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Thu Sep 25, 2014, 11:17 AM

Priest accused of molesting, giving 6-year-old girl STD

HAMPTONS BAY, Long Island (PIX11)– A Long Island priest is accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl, resulting in her contracting an STD.

Rev. Augusto Cortez, 50, a Catholic priest of the Vincentian congregation, is wanted by police for sexually assaulting a little girl from Long Island, according to police.

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Cortez spent numerous holidays and outings with the family. The mom says Cortez was an invited guest at a recent house party, but at one point she walked in to find her daughter and him alone. That’s how she discovered the alleged abuse. Her daughter is now in therapy to deal with the emotional issue.

While she does feel safe to talk knowing he won’t be coming back, she says the abuse happened more times than she can count and she was diagnosed with a painful sexually transmitted disease.

South Hampton police questioned Cortez, but he was not arrested.

“I feel like the Church had something to do with him fleeing,” the mother said.

It wasn’t the first time Cortez had been in trouble with the law.

He is currently on probation for molesting a 12-year-old girl in Brooklyn back in 2008, according to court documents. He was working at St. John the Baptist in Bed Stuy. At the time, Vincentians wrote a letter to the court saying they would supervise Cortez while he was on probation and he would be assigned to their headquarters in Philadelphia — not churches on Long Island.

The Vincentian order did not return calls for comment.

http://pix11.com/2014/09/24/li-priest-accused-of-molesting-giving-6-year-old-girl-std/

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 11:34 AM

1. "South Hampton police questioned Cortez, but he was not arrested."

 

Looks like somebody else dropped the ball as well.

So, do you find this story a validation of your opinion on religious belief? Does the STD angle reinforce it?

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 04:27 PM

2. So sad.

If only he didn't have a large, powerful organization to protect him.

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Response to trotsky (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 04:44 PM

3. He did!

But this is one time the church couldn't hide him away.

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