Fr. Miguel Luna

Ordained: 1982
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of El Paso TX

Removed in 12/13 after Review Board investigated allegations of sexual harassment. Allegation in 11/16 of “sexual misconduct” with a “young female adolescent” in the 1980s. He admitted to his behavior. Sent in 1988 to Shalom Center in Houston for treatment. Arrested 6/11/18, charged with molesting and raping a girl in the late 1990s. His accuser was an altar server who said the abuse began when she was age 8 during confessions, and continued until she was age 17. On diocese’s list 1/31/19. Trial in 7/19. Luna denied the charges at trial, but said he fathered a “secret baby” in Juarez. A witness testified that Luna raped her when she was age 11 and he was a seminarian in Alpine, TX. She said he would sneak into her home at night, and that she got pregnant and had an abortion. Another woman testified that Luna raped her in 1990 when she was age 30 and a St. Pius X church secretary. Found guilty 7/15/19. Sentenced to 18 years’ prison and 10 years’ probation, to run concurrently.

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