Letters: Pedophile priest served at NM parishes

February 8, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Letters released from a California settlement says a pedophile priest sent to Jemez Springs for treatment in 1984 was later assigned to parishes in Socorro and Belen by then-Santa Fe [auth] Archbishop Robert Sanchez.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( that letters say Peter E. Garcia was at the San Miguel Parish in Socorro from mid-1985 through 1986, and was later the parochial vicar of Our Lady of Belen Church.

Garcia is one of dozens of priests named in documents released in a Southern California case involving hundreds of sexual-abuse victims.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe says it has no record of Garcia serving in any New Mexico parish.

But the Rev. Bill Sanchez, who now serves at St. Edwin Church in Albuquerque, says he remember Garcia in Belen.

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