse to Conroe Police Department in August and September of 2018. Detective Joe McGrew investigated the case, which led to the arrest of La Rosa-Lopez on September 11, 2018. Following his arrest, two additional victims stated that La Rosa abused them when they were children. All of the victims (ages 13 - 16) were heavily involved in the Catholic Church and considered La Rosa-Lopez to be their spiritual leader and mentor. They reported that La Rosa-Lopez violated their trust in him as a priest by kissing them, exposing himself to them, and touching them inappropriately on numerous occasions. Conroe Police Department, with close cooperation from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, launched an in-depth investigation into the claims. Law enforcement officers from Conroe PD, Texas Rangers, and several federal agencies assisted in executing several search warrants to obtain a large amount of evidence and documents. These search warrants included the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Shalom Center, where La Rosa-Lopez was treated after one of the victims reported the abuse to the Archdiocese in 2001. Subsequently, La Rosa-Lopez was assigned to the St. John Fisher Church in Richmond, TX where he was a priest until his arrest in 2018.
 
@TheWoodlandsTXDotCom : Horrible and sick!!
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~ 2 weeks, 1 day ago   Nov 18 2020, 3:51pm 
@DEEDEE8 : i know right?? and to think i went to school and knew some kids from there around that time frame...so sad!!! hopefully the victims can get some sort of peace in their lives.
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~ 2 weeks, 1 day ago   Nov 18 2020, 4:35pm 
DEEDEE8 : i know right?? and to think i went to school and knew some kids from there around that time frame...so sad!!! hopefully the victims can get some sort of peace in their lives.
 
@iamgr8 : I hope they can to....justice does not always bring peace, but maybe it can help. To be abused by someone you looked up to is awful for a child. How confusing when you are in your formative years.
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~ 2 weeks, 1 day ago   Nov 18 2020, 4:40pm 
Ok I will say what I really think... I am sick of never ending child sex abuse, by priest , traffickers, etc they deserve the death penalty or life in solitary confinement ... doesn't anyone think of these children, really think what they go through when this happens at an innocent young age, forever damaged.. how gross ..... but we are to civil to think of them.. instead we only think the abuser should have rights because we are civil, wrong , we are not!
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~ 2 weeks, 1 day ago   Nov 18 2020, 4:48pm 
Ok I will say what I really think... I am sick of never ending child sex abuse, by priest , traffickers, etc they deserve the death penalty or life in solitary confinement ... doesn't anyone think of these children, really think what they go through when this happens at an innocent young age, forever damaged.. how gross ..... but we are to civil to think of them.. instead we only think the abuser should have rights because we are civil, wrong , we are not!
 
@Starlight13 : I agree with all. And think how the trusting parents must feel finding out later they sent their children into an abusive situation.....how guilty they must feel.
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~ 2 weeks, 1 day ago   Nov 18 2020, 5:18pm 
trusting parents
 
@DEEDEE8 : Probably foolish too.
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~ 2 weeks, 1 day ago   Nov 18 2020, 5:33pm 
DEEDEE8 : Probably foolish too.
 
@RedPanda : Well I do not think people expected these kind of things to happen 20 years ago. The quality of people has gone way down over the years progressively IMO. Think how much more common this kind of thing is now compared to 20 years ago.
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