Near-naked priest chases 12-year-old boy

A CATHOLIC priest, dressed only in his knickers or a perhaps a swimsuit, went in hot pursuit of a 12-year -old boy who reportedly escaped a sexual assault in Woodburn, Oregon.

Rev Angel Armando Perez, parish priest at St. Luke Catholic Church in Woodburn, is now in custody, facing allegations including first-degree sexual abuse. furnishing alcohol to a minor and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Rev Perz, pictured fully frocked and doing Catholic voodoo

It was close to midnight on Sunday, August 12, when Woodburn resident James Curths saw the 12-year-old boy running down the street toward him. Curths said the child, panting and out of breath, begged for help, telling him a man was chasing him.

Moments later, a man rounded the corner wearing only underwear. He stood a short distance away, trying to wave the boy over as Curths and his sister-in-law prepared to drive the boy to relatives.

Rodriguez and Curths, 35, told the man they were calling the police. Only then, they said, did the man jog away.

Later the he boy gave police a detailed account of the alleged sex abuse he said occurred at Perez’s home, leading to the priest’s arrest later Monday.

The Salem boy told authorities that Perez had asked his parents a few days earlier if he could take him on a trip to the mountains. He and his family attended a community church event on the Sunday night, and the 12-year-old went with Perez that night to the pastor’s house.

The boy told police Perez gave him a beer and they watched a movie. The boy told investigators that an air mattress was set up on the living room floor for him to sleep on. He said he fell asleep on the mattress. Later, the boy said, he was:

Woken up by a couple of flashes.

He said that when he opened his eyes, he saw Perez next to the air mattress, with one hand on the lad’s genitals and the othetr holding a cellphone. The boy discovered his underwear and shorts lowered to his knees, while Perez was dressed in underwear and a T-shirt.

The boy said he went to pack up his things when Perez went upstairs.

Father Angel called to him saying, “Come back to bed.” Instead, the boy said goodbye and ran off.

Curths, who was hosting a barbecue when the boy showed up outside his house, said he looked distraught.

He just seemed really terrified, and he was almost in tears.

When the pastor caught up to the boy outside Curths’ house, wearing what Curths and his sister-in-law said looked like a burgundy Speedo swimsuit, the boy hid behind Curths.

He was scared to death. It was like someone running from a ghost.

Curths said the boy told him that the man had “touched his privates.”

Later, according to an affidavit, Perez had driven to the boy’s home in Salem to talk to the boy’s mother and brother. The priest had a strong odor of alcohol and appeared intoxicated, the brother of the alleged victim said. He told police that Perez’s first statement was:

I am very sorry; I made a mistake.  I am just one who serves in the church, and I have sinned; don’t stop believing in the church.

After his arrest, Perex told police that he drank too much at the community event. He said he and the boy were given a ride back to his Woodburn home. There, Perez said, he drank another beer, and they watched a movie.

He told police that at some point he blacked out and doesn’t remember what happened. Perez admitted he drove intoxicated to the boy’s home to apologize and find out what happened. He said he dropped to his knees and begged for forgiveness.

Hat tip: DC Brighton




26 responses to “Near-naked priest chases 12-year-old boy”

  1. Ivan says:

    A bit off-topic but as we’re on the subject of the RC Church in the US, the Economist has carried out an investigation into its finances and power structures in the wake of the abuse scandals and declining congregations.

    The result is lengthy but well-written and gripping. There appears to be some fairly outrageous stuff going on beyond that which is already widely realised.

  2. remigius says:

    The Archdiocese of Portland have given Fr Perez an open ended loan to pay for the services of Oregon’s best criminal lawyer.

    This is the same archdiocese that went bankrupt a few years ago as a result of having to settle child abuse claims!

  3. asquith says:

    “I am just one who serves in the church, and I have sinned; don’t stop believing in the church.”

    Don’t worry, I never fucking did.

    The salient point here is that in Ireland 50 years ago, or perhaps in a Muslim country today, the child would have been given back to the cleric. That it doesn’t happen now is because secular morality has moved on from the days of unthinking deference to religious authority, which is what the Keith O’Briens of this world can’t handle, especially because progress has happened entirely without their help.

    Now, stories like this become news. What you can expect is that the hardcore parishioners, convinced that they’re being persecuted, will jump to this scum’s defence, while the religious right will engage in whataboutery about this also happening in secular organisations.

  4. DCBrghton says:

    A 2002 interview with Perez has now surfaced.

    Some classic lines in there..

