Attorney general serves Archdiocese of Santa Fe with search warrant | KOB 4

Attorney general serves Archdiocese of Santa Fe with search warrant

Chris Ramirez
November 28, 2018 11:34 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The pressure is mounting for the Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe to turn over documents about accused pedophile priests.


Wednesday, Attorney General Hector Balderas' office executed a search warrant at the church's administrative offices in Albuquerque.

The church told KOB that the attorney general's office wanted more information on two priests, in particular, Marvin Archuleta and Sabine Griego.

The latest move by Attorney General Hector Balderas comes about two months after he demanded that New Mexico's three Catholic dioceses turn over all files about suspected pedophile priests.

In October, 4 Investigates checked to see if the church met Balderas' deadlines.

According to Balderas, they had not. 

At the time, he said he was exploring his options.

"I have very little patience with this type of abuse, so I can tell you, we are prepared to take legal action, but I am giving the church ample opportunity to step forward and provide a full accounting of information," Balderas said.

The church didn't appreciate Balderas's tone during the interview with KOB 4.

An attorney for the archdiocese wrote in a letter that stated, "Your statements in your televised interview with KOB were aggressive.  These comments are harmful to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe."  

However, it would appear the attorney general followed through and explored his legal options by getting a judge to sign off on search warrants.

In 2017, 4 Investigator Chris Ramirez discovered one of the priests named in the warrants living in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Sabine Griego is accused of sexually assaulting at least 32 children. 

When confronted by Ramirez, Griego refused to answer any questions.

Shut off the camera, please. Shut it off because I am not going to do an interview," Griego said.

The attorney general is expected to reveal what was seized from the church's administrative offices.

In a statement, the archdiocese says church staff has worked cooperatively with the attorney general's office during the investigation.

However, Balderas paints a different picture. Responding to the letter from the church's attorney, Balderas said the church has been resistant and fighting to maintain silence on clergy abuse among its ranks.


Chris Ramirez

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