Saturday, October 28, 2017

UPDATED::Priest with connection to Aurora parishes charged with sexual abuse - Aurora Beacon-News

A Kane County investigator in a former Aurora priest's sex abuse case may have destroyed some notes while withholding others, according to the former priest's lawyer, who is seeking information about the investigator's recent resignation from the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

Alfredo Pedraza Arias, 51, is scheduled for a November trial on felony charges he sexually abused and assaulted two young girls between 2012 and 2014 while a priest at Sacred Heart Church in Aurora. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Immigration officials revoked the temporary religious worker visa for Arias, who is from Colombia. His trial has been repeatedly delayed while he faces deportation. Prosecutors have accused Arias of trying to use his deportation to avoid trial.
Alfredo Pedraza Arias, the former Aurora priest charged with fondling two young girls, has been detained by immigration officials and faces deportation to his native Colombia, court records show.

Arias, 50, has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving the girls who were under the age of 6 at the time of the incidents at Sacred Heart Church in Aurora which occurred between 2012 and 2014, according to Kane County prosecutors.
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UPDATE::  Bail set at $50,000 for priest accused of molesting girls in Aurora
Bail was set at $50,000 for a priest, who was previously affiliated with two Aurora-area parishes, accused of molesting girls in Kane County.

The Rev. Alfredo Pedraza Arias, 49, was arrested by Kane County sheriff's deputies and the U.S. Marshals Service on a warrant at his Rockford residence Thursday. He appeared at Kane County's bond call Friday morning.

Pedraza Arias, recently of the 200 block of High Street in Aurora, is charged with two Class 2 felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor under age 13.
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 Alfredo Pedraza

A priest who has been affiliated with two Aurora parishes was arrested Thursday on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor, a Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford press release stated.

Kane County Sheriff's deputies and the U.S. Marshal's office took the Rev. Alfredo Pedraza into custody on a warrant at his Rockford residence, said Patrick Gengler, director of administration for the sheriff's office.

Pedraza is charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 13, the release stated.

Each count is a felony, Kane County prosecutors said. Pedraza is expected at bond call Friday morning at the Kane County Judicial Center.

The Kane County Child Advocacy Center conducted the investigation, but the Kane County State's Attorney has not released further information.

Priest with connection to Aurora parishes charged with sexual abuse - Aurora Beacon-News

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