Predatory Priest Sentenced to 262 Months Imprisonment for Assaulting Minor During Deceptive Florida Vacation

Background of Abuse:

In 2020, a clergyman exploited a beach vacation pretext to sexually abuse a minor, sending inappropriate messages and attempting assault.

Arrest at Miami Airport:

The priest, arrested at Miami International Airport in November 2022, now faces a 262-month prison term and lifelong supervised release.

Diocese’s Response:

The Diocese of Charleston, informed in December 2020, reported the allegations to law enforcement, highlighting the need for scrutiny in background checks.

Legal Consequences:

U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis imposes a strict sentence, requiring the priest to register as a sex offender and provide restitution to the victim.

International Dimension:

The accused priest, hailing from Chile, had left the U.S. before the Diocese became aware, raising questions about cross-border accountability.

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