April 04, 2006

Ecuador priest sought in sex abuse

East Valley Tribune

By Katie McDevitt, Tribune
April 3, 2006
Police are trying to track down a former Arizona priest accused of sexually abusing a minor. The Rev. Jorge Washington Cordova Hernandez, whose home diocese is in Quito, Ecuador, has been under investigation for about a year by Phoenix and Yuma police.

The priest is accused of abusing a minor during his assignment to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Yuma in the Tucson Catholic Diocese from 1988-91. He is not accused of abuse during his work in the Phoenix Catholic Diocese from 1991-93.

“The Diocese of Phoenix and the Diocese of Tucson have collaborated to extend counseling and support to the individual who made the allegation,” Phoenix diocese spokesman Daniel Subia wrote in a statement.

Subia would not say who made the allegation or what the specific allegation is.

Posted by kshaw at April 4, 2006 08:23 AM