Former Priest Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges, Kidnapping
February 8, 2019
A victim says he was raped by Archuleta when he was 6 years old and attending Holy Cross Catholic School.
An 81-year-old priest was arrested by New Mexico State Police on Friday. Marvin Archuleta was taken into custody at the Sun Village Apartments in Albuquerque after a two-year investigation by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General.
Archuleta faces multiple charges, including sexual penetration of a minor and kidnapping. A victim says he was raped by Archuleta when he was 6 years old and attending Holy Cross Catholic School.
Archuleta served as a priest in the 1970s and 1980s at several churches in New Mexico. Investigators say the crimes allegedly happened in the '80 in Santa Fe County.
This arrest comes as several cases of child sexual abuse by church officials across the nation are being investigated and victims are coming forward.