Catholic Church sacks youth worker after allegations of inappropriate behaviour with child

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“The Diocese of Corpus Christi terminated an employee of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church after allegations of inappropriate behavior.

In a news release, the diocese said it received information that Eulalio “Eito” Martinez, an employee of West Side Helping Hand Youth Center and of the church, was involved in “inappropriate behavior with a youth.”

Martinez was immediately terminated from all parish positions. Law enforcement was also contacted and the diocese is cooperating with the investigation, the release states.

Public Information Officer Gena Pena said the police department has an open investigation into a sexual assault at the church but did not name the suspect. No one has been arrested for the incident, she said.

The release did not give a date for its receipt of information or Martinez’s termination. Pena could not confirm dates of the assault because the investigation is ongoing.

Marty Wind, director of communications for the diocese, said no additional information will be given.

A secretary at the church who answered the phone was not authorized to answer questions.

The church and youth center are located on Hiawatha Street, near Baldwin Boulevard and Morgan Avenue.

West Side Helping Hand, which operates inside Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Churh, is a free program that offers one-on-one after school tutoring, recreational activities and character formation to students in fourth through 12th grade. The program was created by Rev. James Farfaglia almost seven years ago.

In February 2017, Martinez was the program’s academic dean. In an article in February 2017, Martinez said his experience growing up on the Northwest side of the city helped him connect with the children at the program.

The program also offers job training and resources, counseling and classes for parents.

“The Diocese of Corpus Christi is committed to protecting children, youth,
and all who are vulnerable from any form of abuse,” the release reads.”

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