Religious Institutions Dismissed From Suit

Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)
May 7, 1995

Three institutional defendants have been dismissed from a 1993 suit alleging sexual abuse by a former New Mexico priest.

Attorneys agreed in a document filed recently to dismiss all defendants except the accused priest, the Rev. Charles Martinez, who was known to be in Denver when the suit was filed.

Dismissed are the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist, Cincinnati, Ohio; the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and the Catholic Diocese of Gallup.

Plaintiff Martin Romero alleges in the suit that Martinez molested him in Tierra Amarilla, Albuquerque and during trips "all over the country," beginning when Romero was 12.

Asked this week why three defendants were dismissed, plaintiff's attorney Bruce Pasternack said that "as to one of the defendants there was a financial settlement.

"As to the others, the facts did not indicate the institutions knew or had prior knowledge of what he (Martinez) had done. When the plaintiff found out, he dismissed the case against them."


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