Search warrant executed at Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

HOUSTON, Tex. (KBTX) - On Wednesday morning, the District Attorney of Montgomery County executed a search warrant for records and information related to an ongoing investigation into Father Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, charged with indecency with a child.

A number of law enforcement agencies are on the scene removing documents from the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston released a statement Wednesday confirming the next step in the investigation.

The Archdiocese says it continues to cooperate with the investigation as they have since the outset, with this process.

According to the statement, consistent with Cardinal DiNardo’s pledge of full cooperation, the information being sought was already being compiled.

The reporting of a “secret archives” is merely a Church term pertaining to confidential documents kept in a secure manner for the protection of the privacy of individuals — not unlike medical records.

Pending additional information or developments, the Archdiocese will have no further comment on this ongoing investigation.

The Catholic Church has been under scrutiny for their handling of sex assault accusations. In September, La Rosa-Lopez was charged and arrested, accused of molesting teens in the 1990s and early 2000s.

The victims in the case claim they reported the sex abuse at the time, but that leaders in the Catholic church did not report it to police.