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5 victims file suit against Archdiocese of Santa Fe over alleged priest abuse

5 victims file suit against Archdiocese of Santa Fe over alleged priest abuse

Marian Camacho
November 08, 2018 11:48 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Five more people are suing the Archdiocese of Santa Fe over alleged sexual abuse each involving a different priest.


According to the Law Offices of Brad D. Hall, the two women and three men all alleged to have been suffering lifelong problems that they are only now able to seek help for.

Among the priests pinpointed in the lawsuits is Father Art Perrault. It was earlier this month that Perrault went before an Albuquerque judge on seven charges of child abuse. He was ordered to remain behind bars until his trial which is set to begin November 26.

The FBI found Perrault in Morocco last year after spending years on the run. Agents say he was teaching at an English-language school for children.

In this most recent suit, the victim says she was sexually abused by Fr. Perrault in his office at the St. Bernadette Parish, in 1988. The victim says she was called to his office to "prepare for confirmation," when she was given wine, sexually abused, and threatened with her parents learning the details of her confessions if she ever mentioned the abuse.

According to the lawsuit, the abuse happened after Fr. Perrault had been treated for "known psychosexual problems" at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs in 1967.

The lawsuit states that the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and the Servants of the Paraclete "knew or should have known of Fr. Perrault's sexual abuse of minors before putting him in a position of power over Plaintiff," and the "Defendants owed a duty to hire, supervise and retain priests who would not molest and harm minors."

Another victim claims she was sexually abused by Father Ralph Pairon while he was assigned to the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Abiquiu. The victim says she was just 10-years-old when the abuse began and it continued for years.

Two other victims claim they were abused by priests while on overnight trips. The first says Fr. Wilfred Bombardier abused him while at a cabin in the Sandia Mountains where Fr. Bombardier took his altar boys for trips. The other says he was abused by Fr. Ignacio Tafoya when Tafoya took him on an overnight road trip when he was just 13-years-old.

The last lawsuit pinpoints Fr. Joseph Maguire in the 1950s, when Maguire was stationed at the San Francisco de Asis Parish in Taos. The victim was just 10-years-old and says his "soul was shredded by the abuse, and he lost the ability to trust or believe in anyone, suffering the total loss of his faith and belief in God."

"These men and women in our communities carried the secret of their sexual abuse by their priest around all their lives, having been shamed and warned about telling anyone, living with various levels of inexplicable anxiety or depression, and now for the first time are coming forward and getting professional help," said Levi Monagle at the Law Offices of Brad D. Hall, LLC. "It is a great relief to them to find professionals who believe them, and can try to get them the help they deserve through the combination of litigation and therapy."


Marian Camacho

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