Civil suit filed against Hobbs priest accused of sexual assault

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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.

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