Colo couple accuses priest of stalking their teen son |

Colo couple accuses priest of stalking their teen son

Electa Draper
The Denver Post

A couple belonging to St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Centennial today will ask a Douglas County judge for a permanent restraining order against a 50-year-old priest they allege stalked their family.

Timothy and Teresa Boh allege Father Paul Montez attempted to alienate their teenage son from them.

On April 2, the Bohs obtained a temporary protective order against Montez, also known as Edgar Montez. They claim he attempted for more than a year to manipulate their son with dozens of gifts of clothing, a laptop computer and more than 220 outings to meals, movies and other events.

“Montez started grooming (our son), for what we believe would have resulted in sexual assault had Montez not been stopped,” the Bohs wrote in their complaint.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Denver placed Montez on administrative leave Jan. 11, according to court records.

Monsignor Bernard Schmitz, Denver’s vicar for clergy, ordered Montez not to have contact with the boy and to stop interfering in family business, but Montez did not comply, the Bohs said in their complaint.

On Feb. 11, the archdiocese removed Montez from ministry and ordered him to leave St. Thomas More, the complaint says.

Montez is one of two priests the archdiocese has removed from duty at St. Thomas More this year. The archdiocese also removed 74-year- old Father Melvin Thompson on April 8 after receiving a complaint against him April 7 alleging a sexual-abuse incident in the early 1970s.

An investigation is underway in Thompson’s case.

Montez, a Benedictine invited to join St. Thomas More in July 2008 by Pastor Andrew Kemberling, is no longer allowed to minister in the archdiocese.

Montez could not be reached for comment. Kemberling referred The Denver Post’s call to him to the archdiocese.

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