Exclusive: Priest, 87, Arrested for Sexual Abusing Underage Girl

By Mario Diaz
August 4, 2011,0,6930005.story

EASTCHESTER, NY (PIX11) PIX 11 News has exclusively learned that Father Jaime Duenas, an 87-year-old Catholic priest in the Bronx, has been arrested for sexually abusing a 16-year-old victim over the course of three days in the past week.

The victim according to sources had just started working in the rectory at The Church of Our Blessed Lady on East 233rd St. in Eastchester.

In addition, to the charge of sexual abuse, the priest is facing additional charges of with forcible touching and endangering a child.

"Father James" as he is known by his followers was arrested in his standard uniform, a white collar around his neck, in the church rectory without incident.

Neighbors and those who attended the church and school the told PIX 11 they were "shocked" and "couldn't believe" that the man so trusted in the community had been arrested for sexual abuse of a 16-year-old.

At the bodega right beside the home of Father Duenas, the shop owner Valentin said in Spanish, "He is supposed to be a man to trust. If we can't trust him, how can we trust his faith? This make you question faith."

The Archdiocese of New York finally got back to PIX 11 numerous inquiries regarding the arrest, "They said they are reviewing Father James' files, but he had no problems in the past."

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