Catholic Priest in East Bay Arrested for Alleged Child Sexual Abuse

By | September 9, 2019


NOT 5, AND EAST BAY PRIEST ARRESTED ACCUSED OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE. HE HAD BEEN WORKING AT CORPUS CHRISTI CHURCH IN FREMONT BUT THE ALLEGED ABUSE HAPPENED DURING HIS PREVIOUS POSTING AT ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH. Reporter: THE 42-YEAR-OLD PRIEST ORIGINALLY FROM EL SALVADOR IS ACCUSED OF MEETING HIS VICTIM HERE AT ST. JOHN’S IN SAN LORENZO. THAT VICTIM, A 14 TO 15-YEAR- OLD BOY. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVES, THE VICTIM TOLD THEM HECTOR DAVID MENDOZA-VELA STARTED ABUSING HIM IN 2016. HE WAS RECENTLY TRANSFERRED TO THE CORPUS CHRISTI CATHOLIC CHURCH IN FREMONT. ALAMEDA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DETECTIVES SAY THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE KNEW ABOUT THE ABUSE ALLEGATIONS. PARISHIONERS HERE IN SAN LORENZO SAY THIS TYPE OF ABUSE IS NOT SHOCKING ANYMORE. VERY SADLY IT’S LIKE OH, ANOTHER ONE. EVERY CHURCH ALMOST I THINK THAT COULD HAPPEN. BUT IT’S ONE PERSON, AND IT’S GOOD THAT THEY RIGHT AWAY TOLD EVERYBODY. Reporter: THE PEOPLE WE TALKED WITH WHO ATTENDED THE 2 PM MASS SET A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH READ A STATEMENT AT THE END OF THE SERVICE ANNOUNCING HECTOR DAVID MENDOZA-VELA HAD BEEN ARRESTED AND ASKED ANY OTHER POTENTIAL VICTIMS TO CONTACT POLICE. THE BISHOP OF OAKLAND RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING: WELL WE DON’T HAVE ALL THE DETAILS, THE ALLEGED BEHAVIOR IS IN CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE DIOCESE CODE OF CONDUCT AND THE CHARTER FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE. I ASK YOU TO JOIN WITH ME AND PRAYERS FOR ALL INVOLVED IN THIS SITUATION, BUT MOST ESPECIALLY, ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN HARMED. INVESTIGATORS SAY SO FAR, ONLY ONE VICTIM, THE ONE HERE IN SAN LORENZO HAS COME FORWARD. THEY WORRY THERE COULD BE MORE VICTIMS IN FREMONT, BUT SO FAR NO OTHER VICTIMS HAVE COME FORWARD YET. VELA IS CURRENTLY HELD IN THE ALAMEDA COUNTY JAIL ON $900,000 BAIL AND HIS FIRST COURT

12 thoughts on “Catholic Priest in East Bay Arrested for Alleged Child Sexual Abuse

  1. BMAH Post author

    The Catholic church should be prosecuted under the RICO act for a criminal organization and broken up.

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  2. Bob Jones Post author

    I'm a Catholic. That this was reported after being discovered, and them announcing to parishioners, gives me hope that things are changing

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  3. Jack3d Post author

    So hurry up and give him a slap on the wrist before relocating him to another church so he can sexually abuse more boys somewhere else.

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  4. curious george Post author

    I am so sick of this…and it's the worst possible crime I can think of…well, at least this pervert priest is in jail…and to think the church promised all this would end in 2002…oh, I forgot…they church appointed a pediphile, mc carrick, to head up that conference. ..no wonder kids are still being raped and sodomize by the pious neighborhood priest.

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  5. Jesús García Post author

    I actually know this priest. One time after coming from a spiritual retreat camp he gave us a special mass when we got back. I was really enraged and disgusted after finding out what he did especially because I know who he is. When I first met him he seemed like the very kind and genuine priest to trust but now after what he did I lost all my respect for him and I hope he’s punished with all the weight of the law with a maximum long sentence.

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  6. Jonathan Thomason Post author

    Huuuh, these priest never learn, do they?

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