BEL AIR, Md. — A former Maryland priest has been charged with making and possessing pornographic photos of young boys.
Fernando Cristancho of Bel Air served as a priest from 1999 to 2002 at St. Ignatius Church in Hickory.
Court records say that detectives found photos of young boys on Cristancho’s cellphone, a computer and on a memory card in a safe during a search of his home last week.
The 61-year-old Cristancho was arrested and taken to the Harford County Detention Center, where he is being held without bail. He does not have an attorney listed in court records.
A statement posted on the archdiocese’s website said Cristancho has not been permitted to function as a priest in the archdiocese since 2002 when he refused an assignment to another parish.