Cops: Priest Chased Boy Down Street in Underwear

Family rescues 12-year-old
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2012 2:17 PM CDT
Cops: Priest Chased Boy Down Street in Underwear
The priest was allegedly wearing a lot less than this on the night of the incident.   (Shutterstock)

It's midnight, and you see a 12-year-old boy running down the street toward you, begging for help. Moments later a man follows wearing only his underwear, and beckons the boy over. Do you let the man take him? Yeah, neither did Heather Rodriguez or her brother-in-law when that happened to them Sunday. The man "was staring at us," Rodriguez tells the Oregonian. "He stood there with his hands on his hips like, 'You're really not going to give him to me?'"

Yesterday, police alleged that the man in question was the Rev. Angel Armando, priest at the St. Luke Catholic Church in Woodburn, Oregon. The boy told police he was staying with Armando ahead of a camping trip, and awoke in the middle of the night to find the pastor beside him with one hand on the boy's genitals, and the other holding a cell phone, apparently to take photos. He ran off, precipitating the chase. Armando has been charged with first-degree sexual abuse. (More priest sex abuse stories.)

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