Disgraced Former Ohio Priest Admits to Groping Teen Cancer Patient

A disgraced former Catholic priest who has repeatedly been accused of child sexual abuse pleaded guilty Tuesday to molesting a 15-year-old girl suffering from cancer.

Luis Barajas, 76, entered the plea to one count of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony. Prosecutors dropped five additional counts of the same charge in exchange for his plea.

Barajas must register as a sex offender once a year for the next 15 years.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew Santoli is set to sentence Barajas on Feb. 27.

Barajas was arrested Oct. 23 after a Catholic priest called Westlake police and said that a retired priest was performing private, Spanish-language spiritual ceremonies for Hispanic families.

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