A Catholic priest charged with sexually abusing three parishioners has rejected a plea deal, and will maintain his innocence at trial.
A judge on Thursday ordered the Rev. Urbano Vazquez, a D.C. priest accused of sexually abusing parishioners, to remain in a local jail cell until trial despite an offer from a robed friar to ensure Vazquez would have no contact with children at the Pittsburgh-area friary where he had been staying.
Charging documents allege a D.C. Catholic priest — charged with sexual misconduct with three parishioners — preyed on the fears of an 11-year-old-girl and sexually abused her for an entire year.
The arrest came just 24 hours after the Rev. Urbano Vazquez waived a probable cause hearing, putting his case regarding the 2015 misconduct allegations on track to the grand jury.
The Rev. Urbano Vazquez is accused of inappropriately touching three teenage parishioners in May 2015 at the church. So far he’s been charged with one count.
Urbano Vazquez, 46, the parochial vicar at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Parish in Columbia Heights since 2014, was arrested Wednesday following allegations of sexual abuse.
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