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Brownsville priest indicted on child sexual abuse charges

Brownsville priest indicted on child sexual abuse charges
2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago Tuesday, May 14 2024 May 14, 2024 May 14, 2024 2:37 PM May 14, 2024 in News - Local

A Brownsville priest who is accused of sexually abusing a child has been indicted.

The indictment filed on May 8 shows Fernando Gonzalez Ortega, 52, faces three charges of sexual assault of a child, one charge of sexual abuse by a clergyman, a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child and a charge of indecency with a child.

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According to the indictment, Ortega allegedly sexually abused a child under the age of 14 multiple times between Dec. 27, 2012 through Dec. 26, 2014.

The child was identified as "YC" in the court document.

Ortega was a priest at St. Luke's Catholic Church, and he was removed from the ministry on Feb. 3 after the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville received a sexual misconduct allegation against him. He was arrested on Feb. 12 in connection with the allegation. 

He was arraigned on Feb. 13 and issued an $800,000 bond.

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