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Yet another lawsuit alleging Catholic priest abuse of an altar boy has been filed against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, but the alleged abuser wasn’t on a list of credibly accused priests released by church authorities more than a year ago.
The alleged victim, who lives out of state, hadn’t disclosed the abuse that occurred in the 1970s in Peralta, south of Albuquerque, until he sought professional help this year for what seemed to be an unrelated issue, according to a recent lawsuit filed in state District Court in Albuquerque.
The unidentified plaintiff first disclosed he had been repeatedly sexually abused by Monsignor Albert Chavez during therapy he initially sought earlier this year because someone in his immediate family had been diagnosed with a terminal illness, his lawsuit says.
As part of the therapy process, the therapist suggested he contact an attorney about Chavez, who was pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Peralta, later transferred to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Truth or Consequences and eventually moved to the Diocese of Las Cruces to finish his career.
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