Police Looking for Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse

The Associated Press
April 3, 2006

MESA, Ariz. Police are looking for a former Arizona priest accused of sexually abusing a minor.

Phoenix and Yuma police have been investigating the Reverend Jorge Washington Cordova Hernandez for about a year.

Hernandez's home diocese is in Quito, Ecuador. He is accused of abusing a minor during his assignment to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Yuma from 1988 to 1991. The church is part of the Tucson Catholic Diocese.

Police are not accusing Hernandez of any wrong doing during his work in the Phoenix Catholic Diocese from 1991 to 1993.

Officials did not say who made the allegation or what the specific allegation is.

During his time in Phoenix, Hernandez worked at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Glendale in 1991. He was assigned to St. Augustine Parish in Phoenix from 1992 to 1993.


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