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TEXAS: Nassau Bay priest charged with public lewdness

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Rev. Alberto Maullon of St. Paul the Apostle Church was arrested at the Big City Adult Bookstore after exposing himself to an undercover police office.The pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Nassau Bay was arrested at a Houston adult video store and charged with public lewdness.

The Rev. Alberto Maullon, 52, was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Big City Adult Bookstore, 10105 Gulf Freeway, after exposing himself to an undercover police office, said Houston Police Department spokeswoman Jodi Silva.

Maullon’s arrest was part of a sting operation conducted by undercover vice officers, and other arrests were made, she said.

He was charged with the misdemeanor and was released from jail after posting $1,000 bond.

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston issued a statement Friday, saying Maullon has been granted a leave of absence from the parish.

The diocese is “greatly saddened to learn of the arrest of Father Alberto Maullon, who has been pastor at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Houston since 2002,’’ said the statement.

“Father Maullon has expressed deep sorrow for any pain or hurt caused by this event and has requested and been granted a leave of absence from his ministerial duties.”

“I ask you to join me in praying for St. Paul Parish and for Father Maullon as he addresses these very personal challenges with his priesthood,” Daniel Cardinal DiNardo said. “May the healing power of God be with all those impacted by this news.”

Maullon, originally from the Philippines, pastored St. Paul parish through the construction of its new $7.7 million sanctuary, which opened in August 2009.

St. Paul was established in 1964 to meet the needs of the many Catholics moving into the Clear Lake area to work at the Johnson Space Center.

Much of the stained glass and the wooden statues in the new sanctuary were created in the Philippines through Maullon’s influence.

The main altar, crafted from Rojo Cebuano, a red marble found in the mountains of Cebu, Philippines, is specifically designed to resemble a 1st Century altar of sacrifice, and Maullon had traveled to his home country to see the quarries where the marble came from, he told The Citizen at the time of the new sanctuary dedication.