Bail for Priest in NY Sex Abuse Case

December 11, 2008,0,7467847.story

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Bail has been set at $50,000 for a visiting Catholic priest from Ecuador who's accused of fondling a woman at the suburban New York parish where he worked.

The Rev. Richard Ordonez, who is charged with first-degree sex abuse, appeared in Mamaroneck Village Court on Thursday. He is expected to be remanded to Westchester County jail.

The abuse allegedly took place in 2004 at St. Vito's Church in Mamaroneck.

Ordonez was arrested on Monday as he tried to board a plane for Ecuador. Prosecutors say he was trying to flee. But his lawyer, Netikka Seward, says Ordonez believed he was allowed to leave the area. She says she will contest the bail amount.

The New York Archdiocese says Ordonez is not a priest of the archdiocese but was working in New York "with permission," which has now been withdrawn.


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