Fr. Joseph Cervantez Briceno

Ordained: 1981
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Placed on leave in 1992 after accusations he abused a young brother and sister in early 1980s. Privileges not permanently removed until 2002. Indicted 2003. Left for Mexico in 1992 and was an active priest there. Diocese asked him to return but he refused. Finally waived extradition and was returned to Phoenix in 1/06. Trial started 10/11/06. Pleaded guilty 10/16/06. Sentenced to 2 years in prison and 3 years probation, and to register as sex offender. Laicized in 2010.

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