    ‘we are not supposed to touch… I know my boundaries’

    ‘The sex scandals trouble him, but Perez says he is confident bishops are dealing with the problems’

  5. AgentCormac says:


    Just wait and see what mindless drivel Bill Donohue conjures up to:

    a) claim that this has been a terrible misunderstanding
    b) claim that the priest is actually the victim
    c) claim that this has nothing whatsoever to do with child abuse in the RCC and should not be connected to the odd rogue priest who maybe once did something wrong a long, long time ago – but so long ago that it would be wrong and spiteful to even mention it these days.

  6. Matt Westwood says:

    Rev Perez: “Er, ‘e’z perv!” Bah, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

  7. Broga says:

    It’s worse than just child abuse. That priest is a cannibal and in the picture about to eat real flesh. We know the flesh is real because the RC Church says so.

  8. Georgina says:

    @asquith: “in Ireland 50 years ago”

    or the child would have been punished for lying.

  9. Broga says:

    @Nelmonster: Thanks for the laugh. That’s funny. The problem we atheists now have is that with people like O’Brien it is difficult to distinguish between the satire and what he is saying.

  10. tony e says:


    You beat me to it on Donohue’s predictable respose.

  11. barriejohn says:

    Speaking of Donoghue, I did come across this gem from 2005:

    “Yes, there are pictures, but he could have been there for something else,” said someone who knew nothing about the case whatsoever.

    (The Msgr resigned, and died in April of this year.)

  12. joseph morrow says:

    this just confirms Louis C K’s take on things

  13. AgentCormac says:

    tony e

    Then again, the despicable little twat will probably just ignore the whole thing completely because he hasn’t got any answers. ‘La, la, la – can’t hear what you’re saying.’

    In the meantime, it seems he’s much more interested in the fact that some spurious report claims that ‘liberals’ are less likely to give to ‘good causes’ than religiots like himself.

    Of course, when you take into account that loons like Donohue only give to causes that help to indoctrinate people and reinforce their deranged views (instead of just helping out of some altruistic belief in goodness), well his whole argument goes down the pan like a Kleenex full of child-abuser’s spunk.

    I wonder if he’d like to run a poll focusing on whether liberals are more or less likely than catholic priests to sexually abuse boys who have been put in their care?

    Probably not.

  14. David Anderson says:

    Catholic priest; Can I take your boy for a trip to the mountains?
    Parents to priest; Oh yes Father, thank you very much Father.

    Fucking idiots.

  15. jay says:

    If that kid had wandered into a biker bar, he would have been a lot safer than going into the rectory. At least some of the bikers would have been seriously protective.

  16. jay says:

    extending that thought… can you imagine what would have happened to that priest if he were chasing him….

  17. Robster says:

    Aren’t we to the point that parents who let priests/rabbis/mulahs/ministers/reverends etc go anywhere near their offspring be held liable alongside the offending cleric? It’s not like it’s new news that the cleric class can’t be trusted in any way.

  18. AceLeon says:

    What’s wrong with these parents? How many times do they have to hear the same scenario or are they offering up their children as sacrificial lambs, total fwits.

    Rule No 1: Do not allow your children to spend time alone with priests.

    This little guy deserves a fkg medal good on him for protecting ‘himself’. Obviously his parents don’t give a fuck and either does the church. Disgusting pack of low lifes.

  19. Polomint38 says:

    That lost classic Gerard Thomas movie.
    Carry on Altar boy.
    Sid James as the randy priest and Bernard Bresslaw as an altar Boy.

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  21. Marky Mark says:

    (The Salem boy told authorities that Perez had asked his parents a few days earlier if he could take him on a trip to the mountains. He and his family attended a community church event on the Sunday night, and the 12-year-old went with Perez that night to the pastor’s house.) + (This is the same archdiocese that went bankrupt a few years ago as a result of having to settle child abuse claims!)

    I think all the followers of a church that harbors pedophiles should be charges as accessories for funding said activities. One way to bring serious screening to the people of faith…or shut down the illegal churches.

    (He was scared to death. It was like someone running from a ghost.)

    And these people care not who they harm or abuse for their own sexual desires…especially children.

    (He said he dropped to his knees and begged for forgiveness.)

    As always once they are caught…as I said before, the reason such things are written in the bible is so the criminal church leaders will not be lynched by their followers after they commit such atrocities. They have known this for 2000 years and still use it today.

  22. Mark Richards says:

    “He said he dropped to his knees and begged for forgiveness.”

    Leave out the forgiveness part and it all adds up.

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  24. Dick Baggington says:

    What ever happened to the days when a person is caught doing something horrific and they’d at least have the decency to kill themselves out of shame/guilt. We don’t really have that anymore, and it’s a little depressing.

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