Priests Accused Of Sex Acts In Car Released From South Florida Jail

Two Catholic priests accused of having oral sex inside a car were released from jail on Tuesday. 

A witness reported the men to police officers at around 3:30 p.m. yesterday in South Beach. A Miami Beach Police Department officer said it was easy to spot Rev. Diego Berrio in the passenger seat and Rev. Edwin Giraldo-Cortez in the driver's seat.

Police arrested Berrio, 39, and Giraldo-Cortez, 30, both Catholic priests who served in the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

Berrio is a priest with the Mission of San Juan Diego, and Giraldo-Cortez is from Soacha, Colombia, and served at the St. Aloysius Parish for about a month, according to Anne Maselli, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

Both men face charges of lewd and lascivious behavior. Giraldo-Cortez, whose pants were unzipped when the officer arrived, also faces a charge of indecent exposure.

Miami Beach police officers said the rental car was parked on Ocean Driver in front of Lummus Park and the Art Deco hotels, between 13th and 14th streets. It was walking distance from a children's play area. 

An arrest report noted the Miami Beach police officer recorded the incident with a body-worn camera. 


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