Catholic Priest

Antonio Cortes

Ordained: ca. 1996

Father Antonio Cortes was arrested in 2009 after a 16-year-old boy reported that Cortes had served him with alcohol and sexually abused him. Police subsequently arrested Cortes and, upon searching his possession, found child pornography and other evidence confirming the crime. In March 2011, Cortes pled no contest to the charges and was sentenced to a year in prison and three years of probation. Following his release from prison in 2012, Cortes fled the country to Jalisco, Mexico.

Father Cortes's Assignments

Sacred HeartSalinas, CA1996..2002
Diocesan Vocations BoardMonterey, CA2001..2005
St. Theodore'sGonzales, CA2002..2003
Holy TrinityGreenfield, CA2003..2007
St. Mary of the NativitySalinas, CA2007..2009
On leave following arrest2009..2012
Released from prison, reportedly fled back to Jalisco, Mexico2012..onward