Monthly Archives: August 2017

Fr. John Weisenborn

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Santa Fe Notes:  Member of Fathers of the Sacred Heart. Caught 3 times in 1964 by Washington, D.C., police re sexual relations with boys before being sent to NM for treatment. Lived at Via Coeli Center but … Continue reading

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Fr. Ignacio Tafoya

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Santa Fe Notes:  Placed on administrative leave 8/94 and suspended from priestly duties pending an investigation into allegations of past sexual misconduct with minors. Archbp. Sanchez was asked about allegations against Tafoya in his 1994 deposition. He … Continue reading

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Fr. Robert Smith

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Santa Fe Notes:  At least 6 civil suits filed in 1993-1994 against Smith’s estate (he died in 1987). Smith apparently abused a fellow high school semanarian in 1946. In 1959 Smith was expelled from Christ the King … Continue reading

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Fr. George Silva

Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe Notes:  Placed on leave 2005. Arrested 2006 and charged with abuse of boy, age 14, in 2005 during trip to France and Portugal. Civil suit filed 3/06. Pled guilty 6/1/06. Silva was Christian Brother for 17 … Continue reading

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Fr. Clarence Schoeppner

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Santa Fe Notes:  Named in 1994 suit. Accused of non-consensual sexual acts and physical abuse of girl in 1967 as part of “cleaning ritual.” Girl and her sister lived at St. Anthony’s Boys School, an orphanage run … Continue reading

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Dn. Julian Sanchez

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Santa Fe Notes:  In suit filed 5/5/94, Sanchez, a permanent deacon, was accused of raping a 12-13 yr old altar boy. He was placed on leave. Sources:  Case No. CV-94-03966, Bernalillo Co. NM; http://bishop-accountability.org/ CALL ATTORNEY PATRICK NOAKER … Continue reading

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Fr. Edward Rutowski

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Santa Fe Notes:  Accused in two 1994 civil suits of molesting minors. Was priest in St. Anthony of Padua Province in Chicopee, MA; requested transfer to Santa Fe for “health reasons.” Apparently incardinated into Arch. of Santa … Continue reading

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Fr. Lorenzo Ruiz

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Santa Fe Religious Order:  Franciscan Notes:  In 1995 suit in NM, woman claimed Ruiz started a “girls club” at church to find victims for sex and that he abused her and others in 1978 after taking them … Continue reading

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Fr. Ron Roth

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Santa Fe Notes:  Worked in Peoria, IL from 1966 to 1968. Worked in New Mexico between 1968-1972 and then returned to Illinois from 1972 to 1991. Peoria Bishop placed him on leave 3/93 after civil suit filed … Continue reading

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Fr. John Rodriguez

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Santa Fe Notes:  Resigned from parish 3/95 after lawsuit filed which alleged he abused a 19 yr old seminarian after getting him drunk more than 20 yrs previously. After suspension, Rodriguez was sent for treatment for alcoholism. … Continue reading

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