LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces has placed a priest on leave following allegations of sexual misconduct with adults.
Bishop Oscar Cantu said in a news release Monday that the Rev. Rogelio Martinez, a pastor at St. Genevieve Parish, is on administrative leave with pay while multiple allegations are investigated.
Cantu said the allegations “are serious in nature” and may involve clergy or church personnel.
Diocese officials are launching an internal probe. They say a review board will look at the results. If they are found to be credible, Martinez could receive sanctions.
The diocese has also reported the allegations to the office of District Attorney Mark D’Antonio for a possible criminal investigation.
There was no answer Monday when a call was made to a number listed for Martinez.