February 08, 2006

Fugitive ex-priest thought to be in Mexico

The Press-Enterprise

01:55 AM PST on Wednesday, February 8, 2006

By MICHAEL FISHER / The Press-Enterprise

A former Inland priest who served as a bishop's aide remains a fugitive more than a year after prosecutors charged him with molesting two teenage boys at Catholic churches in Perris and Coachella during the 1980s.

Jesús Armando Dominguez, 56, is believed to have fled to Mexico shortly before Riverside County prosecutors charged him in January 2005 with 58 counts of unlawful oral copulation, sexual penetration and sodomy, authorities said. A conviction on all charges could carry a prison sentence of 43 years.

"Mexico is a big place. If you don't have a fairly exact location, there's not a whole lot the Mexican authorities can do to help," said Deputy District Attorney Jeanne Roy, who runs the fugitive apprehension unit. "We have talked to everybody that we can locate who might have information, and no one has said he's in 'fill in the blank.' They either don't know or they are not sharing that information with us."

Posted by kshaw at February 8, 2006 08:30 AM