Fr. William Groves

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Ordained: 1980
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Pueblo CO

Included in CO A.G. report 10/22/19. Took in runaway Native American and Hispanic children; gave them drugs and alcohol. Previously worked in MO, NE and KS. Pled guilty in 1990 to the 1989 sex assault of a 14-year-old boy when pastor of St. Ignatius in Ignacio. Sentenced to 90 days jail and 4 years probation. Sent to treatment. Left priesthood. Admitted in1992 to abusing 4 “Ute boys.” Spent 10 years working in OK as counselor and chaplain at a drug and alcohol rehab center. Fired in 2002 when past discovered. Report in 2004 of abuse of of a boy, ages 8-15, in 1982-89. Groves denied it. Accused in 2009 of abuse of boy, age 12-13, repeatedly 1987-88, and giving him alcohol and marijuana. Named in 2009 civil suit by two men in CO. Became minister of “Spiritual Light Center” in Franklin, NC; still active there in 2019.

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