Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ex-Priest Arrested In 2nd Sex Case.(State)

Byline: Chris Ramirez Journal Staff Writer

Man Posts Bond On Ariz. Warrant

A former Roman Catholic priest once accused of molesting children in California was arrested in Rio Rancho on similar sex charges out of Arizona.

New Mexico State Police investigators arrested Lawrence Lovell at his home Friday on a "no-bond" felony warrant. Sandoval County District Judge Louis McDonald on Monday reduced the bond amount to $50,000.

Lovell posted the bond and was released Monday.

An arrest warrant was issued on May 28 for Lovell, 55, out of Yavapai County, Ariz., said Lt. Robert Shilling, a State Police spokesman. The warrant stemmed from incidents that allegedly occurred there in 1978. …

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