Father Juan Carlos Castaño Mejia
Diocese of Charlotte/Oratorians
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Juan Carlos Castaño Mejia:
Fr. Juan Carlos Castaño was arrested in March of 2002 after the Diocese of Charleston (South Carolina) received an allegation against him of sexual abuse in 2000 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. A priest of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Ipiales, Colombia, Castaño was a visiting priest of the Oratory in Rock Hill.
As a result of the arrest, his Order and the Charleston diocese immediately suspended Castaño from ministry, and the Diocese of Charlotte simultaneously withdrew permission for Castaño to serve anywhere in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to the Charlotte Diocese, Castaño had briefly volunteered at Room At The Inn in Charlotte (now called MiraVia) without any allegations of misconduct.
Castaño admitted the abuse in York County (S.C.) Circuit Court in 2003 and was sentenced to two years in prison. Upon his release, he is believed to have been deported back to Colombia.
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