Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn
Religious Order: Vincentian Fathers
Notes: Arrested 6/08, charged with touching breast of 12-yr-old girl 5/29/08. Worked with students at St.John the Baptist School in Bushwick. Per The Tablet 3/1/08, had been working at Centro de Evangelizacion San Vicente de Paul; was to return to his order 12/31/08 and was not to present as priest. Also worked at St. Rosalie’s in Hampton Bays NY. Sentenced to 6 yrs probation 7/09. Accused 6/14 of sexual abuse of 6-yr-old girl at her family home in Hampton Bays. Girl contracted STD. Cortez questioned by police, but let go. Fled. May have left U.S. Warrant out for his arrest. Girl’s family sued Vincentians and Rockville Centre diocese 11/15.
Sources: Empire State News 06.04.08; NY Post 06.05.08; Brooklyn Daily Eagle 06.06.08; Queens Ledger 06.12.08; News12 07.23.09; CBS New York 09.22.14; Newsday 09.23.14; WPIX 09.24.14; 27 East 10.01.14; New York Times 11.16.15; 27East 11.19.15; Newsday 11.19.15; SNAP 11.19.15; http://bishop-accountability.org/