Joseph Maguire, a preist who served in Ranchos de Taos more than 60 years ago, has been named in a lawsuit against the San Francisco de Asis Parish and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe for alleged sexual …
Joseph Maguire, a priest who served in Ranchos de Taos more than 60 years ago, has been named in a lawsuit against the San Francisco de Asis Parish and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe for alleged sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy.
The suit was filed Monday (Nov. 5) in the 2nd Judicial District Court in Bernalillo County.
"The sexual abuse destroyed (John Doe 93's) religion, rendered his soul veritably shredded, and destroyed the ability to trust which carried over to being unable to have any religion. In order to survive, and as a childhood coping device, Plaintiff suppressed everything as a child and told no one about the abuse by the priest, because the abuser was a priest," the lawsuit reads.
Another lawsuit filed the same day alleges abuse of a girl in Abiquiú at the hands of Fr. Ralph Pairon in 1969.
The two lawsuits were among five total filed Monday against the archdiocese.
For more on this story, see the Nov. 15 edition of The Taos News.
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