Priest Accused of Abusing Boy during European Trip Makes Plea Deal

By Todd Dukart
June 1, 2006

A New Mexico priest accused of molesting a teenage boy has made a plea deal with prosecutors.

Details of the deal won't be released until June 12, when the Rev. George Silva is expected to officially enter his plea. Those details include what punishment Silva will face.

Silva met the boy at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Raton.

George Silva

The boy says Silva sexually molested him during a group pilgrimage to Europe a year ago.

"He started to touch my private parts with his hand," he told Eyewitness News 4 for a story that aired in April. "Then, shortly after, with his mouth."

A New York attorney also on the pilgrimage had said he was concerned that something might have happened between Silva and the boy, according to an FBI agent.


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