LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – A Hobbs priest facing sex assault charges has now been hit with a civil suit.
The plaintiff, only identified as “John Doe,” says Father Ricardo Bauza touched him in a sexual way.
Bauza is already facing charges for allegedly touching a man in the shower at his rectory.
The suit also names the St. Helena Parish where Bauza worked and the Las Cruces Diocese, claiming they knowingly allow clerics with a history of sexual abuse to stay in their positions.
The suit not only calls for monetary damages, but also for Bauza to admit to wrongdoing and apologize.