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Costa Rica orders ex priest held on intercourse abuse expenses

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) – A Costa Rican court on Friday ordered a priest charged with sexual abuse to be detained for six months while awaiting trial.

Mauricio Víquez was returned from Mexico after escaping Costa Rica, where the statute of limitations for abuse allegations against him had expired.

Viquez reportedly mistreated two teenagers in 2003. At the time in Costa Rica, such charges generally could not be pursued 10 years after a complainant’s 18th birthday.

The case resulted in Costa Rica increasing the statute of limitations for sex crimes from 10 to 25 years.

Viquez was expelled from the priesthood by the Roman Catholic Church. There are other allegations of abuse against him.