New Mexico

Las Cruces Diocese releases personnel files of accused priests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces has released 12,000 pages of files that detail sexual assault allegations against 28 priests.

The diocese has voluntarily shared the personnel files with the New Mexico attorney general's office.

Diocese officials also identified 13 other priests who have been the subject of credible allegations while serving in another diocese. Nine of these priests served in southern New Mexico prior to 1982 when the  Diocese of Las Cruces was erected and four served directly in the Diocese. 

“I commit our diocese to ensure that all victims are treated justly and with respect. We must atone
for past mistakes through appropriate actions and once we do that this difficult period will become
a time of positive transformation.” said Bishop Kicanas in a news release.

The New Mexico attorney general's office said in September it wanted Roman Catholic church officials around the state to allow it to review personnel records for any material that might be related to past or present allegations of sexual abuse.

Below is the list of 13 priests who spent some time serving in parishes currently a part of the Diocese
of Las Cruces. According to the Diocese of Las Cruces, they are publishing their names in case anyone has a complaint against these priests during the time they served in this diocese.

If so they should contact local authorities immediately and then contact Margarita Martinez- the Victim's Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese at (575) 523-7577 or 

Name Diocese of Las Cruces Assignments  Reason for Listing
Angeli, Joseph San Jose, La Mesa OL Guadalupe, Tortugas Listed by Diocese of San Antonio

Boardway, Alphonse 

Holy Cross Retreat Center

Listed by Diocese of Lubbock

Galvan, Lucas

St. Genevieve

Criminal Conviction in Colorado

Griego, Sabine

St. Eleanor, Ruidoso

Listed by Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Hay, James B.

ICC, Alamogordo

Listed by Diocese of El Paso

Keegan, Austin Peter

Infant Jesus, Hurley

Listed by Diocese of Santa Rosa

Kirsch, Robert

St. Eleanor, Ruidoso

Listed by Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Lynn, Clive

St. Rita, Carrizozo

Listed by Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Nesome, Richard

OL Purification

Listed by Diocese of El Paso

Porter, James

OL Perpetual Help, T. or C.

Listed by Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Roure, Emilio

OL Guadalupe, Tortugas

Listed by Diocese of El Paso

Schreiber, Lawrence

St. Peter, Roswell

Listed by Diocese of Gallup

Trevino, Robert

Holloman AFB

Listed by Diocese of Corpus Christi

Vau, Gary

Volunteer Teacher,
Holy Cross School

Criminal Conviction, Las Cruces



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