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Puerto Rico charges priest with lewd acts


Puerto Rico charges priest with lewd acts

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A priest in Puerto Rico has been charged with lewd acts in a case that authorities say involved a 14-year-old boy.

Police said Friday that 50-year-old Floyd Lenin McCoy was arrested and later released on $5 000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court March 4 and has been ordered to wear an ankle monitor.

It was not immediately clear if he has a lawyer.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Mayaguez contacted prosecutors about the case and suspended McCoy from a church in the western town of Hormigueros. The island’s Justice Department says the alleged incidents occurred between 2013 and 2014.

Authorities in the US territory are investigating at least 17 other priests and eight dioceses facing similar sex abuse allegations.