Lawsuit Settled Involving Former Las Cruces Priest

April 2, 2010

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A third lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a former Las Cruces priest during the 1970s has been settled by the Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso, Texas.

Father Manuel Perez Maramba, also known as "Dom Benildo," was accused of sexually abusing the plaintiff when he was 6 years old.

That's according to a news release Thursday from the El Paso law offices of Gilstrap & Harmonson, which represented the alleged victim and his family.

The settlement is the third reached with the Catholic Diocese of El Paso and others in allegations of sexual abuse by the same priest.

Maramba, a Filipino priest, served at St. Genevieve Church in Las Cruces from 1976-1977 and at the Newman Center in Silver City before being recalled to the Philippines in 1977 by his abbey.


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