Fr. Fernando Cristancho

Ordained: 1985
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

From the Diocese of Istmina-Tado, Colombia. Worked in in the Diocese of Arlington VA 1994 until 1997, when  removed for sexual misconduct with a young woman. Cristancho arranged in vitro fertilization of a woman in Colombia using his sperm. Triplets were born in 11/2001 (2 boys, 1 girl). He was assigned to the Archdiocese of Baltimore 1999-2002, at St. Ignatius in Forest Hill. The archdiocese revoked Cristancho’s faculties in 7/2002, reportedly because he refused a new assignment, later learning that he had fathered triplets. In 2006 DSS found that he had sexually abused of both of the boys, including oral sex. Their mother reported a possible third victim. Maryland appeals court gave custody to the mother in 10/2008. Cristancho denied abuse. Included in 4/2016 on the archdiocese’s list of accused. Arrested in 9/2017 and charged with making and possessing child pornography. Detectives found photos of little boys on Cristancho’s electronic devices in his home, and on a memory card in a safe. He pleaded guilty 10/4/2021 to “coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity” and admitted to creating nude images of four other children. His victim was ages 11-13 when abused 2002 through at least Fall 2003. Cristancho met the boy at St. Ignatius parish. Sentenced in 5/2011 to 22 years in federal prison. Laicized in 2022.

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