Archdiocese Issues Statement about Plea

Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)
August 3, 2002

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe issued a news release Friday on the status of the Rev. Robert Malloy, a Roman Catholic priest who worked in archdiocese parishes before his arrest Dec. 17, 1998, on charges involving sex offenses with teenage boys:

"A plea agreement between the state of New Mexico and Rev. Robert Malloy was reached this morning. The archdiocese has and will continue to cooperate with the civil authorities on this and all legal matters.

"We apologize for any harm that may have come from his actions.

"Upon notification by civil authorities in December 1998, the archdiocese immediately placed Malloy on 'restricted' status and removed him from all priestly ministry. His status continues to be restricted.

"The term 'restricted' means that he is not permitted to exercise any public ministry whatsoever; he is not to wear the clerical collar.

"Malloy has been represented by an attorney of his choice. The archdiocese has never interfered, nor been involved in the process. We have waited for the case to come to conclusion, and we will await the sentencing.

"Malloy will not and does not have a future role in ministry with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe."


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