Woman Claims Abuse, Files Lawsuit against Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

November 10, 2010

HOUSTON -- The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has been slapped with another lawsuit involving allegations against a priest.

That priest has been dead for 10 years. Guadalupe Gonzales, who now lives in Humble, claims Father Lawrence Paguero sexually assaulted her when she was child in the 1960s.

This past summer, four people claimed similar allegations against Paguero in another lawsuit against the archdiocese.

The latest suit claims the sexual assault happened while Paguero was a priest at Our Lady of St. John Catholic Church in northeast Houston.

It also accuses the Archdiocese of fraud.

"The church gives window dressing to the claim that they want to make it right, that they want to help people, when the truth is they want to sweep this under the rug and hope that no one else talks about it," said Attorney Josh Sloan.

The Archdiocese released a statement saying the first time it heard any allegations of abuse against Father Peguero was seven years after his death and that it is investigating the charges.

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