Former Las Cruces Priest Sued for Sexual Abuse
By Natassia Paloma
El Paso Proud
February 7, 2018
A woman who used to live in Hobbs, New Mexico is suing a former Las Cruces priest and the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces over alleged sexual abuse.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reported it happened while Father Ricardo Bauza was pastor at St. Helena Catholic Church.
The woman claims sexual battery took place in the rectory of the Hobbs Parish. She accuses the diocese of facilitating the priest's abuses and helping him leave New Mexico.
The Sun-News report said Bauza is also facing criminal charges for the same incident. Bishop Oscar Cantu declined to comment on the suit when contacted by the Sun-News.