February 28, 2006

7:05am -- Priest in Halfway House

Albuquerque Journal

Written by Bruce Daniels - ABQnewsSeeker
Tuesday, 28 February 2006
Raton clergyman accused of abusing 14-year-old.

The Rev. George Silva, 73, arrested by the FBI last week in Raton, appeared in U.S. District Court Monday on charges of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old boy, was placed on house arrest at La Posada Halfway House in Albuquerque, KRQE-TV Channel 13 is reporting on its Web site.

Silva had been pastor of St. Patrick/St. Joseph Catholic Church in Raton before being put on administrative leave last June after a sexual misconduct allegation, according to a story in the Albuquerque Journal.

Silva was indicted last Wednesday by a federal grand jury on four criminal counts in connection with transporting a boy under the age of 16 from New Mexico to France and Portugal for criminal and illicit sexual activity in those countries, according to The Associated Press.

The indictment was unsealed on Friday, the AP reported.

Posted by kshaw at February 28, 2006 10:12 AM