A former Catholic priest is behind bars for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl for “several years”, El Paso Police announced Monday.
Miguel Luna, 68, is accused of abusing the victim through the early through late 90s, and stopped when she moved away.
As KTSM previously reported, the El Paso Catholic Diocese removed Luna from the ministry last year after he admitted to sexual misconduct.
Police say the department’s Crimes Against Children unit began investigating when the victim came forward about the abuse she faced when she was a child.
Luna was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility under a $50,000 bond.
The Diocese released the following statement regarding Luna’s arrest:
As stated by Bishop Mark J. Seitz the Diocese of El Paso firmly believes that “Any act of sexual abuse is a reprehensible, immoral and criminal act. While sexual acting out with a minor by any person is always wrong, it is directly contradictory to the sacrificial love to which a priest has committed himself before God”.
The Diocese of El Paso is steadfastly committed to taking all measures necessary to protect our children and vulnerable adults. We are confident that local authorities will work diligently to ensure justice is served.
The Diocese of El Paso continues to pray for the victim or victims and the families involved.
Detectives are asking that any other victims or witnesses of abuse by Luna to contact them at 915-212-0382.