Search warrants detail years of sexual abuse by New Mexico priest | KOB 4

Search warrants detail years of sexual abuse by New Mexico priest

Chris Ramirez
November 29, 2018 10:07 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-  Search warrants obtained by 4 Investigates show a criminal case closing in on former Catholic priest Sabine Griego.


The search warrants were executed at the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s administrative offices in Albuquerque and at Griego’s house in Las Vegas. Another search warrant required Griego to let investigators take pictures of his nude body.

The search warrants were a result of the attorney general's office speaking with many victims, including a woman, identified as Jane Doe A.

She said, in 1988, when she was nine years old, attending the Queen of Heaven Catholic School in Albuquerque, Sabine Griego began sexually assaulting her.

The search warrant states while Griego raped Jane Doe A, he would smack her, choke her and one time, slammed her face into a table, breaking her nose.

According to Jane Doe A, the rapes went on for years.          

The woman gave detailed descriptions about Griego's nude body. 

The search warrant to obtain nude photographs is likely to verify her allegations.

In 2017, KOB 4 tried to speak with Griego at his home in Las Vegas.

‘Shut off the camera. Please. Shut it off because I am not going to do an interview,” Griego said.

Attorney General Hector Balderas has said that the scope of his investigation involves the church's cover-ups of crimes that took place for years.

However, based on the search warrants, it would appear the immediate scope centers around a criminal investigation into Griego.

Balderas has accused church leaders of wanting to maintain secrecy.

The archbishop disputed that notion during a news conference Thursday.

“I support any human being who commits a crime is liable to prosecution,” Archbishop John Wester said.

While the criminal case is centered around Jane Doe A’s allegations, 38 others have accused Griego of sexually assaulting them.

Balderas believes the church helped cover it up.


Chris Ramirez

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