A former Richmond Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of child molestation.

Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, who once served at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond, is set to be sentenced to 10 years in prison under a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Manuel La Rosa-Lopez

He was arrested in September 2018 and indicted in May 2019 on child indecency charges arising from child sex abuse allegations.

A Montgomery County grand jury indicted Manuel La Rosa-Lopez on two of four counts that had led to his Sept. 1 arrest. He faced three other similar charges.

The initial charges arose from allegations made by a female parishioner about an April 9, 2000, incident while La Rosa-Lopez was a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.

The accuser, who is now an adult, alleged that La Rosa-Lopez was courting her for sex, brought her to his office after confession and kissed her, then groped her days later.

Three women have accused La Rosa-Lopez of sexually touching them. 

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