Assignment Record– Rev. Antonio Cortes
Summary of Case: Cortes was arrested in April 2009 after a 16 year-old boy reported to school authorities, who alerted police, that Cortes had sexually abused him and plied him with alcohol. Police found Cortes to be in possession of child pornography. He also had condoms in his wallet. Cortes pleaded no contest in March 2011 and was sentenced in May to one year in jail and three years probation. His case was sent by the diocese to the Vatican to begin the process of laicization. Upon his release from jail, he was to register as a sex offender. He also faced possible deportation. Served 7 months in prison, released December 2012. Fled to home state of Jalisco, Mexico.
Incardinated: Monterey Diocese
Monterey bishop was Sylvester Donovan Ryan (1992-2006).
|Aug. 2002||Sacred Heart||Salinas||CA||3/3, 2/2||Parish had a school with 307-296 students, and a religious education program with 600-620 students.|
|2001||2005||Diocesan Vocations Board||Monterey||CA|
|Aug. 2002||Sept. 2003||St. Theodore's||Gonzales||CA||associate pastor||Cortes is not indexed in the 2003 Directory (although he is listed under Vocations Board in the Monterey Diocesan pages).|
Ryan was succeeded by Richard John Garcia (2006-).
|2007||Holy Trinity (Mexican-Italian)||Greenfield||CA||1/1||Parish had a religious education program with 251-460 students.|
|June 2007||April 2009||St. Mary of the Nativity (Hispanic)||
• A 16 year-old boy reported to school authorities, who called police, in April 2009 that Cortes gave him alcohol and sexually abused him that week, at St. Mary's. The boy and priest first met at Holy Trinity in Greenfield when the boy went to Cortes at for counseling regarding his relationship with his girlfriend. The boy was 14 years old at that time. The priest "groomed" the boy for two years during counseling sessions, giving the boy "spiritual massages" and brandy. In April 2009 Cortes sodomized the boy, who went to police the next day.
Parish had a religious education program with 950-850 students.
Police found images of young shirtless juvenile boys in Cortes' cell phone, and condoms in his wallet. Also, police listened in to phone calls the victim made to Cortes during which Cortes admitted to some of the behavior of which he was accused. Further, they found tens of thousands of pictures and videos of young boys engaged in sexual activity on Cortes' hard drives, some as young as six years old.
Cortes was free on bail after a preliminary hearing in Oct. 2009.
Cortes pleaded no contest in March 2011. His case was to be sent by the diocese to the Vatican for the "church-law process". He was sentenced in May 2011 to one year in jail and 3 years probation. He also faced deportation and was to be required to register as a sex offender for life.
|Dec. 2012||Cortes served 7 months in prison, and was released in December 2012. He immediately fled to his home state of Jalisco, Mexico.|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1997-2010)
• Local Priest Arrested for Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, KCBA, April 17, 2009
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