Brownsville Priest Arraigned on Child Trafficking and Sex Abuse Charges

A Brownsville priest was arrested on several charges of trafficking and sexual abuse of a child, according to a news release from the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office.

The news release identified the suspect as Fernando Gonzalez Ortega, a priest at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Brownsville.

Ortega was arrested on Monday on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child, continuous trafficking of persons, sex assault of a child and sexual performance of a child, the news release stated.

Details on the investigation against Ortega were not provided by the district attorney’s office.

In a statement, Rev. Daniel E. Flores of the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville said Ortega was removed from his ministry and prohibited from exercising “any priestly ministry anywhere” on Feb. 3, after receiving the sexual misconduct allegation.

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