Houston priest accused of sexual abuse of minor, possibly fathering children

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April 1, 2019

A Houston priest, with ties to the same Conroe church in which a former priest is facing charges, is accused of sexual abusing minors.

Father Jesus Suarez, pastor at St. Philip of Jesus Catholic Church in Houston, was removed from public ministry, officials said.

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston this weekend sent a letter to parishioners at churches where Suarez served, including St. Philip of Jesus and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.

The letter said Suarez is accused of sexually abusing minors, and possibly fathered children, in Colombia before he came to the United States in 1994.

St. Philip of Jesus Catholic Church told KPRC2, “We are in shock.”

The Archdiocese sent a statement to KPRC2 that read:

“The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has removed Father Jesus Suarez from public ministry while it investigates an allegation that he sexually abused minors, which may have resulted in the birth of children. The abuse allegedly occurred in Colombia, before he came to the United States in 1994.

“The Archdiocese was just recently made aware of this allegation and it has received no other allegations of sexual abuse of minors against him.

“A letter regarding this was read to parishioners at all churches in the Archdiocese where Father Suarez has previously served. Most recently, Fr. Suarez was serving as Pastor of St. Philip of Jesus Parish in Houston.

“The Houston Police Department has been notified of this allegation.”

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