Author: Hannah Leone

A Wicker Park pastor has been charged with sexually abusing two women and attacking a 17-year-old girl, according to Chicago police. Rigoberto Gamez, 52, of the 2300 block of West Lemoyne Avenue in Wicker Park, is charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual abuse involving force and one misdemeanor count of battery, according to Chicago police.

Gamez is listed as the associate vicar for canonical affairs for the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and joined the St. Aloysius Parish in July, according to a police source. Gamez had been previously appointed pastor of Our Lady of Tepeyac Church in Little Village in 2009, according to a church bulletin.

The charges involve a 17-year-old girl, a 19-year-old woman and a 29-year-old woman, police said. The alleged attacks began in November 2016. Further information was not released. Gamez is due in bond court Friday.

He came to Chicago in July 2015 to be an associate pastor at another Chicago church, the Providence of God Parish, where he later was appointed parish administrator, according to the St. Aloysius bulletin.

In February 2007, he was appointed to a different position at the Archdiocese of Chicago that involves giving spiritual guidance to 80 parishes, according to the bulletin.

Phone messages to the archdiocese, St. Aloysius and Our Lady of Tepeyac were not immediately returned Friday morning.

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