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Group wants to help those sexually abused by Valley priest

By Chelsea Schneider

Jun. 16, 2007

Members of a national support group for victims of sexual abuse by priests, plan to hand out leaflets Sunday at two West Valley churches where they say a priest arrested last month in Spain once worked.

The group said in a press release tonight that they want parishioners at St. Augustine in west Phoenix and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale to press for open discussions about abuse.

Jorge Washington Cordova, 51, served at the two churches in the early 1990s.

Cordova has been indicted on charges of sexual abuse in both Maricopa and Yuma counties.

In the Maricopa case, he was accused of sexually abusing a teen girl about 15 years ago.

Earlier this month, Cordova was arrested near Madrid, Spain after he fled Arizona. He is now facing extradition proceedings.

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