Rev. Mario Arbelaez Olarte or Rev. Mario Olarte Arbelaez

Ordained: 1994

Arrested 5/03 and charged with enticing a minor over the Internet. Claimed he was doing research but he was posing as a 20 yr old. He agreed to meet what he thought was a 15 yr old boy but it was a police officer. Placed on leave and his computer seized. In 9/03 he pleaded no contest to the criminal charges. Did not show up for sentencing 11/03. Defense atty said that Olarte had returned to his native country of Columbia as part of plea agreement. Prosecutors denied. Judge issued an arrest warrant.

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1994 1997         Olarte is not indexed in the 1994-1997 Directories. Per the diocese, he came to the U.S. from Columbia in 1997. (Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
May 16, 2003)

Salt Lake City bishop was George Hugh Niederauer (1994-2005)
2000 St. Therese of the Child Jesus Midvale




Parish had a religious education program with 225-250 students.

News accounts refer to him as Rev. Mario Arbelaez Olarte, but he appears in the Directories as Rev. Mario Olarte Arbelaez.

Aug. 2000 2003 St. Joseph's


Arrested in May 2003 for trying to lure a fifteen year old boy over the internet. The "boy" was actually an undercover police officer. (Salt Lake Tribune [Ogden UT]
Downloaded May 17, 2003) Pleaded no contest in Sept. 2003, and released. (Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)
September 10, 2003) Fled the U.S. and returned to his native Columbia prior to sentencing.(Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)
November 5, 2003)

UT 2/4, 2/3

Parish had a religious education program with 420-525 students.

Olarte is not indexed in the 2001 Directory, but news reports place him at St. Joseph's beginning in August 2000.

Aug. 2000 2003 St. Florencee Huntsville UT  

This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Ogden.

Olarte no longer appears in the Directories after 2003.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1998-2003).

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