Fr. Kelvin E. Iguabita-Rodriguez

Ordained: 1999
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Iguabita, a native of Colombia, trained and ordained by Boston archdiocese, was placed on leave 7/18/01 from assignment at All Saints in Haverhill. Arrested 1/15/02 on 2 charges of rape of 15-year-old girl in 2000, after a mandated reporter contacted the diocese 11/16/01 and then the authorities. Cardinal Law started canonical investigation of rape allegation on 11/17/01, citing ‘three other known accusations of inappropriate sexual relationships, one of which involves rape.’ On 6/20/03 jury found Iguabita guilty of rape of the girl. Sentenced 6/27/03 to 12-14 years in prison. Also charged 4/2/02 with assault of a 24-year-old woman prior to ordination, when he worked at St Joachim’s in Rockport. Involuntary laicization announced 2/11/05. Victim met Pope Benedict on 4/17/08. Third request for new trial denied 2/11. Apparently deported in 2015 at end of sentence. Suit filed 10/7/15 alleges abuse of girl in 1999-2001 starting at age 5 and including rape. Iguabita was reportedly in Honduras in 2015. Sued in 5/22 by a woman claiming abuse by Iguabita at ages 5-7 during 1999-2001.

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