Ex-Seminarian Released by Federal Judge to Face Porn Charges

Associated Press, carried in The Oregonian
May 8, 2008

YAKIMA, Wash. A federal immigration judge has decided a former seminarian charged with viewing child pornography can be released to face charges in Oregon.

Juan Jose Gonzalez Rios was charged in March with viewing child pornography while studying to be a priest in Oregon. He is set to be arraigned on those charges on June 5.

A native of Jalisco, Mexico, Gonzalez emigrated to the United States more than 15 years ago. He was working at the St. Peter Retreat Center in Cowiche under a religious visa, but it expired in 2005. Gonzalez spent about four years at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon but was dismissed in February 2003 after the seminary reported the pornography allegations to Mount Angel police.


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