Urbano Vazquez of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart has been accused of sexually abusing 3 parishioners.
Catholic Priest Urbano Vazquez Accused of Sexually Abusing 2 Girls, 1 Woman
Washington, D.C. priest Urbano Vazquez was arrested in November 2018 for allegedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl who attended his church, the Shrine of the Sacred Heart. According to police, Vazquez inappropriately touched the girl in 2015 on two separate occasions.
Vazquez was arrested a second time in December when additional allegations came to light. In this second case, he was accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl and a grown woman – both were members of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart as well.
Authorities say that Vazquez abused the youngest victim for around one year. The woman was allegedly sexually assaulted during confession. The 15-year-old girl is believed to have happened in 2015. The younger child and woman were allegedly assaulted between 2016 and 2017.
Vazquez was offered a plea deal, but rejected it and pleaded not guilty in May. In total, he is charged with two counts of felony second-degree child abuse and one count of misdemeanor sexual abuse. If convicted, he could face up to 13 years in prison.