Fr. Rosario Lopez

Diocese:  Diocese of Las Cruces

Notes:  Lopez, a native of the Philippines, worked in the Las Cruces diocese (then part of the El Paso Diocese) in the mid-1970s. Civil suit filed in NM 4/10 alleges that he fondled and groped an altar boy before returning to the Philippines. When he left the diocese, another priest from the Philippines, Manuel Perez Maramba, replaced him and allegedly abused the same youth. Case settled 5/11.

Sources:  El Paso Times 04.18.10; El Paso Times 05.10.10; Alamogordo Daily News 05.21.11