NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) — An 87-year-old New York priest was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage girl who had just begun working in his church, authorities said.
Father Jaime Duenas was arrested Wednesday inside the rectory of the Church of the Blessed Lady in Queens, the New York Daily News reported.
The 16-year-old victim had started working in the church rectory last week where Duenas allegedly sexually molested her.
Duenas has been charged with sexual abuse, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child.
“She didn’t protest to getting a massage,” Duenas said in his cell while awaiting arraignment, prosecutors reported.
“She was wearing short skirts.”
Duenas has been released without bond and ordered to stay away from the victim, the Daily News reported.