Fr. Jaime H. Duenas

Ordained: 1950
Status: Convicted

Died: 06/6/2014
Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Ordained in his native Colombia. In NY since late 1960s. Arrested at age 87 in 8/2/11 at Nativity of Our Blessed Lady in the Bronx. Charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl, who had just started working in the rectory. Abuse occurred within two weeks of the day he was arrested. Also known as Fr. James. Archdiocese said no previous allegations. Pleaded guilty; had case sealed. He blamed the girl for wearing short skirts. She filed a civil suit as of 6/30/14. Duenas had died earlier that month, on 6/6/14. On archdiocese’s list 4/26/19. It notes laicization process was pending when he died.

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