Mission Pd: Granjeno Church Deacon Molested Altar Boy over 2-Year Span

By Dan Santella
January 20, 2014

Rolando Mitchell Chavez.

MISSION — A church deacon is accused of sexually abusing an altar boy at the man’s home over the course of two years.

Rolando Mitchell Chavez, 40, of Mission — a principal of an unspecified school and a deacon in a Granjeno Catholic church — was arrested Friday and charged Saturday with continuous sexual abuse of a young child, said Cpl. Manuel Casas, Mission police spokesman.

The alleged molestations began June 1, 2010, and lasted until Aug. 30, 2012, Casas said. The victim was an altar boy at the Granjeno church when the alleged molestations began.

Approximately six alleged incidents of abuse happened at the suspect’s residence in Mission, Casas said.

Bond was set at $10,000. If convicted of the first-degree felony, the deacon could face up to 99 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.



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