Court calls for capture of Mexican priest accused of sexual abuse in Venezuela

The priest Juan Huerta Ibarra is fleeing the trial in Venezuela for the accusations of José Leonardo Araujo, who denounced him for abuse when he was 13 years old. “After abusing me, he got up the next day to pray lauds as if nothing had happened”


A court in the state of Mérida requested the international arrest of the Mexican priest Juan Arcadio Huerta Ibarra, accused of sexual abuse of the Venezuelan lawyer José Leonardo Araujo Araque, who claims that they occurred between 2001 and 2002. At that time Huerta Ibarra worked in a training house and Araujo was 13 years old.

Last year, Venezuela requested the extradition to Mexico of Huerta Ibarra, who evaded a judicial process in Mérida for the crimes of rape and continued sexual abuse of the teenager. Interpol was also requested to issue a red alert and international arrest warrant, he reported. The Pitazo.

According to the complaint, the Mexican priest and vocational trainer abused Araujo in 2001 and for more than a year, using his authority and power in the institution. After gaining the trust of the Araujo Araque family, he invited the young man to spend time in the Queen of the Apostles Community, in Merida.

Mexican media and the newspaper The country of Spain have given extensive coverage to the case and published informative notes on the status of the now former priest, who was a member of the San Pablo Society, owner of the San Pablo Bookstores, dedicated to the editing and publication of Catholic books and editorial material.

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The order, known as Paulines, protected the clergyman by transferring him from Mexico to the United States, with visits to Cuba, according to his victims and Spes Viva, a Mexican association that has accompanied José Leonardo in the complaint.

Huerta Ibarra is currently a fugitive after being found guilty of abuse in a canonical case brought by the Archdiocese of Mexico. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, based in Rome, imposed the punishment, resignation from the clerical state, reported the magazine Proceso.

Araujo, who graduated as a lawyer in Venezuela, has insisted in multiple instances to achieve justice. After an investigation in Mérida was shelved, he went to Mexican authorities who found Huerta Ibarra guilty. It was with this ruling that he returned to Venezuela so that the case could be reopened and he could be tried. He has also asked the San Pablo Society and the authorities to hand him over to Venezuelan justice.

“After abusing me, he got up the next day to pray lauds as if nothing had happened,” the Venezuelan told The country from Spain.

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