March 18, 2005

Two fugitive priests found working in Mexico

Dateline Alabama

The Associated Press

March 18, 2005

Yuba County authorities will seek the extradition of a priest convicted of sexually molesting a minor in 1989, now that the Rev. Jose Luis Urbina has been discovered serving as a priest in Mexico.

Urbina fled the country after his conviction and has served at his hometown parish in Navojoa, Mexico, for about a decade, the Dallas Morning News reported in its ongoing series on accused priests who are now working in other countries.

The newspaper also reported that another former Sacramento diocesan priest under investigation for child molestation is working in a remote region in southern Mexico. The Rev. Garardo Beltran disappeared in 1991 after Sacramento police began investigating allegations that he molested two young girls.

While in the Sacramento diocese, Urbina was accused of sexually molesting a boy over the course of several years, in one instance pointing a gun at his victim before molesting him. Urbina admitted guilt but left the country before sentencing.

Posted by kshaw at March 18, 2005 12:20 PM