Monastery Raided by Police

By Walker Robinson
WOAI [Blanco TX]
July 25, 2006

Law enforcement officials raided a hilltop monastery near Blanco in Central Texas this morning after getting indictments accusing five monks of sexually assaulting a boy there about 13 years ago.

The Blanco County Sheriff's Office and federal investigators continued to search this evening, according to reports.

Samuel A. Greene Junior, the 61-year-old founder of the Christ of the Hills Monastery, was among those charged with sexual assault of a child and engaging in organized crime relating to the assault. That's according to Blanco County Sheriff Bill Elsbury.

Greene -- who also faces one count of sexual performance with a child -- was already on probation after pleading guilty in 2000 to nine counts of indecency with a novice monk.

The sheriff says that the current investigation began a year ago after Greene reportedly admitted that he'd sexually assaulted several children more than a decade ago at the monastery.

The monastery southwest of Blanco -- located between San Antonio and Austin -- is known for its picture of the Virgin Mary which was said to cry tears of rose oil.

However, Elsbury says that Greene admits that the icon is a fraud.

Arraignment for the five is scheduled for Monday.


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