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Ricardo Reyes Mata, Dallas Priest Arrested for Sexual Abuse


Ricardo Reyes Mata, 34-year-old priest in Dallas, Texas, is facing two counts of indecency with a child. Mata works at Dallas’s National Shrine Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Impact of Clergy Abuse:

Clergy abuse can have far-reaching consequences, leaving survivors grappling with profound emotional, psychological, and spiritual scars. Beyond the immediate trauma, survivors often struggle with feelings of betrayal, shame, and mistrust, particularly towards institutions that are meant to provide solace and guidance. The ripple effects extend beyond individual survivors, affecting families, congregations, and the broader community.

Moreover, the prevalence of clergy abuse erodes the very foundation of trust upon which religious institutions are built. It calls into question the moral authority of spiritual leaders and challenges the integrity of the institutions they represent. Addressing clergy abuse requires not only accountability for perpetrators but also a commitment to fostering cultures of transparency, compassion, and safeguarding within religious communities.

What is the SOL in Texas:

  1. Civil Statute of Limitations: For child sexual abuse victims, the statute of limitations is 30 years and does not begin to toll until the victim turns 18.
  2. Criminal Statute of Limitations: The current statute of limitations depends on the crime type and the age of the victim at the time of abuse. For a comprehensive list, visit Rainn’s webpage.
  3. Retroactive Provision: Revived No SOL Reform activity to date.

Can I File a Lawsuit Against the Church?

Yes. You might have rights if you were a victim and the Church knew or failed to protect you.

Andreozzi + Foote is a national sexual abuse law firm. We encourage you to contact us today to discuss your possible legal rights.

We know it can be hard to talk about these experiences. Our compassionate sexual abuse lawyers are here to listen and provide knowledgeable legal guidance. We provide free, confidential case evaluations where you can learn more about your rights and options under your state’s laws.

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