January 13, 2005

Detroit priest acquitted of sexual abuse charges

Detroit Free Press

January 13, 2005, 12:12 PM

DETROIT (AP) -- A jury on Thursday returned a not-guilty verdict in the trial of a Mexican priest accused of sexually abusing a 7-year-old boy.

Rev. Luis Javier de Alba Campos, 50, was accused of fondling the boy while he slept in the same bed with him at his parents' house.

De Alba became pastor at St. Gabriel Parish in southwest Detroit in February. The Archdiocese of Detroit asked him to leave in June after learning of the investigation against him. In July, he was banned from serving as a priest in the archdiocese.

The archdiocese said it had no immediate comment but was preparing a statement.

Posted by kshaw at January 13, 2005 01:56 PM