Fugitive Priest Returned to Phoenix from California

Associated Press, carried in KVOA
January 3, 2006

PHOENIX Fugitive priest Joseph Briceno was returned to Arizona today.

Briceno had earlier waived extradition after he was captured last month in Mexico near the border with Calexico, California.

The Maricopa County sheriff's office says Briceno was flown this morning to Arizona after being jailed in El Centro, California.

Briceno had been hiding out in Mexico before he was caught.

He is accused of sex crimes involving two minors.

Briceno was indicted in May 2003 on six counts of sexual conduct with a minor, one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor and one count of sexual abuse.


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