SANTA FE, N.M. — Lawsuits filed this week by four New Mexico men ages 33 to 62 allege they were sexually abused by priests in Archdiocese of Santa Fe parishes.
Former Roman Catholic priest Jason Sigler, 76, who returned to Albuquerque last year after completing a prison term in Michigan, is among the four priests named in the lawsuits.
The new suits, filed Monday in 2nd Judicial District Court, bring to 25 the number of lawsuits filed in recent years by Albuquerque attorney Brad Hall. Of those, 11 have been settled, Hall said.
The plaintiffs are asking for an unspecified amount of money for compensatory and punitive damages.
A 47-year-old man alleged that Sigler molested him around 1976 at a church near Coyote, about 15 miles west of Abiquiu. The man was about 9 at the time.
Sigler, a central figure in New Mexico’s clerical abuse lawsuits in the 1990s, served nine years in prison after he was convicted of molesting four boys in two Michigan dioceses in the 1970s.