New Mexico priest arrested, accused of raping 6-year-old boy | KOB 4

New Mexico priest arrested, accused of raping 6-year-old boy

Joshua Panas
February 08, 2019 10:05 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Catholic Priest Marvin Archuleta was arrested at the Sun Village Apartments in Albuquerque Friday.


Archuleta, 81, is accused of criminal sexual penetration and kidnapping. 

The victim stated that he was six years old in 1986 when he was raped at Holy Cross Catholic School in Santa Cruz, New Mexico.

KOB 4 reported in November that Attorney General Hector Balderas' office executed a search warrant on the church's administrative offices in Albuquerque.

The church told KOB 4 that the attorney general's office wanted more information about Archuleta and another priest.

"We've been investigating for more than 2 years into potential child abuse, sexual abuse of children in New Mexico by members of the Catholic Church," said David Carl, spokesperson for the attorney general's office. 

According to a criminal complaint, records that were recovered showed Archuleta had been credibly accused of sexual contact with minors at Holy Cross Parish prior to any victim coming forward.

The accusers said Archuleta targeted them while they were altar boys.


Joshua Panas

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