Rogelio Vega, a former deacon at St. Sebastian Church in Woodside, who pleaded guilty last year to enticing three minors to engage in sexual conduct, was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Wednesday, March 15.
The Diocese of Brooklyn has begun the process of permanently removing a former St. Sebastian Church deacon from all ministry following his guilty plea to coercing teenagers into sexual acts. Rogelio Vega, 52, pleaded guilty on Sept. 16 to three counts of enticing a child to engage in sexual conduct.
Bertha Newman died on July 3 at age 88, but her five daughters are determined to carry on the tradition she brought to the U.S. from her native Peru of the Lord of the Miracles procession. In recent years, St. Sebastian Church has been the starting point for the procession.