Former Raton Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct

The Associated Press, carried in KOBTV
February 24, 2006

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A 73-year-old Raton priest accused of sexual misconduct with a minor made his initial appearance Friday in US Magistrate Court in Albuquerque.

A federal grand jury indicted the Reverend George Silva this week. The indictment charges him with four counts involving transporting a boy under the age of 16 from New Mexico to France and Portugal for criminal and illicit sexual activity.

The indictment alleges the acts were committed last June.

Fr. George Silva greets parishoners after a Sunday morning service.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe placed Silva on restricted status. That means he's forbidden to participate in any public ministry, cannot wear clerical attire and cannot present himself publicly as a priest.

Silva has been a priest in Raton and Clayton in New Mexico.


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