In 1988, he was a Roman Catholic priest at St. Rita's Church, New Orleans. He was investigated over his possession of homosexual child pornography. He sued over the public release of the information.
Cinel was stabbed to death in Medellin, Colombia in February 2018 by an 18-year-old man with whom he had been in a relationship.
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