Mexican judge orders arrest of fugitive priest accused of sex abuse in northern Mexico

Mexican authorities say a judge has ordered the arrest of a now-suspended priest accused of sexually abusing minors in the northern state of San Luis Potosi.

The state attorney general's office said Wednesday that Eduardo Cordova is considered a fugitive.

Earlier this month, 19 people filed a criminal complaint alleging that they were sexually abused by Cordova and that his archdiocese covered up the allegations for years.

The complaint was filed in San Luis Potosi, where Cordova had recently served as the archdiocese's legal representative.

The Vatican stripped Cordova of his clerical functions in April after investigations into allegations of the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old in 2012.