Priest Arrested for 'Abusing Children' for 3 Years

Expatica [Spain]
June 5, 2007

Madrid - A priest accused of sexually abusing two minors was arrested while attending a seminar near Madrid, Spain, authorities said Monday.

Father Jorge Washington Cordova Hernandez, 51, faces 10 criminal counts for allegedly abusing two children while on assignment at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Yuma, Arizona, U.S. from 1988 to 1991.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office said that Cordova had fled to his home diocese in Ecuador. But authorities caught up to him in Spain, while he was attending a seminar at the Fray Luis of Leon cultural residential complex in Guadarrama, Spain.

Authorities lured Cordova out of the facility by telling him that a local television crew wanted an interview. The Attorney General's Office said Spanish authorities will hold Cordova until his extradition process is completed.


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