Houston, Texas, Nov 28, 2018 / 10:11 am
Investigators have executed a search warrant on the chancery offices of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. A search warrant obtained by the district attorney's office for Montgomery County was served Wednesday morning by officers from the Texas Rangers and Conroe Police Department.
The district attorney's office said Nov. 28 it is seeking documents related to the case of Fr. Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, who was arrested by Conroe police in September on four charges of indecency to children.
Montgomery County prosecutor Brett Ligon told reporters Wednesday that the archdiocese has cooperated with the investigation, KHOU 11 News reported.
"This is not a shot at the Catholic church... this is an investigation into a Catholic priest," Ligon said.
"Even though the Catholic Church has cooperated locally," he said. "in my mind, I would have just liked to have been given the keys on day one, and brought in on a voluntary basis."
Noting that the archdiocese had communicated with Ligon through attorneys, the prosecutor added "that's not the type of cooperation that I would hope for, but it's the type of cooperation that I would expect with a sophisticated company."