A former priest in the New Mexican has been charged with raping an 8-year-old girl nearly 30 years ago to the point of vomiting before he forced her to clean up the mess.
Sabine Griego, 81, a resident of Las Vegas, New Mexico was arrested on Tuesday at his home for the alleged assault and other rapes involving the girl.
He has been charged with one count of sexual penetration of a minor and coercion resulting in great bodily harm and mental anguish, the Daily Mail reports.
The charges are just the latest allegations against Griego, who has also been accused of sexually assaulting more than 30 children over decades while in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Between 1993 and 1995, Griego was implicated in eight closed cases. He was put on leave from the church in 1993, but it wasn’t until 2005 that he was formally dismissed from clerical duties.
He is currently being held without bond at the San Miguel County Detention Center in Las Vegas as investigations continue.
Authorities allege that the archdiocese knew of the latest rape allegations made by the girl, ‘Jane Doe A’, for at least 15 years, while at Queen of Heaven Church in Albuquerque, but decided to keep it confidential
The arrest want cites a 2004 letter signed by then-Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, which provides ‘direct evidence’ that the rape occurred and that the archdiocese discovered it after conducting its own investigation.
In 2017, the archdiocese released a list of 78 priests that it said had been credibly accused of sexual abuse against children.
According to authorities, the first alleged rape took place after Griego took the girl to the church rectory before telling her that they would ‘play a special game.’
“It was during the assault that the girl vomited and was then forced to clean up the mess. The girl said that Griego raped her numerous times and that on a few occasions he made her drink wine,” investigators said.
She told investigators that on one occasion, Griego began to rape her, knocking her to the floor and covering her mouth. She then bit his hand, prompting Griego to slap her, then continued with the rape.
A year later, during another rape, Griego got angry with the girl and slammed her face into a table, resulting in a broken nose, police allege.
According to the Attorney General’s Office the victim said she did not report the priest because he threatened to kill her, cut out her tongue, or harm her mother.
She only told her parents about what happened when she was 13 years old, but law enforcement only learned about the alleged rape in 2018.
Police, however, said that they obtained a legal document dated 1994 in which Griego was reported to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe by another priest.