Testimony: 12-year-old says DC priest groped, kissed her

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 12-year-old girl testified that her urge to be a Catholic nun died when she was groped and kissed by a Washington, D.C., priest at 9 years old.

The Washington Post reports the girl told the jury that 47-year-old Urbano Vazquez kissed her in 2016 and groped her “a lot of times,” including in the church’s sacristy. The girl’s four-hour testimony was part of Vazquez’s trial on charges of child sex abuse.

The girl said she kept quiet for fear of something “worser,” but eventually told her mother. She testified that she now wants to be a chef.

Vazquez also is charged with abusing a 13-year-old parishioner in 2016, just two years after being ordained as a priest in the Capuchin Franciscan religious order. That girl may testify Thursday.



Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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