- Associated Press
Monday, February 11, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Prosecutors are seeking to keep in jail a former Catholic priest arrested last week for kidnapping and raping a 6-year-old boy in the 1980s.

The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office filed a motion Monday to hold Marvin Archuleta until his trial for kidnapping and raping charges.

The 81-year-old Archuleta made his first court appearance Monday after he was arrested Friday in Albuquerque.

According to court documents, Archuleta raped a 6-year-old boy attending the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz, New Mexico, during the mid-1980s. Documents say Archuleta raped the boy while wrapping a belt around the child’s chest.

Prosecutors say Archuleta fled to Mexico after he was sued for sexual abuse but returned to New Mexico later.

Archuleta has not hired an attorney.

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