Parish Members ask Sheriff to Pursue Charges Against Mormon Missionaries

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San Luis, Colo. (AP) Members of the San Luis Sangre de Cristo Parish of the Roman Catholic Church voted Sunday to pursue criminal charges against three Mormon missionaries who allegedly vandalized a shrine and committed sacrilegious acts in the church.

Although the incidents occurred in 2006, they only came to the attention of the parish when they were seen on the internet site “Photobucket.”
Mormon missionary officials said the three missionaries involved would be disciplined.

Members of the Sangre de Christo Parish built the Shrine of the Mexican Martyrs, which has become a popular tourist attraction. No damage estimate was available.

Corporal Scott Powell of the Costilla County Sheriff's Office said the men could face up to six charges, including felonies for criminal mischief and conspiracy.

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