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Church Secretary Says Priest Raped Her

LOS ANGELES (CN) - St. Gertrude's Church in Bell Gardens constructively fired a secretary after she was raped by her boss, Fr. Luis Ernesto Benitez Ayala, and then "refused his demands that she have an abortion, and because she reported to church officials the rape and threats to her life and reputation that Gather Benitez made to her," Jane Doe claims in Superior Court. She says Fr. Benitez "is presently living and working in Rome, training to become a Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church."

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