4 new lawsuits allege sexual abuse at Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Updated: 08/18/2014 7:21 PM | Created: 08/18/2014 4:36 PM
By: Blair Miller,

An Albuquerque law office filed four new lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe alleging priests raped several boys in the 1990s and before in the latest string of legal filings against the church.

The lawsuits come just three months after similar lawsuits were filed against the Archdiocese.

Four male victims, who range from age 31 to 58 now, allege they were abused as children by four different priests, including Fr. Perrault, Fr. Jason Sigler and Fr. Tony Gallegos in northeastern New Mexico.

The lawsuits say the victims have suffered from delayed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) because of the abuse.

The lawsuits also say priests were hired by the Archdiocese directly out of the Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs, where priests were sent from around the country for psychosexual disorder treatment.

Attorney Brad D. Hall, whose offices filed the suit, said the priests from Servants of the Paraclete were "inexplicably hired here in New Mexico, [and] were transferred around the State for decades without telling parishioners.

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