PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — A former Roman Catholic priest who was defrocked and convicted of molesting two boys in New Jersey has found a new vocation in a new location — teaching children English at a private school in this resort town.
“We would urge anyone in any jurisdiction to be vigilant and immediately report allegations of such conduct to local authorities.”.
The Colegio del Caribe private school where Hadmels DeFrias teaches English to children in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
“What they have to know is if I committed a crime in the country, which I haven’t,” DeFrias said, referring to the Dominican Republic.
On the group's Facebook page, DeFrias goes by Father Rafael and is listed as the "Prior for the Dominican Republic.".
“We are opening a company related to real estate so it’s not going to be kids,” he said.
“If the Catholic Church defrocks a priest, they don’t keep track of that priest, and that is a calculated move. »