Former Arizona Priest Arrested in Spain, Charged with Sexual Abuse

By Jordan LaPier
The Arizona Republic [Arizona]
June 4, 2007

Spanish National Police arrested former Arizona priest Father Jorge Washington Cordova Hernandez in Guadarrama, Spain, on charges of sexual abuse, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard announced Monday.

The 51-year-old priest was accused in 2005 of sexually abusing two minors between 1988 and 1991, when he was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Yuma.

Cordova was then indicted on ten counts of sexual abuse and a warrant was issued for his arrest, but he fled to his home diocese in Ecuador before police could arrest him.

Various local and national law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Marshal's Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Yuma police, conducted a joint investigation leading to the arrest.

Cordova will be held in Spain until extradition is arranged.


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