Former Baltimore Priest Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

A man who once served as a priest in several U.S. dioceses was sentenced 22 years in federal prison on Wednesday, May 11, after pleading guilty to coercion and enticement of a minor.

Fernando Cristancho, 65, also admitted that he had produced nude images of four additional minors. He entered a guilty plea on October 4, 2021, the first day of his trial.

As part of his plea agreement, Cristancho faced between 10 and 25 years in federal prison. Upon release from prison, Cristancho will register as a sex offender and be monitored for the rest of his life.

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