Raton Priest Arrested for Sexual Abuse, Police Say [Raton NM]
February 23, 2006

According to police, a Raton priest has been arrested on accusations of sexual abuse.

On Thursday, police arrested Father George Silva, a priest at Saint Patrick Church and Saint Joseph Church in Raton.

Police said the allegations of abuse extend from June 2005.

Action 7 News spoke with a handful of parishioners and received mixed responses.

George Dominguez said he has a lot of doubt after the arrest.

"I don't know what to say about that," Dominguez said. "I feel a little betrayed by him I guess."

The Catholic Archdiocese sent out a statement Thursday, saying Silva was arrested on allegations of sexual misconduct.

Dominguez said it all started on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France and Fatima, Portugal; a trip that he attended with his church.

"The only thing I saw was Father Silva and the young gentleman sharing the same room," Dominguez said.

However, Dominguez said he never witnessed any inappropriate behavior.

Action 7 News reported that the investigation has been going on since October 2005.

The Archdiocese said it's cooperating with authorities.

Dominguez said another parish priest has been placed in charge.


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