Two Catholic priests arrested after being caught having sex in full view of people on public beach

Two Catholic priests were taken into custody after they were caught performing sexual acts on each other in a parked rental car near Miami Beach, according to reports


                            Two Catholic priests arrested after being caught having sex in full view of people on public beach

On Monday afternoon, law enforcement authorities arrested two men who identified themselves as Catholic priests after they were caught having oral sex in a parked vehicle in South Beach, reported ABC 10.

Following the incident, 30-year-old Edwin Giraldo Cortez and 39-year-old Diego Berrio are facing a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior, with Cortez facing an additional charge of indecent exposure.

At around 3.30 pm, Berrio and Cortez were caught having sex in a black Volkswagen in the 1300 block of Ocean Drive, according to the arrest report. The men were reportedly in full view of pedestrians during the act as the car's windows were not tinted, the responding officer at the scene noted.



 

“I parked my vehicle and approached the passenger side of the vehicle on foot,” the officer wrote on the arrest report. “I observed defendant Berrio in the passenger seat, performing oral sex on defendant Giraldo who was seated in the driver’s seat. Giraldo’s pants were unzipped and his genitals exposed. This act was occurring in full view of the public passing by on Ocean Drive and the sidewalk.” He added that he needed to knock on the window to get their attention.

Anne Maselli, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Chicago, revealed that Cortez is from Soacha, Colombia, and served at a Chicago area parish for about a month, while Berrio is a priest with the Mission of San Juan Diego in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

"It is our responsibility to ensure those who serve our people are fit for ministry," Maselli said in a statement. "We take this matter very seriously."

Authorities at Miami Beach found the rental car parked on Ocean Drive in front of Lummus Park and the Art Deco Hotels, between 13th and 14th streets - which is just a stone's throw away from a children's play area. The officers responded to the scene after a 911 call about two men performing a sexual act inside a car.

Diego Berrio and Edwin Giraldo Cortez were taken into custody after they were allegedly caught performing sex acts in a parked rental car near Miami Beach, reports said (Miami Beach Police Department)
Diego Berrio and Edwin Giraldo Cortez were taken into custody after they were allegedly caught performing sex acts in a parked rental car near Miami Beach, reports said (Miami Beach Police Department)

On Tuesday, Berrio and Cortez appeared in bond court, and the latter requested bond saying he was scheduled to leave for his native Colombia on Wednesday. He had reportedly spent the last two months in Chicago, the court heard.

"The major concern that I had was the fact that it was in public," Judge Jeffrey Rosinek said. "When a police officer can come and just watch. That's a problem."

Ultimately, both men were released from prison late Tuesday after Judge Rosinek set bond at $250 for Berrio and $1,500 for Cortez, reported The Miami Herald.

Also, the Miami Beach police officer who caught the duo in the act is believed to have recorded the incident with his body-cam.

Spokeswoman Maselli further informed that Berrio or Giraldo-Cortez will be disallowed to minister for the Archdiocese of Chicago as per the orders of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago.