Priest Sought Teen Favors, Documents Show

By Joline Gutierrez Krueger
Albuquerque Tribune (New Mexico)
November 20, 2002

Newly unsealed documents reveal a perverse and extensive scheme by an Albuquerque Roman Catholic priest to seek sexual favors from teenage boys from as far back as 1992.

Documents obtained today from the District Attorney's Office show the Rev. Robert Malloy wrote anonymous and sexually explicit letters to at least five and possibly as many as 14 boys soliciting oral sex and setting up a series of signals and "drop sites" for their acceptance or rejection of his proposal.

The documents also indicate how he left film canisters or old prescription bottles at certain sites in which the boys were asked to deposit semen in exchange for money.

"I couldn't tell you why I crave it but I do know what I want and what I like," one letter states. "And I am willing to pay u for what I want. . . . Make some $$$ with it instead!!!!!!"

Several of the boys apparently complied with Malloy's desires for the bottles of semen, most saying they did so because they wanted the money, which amounted anywhere from $10 to $100 per delivery.

"It was extra cash," one teen told Albuquerque detectives.

A videotape seized from Malloy's home on Alvarado Northeast shows the priest in his kitchen examining the semen through a microscope, the documents say.

"Look there on this level," Malloy says in the videotape transcript. "Look at them all. That's about as fertile as you can get."

Prosecutors say they did not have enough evidence to show whether Malloy had ever had sex with any of the boys.

Malloy, 45, the former pastor of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church and a one-time Albuquerque police chaplain, was sentenced Sept. 20 to five years of probation after pleading no contest to five counts of attempted criminal solicitation to commit tampering with evidence.

Those counts arose from lines in the letters asking the recipients to destroy the letters.

"This is not a case involving sexual contact with a minor; this is not an action in which he broke his vow," Malloy's attorney, Ray Twohig, has said. "These were anonymous letters, anonymous notes, anonymous activities that took place. They were wrong and they were dangerous if they had gone further, but they never did go further."

Although Malloy retains the title of priest, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has permanently restricted him from working at a parish or identifying himself in public as a man of the cloth.

Court documents in the case have been sealed since Malloy's arrest in December 1998, and what he had been accused of doing had been cloistered from the public.

But several media outlets, including The Albuquerque Tribune, KRQE News 13 and KOAT-Channel 7, sought their release.

The documents, inked out to conceal the names and locations of the victims, were released late Tuesday.

The documents are copies of Malloy's letters, the videotape transcript, Albuquerque police reports and interviews with Malloy, parents and the alleged victims.

Malloy's typewritten letters appear to be crafted in teen vernacular the letter "U" or "u" for "you," for example and include numerous misspellings.

Each note ends with a similar admonishment: "This is just between me and U. So don't say anything about this to anyone else. Make sure U get rid of this note!!! I'll be looking 4 your signal."

Court documents indicate several of the boys believed the person writing the letters was a girl, a woman or other youths playing a practical joke.

The boys were either students at St. Pius X High School, where Malloy was once a teacher, or had known him from Queen of Heaven Church, the documents indicate.

Many of the boys were members of the St. Pius football team. Others were altar boys, a police report states.

The letters contained colored stickers that were to be placed on either side of stop signs near the teen's home depending on whether the boy was interested in oral sex, the documents say.

If the sticker was placed on the front red side, it was a signal that the boy was interested. A second letter would then arrive by mail that would ask the boy to begin corresponding by taping letters to a phone box near the home, the documents say.

The boys were then told to place a colored tape electrical tape was suggested on the phone box so the letter writer could see it from the street and know whether a letter or a deposit was awaiting him.

On at least one occasion, a man called one of the boys to ask whether the boy would like to meet him, a police report says.

The boy refused, but the raspy- voiced man on the phone continued to call, threatening to tell the boy's parents and teachers of the situation, the report says.

Nothing further came of the threats, the report says.



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