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Criminal Inquiry To Be Next Step Following Release Of “Credibly Accused” Local Clergy

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With the release of the names of local clergy who’ve been credibly accused of child sexual abuse, the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office says it will now launch in inquiry into the alleged crimes. District Attorney Luis Saenz says the inquiry will determine what criminal justice actions may need to be taken.

The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville last Thursday released the names of 14 priests, former priests, and deacons credibly accused of sexually abusing children. A criminal case had already been brought against the sole deacon on the list, Rolando Mitchell Chavez.

Chavez pleaded guilty to molesting an altar boy in 2012 while assigned to San Cristobal Magallanes and Companions Church in Mission, and is serving a 7-year prison sentence. That leaves seven priests subject to criminal charges. None is currently active in the Brownsville Diocese. The six other priests on the list have died.

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