Fr. Augusto Cortez

Order: CM
Ordained: 2003
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Arrested in 6/08, charged with touching the breast of a 12-year-old girl 5/29/08. Worked at St. John the Baptist School in Bushwick. Had been working at Centro de Evangelizacion San Vicente de Paul; was to return to his order 12/31/08, to not present as priest, and ordered to register as Level 1 sex offender. Also worked at St. Rosalie’s in Hampton Bays NY. Sentenced to 6 years probation 7/09. Accused 6/14 of sexual abuse of 6-year-old girl in Hampton Bays. Girl contracted STD. Cortez questioned by police, but let go. Fled country. Girl’s family sued Order and Rockville Centre diocese 11/15. Found by Interpol in Guatemala, extradited to U.S., arrested in NY 4/22/17. Per officials, had fled to South America, lived in several countries. Pled not guilty 4/17. Convicted. In NY prison until at least 2023.

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