Fr. Alfredo Pedraza Arias: Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Fr. Alfredo Pedraza Arias

Ordained: 1992

  • 1993-2013: Unknown (Colombia)
  • 2014: Sacred Heart, Aurora, IL (RCK)
  • 2015: Special Assignment; St. Mary, DeKalb, IL (RCK)
  • 2016-2019: Unknown

In 2013, Fr. Alfredo Pedraza-Arias moved from Colombia to Illinois to work within the Diocese of Rockford. In October 2014, the Rockford diocese removed Fr. Pedraza-Arias from ministry while he was under investigation for two allegations of child sexual abuse. In February 2016, Fr. Pedraza-Arias was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 13. He allegedly sexually abused two girls, under the age of 6, while he worked at Sacred Heart in Aurora, Illinois. In February 2018, Fr. Pedraza-Arias pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was not required to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to 205 days in county jail with credit for time served. Fr. Pedraza-Arias was released to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities the day after he was sentenced. On February 26, 2018, Fr. Pedraza-Arias was deported back to Colombia. His status as a priest, whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.