Priest who spent time in S.A. archdiocese accused of abuse

A visiting priest from Mexico — who spent time in the San Antonio archdiocese and is believed to have died in the 1980s — molested four Washington state boys in the early 1970s, Catholic officials there say.

The Diocese of Yakima reported Monday that it received credible evidence that Father Hilario Ramirez molested four boys ages 7 to 13 while staying with two families from Our Lady of Fatima Parish in east-central Washington.

He was there for several weeks as a visiting priest invited by a victim's family member who had met him in the South Texas town of Dilley, the Yakima diocese said.

St. Joseph's Catholic Church is the only parish in Dilley and is part of the San Antonio archdiocese. A call to that parish seeking comment was not returned Tuesday.

How long Ramirez was in Dilley and in what capacity is unknown, Catholic spokesmen in San Antonio and Yakima said.

He's believed to have lived in Mexico Ci...

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