Former Alter Boy Alleges Priest Abuse
By Julia M. Dendinger
November 1, 2018
A former pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Peralta has been accused of the rape and molestation of an alter boy in the 1970s.
The alleged victim, identified only as John Doe 92, has accused Monsignor Albert Chavez of years of sexual abuse, and filed a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and the Peralta parish.
The suit, filed by Albuquerque attorney Brad D. Hall, alleges Chavez also spent time at parishes in Santa Fe, Taos, Truth or Consequences, Mora and Santa Rosa, as well as in the Diocese of Las Cruces.
“Monsignor Albert Chavez appears to be one of those classic Catholic priests whose alter boys were in great danger, and those who were raped and abused have paid for it for many decades while the priest remained protected,” said Hall in a press release issued on Monday, Oct. 29.