Lawsuit alleges sex abuse by priest in Questa

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Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 7:00 pm | Updated: 12:01 am, Wed Apr 3, 2013.

An anonymous Taos County man alleges in a lawsuit that he was molested as a child by a priest in Questa some 25 years ago.

He claims the Rev. Michael O’Brien raped him, beginning when he was 10 or 11 years old and continuing until he was 12 or 13.

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  • Steve Salazar posted at 6:51 pm on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 871

    Maybe Doe isn't motivated by money, but the sharks have lots of motivation to get their 75%

  • Rita Serrano posted at 11:40 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    señorita Posts: 25

    I feel sorry for this man and hope that he finds peace soon and is able to get his life in order.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 11:00 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 659

    A Catholic Priest rapped a child in the 70's!?!??!
    Well I sure hope they nipped that in the bud.

  • WPeterson posted at 10:22 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    WPeterson Posts: 42

    Smacks of cover up, doesn't it?

  • WPeterson posted at 10:22 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    WPeterson Posts: 42

    Most child abuse victims take decades to even begin to understand what happened to them, much less report. You really think there's a time limit on when raped little boys can report their abuse? That's sick.

  • WPeterson posted at 10:20 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    WPeterson Posts: 42

    Do you even know anything about child abuse victims? It's not unusual that they don't report anything for decades, it's very typical. You think because he seemed a "sweetheart" to you that he couldn't also have an evil side? You think he would have shown you that evil side? Most abusers come across as very good and trustworthy people, that's how they are able to gain access to their victims.

  • WPeterson posted at 10:17 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    WPeterson Posts: 42

    I wonder, how much crime does an organization have to commit before it's declared a criminal organization and has its assets seized and leaders jailed? If this were a small business, say a day care, with chronic abuse and cover up issues, it would have been shut down and it's leaders incarcerated years ago.

  • WPeterson posted at 10:13 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    WPeterson Posts: 42

    How much is a destroyed life worth? You think the church would have stopped covering up the abuse if the victims never sued for money? You're naive if you do.

  • Evarga505 posted at 10:04 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Evarga505 Posts: 1

    Obviously this man searched and made sure O'brian was past on before making his accusation! That way O'brian could NOT defend himself. I can't say O'brian is resting with a fool like this man out there! Why wait 25yrs to report abuse? It doesn't make sense. Yes, my heart goes out to the victims that were actually abused, but not to people that make accusations when someone is gone! This priest was a pastor at Sanjose Perish in Albuquerque New Mexico, we knew him personally he joined my husband and I in Holy Matroney back in 1972. He was a sweetheart as well as a very respected priest. May Fr. O'brian rest in peace and he will be greatly missed.

    Albuquerque New Mexico

  • Linda Coffee posted at 9:56 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Linda Coffee Posts: 10

    Alleged miracles must be submitted to the Vatican for verification.

  • Joe Montoya posted at 9:44 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 77

    It took the dude twenty five years to report the incident. I wonder if he has ulterior motives in making such an accusation. Twenty-five years to report such an alledged incident appears to be to long!

  • Chris Simcox posted at 9:03 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Chris Simcox Posts: 19

    Seems to have a short-term history wherever he went:

    He went on to serve at the San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church in Ranchos de Taos from from 1980 to 1981, at St. Gertrude the Great in Mora, 1982-84, Our Lady of Sorrows in Las Vegas, N.M., 1985-86, and St. Anthony in Questa, 1987-89.


  • Steve Salazar posted at 8:50 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 871

    Fr. Mike was dying of cancer when he was at Questa, but he still had enough energy to abuse Doe?

  • Anthony Romero posted at 8:42 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Caballooro Posts: 2

    I sympathize for anyone who has suffered abuse from the hands of those we trust, whether its a teacher, parent or a religious leader. But I have some serious concerns about the accusations against Fr. Mike. Hundreds of young men joined Fr. Mike every year for the annual walk for Vocations. Hundreds more were involved in the Fellowship Of Christian Athletes and Hundres more were either members of the local youth groups or served as altar servers in the different parishes from Estancia, Penasco, Ranchos De Taos, Questa and Mora. Fr. Mike has been gone for almost 20 years, why now do these supressed memories come up? Why now, for someones financial gain, must they tarnish the memory and legacy left by Fr. Mike. He is not here to defend himself, and if he was, he would put the needs of the accuser first. For the thousands of us the knew and loved Fr. Mike, we pray for the accuser, and we continue to pray for all affected.

  • Chris Simcox posted at 7:28 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Chris Simcox Posts: 19

    "prayer is the most powerful means of healing."

    So is tithing. Consider that the next time you pay into the "Cash for Grace" extortion plan when they pass the plate on Sunday, and understand a good part of your money will be spent to defend pedophiles who hide behind the Cloak of Christ.

  • Bob Schwiderski posted at 5:34 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Bob Schwiderski Posts: 1

    Over 21,500 have viewed this shocking list of 174 accused clerics
    --- http://mnsnap.wordpress.com/villainous-mn-clerics/

  • drsadtler posted at 2:23 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    drsadtler Posts: 1

    Pope Francis should excommunicate people like this, even posthumously, and assert that their sins are mortal. http://amzn.to/YHfNiK

  • Bill Weldon posted at 7:49 pm on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    Bill Weldon Posts: 8

    Baloney Steve. You don't know that. And what kind of help do you think he could trust the church to provide?

  • Steve Salazar posted at 7:12 pm on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 871

    The Church offered help, John Doe wants the money.

  • Nicholas Plannerer posted at 6:51 pm on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    nicholas Posts: 1

    Look at the compassion of our NM Catholic Church. They may have destroyed a child's life. A man must face the reality that he was abused and molested by a trusted priest. And in seeking help, the mother Church responds with 'get a life - that was thirty years ago - get over it.'


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