Diocese of El Paso lists 30 priests accused of sexually abusing children


The Diocese of El Paso has released a list of the priests who have been “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children in the span of nearly 70 years.

According to the diocese, the following 30 clergy members allegedly committed sexual abuse of minors within the Diocese between January 1, 1950 and December 31, 2018.

Priests incardinated to the bishop of the Diocese of El Paso:

  • Rev. Carlos Frias (Deceased, 2016)
  • Rev. Sam Garcia (Removed from ministry, 1999; Laicized, 2007)
  • Rev. Lawrence Gaynor (Deceased, 1978)
  • Rev. James Hay (Deceased, 1974)
  • Rev. Mario Islas (Removed from ministry, 1988; Inactive)
  • Rev. Irving Klister (Deceased)
  • Rev. Miguel Luna (Removed from ministry, 2013; Inactive)
  • Rev. Jaime Madrid (Laicized, 2007)
  • Rev. Jesse Muñoz (Deceased, 1988)
  • Rev. Richard Nesom (Deceased)
  • Rev. Jose Nieves 
  • Rev. Arthur O’Sullivan (Deceased, 1973)
  • Rev. Dennis Tejada (Laicized, 2007)
  • Rev. John Tickle (Removed from ministry, 2004)

Priests who served in El Paso with the permission of the bishop and with faculties, but who were incardinated to a bishop from another Diocese:

  • Rev. David Holley (Removed from ministry, 1977; Deceased)
  • Rev. Miguel Marin (Living)
  • Rev. Emilio Roure (Deceased)
  • Rev. Marcelino Santiago
  • Rev. Frank Sierra

Members of religious orders who were ordained priests ans who served in the Diocese with permission of the bishop:

  • Rev. Santiago Almaguer
  • Rev. Ray Labate
  • Rev. Alfonso Madrid (Deceased, 1982)
  • Rev. Manuel Maramba
  • Rev. Pedro (Pete) Martinez (Deceased, 1996)
  • Rev. Aloysius Ochoa (Deceased)
  • Rev. Guido Quiroz
  • Rev. Franco Tentori (Living)

Members of religious orders who were brothers who served in the Diocese with the consent of the bishop:

  • Brother Stephen Furches
  • Brother Kerry Guillory
  • Brother Sam Martinez

“My heart goes out to you who have been victimized by clergy who turned out to be wolves in sheep’s clothing,” Bishop Seitz wrote in a statement. “I pray that this will help relieve you of a burden that you have carried for many years.”

Bishop Seitz says there are other allegations against members of the clergy whose names do not appear on the list; those cases are currently under investigation.

“The publication of the list is not the end of a process but rather is a step along the way to what I hope will be a full and complete accounting of all those members of the clergy who served in the Diocese and who sexually abused minors,” Seitz said.

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