Courts & Crime

Judge rules priest, ex-stripper in custody dispute must stay apart

A Miami-Dade judge on Tuesday ordered a former stripper and a disgraced Catholic priest -- who are involved in a custody dispute over their baby daughter -- to stay away from each.

After a three-hour hearing, former stripper Beatrice Hernandez agreed to dismiss her claim of domestic violence against the Rev. David Dueppen, and both agreed to stay away from each other unless ordered otherwise by the court. Hernandez, 41, claimed in court filings in September that Dueppen choked her during an argument over paternity of their baby.

Dueppen, 42, has acknowledged that he is the father of little Marilyn Epiphany Hernandez, born in January. In a separate court case, Dueppen is seeking majority custody of the baby girl.

The case drew widespread attention in September, only months after TV priest Alberto Cutié admitted to having a girlfriend and switched to the Episcopal church.

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