This is just insane! The police made the mistake and they want the church to file a report saying he doesn't work there, then they'll drop it? Talk about not wanting to admit YOUR mistake!
By Joe Vigil
An Albuquerque church wants to make it clear: A convicted child molester does not work there, despite his claims.
If you look at the state sex offender website, it appears that convicted child molester Gregory Monnin works—in some shape or form—at Our Lady of Annunciation Church in northeast Albuquerque.
Monnin tells the sheriff's department he has volunteered on occasion by handing out fliers after church service. He told Eyewitness News 4 he can provide references and has worked with other religious groups on church property.
"Being that we were using their facilities, we had permission to be on their grounds. Of course there was never a problem," Monnin said.
But church officials say Monnin has never volunteered or worked at the church or at the kindergarten through 8th grade school. They refer to him only as a parishioner.
What bothers the church is the "work" label on the sex offender website. They say concerned parishioners and parents have called about a convicted child molester. The church says it has contacted authorities over the years to remove the label—without success.
BCSO says it can't find any records of the church calling. Even so, authorities say if church officials write a letter to BCSO indicating they don't want Monnin to volunteer, and he agrees to it, the work label on the website may be dropped.
Church officials say they don't have any concerns about Monnin attending mass.
"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)