St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese denies allegation in child molestation suit
The Star Tribune reported that Wednesday the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was accused of helping an Ecuadorian priest flee the United States after allegedly molesting a 4-year-old girl in Minneapolis.
The archdiocese denied the allegation as part of a lawsuit asking for more than $50,000. Church spokesman Dennis McGrath said, "Archdiocesan officials had absolutely no role in the priest's departure to his home country."
Rev. Francisco (Fredy) Montero left for Ecuador in July 2007 while under investigation for molestation of the girl, who is the daughter of a parishioner with whom Montero was living and having an affair. At the time, Montero was serving as a priest at the Church of the Incarnation in Minneapolis. While living with the mother of the 4-year-old, Montero was supposed to be living with the archdiocese's vicar general, Kevin McDonough.
Prosecuting attorney, Jeff Anderson, said during a news conference Wednesday that McDonough and the archdiocese should have kept a closer watch on Montero's actions.
Montero came to the Twin Citites in 2002 and was arrested in the summer of 2007 in connection with an investigation of criminal sexual misconduct. Montero left the United States about a week after being released from jail before police investigation was completed.
Although a letter was sent by the archdiocese to Montero's superiors in Ecuador informing them of the allegations, Anderson said that Montero is currently in Ecuador working with children at his former parish.