Former SC visiting priest charged with sexual abuse of 11-year-old

WCIV-TV, ABC-4 [Charleston SC]

January 8, 2023

By Bailey Wright

A former visiting priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor, according to federal court documents.

Father Jamie Gonzalez-Farias is due for an arraignment Monday afternoon at federal court in Columbia. Magistrate Judge Paige Gossett is presiding.

Gonzalez-Farias was transferred to the district of South Carolina in 2015. The alleged crimes happened in the fall of 2020, court documents say.

He was arrested in Miami, Florida last November and transferred to South Carolina for court.

Court documents say Gonzalez-Farias was charged with aggravated sexual abuse of children, coercion of a minor and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

The priest was not on the list of “credibly accused” released by the diocese in 2019, but has since been added.