Texas News Briefs

United Press International
July 9, 1986

Sex abuse charges have been dismissed against a Catholic priest because of a shift in state law concerning corroboration of the alleged victim's testimony, a prosecutor said.

State District Judge Charles Hearn Tuesday dismissed charges against Charles Guerra, 32, on the recommendation of prosecutor Ruben Perez.

Guerra formerly was a priest at St. Cyril of Alexander Catholic Church. He had been accused of being sexually involved with a 14-year-old California boy. The youth visited his father in Houston in 1981, and Guerra was the youth's Catholicism instructor.

Perez said that before 1981 no corroboration was needed in such cases in Texas, but the law changed in 1983.

Saying he needs corroboration to prosecute cases in which the complaint is not filed promptly, Perez said the teen did not tell his mother about what had happened until two years after the incident.


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