Long Island Family Sues Catholic Order and Diocese in Molestation Case

NOV. 16, 2015, The NY Times

In 2009, Augusto Cortez, a Roman Catholic priest, pleaded guilty to forcible touching of a 12-year-old girl in Brooklyn. He was sentenced to six years of probation but was allowed to remain a member of his religious order.

Last year, a couple in Hampton Bays, on Long Island, who had known Mr. Cortez for years, accused him of molesting one of their daughters, now 8. He was interviewed by the Southampton Town Police and released, but he quickly vanished and became a fugitive, the authorities said.

On Monday, the Hampton Bays family sued Mr. Cortez’s Catholic order as well as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, where he had worked, alleging  . . . 

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