Priest accused of sex abuse

December 9, 2008 6:02:13 PM PST
A Mamaroneck priest was arrested Monday after a woman claimed she was sexually abused. Police say the woman reported on September 24 that she was abused in the past by Father Richard Ordonez in 2004.

An investigation was initiated at that time, and the 37-year-old Ordonez was arrested Monday morning just before he got on a plane to Ecuador. He was arraigned and is due back in court December 18.

Ordonez, assigned to the St Vito's Parish, is charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse.

The Rev. James Healy, pastor at St. Vito's, did not return a call to the Associated Press.

Joe Zwilling, spokesman for the New York Archdiocese, said Ordonez, who is from Ecuador, is not a priest of the archdiocese but was working in New York "with permission," which has now been withdrawn.

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