Investigators asking victims of former El Paso priest to come forward
EL PASO, Texas —
A former Catholic priest is accused of sexually abusing a minor, according to police.
Miguel Luna, 68, was arrested at his home on Keltner Avenue on Monday afternoon.
An investigation was launched after the alleged victim came forward saying Luna had sexually assaulted her for several years when she was a child.
The alleged abuse happened in the late '90s and stopped when she moved away.
The El Paso Police Department's Crimes Against Children (CAC) is asking anyone who was a victim, or feels that they might have been a victim, or know someone that was a victim of Luna to contact them at 915-212-0382.
CAC said they believe Luna worked within boundaries of the Diocese of El Paso.
The El Paso Diocese includes El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Presidio, Brewster, Reeves, Ward, Winkler, and Loving County.
Investigators believe Luna worked in Kermit and Alpine.
Last August, we reported the sexual abuse allegations.
We reached out to Bishop Mark Seitz who said he removed Luna from the ministry in 2013, upon the recommendation of the Diocesan Review Board.
A spokesperson for the diocese said the recommendation was made because allegations of sexual harassment had been made but not involving a minor.
The Catholic Dioceses of El Paso released the following statement:
Any act of sexual abuse is a reprehensible, immoral and criminal act. While sexual acting out with a minor by any person is always wrong, it is directly contradictory to the sacrificial love to which a priest has committed himself before God.
Luna has served at the following El Paso churches:
• Blessed Sacrament
• Corpus Christi
• Our Lady of Assumption
• Our Lady of Peace – Alpine
• San Antonio de Padua
• San Lorenzo
• St. Joseph Mission – Ft. Davis
• St. Mary Mission - Marathon
• St. Matthew
• St. Pius X
• St. Thomas Aquinas
• St. Thomas/St. Joseph – Kermit