Fr. Urbano Vazquez-Ortega

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 2014
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

Accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl at Sacred Heart Shrine in Columbia Heights in 5/15. The girl’s mother reportedly informed Rev. Mosis Villalta, OFM.Cap. in 2015; police were not notified until 10/26/18, after Villalta told a visiting priest about the situation. Arrested 11/7/18, charged with second-degree child abuse. Also accused of kissing a 16-year-old girl in 2015, and of rubbing a 15-year-old girl’s leg during confession the same year. Archdiocese suspended Vazquez after notified by Order of allegations 10/26/18. Removed as pastor. Parish’s child protection coordinator placed on leave. Arrested on new allegations 12/11/18, of abuse of a girl starting when she was age 9. On Baltimore archdiocese’s list 12/14/18. Indicted in 5/19 on 7 counts of sex abuse of 2 children and a woman. Convicted in 8/19. Motion for a new trial in 9/19; denied. Sentenced in 11/19 to 15 years in prison.


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