Honduran Police Arrest Priest Wanted on Child Abuse Charges

Associated Press, carried in International Herald Tribune
April 19, 2007

Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Honduran police arrested a Costa Rican priest who has been convicted of child abuse in his homeland, officials said.

Enrique Vasquez, 48, was arrested Wednesday during a routine stop in the Honduran capital, police spokesman Anibal Baca said Thursday.

Vasquez failed to present a passport and claimed to be a Venezuelan called Strauss, Baca said. However, after an "intense interrogation" he confessed to his true identity and it was found he was wanted by Interpol, he said.

Vasquez was accused of committing child abuse in a Costa Rican church in 1994 and has been a fugitive since 1998.

In 2005, a Costa Rican court convicted him in his absence and sentenced him to 12 years in prison.


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