Former Taylor Priest Admits to Sexual Abuse

March 31, 2008


An eighty year old Taylor man and former Catholic Priest admits to having sex with under-aged girls and fathering at least 8 children. Anthony Gonzales's relationship with a now-grown woman was the subject of a civil lawsuit filed in a District Court in Bexar County. The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate has settled with "Jane Doe" for $1.35 million

In a deposition, the woman says she met Gonzales in 1981 while she was living with her mentally ill mother in an abandoned house in Houston. At the time, Gonzales was assistant pastor at Immaculate Conception Church in Houston. She says Gonzales had sex with her repeatedly and that by 1983, she was pregnant and in love with him. She says Gonzales told her that when he returned from a trip to the Vatican, he'd leave the priesthood and marry her. But she says he never returned to Houston.

Gonzales, now 80, was forced out of the priesthood in 1985. He currently lives in Taylor.

The deposition also reveals Gonzales has admitted to having multiple sexual relationships with woman and teenagers, dating back to the 1950's. He says he has also fathered at least 8 children. Some of the victims were from Austin, according to the deposition.

Gonzales is the brother of Taylor Mayor Benito Gonzales.

Doe says she thought Gonzales was dead until a chance meeting in 2006.


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