Detectives Raid The Archdiocese Of Galveston-Houston

Kelli Wiese
November 28, 2018 - 1:32 pm
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HOUSTON (1080 KRLD) - The Texas Rangers and other agencies have raided the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in a sexual abuse investigation.

Officials say Detectives are looking for documents. It's after two people accused Father Manual La Rosa-Lopez of sexual abuse and inappropriate contact when they were teens.

The Montgomery County District Attorney's office wants to look at confidential documents held in the Archdiocese’s secret archives.

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon says they are not relying on the Catholic Church for full disclosure of La Rosa-Lopez's personnel records. He says, "We know the Catholic Church has cooperated to a degree and I appreciate that. The state of Texas is not required to go through the Catholic Church for it's cooperation. The state of Texas is it's own sovereign. The state of Texas is the one who is there to prosecute these cases on behalf of children."

The archdiocese says it's cooperating with the investigation and released a statement, "This morning, the District Attorney of Montgomery County executed a search warrant for records and information related to an ongoing investigation. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston continues to cooperate, as we have since the outset, with this process. In fact, consistent with Cardinal DiNardo's pledge of full cooperation, the information being sought was already being compiled. Also, 'secret archives' is merely a Church term pertaining to confidential documents kept in a secure manner for the protection of the privacy of individuals — not unlike medical records."