This posting site is not meant to punish priests or unnecessarily showcase priestly wrongdoing but the on-going sexual abuse of our youth has to be brought to the attention of the faithful. Change is obviously needed in the church and immediately. It simply is not right to allow this distorted behavior to continue. Should mandatory celibacy be ended and the opportunity to marry be allowed for diocesan priests in the Latin rite? Let’s discuss this more. Please join in the conversation and even subscribe to this posting site to bring the conversation out in the open. Sincerely, DrNick
An 87-year-old Bronx priest was arrested Wednesday for sexually abusing a teenage girl who just started working in his church, prosecutors charge.
Father Jaime Duenas was collared inside the rectory of the Church of the Blessed Lady on E. 233rd St. near Secor Ave. in Eastchester in the afternoon, according to the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.
The 16-year-old victim started working last week in the same church rectory, where Duenas sexually abused her, sources said.
“She didn’t protest to getting a massage,” Duenas said in his cell before his arraignment last night, according to prosecutors. “She was wearing short skirts.”
Duenas was arraigned last night on charges of sexual abuse, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child.
He was released without bond. The judge ordered the priest to stay away from the victim.