Mexican archbishop suspends priest accused in US
April 28, 2010
Following a Washington Post story, Archbishop Emilio Carlos Berlie Belaunzarán of Yucatán has suspended a 70-year-old priest amid allegations that he abused a teenage girl in San Francisco in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Father Teodoro Baquedano Pech denies the allegation.
The Mexican archdiocese had earlier pledged to restrict Father Baquedano’s access to children after being informed of the alleged abuse by officials of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. That pledge was reportedly not kept; the priest was photographed baptizing a baby this Easter.
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