By Gillian Flaccus THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A judge in Santa Ana began criminal contempt of court proceedings Tuesday against the bishop of Orange County in an unusual hearing that marks the first time a U.S. bishop could face jail time in the church sex abuse scandal. Bishop Tod D. Brown waived his arraignment for allegedly violating a court order when he sent a church official out of the country before he could complete his testimony in a lawsuit. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityHe could face punishments from a reprimand to jail time. Brown, who appeared with his attorney, waived his arraignment before Judge Gail Andler. Plaintiffs’ attorneys allege that Brown sent Msgr. John Urell out of the country for medical treatment before he could complete a deposition in the case. Urell was responsible for handling sexual abuse allegations against the diocese. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!