Fr. Cornelius T. Otero

Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Accused publicly in 8/18 of the sexual abuse of a 10- or 11-year-old boy in the summer of 1977 or ’78, when the boy attended St. Joan of Arc summer camp in Jackson Heights.The abuse reportedly included ordering the boy to strip and photographing him naked, and forced oral copulation. Otero was arrested in 1979 for selling child porn; he avoided jail by helping the NYPD as an informant. Transferred to Hartford CT 1988 where he worked at St. Francis Hospital until 1995. Died 1/15/98. Otero’s accuser refused $200k the diocese offered in 6/18 via its compensation program for victims of clergy sex abuse. Lawsuit filed 10/18 on behalf of accuser against the eight NY dioceses. On diocese’s list in 2/19.


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