Priest Arrested in Spain

By Mike Sakal
East Valley Tribune [Arizona]
June 5, 2007

A former Valley priest who mostly served with the Tucson diocese was arrested in Spain on Sunday on suspicion of sex abuse involving a minor.

The Rev. Jorge Washington Cordova Hernandez, 51, was arrested by the Spanish National Police in Guadarrama, Spain, while he was attending a seminar near Madrid. He had eluded authorities for more than two years.

In 2005, Hernandez was accused of sexually abusing two minors during his assignment to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Yuma from 1988 to 1991, according to information released by the Arizona Attorney General's Office. He was indicted on 10 counts of sexual abuse and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He initially fled to Ecuador, where his home diocese is located.

The attorney general's office filed a provisional arrest warrant with Spanish authorities on behalf of the Yuma County Attorney's Office after receiving information on Hernandez's location. Hernandez will be extradited to the United

States, according to the attorney general's office.

Hernandez served with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix from 1991 to 1993, according to Jim Dwyer, spokesman for the diocese. He worked at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Glendale in 1991 and was assigned to St. Augustine Parish in Phoenix from 1992 to 1993.


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