Catholic Priest

Cornelius Otero

Ordained: 1949

Cornelius Otero sexually abused a 10 or 11-year-old boy in the late 1970s when the boy attended St. Joan of Arc summer camp in Jackson Heights.  The abuse reportedly included ordering the boy to strip and photographing him naked, and forced oral sex. Otero was arrested in 1979 for selling child pornography.  He avoided a jail sentence by acting as a police informant.  In 1988, he was transferred to Hartford, Connecticut where he worked at St. Francis Hospital until 1995.  He died in 1998.

Father Otero's Assignments

St. NicholasBrooklyn, NY
Queen of All Saints
St. TeresaWoodside, NY
St. Joan of Ar Jackson Heights, NY