Priest accused of groping woman

May 1, 2009 9:01:51 AM PDT
A Catholic priest has been indicted on sex abuse charges in New York for allegedly groping a woman during marriage counseling. Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore says the Rev.

Richard Ordonez, who was visiting from Ecuador, was counseling a woman in 2004 at St. Vito's Parish in Mamaroneck when he tried to assault her sexually.

The DA said Thursday that when the woman broke free, Ordonez grabbed her and forcibly groped her.

The woman did not report the incident until 2008. Ordonez was arrested Dec. 8 at Kennedy International Airport as he was about to board a plane to Ecuador.

Ordonez's lawyer, Mary Bejarano, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The New York Archdiocese has withdrawn Ordonez's working privileges.


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