Former Altar Boy Alleges Abuse by Priest

Associated Press, carried in KOBTV
February 28, 2007

Santa Fe (AP) — A former altar boy in the Archdiocese of El Paso alleges he was abused by a priest assigned to the archdiocese more than 30 years ago.

He's identified only as John Doe I in a lawsuit he's filed against the archdiocese.

He alleges the Reverend Manuel Perez Maramba sexually assaulted him while working at St. Genevieve's Church in Las Cruces and at St. Francis Newman Parish in Silver City.

The lawsuit contends the archdiocese allowed the priest to molest him.

A spokesman for the archdiocese, the Reverend John Stowe, declines comment on the lawsuit, which was filed last week in state district court in Santa Fe.

Stowe says Maramba, a Benedictine priest from the Philippines, is believed to have returned to the Philippines in the 1970s.


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