A custody battle that could only happen in Miami has come to its conclusion. Father David Dueppen will share equal custody of his daughter with former stripper Beatrice Hernandez. The two met while Dueppen was an active priest in the Archdiocese of Miami and Beatrice was an active topless dancer at the ever-classy Hialeah strip joint Porky's Lounge. A secret relationship soon followed, eventually leading to the not-so-immaculate conception of a child.
Dueppen was for a time stationed at the same South Beach church as Father Cutié, another Miami priest who famously broke the Catholic Church's celibacy laws and is now married to his girlfriend and practicing as an Episcopalian priest.
Dueppen's story was far less romantic. He met Hernandez after a visit to Porky's. Dueppen helped pay for her divorce, left her, allegedly used church money to keep her silent before crawling back to her and then knocked her up.
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Gonzalez also claimed Dueppen tried to pressure her into lesbian sex at a swinger's club according to CBS4:
"He was telling me that I had evil spirits with me and that I needed his help big time," she recalled. "He said we're going to have to go to a place where they can take those evil spirits from you. I said, 'What do you mean?' And he said, 'A swingers' club.'"
"He said, 'The only way the spirits are going to leave you is if you get involved with women.' I said, 'David, I'm not into women."
After a long legal battle that started with Hernandez seeking child support, a judge has awarded equal custody to both parents, and ordered Dueppen to pay child support.
We just hope for the sake of their now-two-year-old daughter the two can learn to co-parent successfully and raise the child right. Having a feuding stripper and priest for parents isn't exactly the easiest thing to deal with, we're sure. Then again, the little girl already has material for the first few chapters of what's sure to be a thrilling memoir.