Catholic priest sentenced to jail for molesting teenager

DUBLIN, California (AP) – A Catholic priest who pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting a Northern California teenager for greater than a yr has been sentenced to almost 5 years in jail.

KPIX-TV studies the Rev. David Mendoza-Vela, was sentenced Friday.

Prosecutors say Mendoza-Vela started molesting the boy in June 2016 when the sufferer was 14.

The 42-year-old priest was initially charged with 30 counts of lewd acts on a toddler. Twenty-five counts have been dismissed as a part of a plea deal.

Mendoza-Vela, who has since apologized to the boy, should register as a intercourse offender and keep away from his sufferer for a minimum of 10 years.

Ordained in 2013, he was most lately assigned to the ministry at Fremont’s Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

He was positioned on administrative depart after his March arrest.

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