A priest accused of sexually abusing three children at a Conroe parish quietly surrendered to authorities and briefly was held at the Montgomery County Jail ahead of the Fourth of July holiday after being handed his latest indictment.
Former Sacred Heart Catholic Church priest Manuel La Rosa-Lopez turned himself over to authorities at 9 a.m. last Wednesday, about a week after a grand jury indicted him on a fifth count of indecency with a child, court records show. The priest was released from custody hours later after posting bond, said Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Scott Spencer.
The $30,000 bail, drastically lower than the $375,000 combined bail from his September 2018 arrest, was set on June 28, according to court records. La Rosa-Lopez arrived five days later for booking with his bond payment with him, Spencer said.
La Rosa-Lopez initially faced four counts of indecency with a child involving two accusers who attended the Frazier Street parish as kids.
A third person alleged in a Harris County civil lawsuit in April that La Rosa-Lopez exposed his genitals to him in a confessional booth. The accuser, who was a teenager at the time of the alleged 2000 incident, stated in court documents that the priest did so after the teen came out as gay. His claim of abuse in the lawsuit is what led to the fifth charge against La Rosa-Lopez.
La Rosa-Lopez is slated to return to court next Monday.