PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida priest on indefinite leave will get equal time and custody of the child he conceived with a former stripper.
David Dueppen's attorney, Raymond Rafool, confirmed Wednesday that his client and the child's mother, Beatrice Hernandez, entered into a settlement agreement earlier this week. Under the agreement, which must be finalized by a judge, Dueppen will also pay monthly child support.
Dueppen joined the priesthood in 1999 and stepped away in August after Hernandez approached the archdiocese. He is no longer a practicing priest.
Hernandez says she's been Dueppen's on-again, off-again girlfriend for seven years.
Hernandez's attorney, Michael Feiler, says he is "hopeful and optimistic that they can learn to coexist and be good parents together."