Latest News

Priest who fled after raping 6-year-old girl arrested in Guatemala and returned to the U.S.

By Mason White 12:42 PM May 2, 2017
Augusto Cortez
Augusto Cortez
By: Mason White

A priest, who is no stranger to the court system, was arrested after being on the run for a few years.

The defrocked priest of New York, fled after he was accused of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl.

Members of Interpol, who worked with the U.S. Marshals, found the former priest, 53-year-old Augusto Cortez, in Guatemala, and he was extradited back to the United States.

After arriving at JFK airport, Cortez, a former Catholic priest of the Vincentian Congregation, was taken to jail in Long Island, where he will face charges.

Cortez is being held without bail on charges of first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Cortez fled the country in June 2014, after he was accused of molesting his friend’s six-year-old daughter at a party.

Police questioned Cortez, but released him due to lack of evidence.

The 6-year-old girl later revealed that she had been molested many times by Cortez.

Days later, when detectives gathered enough evidence to arrest him, they discovered that Cortez had disappeared.

Now, he will finally face charges over his crimes.

Cortez was defrocked after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charge of forcibly touching a 12-year-old student’s breasts at a Brooklyn parish school in 2008.

In that case, he was sentenced to probation in 2009. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender. However, he was categorized as a Level 1 low risk sex offender by the state.