PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – A South Florida priest on indefinite leave is seeking custody of the child he conceived with a former stripper.
David Dueppen admits he fathered the child, and asked for 70 percent custody in Miami-Dade Family Court papers filed this week.
The 42-year-old joined the priesthood in 1999, and stepped away in August after Beatrice Hernandez approached the archdiocese. He served most recently in Pembroke Pines
Hernandez says she's been Dueppen's on-again, off-again girlfriend for seven years. The 42-year old met the priest while working at a club called Porky's.
A judge issued a temporary restraining order against Dueppen after Hernandez claimed he choked her during an argument over paternity and child support.
Dueppen denies those allegations.