Boston, Mass., Jan 9, 2023 / 15:00 pm
Father Jaime Adolfo Gonzalez-Farias, a visiting priest from Chile who served in the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, has been arrested in Florida and charged with sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in 2020.
Gonzalez-Farias, from the Diocese of San Bernardo, Chile, was arraigned this afternoon in federal court for the district of South Carolina.
According to the federal indictment from the U.S. district court for the district of South Carolina, Gonzalez-Farias — who went by “Father Gonzalez” — “used a facility and means of interstate and foreign commerce to knowingly attempt to and did persuade, induce, entice, and coerce” an 11-year-old girl “to engage in sexual activity.”
The indictment further charged that Gonzalez-Farias “did knowingly transport” the 11-year-old girl “in interstate commerce, with intent that the individual engage in sexual activity.”